Hello everyone, I am bashing my head around this and would like to hear your opinions.
I have a TR system with an AMD HD4850 for the Linux host and GTX 960 loaner from a friend for the windows guest. I traded my HD 7950 for the Nvidia card to test the hardware transcoding.
I have been planning a monitor upgrade, from my circa 2009 1080p LG 24", for years. Unfortunately the monitor I want does not exist and if it did I wouldn’t be able to afford it.
Since I want a bump to 32", 4K is the reasonable option for me. I don’t like 1440p because it is not an integer multiple of 1080 and so either 1080p or 4K content reportedly looks funny due to the non integer scaling. 1440p is suitable for mainly gaming in my opinion and I am more of a content consumer and occasional gamer (haven’t gamed for a couple of months).
I am also planning a GPU upgrade in Q4 2019/early 2020 but nothing close to a 2080 ti that can game at 4K 60 comfortably, unless prices drop or Navi destroys.
What I have been thinking about:
4K is what I want for browsing and content consumption.
1080p to 4K scaling is bad. Ideally we need integer scaling as explained here: http://tanalin.com/en/articles/lossless-scaling/ that is somewhat available in Linux with Nvidia cards or XrandR. Also might be upcoming in future AMD Windows drivers: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/b5r2xy/please_vote_for_gpu_integer_scaling_support_in/
I want to have the option to game. I don’t really play AAA titles, I enjoy strategy and indie such as Prison Architect, Kerbal Space Program, Rust and Natural Selection 2. I do own BF1 thought and the desire to play AAA might arise.
New GPU probably will not be able to handle 4K gaming. I am looking at RX 580, Vega 56/64 and GTX 1060/1070/1080. That means running games at 1080p and upscaling to 4K. This is also viable with the HD 7950 as the gaming GPU.
GPU resetting issues. My beefy-er GPU should probably be allocated to my Windows VM and all gaming should probably be done in Windows VM. Switching the GPU from Windows to Linux and back without reboots might be problematic.
If all else happens, what would the proper configuration be in order to game 1080p on Windows VM and upscale to my monitor?
A. Set Windows resolution to 1080p, use fullscreen Looking Glass and try to manage scaling on Linux? Does even Looking Glass work that way?
B. Set Windows resolution to 4K and game resolution to 1080p? That means that the scaling is going to be handled by the Windows GPU driver with no options for integer scaling currently.
Really looking forward to your opinions