2560x1440 monitors, worth the cost?

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#1 Posted by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

I'm in the midst of considering an upgrade but am having a hard time rationalizing the cost. The higher the rez the better but not many games natively support that resolution and some don't support the image ratio at all (wankers). To those who do game on a 2560x1440 monitor, is it worth it? And if it is, how would you recommend I go about upgrading (which monitor, PSU and/or GPU update, cost effectiveness)?

If I were to upgrade, I would likely eye a Yamasaki Catleap from Ebay since I have heard good things and the price is tolerable (I can't justify purchasing a $1000 monitor, but sub $700 is possible). Good idea/Bad idea? Better options available?

Current PC Setup: i7-2700k, EVGA GTX 670 FTW, TX650 Corsair PSU, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Mobo, 16GB Vengeance RAM, AOC i2757FH monitor (intention would be to dual screen if possible with 2560x1440 monitor if possible).

All comments appreciated.

#2 Posted by mitu123 (153911 posts) -

The higher the rez the better but not many games natively support that resolution and some don't support the image ratio at all (wankers). To those who do game on a 2560x1440 monitor, is it worth it? And if it is, how would you recommend I go about upgrading (which monitor, PSU and/or GPU update, cost effectiveness)?

Basinboy

What? Most,practically all games nowadays support 2560x1440 and image ratio 16:9, and yes it's worth it!

#3 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7270 posts) -

Microcenter and Monoprice has their own variant of the catleap-like monitors, same panels for $400 a pop.

#4 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5628 posts) -
If you have the $$$ then yes it's worth it I think. I'm able to run most games at high settings with a GTX 680.
#5 Posted by the_bi99man (11047 posts) -

I'd say if you've got the extra power, go for it. Especially if you're getting one for a decent price. They look awesome. And, as Mitu said, 2560x1440 resolution is actually supported by damn near all games nowadays, and the aspect ratio is just 16:9 (same as 1080p), so if you run into a game that doesn't support it, 1920x1080 will stretch to fit, without throwing anything off, or giving you letterbox bars, or anything like that.

#6 Posted by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

[QUOTE="Basinboy"]

The higher the rez the better but not many games natively support that resolution and some don't support the image ratio at all (wankers). To those who do game on a 2560x1440 monitor, is it worth it? And if it is, how would you recommend I go about upgrading (which monitor, PSU and/or GPU update, cost effectiveness)?

mitu123

What? Most,practically all games nowadays support 2560x1440 and image ratio 16:9, and yes it's worth it!

Sorry, for clarification, I meant 2560x1600 @ 16:10 ratio. From reading up on the higher rezzes, a good amount of games will upscale with a small minority of games locked in 16:9 ratio, which is what I was regarding. I don't mean to pretend that I know much about games for the higher rezzes above 1080p.

So working off the presumption that I have $600 disposable income, which monitors would you recommend for consideration? Anything comparable to a Yamasaki Catleap in terms of value for quality? And as I'm in Western NA, which purchasing outlet is my best option IYO?

EDIT:

Two other questions: on Ebay I see several different price points and some ranging features such as tempered glass, s-ips, etc. What would be the ideal model from Yamasaki, meaning highest build quality, highest image fidelity, etc.?

And regarding power consumption, is my TX650 sufficient for dual monitor setup with my AOC i2757FH and your recommendation? I don't intend to multi-monitor game, only on the 2560x1440 (but I would use the other monitor to run a web-browser for MMO wikis and the sort while playing).

#7 Posted by mitu123 (153911 posts) -

[QUOTE="mitu123"]

[QUOTE="Basinboy"]

The higher the rez the better but not many games natively support that resolution and some don't support the image ratio at all (wankers). To those who do game on a 2560x1440 monitor, is it worth it? And if it is, how would you recommend I go about upgrading (which monitor, PSU and/or GPU update, cost effectiveness)?

Basinboy

What? Most,practically all games nowadays support 2560x1440 and image ratio 16:9, and yes it's worth it!

Sorry, for clarification, I meant 2560x1600 @ 16:10 ratio. From reading up on the higher rezzes, a good amount of games will upscale with a small minority of games locked in 16:9 ratio, which is what I was regarding. I don't mean to pretend that I know much about games for the higher rezzes above 1080p.

So working off the presumption that I have $600 disposable income, which monitors would you recommend for consideration? Anything comparable to a Yamasaki Catleap in terms of value for quality? And as I'm in Western NA, which purchasing outlet is my best option IYO?

