[lug] 2D cards

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Fri Apr 28 10:48:29 MDT 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-27 at 21:51 -0600, D. Stimits wrote:
> One thing I never see in specs, and which seems important for 2D or 3D, 
> is how clean the dot clock is. That little square wave that turns pixels 
> on or off can be sharper on/off in different video cards rated at 
> otherwise similar specs. The older Matrox G200 really sucks if you try 
> to scan fast enough on a modern high quality monitor. The older 3dlabs 
> Oxygen VX-1 (about the same speed as the old TNT2), on the other hand, 
> is stone cold clean in every way. The two could be set up identically at 
> slow scan rates and you might not tell them apart; speed them up to 
> faster rates, and the old VX-1 will probably exceed the quality of a lot 
> of newer cards. I'd take the VX-1 over any of the older Matrox cards any 
> day...but I've never seen how the newer Matrox cards look.

And of course if you're using DVI to a LCD panel, none of that matters.
Bits are bits.

Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>

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