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16:10 or 16:9 Monitors for SolidWorks?

Question asked by Martin Goulet on Dec 22, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 28, 2011 by Thomas S.

Hi SolidWorks users,



At my company we are about to buy new Dell Precision Workstation.


Here are the specs:


Dell Precision T3500,CMT,Standard Power Supply


Quad Core Core Intel Xeon W3565 3.2GHz, 8M L3,

Windows 7 Ultimate,Media,64-bit, Fixed Precision, English

12GB, DDR3 ECC SDRAM Memory, 1333MHz

500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ and 16MB DataBurst Cache

16X DVD+/-RW Data Only Dell Precision TX500

Cyberlink Power DVD 9.5.1,Media, Dell

Mini-Tower Chassis Configuration with 1394 Card,Dell

Dell P Series P2210 22 inch Viewable Image Ratio 16:10

2GB nVIDIA Quadro 4000,Dual Monitor,2DP

Resource DVD contains Diagnostics and Drivers

Windows 7 Ultimate,Media,64-bit, Fixed Precision, English

Dell USB Entry Keyboard,No Hot Keys,English,Precision

No Floppy Drive, Dell Precision

C1 All SATA Hard Drives,Non-RAID for 1or 2 Hard Drive

Microsoft Office Starter 2010,Dell

ProSupport : Next Business Day Parts and Labor Onsite 3 Years

Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse,


$2, 889

Dell web price $3,876


I am confident that system's specs and price are good.


My question is about the monitor.


To me, it was clear that I should not go with 16:9 ratio monitors for CAD work. I specify that I need a 16:10 ratio monitor.

After some reading, I find out that 16:10 monitors are replaced by 16:9 monitors from many companies.

Will all the company stop doing 16:10 monitor in 2012?


Should I buy a 16:9 monitor?


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.




From wikipedia:

Industry moves away from 16:10 in 2008 to 16:9

In 2008, the computer industry started to move over from 16:10 to 16:9. According to a report by displaysearch the reasons for this were/are:

  •          Innovative product concepts drives a new product cycle and stimulating the growth of the notebook PC and LCD monitor market.
  •          16:9 provides better economic cut (panelization) in existing TFT LCD
  •          16:9 products provide a wider aspect ratio.
  •          The widespread adoption of High Definition in the consumer entertainment sector will help end users readily adopt the new products with the wider aspect ratio.
  •          The 16:9 panels provide an opportunity for PC brands to further diversify their products.

In 2011, Bennie Budler, product manager of IT products at Samsung South Africa, confirmed that monitors capable of 1920x1200 resolutions aren't being manufactured anymore. “It is all about reducing manufacturing costs. The new 16:9 aspect ratio panels are more cost effective to manufacture locally than the previous 16:10 panels”