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Apologies if this has been posted/asked before. I searched but found nothing, although I'm sure my question could have been worded many ways. I saw other sources saying that monitor size does affect it, but they didn't mention if it was simply because "larger monitors have higher resolution" or if it was actually the size itself.

Anyway, my question:
I have often seen people mentioning around here (and other PC hardware places) that "you might want to upgrade your graphics card if you get a bigger monitor" and things along those lines.

I've always wondered if the screen size actually does put any more stress on the GPU (although I generally thought that it didn't), or if it is just poor wording on the part of all the people that say that. I always assumed that it was merely the increase in RESOLUTION, regardless of the size of the monitor, that put more stress on a GPU. However I see people say "larger monitor" rather than "higher resolution" so often when phrasing this, that I decided I would ask and see if anyone knew and could once and for all tell me how it really is.

I mean, logically it would seem to me that a 30" monitor running at 1920x1080 would cause no more GPU stress than a 21 inch monitor running at 1920x1080. It would only use up more power, which comes from the electrical outlet, not the GPU.

Thanks for clearing this up for me (if anyone does...).
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screen size doesn't matter, only resolution matters. 55inch 1080p tv takes less gpu power than a 30 inch 2560x1600 monitor.
 
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screen size doesn't matter, only resolution matters. 55inch 1080p tv takes less gpu power than a 30 inch 2560x1600 monitor.
Ok, that's what I've always thought, and that makes sense. I just see people say "monitor size" rather than "higher resolution" so much that I decided I would ask to be sure. I wish those people would word it correctly.
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Most of the time an increase in screen size comes with an increase in resolution. If someone was gaming on a 19" (Generally 144x900, but there are exceptions) and they're stepping up to a 24" (generally 1920x1080) then naturally one can assume the resolution will increase as well.

To answer your question: Resolution matters, not screen size.
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Most of the time an increase in screen size comes with an increase in resolution. If someone was gaming on a 19" (Generally 144x900, but there are exceptions) and they're stepping up to a 24" (generally 1920x1080) then naturally one can assume the resolution will increase as well.

To answer your question: Resolution matters, not screen size.
Thought so. I think I recall seeing people mention going from a 21" 1080p screen to a 24 or 27" or something, and others reply things like "you might want to upgrade your GPU blah blah". I always thought that didn't really make sense.

Thanks to both you and fat_italian_stallion. +REP.
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