30" display Bootcamp question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by emt8q5, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. emt8q5 macrumors member

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    Hey folks,

    I'd like to preface this by
    apologizing if my terminology is off, my knowledge is a little sparse when it comes to displays and image rendering.

    I'm about ready to pull the trigger on the HP LP3065 30" display (http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=2950). I have a question regarding it's lack of built in video processor and subsequent inability to scale (am I using correct terminology?) resolutions lower than it's native resolution of 2560 x 1600.

    I am planning on running this display off of my Penryn 2.4ghz Macbook Pro. I don't anticipate having any problems running Leopard as I will be doing so in the monitor's native resolution. My question is what about Bootcamp? I don't use my windows partition much, but when I do, I will occasionally play some games (Company of Heroes, Battlefield 2142, TF2, etc...). On my current setup (external 22" display running at 1680x1050) I run these games at lower resolutions (1280x1024 maybe?) to increase performance and decrease heat on the GPU. Will I still be able to run these games at lower resolutions on the HP 30" even though it says it has no support for resolutions other than 2560 x 1600?

    Thanks!
    Eric
     
  2. DougT macrumors newbie

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    Jul 8, 2008
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    Computer monitors never have built in video processors. The video processing is done on the actual computer, usually on a separate video card connected to the computer's motherboard. You can run any resolution lower than 2560 x 1600 if you so choose, without problem. It doesn't say that the only resolution it supports is 2560 x 1600--that's just the largest it can use. You'll be able to play your games just fine on lower resolutions.
     

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