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What is the 'True' maximum resolution of a monitor?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 19, 2014 2:35:59 AM

I am curious, are all LCD's manufactured with high resolution capabilities than limited by hardware? Or at least is the allowed max resolution not truly the maximum resolution? Furthermore can a monitor be overclocked?

I'm asking because I purchased a panel from e-bay by its self to make my own monitor, it was cheap with a max resolution of 1024 x 768. However when i hooked it up to my HD 4870 high resolution capable card, in the catalyst control center (CCC) my maximum resolution was above 2560 x 1600 (the max resolution of my GPU), I am assuming it was the max functionality of the video driver board I purchased for the panel. Although it functioned at that resolution I could see the individual pixels far more clearly than usual. So now I'm wondering the above questions, and Was it even at that resolution? Can i get more resolution from my 1600 x 900 monitor than what its listed at? Some insight would be much appreciated!

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February 19, 2014 2:43:19 AM

When you are forcing the monitor to accept a signal at a higher resolution, the image is downscaled on the monitor itself.
It is just accepting that 2560x1600 resolution, but it only has 768 rows of 1024 pixels (768x1024) to display it anyways. So it is no more detailed than before.

However yes you can overclock a monitors refresh rate, I have a QNIX QX2710 Monitor with a 2560x1600 resolution, overclocked from 60hz to 120hz.
February 19, 2014 2:49:52 AM

Well i try it myself what you just said,my max resolution is 1440x900 i try to max it to 1920x1080 it work but my screen look like a slightly compress image,like when you hold ctrl+mouse wheel for a smaller resolution.