1440p and 4K Monitors
One of the big new things have been the recent advancements in display technology. These advancements have ushered in two new resolutions: 1440p and 4K. Some people have already purchased one of these new monitors but many folks are still on the fence about whether or not the timing is right, or even if dropping that kind of cash is worth it. In this article I will answer both those questions and clear up some of the confusion surrounding these new monitor breeds. Also, here is a site that has regular updates of the latest stuff going on in 1440p monitors.
First things first. I am going to say here and now, it is definitely not worth buying a 4K monitor at this time. The main reason for this is that the technology is brand spanking new. Quite frankly, you will be paying a severe premium on a 4K monitor. Secondly, very few games are going to take advantage of 4K resolution, now and including the foreseeable future. The last reason is even if the game did support 4K, your going to need 2 titans to 3even run the damn thing. If your playing a competitive game you can forget about maintaining a nice fps rate.
Those who should buy 1440p
The prequisite here is that you’ll need a badass system hands down. Your going to need a beefy graphics card probably one with at least 4 GB. Obviously if you don’t have a nice rig already going 1440p is an expensive endeavor. You are looking at a tall order between a new monitor and gaming PC. If you already have a nice rig, all you are looking at is the cost of the monitor.
As an aside your rig doesn’t matter nearly as much if you don’t care about maintaining a high fps rate. If you don’t play competitive games often then running lower frame rates isn’t a big deal. Though this is one of the chief reasons virtually all competitive gamers still use 1080p monitors, because they don’t want to sacrifice a shred of performance for a bit more visuals.
If you use your gaming Pc for a lot of work as well. The extra real estate is extremely conducive to working with multiple Windows. The crisp resolution makes font pleasing to read. Browsing, working with documents and photos, is a real joy with 1440p.
Money isn’t an issue. Even the less expensive 1440p monitors are going to cost you an arm and a leg. But if you’re going to go 1440p you probably want to do it right and not half ass it. That means spending at least 500 for a good monitor.
People who shouldn’t go 1440p
You’re a hardcore competitive gamer. Even if you have a super beefy system, 1080p is still the best performance option. If you’re serious about competing at the very least you want a minimum consistent 60 fps. And that can be pretty dicey with running 1440p resolutions.
You don’t mind waiting about 6 months for the price to come down. If price is at all an issue, or say you already have a decent 1080p monitor and don’t mind waiting, the price will come down substantially over the next half year to a year. The technology is a new there is a bit of a premium for the first wave of buyers. If you don’t need the latest and greatest waiting to buy is a pragmatic decision. Although this is especially true with 4k monitors it still holds true with 1440p monitors.
If you mainly play older games, or games that just don’t support 1440p, you won’t benefit from upgrading. If you plan to play games that aren’t slated for 1440p support this is also a reason to not jump on the bandwagon.
As an update one of our favorite sites has a review article on the best 1440p gaming monitors.