EDIT:

Two other questions: on Ebay I see several different price points and some ranging features such as tempered glass, s-ips, etc. What would be the ideal model from Yamasaki, meaning highest build quality, highest image fidelity, etc.?

And regarding power consumption, is my TX650 sufficient for dual monitor setup with my AOC i2757FH and your recommendation? I don't intend to multi-monitor game, only on the 2560x1440 (but I would use the other monitor to run a web-browser for MMO wikis and the sort while playing).

Um, most games seem to support 16:10 as well, I know this because I had played all my games at 1920x1200 which is a 16:10 ratio and now I'm doing 2560x1600 on them.

As for Yamasaki I'm not sure which is the best one.

#8 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -

I really like mine. I would buy it again if I had to

#9 Posted by Horgen (109998 posts) -
For Yamasaki monitors you can find huge threads on them in other forums. Google should be helpful.
#10 Posted by o0squishy0o (2754 posts) -

Another way of looking at is this. Can you tell the difference between 1080 and 720, if yes then imagine the same difference again but with 1080 being the "720". I have always said, resolution adds more than what most people percive. Alot more. Its simply the amount of information your PC can show you. The more information, the better. 1080 is becoming much the 1024x768 res. Everyone said "oh know its fine you dont need anything more!!".

That being said, I have always found that playing games at sub your screens native resolution always looks weird. So be prepared for your system to possibly struggle with framerates unless you are prepared to play in either a windowed mode (I think looks better) vs non-native res.

#11 Posted by Byshop (11026 posts) -

Sorry, for clarification, I meant 2560x1600 @ 16:10 ratio. From reading up on the higher rezzes, a good amount of games will upscale with a small minority of games locked in 16:9 ratio, which is what I was regarding. I don't mean to pretend that I know much about games for the higher rezzes above 1080p.

So working off the presumption that I have $600 disposable income, which monitors would you recommend for consideration? Anything comparable to a Yamasaki Catleap in terms of value for quality? And as I'm in Western NA, which purchasing outlet is my best option IYO?

EDIT:

Two other questions: on Ebay I see several different price points and some ranging features such as tempered glass, s-ips, etc. What would be the ideal model from Yamasaki, meaning highest build quality, highest image fidelity, etc.?

And regarding power consumption, is my TX650 sufficient for dual monitor setup with my AOC i2757FH and your recommendation? I don't intend to multi-monitor game, only on the 2560x1440 (but I would use the other monitor to run a web-browser for MMO wikis and the sort while playing).

Basinboy

If you're going with a 27" monitor or better, I would strongly recommend going with a 2560x1440 or better. 1920x1080 or 1200 is a bit low for a monitor that large, particularly for non-gaming applications. I love running games on my 27" (that I sit two feet away from) at native res. The level of detail difference between 1920x1080/1200 and 2560x1440/1600 is noticable, but it's also significant enough to create a perf hit. SLI/Xfire configs help a noticable amount.

The LED backlit version of the 27" Dell Ultrasharp is around your price range and a very high quality monitor. There are cheaper monitors that'll work fine, too, but the Dell Ultrasharps are top-of-the-line.

Here it is on Amazon for $650 right now, but the prices fluctuate constantly and I've seen it as low as the 550-600 range.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inch-LED-lit/dp/B009H0XQQY

-Byshop

#12 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10547 posts) -
Yes it is worth it. I'm playing more and more on my 1440p display over 3x1080p Eyefintiy setup because how clear it is. It is amazing. You can get the Korean versions if you want. They display very well. 27 inch one will net you a 2560 x 1440 display while a 30 inch one will net you a 2560 x 1600 display. You can find the 25x14 ones for like $350 on Ebay while a 25x16 will cost you around $550.
#13 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7270 posts) -

http://microcenter.com/product/384780/EQ276W_27_IPS_LED_Monitor

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=113&cp_id=11307&cs_id=1130703&p_id=9579&seq=1&format=2

thar.

#14 Posted by GoldenElementXL (2705 posts) -
It's worth it but it can put some stress on your hardware. I have noticed performance hits when playing Metro 2033 and Batman Arkham City with my GTX 690. But Guild Wars 2 is stunning on my machine @1440. Jaw dropping is putting it lightly.
#15 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2569 posts) -

[QUOTE="Basinboy"]

Sorry, for clarification, I meant 2560x1600 @ 16:10 ratio. From reading up on the higher rezzes, a good amount of games will upscale with a small minority of games locked in 16:9 ratio, which is what I was regarding. I don't mean to pretend that I know much about games for the higher rezzes above 1080p.

