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Gaming and general usage(Movies, Programming, etc) on 1440p.

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June 27, 2013 10:40:11 PM

Hi guys,

I decided to upgrade my monitor(1080p) to 1440p, is anyone out there using a 1440p or have tested give me some opinions?

a) Do you notice a major upgrade when you go from 1080p to 1440p?
b) How much better is it to game and general task @ 1440p?
c) Is it worth the upgrade?
d) Is games going to scale well and other applications as well?
e) I just saw the Asus 4K monitor and what do you guys think about it?

System Specs:
Intel i5-3570k @ 4.7ghz
EVGA GTX 780 SC
Corsair (2x4gb) RAM
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June 27, 2013 10:52:35 PM

a) Games look amazing at 1440p if you have the hardware to feed it frames.
b) not sure how this differs from (a), but general use is much better as well, programming, web, etc.
c) Only you can decide that, in my opinion it matters how much you're dropping on the new monitor.
d)Yes and yes
e) You'll have a hell of a time trying to push pixels to a 4k monitor for games, for everything else it would be awesome.

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June 27, 2013 11:47:21 PM
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I went from 1680x1050 to 2560x1440 a year or two ago.

a) Do you notice a major upgrade when you go from 1080p to 1440p?

Yes and no. I went from a cheap TN panel to a high-end IPS. Rather than the jump in resolution, the overall color quality and improved viewing angles were the biggest improvement for me.

b) How much better is it to game and general task @ 1440p?

General tasks/working @1440p is great. I sometimes do translation work at home, and having lots of screen real estate is very helpful. I can view the document that I'm translating on the left and view my new doc on the right or have the browser open on the left for research or online dictionaries and the full doc on the right. However, I had to increase the DPI. Menus become hard to read due to text size.

Games look great at 1440p and I don't want to go back to a lower resolution because I like eye candy, but honestly I don't think it is that big of an upgrade. The reason I say this is because once you get into a game, the resolution is not such a big deal. For me it is kind of like watching a really good movie on Bluray vs DVD. Sure, Pulp Fiction on Bluray looks great but I enjoy the film just as much on DVD.

The other issue with gaming is that it requires a lot of GPU power. I had to upgrade to Crossfire to get the results that I was looking for at 1440p. With your 780 you should be just fine.

c) Is it worth the upgrade?

For work, photo editing and this type of task - yes (if you spend enough time in front of the machine).

Gaming - If you are a "hardcore" gamer than probably yes. Games like The Witcher 2 @1440p on an IPS are pretty nice and you'll probably appreciate the extra detail. If you are a casual gamer then I think it is hard to justify the increased cost.

But seeing that you've got a GTX 780 I assume you are not messing around. You'll probably be pretty happy with 1440p.

d) Is games going to scale well and other applications as well?

Games are fine and most applications are fine, but like I mentioned you will probably need to increase the DPI.

e) I just saw the Asus 4K monitor and what do you guys think about it?

Too early to adopt 4k tech now. Expensive and GPUs can't really handle it.

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June 28, 2013 9:43:51 AM

Thank you all for the replies. Is there any monitor that is worth recommending? I looked at the Dell Ultra Sharp 27" and Samsung Series 9(S27B970D) and one Asus, each have pretty good reviews and pretty bad too.
June 29, 2013 7:17:47 AM

vinhn said:
Thank you all for the replies. Is there any monitor that is worth recommending? I looked at the Dell Ultra Sharp 27" and Samsung Series 9(S27B970D) and one Asus, each have pretty good reviews and pretty bad too.


I have a Dell u2711. If you look up reviews you'll find rave reviews praising the quality from most media outlets, but when you read forums you will find lots of reviews complaining about the anti-glare coating, with many users saying they can't stand the monitor.

When I got mine I tested out some games and edited some photos and I thought the monitor was great. Then I opened a Word document and started to see why people didn't like the anti-glare. With whites you get a crystalised look to the screen. Also, I had previously used a glossy screen, which is quite different from a matte AG screen.

At first I hated it and wanted to return the monitor. Because I do a lot of word processing I am constantly looking at white screens. I found it annoying. I even posted a warning here on Toms about the coating. But later I moved to a new apartment with a lot more natural light and began to appreciate the AG coating. It just took some getting used to. I also noticed that compared to the glossy screen it seemed to reduce eye strain.

You may want to take a look at the monitors up close if you can. Dell still seems to be using the coating with their newer Ultra Sharps and I'm still seeing complaints.

The Samsung you mentioned looks nice but is really expensive. I don't think I could see spending that much on a monitor. 1,200 USD is a lot.


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June 29, 2013 12:54:53 PM

Well thank you. I'll try to have a look around.
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