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Ok, well if a game doesn't run well the usual solution is turn down settings and/or res. I never do the latter because, i'm not sure if it's my monitor but whenever I don't run at max res the game is quite blurry. Is this normal? Like running at a 1280x720 res I would expect the game to look worse, but not like crap. Is there something more going on behind the scenes? Also, note this is just a hypothetical question and from what I've tested, i've never had to turn my res down when I could just alter a few settings.
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Yes, if you lower a resolution below a monitors native resolution it will look worse.
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LCDs are designed to run on one resolution (called native resolution) and if you try anything else, the monitor has to interpolate to display the image, so that makes it look blurry.
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LCDs are designed to run on one resolution (called native resolution) and if you try anything else, the monitor has to interpolate to display the image, so that makes it look blurry.
This.

If you have to lower the resolution for whatever reason to improve performance, put the game into Windows Mode.
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LCDs are designed to run on one resolution (called native resolution) and if you try anything else, the monitor has to interpolate to display the image, so that makes it look blurry.


Ah +rep thanks I remember hearing something about "interpolation" but didn't think it applied to monitor's, damn that's a shame hopefully this'll somehow change in the future.
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You can make lower res look better in most cases by turning off the scaling, both in the NVCP and on your monitor itself. This makes the game window not take up the whole screen, so it's like windowed w/o the bar around it or the desktop behind it. When there's no scaling, there's no stretching, so the game looks just as good at whatever resolution ... just smaller.
    
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