Video cards with matrox-style video out?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Paul Hutchings, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. I currently run a Matrox G450 with twin analog outputs.

    One goes to my TFT, the other goes to my TV via s-video.

    I'm looking at getting a 19" TFT and figured it'd be a good time to get a
    video card with DVI outputs - I know matrox have a good rep for 2D but I
    think 1280x1024 would probably show some loss of quality vs a DVI?

    Anyway, one of the things I like about the matrox is that you tell it the
    second output is being used as a TV-output and if you play a video/DVD the
    only thing that gets output to the TV is the video signal, no desktop or
    any extra junk.

    Any suggestions on a cheap AGP card that does this? There seem to be a load
    of cheap ATI/Nvidia cards but I'm not sure how their video out works.. the
    Matrox cards seem a little pricey in comparison.

    Not into 3D games and if i do play them I tend to stick to 800x600 as
    otherwise i seem to get motion sickness?!

    Paul Hutchings, Feb 18, 2004
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  2. The message <[email protected]>
    from Paul Hutchings <> contains these words:

    Surely not, if you're the one in charge of the motion? :)
    Johnny B Good, Feb 18, 2004
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  3. hey don't ask me to explain it, i just know that i can play 3d games at
    low-res and be fine, but the moment i crank the res up for some reason it's
    like being on the magic roundabout!

    Paul Hutchings, Feb 18, 2004
  4. Paul Hutchings

    Stevie Boy Guest

    I have a very old (in computer terms) Riva 16Mb TNT card manufactured by
    Asus which has Vid in and Out. You can set it to TV and when watching a
    movie the whole screen shows only movie data but only in 800x600 which is
    pants for a widescreen tv and due to some data protection laws or of sorts
    the S-Video output is prevented showing picture if switchover (from pc
    screen) takes place before begining of playback from a DVD. However this can
    cunningly be overiden by starting the movie first!

    The desktop takes over once the movie is stopped and the software used is
    closed. So basically like a pc monitor in fullscreen mode.

    Stevie Boy, Feb 18, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Probably a combination of motion and the strobing that you get at higher
    resolution/lower refresh rates.
    Rob Morley, Feb 18, 2004
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