Hey guys, I was just wondering, do I see less of whatever game I play when playing in 1680x1050 vs 1920x1080? I have a 22inch 1680x1050 monitor, and I was thinking of upgrading my graphics card soon. I'm looking at something like the 560 ti or the 6870/6950.
But then, if I see less stuff on the screen coz of my current resolution, I was thinking I might as well upgrade my monitor while I'm at it. Thing is, if I do upgrade my monitor, I might as well get a more powerful card(like the 570 or 6970) so I can max out my games on 1080. That move would cost way more cash than I was gonna spend, but I'm willing to save up if it will up my gaming experience.
So would the increase in resolution mean I'd get to see more of the game world as compared to gaming in my current one? Would I see more of the battlefield in starcraft 2? Would I be able to see more things at once in Assassin's Creed?
Or is the difference negligible and not worth the extra cash?
Whether you use 320x240 or 2560x1600, you'll still see the same amount of the scene. The only difference is that you'll have more pixels per square degree with a higher resolution, resulting in a crisper, sharper image.
In most games resolution is independent of the "viewport" ( the view of the virtual camera ) within the same aspect ratio. Depending on the game engine the viewport will be wider on 16:9/16:10 vs 4:3 monitors. However, in most cases the viewport just has more pixels in it.
Higher resolutions just increase the number of pixels, and therefore makes the images look better (less blocky, etc). The difference in performance between the 560ti/570 or 6870/6950 is significant but not night and day. I'd recommend upgrading your monitor and getting the best card that you can fit in your budget to go with it. You can either double up in SLI/Crossfire to improve performance or upgrade again down the road. When new GPU performance makes it worthwhile.
Your monitor will probably outlast all other components in your PC since it doesn't go obsolete like CPUs/GPUs. Show it some love with your budget!
Ok, thanks for the reps. So if the diff would be the amount of detail and not the amount of stuff you'd see at once, my follow up question: Is there really a big difference between 1680x1050 and 1920x1080? Or is the difference not worth the new monitor+ gtx570 or 6950? Coz if the diff isn't that big, I could just get the 560 ti and save much cash. But if the diff really is worth it, I'd gladly save up for the switch
I'm afraid the answer is subjective. I think that it is worth it. I honestly would not run a game at all rather than run it lower than 1080 now that I have a 1080 monitor.
My advice to you would be to go and see a 1080 monitor working in a shop and then you will have an idea of what the actual difference is.