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    Should I get a Matrox G550?

    Am planing for a new puter and need to select a video board. I mainly surf the internet, do word processing, make simple web pages, and play with overclocking. I do not do any gaming or video.

    I plan to get a Viewsonic VP150M LCD monitor and would like to use its digital input.

    Thinking of getting the G550 because I have been very pleased with two different G450s, because the G550 has a digital output, and because it is reasonably priced.

    Is this a good choice, or is there a better board for my needs that has a digital output?

    Many thanks, Bill

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    YES....if you're not intending on playing 3D games as you've said.

    Matrox still has marginally the best 2D...so far. Although I'd like to see what the Radeon 7500/8500 will show.

    Hey, have you checked out the IBM or KDS 15" LCD's? the Viewsonic is nice, but the IBM I have seen is a little sharper in my opinion (text especially, and a little brighter), Viewsonic better than the KDS though. IBM warranties/service are excellent also.

    For your purposes, and to answer your question....NO, I don't think there is a better card suited for your needs.

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    Considering their drivers and display, another vote for Matrox.


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    Thanks for the conformation - the G550 it will be.

    Havenít even considered the KDS because it doesnít have a digital input and because the PC Magazine review (Feb 6, 2001) wasnít too good. Donít have to have digital but it seems to be the future plus it has a high ďGee WizĒ factor. Will look at the IBM though.

    Thanks for the advice, Bill

    PS I would also like to see the OT forum return, donít have near as many good jokes now that it is gone.

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    Originally posted by Shinma:
    Considering their drivers and display, another vote for Matrox.


    What about their drivers - are they high quality, or always up to date, or what?

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    One of the few drivers out in the market that will not go goofy on certain applications.
    They also appear to keep a close eye on the Microsoft operating systems for glitches and constantly update the drivers and BIOS when required.

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    Shinma is right.

    Matrox probably has the strongest most throrough driver team out there. The drivers don't come as often as nVidia (which is actually a good thing)...but they are almost always solid. Compatibility with most if not all platforms and chipsets is always very good.

    You have to remember, Matrox targets the business sector for their cards, and although your home user/gamer may tolerate leaked, buggy, drivers and patches, the business sector wont.

    Being an owner of a Matrox card...I'm sure you already know of this site. If not....you should check it out. Great source for Matrox-related "things."
    http://www.matroxusers.com

    good luck.

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    If I wasn't addicted to Porsche Unleashed, I would have a Matrox Card as well. I have never seem anything else on the market that is as good as they are when it comes to 2D.

    You made the right choice already...
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    Yep, same here.. I've had my G400 for a while now & I've no problem sacrificing a few FPS in the few games I play from time to time, in exchange for a visual orgasm every time I open up the desktop..

    Oh & make sure you get hold of a second monitor for the Dual Head.. that feature is quite honestly the best upgrade you can imagine for your PC.. it makes such a HUGE difference..

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    The new Radeon 8500 is said to have a 400MHz RAMDAC compared to the G550's 360MHz, however a higher frequency doesn't always translate to better image quality. I don't doubt the Radeon's performance, if it can only match the current Radeon's it will still be sensational, but just warning not to go on specs alone. Another more important matter is the price of that card anyway, about 3-4x that of the G550!

    There is no question that the Matrox card is the right one for you, enjoy it!
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