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Networking & Routers / Re: Billion 8800NL R2 - vulnerable?
« Last post by robinc on May 26, 2021, 05:47:27 »
OOOH! Uptime 15 days - that's one heck of a change from before the update.  :D
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: 27" Monitors
« Last post by zappaDPJ on May 25, 2021, 20:07:18 »
Flat panel displays have a fixed raster i.e. unlike CRTs, they can't change resolution to match a signal input. Therefore the optimal display quality of a flat panel can only be reached when the signal input matches the native resolution aka one-to-one mapping.

Attempts to move away from the native resolution will result in the loss of one-to-one mapping and the panel will have to rely on interpolation which causes a loss of image quality. Interpolation estimates a new set of data points or mapping within a known set of data points (the native resolution).

An exception to the above is the use of 'integer scaling' e.g. running 800x800 on a display that has a native resolution of 1600x1600 should give you a reasonable result.
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: 27" Monitors
« Last post by Simon on May 25, 2021, 17:24:30 »
I'm always confused by monitor sizes and screen resolutions.  The higher the resolution, the smaller everything seems to be on the screen, and if you adjust the monitor to a non-native resolution, text seems 'fuzzy'.   :dunno:
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: 27" Monitors
« Last post by zappaDPJ on May 25, 2021, 17:12:28 »
There's quite a noticeable difference between 1080p and 1440p at 27". I suspect if you viewed the two side by side you would want to walk out of the shop with 1440p. I never went beyond 24" when I was running 1080p because I found that to be the optimal size for graphics design.

Having said that, eyesight, monitor quality, calibration, distance from the monitor, viewing angle, light in the room etc. all play a part and for many 1080p is perfectly usable.
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Windows News & Discussion / 27" Monitors
« Last post by camdave on May 25, 2021, 16:03:29 »
I currently use a 23” 1080p monitor and I am thinking of purchasing a 27” replacement.
This is all for 'office work', web browsing and occasional simple audio & photo editing.

I read many articles saying that one should not consider a 1080p in the larger size as the pixel density will make the picture look blurred; 1440p is the minimum for 27” it is said.

I have to confess that I am not convinced; I can barely differentiate the pixels on my monitor even at a distance of just a few inches. My eyes are old but not too bad.

I know I can view various monitors at a retail store but I am interested in peoples’ real-life experience.
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: Graphics Card Shortage
« Last post by zappaDPJ on May 24, 2021, 19:04:40 »
Apparently they are in great demand by people who mine bitcoins. 

That does seem to be a major reason for the shortage of the current top end Nvidia cards.
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: Graphics Card Shortage
« Last post by nowster on May 24, 2021, 12:01:45 »
...you could spend an infinite amount on a machine, and it would still have bloody Windows 10 on it!   :facepalm:

It doesn't have to, you know. :penguin_smiley:
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: Graphics Card Shortage
« Last post by Clive on May 24, 2021, 09:40:32 »
My son has been waiting six months for a similarly priced graphics card.  Apparently they are in great demand by people who mine bitcoins. 
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: Graphics Card Shortage
« Last post by Simon on May 24, 2021, 00:29:59 »
The card at CCL states multiple monitor support for up to three monitors, so that at least ticks one box.

The Overclockers PC would, I expect, be an awesome piece of kit, but I would never use something like that to even a tenth of its potential.  And at the end of the day, you could spend an infinite amount on a machine, and it would still have bloody Windows 10 on it!   :facepalm:
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Windows News & Discussion / Re: Graphics Card Shortage
« Last post by zappaDPJ on May 23, 2021, 23:51:07 »
Thanks, I'll do some research and see if that card fits my spec. I run three 4K monitors in my studio which limits my options but I've never had to spend anything like £800.00 on a single component. I think the chip shortage coupled with a massive hike in processing power has pushed the costs up considerably.

My current PC cost £2,200 ten years ago and I'm hoping not to have to spend any more than that. If it sounds a lot take a look a Overclocker's top end (multi-monitor (not included)) PC @ £14,499.95 https://www.overclockers.co.uk/8pack-polaris-mk2-intel-core-i9-10920x-4.7ghz-extreme-overclocked-pc-fs-002-8p.html
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