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1366x768 vs 1080 downscale

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December 31, 2012 3:32:50 PM

My 37" TV was "supposedly" HD ready which was brought at about 1-2 years but after I upgraded my rig and plugged it up, I found out it's native resolution was 1366x768 not 1080....... :cry: 

Thus i have a simple question.

Is it better to set resolution at 1080 then let the tv do the down-scaling or run games at the native resolution?

I have no idea but, doesn't down-scaling mean same detail over a smaller area thus more detailed?

Thanks for your time
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 8:16:58 PM

not always.
it all depends on how good your tv is in downscaling.a good downscaling engine in your tv means you retain most of the picture quality.
for playing games though it is better to use the native resolution of the tv and use the low resolutions to get better fps and higher quality settings with various eye candy turned on.
December 31, 2012 8:34:58 PM

Even if you set resolution for 1080p your TV would not show it, as it is outside of its maximum resolution. Best stick with native
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 9:27:26 PM

If your tv is that resolution you won't even have the option to set it any higher.
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 9:32:33 PM

if his tv is hd ready,the tv should support downscaling from 1080p to what ever native resolution it supports.
December 31, 2012 9:35:56 PM

What would be the point in that? Any downscaling would just degrade the picture that could come clean in that resolution in the first place. Use native.
December 31, 2012 9:55:52 PM

Ramjali said:
My 37" TV was "supposedly" HD ready which was brought at about 1-2 years but after I upgraded my rig and plugged it up, I found out it's native resolution was 1366x768 not 1080....... :cry: 

Thus i have a simple question.

Is it better to set resolution at 1080 then let the tv do the down-scaling or run games at the native resolution?

I have no idea but, doesn't down-scaling mean same detail over a smaller area thus more detailed?

Thanks for your time


You got bit by what a lot of my friends got bit by when getting HD tv's. There are 3 levels of HD. 720p(Lowest level of HD), 1080i(set at the resolution of 1080 but visual quality of 720p), and 1080p.

Your TV is 720p which is HD. I wouldn't run anything beyond that. Some Tv's won't downscale from 1080. It would be wiser to play at the native resolution.
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 10:41:26 PM

I don't know about TV, but downsize picture quality is much better than lower native resolution... (IMO) :bounce: 

the bad is, it will make the hw works harder and the onscreen text / substitles ("Hard sub") will be much smaller.........

edit: actually, the tv spec is right, "HD" (branding) is 720p. 1080p is "Full HD"

a c 358 U Graphics card
a b x TV
December 31, 2012 11:41:53 PM

Just stick with setting the game to the TV's native resolution of 1366x768.

If the TV is capable of downscaling, then the only thing you gain is lower performance because the graphics card is still rendering the game at 1920x1080 resolution.
a c 358 U Graphics card
a b x TV
December 31, 2012 11:43:06 PM

Also downscaling involves a bit of processing by the TV so you also "gain" increased input lag. Most people prefer to decrease input lag.
May 5, 2013 5:09:06 AM

Ramjali said:
My 37" TV was "supposedly" HD ready which was brought at about 1-2 years but after I upgraded my rig and plugged it up, I found out it's native resolution was 1366x768 not 1080....... :cry: 

Thus i have a simple question.

Is it better to set resolution at 1080 then let the tv do the down-scaling or run games at the native resolution?

I have no idea but, doesn't down-scaling mean same detail over a smaller area thus more detailed?

Thanks for your time


Um HD Ready is the promotional moniker for 720p, which is the same res as your TV. TVs at 1080p are promoted as "Full HD."
May 5, 2013 5:53:06 AM

Use the native, downscaling causes inverted aliasing on edges. Also better framerate.
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