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Can a GTX 780M containing laptop handle 1440p resolution gameplay??

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March 4, 2014 11:33:15 AM

Hi there,

I just bought a high performance laptop that contains a GTX 780M GPU, which I know is great, but alas it is still a mobile GPU.

It would be great if I could get some experienced advice regarding if this GPU will be able to handle 1440p gameplay for current games (Elder Scrolls Online, Dark Souls II, Diablo 3, and BF4 are my priority I guess).

The reason I ask is because ideally I would like to buy a 27' 1440p monitor, but it might not be the best purchase if this laptop cant handle that resolution. I've heard that running 1080p on a 1440p monitor doesn't look as good as running 1080p on a 1080p monitor. So if I'm forced to run 1080p I guess it would make sense to split for the 1080p 24' instead?

If my level of performance will be a bit short, can a gtx 780M in a very well ventilated laptop (with an external cooling fan) be overclocked to increase performance? Or is this a hazardous idea? I have no idea how to overclock a GPU I'm just wondering if people do it for 780Ms in well ventilated laptops with 'IC Diamond Thermal Compound on CPU + GPU' and using a 'Theramltake Massive23 LX USB Cooling Fan Tray'.

Thank you very much for your advice. For somewhat computer naives like myself its very much appreciated.
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March 4, 2014 11:43:46 AM

1. You will struggle to reach 60FPS on any sort of decent setting @1440p.

2. Overclocking mobile parts is ALWAYS a bad idea.
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March 4, 2014 11:46:25 AM

I doubt that the 780M can play games at 1440 with high details and decent or even playable frame rates. That particular GPU has roughly half the performance of a desktop GTX 780. With that said, it MAY be possible to play some games that are highly optimized or call for light loads on the GPU at that resolution (i.e. Diablo 3). As far as overclocking is concerned, I don't believe that this sort of GPU is designed for that, not to mention the laptops power delivery. Either way, I would stay away from overclocking a laptop GPU entirely if you have never done so before.

I would stick with 1080P for now. You can still get great image quality and gaming experience running this resolution.
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March 4, 2014 1:12:11 PM

Great thanks guys. But do you agree with the opinion that if I am going to run at 1080p it's a good idea to get a 1080p monitor because 1080p on a 1440p monitor doesn't look as good? From what I've read some people say that it looks terrible, whereas some say its not so bad. I wish I could see the difference with my own eyes.. I just would really like the big monitor for non-gaming purposes or gaming with older games, so it hurts to only go for the 1080p 24'.
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March 4, 2014 1:33:42 PM

I think its ALWAYS bad playing at a lower than native resolution. You could even get WORSE performance due to the fact.
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March 5, 2014 7:16:21 AM

I agree with Novuake, if you are going to play at 1080P stick with a 1080P native monitor.
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March 5, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Ok thanks guys, I guess I'll stick with that!
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