Does 1080p on a 1440p monitor look worse than 1080p on a 1080p monitor?

Obviously, 1080p doesn't look as good as 1440p, but does 1080p on a 1440p monitor look worse than 1080p on a 1080p? If so, how much worse? would there be a significant, "i didn't have to try and see the difference" difference if the 1440p monitor @ 1080p was placed next to a 1080p monitor @ 1080p?

I intend to play 7680x1440 on some older games (using a 6700k/1080), like doom 3, AOE II and GTA 4, as well as modern but less demanding games like insurgency. Then, since i don't mind 1080p, and i prefer max @1080 vs med @ 1440, assuming 1080p doesn't look bad on a 1440p monitor, when i decide to play battlefield 1, i can just lower the resolution (until i've saved enough to enter the sweet realm of SLI)

So, if 1080p on a 1440p monitor doesn't look as good as 1080p on a 1080p monitor, how much worse does it look? is it significant? is it bad enough to void my idea? or do people just think it looks worse than it does because they just stepped down from 1440p?
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    1080P on 1440P will not look as good as 1080P native. Things like anti-aliasing are less effective at getting rid of the stairway effect on edges but its not horrendously bad either. If you plan on playing most games at 1440P I would say go for it, if not then I would say get a 1080P panel and enjoy a better native image with higher AA levels maxing your graphics out while looking all the crisper.
  2. You can tell if you are looking for it but it won't be a dealbreaker.
  3. So would you guys recommend i turned the settings down if i couldn't get 45+ fps at 1440p, or would you yourselves turn the resolution down and keep the settings cranked?
  4. When ever possible I would go with native 1440P picture even if you have to dial back the settings. If dialing back won't cut it then I would drop to 1080P and crank everything up. I have to do a similar thing with 4K even with two GTX 1080s. Most games I can max out (or close) at 4K but when I can't get a 60FPS with at least decent setting (say medium to high...I don't do low period) I dial things back to 1440P and crank everything up.
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