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What would provide a better gaming experience? Also, how big is the jump from a 1080p 60hz to either a 1440p or 120hz monitor?

Obviously the 1440p is the best, but when you look at the hardware required to run it efficiently, is it worth it compared to a 120hz monitor? I am assuming it would be much harder to keep up with games at 1440p, but I could be wrong. What are your opinions?
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post #2 of 21

I owned both.

 

My previous monitor was a 1440p 60hz one

My current monitor is a 1080p 120hz one.

 

The only thing good about the 1080p is the better fluidity due to higher refresh rate and lower input lag. 

 

Also 1080p constant 120hz will require a bit more GPU power than 1440p 60hz. It is harder to keep up with 1080p constant 120hz. However of course you will still benefit from a 120hz screen even if you obtain 90hz average fps or something like that.

 

If I were you, I would go for the 1440p monitor unless you are an extremely competitive online fps games.


Colors, better resolution rocks in 1440p and it is a bit less demending than 1080p constant 120hz.

 

Take a look at the thread I started few weeks back. Comparing both.

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1369595/120hz-1080p-vs-60hz-1440p-monitor

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Agree with the above, unless you're really into ultra-competitive FPS gaming, get the 1440p panel. 120hz is nice, but those TN panels just don't compare on quality with the IPS 1440p ones. I bought a BenQ XL2411T in February, and just recently got a Dell U2713HM to replace it, and I don't regret it for a second. Now I just need to get around to selling the BenQ one ...
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Why not both? 120hz 1440p displays are available at Overlordcomputer - i have one and its awesome.

Performance wise is very similiar if you play with AA on at 1080p, at 1440p you really dont need it. 1440p == 1080p with 2X AA for the most part
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Originally Posted by jerrolds View Post

Why not both? 120hz 1440p displays are available at Overlordcomputer - i have one and its awesome.

Performance wise is very similiar if you play with AA on at 1080p, at 1440p you really dont need it. 1440p == 1080p with 2X AA for the most part
This is a good compromise if you are not too motion blur sensitive.

For gaming at 120fps@120Hz:
-- Regular 120Hz has half the motion blur of regular 60Hz.
-- LightBoost 120Hz can have one-twelvth the motion blur (e.g. 1 pixel of blur, where there used to be 12 pixels of blur). That's 92% less motion blur! LightBoost is limited to 1080p.
post #6 of 21
From all my reading 1440p at 120hz is still off in terms of clarity vs a 120hz TN monitor.

Just ordered one of Xstar and waiting to see how it is.

It's all preference, my experience was the opposite of Melty's and iARDAS.

Started with 120hz, went to 1440p and still game on the 120hz. The 1440p is great for work or just browsing and slower games (Civ 5 is awesome on a 1440p).

What games are you playing? Single 680 should be fine for both monitors depending on game and settings.

The GPU requirements for 1440p and 120hz 1080p seem similar for most of my games. Usually at 1080p it runs about 2x faster than at 1440p (makes sense since 1440p has about 2x the pixels of 1080p). So if you can hit 60 @ 1440p I can hit, 120 @ 1080p.

Good luck either way! Both options are great and if I haven't experienced both I would have been happy with either.
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post #7 of 21
I played bf3 a lot and 120 hz is great at 90-120 fps. I can't comment on 1440 p gameing but I do miss 2048-1536 on CRT . But depends on games I noticed dirt I get better times with 120 hz .
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by jerrolds View Post

Why not both? 120hz 1440p displays are available at Overlordcomputer - i have one and its awesome.

Performance wise is very similiar if you play with AA on at 1080p, at 1440p you really dont need it. 1440p == 1080p with 2X AA for the most part

I got one of those 120hz 1440p monitor and I can tell you it's really nice but unless you have a killer gpu setup you wont realize the 120hz on the 1440p. With a GTX 690 (or sli 680) I can reach 120hz on starcraft II and 100+ on BF3 but on games like Crysis 3 or Farcry 3, I can't top out over 90hz. 90hz is much better than 60 hz but just realize the limitation of 1440p @ 120hz.

I'd assume that SLI GTX 780 should be able to drive most things at 120hz @ 1440p and that's probably the way to go if you're planning on picking up one of those monitors.

Otherwise, just stick with a regular 1440p monitor or a 1080 120hz monitor.
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post #9 of 21
I'm running with a Matrix Platinum 7970..but i only run it overclocked on a few games that are super demanding.

Motion blur isnt really an issue, i would think the color shift and lower resolution would look worse. 6ms is still pretty good and theres VERY little input lag on these monitors.

No problems running ~100fps on every game right now outside of Bioshock/Crysis/Tomb Raider (TressFX) on Ultra. HUGE differenct between 60hz and 90hz. I am curious to see how these 144hz w/ lightboost looks though.
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A very good graphics card is not necessary to game at 120fps. Just lower the graphics settings (no AA or low AA).
However, In many games, to run at 120fps, you will need a strong cpu.
Anything more than approximately 75 fps will look noticeably smoother than 60 fps.
I am happy with 90fps or more.

120Hz display with v-sync enabled looks sharp and smooth.
v-sync lag at 120Hz is not bad at all.
     
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