So working off the presumption that I have $600 disposable income, which monitors would you recommend for consideration? Anything comparable to a Yamasaki Catleap in terms of value for quality? And as I'm in Western NA, which purchasing outlet is my best option IYO?

EDIT:

Two other questions: on Ebay I see several different price points and some ranging features such as tempered glass, s-ips, etc. What would be the ideal model from Yamasaki, meaning highest build quality, highest image fidelity, etc.?

And regarding power consumption, is my TX650 sufficient for dual monitor setup with my AOC i2757FH and your recommendation? I don't intend to multi-monitor game, only on the 2560x1440 (but I would use the other monitor to run a web-browser for MMO wikis and the sort while playing).

Byshop

If you're going with a 27" monitor or better, I would strongly recommend going with a 2560x1440 or better. 1920x1080 or 1200 is a bit low for a monitor that large, particularly for non-gaming applications. I love running games on my 27" (that I sit two feet away from) at native res. The level of detail difference between 1920x1080/1200 and 2560x1440/1600 is noticable, but it's also significant enough to create a perf hit. SLI/Xfire configs help a noticable amount.

The LED backlit version of the 27" Dell Ultrasharp is around your price range and a very high quality monitor. There are cheaper monitors that'll work fine, too, but the Dell Ultrasharps are top-of-the-line.

Here it is on Amazon for $650 right now, but the prices fluctuate constantly and I've seen it as low as the 550-600 range.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inch-LED-lit/dp/B009H0XQQY

-Byshop

Dont be fooled. 1080 on a 27" its perfect but then again.. Why not 1440p if you can handle the cost

#16 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -
Maybe when I have 2x GTX 770, I'll consider that monitor upgrade I've always been wanting, mainly out of curiosity for first-hand experience. At the moment, I've been perfectly happy with my 27" 1200p monitor until recently I kinda want a 120hz monitor. So it's either a hi-res ips monitor or 120hz. Until that day comes, I'll have to decide then.
#17 Posted by andmcq (259 posts) -

Looking at my U3011... yes, 1440 or 1600p is worth it.

#18 Posted by osirisx3 (1739 posts) -

If you have a high end machine i guess it could be worth it. However you will be limited to only pc games at that res. You can't get movies or console games at that res. Also go for a good one not just a cheap one. You want good contrast and colour to make up a good picture not just resolution.

#19 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10547 posts) -
Maybe when I have 2x GTX 770, I'll consider that monitor upgrade I've always been wanting, mainly out of curiosity for first-hand experience. At the moment, I've been perfectly happy with my 27" 1200p monitor until recently I kinda want a 120hz monitor. So it's either a hi-res ips monitor or 120hz. Until that day comes, I'll have to decide then.Elann2008
Why not both? That is what I did. A monitor that is Hi-Res IPS Monitor and 120hz. :)
#20 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5628 posts) -

[QUOTE="Byshop"]

[QUOTE="Basinboy"]

Sorry, for clarification, I meant 2560x1600 @ 16:10 ratio. From reading up on the higher rezzes, a good amount of games will upscale with a small minority of games locked in 16:9 ratio, which is what I was regarding. I don't mean to pretend that I know much about games for the higher rezzes above 1080p.

So working off the presumption that I have $600 disposable income, which monitors would you recommend for consideration? Anything comparable to a Yamasaki Catleap in terms of value for quality? And as I'm in Western NA, which purchasing outlet is my best option IYO?

EDIT:

Two other questions: on Ebay I see several different price points and some ranging features such as tempered glass, s-ips, etc. What would be the ideal model from Yamasaki, meaning highest build quality, highest image fidelity, etc.?

And regarding power consumption, is my TX650 sufficient for dual monitor setup with my AOC i2757FH and your recommendation? I don't intend to multi-monitor game, only on the 2560x1440 (but I would use the other monitor to run a web-browser for MMO wikis and the sort while playing).

_SKatEDiRt_

If you're going with a 27" monitor or better, I would strongly recommend going with a 2560x1440 or better. 1920x1080 or 1200 is a bit low for a monitor that large, particularly for non-gaming applications. I love running games on my 27" (that I sit two feet away from) at native res. The level of detail difference between 1920x1080/1200 and 2560x1440/1600 is noticable, but it's also significant enough to create a perf hit. SLI/Xfire configs help a noticable amount.

The LED backlit version of the 27" Dell Ultrasharp is around your price range and a very high quality monitor. There are cheaper monitors that'll work fine, too, but the Dell Ultrasharps are top-of-the-line.

