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Skyrim on 1080p vs 1440p - performance issues

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GPU: gtx 570

I currently play skyrim on 1080p. I's pretty heavily modded (like 4k textures, more grass, better snow etc...), and I have all settings maxed out in nvidia panel (like AA x16) except for ambient occlusion which I've had to turn off to get rid of some constant stuttering. I now get something like ~50 FPS.

But what if I want to play with the same settings @ 1440p resolution? I've heard I'd have to turn off the AA completely (as 1280mb vram is not enough)...o.k., what impact will this have on the general skyrim graphics, will it look ugly, better, the same? Actually, will I be able to run skyrim at these settings @ 1440p screen?

Thanks!
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honestly, the upgrade is worth it. you have to see that the screen is a way better upgrade than playing on high or whatever. I'd still play with fxaa or some other low impact aa. I'd so go for it. I have a 1600p screen and its just the best computer upgrade I've ever had. way better than any cpu gpu or even an ssd, it is because the monitor is the interface in which you use the most. I say go for it, and if you need to turn some settings down. It can only be an improvement.
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AA becomes more irrelevant, the higher the resolution is. More pixels means cleaner lines and smoother edges.

If AA is your only worry bead, I would say go for it. However since I only ever played Skyrim unmodded at 1440p and maxed it out with ease (with a single GTX580), I cannot really tell you how a single 570 would perform with a heavily modded Skyrim.

I also agree with Hammer's sentiments. My monitor is the single best component I have ever bought for my gaming setup. It made more of a visual difference than any graphical upgrade.
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A 22inch 1080p monitor does not need 16 x Anti-aliasing. That's a ridiculous amount. Just do 2-4 x AA max for your GPU.....You could easily find a second 570 for cheap by now.
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post

AA becomes more irrelevant, the higher the resolution is. More pixels means cleaner lines and smoother edges.

If AA is your only worry bead, I would say go for it. However since I only ever played Skyrim unmodded at 1440p and maxed it out with ease (with a single GTX580), I cannot really tell you how a single 570 would perform with a heavily modded Skyrim.

I also agree with Hammer's sentiments. My monitor is the single best component I have ever bought for my gaming setup. It made more of a visual difference than any graphical upgrade.

pretty much this. here is a more detailed explanation. the difference is with larger screens, you have ALOT more pixels to work with. a 1440P monitor is 2560 pixels across and 1440 pixels tall which makes a total of 3,686,400 pixels where as a 1080p monitor is 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels tall which makes a total of 2,073,600 pixels. since the game renders both with the same aspect ratio, the 1440P monitor has about 1.6 million more pixels to work with to render the same image. the result is it's a MUCH sharper image requiring little to no anti-aliasing.
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