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Gaming on a 4k monitor at less than 4k resolution?

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June 24, 2014 6:21:11 AM

hi there,

i've decided on my rig and preferable resolution…
i want to play games on Ultra settings at 2560x1440 resolution..

i really like the idea of 4k resolution…. i do… but i foresee myself having to turn down the settings to medium e.t.c… or having very poor fps.
It seems that graphics cards at the moment just aren't cut out for 4k gaming at high settings.

i've finally decided to get two: Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X TRI-X OC 4GB GDDR5… in crossfire..
My instinct is to get a; 29" 2560x1440 monitor… as even if i got a 4k monitor to 'future proof my monitor' now….. and just used it at 1440 res… -> by the time i got round to upgrading my GPUs - my 4k monitor will be an 'entry level / poor quality 4k monitor'….

Have i got my thinking right on this?

My rig is going to be:

CPU - Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz
Motherboard - ASUS Z97 Pro
CPU Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Video Card - Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X TRI-X OC 4GB GDDR5
Video Card - Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X TRI-X OC 4GB GDDR5 (crossfire)
RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB
SSD - Crucial M500 240GB
HDD - Western Digital Blue 1TB
Case - CM Storm Stryker – Full Tower
Power Supply - Seasonic M12II-850
Optical Drive - Samsung 24x SATA DVD RW

I think it's best in the current climate to wait a year or two for 4k gaming..?
do you reckon that's a good way to approach things..?


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a b C Monitor
June 24, 2014 6:41:33 AM

I would NOT buy a 4K monitor today for gaming. Why? Because of the plain fact that all 4K monitors today use tiled displays. Additionally, every single 4K monitor on the market right now is rated at 60Hz or less and are equipped only with HDMI 1.4b and Displayport 1.2. I highly recommend you wait until 120Hz capable 4K monitors with single tile displays equipped with HDMI 2.0 and/or Displayport 1.3 become available. Buying the first generation of anything is always a bad idea for us enthusiasts. Ultimately, patience is your best choice today. Wait for the second generation 4K monitors to be released that are better designed for PC gaming.
a b C Monitor
a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2014 6:42:55 AM

I agree with you about the current climate for 4k's affordable 4K displays will be next years guinea pigs. If youre like me, you wont want to put so much money into a just compromise with medium settings (even though@4k). If you can, grab a quality 1440p monitor...I use IPS and love it. If it's a consumer grade TN...then might as well grab a 4K monitor over 1440p.

Display Quality>Resolution
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June 24, 2014 7:01:30 AM

Thank you both for your answers!
I wish i could choose two 'best solutions'.

toddybody - completely agree about next years guinea pigs ;) … and with the cards not being designed for the monitors and vice versa it just doesn't seem thought through.
And i would NOT be spending the ridiculous amount of money i am to settle with medium settings heheh…. might as well get a PS4…

I'm not very clued up about monitors.. i don't really know what IPS or TN grade is.. - TN is bad right?
that's the next thing on my list… monitor…

here's the monitor that was suggested to go with my rig:
ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit Professional Graphics Monitor

It has a PLS panel :??:  and a 5ms {grey to grey?} response time - i was a bit disappointed by the 5ms response time..
but i don't really have a clue when it comes to monitors..

What should i be looking for in a monitor :) 
seeing as i'm going to be gaming at 2560x1440 for a couple of years… it better be a damned good 2560x1440!
but i really don't know what're the important aspects of a monitor; like panel, ms, colours, and stuff e.t.c.

thanks very much for clearing things up about 4k.
I shall wait till they sort their Stuff.. out.

a b C Monitor
June 25, 2014 7:03:34 AM

PLS panel technlogy was introduced by Samsung in 2010 to compete with LG's IPS panel technlogy. PLS looks and performs just as well (8-bit colors and 5ms response times) as the best IPS monitors on the market today and actually cost about 15% less because of the less costly manufacturing process:

As far as recommendations as to what monitor to buy, it all depends on the kinds of games you play. If you primarily play RTS or RPG games, then stick with a PLS or IPS monitor. However, if you play mostly FPS games, I would recommend you wait for Asus to release the very much anticipated ROG SWIFT gaming monitor. This monitor will be the very first 27-inch 144Hz 2560x1440 10-bit TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync technology on the market. From all of the preliminary reviews, the 10-bit TN panel looks just as good as any PLS or IPS monitor, but yet has a 1ms response time! Expected retail price is $799 and should be available for purchase sometime in July:
July 14, 2014 2:22:37 AM

wow, thanks for the reply NINJA.
Very helpful.

Well i do play a lotta FPS games… and i've been debating for a while whether to go with 60hz MAX settings or 120hz lesser settings / or frame rates..
But this monitor sounds pretty awesome :) 
I also like RTS games, and wandering, observing games like Skyrim e.t.c… (nicely rendered graphics)

But this monitor sounds like it has it all!!…. only problem is i'm in the U.K so we can probably expect it to go on sale at £799..
i'm going to have to wait a while for a cool monitor though as the rig i'm buying is rendering me broke.