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I recently purchased the LGUC88-b UW monitor and am very confused about the resolution/what my monitor is capable of. I assume my monitor is native at 3440X1440 correct? Well while browsing for "4k" videos (btw what is THE 4k resolution) on YouTube I came across a trailer that was offered in "2160p" and chose it. I assume if I was able to utilize 2160p my monitor is capable of it, correct?

Anyways... I am trying to figure out which GPU to upgrade too and I'm looking over benchmarks. I have seen a lot of benches done in "3440x1440" which I usually look at as this is my monitors resolution. Now, over at this site I will link here they bench a ton of stuff in ultra as "3840x2160" what is 3840?

TL;dr Is my monitor is 3440x1440? Is my monitor capable of "2160p" ? Are there games that utilize anything in 2160p for my monitor? I know its a lot of numbers, I'm just confused.

Side note: What do I need GPU wise in order to push 3440x1440 on say "high" settings?
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Your monitors native resolution is 3440x1440, it's 21:9.
"4k" is just the name for the 3840x2160 resolution, which is 16:9.

Your display is the 2560x1440 (16:9) resolution, but the ultrawide (21:9) version of it, so to speak.

So you should set your monitors resolution always to 3440x1440.
A Nvidia GTX 1070 would be good to play games at your resolution.
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Your monitors native resolution is 3440x1440, it's 21:9.
"4k" is just the name for the 3840x2160 resolution, which is 16:9.

Your display is the 2560x1440 (16:9) resolution, but the ultrawide (21:9) version of it, so to speak.

So you should set your monitors resolution always to 3440x1440.
A Nvidia GTX 1070 would be good to play games at your resolution.

Perfect thanks for clearing up the resolution. So when given the choice to select video at 1440 or 2160, which should I go with? 1440?

Also, my monitor supports Freesync. Do you still think a 1070 would be the way for me to go? (Over an AMD card, I was leaning towards the 480 as I think it will be a massive improvement over my 760... but the 1070 seems like an amazing card, just pricey.)
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Your monitors native resolution is 3440x1440, it's 21:9.
"4k" is just the name for the 3840x2160 resolution, which is 16:9.

Your display is the 2560x1440 (16:9) resolution, but the ultrawide (21:9) version of it, so to speak.

So you should set your monitors resolution always to 3440x1440.
A Nvidia GTX 1070 would be good to play games at your resolution.

Perfect thanks for clearing up the resolution. So when given the choice to select video at 1440 or 2160, which should I go with? 1440?

Also, my monitor supports Freesync. Do you still think a 1070 would be the way for me to go? (Over an AMD card, I was leaning towards the 480 as I think it will be a massive improvement over my 760... but the 1070 seems like an amazing card, just pricey.)

Well, as for videos you can select a higher resolution if you want and your internet can handle it, your display will just automatically downscale it to your native resolution. So yeah you can select 1440p or really just the highest quality that is available and your internet can handle.

Edit: To your question regarding a gpu: the 1070 performs better than the 480 in 1440p, but it is more expensive. You could also just get a RX 480 now and grab a new gpu once AMD Vega or Nvidia Titan P releases (if these cards fit in your budget of course). They are expected to release somewhere in Q1/2017.
Edited by Nestala - 7/6/16 at 6:22am
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Well, as for videos you can select a higher resolution if you want and your internet can handle it, your display will just automatically downscale it to your native resolution. So yeah you can select 1440p or really just the highest quality that is available and your internet can handle.

Edit: To your question regarding a gpu: the 1070 performs better than the 480 in 1440p, but it is more expensive. You could also just get a RX 480 now and grab a new gpu once AMD Vega or Nvidia Titan P releases (if these cards fit in your budget of course). They are expected to release somewhere in Q1/2017.

Well, given the choice b/t a 480 and 1070 I would rather have the 1070 but it costs quite a bit more. The largest snag here is that my monitor supports Freesync (480) so I don't know if its worth it to get the 480 for FS or just get the 1070 and not utilize the FS at all... but then I feel like thats being wasteful.

So essentially its 480 w/FS vs 1070. But I don't even know how much I would be able to utilize FS.
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Well, as for videos you can select a higher resolution if you want and your internet can handle it, your display will just automatically downscale it to your native resolution. So yeah you can select 1440p or really just the highest quality that is available and your internet can handle.

Edit: To your question regarding a gpu: the 1070 performs better than the 480 in 1440p, but it is more expensive. You could also just get a RX 480 now and grab a new gpu once AMD Vega or Nvidia Titan P releases (if these cards fit in your budget of course). They are expected to release somewhere in Q1/2017.

Well, given the choice b/t a 480 and 1070 I would rather have the 1070 but it costs quite a bit more. The largest snag here is that my monitor supports Freesync (480) so I don't know if its worth it to get the 480 for FS or just get the 1070 and not utilize the FS at all... but then I feel like thats being wasteful.

So essentially its 480 w/FS vs 1070. But I don't even know how much I would be able to utilize FS.

In that case I'd go with a RX 480 and freesync, it doesn't have the performance of the 1070 but it shouldn't really be noticeable if you drop below 60 with freesync.

Edit: Also, I'd wait the week or two until AIB version of the RX 480 come out and grab one of those.
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In that case I'd go with a RX 480 and freesync, it doesn't have the performance of the 1070 but it shouldn't really be noticeable if you drop below 60 with freesync.

Edit: Also, I'd wait the week or two until AIB version of the RX 480 come out and grab one of those.

Oh 100% I would never buy a reference card. The RX480 Sapphire Nitro looks like exactly what I want out of a card. I think I'll go with that and wait until Vega drops and consider price/performance at that point.
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In that case I'd go with a RX 480 and freesync, it doesn't have the performance of the 1070 but it shouldn't really be noticeable if you drop below 60 with freesync.

Edit: Also, I'd wait the week or two until AIB version of the RX 480 come out and grab one of those.

Oh 100% I would never buy a reference card. The RX480 Sapphire Nitro looks like exactly what I want out of a card. I think I'll go with that and wait until Vega drops and consider price/performance at that point.

Sounds like a plan! thumb.gif
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