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As title stated, is resolution or settings more important for gaming? For example, highest settings at 1366x768 vs medium settings at 1920x1080?
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post #2 of 14
If using a LCD, you want to use native resolution regardless.

Settings is a generic term. There are dozens of different possible settings.


You're comparing an apple to an orange. While both are fruit, they are too different to compare.
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post #3 of 14
What do you mean by "which is more important"?

Graphics quality, FPS, etc?
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If I had to choose between a higher resolution vs lower res and more AA I would go higher res every time.
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When I can't completely max my games FULL AA/AF/MSAA tessellation/PhsyX @ 1080P etc, I will upgrade.
Metro is the only game and I can still play it a 8XAA/16XAF tessellation full 1080P 50-60FPS average.

As far as the question, resolution helps but its only a small factor when it comes to graphics and what you see. The complexity/programming/technology of the game engine, the features it supports and what it has to offer decide how good its going to look. Just cranking up the resolution is for noobies. And we have MANY MANY new enthusiasts who think resolution is everything.

It depends on the game really.
Some I would turn the resolution down and the features up, but for most shooters you want the resolution up for better viewability. Is viewability a word? lol.
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Well with LCD monitors, as duckie said, always choose native resolution before doing anything else. Unnative resolutions on LCD monitors look like garbage.

Now since I'm running a CRT with an unbelievably high pixel density, the difference between 1600x1200 and 2048x1536 is very subtle but still very noticiable in many ways.

However, should I choose between medium on 2048x1536 and high on 1600x1200, I would choose high on 1600x1200 every time.
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Higher res is always the best experience for me than higher settings. Run a game on max at 640x480. Horrible. Now run a game at 1920x1080 at lowest settings. Bearable.
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I prefer higher resolution. Moving to a higher resolution naturally gets rid of some of the jagged edges just like AA on a lower resolution would. I think a higher res looks better.

But like people above me said, I try to use the native resolution. I use 1920x1080 and adjust settings to get smooth gameplay from there.
    
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post
Now since I'm running a CRT with an unbelievably high pixel density, the difference between 1600x1200 and 2048x1536 is very subtle but still very noticiable in many ways.

However, should I choose between medium on 2048x1536 and high on 1600x1200, I would choose high on 1600x1200 every time.
This is what I'd have said.

With LCDs, you're pretty much forced to stick with native resolution so in that case, I'd stick with higher resolution.
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Originally Posted by AngeloG. View Post
Higher res is always the best experience for me than higher settings. Run a game on max at 640x480. Horrible. Now run a game at 1920x1080 at lowest settings. Bearable.
Every unnative resolution on LCD monitors look as bad as 640x480 on my CRT.

With this thing, everything is a native resolution, and therefore looks good.
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