I have been using nVidia graphic card since 3 yrs ago, from TNT to TNT2 to GeForce 2 to GeForce 3
usually the max resolution i can go is 1600 x 1200 @ 85Hz
but at this resolution, it is hardly readable on my 21" Sony Flat screen, so i usually run at 1280x1024 @ 100Hz
Today, i just bought a $43 Matrox G400 Dualhead, it can reach 1800x1400 @ 70Hz, no flicker and most importantly, the text is still sharp and very readable.
no more shadow behind the text and all my photo looks so much better now.
Matrox graphic card is popular for its 2D quality, no only the text look sharper...the colour look richer too....now my photos suddenly look so nice...this card usually selling at around $170, but there is a shop in Sim Lim selling a brand new card at $43 with warranty somemore. at $43, u can only buy a 8MB PCI card.
Now look at the some close up photo taken with my Sony F707 at the monitor, no sharpen was done, only resizing.
Graphic card setting : 1600 x 1200 @ 85Hz
Camera resolution : 2560 x 1900, no tripod.
With GeForce 2 MX
With Matrox G400
With Matrox G550 (taken last year)
If i remember correctly, Matrox G550 have the best result....i think i forgot to swtich off my room light so there was some reflection for the G400 shot.