Which screen resolution to choose? (720p, 1080p, 1440p, 4k or 8k)
You should choose a screen resolution to suit your budget, the configuration of your computer and the desired frame rate. By all means, do not get a 720p monitor because 1080p is the standard and cheap nowadays. Do not opt for 1440p or 4K unless you are sure your PC will be able to support it.
You get more pixels, which means better image quality with sharper, sharper details and a larger screen area.
There are some advantages to a lower resolution display; since it is less demanding to manage, you can reach higher frame rates and thus a smoother performance.
For everyday use like surfing the web, working with spreadsheets, etc., this is not a problem. Even with a cheap graphics card like the AMD RX 550.
For the game, however, there are many things to consider. What we will cover in this article – but first, let’s get to the basics.
What is the screen resolution?
A very important aspect of choosing a new monitor is the maximum resolution supported (native resolution). The resolution is essentially the number of pixels in the width and height. A resolution of 1920 × 1080 means that the width consists of 1920 pixels and the height consists of 1080 pixels, totaling 1920 * 1080 = 2073600 pixels.
The most popular resolutions are:
- 1280 × 720 (HD, 720p)
- 1920 × 1080 (FHD, Full HD, 1080p)
- 2560 × 1440 (QHD, WQHD, Quad HD, 1440p)
- 3840 × 2160 (UHD, Ultra HD, 4K, 2160p)
- 7680 × 4320 (8K Ultra HD, 8K, 4320p)
Plus, you can also come across ultra-wide resolutions that have a 21: 9 aspect ratio as opposed to the 16: 9 standard including 2560 × 1080 (UltraWide Full HD), 3440 × 1440 (Ultra Large Quad HD), and 3840 × 1600 (Ultra Large Quad HD +).
Sometimes some resolutions have a 16:10 or 21:10 aspect ratio for an extra vertical screen space that is often beneficial for productivity. These are the following: 1920 × 1200, 2560 × 1600, 3440 × 1600, etc.
Although there are already 8K screens and TVs available, you should not have one because they are very expensive and there is no 8K content anyway. Plus, do not buy a 720p screen because 1080p is a huge improvement and is the norm for new content; moreover, it’s affordable.
Screen Size and Pixel Density
Another important thing to consider when looking for a new screen is the relationship between screen size and resolution, also known as pixel density or pixels per inch.
The 1080p resolution will not be the same on a 24-inch monitor and a 27-inch monitor. Because the screen is smaller, there will be more pixels per inch and therefore the image will be more vibrant and clearer.
If the pixel density is too low, tiny items such as icons will appear pixelated while the text will be stained. If the pixel density is too high, everything will appear small, but you will be able to scale the interface and get a more detailed picture.
Screen resolution for gaming
In video games, it’s not always about the quality of the image.
Many players willingly sacrifice image quality for better performance. This is especially true for FPS competition games like Counter-Strike.
Some gamer screens offer a higher refresh rate than the standard, such as 144Hz, 200Hz, 240Hz, etc., which allows them to display frame rates faster, giving you much smoother gameplay.
The higher the refresh rate, the higher the CPU / GPU requirements at a given resolution. That’s why many players opt for a 144Hz 1080p gaming monitor instead of 1440p and 60Hz. Or, by the way, a 1440p 144Hz display rather than 4K and 60Hz.
In the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences.
Want a better image quality? Go for the higher resolution display.
If you play fast and competitive games, you’ll find that a higher refresh rate monitor will make your gaming experience more enjoyable than a higher resolution.
Finally, you need to make sure that your PC equipment will meet the requirements of the desired resolution/frame rate for a certain video game.