I read somewere that a Gforce 2 MX working w/ a sound blaster live can achieve resolutions up to 2xxx*xxxx and i jes cant understand how the sound card can make the graphic card work at higher res. Can anyone clear this one out 4 me?
Just as you have 3d video acceleration you also can have 3d audio acceleration. The Live card has a spu on it which means that the card can ereduce the workload off the cpu giving it more power to actually run the game. That said most modern soundcards have hardware acceleration, but the sb live probably the quickest.
My GeForce2 MX goes up to 2048x1536 in 32bit color...
And no, a soundcard cannot up your videocards resolution... The resolution that your card can achive is no way effected by your CPU or the soundcard.. Its all in the memory bus and the GPU of your video card that controlls the video cards resoulion.. Well, and your monitor of course....
Windows can usually detect what kind of monitor you have (unless you have something really old or quite unique), and imposes resolution limits... Because why would you want more than 1024x786 on a 15" monitor? And actually, thats the resolution i use on my 17"
winfast = leadtek... you probably know that, just makin shure anyone else who reads this knows...
>Because why would you want more than 1024x786 on a 15"
I'm quite sure there's some masochists out there that wouldn't mind having a higher res on such a monitor, but you have to consider that the construction of the monitor itself can impact both resolution and refresh rate. I know of quite a few old monitors that have some..shall we say, "artistic" takes on what Windows should look like after being pushed far beyond their operational limits This is one of the reasons that both Windows and X (under Linux or Solaris or whathaveyou) gives you a host of dire warnings when you attempt to make changes.
On a related note, just recently nVidia released a reference motherboard for use with the GeForce series. It included onboard audio that's supposed to rival that of the SB Live! series. While I'm not certain just what features it'd provide that puts it so far ahead of the competition, that's what I'd heard. I don't have a link to the article, but it was posted on Slashdot earlier in the week.