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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

Modinator
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

Recluse
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

Modinator
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

Recluse
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

Recluse
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

Author Level
@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

Recluse
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!
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
How important is HDMI 2.1 for gaming?
If you’re looking to the future especially at TV connectivity (monitor wise its usually better to use DP):

Allows 4K 120hz which a lot of new model TVs now support along with free sync, for that alone I’d say it’s necessary, think upcoming consoles will be pushing that.

Allows 8k, not sure that’s so relevant

Allows for Dynamic HDR which is currently crazy expensive but should be more mainstream within a few years.

theres a good synopsis here:

 

Kostas

Member
1440p 144hz

1440p 144hz used to for enthusiast gamers only, but with more options on the market and more powerful GPUs available at sensible prices, it is becoming the new mainstream. It's easily possible to get a 1440p high refresh gaming build for £1000 or so:

Many options here are around the £350-£500 mark. But there are some budget ones, and some even more expensive options too. Most 1440p monitors are 27", though there are 32" 144hz ones (32" ones are mostly curved VA panels).

There are a few categories / clusters of monitors in the 1440p 144hz class:
TN + Freesync (~£350)
IPS + Freesync + "gsync compatible" (~£450-550)
IPS + Gsync (£550-700)
VA + freesync + curved (27" or 32") (£350-450)
TN + gsync (~£400-500)


Budget options:
The most budget option I know of is the Element Gaming 27", very often discounted to £220 (TN, 27") - Bit-tech review

The Acer Nitro VG271UP (IPS, 27") is a relatively inexpensive IPS option, and upgrades on the older VG270UP - rtings review

The Samsung S27R750Q (VA, 27") is currently £250-£350. It has quite a unique stand, that may be an advantage to some. (Rtings review)

NB: if you are shopping around and see the Samsung LC27JG52QQUXEN, it does not have Freesync.

Pixio is usually more available on the other side of the Atlantic, but the Pixio PX7 Prime is currently around £400, being 1440p 144hz, freesync, IPS - which counts as budget for 1440p high refresh IPS...


TN + Freesync:
Some of the least expensive options, though IPS is becoming cheaper and VA panels are similarly priced.
Dell S2719DGF 155hz - PCmonitors.info review, Techspot review, Tom's Hardware review
ASUS MG278Q usually more expensive, and an older model, though is officially "gsync compatible" - Tom's Hardware review
(PCS) AOC Agon AG271QX - Tom's Hardware review, Hexus review, rtings review
(PCS) GB2760QSU-B1 -

IPS + Freesync + Gsync Compatible:
A newer cluster of monitors, 2019 onwards, essentially bringing IPS monitors with adaptive sync to a lower price point than the 'gsync' old guard. Newer panels, some with newer technologies e.g. LG's Nano IPS. Being gsync compatible and freesync, they are arguably more futureproof than gsync monitors as you can switch to an AMD GPU in the future and still use adaptive sync. All with HDR 400.
Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ - tftcentral review
Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD (also NB the slightly newer FI27Q - apparently gigabyte offer a 0 bright pixel guarantee on both) - pcminitors.info review, tftcentral review
LG 27GL850-B nano IPS - Techspot review, Linus Tech Tips review video, tftcentral review.
LG 27GL83A-B, IPS, gsync compatible, using the same panel as the LG 27GL850-B, though lacks HDR and the wide colour gamut, but may actually be available in the UK unlike the 27GL850-B.


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 -

VA + Freesync 32" + curved
Same comments as 27" ones.
(PCS) MSI Optix MAG322CQRV -
HANNspree HG324QJB -
Acer ED323QURA -
ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ (HDR 400, Freesync 2)
LG 32GK850F (HDR 400, Freesync 2)

AOC AG322QC4 (Freesync 2 and HDR - a newer model, replacing the older CQ32G1) -
Asus TUF VG32VQ (similar to XG32VQ but brings HDR 400, Freesync 2)

Acer Predator Z321QU (HDR 400, gsync) -


IPS + Gsync
Full gsync - so therefore Nvidia GPU exclusive for adaptive sync. These are an older cadre of monitors, and some people have had bad luck with dead pixels and BLB on these.
(PCS) AOC Agon AG271QG - pcmonitors.info review, Tom's Hardware review, Techpowerup review
(PCS) ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q (a newer model, the PG279QZ, exists since late 2018 but is still not widely available in the UK) - tftcentral review, Tom's hardware review, rtings review
Acer Predator XB271HU / XB271HUbmiprz


TN + gsync
'Full' Gsync, so no adaptive sync on AMD GPUs.
Dell S2716DG -
Acer Predator XB271HUAbmipr -
(PCS) ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR (an update to the older PG278Q) -


24" 1440p 144hz monitors
The range of choice is much, much more limited - 27" is seen as more of a sweet spot for 1440p. If you're limited for space, run through every way of reorganising the space before limiting yourself to 24"!
Acer Predator XB241YU - (~£320, gsync only, TN panel)
AOC AGON AG241QX - (~£320, freesync, TN panel)
AOC AGON AG241QG - (~£400, gsync only, TN panel)


Hi I am considering the EG 27'' monitor but I read the review which says that if you touch the screen it sets off - does this mean that it goes black for few seconds? Thank you!
https://www.ebuyer.com/838555-eg-27-gaming-monitor-qhd-144hz-1ms-with-amd-freesync-gs27-v2
 

keithbeaks

Enthusiast
Hi!

I need monitor's for work..... One will be used to show two sporting events live at the same time, so two different windows adjusted to fit the screen but they dont need to be "big". Im currently doing this from a 15" laptop screen and I can still get the information I need. And I'll still have the laptop to display one event if I wish and have a new monitor for the second.

Other monitors will be used to display trading software, on one monitor, I use and also 3-4 windows displaying pages I need from the internet(another monitor). I will be using a 580 graphics card. This can be changed, but was chosen as it has 4/5 outputs.

So do I go for gaming monitors or office monitors? Or will it not really make much difference? 1080/1440p 75hz or 144hz?
 
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