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Help me understand GPU scaling, as it relates to resolution

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I have bad eyesight so I tend to avoid the higher resolutions. I've always had my monitor at 1280x768 with GPU scaling setting in CCC enabled, as well as the scale image to full panel size option. Otherwise, the screen will have a letterbox/back bar at the top and bottom. Does having GPU scaling decrease performance in games at all? Also, what would be a better screen resolution setup?
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Scaling does not effect any performance in games. All it does is adjusts the size and edges of your screen so it fits you monitor fully. Like for instance, when I have a 51" plasma that I game on. When I first set my 7870 xt to my TV's native resolution (1920x1080) it didn't fit the screen, even tho the resolution is correct. Scaling options in the CCC allows me under scan the screen so it can fit fully.
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