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February 18, 2010 12:19:32 PM

I just bought a Samsung syncmaster 305T 30" LCD monitor today, and for some reason i can't use any resolution higher than 1200x800.

I'm using an asus 8800GT and am using the DVI cable that came with the monitor.

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February 18, 2010 1:16:43 PM

Try updating your drivers. I think 1200 x 800 is an odd resolution because even if you connect a single link DVI port to a 30" monitor it should still display a max resolution of 1920 x 1200.

I think the 8800GT should have a dual link DVI port and I would assume the cable supports dual link as well.

If you plan on gaming at 2560 x 1600 with a 8800GT, just be aware that you're gonna be in for a world of hurt.
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February 18, 2010 1:37:22 PM

Windows 7 says it's up to date, but nVidia website says otherwise. Downloading the newest ones now and will see if that helps.

Checking the cable has revealed that the DVI-D cable that came with it is only single link, not dual. If drivers don't work i'll buy a DVI-D Dual link cable tomorrow.

I have been needing a new gfx for a while but didn't get one because my 19" monitor could already handle everything. This has given me an excuse to go out and get a new gfx card, do you think a 4890 will suffice?
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February 18, 2010 2:44:59 PM

Updating drivers didn't do a thing, still can't get above 1200x800 without having my screen flashing. It will just keep flashing until the "revert back to previous configuration" timer expires and puts the resolution back.
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February 18, 2010 11:06:49 PM

You do need a dual link cable for a 30" monitor. Single link cannot provide the required data rate.
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February 18, 2010 11:22:25 PM

If you are a hardcore gamer and want all graphics settings maxed out, then I would suggest something more powerful than a HD 4890. Otherwise you should be okay. See below for benchmarks notice the very low frames per second for Crysis Warhead, then again it is an exception, not the rule.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/bfg-gf-g...

You should look at the following review to see how the newer HD 5850 / HD 5870 compares to the HD 4890.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...

The HD 4890 sells for just under $200 if you can find one. The HD 5850 starts at $290. AMD is expected to release the HD 5830 relatively soon (whenever that is) which is supposed to bridge the gap between the HD 5770 (roughly $170 and not recommend for 2560 x 1600) and the HD 5850. Best guess on price is probably $225 - $250 based on current prices.
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February 19, 2010 1:03:54 AM

Sadly the 5850 is $400 AUD over here, but i've decided to go for it anyway. Cheers guys.
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