Digital Foundry vs. the 2.5K display revolution

Take PC gaming beyond 1080p with a new generation of ultra-res monitors that cost just £275.

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Lior1811d ago

I have an asus 2560 1440 display powered by GTX 680 SLI, I play all the games on that resolution and never gone back.

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bviperz1810d ago (Edited 1810d ago )

You know what is funny, is that all of a sudden, 1440 is like the new trend in gaming. It's kind of irritating. Don't get me wrong, I happy for you and I'm not knocking you or anything, but you do realize that there were 2560 1600 gaming resolution monitors have been on the market for years! So if you think 1440 is something, step it up a notch, otherwise, IMO, you're wasting your 680s in SLi.

Hassassin1810d ago

nope, you're not completely right... 1440p is better because of the 16:9 ratio (for movies). Thats why 1080p is more popular than 1200p even if both where relatively the same price before.

bviperz1809d ago

@Hassassin point taken, except we're talking about gaming. If you're talking about movies, the movie is not native to 1440p (or 1200p for that matter) because movies are 1080p native, so it stretches it to the resolution. Gaming on the other hand can be native up to 1600p, and up (when 4K comes around), which I can't wait for, probably gonna get a 55-inch.

Hassassin1811d ago

I have a 1440p IPS Yamakasi, just much better. For work it's VERY usefull to have extra screen realstate.

josephayal1811d ago

ps4/X1 can do 4k, 2560x1440 is pretty low for me

M-M1811d ago

At the moment, both can do 4K video, not 4K gaming. You never make any sense.

Dasteru1811d ago (Edited 1811d ago )

The difference is, PCs can actually play games at 2560x1440/1600. The PS4 & X1 will only be playing games at 1920x1080.

Their 3840x2160 max resolution can only be used for ULHD movies, not games.

You would need probably 12GB+ of Vram to play a modern game in 3840x2160 at a playable framerate, and even then, "playable" would most likely be 25-30fps.

Guwapo771811d ago

You will need a new CPU and GPU combo to reach 4K gaming. Currently consoles are simply not capable of playing games at that resolution without a massive upgrade to all the hardware.

kingduqc1811d ago

Your statement Dasteru prove that you don't know much about Vram usage and how gpu are today.

Fact is, a lot of gpu can play 4k on medium settings(on demanding games/high on less demandings) with 30-60 fps and here's the proof

Here a 690 (680 in sli with 2 gb per gpu) can run dirt 3, a single titan can do skyrim at over 60 fps in 4k (780 can do the same) and 7970 crossfire with 3 gb of vram can do sleeping dogs at 50 fps. Some games like crysis 3 and farcry are too demanding for high settings hence why you turn down setting to get playable setting

None of this 12 gb nonesens and miss inform bullshit you talk about.

Personally I've been gaming at 1440 for about a year and an half on a korean simian monitor. Can't be happy, so much sharper then 1080p + dirt cheap monitor. 2 dead pixel sadly but frankly tehy don't bother me... considering it took 7 months to notice the second one and that I can't really find it as i'm typing this even if I know about where he is.

Dasteru1811d ago (Edited 1811d ago )


I wasn't talking about medium settings.

Resolution is always the first thing to sacrafice if your system cannot handle max settings, not textures. Who in their right mind would play a game @3840x2160 with only medium settings?

Also, even if i was incorrect, there is no need for you go off the deep end and start fanboy ranting at me. Calm down and take your meds.

I have been building gaming PCs for more than 12 years and Vram has always been the primary factor for resolution.

NewsForge1810d ago

It requires an SLI/Crossfire 2000$+ rig to play at 4K.

Here comes the "Wrongz, you can builda rig that runz everythingz 4K/120FPS/Ultra for the same price of consulz" comment...

kingduqc1810d ago


Skyrim is played on high/ultra settings with around 50 fps on a single 7970

Bf3 in ultra with a 7990 will get you 45 fpsm same with crysis 3. Keeping in mind those are one of the most demanding hame out there.

12 gb of vram, are you kidding me. 3-4 is plenty stop bullshitting. And btw: there isn't night and day from medium to high:

Ohh big big difference there right? Hhahaha you are so clueless.

Considering consoles player play games on about the lowest settings and they are fine with that in 720p 25-30 fps.

@NewsForge: It doesn't require that if you lower a bit the settings, that was my point. And even then, sli 760 build cost more around 1600-1700$ + The cost for a similar pc will be cut in half at least in less then 2 year.

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Lior1811d ago

The new consoles can only do movies in 4K not games unlike pc which do both right now

extermin8or1811d ago

But I can't see the point in 4k unless you have like a 60inch screen or larger... Who the hell plays PC games or console games on a 60inch screen... Next thing you know people will be buying cinema screens... Wtf?

kingduqc1810d ago


Did you even took a look at 1080p vs 1440? So much sharper right? Well from 1440 to 4k the difference is even bigger.

Trago13371811d ago

I'm actually getting a 1440p monitor as soon as I upgrade. It will be a glorious day :D

starchild1811d ago

It's a beautiful thing. I'm sure you'll love it.

cunnilumpkin1811d ago (Edited 1811d ago )

been gaming in 2560x1600 for quite some time

1080p is so 2008

lol....nah...seriously though, next gen consoles won't even be native 1920x1080p most of the time, wait and see!

everyone thinks they will, but they won't, everyone is just assuming it, bf4 is gonna be 720p on consoles, probably call of duty ghosts as well, and those are just crappy launch titles

as the gen progresses huge strides will be made in graphics, forcing nearly all devs who want all the bells and whistles in their games to sacrifice resolution and anti aliasing

that is always the first to go

look at last gen, games like alan wake at 540p, resistance 3 at 560p, even bf3 with is ZERO anti aliasing, awful framerate and tiny maps with only 12v12 games had to drop the res to 704p with screen tearing everywhere

pc is the place to game if you care about image quality, next gen consoles won't even offer what pc did 3 years ago graphically

I buy new consoles for the exclusive games that I MUST have, there is no reason to own them otherwise, they are over priced and deliver a far inferior experience

SonyAddict1811d ago

Do you think my gtx 780 could handle 1440p?.

cunnilumpkin1811d ago

for sure

my gtx 680 does fine at 1600p

zep1811d ago

hey what about gtx 480? with i7 950 cpu

bumnut1811d ago

You will find you hit your from limit on a 480, I did on a 570.

Hassassin1810d ago (Edited 1810d ago )

@zep You need more VRAM, I had to upgrade from a 570 to a 670 to be able to play everything silky smooth. But a 570 was good enought for console ports.

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extermin8or1811d ago

They aren't overpriced they are a fair price you could not build a PC that plays games to the same level for their prices. You just couldn't and personally I don't see the point in having resolutions so high your eyes can't tell the difference its all in your head what you think you can see that's different at a certain screen size unless you are playing on some insanely large screen? I'd rather the power going into that resolution went into making the game better AI etc tbh-if I owned a PC capable of 4k gaming I'd rather have it at 1080p and the remaining power go into even higher graphics levels...

NewsForge1810d ago

Trolling consoles on every comment. Classic.

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