The below opinions are my opinions and by no means are global facts. What I like, might turn out to be something you dislike.
I have seen many people in various threads wondering about these 2 types of monitors. Some are 1440p owners and wondering how 120hz 1080 might be, but most are 120hz or 60hz 1080p 2ms gaming monitor people and wondering how 1440p 60hz will be.
Currently I own a 1440p Yamakasi Catleap monitor and a 1080p Asus VG278H 120 hz 3Dvision 2 monitor. I agreed on selling the 1440p monitor to a friend but will be picking up a new one in the summer.
Since I own both of these monitors, I want to tell you folks the difference between them in a very honest comparision. Also keep in mind that both monitors are 27 inch.
Both monitors give you a different experience while you are in desktop or surfing the web. The 120hz Asus has a little bit more fluid feeling even while moving the cursor but it is probably one of the few advantages it has over a 1440p monitor. The 1440p looks much better than the 120hz TN panel due to the color variety and beauty of the IPS screen. Surfing the web is a delight with a 1440p screen. Colors are vivid, pictures in websites are sharper and the text looks better. Although both screens are 27 inch, you always have a higher room to work with on a 1440p screen. However this might not be a bothersome issue for many people. I am also very happy with the workspace I have on my 1080p Asus. My main use for my home PC is gaming and entertainment most of the time and look at various pictures I took. Since I am not a photoshoper, or a video or photo editor, the lower pixel density in 1080p Asus is still good enough. Though of course the pixel density in 1440p is better.
I also look at my economics charts for work, such as stock market and etc. To be honest I prefered the 1080p screen for this task. With my other 1440p Yamakasi, looking at these charts were sometimes an issue for me as the graphs were smaller due to the higher resolution. I was sometimes having issues reading the charts but this problem of mine is a user related issue. Everyone has a different vision therefor not many people might complain in this regard.
Looking at Photos or Watching Videos
When looking at photos for me the winner is again the 1440p IPS panel. The colors are more vivid and the pixel density is higher. There are some photos I took over the years and they support up to 10 Million pixels. Therefor looking at them with a 2560x1440p panel gave a much better experience vs looking at them at a 1920x1080p panel.
I also fired up 1080p content video and to be honest the difference between them were not as high as looking at a picture. Truth be told, for me watching a bluray content on the 120hz 1080p Asus and the 60hz 1440p yamakasi gave me the exact same experience. This being said, if there is a higher resolution content, that is where the 1440p IPS panel will shine for sure. However for 1080p content, for me both are the same.
I think this is what most people want to know about. So here we go.
In this forum or in other forums when a person mentions a 1440p monitor, there will always be people who claim that these monitors are not meant for gaming. I think both parties have a valid point. It is important to know what type of a gamer you are. Are you an extremely competitive player where every milisecond in online FPS games will count? or are you a relaxed player who is not too competitive.
I actually played BF3 today in both screens. 120hz 1080p (2ms respond time) and 60hz 1440p (5ms respond time). Yes it is true that 120hz makes a difference vs 60hz and to be honest the faster respond time is also good, but I am not a competitive gamer. I just play these games for fun but still want to be in the top portion of the players. Although I agree that my BF3 experience was a bit more fluid in the Asus vs the Yamakasi, there is NOTHING WRONG with playing competitive FPS games on a 1440p screen. Truth be told, I am the same player in both screens. Although the 120hz and lower respond time is a very good thing, the colors and higher resolution while gaming on the Yamakasi is also a wonderful thing.
Besides competitive gaming, I definitely believe that the Yamakasi takes the crown in other genres such as Action games, RTS or you name it. The higher resolution and better colors makes the games look better no matter if you are gaming at 60hz.
The only difference could be sports or racing games, but I am not huge fan of these games therefor I did not test them. But I think my verdict on online competitive FPS gaming could be the case with sports or racing games as well.
The Asus I have has 1 great advantage that Yamakasi does not have. It is the 3Dvision part. For most people 3Dvision will only be a gimmick, and for many of you there while you are reading this you are saying yourself " Who the fudge cares about 3Dvision " but it is really a different world in gaming if it is done right. However it is done right only in few titles. When you look at the latest AAA titles that came out recently, very few of them has proper 3Dvision support, nevertheless there are still plenty of games from previous years that are great with 3Dvision. I used to own an Acer 3Dvision 1 monitor last year and it was ok. 3D was a bit dark which I did not enjoy much but with the new 3Dvision 2 and lightboost technology this is history. Gaming in 3D is a blast and it really takes you to a different level of experience.
I think in 2013, the only reason that a person grabs a 120hz TN panel will only be because of 3Dvision support or for being an extremely competitive gamer. But that is it. The 1440p panel takes the crown in most of the areas. For those of you with 120hz panels and wondering about 1440p panels and not gaming in 3D, I would say go for a 1440p monitor for sure. I can assure you that you will still be the same player you were in BF3 or Arma II with both screens, but the colors and resolution will be amazing with an 1440p IPS pane;. You might not like the 60hz for a while but remember you might be lucky enough to order an OCable monitor.
Also please once again take into consideration that I am an owner of both monitors and I am parting with my 1440p monitors and will only grab another one in the summer, I still prefer it for gaming over 1080p 120hz monitors. The reason I made a switch was because there are so many games I want to try in 3D, which are great titles and will keep me occupied for so many months.
One other note. Playing a game at 1080p 120hz stable or 1080p 3D 60hz stable will require more beef ( GPU power) than playing that exact game with exact settings at 1440p 60hz.
Read the post number 45 in this thread. Some observations I had after switching from 1080p to 1440p again.
Edited by iARDAs - 10/21/13 at 7:29am