Will my video card run these LCDs?

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  1. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I have a 64MB ATI Radeon 8500 AGP card currently running two LCDs at 1024x768 each on Windows XP Pro in extended desktop mode. I'd like to upgrade the screens to a pair of Dell 2005FPW's at 1680x1050. ATI's web site doesn't list that resolution for my card but it does show it supporting higher resolutions. So am I SOL with this card or is that list just a guide to show refresh rates at various resolutions? I have no interest in running anything but the native resolution of the panels.
     
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    you should be fine as long as you get the newest ati catalyst drivers.
     
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    Fine, yes. But nonetheless, two panels running at 1680x1050 means the video card has to refresh 3,528,000 pixels every 1/60th of a second (or maybe even faster). A new video card will be more capable of transferring this monumental quantity of data to the panels without bogging down its ability to render graphics.

    EDIT: For the record, 1680 pixels * 1050 pixels * 24 bits * 60 frames-per-second = 5.1 Gigabits-per-second of data. That's five times faster than the fastest Ethernet connection available right now. It's worth considering the strain your video card will be under having to deal with that kind of output.
     

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