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So, I'm getting a new monitor. I currently have a 27' 1080p 120hz Asus VG278H but will be returning it because the overall image quality isn't that great and the 3D is vastly overrated. I'm currently torn between staying at 1080p or making the jump to 1440p. The one thing I do know is that I want a monitor that is 27 inches that can satisfy all my needs.

After having tried a 1080p 27', I am satisfied with the looks of things at 1080p. Games just look goddamn fantastic at 27' 1080p for me and run silky smooth (not honestly sure if that's the 120hz kicking in or not). Still, enough people sing the praises of 1440p that I have to wonder if I'm going to be missing out...

The monitor I'm looking into right now is the Samsung S27A950D. It is a 120hz TN display, but person after person keeps saying to not judge it by that in the reviews I'm reading. The general consensus is that it features fantastic image quality, especially considering its a TN. The 3D is nothing to write home about, but I am liking all the things I'm reading about the 2D picture quality when it comes to movies and games, plus its got 120hz.

My uses are as follows: gaming>movies>television/anime>college work (writing essays, research, etc). Although gaming is at the top of that, the other things are weighted pretty evenly, I basically need something that performs well in all those areas (yes, I may be asking too much). I am pretty picky about image quality when it comes to movies, because I watch a ton of blu-rays. This basically has to serve as my home entertainment center and college workplace for the next few years, so I want to be happy with it.

Another thing worth mentioning is that I have some pretty bad problems with eye strain. The extra inches at 1080p seems to make things noticeably easier on my eyes as compared to my old 1080p 16 inch screen, which was killing my eyes. If I'm going to be squinting and rubbing my eyes again at 1440p, then I'd rather forget it.

I don't know if its just because I've never seen a 1440p 27' screen before, but I really don't mind 1080p at 27 inches. People complain about the pixel density and stuff... I think it looks alright. Plus, I like the fact that my video-card can demolish anything on the market and am not particularly a fan of drop-kicking my FPS by heading to 1440p. It'll still be playable, but not as smooth as I might like. Still, I don't want to be kicking myself in 6 months for not making the jump.

Before anyone states the obvious, I don't really have an easy way of comparing 1080p and 1440p in person. I am not aware of any stores in my area that carry 1440p screens in store, and the more specialized electronic stores are an ungodly ways away and even then I have my doubts they'd carry them.

Price-wise, $700 is my absolute max. I'm cringing just spending that much. Any advice for my situation and particular needs would be very much appreciated.

My basic system specs for anyone who is curious as to how I'll perform at 1080p and 1440p respectively.

NZXT Phantom 410 Case
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EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB
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Thanks in advance for any help given.
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I have a 27" 1440p monitor

 

The other day just for the sake of It I reverted BF3 on the same screen to 1080p and it looked medieval biggrin.gif

 

I guess when once you own a 1440p PC, than 1080p is history.

 

For example try reverting your settings to 720p from 1080p and you will see what I mean.

 

You should definitaly go for a 1440p screen. You have a nice budget. Go grab yourself a Dell 1440p. Asus, Samsung can also be chosen.

 

I also have a 670 and yes it gets around a 30% performance hit. I will be adding a 2nd GPU to my rig soon.

 

You can always grab yourself a Korean Monitor for around $350 and use the remaining of the money for a GPU.

 

Check out the 1440p club in my signature. You will see what I am talking about.

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If you don't care for 3d the Samsung s27a950 has one of the best 2d picture quality out there that I have seen. I love 3d vision in some games so I returned the s27a950 that I had. But yes even though the Asus had the better 3d quality by far, the Samsung won in 2d quality, with better contrast & color reproduction.

I prefer the smoothness of 120hz and 3d option, but that's my opinion. 2560x1440 ips monitors are great also. The clarity of the picture is amazing. But if your primary games are online 1st Person shooters motion weighs twice as much IMO. But adventure, racing, or RTS games would be better on the 1440p.

@ iARDAs
It's not really fair to compare a monitor at less than its native resolution. Applying less than the native res on a monitor will use a larger version of the same pictures, and still uses native amount of pixels so the monitor has to interpolate, and compensate and fill in extra pixels to produce the picture. That will produce a pic that is slightly distorted and blurry. Ex. If you compare a 1440p monitor running @ 1080p compared to a native 1080p monitor, the native 1080p will look much better.

