Hi, how are you?, well i have a question that have a lot of time thinking about it, the thing is, I have a brother that have a PS3 and he´s gaming in a 40" tv with no problem at all, i have a medium-high PC, well going to the piont, I gaming with a 24" monitor I have a Sapphire Radeon 4870 1gb Vapor-X GPU and my games run well on it, but the question is, why can´t I run without sacrifaying framerates my games in my computer with the 40" tv of my brother and he with his PS3 don´t have any problem?, I mean, my computer its equal or more powerful that the PS3 (thats what I think at least)? her is all of my hardware:
Your 24" monitor is undoubtedly 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 which is equal to or better than the 1080p resolution of an HDTV. So there should be no difference in performance in using you computer with the monitor or the TV.
The PS3 can play at 1080p but almost all of the games are not actually running at that resolution. Your computer will run all the games at an actual 1080p resolution with no upscaling from a lower res like the PS3 does.
I find that when you play console games on a bigger 1080p tv it looks fine, but when you play on a smaller 1080p computer monitor or 1200p monitor with 1:1 pixel mapping it doesnt look very good. But when you PC game on either it looks good. THis is because most console games run @ below 720p and upscale while all games on the PC will run at all resolutions and thus will looks better.
Actually, to clear things up, the PS3 uses the RSX which was based on the 6800Ultra, it had the performance of a 7800GTX though. However, the 8800GTX was 7900GTX's in SLI which is more than a 7800GTX, so 1 8800GTX is like 3 PS3's.
The 4850 is more powerful than the 8800GTX, & the 4870 is more powerful than that, so your 4870 has the power of 6+ RSX (PS3).
The PS3 uses a Cell processor, which is 1 core with 7 (if my memory serves me) special cores, SPU's (special processing units).