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jedirock

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I have never seen HDMI resolution that can beat a old VGA plug. IMO, HDMI = fail

Somehow 2 or more of these channels are supposed to be for audio. (Never works for computers so it is a waste)

Much like firewire its use is limited and soon to be outdated.
Maybe you need more experience. I've pushed 1920x1080 over an HDMI connection, which is the max that a single-link DVI connection will support at 60fps. To go higher, you need dual-link DVI, which I don't think HDMI support. Also, I have pushed 5.1 surround sound over the HDMI connection coming from a desktop computer running Windows 7 with a Radeon HD4870 video card. It does work with a computer.

And your thinking with Firewire is screwed up. Firewire is a much better and faster bus, that also includes daisy chaining for up to 128 devices. Also supplies much more power. The difference is that USB is dumber, and easier to implement host-side, so it's essentially won out in the consumer market.
 

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Good to know. Guess I just don't get it. I tried for hours to get it to 1600x1050 with no luck Radeon HD4750

We use firewire for the video camera in the music studio.
 
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Any chance you might give a 3D monitor a shot? I love my IZ3D 22" monitor, works as a good 2D monitor for general use, too. Zalman makes a 22" 3D monitor that is pretty nice, too! Neither of them use those crazy expensive, bulky shutter glasses, just lightweight polarized glasses like you get in an Imax 3D movie, and clipons are available, too. Both of them can be had for around $300! They hook into the DirectX drivers for 3D games, works a treat.
 

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You'll probably be interested in some of the newer thin bezel monitors then. Samsung recently released a set of 3 thin bezel monitors plus stands for all of them, although I don't remember what the pricing or availability was on them, or even where I saw them. It was on some tech news site.

You'll need a graphics card that can drive them too. I think all of the ATI/AMD Radeon 5xxx series cards support 3 monitors, but for smooth framerates in games, you're probably looking at the HD5750 or higher, depending on the game and the resolution of the monitors. If you're going with Nvidia, you'll need at least two cards. The Nvidia graphics cards only support 2 monitors per card.
 

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I need to choose a monitor too. I want a three monitor setup.
Maybe something like this is better ?



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@ jedirock: you can always use a dual card setup, so you can hook til 4 monitors on a single PC ..... ;)
 

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@ jedirock: you can always use a dual card setup, so you can hook til 4 monitors on a single PC ..... ;)
That's what I was saying with the Nvidia cards. The newest ATI Radeon 5000 series cards support 3 monitors per card though. The only downside to it is that one of the monitors needs to be DisplayPort, or have an adapter.
 

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@ jedirock
Thanks, lot's of good information. I'll check out that Samsung setup.

The size of the monitor really depends on how far you're sitting away from it...
I told this to my girlfriend and she laughed.
 

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I have never seen HDMI resolution that can beat a old VGA plug. IMO, HDMI = fail

Somehow 2 or more of these channels are supposed to be for audio. (Never works for computers so it is a waste)

Much like firewire its use is limited and soon to be outdated.
For me HDMI works fine, connecting my laptop to my monitor or to my TV.

The picture using the hdmi connection is better than when using an analog VGA cable. I've tried both, and the hdmi/dvi link is pixel perfect whereas the vga connection has a bit of noise.

The only thing i wonder about is if the hdmi output would allow anything beyond full hd resolution.

I tried for hours to get it to 1600x1050 with no luck Radeon HD4750
Thats a bit of an odd resolution... shouldn't it be 1680x1050 (fairly common for ~22" displays)? Many computer monitors that are not full-hd have a 16:10 rather than 16:9 aspect ratio.
 




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