I'm not saying that 2560x1440 arent great, because they are, it just depends what type of gamer you are. If you are close to a Microcenter they have a well priced 1440p monitor to try out. http://www.microcenter.com/product/384780/EQ276W_27_IPS_LED_Monitor#
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@ iARDAs
It's not really fair to compare a monitor at less than its native resolution. Applying less than the native res on a monitor will use a larger version of the same pictures, and still uses native amount of pixels so the monitor has to interpolate, and compensate and fill in extra pixels to produce the picture. That will produce a pic that is slightly distorted and blurry. Ex. If you compare a 1440p monitor running @ 1080p compared to a native 1080p monitor, the native 1080p will look much better.
I'm not saying that 2560x1440 arent great, because they are, it just depends what type of gamer you are. If you are close to a Microcenter they have a well priced 1440p monitor to try out. http://www.microcenter.com/product/384780/EQ276W_27_IPS_LED_Monitor#

Hmm interesting. I did not know that

 

So a 1080p content on my screen will not look as great as a monitor with native 1080p?

 

I will remember this.

 

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Hmm interesting. I did not know that

So a 1080p content on my screen will not look as great as a monitor with native 1080p?
Not exactly. Unless you revert the monitor's res to 1080p as well.

Playing a 1080p movie with your 1440p res won't cause IQ degradation.
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Hmm interesting. I did not know that

So a 1080p content on my screen will not look as great as a monitor with native 1080p?

I will remember this.

+rep
That is correct with all LCD monitors, when using non-native resolutions, the monitor has to scale the picture and IQ slightly decreases. Now the older CRT monitors dont have this problem due to the tech that they use. Here is a short article on the subject. http://www.ehow.com/info_12212368_video-cards-vs-monitor-resolution-conflict-issues.html

Edit:
Found a more detailed article. The grid shows the pixel mismatch when going non-native res.
http://www.lonestardigital.com/native_resolution.htm
Edited by Swolern - 12/11/12 at 5:00am
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If you don't care for 3d the Samsung s27a950 has one of the best 2d picture quality out there that I have seen. I love 3d vision in some games so I returned the s27a950 that I had. But yes even though the Asus had the better 3d quality by far, the Samsung won in 2d quality, with better contrast & color reproduction.
I prefer the smoothness of 120hz and 3d option, but that's my opinion. 2560x1440 ips monitors are great also. The clarity of the picture is amazing. But if your primary games are online 1st Person shooters motion weighs twice as much IMO. But adventure, racing, or RTS games would be better on the 1440p.
@ iARDAs
It's not really fair to compare a monitor at less than its native resolution. Applying less than the native res on a monitor will use a larger version of the same pictures, and still uses native amount of pixels so the monitor has to interpolate, and compensate and fill in extra pixels to produce the picture. That will produce a pic that is slightly distorted and blurry. Ex. If you compare a 1440p monitor running @ 1080p compared to a native 1080p monitor, the native 1080p will look much better.
I'm not saying that 2560x1440 arent great, because they are, it just depends what type of gamer you are. If you are close to a Microcenter they have a well priced 1440p monitor to try out. http://www.microcenter.com/product/384780/EQ276W_27_IPS_LED_Monitor#

I don't play competitive FPS's much, I'm much more into RPGs, singleplayer action/FPS, horror, basically I play everything. Although I don't need it for competitive purposes, some people I've seen swear that 120hz provides a tremendous graphical advantage in every game, not just online FPS's. Again, one of those things I'd have to test in person... no Microcenter in my state :'(

Also, about running 1080p content on a 1440p screen... does it make a big difference in quality? I watch enough blu-rays and 1080p television that the difference might be decision factor if its too noticeable.
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I don't play competitive FPS's much, I'm much more into RPGs, singleplayer action/FPS, horror, basically I play everything. Although I don't need it for competitive purposes, some people I've seen swear that 120hz provides a tremendous graphical advantage in every game, not just online FPS's. Again, one of those things I'd have to test in person... no Microcenter in my state :'(
Also, about running 1080p content on a 1440p screen... does it make a big difference in quality? I watch enough blu-rays and 1080p television that the difference might be decision factor if its too noticeable.
The gamer type you are sound like you would love 2560x1440. Find a website where it is refundable if you decide not to keep it. At Newegg I just tell them i didnt like the quality of the product and they have always given me a full refund with no problems.

On the downside movies are not the best on 1440p. Bluray movies don't look too bad on 2560X1440 monitors and IQ quality loss is very minimal, but DVD will appear a bit blurry and many fine details are lost due to up-scaling.
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Wish you had a MC or someplace you can check out a 1440 monitor in person and try it out.

Going to a 1440p, the stock text will be slightly smaller. If eyestrain is a worry, I might stick with 27" 120hz 1080p instead.

If you're used to 120hz going to an IPS panel might be painful (I couldn't make the transition but 27" 1440p is damn pretty but I was comparing it to 24" 1080p).

Good luck! Finding the right monitor is a toughy since it's mostly preference.

If they made a 27" 1440p 120hz monitor, I would so buy it.
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Well, after the replies from this this thread and doing some research into it, I've cracked and have decided to buy a 1440p monitor. I'm still deciding on one... is the Asus PB278Q any good? I'm liking what I'm reading about it.
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