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  • 1440p v 4k v ultrawide

    Is there a comprehensive summary of what is the best monitor in what situation?

    Need to get a new monitor as my Yamakasi Catleap is dying. I don't game as much as I used to, although play things here and there. Mainly use it for work, photo editing, Reaper/Cubase etc. Like the idea of 4k for overall image quality and ultrawide for the sheer real estate but a lot of what I read suggests 27" 2560x1440 is the sweet spot.

    Running 670's in SLI. Have a Colourvision Spider to sort colour accuracy.

    Thoughts on what to get. Money isn't much of an issue but don't want to waste cash on snake oil.
    i7 3770K @ 3.5Ghz (to overclock) Noctua NH-D14 Cooler Gigabyte Z77X-D3H 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP @ 1600Mhz 2 x KFA2 670 OC 4GB (SLI) 2 x 256GB & 1 x 64GB Crucial M4 SSD Corsair TX 850w Antec P182 W7 Professional 64 27" Yamakasi Catleap 2560 x 1440 Asus Xonar DX Alesis M1 Active 520

  • #2
    I have an ultrawide monitor (2560x1080 29" to be specific), in an ideal world it would be 34" 3,440 x 1,440 but at the time my GPU wouldn't have been able to handle it.

    It's the perfect size for watching cinema aspect ratio films completely borderless which look stunning, and I'm yet to find a game that doesn't work with the extra pixels at the edges.

    Extra width always looks more impressive, you hear people talking about fantastic panoramic views all the time, but when did you ever hear somebody go "ooh wow look at that slightly wider than 4:3 normal widescreen view"
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    • #3
      Thanks - I'd definitely want to go a bit higher than 1080p. Some of the 34" 3,440 x 1,440 screens do appeal - the limited amount of gaming I so tends to be racing games so understand those are particularly good on ultrawides.

      Other option I've been looking at are the Phillips BDM4037UW 40" 4K which can be had for under the 600 mark at the moment. Might not be the most perfect panel but the resolution and size do appeal.

      But then the other couple of considerations that make we wonder whether I just stick to a 27" 2,560 x 1,440 are VR (a couple of years off but that's going to be the real nirvana for gaming) and that I am soon getting a 4K TV so can gamestream to that via my Shield TV if I'm desperate to play stuff at 4K (other than FPS I use a gamepad rather than a wheel).

      So do I just go for a cheaper ~28" 4K??

      It's a quandary.
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      • #4
        headsets can be had cheap today which makes this a harder question than last year. i faced the 4k vs vr headset question then and went with an lg 27 inch ud68p as it was less than half the vives price. now the rift is the same money....

        idk dude? from what i have seen vr has still only taken off in the pr0n industry and games are still lagging behind as the gpu are still not there to power the worlds good enough. but the same can be said for 4k too. idk if any gpu out yet is still good enough to power all games at 4k, silky smooth?

        vr is a game changer, idk anybody who has used a newer headset that has not been blown away but the freedom it brings, by the leap in the level of imerssion. but you can only do the same mini games so much. there is a real lack of content outside the xxx section right now. which is disturbing

        either way dude your sli670s are going to take a beating and will also want replacing too

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        • #5
          I use a 2560 x 1440 24 inch screen. I went for a quality smaller screen rather than a cheap 4K screen, I don't regret my choice. I would have liked 4K but the extra got power needed and extra cost on a good screen made the 1440 more sense
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          • #6
            So are people saying 4K is a waste of time or only worth it if you can afford a decent panel?

            Realise the GPU needs updating. Think an 1180ti is on the cards. Figure that the current cards can play something at 4K if the settings are turned down or at reduced resolution.

            at the end of the day, gaming is probably the least important.
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            • #7
              What about dual-screens ?

              I've got 2 x 27" 2560x1440 here.
              - lots of real estate over 2 screens
              - multitasking ftw - fullscreen app on one, web etc on the other
              - gaming requirements still "modest" as only driving a single 2k screen.
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              • #8
                i love mine dude. but i use my 4k mainly as a portrait side screen as i have a 110hz 1440p korean import as my main screen. it replaced a couple of 1080 screens and has aided my productivity a great deal. takes up less desk space and gave a nice increase to my desktop real estate.
                "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
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                • #9
                  What would dual monitors offer over an ultra wide. Perhaps I've misunderstood but I thought those were essentially two panels and ran off two separate gpu outputs?

                  Also, to throw something else in the mix... gsync?
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                  • #10
                    worse than freesync and costs a premium.
                    "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
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                    • #11
                      I would suggest avoiding cheap 4K screens, most can only do 24-30 frames anyway. When you can get a 2560 x 1440 144Hz screen, for a similar price as a cheap 4K screen < no contest.

                      Though, I would start considering the rift considering its price drop.

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                      • #12
                        I'm not sure I fancy Microsoft Office VR just yet! Seriously, games are slightly secondary - more about day-to-day use. Still considering a decent ultra wide.
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