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Changing resolution settings on MacOS vs scaling?

ahenry

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Aug 18, 2020
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I'm new to Mac OS and Macs.

Coming from a PC, if I have a monitor thats capable of 4K resolution, and I go into settings and change the resolution it actually renders everything at that resolution.

With Mac OS on my 2018 Mac Mini I notice instead of changing the resolution, it just scales it down if I choose anything but the native resolution of 4K. How do I actually change the resolution and not just Scale it? When scaling the performance of the computer is drastically affected. I tried holding the Option key down when hitting the scaled option which presents me with a list of resolutions but those still scale. You can notice when you drag a window there is significant lag and it's not buttery smooth.
 

ahenry

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Aug 18, 2020
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Thanks that fixes the issue but why the hell does apple now allow this natively?!
 
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flowrider

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Nov 23, 2012
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^^^^They do. Just click on "Scaled" and hold the "Option" key. That will reveal the resolutions available for your display.
TinyGrab Screen Shot 8-19-20, 1.27.34 PM.png


Edit - I guess I should add - I'm also on a 4K display and the 2048 X 1152 showing is in reality 4096 x 2304:

TinyGrab Screen Shot 8-19-20, 9.46.16 PM.png

Lou
 
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ahenry

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Aug 18, 2020
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^^^^They do. Just click on "Scaled" and hold the "Option" key. That will reveal the resolutions available for your display.
View attachment 945673

Edit - I guess I should add - I'm also on a 4K display and the 2048 X 1152 showing is in reality 4096 x 2304:

View attachment 945818
Lou
Exactly thats just scaling via the OS which really lags thing. You need to actually change the res. Using the software I used its MUCCCCCCCCCCCCH better
 
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flowrider

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^^^^Sorry - but it is NOT scaling it sets the resolution at what is displayed on screen. Did you not see my attachments❓

Lou
 
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