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1080p 144hz Vs. 1440p 60hz(r/buildapc)
I ended up purchasing a 1440p 60hz monitor for the resolution later that day, and just picked up a 1080p 144hz recently, so I have the advantage of playing with both of them side by side to give you an accurate insight.
The 1440p has much higher color quality and makes games look ridiculously beautiful. The fact that you’re at ~~2k~~ 1440p means you really don’t need much, if any AA to get smooth models. The desktop work space is very nice to have outside of gaming, especially if you work on editing video or do graphics design. This thing is BRIGHT. I had to turn the brightness almost all the way down just to keep it at a comfortable level, especially at night.
What I’ve noticed with my 1440p is if you’re running a rig with a 970 or a card of equivalent or lesser performance, playing ~~2k~~ 1440p resolution with ultra settings will yield framerates under 60 in most AAA games.
It also is a double loss in performance because the games you do have that pump out over 100 fps tear badly on 60 hz monitors. The lack of consistency in frames per second in general is noticeable enough to degrade the entire gaming experience. This can be somewhat fixed by enabling vertical sync, but it doesn’t work well in every game, causes input lag sometimes, and from what I’ve observed it’s there just to do what it can.
In a nutshell, 1440p didn’t match up with my system’s performance output at all. I had to actually turn down games in order to get a substantial, fluid frame rate. And even then, it was still capped at 60 fps max. I even overclocked my monitor to 75hz, and it looked worse even though it read 75 fps in-game. And turning down the game’s resolution to 1080p on the 1440p monitor obviously didn’t look good at all.
The 1080p 144hz monitor isn’t as great in the color and clarity department on the desktop (in-game there is a smaller, noticeable difference, however it is not a deal-breaker), but holy cow when I first connected it, the difference was night and day. The game was so much more fluid and played more “live” if that makes any sense. Every single game looked and played like it felt like it was supposed to, some even better.
I wanted to cry when I first played CS:GO at 275 fps. It was that beautiful.
In all seriousness though, being at 1080p vs 1440p meant my graphics card could pump out much higher framerates above 60 at ultra settings with AA, where it was having trouble staying in the 50s in Witcher 3 at 1440p with some things such as foliage distance, shadow quality, nvidia hairworks, draw distance, and terrain quality turned down or off completely. I love my 1440p monitor and its resolution, but it just doesn’t do well for gaming on this rig.
And the biggest difference? I was actually able to SEE the frames at 100+ fps. I play games exclusively on my 144hz monitor now while the 1440p is great for a second monitor with a large desktop workspace.
At 1080p@144hz, you will get higher and much more consistent, fluid frame rates that won’t screen tear at higher ultra with AA. Games look so much better, I cannot stress that enough. OR at 1440p you’ll get lower frame rates at lower graphics settings at the cost of a higher resolution, and will have bad screen tearing in games pumping out over 100 fps, forcing you to enable vertical sync.
After playing with both of them for many hours, if I had to go back and pick one, I’d pick the 1080p 144hz hands down. Actually if I could have an extra $1200+ to throw down, I’d pick up a 1080 pascal and a 1440p@144hz monitor.
TL;DR Don’t get a 1440p unless you have the rig to back it up. If you want to push 1440p for gaming, you’ll need a rig running a 980/i5 or better, and a 1440p monitor with 144hz to get the minimum performance necessary for games to look as good as you paid to play them at that quality. Otherwise, go 1080p@144hz.
My rig for those wanting details:
Edit: Duh, forgot to include the monitors in the pcpartpicker:
Type|Item|Price :—-|:—-|:—- CPU | Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler | Motherboard | MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory | Storage | Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive | Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card | Power Supply | Corsair Gaming 700W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | Operating System | Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM (64-bit) | | Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts | | Total (before mail-in rebates) | | Mail-in rebates | | Total | | Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-03 09:18 EDT-0400 |