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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Samsung P2350 ToC 1080p LCD Monitor
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Samsung P2350
Samsung P2350 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

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.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Intel X58
  • System Memory: 12 GB
  • Processor: Intel i7-920
  • Video: Nvidia gtx 285 1GB
  • Disk Drive 1: Hitachi 1TB
  • Operating System: Vista Home Premium 64 bit

Energy Usage

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.

Gaming Benchmarks

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
7% use 1280 x 800 (1.0 MP) = 203% more pixels to render
21% use 1280 x 1024 (1.3 MP) = 158% more pixels to render
11% use 1440 x 900 (1.3 MP) = 160% more pixels to render
19% use 1680 x 1050 (1.8 MP) = 118% 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.

Crysis

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).

1280x1024
1680x1050
1920x1080
Min FPS
21
19 18
Avg FPS 35 27 23
Max FPS
45 35 30

Running with AA off, 64 bit. Everything at High.

1280x1024
1680x1050
1920x1080
Min FPS
34 26 28
Avg FPS 53 41 37
Max FPS
69
53
50

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

1280x1024
1680x1050
1920x1080
Min FPS
52 51 51
Avg FPS 70 65 64
Max FPS
78 81

78

GTA IV

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.

1280x1024
1680x1050
1920x1080
Min FPS
45 43 42
Avg FPS 58 55 51
Max FPS
68 68 67

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.



 

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