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The world of monitors is been turning fast in the last few years. There are new technologies aiming to take the next step forward. The first wave of UltraHD screens were only to be desired. The prices first of all were very high and the cheaper options had a lot of problems like refresh rates and configuration optimizations. But the situation is much better today. 4K is changing from early adopting to the mainstream.
Here’s all you need to know before considering a 4K monitor.
UltraHD (4K) resolution
First things first, 4K is also known as UltraHD and refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That's four times the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels found in your FullHD display. All other things being equal, 4K displays are capable of producing much sharper on-screen images. The extra resolution adds more like looking through a window experience, because everything is very, very sharp and vibrant.
4K TV vs Monitors
Computer monitors are different. Your operating system can reach higher resolutions than 1080p. You could grab a 4K monitor, plug it into your computer, and increase your display resolution to 3840×2160 without any problems. However your computer’s graphics card would need to support this resolution. At the end your computer’s desktop and interface itself will be sharp and very detailed. But as mentioned you need a powerful graphics card to achieve the 4K resolution.
The use of variable refresh monitors supporting Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync technologies can also help games run more smoothly at lower frame rates.
With PC monitors, beside choosing for FullHD or UltraHD. There is also an array of different panel types to choose from: TN, IPS and IGZO, with TN panels usually priced the lowest, followed by IPS panels, then IGZO.
TN panels are:
IPS panels are:
IGZO panels are:
To choosing the ideal panel type is up to you based on your budget and your needs.
Also an important thing to consider when buying an 4k Monitor is the refresh rate. The typical refresh rate of a mainstream display is 60Hz, and fast gaming-monitors can offer up to 144Hz. With 30Hz UltraHD monitors on the market, it is worth checking if you want to buy the 30Hz for a cheaper price or go for the 60Hz monitor or go even higher.
While some 4K monitors support HDMI, the version of HDMI supported by most graphics cards which is HDMI 1.4 will lock you 4K monitor-output at 30Hz. The newer HDMI 2.0 spec supports a full 60Hz and higher 4K resolution, assuming both your monitor and your graphics card support it. In general, however, it’s easier to drive a 4K monitor using a DisplayPort connection at this time.
Should you get a 4K display for your computer?
So what do you think so far. Even after using a high-resolution displays for a while, it’s hard to go back to a low-resolution monitor. Let us know what your opinion is about 4K gaming.