17" TFT vs. 19" CRT 4 replies

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#1 14 years ago

Hi, I want to buy either a Samsung Syncmaster 172x (17" tft) or a IIyama Vision Master Pro 454 (19" crt), but I can't decide what is better.

I like that the TFT uses less space and power and that it doesn't radiate. The CRT however is cheaper, has an adjustable resolution and a larger screen.

Right now I play games that don't need much hardware, so it doesn't matter which resolution I use, but I guess that for future games I have to use 1024x768 because of my "old" hardware, but the standard resolution of the tft is 1280x1024. I also like to watch movies on my PC, so a 19" screen wouldn't be bad. What is more I don't know how to change the backlight of a TFT, or how much this would cost.

Can one of you tell me about the differences in image quality? Or give me any other helpful tips?


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#2 14 years ago

If you are a gamer, a CRT is the ONLY way to go, period. Don't let anyone tell you different.


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#3 14 years ago



Revenge was here.

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#4 14 years ago

also agreed, they are much better, and stronger.


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#5 14 years ago

I would go with a CRT monitor but not because they cant play games.

If you plan to play games on a LCD screen you have to get a screen with certain features and they get expensive. Best bang for the buck is still a CRT screen.

If you decide to get a LCD screen you need to look for the following features.

Dot Pitch - lower the number the better.

Resolution - Higher is better

Digital DVI connector - It is critical that you have the digital connection. Analog connection sometimes have problems with ghosting images and artifacts.

Brightness - Higher the number is better.

Contrast Ratio - higher is better.

Response Time - lower is better.

I have a couple of friends who play exclusively with LCD screens. I would like one but I can get a slightly used 21" Sony Trinitron for $200. Course I have to deal with the radiation, heat , and desk busting weight of a big monitor.