Hi guys, My 2 cents to clear doubts regarding 1440p and gaming. 1. 1440p no MSAA V/S 1080p 4x MSAA Given the option between the two, I would any day choose 1440p no MSAA over 1080p 4x MSAA, all other things constant. It is really annoying when people who don't own hardware personally or don't have adequate experience first hand, and then they simply come to the forums and start posting random pics from the internet to back their points. ANNOYING! I have seen both settings in actions in a number of situations, and I would any day play at 1440p without MSAA than with 1080p with 4x MSAA. It is just better, at least to me. 2. 1080p 4x MSAA doesn't remove all jaggeries on a 27" monitor! 1440p no MSAA doesn't have zero jaggeries, but it definitely isn't anything that I mind much at all. 1080p 4x MSAA has slightly lesser jaggeries real time I guess, but clearly evident in many situations and far from zero. So it isn't like going from imperfect to perfect. It is just a small improvement. 1080p 8x MSAA If jaggeries are so much of a trouble, why not play at 8x MSAA or 4x SSAA? Why not? Got my point? Even 8x MSAA doesn't have zero jaggeries, but honestly anything below 8x MSAA at 1080p will have significant jaggeries. So it doesn't matter whether you play at 1080p 4x MSAA or 1440p no MSAA, jaggeries will still be visible, far from invisible in either case, but neither case is enough to bug a normal sane person, especially when there could be something to gain. 3. Why not play at 4x SSAA or 8x MSAA to call it maxed out? No review site, I repeat, no review site ever assumes that you will play with MSAA or with what amount of MSAA. They always include the resolution, settings, and if there is AA then they include what type and usually how much as well. When they say Max or Ultra they assume there is no MSAA unless the game automatically enables that within the options. If they need to set it manually, then they specify MAX 4x MSAA and not just MAX. And this has happened since all eternity unless the game settings automatically assume AA at particular settings. And if people are no OCD about maxing out MSAA, then how in the world can they decide that it is going to be 4x MSAA to max out a game? Why not 8x MSAA? Why not 2x MSAA? Why not SSAA? It makes no sense. Maxing out a game and/or running AA are mutually exclusive. You can't make your own standards when no review website or game developer or the situation at hand demands any of it. This is being OCD without rationalization. 4. 1440p Ultra no MSAA V/S 1080p High 8x MSAA What would you prefer? I prefer maxing out everything, each and everything first. Then maxing out the resolution. And then finally using AA if there is any scope left. I would never trade lower settings just to max out AA. I would rather max out a game, then the resolution and if there is still hope then the AA. 5. 1080p Ultra no MSAA V/S 1440p Medium 4x MSAA I would anyday prefer the game maxed out at 1080p, AA or no AA. And I have already pointed out earlier than my monitor handles 1080p or even 1200p perfectly and I can't see any problem in any game at all. Desktop usage is a bit blurred but games are 100% perfect, I can't even dream of better unless I increase the settings/AA/rez. 6. 1080p on a 1440p monitor I have tried two 27" monitors (owned both) 27" 1080p monitor: A low end cheap and olde monitor. 1080 is okay, quality of detail is a bit low but fine and enjoyable. Games run fine at 1680x1050 as well. 1440x900 is tolerable but not the best. 720p is crap. So basically 1-2 notches below native is fine. 27" 1440p Dell U2711: 1440p Perfect. 1080p Perfect. 1200p Perfect. 1680x1050 playable but not the best. 1440x900 At best tolerable. Anything lower looks crap. Anything below 1680x1050 is a problem to some extent actually. Anyway, 1-2 notches below native is just fine. I would rather run a game at 1080p on my Dell U2711 than on 1080p on my old 27" monitor which had 27" as native rez. 7. 27" 1080p Tried my Dell U2711. Is okayish for desktop usage and perfect for games. 27" 1080p native rez old monitor: Just fine. Would anyday buy over a 24" 1200p monitor but I do agree that the display quality is a bit lower, but the screen size makes up for it. MY GAMING EXPERIENCE AT 1440p with: 3770k at 4.3 and a single 7970 at CCC max (1125/1575) All games have everything maxed out, and AA/rez as specified. DISCLAIMER I don't want comments showing me links to benchmarks. These are the games I have played for several hours and most of them I may even have finished. In my experience, most of the time the FPS most people get real world are much better than what benchmarks show, so noobs with no real experience aren't the best source of experience for opinions on this. BF3 SP 1440p no MSAA Avg FPS 80-100+ with rare drops below 65-80 fps. Can't want more smoothness. 