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Going to 1080p from 1680x1050, is it a sidegrade?

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I have a powerful computer and can't help but feel I'm not getting the most out of my current res, 1680x1050. I would like to upgrade, but I've googled this topic and some people say the resolution won't make a difference, and some others say that 16:10 is a better aspect ratio for gaming. So I wanted to get your thoughts on this. Is 1920x1080 noticeably better than 1680x1050 and would an upgrade be worth it for a current owner of a good 1680x1050 monitor, or would it be more of a sidegrade?
post #2 of 20
I find this all comes down to how large the screen is and how close you are to it. I won't offer an opinion on 16:9 vs 16:10 just that 16:9 is the industry standard now.
Edited by Captain318 - 2/21/12 at 12:39pm
     
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Its an upgrade. I went from a samsung 1680 display, to a asus 1920 and its alot better.
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post #4 of 20
upgrade for sure! everything is so much more crisp thumb.gif
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Is it night and day shock and awe jaw dropping?
I guess not, but I've had a 22" 1680x1050 display and currently have a 24" 1920x1080 display and would never go back, not even if you paid me.

Also had a 24" 1920x1200 display, but that's a different comparison / argument altogether (I kept the 16:9 for my needs).

If you opted for 16:9/1920x1080 display you'd have a better field of view, and (of course) higher resolution.
Not too difficult to play most games at that resolution either these days, it's essentially the standard now.
Edited by candy_van - 2/21/12 at 12:43pm
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Agreed ^. Came from Acer 22" 1680 to Acer 22" 1920. It was worth it for me.
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post #7 of 20
Definitely worth the upgrade.
    
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post #8 of 20
Buy it.
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Resolution alone? Its obviously an upgrade. Anyone arguing that the tiny insubstantial difference in aspect ratio is somehow a deal-breaker is just trying to justify their own hardware via denial of reality.

That said, there are many aspects to monitors which matter besides resolution and aspect ratio.

1 - size. Bigger is better up until it gets too big to be comfortable from the distance you use it from. (note, this is inversely proportional to pixel density if total resolution is the same)
2 - pixel density. Resolution / size. 1080p on a 50 inch tv will look blurry compaired to even 800x600 on a cellphone size screen. Higher density is always better for image quality.
3 - brightness - more is better. You can always turn it down.
4 - Response time. Less is always better.
5 - color accuracy and gamut size - more is always better.
6 - viewing angle - more is always better.
7 - bezel size - less is always better for multi-monitor, for single monitor it is irrelevant.
8 - backlight distribution - more even is always better.
9 - contrast - more is always better (software enhanced contrast does not count)
10 - power consumption / heat output - less is always better.
11 - Frequency / refresh rate - higher is always better.
12 - additional features - USB passthroughs, webcams, speakers... theres never a reason not to have them if all other aspects are equal.

And lastly, not directly related to the monitor itself, but an important aspect in choosing one - your GPU and CPU. Why? Because if you are getting 60 FPS on a 1680 60hz screen, all is well - but if you try to run the same hardware with a 1080p screen, your fps is likely to drop significantly, leaving you with better image quality, but worse gameplay experience.

Similarly, if you are fine on a certain resolution at 60 fps and a 60hz monitor, upgrading to a 120hz monitor won't do you any good unless you also upgrade your hardware to allow for a higher fps.


Without taking into account ALL these variables, its really impossible to say if you are making an upgrade or merely a sidegrade.
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Yes it's worth it, however I myself HATE 1920x1080 monitors, they are just too narrow up and down for me. I love my 1920x1200 Dell Ultra Sharps though, tons of extra room.
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