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Can you see the diffrence between 720p and 1080p?

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September 21, 2012 8:23:59 PM

Alright, so I currently have a 660 ti installed in my system and am playing at 720p. I can rip through any game at 60 FPS. I have thrown around the idea of upgrading to a 1080p monitor over my TV. My question is, is the difference noticeable? I play about 2-3 feet away from my TV currently.

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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:29:36 PM

going from a 720p tv to a 1080p monitor is a huge difference, especially if you play pretty close to your tv. and the 660ti isnt being used to its fullest at your current resolution, so you will be fine running at 1080p.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:50:34 PM

Yes its the best upgrade I ever made going to a 1080P monitor.


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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:50:42 PM

The best way to tell is to go to a place that has several monitors at 720 and 1080, and look at the difference yourself and see if you can see a difference. While I may see a difference, your eyes may not be as good as mine and you might not see a difference, so the real test is to look for yourself.
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:52:26 PM

ss202sl said:
The best way to tell is to go to a place that has several monitors at 720 and 1080, and look at the difference yourself and see if you can see a difference. While I may see a difference, your eyes may not be as good as mine and you might not see a difference, so the real test is to look for yourself.


he's comparing a 720p TV, with a 1080p MONITOR. if you cant tell the difference between those two, then you should probably be playing on a console.
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:55:13 PM

Upgrading to 1080P monitor really makes things look so much more crisp and lifelike.
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September 21, 2012 8:56:23 PM

He's right though that some people with poor eyesight won't be able to tell the difference... my wife probably couldn't spot the difference between a 720p display and a 1080p display. Heck she'd probably prefer the 720p display because it has bigger text.

I personally could never do anything lower than 1080p. It's a VAST difference if you're up close like you usually are with a computer - more than TWICE the visual information than 720p.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 8:59:39 PM

Going and physically looking is without doubt the bast way to go about buying a new monitor if image quality really matters to you that much or you are looking for something to specifically fit a room etc.
In this case I agree its not needed to judge the difference but none the less good general advice.

@ MAC981

For crying out loud sit further away, You are loosing image quality sitting that close. A TV and a monitor for that matter have optimal viewing distances and about 90-95% of people sit too close to get the full benefit of the image quality available.

Mactronix :) 
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September 21, 2012 9:03:46 PM

BigMack70 said:
He's right though that some people with poor eyesight won't be able to tell the difference... my wife probably couldn't spot the difference between a 720p display and a 1080p display. Heck she'd probably prefer the 720p display because it has bigger text.

I personally could never do anything lower than 1080p. It's a VAST difference if you're up close like you usually are with a computer - more than TWICE the visual information than 720p.


Well I do wear glasses, I don't know if that would be a factor.
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 9:04:19 PM

Yes it will be more crisp on a monitor... because the pixels are smaller

But I personally use a pair of 55" 1080P TV for the simple fact that I can place them a good 10 feet away, and greatly relive the strain on my eyes for those 8-12 hour long gaming sessions =)
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September 21, 2012 9:06:37 PM

frombehind said:
Yes it will be more crisp on a monitor... because the pixels are smaller

But I personally use a pair of 55" 1080P TV for the simple fact that I can place them a good 10 feet away, and greatly relive the strain on my eyes for those 8-12 hour long gaming sessions =)


I usually don't play more than an hour so a monitor would probably be my best bet.
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September 21, 2012 9:17:19 PM

daswilhelm said:
going from a 720p tv to a 1080p monitor is a huge difference, especially if you play pretty close to your tv. and the 660ti isnt being used to its fullest at your current resolution, so you will be fine running at 1080p.

exactly what this guy said, there is a very noticeable difference when switching, more noticeable if its from a tv to a monitor
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a c 217 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 9:50:41 PM

mactronix said:
Going and physically looking is without doubt the bast way to go about buying a new monitor if image quality really matters to you that much or you are looking for something to specifically fit a room etc.
In this case I agree its not needed to judge the difference but none the less good general advice.

@ MAC981

For crying out loud sit further away, You are loosing image quality sitting that close. A TV and a monitor for that matter have optimal viewing distances and about 90-95% of people sit too close to get the full benefit of the image quality available.

Mactronix :) 


Sitting further away makes everything look a bit smaller. Sure, that makes it so you can't see jagged edges as much, but it also makes things more immersive. It's a personal taste thing.
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a c 217 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 10:11:24 PM

Sunius said:
Compare yourself :) .
http://imageshack.us/a/img43/3300/crysis220120831215553...
http://imageshack.us/a/img717/1087/crysis22012083121541...

It's the same scenery, but 720p one is ultra video settings. Still, 1080p looks MUCH better despite being on medium settings.


You can't compare that way unless you already had a 1080p monitor to view it on. You can zoom the picture to fit the screen and see the loss of clarity, but if you already are on a 720p screen, that doesn't happen.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 10:13:05 PM

Don't use fit the screen. Just zoom to 100%. You'll see the detail, even though the whole picture doesn't fit the screen.
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a c 217 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 10:15:20 PM

Sunius said:
Don't use fit the screen. Just zoom to 100%. You'll see the detail, even though the whole picture doesn't fit the screen.


You are still seeing the pixels at the same exact size as you do with either picture. All you see is a zoomed in image. You'd have to actually see the images on the different monitors to see the difference.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 10:33:27 PM

Exactly. Zoomed in image. That zoomed in image is much crispier and much more detailed. If you zoomed 720p one to the same level, you could even see how much worse 720p quality is.
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a c 217 U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 11:23:20 PM

Sunius said:
Exactly. Zoomed in image. That zoomed in image is much crispier and much more detailed. If you zoomed 720p one to the same level, you could even see how much worse 720p quality is.


Forget it, you can't figure it out. His monitor is smaller. Zoomed in, they would look exactly the same, crisp wise. You can't compare monitor quality on the same monitor. It just can't work.

Look at it this way. No matter how much he zooms in or out, the size of his pixels cannot shrink in size. The most crisp any image he can view is 720p. The closest thing he can do to compare is to move his monitor twice as far away as he normally views it.

The size of the monitor will also play a part in crispness. If he upgrades in size, it may be the same quality, only larger.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 22, 2012 8:31:43 AM

The whole point of going up to a 1080p monitor is that it has more smaller pixels which is why the image quality is better.

You physically cant display a 1080p image on a 720p screen so you physically cant show the exact same image which means you cant physically see the image quality difference.

Mactronix :) 
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