Here it is on Amazon for $650 right now, but the prices fluctuate constantly and I've seen it as low as the 550-600 range.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inch-LED-lit/dp/B009H0XQQY

-Byshop

Dont be fooled. 1080 on a 27" its perfect but then again.. Why not 1440p if you can handle the cost

Yeah I used to game on a 27" 1080p monitor and it was was fine. I don't know why people say they are crap... But 1440p is obviously better.
#21 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -
[QUOTE="Elann2008"]Maybe when I have 2x GTX 770, I'll consider that monitor upgrade I've always been wanting, mainly out of curiosity for first-hand experience. At the moment, I've been perfectly happy with my 27" 1200p monitor until recently I kinda want a 120hz monitor. So it's either a hi-res ips monitor or 120hz. Until that day comes, I'll have to decide then.ShadowDeathX
Why not both? That is what I did. A monitor that is Hi-Res IPS Monitor and 120hz. :)

Which one would you recommend? What are you using now?
#22 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10547 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"][QUOTE="Elann2008"]Maybe when I have 2x GTX 770, I'll consider that monitor upgrade I've always been wanting, mainly out of curiosity for first-hand experience. At the moment, I've been perfectly happy with my 27" 1200p monitor until recently I kinda want a 120hz monitor. So it's either a hi-res ips monitor or 120hz. Until that day comes, I'll have to decide then.Elann2008
Why not both? That is what I did. A monitor that is Hi-Res IPS Monitor and 120hz. :)

Which one would you recommend? What are you using now?

Overlord Tempest Grade A Panel.
#23 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"][QUOTE="Elann2008"][QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"] Why not both? That is what I did. A monitor that is Hi-Res IPS Monitor and 120hz. :)

Which one would you recommend? What are you using now?

Overlord Tempest Grade A Panel.

Beautiful! Thanks!
#24 Posted by id_mew (450 posts) -

I got my Catleap from ebay, and I'm so happy with it.

I recommend investing a bit extra for a Pixel Perfect version, otherwise you can take a chance and hope you don't have any dead pixels.

I payed about $450, plus I had to pay taxes when it was dilivered about $69, So overall I saved about $200 if I got it from Dell.

Good luck!

#25 Posted by Byshop (11026 posts) -

[QUOTE="_SKatEDiRt_"]

[QUOTE="Byshop"]

If you're going with a 27" monitor or better, I would strongly recommend going with a 2560x1440 or better. 1920x1080 or 1200 is a bit low for a monitor that large, particularly for non-gaming applications. I love running games on my 27" (that I sit two feet away from) at native res. The level of detail difference between 1920x1080/1200 and 2560x1440/1600 is noticable, but it's also significant enough to create a perf hit. SLI/Xfire configs help a noticable amount.

The LED backlit version of the 27" Dell Ultrasharp is around your price range and a very high quality monitor. There are cheaper monitors that'll work fine, too, but the Dell Ultrasharps are top-of-the-line.

Here it is on Amazon for $650 right now, but the prices fluctuate constantly and I've seen it as low as the 550-600 range.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-U2713HM-IPS-LED-CVN85-27-Inch-LED-lit/dp/B009H0XQQY

-Byshop

hrt_rulz01

Dont be fooled. 1080 on a 27" its perfect but then again.. Why not 1440p if you can handle the cost

Yeah I used to game on a 27" 1080p monitor and it was was fine. I don't know why people say they are crap... But 1440p is obviously better.

My exact words were "a bit low" for that size, not that it was crap. I also said that it's more of an issue for non-gaming applications.

-Byshop

#26 Posted by abuabed (6606 posts) -
I would suggest getting 120Hz monitor since it is better for gaming. I really like how smooth things move and also the stutter-free gameplay even without V-Sync.
#27 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9074 posts) -

It's worth it but it can put some stress on your hardware. I have noticed performance hits when playing Metro 2033 and Batman Arkham City with my GTX 690. But Guild Wars 2 is stunning on my machine @1440. Jaw dropping is putting it lightly. GoldenElementXL

Yep, even with my OC'ed system from CPU to RAM to GPU... Some games even at 1080 have a hard time staying 60 FPS solid. That's why I use a 1080 monitor and not anything higher. I like all the graphics maxed rather then a super high res or 120 FPS at the cost of graphics.

#28 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -

[QUOTE="GoldenElementXL"]It's worth it but it can put some stress on your hardware. I have noticed performance hits when playing Metro 2033 and Batman Arkham City with my GTX 690. But Guild Wars 2 is stunning on my machine @1440. Jaw dropping is putting it lightly. Truth_Hurts_U

Yep, even with my OC'ed system from CPU to RAM to GPU... Some games even at 1080 have a hard time staying 60 FPS solid. That's why I use a 1080 monitor and not anything higher. I like all the graphics maxed rather then a super high res or 120 FPS at the cost of graphics.

