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Old 11-07-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default For gaming, is the jump between 1080p and 1440p worth it?

I'm debating with myself between the yamakasi catleap q270 for $330 or the Dell u2312hm for $205.

Things to consider:
-1440p requires more gpu power
-Is it worth the extra gpu power?
-1440p is more expensive. It is $125 more+I will probably have to upgrade to 2 7950s to play the newest games on max.
-Only concerned about performance for games
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Also, while we're talking about monitors for games. Do you guys prefer 16:9 or 16:10 because the dell u2412m is also an option.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I'm kinda at this crossroads myself, trying to decide between the AOC I2757FH and one of the Overlord or Auria monitors.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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Yes, without question it is supreme but not as good as 1600. 1600 > 1440 > 1200 > 1080
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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IMO once you are immersed in the game world, you won't notice things like resolution.

It does make a huge difference outside of games, however.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:10 AM   #6
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If that's your only concern, a lower resolution is better.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:15 AM   #7
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I had a Samsung 24" 1920x1200 (16:10) 5 milliseconds for about 2 years.
Two months ago, I switched to a Asus 27" 1920x1080 (16:9) 2milliseconds.

The reason was that I wasn't happy with the bluriness of my screen, when I moved the mouse. The picture was nice if I held the mouse/camera still. But when moving, I just didn't like what I saw. I thought that this was because of the 5 millisecond delay of my screen. I hoped that a 2 millisecond screen would make the picture more clear when moving. I didn't know for sure, and you can't check when buying over the Internet. So I took the jump, and bought a new monitor.

The screen is indeed a bit less blurry when I move. But not much. It probably wasn't worth the money.

I do miss my 16:10 monitor, and the extra pixels. But only when on the desktop. In games, it doesn't matter. Although maybe 16:9 gives a more "natural" view. I don't play WoW anymore, but when I did, the vertical height was very important, because I ran a heavily modified UI. I played a month of Guild Wars 2 (didn't like it in the end), but there I didn't miss the extra height for my UI.

I do like the fact that my new monitor is 27". The pixels/centimeter is of course lower, but you don't notice that in games. (On the desktop, text is a bit more "grainy" then on my old monitor). I think 27" is the max I want in screensize. At least when the monitor stand on my desk, and the distance to my eyes is 50-60 cm (2 feet).

A good side-effect is the fact that in demanding games, my framerates really went up 10% ! The fact that you have 10% less pixels indeed causes linear higher framerates. This is the reason I will not switch to 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 for a few more years. With 2560x1600 I expect a 50% drop in framerates (2m versus 4m pixels). Too high for me.

So for now, I'll keep using my 1920x1080, 2ms, 27" screen.

One of my real-life friends (who is also a gamer) has a 23" 8 millisecond 1080p IPS screen. For some reason, his screen seems less blurry when he moves the camera. It might be worthwile to consider an IPS screen. That would be easier if you could compare screens side-by-side somewhere.

What I'd really like:
1) IPS technology
2) 1920x1200
3) 27"
4) 2 ms delay
5) 120 Hz
6) not too expensive
So far it looks like nothing is coming close, even if you have a high budget.

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:59 PM   #8
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Love my 2560x1600 LCD

No 1440 for me please.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:35 AM   #9
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Maybe it depends on the game? For me I play a lot of games in third person overhead perspective, and more screen is better. For overhead character is a little figure on a map type games, seeing less map than your opponent is death.

I'm keeping my 1080p screen for a video preview device, but I will never buy another for general use or gaming.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:10 AM   #10
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My 2c (euro cents, not dollar cents)

I game at a 27" screen and while I definitely love the size of it and it helps me feel slightly more 'in-game' than with a smaller screen, the screen is only 1080p. The only real problem there is that aliasing raises its head quite easily. I can never fully get rid of it, not even with FXAA + 8x MSAA. At 2560x1440, I would imagine this to be a much lesser problem.

As for image sharpness, the bigger resolution screen would probably only help if the in-game textures were high enough resolution. Most games on 1080p are probably as sharp as they get. I'll probably be upgrading to 1440p when they are affordable enough and when games more commonly have high resolution textures

I can't speak about IPS vs TN because I've never used an IPS panel.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:27 AM   #11
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Its really preference, but my opinion is that 1080p @ 120hz is unbeatable at this point. higher res needs tons of GPU power and sometimes no multi card setup is really enough. Once higher res becomes more mainstream, GPUs will evolve to cope with the higher res and then i'll make the jump, provided they are 120hz at that point.
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One of my real-life friends (who is also a gamer) has a 23" 8 millisecond 1080p IPS screen. For some reason, his screen seems less blurry when he moves the camera.
That goes to show you can't go by response time. By 2ms or 8ms, do you mean black-to-black? Grey-to-grey? How are they measuring it? And are the fudging numbers?

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I love both of mine. Though one sits collecting dust.
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