Question Is there any major difference going from 1440p to 4K?

Unreal123

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Is there any major difference going from 1440p to 4K?

Currently i have a 1440p G Sync IPS monitor ,therefore, i need to know that is there difference like going from 1080p to 1440P?
 

BoomerD

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You're basically doubling the resolution...be sure your graphics card and CPU can keep up. Will you notice the difference? Probably...things SHOULD be more detailed.
 

Unreal123

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You're basically doubling the resolution...be sure your graphics card and CPU can keep up. Will you notice the difference? Probably...things SHOULD be more detailed.
I already have 4K TV Samsung OLED TV ,however, i do not notice that significant difference compare to my monitor. That is i wanted to ask will monitor be any different? Only a person who has 4K monitor can tell.
 

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I was planning to Aorus 4k OLED monitor Gsync supported ,however, this made me stop.
 
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I already have 4K TV Samsung OLED TV ,however, i do not notice that significant difference compare to my monitor. That is i wanted to ask will monitor be any different? Only a person who has 4K monitor can tell.
You're comparing oranges and pineapples. Your 4K TV is much larger than your monitor. (presumably) Compare a 4K show to one in standard definition on the TV.
 

CakeMonster

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Depends on a lot of factors. Although with DLSS/FSR2 being more supported, 4K will probably slowly become more accessible. If you're thinking of a 4K 60hz monitor, don't. High refresh rates should be the highest priority with regards to longevity and comfort.

I'd recommend 1440 for now, to make everything easier on yourself and get 165hz at a reasonable price, but again it depends.

1440 to 4K is less noticeable than 1080 to 1440, I'd go as far as to say that's an objective fact.
 

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I was planning to Aorus 4k OLED monitor Gsync supported ,however, this made me stop.
This past January, I wanted to upgrade from my ancient (10+ year old) Dell 24" 1080 TN monitor. I read a sh*t ton of reviews on line, (I live about 75 miles from the closest Best Buy or other store where I could actually see one in person) but finally settled on a 32" Dell 1440 165hz VA model. Other than in bright sunlight, I couldn't be happier.
 
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SteveGrabowski

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I have a 28 inch 4k 60 Hz monitor and it's such enormous diminishing returns on image quality while absolutely tanking framerate playing at 4k vs 1440p. Like 1440p is night and day better than 1080p on my screen but 4k WGAF. Only bought a 4k monitor because the PS5 won't output 1440p. I imagine it makes a huge difference on a 55 inch TV but it's not so much on my 28 inch monitor. I only plan to ever buy a gpu that can run 1440p60 as long as I'm using this panel. Was actually shocked how good 1440p looked on the panel since 1440p to 2160p isn't an integer upscale.
 
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@Unreal123

I only use 4K panels on my laptops because it allows for more real estate w/o needing an external monitor. I have 2-4X the space to spread out windows when bumping down the zoom factor for Windows. I can get more done w/o having to switch window focus as often.

When I ordered my current one w/ this in mind having to deal with FHD drove me nuts while hunting down the 4K120 it has now because it felt like being thrown back to the 90's with 768 resolution in comparison.
 

Muadib

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I already have 4K TV Samsung OLED TV ,however, i do not notice that significant difference compare to my monitor. That is i wanted to ask will monitor be any different? Only a person who has 4K monitor can tell.
What model is your tv? I have a 2k Acer monitor, and a LG C1 oled. Do I notice a diff? Heck yeah! It's not as much as I thought it would be, because when I'm gaming things are moving too fast to really pay attention. When things slow down and I look around I go damn, that looks good.
 

Unreal123

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What model is your tv? I have a 2k Acer monitor, and a LG C1 oled. Do I notice a diff? Heck yeah! It's not as much as I thought it would be, because when I'm gaming things are moving too fast to really pay attention. When things slow down and I look around I go damn, that looks good.
I say notice but not like 1080p to 1440p. Not massive but yes of course there is a difference. What my question is that people will recommend me to go from 1080p to 1440p if i had 1080p monitor so my question is that is it wise to move 4K and 100% less performance compare to 1440P. Is it worth, which only 4K user switching from 1440p can tell. That is my point.
 

OlyAR15

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The answer is always, "it depends."

It depends on what you are displaying: text/desktop graphics vs games. And even then, the type of games. 4k resolution can help immensely with things like flight simulators, where you are trying to read the gauges and instruments.

Size of monitor and viewing distance. That is the big issue for 4k TVs. Beyond a certain viewing distance, your eyes cannot tell the difference between 1080 and 4k for most moving images. For example with a 65" TV, you really need to be sitting within about 6' or so to be able to tell. Beyond 8' or so, you might as well just get a regular HD tv. Or get a larger 4k tv.

For desktop, the degree of scaling you use, which will determine the desktop area you have.
 

Leeea

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at 32 inch monitor and desktop distances, if a person had a video card to drive it, 4k would be quite nice.


Problem is, I do not believe their are any video cards that can drive a 4k monitor right now.

see:
In game after game, this generation of cards is simply inadequate at 4k resolutions.


I know the marketing claims they are. But they are not. They are pretty sweet at 1440p though.
 
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Muadib

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I say notice but not like 1080p to 1440p. Not massive but yes of course there is a difference. What my question is that people will recommend me to go from 1080p to 1440p if i had 1080p monitor so my question is that is it wise to move 4K and 100% less performance compare to 1440P. Is it worth, which only 4K user switching from 1440p can tell. That is my point.
I'd say that it is worth it, but it will cost you. Unless you already have a video card that can do 4K that is.
 

wanderica

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I upgraded to 4K when Pascal was new. Still running the same 1080Ti in fact. It wasn't quite up to snuff to drive that 4K monitor though, and I eventually switched to a 1440p ultrawide monitor. Now that made a huge difference to me. The increased aspect ratio, at least for me, was far and away the better choice. I expect in another generation or two, 4K at high refresh rates might be the go-to, but at least in my experience, it isn't quite there.

I do, however, have a 4K TV wall mounted in my office as a secondary monitor. It makes a very nice multimedia monitor for watching youtube, netflix, and the like as well as pulling up webpages in large font for distance viewing. I'll sometimes toss an older game that can cap the 60FPS framerate on it just for the shiggles, but I find myself using the ultrawide for almost all gaming. It just seems to be better all the way round.
 

Muadib

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If you have a small screen (27") its less noticeable. Biggest benefit of 4k is that it allows for larger screens to be used (32"+) where you can more appreciate the added detail 4k offers.
I agree with this! 4K at 27” is a total waste.


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Tup3x

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I agree with this! 4K at 27” is a total waste.


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I don't quite agree. 27" 1440p display doesn't have high enough pixel density for fonts in my opinion. Higher pixel density would make reading kanji much more enjoyable for example.
 
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From my own experience going from 1080p to 1440p had a little wow factor, while going from there to 4K was and still is just nice to have (27-28" screens). On these screen sizes I think nobody should actually sweat about going to 4K (unless its some specific usecase ofcourse).
 

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