|SOYO 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor DYLM26E6|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 29 June 2008|
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The purpose of this section is to demonstrate how any one particular video card will scale its performance for each display resolution. There are four different video cards used: two mid-level and two top-level, so it would be best to follow the trend set by the product that best represents your level of graphics.
The first set of performance results use the monitor resolutions of 1024x768 and 1280x1024 to represent standard LCD panel sizes of 17" and 19". Statistically speaking, most of the visitors here at Benchmark Reviews are using one of these two monitors on their computer system to browse this web site.
For the sake of giving an example we can follow, I will discuss how the range of resolution settings impact the FOXCONN GeForce 9800 GTX video card, which has a balanced performance between video memory frame buffer and graphical performance.
In the image above Foxconn's 9800 GTX begins with 69.3 FPS at 1024x768, which is what you would experience on a 17" LCD monitor. Moving up to a 19" LCD monitor that same video card performs 29% worse, dropping 20 FPS at the 1280x1024 resolution.
Moving on to the widescreen monitors, we use the 1680x1050 resolution native to 22" (and some 24" monitors). At this resolution, the GeForce 9800 GTX drops to 37.8 FPS which is a reduction of nearly 46% compared to 1024x768 resolution and down 29% from 1280x1024.
At the highest test resolution of 1920x1200, the SOYO Pearl series 26-Inch widescreen LCD monitor DYLM26E6 draws a total of 2,304,000 pixels (2.3 MP). Compare this to the minute 0.8 MP of a 1024x768 resolution, or the 1.3 MP of 1280x1024, and you can begin to see how there would be a performance hit caused by generating more than twice as many pixels on the screen. In our example, the 9800 GTX produced 30.7 FPS in the Crysis timedemo benchmark, rubbing the edge of a 30 FPS playable rate.
World in Conflict works a little differently, though. Because of a huge world-scape, the widescreen display becomes much more important for productive gameplay. The graphical demands are just beneath those of Crysis, but even still the 9800 GTX drops 11 FPS moving between 1024x768 up to 1280x1024.
Most modern video cards, which is what we've collected for our tests here, will have no problem generating a suitable frame rate at each resolution settings. But unless you're using the most powerful video cards available, you'll need to be cautious of how the larger display resolution could harm your gaming experience.
Even though the difference between the 1,764,000 pixels comprising the widescreen resolution of 1680x1050 is 35% more than the 1,310,720 pixels in a 1280x1024 resolution, there's still only a 15% difference in performance; proving that every graphics card will produce a different linear curve or performance as the strain increases. Using the SOYO DYLM26E6 to produce 38 FPS at 1920x1200, this video card generates almost 16% fewer frames per second than the smaller 1680x1050 resolution.
The idea you'll need to form for yourself is not whether or not you have the desk space for a large 26" widescreen monitor, but whether or not you'll have the power to support playable graphics in most video games using your current video card. Benchmark Reviews offers plenty of capable suggestions in our Video Cards section.