27" iMac - gaming at 1920x1080 resolution

karnashuk

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Original poster
Jan 7, 2011
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Hi guys, couldn't find an answer for this, so I've decided to turn to you once again.

"I'm experiencing an issue of viewing a low resolution video that is being stretched across a much larger screen" - found this statement will help me explain what I mean.

I've bought a 27" iMac some time ago, games at the native resolution of 2560x1440 look just great. Some of them do not have enough FPS (frames per second) to be played at this resolution. I'd rather try using lower resolution like 1920x1080 for exaple to get best performance and looks.

Obviously when I try to do this, lower resolution stretches to monitors native resotulions and looks just awful. Guys, is there any way to prevent this? Is there any particular program for Windows/Mac OSX to help me out? I DON'T mind having black bars on both sides etc. It'd be great to make it work just like when using 1024x768 res on this monitor.

Thanks very much in advance for all your answers people!

ALL THE BEST for 2014 !!!!
 

Gloops

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Mar 3, 2009
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In Windows you can use the NVIDIA Control panel to set the display to 'do no scale' or 'fixed-aspect ratio'. That will give you a black border. Or just play the game windowed.
 

Mac32

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You can also make custom screen resolutions in the Nvidia panel, for example a 4:3 resolution. (Choose "do not scale".) Yes, 1080p looks like crap. Better to overclock the graphics card (within reason, don't overdo it), or turn down gfx settings in games (no AA, lower shading settings etc.)
 

karnashuk

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Original poster
Jan 7, 2011
22
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Warsaw
thanks

ok, so now I know how to do it on windows, any ideas how to do it on osx?

when I go to system preferences I can scale monitor's resolution to:

2560x1440 native res
2048x1152 and
1600x900

that's not a big scale of options...
 

robo456

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Mar 3, 2008
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ok, so now I know how to do it on windows, any ideas how to do it on osx?

when I go to system preferences I can scale monitor's resolution to:

2560x1440 native res
2048x1152 and
1600x900

that's not a big scale of options...
I'm sure someone can post the actual link, but there is a little piece of software that sits in the menubar that has a bunch of different resolutions you can choose...

**EDIT**
Check out QuickRes... http://www.quickresapp.com/
 

pscl

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Jun 3, 2013
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Hi guys, couldn't find an answer for this, so I've decided to turn to you once again.

"I'm experiencing an issue of viewing a low resolution video that is being stretched across a much larger screen" - found this statement will help me explain what I mean.

I've bought a 27" iMac some time ago, games at the native resolution of 2560x1440 look just great. Some of them do not have enough FPS (frames per second) to be played at this resolution. I'd rather try using lower resolution like 1920x1080 for exaple to get best performance and looks.

Obviously when I try to do this, lower resolution stretches to monitors native resotulions and looks just awful. Guys, is there any way to prevent this? Is there any particular program for Windows/Mac OSX to help me out? I DON'T mind having black bars on both sides etc. It'd be great to make it work just like when using 1024x768 res on this monitor.

Thanks very much in advance for all your answers people!

ALL THE BEST for 2014 !!!!
im interested wich games dont have good fps on your machine?? where did u have problems?
 
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