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Gaming at 2560x1440 vs 1920x1080

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October 2, 2012 3:21:33 PM

I am considering getting a 2560x1440 monitor as I remember years ago how amazing it was when I got my 1st 1080 monitor, can anyone else who switched or has both let me know what they think. Is it much better or just an expensive way of making games look a little better? I have a Radeon 6950 2Gb so I realise some games I will need to lower the settings a bit. I mainly play RTS & RPG games and am generally happy with 30+FPS.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 3:42:21 PM

Well i've never played on a 1440P monitor but i remember when i made the switch from 1280x1024 to 1920x1080 and it was just amazing so in my opinion going 1440p will be a major upgrade.
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October 2, 2012 3:58:47 PM

Games will look defenitely great at 1440p. No doubt about that.
Also you've got 6950 with 2gb mem so it is not going to be a problem
a b C Monitor
October 2, 2012 4:16:52 PM

2560x1440 is very pretty. much nicer than 1080p. however, it does require a lot more gpu to run games on top settings with. if you can provide the gpu power, i suggest 2560x1440. if not, i suggest 1080p.

a single 6950 will not provide top settings in all games at 2560x1440@60 fps. 2 6950s will though.
October 2, 2012 4:35:30 PM

Aside from overall graphics card horsepower here, video RAM size is absolute king when dealing with high resolutions. The more you can get the better as it's very much needed for the higher buffering requirement of all the extra pixels. For the 6950, 2 Gb will show some weakness in more stressful games as this is really the minimum you would want for this resolution if you're looking to take as much advantage as possible of the higher-def display.
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
October 2, 2012 4:51:31 PM

Cheers for all the answers guys I am going to get one, is there any reason to think they will come down in price significantly in the next 3-6 months or should I get one now?
October 2, 2012 4:51:47 PM

You might be forced to lower settings a bit but the overall gaming experience will be too good.
October 2, 2012 4:56:20 PM

simon12 said:
Cheers for all the answers guys I am going to get one, is there any reason to think they will come down in price significantly in the next 3-6 months or should I get one now?

Don't see any reasons for prices to come down
a b C Monitor
October 2, 2012 4:58:02 PM

I went from 1920x1080 to 5760x1080 and ya big digffrence hard to ever go back from all that space and games just look awesome that use all the space correctly.

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a c 128 C Monitor
October 2, 2012 5:02:45 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Hmmm... well i don't think it's better i actually traded my 2560x1440 for 100 bucks and this http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-XL2420T-Professional-Gaming-... i like it much better makes gaming smooth imo.


This is what I like. You'll notice a difference either way, but I love the extra responsiveness you gain with 120hz. For me it even reduces/eliminates motion sickness as a result of the extra responsiveness.

Edit: I also really like 3D Vision as well, made possible by these monitors.
October 2, 2012 5:05:24 PM

I love gaming on my 1440p monitor. It was a huge step coming from 1080p. Everything looks much crisper and nice. You can find 1440p monitors on ebay for under $400
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October 2, 2012 5:09:26 PM

you only get 25% more screen with 2560

I would multi monitor before going up in size
a b 4 Gaming
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October 2, 2012 10:49:08 PM

1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600 pixels 2560 x 1440 = 3,686,400 pixels that 1.78 times more or 78% and I don't like the idea of the bezels but I did consider it, space is also a problem for 3 screens.
a b 4 Gaming
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October 2, 2012 10:57:38 PM

Neither is necessarily true. Screen size is not changed based on resolution. Total pixels is what is increased by 78%.
a b 4 Gaming
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October 2, 2012 11:00:07 PM

True
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