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1080p (144Hz) vs. 1440p (144Hz) for 2 GTX 780Ti's (SC)in SLI [Long Term]

1080p (144Hz) vs. 1440p (144Hz)

  • Asus VG248QE; 1080p; 144 Hz; G-Sync pre-installed

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#1
Hello All,

So I am trying to decide on a monitor upgrade for my newly built computer.

I am looking for a monitor that has a refresh rate greater than 120 Hz (144 Hz is good) and has G-Sync. I like the ability to turn my settings to high or ultra if the option is there and I tend to crank up the AA (I am not sure if high AA is needed on a 1440p monitor). I normally play games like Mass Effect, Bioshock, Dragon Age, Fallout and Guild Wars 2 and I plan on playing any new iteration of those games as well (Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, ect).

My current computer build will be with me for the next 4-5 years, so I do not plan on upgrading the GPU’s until at least at least 4-5 years from now (this is due to budgetary issues).

I want to make sure that the monitor that I choose will be utilized fully. I do not want to get a monitor where in a year or two my 780Ti’s won’t be able to push more than 60 Hz without having to drop the settings significantly.
My two choices are:
Choice 1: Asus ROG Swift PG278Q; 1440p; 144 Hz; G-Sync
Choice 2: Asus VG248QE; 1080p; 144 Hz; G-Sync pre-installed

Thank you in advance!!
 
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Just to clarify, I currently have 2 GTX 780Ti's in SLI
 
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While most games won't be a issue, I'm pretty sure there will be some games released in 2 years that a 780ti SLI will not push highest settings at 60 fps at 1080p, I know there will be at 1440p. I think you are expecting too much.
 

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If you're going the G-Sync route 144 Hz really isn't needed. There's even a pretty good difference with and without G-Sync at 30fps. Go for the 1440p.. but you don't necessarily need the 144 Hz.
 

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If you're going the G-Sync route 144 Hz really isn't needed. There's even a pretty good difference with and without G-Sync at 30fps. Go for the 1440p.. but you don't necessarily need the 144 Hz.
The only monitors releasing with G-Sync so far are TN panels at 120-144hz. Though you are right you don't need to fully utilize that high of refresh rate to see the benefits of g-sync.
 

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I say forget 1440P, and get an awesome huge 1080p TV.

or a 24-inch 1200p monitor.

I run into buffer limits already @ 1200p on 780ti (I currently have three cards). Not on many titles, but it's there.


VGAs are kind of designed to meet resolution needs. if you want to run 1440p or 1600p like I do ,(or surround, for that matter), I really suggest 6 GB cards. If that's the case, and you have 6 GB cards, then 1440p, all the way. That's why those cards exist - 1440p to 4K use.
 

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I say forget 1440P, and get an awesome huge 1080p TV.

or a 24-inch 1200p monitor.

I run into buffer limits already @ 1200p on 780ti (I currently have three cards).
I'm kind of at that point too, I wanted 1440p for the longest time, but I'm sticking with what I have till I can afford 4k and 1 or 2 gpus to run it.

My interest in multi monitor has gone up quite a bit lately too.
 
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I say forget 1440P, and get an awesome huge 1080p TV.

or a 24-inch 1200p monitor.

I run into buffer limits already @ 1200p on 780ti (I currently have three cards). Not on many titles, but it's there.


VGAs are kind of designed to meet resolution needs. if you want to run 1440p or 1600p like I do ,(or surround, for that matter), I really suggest 6 GB cards. If that's the case, and you have 6 GB cards, then 1440p, all the way. That's why those cards exist - 1440p to 4K use.
That's what I did. 60". Nothing better than chilling on the couch and playing your favorite games maxed out.
 

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#9
I know this thread is a few weeks old, but I'll give my thoughts anyways, as I have been looking to the 1080p versus 1440p for some time now ever since hearing about the ROG 144Hz 1440p G-Sync monitor. I recently purchased a GTX 780ti SC and this thing destroys 1080p. I'm playing all my games with 100+ FPS, sometimes exceeding that. I run on a BenQ XL2420T so I have a 120Hz refresh rate, and the experience of utilizing the full refresh rate while having V-Sync on BF3 or another gamer where the frames always exceed 120 is truly remarkable. Some say diminishing returns for the fresh occurs at about 120, so I can't say that 144Hz is going to look exceptionally different, but I know that I have a tendency to notice stutters and frame increases/decreases a lot more than others so perhaps it would make a difference to me.

Since I'm getting amazing frames with a single GTX 780ti, I'd imagine that you are tearing it up with two. I think those could definitely last you for 4-5 years if you're playing at 1080p, but I doubt I could say the same for 1440p. Still, I would recommend the ROG monitor. From what I have seen, they have put so much time and thought into its engineering that it will cover all the bases. It has been said that there really isn't a use for G-Sync AND 144Hz, but I would argue differently. The G-Sync functionality will come into play with your desire to keep your GPUs for an extended length of the time. You'll start gaming at 1440p on the current generation of games and with two GTX 780ti cards you'll be shredding it up, probably pushing 100+ frames in everything you play. Still, G-Sync comes into use here with frame fluctuations, and it still eliminates tearing and stuttering without any input lag. It's going to offer benefits even if you're not at the lowest frame rates. As time goes on and graphics improve, your frames may drop, but then G-Sync becomes more and more useful. The smoothness of the games you're playing can be maintained to dramatically increase the longevity of your build.

1440p enables you to use less AA as well. At 27" and 1440p, the ROG monitor will have a much higher pixel density than your 1080p monitor, so you'll be able to maintain the quality of the resolution even at closer distances. My final point would be saying that there will be a natural transition to 1440p from 1080p. I don't think 4K will be utilized for a long time, because graphics cards can't push high frames on that resolution and I think you've got the same mindset as me; smoothness over resolution. That being said, the 780ti's are the answer to 1440p. Finally we're able to push past 1080p while not sacrificing amazing framerates. If you get a 1080p monitor now, the chances are that you're going to upgrade your monitor after the 4-5 years anyways because the cards then will be shredding it on 1440p and provide the best experience. I think the ROG monitor will be the best future proofing you can do, since after 4-5 years, upgrading your cards would push you back up to using the high refresh rate while also enjoying the enhanced resolution.
 
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I have the VG248QE and it's awesome. Don't really see a need for G-Sync if games run at framerate slightly below 144fps. Also prefer 1080p becauswe of content with same res that then goes nicely edge to edge without any fiddling or distortions.