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Title says it all, I'm looking to get my self a new monitor for Christmas with the money I'll be getting from all my family. I hought of buying a Dell U2711;

http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=32526&agid=424

But I'm not convinced of using 2560x1440 in games like Battlefield 3 as I would definitely run out of vram on the GTX580's if I wanted to use MSAA. Would the Dell U2711 look good at 1920x1080 while gaming? Desktop I'd definitely use 2560x1440. tongue.gif

I need your suggestions, I don't really know what to do, I planned on saving the money for a pair of Kepler cards in March-May 2012, but seeing how I can already max out Battlefield 3 on my GTX580 SLI, I don't need more GPU power until Battlefield 4 or another epic game comes out. lachen.gif

Or maybe I should get a U2412m instead, but I'm really tempted of getting a bigger monitor than what I currently have. tongue.gif

Maybe I should get a 27" which is a native 1080p? Are there any IPS monitors of 27" with 1080p native resolution?

I feel like buying a Dell U2711 and then gaming at 1080p would be a huge waste of money. doh.gif

Any suggestion is appreciated.
Edited by kcuestag - 11/23/11 at 6:27am
    
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Well, this 3007WFP looks fine at 1920*1200. But I'd much rather turn off AA and play at full resolution. A better resolution > more AA.

And I don't know of 27 inch IPS screens that are 1920*1080. But yeah, getting a 2560*1440 screen and then gaming on 1920*1080 is a waste. Especially since the 2560*1440 is going to look better without AA than 1920*1080 with.
Edited by MasterFire - 11/23/11 at 6:31am
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To be honest, I feel like I'd waste the money if I spent ~610€ on a great 2560x1440 monitor and then used it as 1080p. eek.gif

Maybe I should look into a cheaper 27" 1080p monitor, are there any other IPS 27" monitors which are 1080/1200p instead of 1440p?
    
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With a 2560x1440 monitor, you're better off using 0xAA at 2560x1440 than 1920x1080 with AA. It will look much cleaner. The jaggies won't be bad because the pixel density is quite high, and it will look better than scaled 1920x1080.

Would 1920x1080 look good? Well, it's a scaled unnative resolution. It will look bad compared to a native 1920x1080 monitor, though, on the u2711, it won't be absolutely horrible due to the high pixel density.

The effect/feel of running 1920x1080 on 2560x1440 is roughly the same as if you'd run 1600x900 with 1920x1080. If you can live with that / no AA, it's up for you to decide.


Edit - Where are you located? If it's the UK, you might want to look up the hazro monitor lineup if you don't want to spend so much money on the thing. A decent line up of glossy, cheap, 2560x1440 IPS panels. thumb.gif
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To be honest, I feel like I'd waste the money if I spent ~610€ on a great 2560x1440 monitor and then used it as 1080p. eek.gif

Maybe I should look into a cheaper 27" 1080p monitor, are there any other IPS 27" monitors which are 1080/1200p instead of 1440p?

I wouldn't know. But also wouldn't know why you'd even want to play at 1080p with AA when you can play at 1440p without AA. Like I said, and like De-Zant said, the 2560*1440 without AA is still easily better than the 1920*1080 with AA. Due to pixel density and quite obviously if you're going from TN to IPS; due to color.
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Now I just need someone with a pair of GTX580's to play BF3 with no AA for me at 2560x1440 to see if it still plays at +60fps. tongue.gif

Looks like I may get a U2711 after all. biggrin.gif
    
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Now I just need someone with a pair of GTX580's to play BF3 with no AA for me at 2560x1440 to see if it still plays at +60fps. tongue.gif
Looks like I may get a U2711 after all. biggrin.gif

Take a look at the 2 charts below. They show GTX580 SLI playing BF3 with AA at 2560x1600. From these data, I speculate that without AA at 2560x1440, it will play at +60fps.
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For me, I do not worry this at all as I will get an U3011 for Christmas. And I only have a pair of GTX570 SLI. wink.gif

(If you really want a 27'' 1080p alternative for consideration, Samsung SA950 is a good one even though it has TN panel.)
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I think you convinced me. biggrin.gif

If I go from MSAAx4 to OFF I gain a good 20-25fps which should easily hold me into the +60fps all the time. biggrin.gif

I think I will definitely get the Dell U2711, not to mention 1600p is way bigger than 1440p too. tongue.gif
    
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If you have $1,400+ shipping to throw-around, I can run by CMU and pick you up a IBM 3840x2400 IPS monitor. :P

 

Realistically though, I agree with your decision much more though.

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Don't worry about it, you'll be buying new graphics cards before too long yet that monitor will last you for years and years.

I have a 30" and I make do with a 6950. Most games are playable maxed out with 2xAA. You certainly don't need more than 2xAA at these really high resolutions.

These monitors are gorgeous, really amazing picture and great to game on. You certainly DON'T want to be gaming at anything other than native resolution though, unless you are running windowed mode.
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