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Blurry Video in Full Screen?

Hi All,

I'm new to the world of more advanced gaming monitors and after doing some research I purchased and installed an Acer Predator XB271HU gaming monitor.

I was amazed at how smooth 165HZ felt compared to 60HZ but when I went to YouTube to watch a video in full screen mode, I couldn't help but notice that it felt off visually. It doesn't seem so crisp and clear like what I was used to before. Is that because 1080p doesn't scale well with 1440p?

If so, is there anything I can do to remedy this?

Thank you in advance.

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You're correct.

To scale from 1080p to higher non-multiplier values (UHD is simple) the upscaler has to make guesses to fill in the pixels. This may show up as fuzz, jaggies or something else.

In other words, I don't think this is broekn.

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I went another direction.

I picked up a Sceptre U27 UHD 4K monitor. Price was right and since I don't have a RTX 2080 to push 4K I send it a 1080p video and it upscales to UHD very nicely. It looks sharper than other 27 inch 1080p displays I've seen.

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I see

So is there anything I can do to make full screen 1080p YouTube videos look better? Is it a graphics card issue? I currently have an older GTX960 but I'm upgrading to RTX 2070 Super soon.

Do I need to wait for YouTube videos to normalize past 1080P (I know some videos have 1440p) but I haven't tested them out yet in full screen as I just got the monitor.

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Not really. You can try other methods.

You might find other upscaling methods look better but the fact remains that 1080p only has so many pixels and these do not fit neatly on a 1440p screen so the only way to not blur with guessed at pixels is to not make it full screen.

So try that and...
1. See if setting the video card to output 1080p looks better.
2. Play video files with VLC Player and see what happens.
3. See if there's a firmware update for the monitor.

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Should'a Splurged.

There will be some loss of crispness when upscaling from 1080p to 1440p. This fuzziness would not have plagued you had you gone to full UHD at 2160p, as there would be far less extrapolation involved.

If crystal clarity is what you seek, I would highly recommend skipping the interim 1440p standard. Of course, you will need a graphics card to power it, but as I said in the title, you should'a splurged.

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