Resolution vs Performance


Jul 22, 2012
I've reached a bit of a dilemma here guys... I was going to get a 2560x1440 monitor for my new pc and I have been looking over benchmarks and to play games on that settings, some heavy duty gpus are needed. I was wondering if I should just use a 1920x1080 and play with high settings and fps or go with a 1440 and turn down the eye candy...

What I had planned was a i5 3570k and a 7950/ 660 ti for the 1080 and I don't know if I'm willing to shell out the extra cash to play on high settings on a 1440.What do ya guys think? Will I not notice the less AA and such because I will be on such a high res monitor? If I do get a 2560x1440 monitor, what is my best option in terms of graphic cards? I obviously do not want to spend $999 on like a gtx 690 or anything crazy like that.


Get a 1080p monitor if the screen size is less than 30" if it is more than 30" then only get a 1440p monitor. Generally people are almost 1 or more feet away from the monitor which makes the extra ppi of the 1440p on a 27" monitor useless.

If you do get a 1440p get two 7970 ghz edition cards at crossfire, much better than a GTX 690 or a hd 7970x2 cards. A HD 7970 will run that monster fine but you will face problems with advanced future games like crysis 3. Also 1440p is backwards compatible to 1080p.


Dec 30, 2012
Yes and no... If you are only getting one monitor you don't need to CF/SLI. I've seen benches of both the 7970 and 680 running a triple monitor setup at 40-60 FPS on max settings.

I don't even know why you would suggest that, when he said he doesnt know if he wants to shell out the extra cash. 7950/660 Ti is in the $300 price range while 2 7970's are in the $900 range.

Keep in mind that AMD cards usually run better than Nvidia at higher resolutions. If you go with the 1440p monitor I would suggest the 7950 and overclock it a bit to closer match the 7970 in performance so you don't have to turn down the eyecandy as much. But either way, the GTX 670 is the BEST bang for the buck so if you are willing to shell out a bit more cash, I would get that.


If it were me, I'd buy the 2560x1440 if I have the money. There's no clear indication on when higher res monitors to come out so I would definitely get the higher resolution now. Plus, it's not really that bad when you get a 2560x1440 display and you run games at 1080p.

If you're really getting a 2560x1440 display, then get at least a HD7950, not the 660ti. The memory bus and overclocking headroom becomes more crucial at higher res


Nov 11, 2012
I would surely recommend you a 1440p Monitor.
And a GTX 660 Ti or a 7950. You can get better GPU if you want.
The Bench is of 2560x1600, you can add 3-4 fps as you are going with 1440.