How much difference would I notice with a 4k vs a 1080p in games?

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Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:43 am

I have never had the opportunity to compare a 4k vs a 1080p side by side while a game of any type is running. I have a 4k LED tv, and when it's running a 4k signal the difference is noticeable. But that's in a 55" from halfway across the room watching movies or football, which doesn't really compare to games.

I'm extreemly tempted to get a nice ultrawide 2k monitor as it would serve double duty for working at home on those snowy days when I just don't want to drive into work, and a nice ultra wide would just help with CAD work a bit more. But it wouldn't help that much more that if there's a big noticeable difference between 1080p vs a 4k monitor in games, that I would miss it.

Also I'd be driving the 4k with a gtx980, which I understand wouldn't run all games at max settings. Eventually I plan to upgrade the card when the next gen comes out.

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Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:42 pm

4K resolution really likes big screen. If screen is less than 34", don't bother.
4K adds significant load on CPU + GPU. For gaming, fast frame refresh rate is the king. Guess you know the hint.
I.e., don't let marketing drain your pocket book like as if there is no tomorrow.

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Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:59 am

Thx for your reply. Yep, I checked several articles related to 4K and 1080P, explaining those pixels, resolution, color grading, saturation and whatnot. They claim 4k is quite good if you are viewing the monitor from a distance. Otherwise if you are going to be close up to your monitor a 24" 1080p monitor is suitable. I reckon a 4k monitor is nice for watching movies because it displays everything clearer. I realize a lot of computer game graphics aren't being designed for 4k display except the newest games. ... lution.htm

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Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:35 am

I have 2 x 4k 27" screens primarily for software development I prefer the sharpness of the text (eyes getting old!) but gaming I see no difference. I am going to start running them at a lower resolution going to test out soon.

Things may be different on big screens but mine no point for games. Great for development though :)

(Oh they are great for movies have HDR on the displays)

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Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:39 am

Most of the old games are not designed for 4k but only the new latest games. But those new games look awesome with 4k, much better and more exciting than a computer screen of 1080P. I love to use my huge LED Tv screen for some latest video games and Australian online casino games and all is ok with that. Dunder's lotto scratch cards also look amazing on that screen. :D

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