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Tracert

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A DAC is actually a Digital to Analog Converter. Basically it converts what is in your Cards Memory into a analog signal that your monitor can read.

I was under the impression that the 8500 had a 400Mhz DAC. At least that is what it says on ATI's faq page for their Radeon 8500.
 

KLowD9x

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My old skool Voodoo 4 4500 has 350MHZ DAC, I thought the 8500 had 400 too...was this printed on the card, or on the box?
 

TheWIZ:Part2

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Nope, a common misconception, but the 8500 has a 350 DAC (hence the 2048x1536 max resolution)along with current GF3 and 4 cards. If it was 400 DAC resolutions would be higher.
 

TheWIZ:Part2

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Personally the DAC isnt a big deal, and a non factor for those who use DVI outputs anyway in which the DAC is bypassed(like me), and my monitor's max resolution is 2048x1536, but its not that that is ever used at all, though I could set it to that for digital still pictures........anyway, most people run between 800x600 to 1600x1200 at both extremes. With 1024x768 being the most commonly used.

But yes, manufacturers do lay out a lot of BS, almost as much as all the BS I read here from alot of the "yung uns" here at OC.com!:D
 

Tracert

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It's true that DAC Mhz is not that big of deal, esp since I only use 1024 by 768, but it's the principle of the thing.

Why be missleading, esp for somthing this unimportant? Is it really that much of a gain to them by saying something is faster then it is? I would think the risk would not be worth the gain, but maybe I am in the minority.

Also for some reason now that I have though about it, maybe it was more of a big deal to me then what it should have been.

You ever get in those moods where something that wouldn't bother you in most situations just strikes a cord with you and you can't let it go because of the principle of it? Its like the old feuds where two familys are fighting because there great, great grandfather had something done to him that wasn't fair by their great, great grandfather. And even though noone remembers what it was, its the principle of the thing.

LOL.

I need to get away someplace where no one has heard of Mhz or RAM DAC's or T&L (unless it ends with C).

You guys know what I'm saying or am I alone on this? (sheesh, I can't get off the soap box no matter how hard I try).