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Hello all,

I have a considerable amount of questions regarding a few specifics related to monitors, and was wondering if you guys could help me out.

My situation:
I have a six year old HP w2408h (1920x1200) that still looks as beautiful as it did the day I bought it. However, I'm looking to add some serious screen real estate pretty soon. I use my computer for casual gaming (rarely playing graphically intensive games), document editing, and as my sole entertainment screen. I have a brand new OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti plugged into the monitor as we speak.

My questions:

1. Look at this thing I found while doing precursory research into 3840x2160 monitors:

Samsung U28D590, 3840x2160 zero defect, 1MS monitor for $760 and free shipping...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zero-defects-Samsung-U28D590-UHD-Monitor-3840-x-2160-Pixel-HDMI-28-TN-panal-/121282838551?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c3d054017

Seems entirely too good to be true. Internet searches revealed only one review for the product, from the PC World Russia, which rated it 5 stars out of 5. Samsung has no mention of the product on their US website.

What do you guys think?

Before anyone says that my video card will not be able to render games on high graphics at that high of a resolution, I already know that, I am more just curious about whether or not this monitor is a scam or if there is something I am not seeing.

2. Generic question here: Do high resolution 16:9 monitors (either 2560x1440 or 3840x2160) give the user the ability to scale back the resolution to 1080p? For example, if I were to buy a 1440p monitor, would I be able to run a video game at 1920x1080 on the whole screen? Or would it shrink the game down into some sort of windowed mode? I am not very familiar with scaling issues, as I have always run everything at native 1200p on my monitor.

3. Going along with question 2, if I were to buy a 3840x2160 monitor, would I be able to hypothetically run a video game at highest settings at 1920x1080, with the image displaying on the entire screen? Because I am capable of running essentially any game at highest settings on 1080p with my current video card, I was wondering a 3840x2160 monitor would be able to essentially blow up the image to fit the screen (much like TV's do with 1080p resolution...they just stretch it to fit the screen), allowing me to play a slightly fuzzier version of the game on a much, much larger screen, a sacrifice that I would totally go for as I am not a hardcore gamer.

Thanks for the help in advance! I am not seriously considering the Samsung, but I thought it was intriguing that it was so much lower in price than any other 4k monitor model.
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It is not a scam it is a 30hz refresh rate 2160P monitor that can do 60hz only if you use the Display Port 1.2 ie. 30hz only on HDMI 1.4.
Edited by DaFaRsHeR - 3/20/14 at 3:05pm
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