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The color depth of various monitors can be explained using the display mode supported by your graphics card. This will establish how many colors the monitor can display, based on the number of binary digits or bits used to described the pixels referred to as the bit depth. The color depth ranges from one bit depth of color all the way up to a 32-bit depth of color. So if the monitor you are shopping for is described as a 32-bit display, this would it is capable of producing between 16,000,000-17,000,000 colors that the eyes can detect, whereas a 'one bit' display is referred to as monochrome and produces only two colors.