Wasn’t sure whether to put this in GQ or here, so hopefully if I made the wrong choice the mods will move it.
I was running WoW on a 30" Apple Cinema monitor, with 2560 x 1600 resolution. It looked beautiful–very crisp and clean. No real problems with it at all, except that I kind of wanted it to be even bigger.
This weekend I swapped the Apple for a Panasonic 42" flat panel TV (1900 x 1080). My graphics card is an NVidia GTX 460, and my computer is nearly new and pretty powerful (12GB of RAM and plenty of processor power to drive WoW). I also have a second monitor, a 21", off to the side to do things like watch Netflix while I play.
Anyway, I was underwhelmed. The picture seems far less crisp than my Apple monitor, the text is jaggy unless it’s very close, and it just overall doesn’t seem as nice. I checked the settings and noticed that it kicked a bunch of them down to “Fair” (from “Ultra”). I put them back up, but it didn’t seem to help much. Also, on the Video page where it says “Custom,” the bar seems permanently set to “Fair” even after I put everything up to “Ultra” that it will let me (which is most things).
Another problem (this is before I even get in to WoW) is that the picture on the screen is bigger than the screen area. The only way I can fix it is to adjust it in the TV’s settings, which drops the resolution down to 1838 x 1050. Running WoW in full-screen mode gives me the same problem even after the adjustment–things go off the screen a little bit.
Any help/suggestions? Does anyone else run WoW on a screen this size or larger? I really like the crisp clear graphics and would hate to lose them–to the point where if I can’t fix this, I might just go back to the 30" monitor.
One other note: I have the TV on the same table where I had the monitor, but pushed much further back (my computer table is a repurposed dining table, so it’s much deeper than a standard desk). I’d say I’m sitting about 3-3.5 feet from the screen, as opposed to maybe 1.5-2 feet for the Apple. Moving it back even further isn’t really an option (it hits a wall).
Thanks in advance for any advice.