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09.30.2012 , 03:32 PM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by mogresh View Post
While the image quality MAY appear the same, as a person who likes to seriously tweak their games for maximum performance, there is a HUGE difference between running in Fullscreen(Windowed) mode compared to dedicated Fullscreen. When in windowed mode, the windows UI is still mostly dominate and the game is being drawn inside of it. The dedicated Fullscreen mode bypasses the windows UI and takes over the screen to allow for maximum performance.

Even with a top of the line gaming rig, I still refuse to run my games in windowed mode. On some games it only gives me a 1-2fps increase, but I'll take anything I can get.
In Fullscreen (Windowed) mode the Windows UI is completed hidden. I can't stand traditional windowed mode for the reason you describe but Fullscreen (Windowed) mode is nothing like that. It looks identical to Fullscreen... the only real difference is that you lose the "Full Screen Gamma" option (which you probably weren't using anyways). Even VSYNC works as long as you enable it prior to switching to Fullscreen (Windowed). Oh... and it disables CF/SLI which is why it fixes issues in at least some cases.