1440p 2x MSAA Avg FPS 60-80 and rarely below 50-55 FPS but not smooth even when I get 65+ FPS. 1080p 4x MSAA Avg FPS 100+ with rarely below 80 fps. Would prefer playing at 1440p no MSAA though. BF3 MP 1440p no MSAA 64ply Avg FPS 60-90+ with rarely below 55 fps or so. Can't want more to play the game, no problem whatsoever. 1080p 4x MSAA 64ply Slightly higher fps but would play at 1440p no MSAA as I see no advantage of playing at 1080p 4x MSAA. 1080p no MSAA Slightly higher fps but not really very different as a smoothness experience. Medal of Honor Warfighter 1440p no MSAA Avg fps 60-80+ with rarely below 60-65 fps BFBC2 1440p 4x MSAA Perfect 1440p 8x MSAA Occasional FPS drops below 60 FPS Alan Wake and its sequel 1440p no MSAA Avg fps 50-75 fps, very playable and enjoyable though slightly more performance would be welcomed. Rarely below 50 fps, so no major issue. Hitman Absolution 1440p no MSAA Pretty much always above 60-80+ 1080p 4x MSAA Slightly higher fps but would prefer 1440p anyday 1440p 4x MSAA Too many slowdowns to be playable 1080p 8x MSAA Wouldn't play due to occasional slowdowns Max Payne 3 1440p no MSAA Pretty much always above 60 and mostly even higher 1440p 4x MSAA Wouldn't play due to many slowdowns Simcity 1440p with MSAA Reducing settings doesn't help in anyway. And the performance is decent anyway. Bioshock Infinite Didn't play much though 1440p no MSAA Avg fps 50-60+ but choppy 1080p no MSAA Avg fps 80-110+ but choppy 1080p no MSAA normal PP Avg FPS 180+ but choppy Either way the game doesn't run smooth. I guess Haswell will probably make it run smooth so GPUs are really not the issue here. NFS RUN Played at 1440p don't remember about AA but had no reason to complain. Probably 50-60+ fps (or maybe a lot higher) with AA too I think. Skyrim 1440p 8x MSAA no mods As good as the game can run on any hardware with the fps cap Call of Duty MW3 1440p 8x MSAA Call of Duty BO2 1440p 4x MSAA Games which won't run at 1440p no MSAA / 1080p 4x MSAA: Crysis 1 without mods 1080p no AA Nearly perfect 1440p no AA Avg fps around 45-50, would need at least a Titan OC or 690 to play at 1440p no AA with avg fps as 60. You still won't be able to max out the AA. Crysis 2 no mods 1440p no MSAA Barely playable but okayish, won't play though A titan is needed at least but even a 690 may struggle with 4x/8x MSAA. 1080p no MSAA Perfect, Crysis 2 with official mods, dx11 and tess 1080p no MSAA Enjoyable not perfect 1440p Unplayable for even a titan i guess. Dunno about 690. Talking of old drivers of course, as that was when I played. Metro 2033 no mods 1080p Ultra no AA Unplayable even on 690 leave alone my card. No way you can maintain 50+ fps with anything less than a few/several Titans. NFS MW No matter what I do unless I drop to Medium settings the min fps stay low. Haswell needed, GPU won't help much. Tomb Raider 1080p no MSAA Avg fps 50-60, enjoyable but not perfect 1440p no MSAA Unplayable for me 1080p 4x MSAA Unplayable for me To run at 1440p no MSAA you will need a Titan OC at 1100+ which would struggle or a 690. To play at 1440p 4x MSAA you will need Titan SLI at least. Bioshock Infinite Didn't play much though 1440p no MSAA Avg fps 50-60+ but choppy 1080p no MSAA Avg fps 80-110+ but choppy 1080p no MSAA normal PP Avg FPS 180+ but choppy Either way the game doesn't run smooth. I guess Haswell will probably make it run smooth so GPUs are really not the issue here. Crysis 3 Forget it. Need I say more. Bottomline 1. Most games will do fine at 1440p provided you don't enable MSAA. Those which don't chances are wouldn't run fine at 1080p 4x MSAA either. And either way, playing at 1080p no MSAA on a 1440p native rez monitor isn't an issue if you have a good monitor. 2. Some games would require a Titan SLI just to play at 1440p 4x MSAA at max settings with 60 FPS. If you have the budget then that is awesome, otherwise just drop AA and reduce the rez by one notch and your 7970/680 would rock it just fine as well. Just reducing one of the two is often not enough, but between AA and rez, I prefer to drop AA first.