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PC49laptop

Active member
Yes its amazing how quickly a shortage of tech stuff has happened. Just shows they all rely on the 'just in time deliveries' around the world. The major problem with Globalisation. I got a laptop from PCS some weeks ago before my old WIN 7 laptop fell apart, delivered in about 5 days now all PCs taking a lot longer.
 
VA + Freesync 27" + curved
If you find a curved monitor that's 1440p and 144hz, it's almost certainly a VA panel. And most are probably using the same Samsung SVA panel, making them near enough the same thing with different branding. Usually Freesync.
(PCS) MSI Optix MAG271CQR -
(PCS) ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ -
Can I just check on this, is the ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ 1440p? I'm seeing this as 1080p? Or do you mean the WQ? These names are so confusing.
 

Vaio

Enthusiast
Nice post, definitely very useful. Like me I had no idea about sizing, refresh rate and then pairing that with the GPU.

I can most certainly vouch for the MSI Optix-MAG271CQR as I have the 165hz variant (only because the 144hz was sold out)

I've owned IPS panels which look great, but I can't get used to the complete matte finish, whereas a VA panel is definitely a nice middle ground.
Still waiting for my PC to pair with this amazing monitor, however the macbook pro is doing it somewhat justice at the moment as it can output 1440p.
 

keynes

Multiverse Poster
Very good guide. Looking for a 4K monitor that is at least 40”. How important is Gsync?
 

Scott

Moderator
Moderator
Very good guide. Looking for a 4K monitor that is at least 40”. How important is Gsync?
IMO it's one of the most important features going now, especially with the higher resolutions in mind. It doesn't have to be G-Sync though, any adaptive sync technology should be absolutely fine with Nvidia as they are very much compatible with each other. I believe the only caveat is that with Nvidia you need to use a DP cable..... which is likely what you will use with the 4k screen anyway.

What GPU are you pairing the monitor with? Is it your current system with 1080Ti's in SLI? Do they perform well enough in SLI with your chosen titles to drive 4k ok?
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
IMO it's one of the most important features going now, especially with the higher resolutions in mind. It doesn't have to be G-Sync though, any adaptive sync technology should be absolutely fine with Nvidia as they are very much compatible with each other. I believe the only caveat is that with Nvidia you need to use a DP cable..... which is likely what you will use with the 4k screen anyway.

What GPU are you pairing the monitor with? Is it your current system with 1080Ti's in SLI? Do they perform well enough in SLI with your chosen titles to drive 4k ok?
I would absolutely agree, really does make a huuuge improvement, all the time, but even more so when the GPU is a bit older, I was playing FFIV at 4k at about 35fps and could have sworn it was still over 90fps, absolutely buttery smooth.
 

keynes

Multiverse Poster
IMO it's one of the most important features going now, especially with the higher resolutions in mind. It doesn't have to be G-Sync though, any adaptive sync technology should be absolutely fine with Nvidia as they are very much compatible with each other. I believe the only caveat is that with Nvidia you need to use a DP cable..... which is likely what you will use with the 4k screen anyway.

What GPU are you pairing the monitor with? Is it your current system with 1080Ti's in SLI? Do they perform well enough in SLI with your chosen titles to drive 4k ok?
Yep GTX 1080 ti is holding fine at 2k (or 3440 x 1440 Acer predator X34).
Looking for something bigger and might as well go for a higher resolution for when I upgrade my system.
Lots of options going from £500 to £1500. Thinking in getting this:
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/acer...creen-led-backlit-gaming-monit-mo-14n-ac.html
But maybe I can get something cheaper with a similar quality and size if Gsync is not a must.
 

Scott

Moderator
Moderator
It's a tricky bit of kit to navigate through to be honest.

4k and 144hz would possibly be the ideal for the next generation 3080Ti-style-GPU.

There's nothing current that's going to be able to drive such a panel at high refresh with good settings on AAA titles.

Have you considered super-ultrawide? IMO that's about as good as it's going to get for gaming. I genuinely think 4k is over-rated.

For money saving considerations I would probably sacrifice frequency over adaptive sync. Anything around 100hz is going to be absolutely fine, you are unlikely to get close to 100hz, never mind 144hz, on current titles :)

All the 4k 144hz panels are pricey unfortunately. And with such a resolution you really need the adaptive sync to keep it smooth.
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
It's a tricky bit of kit to navigate through to be honest.

4k and 144hz would possibly be the ideal for the next generation 3080Ti-style-GPU.

There's nothing current that's going to be able to drive such a panel at high refresh with good settings on AAA titles.

Have you considered super-ultrawide? IMO that's about as good as it's going to get for gaming. I genuinely think 4k is over-rated.

For money saving considerations I would probably sacrifice frequency over adaptive sync. Anything around 100hz is going to be absolutely fine, you are unlikely to get close to 100hz, never mind 144hz, on current titles :)

All the 4k 144hz panels are pricey unfortunately. And with such a resolution you really need the adaptive sync to keep it smooth.
On that topic, IMHO, this is just the ultimate screen available atm:

 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
It´s an option however I don´t enough space for the stand. Monitor is going to be placed just behind a window.
An option is a desk mount, well worth it if that's feasible? You can get ones that drill into the desk, or clamps. I've got a drill in one as my desk couldn't fit a clamp (and it's a cheap desk so didn't mind), makes the desk completely clear. (excuse the dust! Cleaning day today, promise!)

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Nursemorph

Bright Spark
@SpyderTracks Oh.....My.....Word :eek: Are you aware of this new-fangled high-tech gadget we have for cleaning dust away? It's called.....a duster ;) Failing that, there's also this thing called a vacuum cleaner?

Seriously, how does that dust not drive you crazy? 2 weeks of dust drives me nuts...and that looks like about 2 years worth!!
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
@SpyderTracks Oh.....My.....Word :eek: Are you aware of this new-fangled high-tech gadget we have for cleaning dust away? It's called.....a duster ;) Failing that, there's also this thing called a vacuum cleaner?

Seriously, how does that dust not drive you crazy? 2 weeks of dust drives me nuts...and that looks like about 2 years worth!!
Just finished dusting, I know, it had got a bit out of hand!
 
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