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Advice needed on upgrading monitor

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Hi

 

When I went to the Flight Sim show at Cosford at the weekend I was really impressed seeing FSX on large High res screens and multi-screen setups. I currently have a 22 inch 1680 x 1050 monitor and am tempted to get something bigger and therefore higer res. I am however worried that the FPS might drop alarmingly and/or the Graphics card might not be able to cope.

 

I  have a I7 2600 (not K) processor running Windows 7 64 bit, 6 GB of RAM and a 2GB Nvidia 660 graphics card.

 

Currently I get around 40 to 50 FPS with REX, default scenery and aircraft dropping to around 30 FPS with complex aircraft on OrbX England and down to around 15 – 20 FPS around complex UK2000 or OrbX airfields. I am using Steve’s DX10 fixer and have followed all the recommended settings.

 

With 4 bits per pixel AA my graphics card is about 25% loaded and is using 50% of the video RAM. At 8 bits per pixel AA the loading increases to about 50% with a little more video RAM used. I use a second monitor to run PlanG.

 

I would ideally like to upgrade to a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 monitor but may have to settle for a 24 inch 1920 x 1200 one if the former would cripple my system. I prefer the 16:10 ratio over 16:9 for my other uses of the computer.

 

Has anyone any experience of how much additional resource these resolutions would demand and what drop in FPS I might expect. I would hate to spend a fortune on a large monitor only to find out I needed to spend loads more money upgrading the graphics card or computer.

 

Thanks

 

Kelvin

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I used a 27" for a while with 2560x1440 resolution. Didn't make much of a difference in terms of performance as far as I could tell. However to me 27" was too small so I now use a 40" LCD TV.

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I went from a 22" 1650x1050 LG screen to a 27" 1920x1080 Samsung monitor.

 

Could not be happier!

 

And my video card is a GTX460, so your 660 should be fine..

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Can't see how this would help if you can't produce the FPS. If you only get 5 to 10 FPS you will still get a stuttering image and TrackIR response would be poor. with 1/2 refresh rate Vsync I get no tearing at the moment so as long as I can get similar performance to what I get now I don't need Gsync I just need to be sure that a going to a higer res monitor will not kill my frame rate!!!

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Wait for a NVIDIA G-Sync enabled one, or get one that is likely to be retrofitted to work with it.

 

That feature sounds like it's going to be a game changer, so you don't want to buy another monitor in a year to run it ;-)

 

Edit: Uh sorry just saw that this has already been stated.

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