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Offline ThedirtyRabbit

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Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« on: 12:51 PM - 01/04/22 »
You guys never let me down so here goes!

I'm wanting to upgrade my monitor, I was gaming on Xbox One with an Asus VP278H which is 1080p, 50hz-75hz, 1ms response time, with ? input lag (doesn't list anywhere)

I now have a Xbox Series X and would like to playing in 4k however, I'm not made of money. I've been looking around for "Budget" 4k monitor and I'm seeing a trend with them. 99% of them are 60hz refresh rate with various response time.

How noticeable would the refresh rate @4k be? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance everyone.

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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #1 on: 01:12 PM - 01/04/22 »
Gaming above 4k @ 60hz. is not possible with the Series X. Not to mention 4k isn't great for monitors anyway. 4k is best kept to TV's and screens 32in and up. That's  hard to look at sitting at a desk. I'd stick with 27in screen max for desk top gaming and 4k at 27in isn't much better then 1440p. Also, when and if supported you can play 1440p at 120hz. which is a much better experience IMO. Unfortunately, not alot of games actually support this. Or atleast they didn't when I had a Series X.

Long story short, 1440p - 120hz. > 4K - 60hz. on monitors.

4k is great for TV's (the bigger the better) and couch gaming.

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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #2 on: 02:33 PM - 01/04/22 »
Thanks RML, I was starting to lean that way after some more research to go with 1440 at 120hz !

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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #3 on: 09:10 PM - 01/04/22 »
No problem, if you haven't done much gaming at 1440p and 120hz. you're in for a treat. It's a much bigger leap from 1080p 60hz. then you'd think.

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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #4 on: 05:07 AM - 01/05/22 »
1440p 120Hz gaming is sublime. The pixel density of 1440p is perfect for a 27" screen. Running 4K resolution on that same screen makes exactly zero visual difference, but costs significantly more processing power.

1440p 120Hz is the porridge that's just right for PC and console gaming. Next-gen 4K 120Hz or 8K gaming is a myth concocted for the sole purpose of selling HDMI 2.1 screens. Existing HDMI 2.0 screens, HDMI switches, HDMI splitters, HDMI cables etc can run 1440p 120Hz.

There is no reason at all to go beyond 1440p for desktop gaming at 16:9 screen dimensions. Ultra-wide 21:9 gaming is still best constrained to 1440p pixel height, but with added width.

If you're gaming from the couch however, 4K will be a noticeable visual upgrade on 40" or larger screens. But it comes at the cost of lower framerates, which is the real performance handbrake. Once you've tried buttery-smooth 120FPS, it's near impossible to go back to stuttery 60FPS.

None of us will be getting 4K 120FPS out of next-gen consoles...it's only possible on an RTX 3090 GPU, which alone costs thousands of dollars more than a Series X or PS5. The performance we get out of a Series X running 1440p 120FPS is phenomenal bang-for-buck.

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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #5 on: 08:05 PM - 01/05/22 »
agreed. I just bought a 27" MSI that is 1440p and can run 165hz. It can run 4K at 60hz but I did not care about that. I just wanted 1440p at 120hz for console, with pretty good color reproduction once calibrated for photo editing. Unless you are gaming on big screens, 4K resolution isn't that noticeable. The extra 60 screen refreshes a second can help you in game though, especially when playing pc players with high end rigs on crossplay


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Re: Monitor advice for 4k gaming
« Reply #6 on: 06:44 PM - 01/07/22 »
Thanks for all the input guys, I ended up getting an Asus ROG Strix XG27AQM 27" monitor. Was even luckier, I got it 50% off at a local auction in town and it looks amazing!


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