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1440p monitor or 120hz 1080p????? (For gaming)

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January 26, 2014 5:20:20 PM

Hi, I am looking in on buying a new monitor and don't know wether to get a 1440p monitor or a 120hz 1080p one!
So far I have read that 120hz is better for shooters (Which I love to play), but I don't really play the competetively (I mostly play single player games). My graphics card can easily handle 1440p (r9 290), so what should I choose??
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January 26, 2014 5:25:40 PM

Obviously you should go for 1440p. The 120hz 1080p is nice for competitive multiplayer games like Counter Strike, Battlefield and CoD but for single player immersion 1440p will be so much better
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January 26, 2014 5:39:51 PM

It also comes down to budget. A quality 2560x1440 monitor will cost more.

I absolutely love my Dell U2711 2560x1440 monitor, though I might not buy the same one today. You must research these CAREFULLY as many have issues. If you had an NVidia graphics card I'd suggest buying a G-Sync monitor which runs very smooth with minimal lag at even 40FPS but you don't. While I play most games at 1920x1080 since they look basically IDENTICAL to higher resolutions (like Skyrim) some games greatly benefit from 2560x1440. mostly top-down games with small text/HUD elements like:
- Starcraft 2
- Diablo 3 (if I played it)
- Torchlight
- CIV5

I find 60FPS to be pretty smooth for most games. In fact, the problem with a 60FPS game which is NOT smooth is usually not due to the frame rate specifically but an issue with stuttering, and pop-in.

I went back and played HALF LIFE 1 at 60FPS with VSYNC ON and it was far smoother than other modern games at 60FPS. I'm not saying 120FPS can't be smoother, just that I don't need it to be better than 60FPS.

*It's also important to note that you need to generate above 120FPS in a game if you wish to synch to 120FPS VSYNC otherwise it resynchs to 60FPS anyway, and I don't like VSYNC OFF due to screen tearing (which gets worse at higher frame rates, not better).

It's VERY difficult to get above 120FPS consistently in a modern game, unless you sacrifice some visual quality which to me isn't a good trade-off.
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January 26, 2014 5:56:00 PM

photonboy said:
It also comes down to budget. A quality 2560x1440 monitor will cost more.

I absolutely love my Dell U2711 2560x1440 monitor, though I might not buy the same one today. You must research these CAREFULLY as many have issues. If you had an NVidia graphics card I'd suggest buying a G-Sync monitor which runs very smooth with minimal lag at even 40FPS but you don't. While I play most games at 1920x1080 since they look basically IDENTICAL to higher resolutions (like Skyrim) some games greatly benefit from 2560x1440. mostly top-down games with small text/HUD elements like:
- Starcraft 2
- Diablo 3 (if I played it)
- Torchlight
- CIV5

I find 60FPS to be pretty smooth for most games. In fact, the problem with a 60FPS game which is NOT smooth is usually not due to the frame rate specifically but an issue with stuttering, and pop-in.

I went back and played HALF LIFE 1 at 60FPS with VSYNC ON and it was far smoother than other modern games at 60FPS. I'm not saying 120FPS can't be smoother, just that I don't need it to be better than 60FPS.

*It's also important to note that you need to generate above 120FPS in a game if you wish to synch to 120FPS VSYNC otherwise it resynchs to 60FPS anyway, and I don't like VSYNC OFF due to screen tearing (which gets worse at higher frame rates, not better).

It's VERY difficult to get above 120FPS consistently in a modern game, unless you sacrifice some visual quality which to me isn't a good trade-off.


Then I'll go for 1440p, but what one would you recommend other than the Dell U2711 ??
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January 26, 2014 7:19:21 PM

I personally find higher frame rates to be very immersive. They make it so the view changes feel more connected to my hand. It also allows you to turn off V-sync and not notice the tearing as much (still there).

If you can wait a few months, there are going to be some 1440p @ 120hz monitors with G-sync and the responsiveness of TN to go with it. While TN panels aren't as crisp with color shift, they have much better latency and pixel response times.
http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/CES-2014-ASUS-RO...
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January 27, 2014 11:24:36 PM

Always go for new tech as it is the future !! so go for 1440p :) 
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