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Self-comparison against LCD and OLED

Self-comparison against LCD and OLED

It's time for retro screens!

CRT monitors disappeared from PC gaming desks several years ago and have been replaced by modern flat panel monitors. Just like other older devices, it is now labeled as 'vintage' and some old-timers (like myself) have praised it with rose-tinted glasses on the Olympus. However, this is not entirely unfounded: after all, CRT monitors provide good response times and clarity for moving images. But just how deceptive are looks when compared directly to modern LCD and OLED displays? I've been asking myself this question for a long time and that's why I brought our last remaining CRT monitor, the Iiyama Vision Master Pro 454, out of hibernation. The 19-inch display has a bar mask with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels at 80 Hz; At lower resolutions up to 200 Hz are possible. The model was one of the later representatives of the upper class who used tube technology and focused on gaming.

Every beginning is difficult

After I dragged the giant from our warehouse to my workplace with great difficulty, the second hurdle immediately followed: modern graphics cards don't have a native VGA port to power our dinosaur. Although there were some suitable converters in our editorial office, they did not have converters to calculate the signal from analog to digital. After some research, I finally found a suitable Delock device, which allows a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels at 60 Hz. This means that the display can finally be powered without any issues in Windows 11 using the Geforce RTX 4070.

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