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Dec 16, 2017 12:49 |  #1

I am wondering if anyone is running Photoshop/Lightroom on a computer using a 32" 4K monitor or two. I ask because I have two questions: 1) how is it working for you - what do you like or dislike about the monitor. 2) which graphics card are you using to drive the the monitor.

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Dec 16, 2017 13:24 |  #2

I've used a Nvidia Quadro card with a 4K monitor. I think 4K is nice for photography (and be sure that your monitor is IPS). The resolution reveals more of what's sharp and in focus. In Photoshop and LR, images are scaled well if you're viewing at fit to window. But I found some other image preview programs weren't as good with scaling previews: sometimes clothing would almost get a moire type pattern when scaled to fit. You may not encounter that depending on your software.


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Dec 17, 2017 07:59 |  #3

I had a really long post going, but really all I need to say is that the higher the resolution that you can get the better. I have A 27" 5K display, it runs great under Win 10. Lr and Ps are both fine, but make sure you go for a GPU with at least 4 GB. Adobe used to say 1 GB min, preferably 2GB VRAM, at least that was what I saw back when getting my system. I have just seen they are now saying twice those amounts for HiDPI. My GTX 960 has only 2GB VRAM on the card.

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Dec 17, 2017 09:42 |  #4

BigAl007 wrote in post #18519948 (external link)
I had a really long post going, but really all I need to say is that the higher the resolution that you can get the better. I have A 27" 5K display, it runs great under Win 10. Lr and Ps are both fine, but make sure you go for a GPU with at least 4 GB. Adobe used to say 1 GB min, preferably 2GB VRAM, at least that was what I saw back when getting my system. I have just seen they are now saying twice those amounts for HiDPI. My GTX 960 has only 2GB VRAM on the card.

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You do not need extra VRAM just to run a 4K display for photo editing. It takes very little graphical power or memory to run the display. Where you'll need the extra VRAM is in video games or more complex video editing. This is why even tiny cheap Roku and Google Chromes can run 4K content no problem.


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Dec 17, 2017 15:41 |  #5

An important consideration, any time your monitor resolution gets to 2560x1440 or higher...

  • does your PC have a video card which supports the resolution of the monitor and the connection type on the monitor
  • do you use higher than Win7 (for PC) due to text display management limitations of <Win10

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Dec 18, 2017 08:20 |  #6

My config is a Samsung 40" 4K (no IPS) screen with W7 and a 2Gb VRAM video card.

Runs 4K at 60Hz but only just. Basically every two weeks the screen turns black for a second or two for no apparent reason.
After working for 8 years with a Full HD screen 37" (LG) the move to 4K was a big step up and a joy to view pics and work at them in PS/LR (no moiré to report here).

One thing is for sure, my next pc will have at least 4Gb of VRAM.

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Dec 18, 2017 10:41 |  #7

Trying to use a 4k monitor with Win7 will result in too-small-to-read text displayed on screen for normal Win7 file information (name, date of modification, etc.) because of the dot matrix used by Win7 for text characters. If you try to use Win7 text magnification option (125%, 150% etc.) that will appear to fix the legibility issue, until you run across an application that manages its own screen layout UI and suddenly text does not properly fit within the space aloted, or other problems. That is why Win10 is needed, to handle the issues of text display on a monitor with 2560x1440 pixels or more, with a bit more elegance than Win7. Using a really large diameter high res monitor alleviates the tiny text readability issues more than a smaller physical size monitor.


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Dec 19, 2017 08:51 |  #8

You're correct Wilt but for now I happen to like the small print.
Indeed I've experimented with the scale but never found a decent balance.
Untill a new pc arrives I'll stick with W7.




  
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Dec 19, 2017 09:06 |  #9

I run a 27" IPS 4k monitor (not a TV) in both Win 10 and Linux Ubuntu 16.04. Both OS offer scalability of fonts and icons, however, in both OS I have programs that do not scale (well or not at all). It seems that they were not ready for 4k or that they cater too much to legacy programs (not the Win10 from what I hear).

Truth be told, I use a legacy GUI (Gnome Metacity) Flashback they call it... I hear that the modern GUI in Linux works better. I'll be waiting for the April 18 upgrade 18.04 LTS for them to fix the glitches. For Win 10, I don't really care...


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Dec 19, 2017 10:37 |  #10

Windows 10 now has some really advanced features for scaling up fonts with legacy apps. While all my other software now supports hiDPI, I've found X-Rite software doesn't support hiDPI. By default, Windows gives hiDPI scaling to the application. But under the compatibility tab in Win 10, you can over-ride to "System(Enhanced)" mode....which scales very well. It appears much better and crisper then some previous hacks, which just scaled the smaller resolution thumbnail graphics.


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