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4K 60Hz vs. 1440p 144Hz (G-Sync)

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm sure you already heard that question a lot. But I couldn't really stop myself from opening this thread to ask you guys what you think.

My situation is like this:

 

I'm building a new PC at the moment and will receive my parts probably next week. So i went with a i5 6600K and a 980Ti but also got a big enough PSU to power my build with a second GPU as i'm planing to buy another 980Ti in the beginning of 2016. For the start i will only be playing Games on my 1080p monitor but i will be getting a new monitor soon.

I play games like Battlefield 4, SWBF, The Witcher, Fallout 4 and Skyrim just to name a few. I do care about performance and high frame rate and i want to run the games with pretty much max settings. I am not a hardcore competitive gamer but i can't really tell if i would prefer 144Hz refresh rate or the higher 4K resolution as I did not experience anything this high yet. (I just hear that both are awesome  :D )

 

Now my question is:

 

What are the pros and cons of going for a 4k 60Hz monitor vs. a 1440p 144Hz (Both G-Sync)?

Would my 980Ti SLI Setup provide enough horsepower to run (upcoming) Games at 4K or will i regret it because i will have to lower the settings in upcoming games and should have went with a 1440p instead?

 

 

Thank you in advance for you opinions on this :)

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144Hz if you wanna play CS:GO and stuff...

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If you are trying to actually get all 144 frames at 1440, don't. It's not going to happen, even with 2 980tis. If you aren't hung up about getting absolute maximum performance then do whatever you want. Honestly though if 4K is on your radar at all I'd wait for pascal to see what kind of single card 4K solutions it offers.

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I have a 4K GSync panel and regret not waiting for 144Hz 1440P GSync. While some games look very pretty in 4K, it's just too hard to run to get good settings in all games. I'd definitely go for higher refresh rate over 4K now (and plan on doing so at some point).

 

4K is good for native 4K content and productivity (3D modelling and video editing in-particular.) I wouldn't really choose it for games right now, though. 

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I am able to get 1440p@96hz just fine with a 970 (albeit at medium/high settings). I would say go for the 144hz 1440p. The difference compared to 60hz is HUGE and really makes the experience of watching videos and playing fps games much better. 4k60hz is not really worth it unless you only play mobas or something, you will have to tone down the settings a fair bit to get 60fps on 4k in future titles, while on 1440p its pretty easy to reach 60hz.

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You have the horsepower to play at 4k fluently, however 1440p will extend the longevity of your cards and still has great visual fidelity.

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If you are serious about getting another 980ti my vote is for the 4k 60Hz. I just recently purchased a 40" 4k 60Hz samsung tv and playing games on it is GREAT. I'm also not a competitive CS:GO player so the higher refresh rates don't appeal to me that much. I'd rather have a cinematic gameplay experience than 144Hz.

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My opinion is that this is such a first world problem.

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My opinion is that this is such a first world problem.

 

 

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1440p 144hz all the way! The 980Ti should be able handle most games with AA turned off at high framerates. IMO smoothness is always better than high resolutions but you get a middle ground with 1440p.

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My opinion is that this is such a first world problem.

Yes you're right ;)

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Wow, thanks for all the quick replies :) So i think i will go with the 1440p 144Hz monitor as it improves the longevity of my build and i will be able to max out upcoming games longer than woth the 4K monitor. So i have one question left: Will i even benefit from a second 980Ti then if i decide to go with a 1440p monitor? Or should i wait and only upgrade to a second card if the games get more demanding to run in the future?

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Yes you're right ;)

 

 

 

Wow, thanks for all the quick replies :) So i think i will go with the 1440p 144Hz monitor as it improves the longevity of my build and i will be able to max out upcoming games longer than woth the 4K monitor. So i have one question left: Will i even benefit from a second 980Ti then if i decide to go with a 1440p monitor? Or should i wait and only upgrade to a second card if the games get more demanding to run in the future?

 

Up to you. A single 980ti is enough for 60fps in pretty much every game. Unless games get more demanding or you want the extra performance, stick with one.

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Yes you're right ;)

 

 

 

Wow, thanks for all the quick replies :) So i think i will go with the 1440p 144Hz monitor as it improves the longevity of my build and i will be able to max out upcoming games longer than woth the 4K monitor. So i have one question left: Will i even benefit from a second 980Ti then if i decide to go with a 1440p monitor? Or should i wait and only upgrade to a second card if the games get more demanding to run in the future?

To really take advantage of 144Hz 1440p with good settings, you'll be wanting another 980Ti really. 

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well.. 4k looks better of course... but 144hz makes games look more real since its a higher refresh rate... you should go with what you think its the best for you. in my opinion refresh rate > resolution

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I have both , 4k Samsung 28" and asus rog 1440p 144hz . take the 144hz , the 4k 60hz will look slow AF after! quality loss is noticeable but its a good trade off trust me

I run 980ti in sli , only 1 won't suffice , BTW 1440p 144hz is the same load than 4k 60hz. and even with 980ti sli , you can't reach solid 144fps in all game

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