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General Chat Thread, 1080p or 1440p in General; I've just purchased a new PC and I'm looking for a monitor. I'll be using the PC to run 3 ...
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    1080p or 1440p

    I've just purchased a new PC and I'm looking for a monitor. I'll be using the PC to run 3 VMs alongside my day to day work. The question is, should I go for a setup of 2 x 1080p (1920x1080) monitors or go for 1 monitor at 1440p (2560x1440). I've been looking at the DGM IPS-2701WPH Pro IPS 27" (LG Panel) LED Monitor DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA 2560x1440 Speakers PC/MAC - Scan.co.uk. The main thing holding me off on getting the 1440p monitor is the price. However, I am inclined to getting it because I'll be getting a Retina MacBook Pro and it gives me better clarity if using it as an external monitor in addition to giving me more desktop resolution workspace than a 1080p monitor. However, should I just get 2 x 1080p monitors and save on the cost? Although this will take more physical space on my table.

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    The pixel density on a 21" 1080p and a 27" 1440p monitor is roughly the same so in terms of clarity, the two will be similar if not identical assuming that they use the same panel technology. Obviously a pair of 1080p monitors will give you more pixels but a 27" monitor gives you more workspace on a single monitor.

    It's hard to say. I'd prefer the 27" monitor myself.

    /edit that's assuming that you're talking about 21" and 27" panels anyway. If you're talking about 27" 1080p monitors, I'd quote the great Ace Rimmer and advise you to drop that idea quicker than a jock strap infested with scorpions
    Last edited by Norphy; 29th May 2014 at 11:07 AM.

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    Personally I prefer two monitors, for whatever reason it suits my mind better to have two explicitly separate areas rather than one big one. Having four locations for snapping windows is useful as well.

    That said, we just bought a load of the DGM 27-inchers for a new room, having run one in Art for a few months as a test, and they're lovely monitors. Needs DVI-DL or DisplayPort to drive it at full res, and it's a completely glossy screen so if you're sat opposite a window it will do your head in, but it is a great (and colour accurate) monitor.

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    Just placed an order on the DGM screen. My new office is rather small so I didn't really fancy going down the twin screen route. Let's see how it goes!

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    So... I bought a Broadleaf One from @VeryPC, which I specified I wanted support for 2560x1440 resolution. Long story short, with a bit of miscommunication here and there, I ended up with a PC which has a Single Layer DVI-I port and only the HDMI supports the full resolution for my monitor. Question is, if I purchase a HDMI to DisplayPort adapter. Can I get the full resolution that way? Or do I have to return the monitor and find one that supports 1440p at HDMI (Prices don't look so good!)

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    Which motherboard do you have in the PC? I assume you are using the Intel integrated graphics?

    Does the computer definitely have a single-link DVI port (as opposed to the cable you are connecting to the monitor being single-link DVI)?

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    The cable is definitely Dual Link DVI. The motherboard is GA-H87N-WIFI and it lists max DVI resolution as 1920 x 1200. And HDMI goes up to 4K

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    Wouldn't buying an HDMI to DVI adapter make more sense? HDMI is effectively just DVI with sound piped over it.

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    Can you not fit a 20 half height GPU in there? Not got a Broadleaf One so don't know what the chassis is like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Can you not fit a 20 half height GPU in there? Not got a Broadleaf One so don't know what the chassis is like.
    Unfortunately the chassis has no room for expansion or expansion slots. I've RMA'd the monitor. I'll have to invest in a HDMI compatible model at a later date because the prices are far too high at the moment. Will have to settle for a 24" 1080p for now

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    For 40 more ex VAT, an AOC Q2770PQU will run at 1440p over HDMI, DP or DVI-DL: AOC Q2770PQU IPS Quad HD 27" Monitor HDMI/DVI/VGA Height/Pivot Adjustable - Scan.co.uk (or AOC Q2770PQU 27 Inch WQHD LED Monitor | Q2770PQU if you need to buy on invoice, not credit card). Otherwise the same spec, except with added swivelliness and integrated USB hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    For 40 more ex VAT, an AOC Q2770PQU will run at 1440p over HDMI, DP or DVI-DL: AOC Q2770PQU IPS Quad HD 27" Monitor HDMI/DVI/VGA Height/Pivot Adjustable - Scan.co.uk (or AOC Q2770PQU 27 Inch WQHD LED Monitor | Q2770PQU if you need to buy on invoice, not credit card). Otherwise the same spec, except with added swivelliness and integrated USB hub.
    Thanks for that. Btw, Scan do order by invoice too. Just email 'corporate@scan.co.uk' and they'll process it for you. That's what I did with the order above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    Thanks for that. Btw, Scan do order by invoice too. Just email 'corporate@scan.co.uk' and they'll process it for you. That's what I did with the order above.
    Never did know that. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    For 40 more ex VAT, an AOC Q2770PQU will run at 1440p over HDMI
    Would that monitor do 1440p @ 60Hz over HDMI using an Intel GPU?

    www.notebookcheck.net/2560x1440-or-2560x1600-via-HDMI.92840.0.html

    My Dell U2711 is artifically limited to 1080p over HDMI. This seems like a common problem with HDMI on 27" WQHD monitors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Would that monitor do 1440p @ 60Hz over HDMI using an Intel GPU?

    www.notebookcheck.net/2560x1440-or-2560x1600-via-HDMI.92840.0.html

    My Dell U2711 is artifically limited to 1080p over HDMI. This seems like a common problem with HDMI on 27" WQHD monitors?
    The manufacturer's website explicitly states that the monitor supports it:
    2560x1440 (HDMI/DisplayPort/Dual-link DVI),1920x1080 (Analog)
    And newer motherboards seem to - not sure what @Zoom7000 has but some we've just bought support full res/refresh over HDMI:
    Integrated Graphics Processor:
    • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    • *Support for HDMI 1.4a version.

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