Running games at 4k settings on a 1080P monitor with sampling is pretty much an easy thing to achieve if you know the exact steps that are going to guide you to the end result. Technically it was not possible in the early days because it was obvious that a 1080p monitor cannot support 4k resolutions as we had no such techniques in the early 20s that would allow us to do so. But now it is possible as the technology has evolved much, and we don’t need to invest extra in a higher-resolution monitor. This means that we’re saving some extra bucks that we can invest in the other hardware components that will help us enhance our gaming experience for some of the latest graphics-demanding AAA titles and eSports games.

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How to Run Games at 4K on a 1080p Monitor With Supersampling

Now we have Supersampling, which helps you to play 4k games on 1080p monitors. I have to say that it is called the true revolution in the gaming industry. The word 4k gaming is used when GPU provides you the higher quality of images on originally 4k, but the images will be as per your monitor requirement. Let’s say if you have a 1080p monitor, the images you will get of 4k will be better than 1080p. Now you should have a question in your mind, How to Run Games at 4K on a 1080p Monitor With Supersampling? Don’t worry, I have explained it in the next paragraph.

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What is SuperSampling?

When you enable the DSR or VSR, GPU then basically dodge the game and makes it believe that it is a 4k monitor instead of 1080p. Then the exciting part comes, it will show you the 4k images and the process is done by supersampling algorithms.

Now we know supersampling works very well, but on the other side if you consider the methods like Morphological Anti-Aliasing or FXAA, definitely then it will affect your performance which will be noticeable. The images that are downscaled are more detailed ones in comparison to the native resolution images. So, while you are not getting any loss in detail, you should just apply anti-aliasing to it. If you don’t know aliasing then do read the last paragraph.

How to Run Games at 4K on a 1080p Monitor With Supersampling

AMD and Nivida both provide the options of supersampling, AMD named it Virtual Super Resolution and Nvidia named it Dynamic Super Resolution. Let’s say we talk about later ones, that came after 2015. They were capable of more work without compromising their performance.

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One more thing of consideration, do not only focus on GPU but also to make sure that the game which you are into, should support higher resolutions if they are not able to then you may require a patch to get a higher resolution for it. And yeah, not only that, make sure the GPU you are using has the capability to support the higher resolution of 4k.

These processes require only for the old systems, if you have a new and powerful system then you don’t face any issues. For the above settings, you have to enable them in the control panel for the GPU and the methods are mentioned below.

Enable VSR on AMD cardholders

1. First, open the AMD Radeon control panel, by right-clicking on your desktop.
2. Now, in the Display tab, go to the display options menu.
3. There you will see the VSR option, just turn it on (enable it).

amd card

You are almost done with it, now you will get more resolution options. Just go under the gaming video setting and select the desired one. However, at 4k it will be definitely downscale the image to native resolution, but you will get the more perfect and best result as compared to 1080p.

In addition to this, you can also add some extra settings like MSAA, to get the more good quality, but it should not affect the overall performance.

Enable DSR on Nvidia cardholders

1. First, right-click on the desktop and then open the Nvidia control panel.
2. Under the 3D setting, click on manage 3D settings.
3. You will see the Global setting, click the DSR factor in it.
4. Now set the DSR factor from 1.00x to 4.00x native resolution by check-marking it.
5. Then Go to DSR smoothness, and set it to 10 or 20 %. You can further change it as per your requirement.

Nividia card

What Is DSR? For supersample, the amount of multiplication of images is known as DSR. Let’s say 4X, here 4x means the 4 times multiply the native resolution. At the same time, it is simple and tricky.

Let’s suppose you are selecting a 4k resolution that is considered higher, so automatically your game will run on 4k, but the GPU will perform downscale so that it can match the resolution of your monitor. Now, the best thing is, to check the difference in image quality. The supersampled one will be far better than 1080p.

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Now, I am sure this question, How to Run Games at 4K on a 1080p Monitor With Supersampling? It is now easy for you. If you follow the above step then I am sure that you will not face any issues. Plus I hope you got the idea, of how the supersample works. If not then read the What is SuperSampluing part, again, but still if you have any doubts, do comment down below. I’ll be in touch with you in a very short period of time.
Thank You!

James Robert

James is a tech blogger, and he is in the blogging industry for a very long time. He is very passionate about the gaming industry, that’s the reason James only focused on gaming pcs, monitors, and their components. He has full expertise in this niche, which makes him the best blogger in the tech niche. The only key to success for him is to be up-to-date with all the latest updates in technology (gaming industry).

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