View Full Version : Monitors for LW/VT

02-06-2004, 11:12 AM
Okay, how about this: seeing that you can get 19 or 21 inch CRT for much less than the cost of same size LCD monitors, does anyone see a benefit of spending the extra bucks on LCD monitors in a dual monitor configuration for LW/VT ? Thanks.

Jim Capillo
02-06-2004, 12:08 PM
Space, heat, power consumption, radiation - all more than offset the extra moolah spent, at least for me.

02-06-2004, 01:30 PM
Thanks. What's a good dual LCD monitor display card? Don't most of them have only one digital output for LCD's?

Jim Capillo
02-06-2004, 02:05 PM
Most of them that I've seen only have one- I don't know if anyone makes two digital outs..... ????

I'm using a gforce dual head.

02-08-2004, 08:56 PM
There are dual DVI's available in the nVidia and ATI lines. For example:
GEFORCE FX 5700 ULTRA DUAL DVI (http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail.asp?DPNo=334788&adcampaign=email,ECOSTDEAL)

02-08-2004, 10:19 PM
Actually, there are a number of dual-DVI ones out there. I haven't been keeping up on the latest models, but my GeForce Ti 4600 from a year ago is and works great.

03-04-2004, 09:24 AM
XFX claims to have the only dual DVI video card available, the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra. I did a search on www.pricewatch.com for "nVidia FX 5700 ultra" and checked the sites of all the manufacturers that came up. All of them had 1 DVI output, but apparently XFX is the only video card with 2 DVI outputs. Is XFX sadly mistaken, talking current production models, or does everyone with dual displays use the analog output for one monitor and dvi for the other monitor?

03-04-2004, 02:29 PM
ATI has dual dvi video cards, but in their mucho dinero FireGL line. Apparently, XFX is the only nVidia manufacturer with dual dvi. Maybe

03-04-2004, 04:30 PM
Well, maybe they are talking "current production models"...

Like I said, a number of manufacturers made dual-DVI Ti 4600 cards.

If you are using LCDs, you really should use DVI.

03-04-2004, 05:06 PM
I'm looking to buy two Samsung 173t's because of the digital input. However, there's only a few video cards with dual digital connectors. So, if you have two LCD monitors, do you:

1. buy one of the few video cards with dual digital output?
2. use the digital output for one monitor and the analog output for the other monitor, if your card has only one digital connection?
3. use a dual output analog-only card for both monitors?
4. use analog LCD monitors with a dual-head analog-only card?

03-04-2004, 09:06 PM
I'd pick option one. If you're getting a nice new pair of LCDs with DVI inputs, it's worth feeding them both DVI.

03-09-2004, 05:00 AM
I use a wildcat vp560 it has dual dvi out on it although I use 2 19"CRTs. I am a Lightwave user though... however I do use a mac at work for video editing that has 2 lcd displays which works out nice for enough desktop realestate.
From what I have read most analog connectors will give about the same signal as a dvi connector on lcd displays. I feel crt type monitor gives a truer color for print type of work...but hey I am just a LW user lol

03-21-2004, 10:33 PM
There are a lot of graphic cards with dual-DVI integrated, from high-range consumer products to most of the professional/workstation cards.

We could easily get one of those in computer retail shops around the town, even in my "developing country" :p

ATI vs nVidia

03-22-2004, 07:34 PM

These look spectacular with a DVI connection. An associate of mine uses one with LW.


Tom Wood
03-23-2004, 08:41 AM
I have the lowly NVidia 380XGL card with one DVI and one analog output. I bought a pair of Hitachi 17" CML174SXW LCD monitors which have both DVI and analog connections. Run one monitor analog, the other DVI. During bootup they don't always display in synch, but once any program is loaded, I can't tell which is which.


03-24-2004, 06:38 AM
The analog VGA port is for the primary display.

You can enable dual-monitor display using Windows-XP's control panel (display properties), or alternatively, you could play around the Horizontal Span with nVidia's nView Display Mode.

It is better to use same resolution and color depth (16-bit recommended for video editing) on both displays.

04-07-2004, 12:46 PM
Has anyone hooked up a Mac Cinema Display to a Pc
I have a client who wants to use the Cinema Display monitors on a shoot but I have to use my VT3 for the interface.
so I need to hookup my VT3 with a dual DVI graphics card to 2 Cinema displays can this be done

04-12-2004, 02:29 PM
I haven't needed to use this adapter, but I have heard several reports of it working nicely.


For a dual DVI card you could try this card:


We have used this card several times sucessfully on VT3 systems. Be careful not to get the v9560td model, because despite the almost identical name, it doesn't have dual DVI.

04-19-2004, 12:26 AM

And a Cinema Display alternative: