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Unread 2017-09-20, 06:21 PM   #1
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So... I'm considering a new monitor. Currently using a ViewSonic XG2401, which is great, but I have an itch for 2K (2560 x 1440).

My video card is an RX 480, but I'm planning to upgrade at some point over the next 6 months. This purchase could go to AMD or NVIDIA, depending on the final monitor choice.

I mainly play first person shooters (currently Overwatch; previously CS:GO, COD, Battlefield, etc), so some people may say "buy another TN panel," but I'm not a pro, so I'm leaning toward IPS or VA. Peak refresh rate should be at least 144 Hz.


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Tom's Hardware (and many others) seem to like the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q for ~$750, so not cheap. If it weren't for G-Sync, this might be a $550 monitor. Is this a "buy once, cry once" situation (for the next 3 - 5 years), or is FreeSync worth considering?


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Samsung's new C27HG70 is ~$530. The HDR feature seems relatively useless for current Windows 10, but the rest of the specs seem pretty solid.

However, my understanding is that VA panels have poor response time compared to both IPS and TN panels. According to the following article (link):
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Samsung has got round this by using a panel with a seemingly better response time than typical VA panels and through employing a backlight strobing technique. I say “seemingly” since Samsung hasn’t revealed the native response time of the panel but rather talks about the Moving Picture Response Time (MPRT), which is a measure of the perceived response time of an image. Samsung rates this as just 1ms, which would make the panel competitive with the fastest of TN gaming monitors.
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You can’t actually enable FreeSync at the same time as the backlight strobing, which is a shame. However, even without the strobing, the native response time of the display is good enough for all but really competitive gaming, so you can use FreeSync in those instances.
So what are they really saying here? Would it be more advantageous to use FreeSync or the backlight strobing?

Is this monitor worth considering for FPS games?
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Do you game on an xbox? I bring this up because it will be FreeSync compatible, and this might lean you towards another AMD. Avoid G-Sync if you're not using an Nvidia card as it raises the prices considerably. The whole TN vs IPS throw down is stupid. I own both, and unless you are walking around while gaming or surfing the web, you will be fine. I would start with figuring the card you are going to run, then move to the monitor. FreeSync is cheaper, however I usually end up with an Nvidia card, so I went G-Sync. Once you have that the monitor choices become much smaller.
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This will be for PC only. No consoles.

I might put this decision on hold for a few weeks (or months) to see if the GPU market settles down. It will be interesting to see where the 1070 Ti fits in and how AMD's custom Vega cards stack up.

I like Nvidia's products, but a $200 premium for G-Sync is tough to swallow.
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200$ premium that lasts for many years....
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200$ premium that lasts for many years....
Maybe... or 4K 144Hz will be the new standard sooner than that.
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It looks like the ViewSonic XG2703-GS is basically the same as the Asus PG279Q, but $50-$100 less expensive.

If I can find one for $650, then that might be the way to go.
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Trust me when I say 4K sucks on small screens. Great to game on, but you better have a good setup to run it. However, if it's your main browsing screen it's terrible to deal with. I tried two and in the end went to 3440x1440 due to scaling issues. You should still start with the GPU and then choose the monitor.
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Acer Predator XB271HU, ASUS ROG PG278QR, both good choices if you want TN.
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Micro Center had a good deal on a 1080 Ti, so I bought it ... along with a PG279Q. Don't tell my wife.

Probably won't install it til tomorrow, but I'll let ya know how it works out.
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Got it all set up, and now my second monitor (1080 TN) looks like complete garbage next to this 1440 IPS. There is a little bit of BLB at the top right corner, but it doesn't appear to be as bad as others, and it's unnoticeable under normal use.

Here's a rough fps comparison between the RX 480 and the 1080 Ti at 1440p Ultra settings:



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TimeSpy: 10,300 Graphics Score / 8,611 Composite (limited by my CPU)
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Yeah, a 1080TN panel next to a higher res IPS panel will show its flaws lol..... Great card and setup. Microcenter has always treated me great with monitors as well. Like I mentioned before, I went through a couple before I finally settled down with mine. I grabbed the PG348Q and was able to save 100$ with the back to school coupon. I would make sure you do all the pixel tests and everything before the 30-day money back guarantee they have expires. Asus makes some nice monitors, but their quality control can suck huge dick sometimes, and they don’t like to RMA monitors over pixels, trust me.
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Your build looks solid! Here is mine. Went down to a single card, smaller PSU, got rid of half the hard drives and so on lol....

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I decided to buy a ViewSonic XG2703-GS for a side-by-side comparison with the Asus PG279Q.

Both panels have Backlight Bleed, but I think the Asus might be the better of the two. (The Asus is on the left in the photo below)

I can't find a single dead pixel on the Asus. ViewSonic has 1 in the lower right corner.

Some other features that I prefer with the Asus are:
-More height adjustment
-Better menu interface and navigation
-Slimmer bezel
-More functional baseplate (better for resting phone on)


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