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Any Monitor suggestions for the new mac pro w 8800GT?

4777 Views 25 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2008 4:50 PM by 12u34me RSS
  • Resno Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Gateway XHD3000 is awesome, indeed. I've just had it for 3 days, and it feels so wonderful just looking at the screen. I don't experience any blackout though, hopefully never..

    On a side note, I have a question. Does yours flicker during boot? Mine does, and it's kinda annoying when you're on the selection of Mac or Windows (for Bootcamp). How to get around this?

    MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz (Latest Tiger), Mac Pro 2.8Ghz Quad (Latest Leopard)
  • apeguero Calculating status...
    I get around this by booting to the OSX Leopard DVD. For some reason, the display is able to read the correct resolution when the Leopard (or Tiger for that matter) disk is in the optical drive.

    I discovered this by accident actually and by troubleshooting myself. I've had this monitor for about 3 weeks now and I couldn't get it to properly read resolutions less than 2560x1600 on games (Apple and Windows). Gateway Support claimed it was probably just not compatible with Macs. What a bunch of bull. Anyway, it should work for you too. Don't return it until you try this. You'll be 110% happy after, I promise
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Don Louv Calculating status...
    I've just received my Mac Pro & 8800GT.
    I choose to go with the new 30" monitor from Dell. (UltraSharp 3008WFP)
    Once calibrated, it looks great.

    The only problem I've had is a periodic (every 5-10 seconds) flickering of the lower half of the screen, if (and only if) the display is plugged into the left hand DVI connector (as viewed from the back). The flickering went away when I moved the cable to the right hand DVI connector.

    It wasn't a cable or connection thing, as I had swapped cables three or four times prior to trying the other DVI connector.
    Mac Pro & 8800GT, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • rob_ART Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
    I have an Apple Cinema 30" connected to my Mac Pro but I also have a Dell 2707WFP Widescreen. I would recommend it as my favorite non-Apple LCD display. The native resolution is 1920x1200. It has DVI, Component, VGA, and S-Video inputs. It has an articulating arm that allows you to raise and lower it. I lower it right down to the desk top.

    It's currently on sale for $999.
    The latest, greatest Mac., Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • tokyobeing Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    I've looked at the 30" from Apple but found it a bit 'blurry' in some areas, so I ended up buying the latest 30" from Eizo:

    Admittedly, it's even more expensive than the ACD - but so far I'm very, very happy.
    Macbook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Seaking406 Calculating status...
    Sorry, you have to belong to the Club to join ; )

    I received my UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC 24'' Widescreen LCD Monitor yesterday and all I can say is "OMG" what a monitor.. Sweeeeet! $599 +tax, free delivery to the door.. Tis good to be a Canuck =) Took less than a week from purchase to delivery, even though the site says 3+ weeks.

    Even at it's full price this is an awesome monitor.. not only do you get the additional realestate space on screen to do your work but the display is bright, easy on the eyes and awesome. It takes some getting used to the text size but man.. wow.

    What is funny though, is that my 23" Cinema HD sits next to it.. Before the Dell, my old Samsung 19" display colours looked dingy and dark.. what I thought was white before looked dirty compared to the Apple display.. And now that the Dell is sitting next to the Apple display, it's the other way around. whoa.. nice. Same colour representation, but different, hard to explain. Both monitors have been calibrated with Spider2, riquiring very little adjustments, both were almost spot on but they look different. I'm not sure how best to explain it.

    Text is better on the Apple but the Dell has a better colour presentation I think, less grainy would be best to describe it I think.

    Needless to say, had I known how good the UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor was before, I would not have purchased the Apple display.. Half the price, slightly larger and just as good. Hmmm ya never know.. Hmmm
    Mac Pro Quad 8G 1Tb Raid10, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • bmcdermott Calculating status...
    I have a HP w2408 on a Mac pro with a Nvidia 7300. Does your monitor go to sleep??? I was WISHING mine would after the graphics update but still no go:(
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Dan Curry Calculating status...
    This is very basic question. I was looking to get a Mac Pro and not the Apple monitor. What are the specs necessary to work well with the computer?
    iMac G5
  • RLevien Calculating status...
    I have a Gateway XHD 3000 connected via DVI to my MacPro Quad 2.66Mhz running OS 10.5.2. The connectivity is great; the image is excellent; however, the monitor menu is only partially operational. Under Picture, for example, only Brightness is selectable and adjustable. None of the other controls (Contrast, Color, etc) can be selected (they appear white rather than black on the screen menu). Gateway Technical Support was not helpful; they could only indicate that EzTune (the software shipped with the display) is required; however, it runs only under Windows. They also thought it might be a problem with the nVidia 7300 graphic cards; but couldn't be more specific. I have thought of running Parallels and Windows XP and installing EzTunes in that virtual machine, but have not done so yet. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions on resolving it?
    MacPro 2.66Mhz; MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 12u34me Calculating status...
    For whatever reason - I've always found Samsung to have created the best settings & color tones relating to an LCD Monitor.

    I am not a computer gameplayer, however, I do understand the variables that should optimize the visual experience. I'm not certain, but I suspect that the DirectX format for most video games, supports up to (or around) 120 frames per second. Given this - ideally, you'd want to find a monitor that can "refresh" the screen (known as the refresh rate mhz) to keep up with the frame rate of the video - so try and buy one with 85 or higher. In addition, look for a high "contrast ratio" 3,000:1 is good (Samsung over-inflates theirs), and a brightness of at least 400. Lastly, "color depth" is expressed differently by each manufacturer. You'll want a monitor with a minimum color depth of 16 bits (sometimes re-configured as 24), and to also make sure that the monitor doesn't have to perform some goofy function to achieve this particular level of color.

    Best of luck
    quadzeon3ghz, Final Cut & the like
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