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Recommendation on good graphic cards and monitors

Posted on 1998-07-28
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I am considering purchasing a few items, and would like some feedback both good or bad on any of the following.

17" Belinea monitors.  The one I am looking at, has a refresh rate of 115 hz at 1024x768, but its CRT dot pitch rate is 0.27mm (shadow mask rate?) when most monitors are 0.23mm.  

What should I be looking for in a monitor?

Graphics cards.
I was thinking of getting either the Matrox G100 Productiva AGP 2d card with 8 megs Ram for £69, and an Orhid Righteous 3dfx 12 meg Voodoo II for £190

OR the Matrox G200 which is both a 2d and 3dfx card in one, 8 megs for £120.

The Matrox G200 seems to make better sense, since its cheaper and does both, and I dont play that many games anyway, apart from the odd Quake.  I do however plan to play more games this year.  But some people are saying the Matrox G200 is a better and faster card than Righteous 3d Voodoo?

Which card should I choose and does anyone have any personal experience?

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by:dankh
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Hi,

   I could sit here and write a ton of information.  However, i think this site WILL provide you with all your answers.  I used it to construct my computer 3 months ago.  If you want some more personal info on my experience, feel free to ask.

WWW.tomshardware.com
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Thx, but all the info I need is really above.  I know it is rather open, but I am hoping I can get as much detailed feedback as possible.  

I have to place an order in the next 12 hours.
I will check that site thx, but if others do have the time to write a little detailed piece, for 100 points :)  I would be extremely grateful.


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by:dankh
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hi,

  Well, if you were to go back to the sight i suggested, the guy has tested out many different Video cards (both 2d and 3d) and posted their performance with benchmarks and recommendations.  Also, he has a section on monitors when selecting one.  I know the site is large, but well worth the 30 minutes to find information about the $$$$ you are going to spend.  
However, in good spirit, i will tell you what i know from my own experience and what Tomshardware said.

MONITOR:  Currently, the best is APG, or apperture grille.  I have a Sony 200ES 17" APG at .25 dotpitch.  When looking for a monitor, look at the dotpitch (very imp. if you are going to read off the monitor a lot).  Also, think big.  At least a 17" monitor.  Think brand name with a good warranty.  There are a lot of 17" monitors in the state selling for $300, but i wouldn't buy it because of the short warranty and the unknown company.  


Video Cards:  From what i read, go for the New Matrox G200.  It will save you a lot of money and provide you with a great 2d and 3d solution.  Test results have shown that the new G200 will surpass Voodoo 2.  Again, Tomshardware has benchmarks on this to validate it.  I run a matrox 220 mystique and a canopus pure3d voodoo I.  It performs well under games and windows, but i will keep my eye on the MGA 200.
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by:dankh
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Hi,

  Also, don't confuse Matrox's graphic chip (MGA 200) with the voodoo 3dfx chip.  Currently, the 3dfx chip is the thing to get for 3d gaming.  However, Matrox's new MGA 200 looks like it is going to be a contender for that position.  If not, your performance will be at least equivalent to the 3dfx voodoo 2 chip and at a genuine bargain too.
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I spent a good 2 hours last night reading the tomshardware site, but there is so much content there, it was difficult to make heads or tails of the whole thing.  I know there is some general recommendations on the two cards, but its not explained in easy language with any nice statistics that show the G200 better than the Voodoo II.  I'm tempted to go for the G200 on the basis that it's cheaper, but I dont want to spend so much money on a computer and then find out the the G200 will not work with games like World Cup'98 or Quake II which work better with 3dfx.  I know the G200 will work, but will I be at a disadvantage, that's what I'm really finding difficult to answer.

Also, I read this text from that site, quote

"With support for standard API's such as Direct3D, OpenGL (currently through a Direct3D wrapper) and DirectDraw and with optimized GDI drivers for Windows 95 / 98 and NT the G200 sets out to accelerate just about everything you need. "

What is an API?


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Acronym for application programming interface, a set of routines that an application uses to request and carry out lower-level services performed by a computer’s operating system. These maintenance chores are performed by the computer’s operating system, and an API provides the program with a means of communicating with the system, telling it which system-level task to perform and when.

If you want 100% certainty, go with the voodoo chip.  
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dankh has provided you with a lot of information to help you make your decision.  I think it is now time to grade this question.

Linda Gardner
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