"As you may know, all LCD monitors have a "native resolution", as they
have a set number of pixels. You can't go higher, and going lower forces
the monitor to stretch the image out amongst the pixels, which will
obviously cost you some image quality. Now, if you're quite the gamer,
then you'll know that a handful of games use a resolution of 1280x960 as
opposed to 1280x1024. Why? Good question. In fact, the question should
be, "Why isn't 1280x960 the standard resolution?" It should be."