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Fullscreen or Windowed mode?

Last response: in Video Games
April 7, 2012 5:19:13 PM

I recently added another 560ti to my setup with dual monitors and i was wondering if it was better to play in fullscreen or windowed mode? does windowed mode cause lag at all?
April 8, 2012 1:31:15 AM

I would say it depends on the game.

I tested GTA San Andreas in Window mode and it took a performance hit when using the monitor's native resolution. Bringing it down to 1680x1050 greatly improved performance, but it's lower resolution.

I played Fallout 3 and Fallout: NV in window mode @ full resolution. I ALT + Tab out of the game from time to time to do various things like checking on the process of some video encoding in the background. However, ALT + Tab seems to crash these games. Hence, I play them in windowed mode.

Window mode can generally cause lag due because the video card is rendering the game and the desktop.

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April 8, 2012 3:10:28 AM

Fullscreen mode, period.

SLI and crossfire do not function in windowed mode, making your 2nd 560ti worthless.
April 8, 2012 4:30:53 PM

Best answer selected by Scooby2867.