Do 4k Monitors Support 1080p?


If you are a gamer in the market for a new monitor, you may be wondering if you should get a 4k monitor and if they support 1080p. This article will explore this topic and help you to decide whether or not you should stay with the industry-standard 1080p or jump on the bandwagon and move up to 4k technology. 

Generally, a 4k monitor can support 1080p, aka 2k technology; however, the quality of the images and video may not be as clear. Some adjustments to the screen resolution settings can be made to improve the quality of the images and video when using 1080p on a 4k monitor. 

If you are unsure of how this technology works and would like to know more about how 4k monitors support 1080p, continue reading.

A Brief Explanation of 4k Technology

Technology is advancing at such a rate that it can be difficult to keep up with all of the changes. Simply put, 4k technology is just a fancy way of saying ultra-high-definition. In other words, the images and video displayed on 4k technology are far superior to that of 1080p. 

Until recently, 4k was used primarily by large production companies and graphic artists who require high-resolution imagery to complete their visions. 4k is known for displaying graphics and images in such a way that you feel as though you are a part of what is on the screen. 

This technology has advanced and has become more popular, especially among graphic artists, gamers, and those who like to watch high-quality videos. 

  • The higher quality imagery presented by 4k technology gives the viewer a more realistic and entertaining visual experience. 
  • The improved quality that 4k provides is great for some things but can pose issues for certain applications, such as online gaming. 

If you would like to know how you can continue using 1080p while viewing your items on a 4k monitor, continue reading for helpful information. 

Using 1080p With a 4k Monitor – What Gamers are Saying 


If you are operating with a 4k monitor, you will likely find that games will not function as smoothly and tend to be on the blurry side. Especially games that are played real-time with other gamers. 

The reason games can be delayed is due to the high-quality resolution that 4k monitors are putting out. This higher quality resolution tends to slow gamers down as the computer is trying to keep up with the high-definition graphics. 

This can be frustrating as you are left waiting in the shadows while your game decides to load, and everyone else takes off ahead of you. 

So, if you are a gamer who is not as bothered by a slight reduction in resolution clarity, it is likely that you will want to run your 4k with 1080p or, as many gamers recommend, for faster gameplay, use 1440p.  

Continue reading for a basic explanation of how to run 1080p on a 4k monitor. 

How Do I Adjust Resolution Settings on a 4k Monitor?

You need to access the settings menu to get the desired clarity that you require to play your game or perform other functions. 

Once you have entered the settings menu, you will need to: 

  • Find the Display Settings tab 
  • Within the display settings tab, you will find a plethora of screen resolution options 
  • Scroll down until you find the one that will meet your needs 
  • Select that setting 

If you have a 4k monitor and are running 1080p on it, the image displayed will become one-fourth of the native resolution. Native resolution is the verticle by horizontal pixel count (the “p” of 1080p). 

For those with graphics cards that allow integer scaling, this is the best way to get the screen to fit and have the best possible quality.  Integer scaling works best on pixel-based games. 

Adjusting Resolution Settings on Individual Applications

For those of you who are serious gamers, most games on today’s market have a settings menu with resolution options. This is great because you can customize each game to work with your monitor. 

You will have to go to the menu of the individual game that you wish to play and adjust the screen options there as well as on your computer display settings for the best quality.

With Adjustments, 1080p Can Be Supported By 4k Monitors

So as you can see, a 4k monitor can support 1080p technology; however, some adjustments will likely need to be made before you will be satisfied with the quality of the images on the screen. 

With a little time and patience, you will learn how to change the settings on your monitor, so you end up with the best quality images no matter what you are doing. 











John Hammer

Hi i'm John Hammer, Founder and Author of Gizbuyer Guide. Ever since the original Xbox, PlayStation, and iPhone I've purchased and worked on all kinds of consumer tech products, gaming gadgets and operating system softwares. To this day my curiosity has never left, and my aim is to guide and share my knowledge on technology as I continue to experience the latest of the consumer electronics industry.

Recent Posts