Honstly, a lot of games look better to me in 1440p with high settings than they did in 1080p in Ultra.

#29 Posted by trastamad03 (4852 posts) -
[QUOTE="Elann2008"][QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"][QUOTE="Elann2008"] Which one would you recommend? What are you using now?

Overlord Tempest Grade A Panel.

Beautiful! Thanks!

Ya, although I'm using the Catleap, I'd also recommend the Overlord Tempest. Go for it man, you won't regret it.
#30 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

My Nexus 10 is 2560x1600, 300PPI :shock:

I'd love a similar res on a monitor.

#31 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20034 posts) -

I got my Catleap from ebay, and I'm so happy with it.

I recommend investing a bit extra for a Pixel Perfect version, otherwise you can take a chance and hope you don't have any dead pixels.

I payed about $450, plus I had to pay taxes when it was dilivered about $69, So overall I saved about $200 if I got it from Dell.

Good luck!

id_mew

I paid only 225£ including import tax for mine and it was so worth it. I simply adore it! I took a big risk and it actually paid off. I was so surprised!

#32 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20034 posts) -

[QUOTE="Truth_Hurts_U"]

[QUOTE="GoldenElementXL"]It's worth it but it can put some stress on your hardware. I have noticed performance hits when playing Metro 2033 and Batman Arkham City with my GTX 690. But Guild Wars 2 is stunning on my machine @1440. Jaw dropping is putting it lightly. BPoole96

Yep, even with my OC'ed system from CPU to RAM to GPU... Some games even at 1080 have a hard time staying 60 FPS solid. That's why I use a 1080 monitor and not anything higher. I like all the graphics maxed rather then a super high res or 120 FPS at the cost of graphics.

Honstly, a lot of games look better to me in 1440p with high settings than they did in 1080p in Ultra.

I've noticed a similar effect as well. Is there an explanation for this?

#33 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10547 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

[QUOTE="Truth_Hurts_U"]

Yep, even with my OC'ed system from CPU to RAM to GPU... Some games even at 1080 have a hard time staying 60 FPS solid. That's why I use a 1080 monitor and not anything higher. I like all the graphics maxed rather then a super high res or 120 FPS at the cost of graphics.

Hexagon_777

Honstly, a lot of games look better to me in 1440p with high settings than they did in 1080p in Ultra.

I've noticed a similar effect as well. Is there an explanation for this?

Everything is clearer? :P
#34 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20034 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hexagon_777"]

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Honstly, a lot of games look better to me in 1440p with high settings than they did in 1080p in Ultra.

ShadowDeathX

I've noticed a similar effect as well. Is there an explanation for this?

Everything is clearer? :P

That's it? Fun. :P Now it's just down to which is more resource intensive: 1080p @ Ultra or 1440p @ High.

#35 Posted by Fizzman (9869 posts) -

It is absolutely worth it.  I cant imagine ever gaming or just using a computer at anything less than 2560x1440p resolution.

The price of admission is high, but i highly recommend it if you can afford it.   

#36 Posted by themagicbum9720 (6505 posts) -
mine was only in the 300-400 dollar range. catleap. no problems at all.
#37 Posted by MonsieurX (29157 posts) -
mine was only in the 300-400 dollar range. catleap. no problems at all.themagicbum9720
Shimian here for close to a year without any issues.
#38 Posted by darksusperia (6898 posts) -
mine was only in the 300-400 dollar range. catleap. no problems at all.themagicbum9720
[QUOTE="themagicbum9720"]mine was only in the 300-400 dollar range. catleap. no problems at all.MonsieurX
Shimian here for close to a year without any issues.

Been looking at these myself. The lack of OSD isnt an issue??
#39 Posted by MonsieurX (29157 posts) -
[QUOTE="darksusperia"][QUOTE="themagicbum9720"]
[QUOTE="themagicbum9720"]mine was only in the 300-400 dollar range. catleap. no problems at all.MonsieurX
Shimian here for close to a year without any issues.

Been looking at these myself. The lack of OSD isnt an issue??

Not for me as I'm not using it for anything professional.
#40 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

Anyone know an app or something that would let me use my nexus 10 as a second monitor to extend my display to?

#41 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10547 posts) -
#42 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -
[QUOTE="kraken2109"]

Anyone know an app or something that would let me use my nexus 10 as a second monitor to extend my display to?

ShadowDeathX
http://avatron.com/apps/air-display

Any free apps?