|Samsung P2350 ToC 1080p LCD Monitor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 17 December 2009|
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Testing & Results
The test system consists of a basic X58 platform with a gtx 285 graphics card. Energy use is measured with Blueplanet Energy Meter, and game frame rates are measured using FRAPS.
At max brightness, Samsung P2350 ToC's power draw was a consistent 40W. Lowering the brightness to 50% (still bright enough for normal use) power draw instantly drops to 28W. Going any lower and the screen becomes too dim to operate during the day. At 5% brightness we draw a mere 20W.
I find the sweet spot at 80%, power usage 36W. Bright enough in any setting, and not too bright so as to blind you.
According to November 2009 Steam Hardware Survey, over 86% of the game-playing world uses a resolution lower than 1920x1080 (2.1 MP). This could mean that 86% of the gamers considering an upgrade may not even realize that it could adversely affect their gaming performance. Regardless of the video card used, upgrading the monitor from one of the resolutions below to 1920x1080 will result in an added strain on graphics:
15% use 1024 x 768 (0.8 MP) = 264% more pixels to render
Just to give you an idea what graphics card is necessary to run the latest games at 1080p, we have some gaming benchmarks here. A $50 and up graphics card will be able to deliver HD smoothly, but gaming's an entirely different story. For gamers, budgeting your graphics card and monitor is essential. Spending too much on the monitor and you end up playing games at non-native resolution, which can look quite horrible. Spending too much on a graphics card and it becomes an overkill.
One of the most graphically demanding games out there, the beautiful scenery and interactive environment make Crysis a great game. Benchmarking was done using Benchmark_GPU that comes with the game.
Running with AA off, 64 bit. Everything at Very High (max quality).
Running with AA off, 64 bit. Everything at High.
The game is playable at Very High, but explosions and action on the field will cause shutters in your game. At High the game is playable and smooth.
Need for Speed - Shift
This game offers a realistic racing experience, great graphics, but very light on your graphics card. This game will be able to run on graphic cards from 2-3 generations ago. The gtx 285 is an overkill for it. The benchmark is done with V-sync off, max details, 8xAA and 16xAF. Track: Autopolis Lakeside
The original GTA IV is fun, challenging, and looks great. This is game makes full use of your graphic card's memory, a rare instance where 2 GB vs 1GB makes a difference. For benchmarking, all settings are put on max except shadow (high) and distance (37). AA is turned off. The game's built in Benchmarking tool is used.
GTA is fairly capable of running on lesser PCs, as long as you tweak the settings.
In general, to get a decent game going at 1080p for the hottest games on the market, you will need at least the previous generation graphics card (starting from the HD 4000 series and gtx 200 series). That's about an upwards of $150. You won't be able to max out details for every game out there, but most games will look great even at medium settings. If you are not so heavy on the gaming and use your computer for movies, photo-editing, and other digital media, this monitor is great and will demand very little investment in a graphics card.