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Looking for a 27" Monitor (1080p/1440p)

post #1 of 7
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My curent monitor is about to take a crap so it's time to shop for a new one, I've been eyeing some of the 27 incher ones but I have some questions

Currently I have a single GTX 670, so that means no 1440p gaming at 60fps unless I lower some settings, I have no plans to upgrade for -at least- another year, and I'm not going to SLI/CF in the foreseeable future, so the question is, what would produce a better image, a 27" at 1080p native resolution or a 27" 1440p downscaled to 1080p? Buying a 1440p without being able to use its native resolution when gaming is not really a problem if the image quality is the same, but would be a waste if it produces a worse IQ than one at 1080p native.

Second thing that somewhat worries me is, how's the text size compared to a 1200p 24"? My vision is not the best and anything smaller than that would put too much eyestrain on me, and getting closer whilst the screen is bigger wouldn't be comfortable.
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post #2 of 7
If you're doing "work' on the system too, then I would definitely go with the 1440p. Even just normal browsing and splitting the screen in two to have a couple browser windows open in 1440p is a lot better than 1080p. But if you're just primarily gaming, then you might want to get a 1080 so you don't have to downscale.
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Well I have another screen where I put stuff while I use the main one borderless fullscreen, it's a gaming PC, so besides making games look crispier I wouldn't really benefit from having a higher resolution, I'm not really starved for screen space to say.

So seeing as I will most likely be gaming at 1080p unless I get a high end GPU (or even CF/SLI) on my hands, a screen at 1080p native would produce a better image than one with 1440p native downscaled to 1080p?

If so, what are some good 27" 1080p monitors?
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post #4 of 7
You might want to go with a nice 24" gaming monitor then. How about that 24" 144hz Asus with Lightboost. I had one before I sold it to get another 27" 1440p and it was sweet.
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I've been using 24" monitors for 5-6 years, I have toyed with the possibility of getting a fast TN panel for gaming, But I play mainly RPGs and MMOs, not fast paced games, so I'd rather try a 27" one with a better color reproduction and viewing angles.

My main concern about getting a 1440p one is having to downscale to 1080p due to not being able to read text comfortably (which will be the case seeing as the pixel pitch is quite smaller compared to a 24")
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post #6 of 7
I had that same concern, but ended up getting a GTX 780, so that problem just went away smile.gif
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Does changing the DPI settings on windows lower the IQ of the display? ie, if I set the resolution to 1440p but change the DPI to make the text look as big as if I was running 1080p translate to a lower IQ as if I were actually downscaling?

If no, I'll do just that and grab a better GPU
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