If you have doubts about which screen resolution to choose for your Gaming PC, then we have a series of recommendations to give you or more points and tips to take into account when choosing whether to opt for 1440p or UHD.
The higher the resolution, the more power is needed
Increasing the resolution means increasing the number of pixels that the GPU has to process, this also means having to move more data from the GPU to the VRAM. That is why GPUs are cataloged by manufacturers according to the target output resolution at different powers, this does not mean that a 4K graphics card cannot be used to render games at a lower resolution.
Decreasing the number of pixels on the screen gives us room to not only increase the frame rate, but also to improve image quality, which is achieved with a large number of mathematical operations performed by the GPU until the final image is achieved. The greater the number of these operations, the higher the image quality will be obtained. So it makes sense to use less resolution to render a game in order to obtain higher image quality in these.
In laptops where the pixel density makes no difference between 4K and 1440p we have seen very few machines with a screen with UHD resolution on the market, which allows to use much less powerful GPUs as a high-end laptop. In desktop PCs on the other hand, where much larger monitors and even television screens are used, it is where 4K takes a greater importance, since the pixel density is much lower.
Quad HD vs 4K, depends on your budget
When buying a Gaming PC, many of us ask ourselves, what resolution is better? Well, it is a totally subjective question and it depends on a very simple element. The amount of money you have to buy the graphics card and the monitor, especially the latter. A 4K monitor will obviously be more expensive and you will need a more powerful graphics card. It is true that with techniques such as DLSS and FSR we can obtain higher resolution output images and render 4K scenes with midrange and low-end cards, the reality is that not all games support these techniques.
What’s more, Quad HD monitors tend to support higher refresh rates, which is great for competitive gaming, is cheaper than 4K, and will allow you to have a PC on a lower budget. What’s more, with the difference between buying an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card for 4K and one for 1440p, it gives you room to purchase the monitor.
And no, let’s not detract from 4K on PC, what’s more, if you have money and the capacity to do so then go ahead. But, for the bulk of the public, we believe that Quad HD mid-range cards accompanied with their corresponding monitor are the best option for resolutions above HD. And let’s not forget that it is easier with these to achieve extremely high refresh rates, ideal for competitive gaming.