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Just thought i'd share my thoughts on 2560x1600 after using it for a year and a half. Going to be stepping down to a 1080p display for 3D, 120hz, and the fact that it is much cheaper to run. After having to constantly upgrade my system to be able to play new games on max at this resolution i've decided enough is enough and that 2560x1600, while great, is not actually that much better looking unless you are sitting there 2 inches from the screen looking for issues.

Many game's use engines that simply cannot handle this resolution. Some games I've experience as much as a 200% FPS loss in minimum frame rates over 1080p. No matter what settings you use the game simply doesn't like running at such a big resolution. The Gamebyro engine suffers greatly from this.

While some people may argue that it depends on the size of the screen, I am comparing quality based on a 55" 1920x1080 and a 30" 2560x1600. I sit around 1 1/2 feet from the 30", and around 4 feet from the 55". The quality is honestly better and more immersive on the 55". The bigger size really allows you to see detail you'd miss on 30" and it runs a whole heck of a lot better!

Display 1:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SyncMaster-305T-30-inch-Monitor/dp/B000NB7S0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1300837210&sr=1-1"]30" Samsung 305T[/ame] - Rated better than Dell's newest 30" on many reviews.

Display 2:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55D8000-55-Inch-1080p-Silver/dp/B004N866SU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300837138&sr=8-1"]55" Samsung UN55D8000[/ame] - Brand new 2011 3D HDTV.

Percentages (2560x1600 vs 1920x1080)
Minimum frame rate increase: 54.5%
Average frame rate increase: 39.3%
Maximum frame rate increase: 38.8%

1920x1080 Results
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2560x1600 Results
2560x1600.png

I thought i'd share this if anyone was looking at going to 2560x1600, or looking at stepping down for 3D and better performance. If you can afford to upgrade every year to run new games at max, go for it. Otherwise, it might be more wise to just buy a few good 1080p display and save money by only needing to upgrade every 2-3 years.
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Wow great results! I too am thinking of dropping my 30" inch monitor. It's just too big and it's only 2-3 feet away from me. I'm thinking of picking up an Apple Cinima 27" but I have to clue how good it runs games.
     
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Originally Posted by DorkSterr;12831207 
Wow great results! I too am thinking of dropping my 30" inch monitor. It's just too big and it's only 2-3 feet away from me. I'm thinking of picking up an Apple Cinima 27" but I have to clue how good it runs games.

Sheer resolution isn't doing it for me anymore. I need better contrast, features, 3D etc. Theres a serious lack in new 30" with good contrast and up to date features. The demand is just so low for them.
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I have a resolution of 2560x1440, and things run pretty smoothly overall on my single 6970. I'll be tri-firing it eventually, though. I think that when you start to SLI/Crossfire really high end cards, it should really help the performance at such high resolutions.

But with that comes a high budget, and for most people it really is easiest to go for a 1920x1080, best bang for the buck. smile.gif
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Ya 2560X1600 is pretty tough to run even for good hardware like mine. I would agree with the 200% frame drop between the 1920X1080/1200 too.
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You'd have to pry my 5040x1050 eyefinity setup from my cold, dead hands.
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Originally Posted by Electric;12831598 
I have a resolution of 2560x1440, and things run pretty smoothly overall on my single 6970. I'll be tri-firing it eventually, though. I think that when you start to SLI/Crossfire really high end cards, it should really help the performance at such high resolutions.

But with that comes a high budget, and for most people it really is easiest to go for a 1920x1080, best bang for the buck. smile.gif

Can't stand the microstutter that is caused by CF/SLI. Some people don't even notice it, some people can't stand it.

It's unbearable in some games. Hated my 5970 because of it. I've had 4 SLI/CF setups and they've all done it.
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You'd have to pry my 5040x1050 eyefinity setup from my cold, dead hands.

Tried 3 monitors at a LAN, very very high end ones at that. Didn't care for it. Surprisely ran better than a single 2560x1600 monitor though.
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Originally Posted by Segovax;12831633 
Ya 2560X1600 is pretty tough to run even for good hardware like mine. I would agree with the 200% frame drop between the 1920X1080/1200 too.

This is the main reason I am dropping it. No matter what your specs are some games cannot handle it.
Edited by Murlocke - 3/22/11 at 5:57pm
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I was contemplating to get a 30" display before my eyefinity set-up, but decided against it. Having 3 screens is a god sent for multi-tasking. I can never go back to a single screen again.
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Originally Posted by Murlocke;12830926 
The quality is honestly better and more immersive on the 55". The bigger size really allows you to see detail you'd miss on 30" and it runs a whole heck of a lot better!
Uhh, what? How do you see more detail on a screen that provides...less detail?

I respect your decision but I can never go back. The games I play my 470 handles with ease and 1440p is really epic for RTSs.

Two 470s are what $400? Those will pretty much play anything. Whatever floats your boat.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke;12831299 
Sheer resolution isn't doing it for me anymore. I need better contrast, features, 3D etc. Theres a serious lack in new 30" with good contrast and up to date features. The demand is just so low for them.

It's not that the demand is low (even though it is), it's because there isn't any headroom for easy improvement. They're already fully Adobe RGB capable, they already have 1000:1 real contrast ratios, they already are up near 400 nit, they support 10-bit color, they have 12-bit writable LUTs, and they have every video input you could possibly ask for. Other than 3D (which most people can't stand anyway) I can't imagine what sort of features you're looking for.

Oh and by the way - if you run a 30" panel at 1920x1200 with scaling off, the resulting image is roughly the size of a 23" monitor. So if your GPUs can't handle a new game, you can always drop the resolution and it would be as if you were gaming on a 23" monitor. Or you can keep the scaler on, but then it'll look like crap.

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Originally Posted by Electric;12831598 
But with that comes a high budget, and for most people it really is easiest to go for a 1920x1080, best bang for the buck. smile.gif

The best bang for the buck is a CRT like the FW900. It's capable of resolutions as high as 2304x1440, refresh rates up to 160Hz, and if your video cards can't handle a game you can always drop the resolution without it looking like total crap.
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