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One question to ask those who are running a 30'' 2560x1600 (ie Murlocke, DorkSter, Manyak and hokeyplyr48):-
What level of AA do you use when gaming?

Is it out of necessity (because you see a major difference between 0xAA, 2xAA, 4xAA on a 30'' 2560x1600)? Or, is it more a habitual choice?

Thought I'd chime in here. To answer your question, I usual do either 2 or 4x AA. At that pixel density and resolution it's almost impossible to notice anything after 2x.


As for my 30 inch monitors. It's a bit of a love hate relationship. Running a single monitor, my 480s don't have too many issues. I HATE microstutter, but generally my fps is high enough that I can stand it. That being said, it's not perfect and annoys me sometimes.

What I am really starting to hate is running the 3 of them at once. With microstutter factored in I am only ever happy enough performance wise to play older games on all 3 monitors. Most of the time I get pissed off and just play on the central one. It's really a shame because it's gorgeous having them span.

What I love most about the setup is non gaming use. Having all 3 screens at such a high resolution is a dream come true for coding.

It really is a shame, there have to be techniques for reducing microstutter. I'm sure it would make things better, but no one will do it. Avg fps benchmarks are too important for sales and reputation and so AFR and microstutter will continue
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I have to say, my transition from 1080p to 1440p went a lot smoother than I expected. So far I'm not struggling to play anything on the highest settings with at least 4xAA... except for DA2 (lol).

Also, it's worth noting, at this res (to me at least) you don't really need heavy AA. 4-8x tends to smooth things out quite nicely in all the games I've tried. Maybe the extra pixels in 1600p sap just that much extra gpu power, but so far I'm pleased.

23" 1080p screens just feel tiny and cramped to me now, even though we're talking about a 4 inch diagonal difference.

@OP: If you're going to a 120Hz monitor, doesn't that kind of undermine your reasoning for downgrading in the first place? I mean for now a single 580 can crush games at 1080, BUT in order to consistently push 100+ fps in newer titles you'll have to upgrade regularly as well.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by windfire View Post
One question to ask those who are running a 30'' 2560x1600 (ie Murlocke, DorkSter, Manyak and hokeyplyr48):-
What level of AA do you use when gaming?

Is it out of necessity (because you see a major difference between 0xAA, 2xAA, 4xAA on a 30'' 2560x1600)? Or, is it more a habitual choice?
The max I ever use is 4x and usually 2x is plenty. If it's a really demanding game I don't even mind going with none. With my 32" 1080p TV, 4x was the bare minimum to not be annoying.
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post #24 of 26
best of luck to the OP, different strokes for different folks

I loved my 30" so much, that I had to add 2 more =P
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TBH I like my 30" primarily for the desktop space, and not for gaming.
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post #26 of 26
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TBH I like my 30" primarily for the desktop space, and not for gaming.
Will you be replacing your other 2 with U3011s now?
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