Answered Will new HD monitor work with old PC

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    Hi, I'm looking to purchase a 27" monitor for a general web surfing and music production software on a macbook and a windows PC. The macbook pro retina mid 2014 can comfortably handle 2560 x 1440 resolution but the desktop pc which will be permanently linked to it is quite old now and the graphics cars cant handle much more than 1920x1080. I won't be upgrading the PC for another 12 months.

    Question is, if i was to buy a monitor of slightly higher resolution will the PC still work ok with it if the onboard graphics cars is set to 1080 only or would it be best to just buy a 1080p monitor and no higher?
     
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    Yes in all probabilty it will, the figures refer to the max resolution and it will be related to the refresh rate. You need to be aware because any monitor you buy states it can use a specific resolution it does not mean it can show a 1:1 pixel ratio. Many 1920 x 1080 monitors can handle 4K 2160p sources but you are still only looking at 1920 x 1080 pictures.
     
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    So if i was to buy a 2560x1440 27 inch monitor and use my pc set at max 1920x1080, would it scale fit the screen or fit it at the lower resolution and have black sections on the screen?
     
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    It depends on the monitor, stripped down models have occasionally been known to skip the scaler and only work at native resolution but it is unusual.

    The vast majority will scale a 1920x1080 up to 2560x1440 (or leave it at 1:1 instead if you set it to do so in the OSD).

    Are you sure the PC is limited to 1920x1200? It's been quite a while since most graphics couldn't do 2560x1600 on at least one output.
     
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    Thanks. yes its about a 8 year graphics card from memory, its only temporary until i get a another pc built with a much better spec.
     
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    Even the bottom of the range graphics cards from 8 years ago like the 8400GS, HD 4350 or GMA X4500 support 2560x1600 over dual-link DVI. Although admittedly not every board had the output for it.
     
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    it says NVidea geforce 7025/ nvidia nforce 630a
     
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    Ah, it looks like you've got one of the last integrated graphics that wasn't capable of it.
     

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