Monitor recommendations. What's good?

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Clusks wrote:

The problem is that I've had to shove the monitor right in the corner because the stand of it makes it really stick out.

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Does anyone know of a monitor like this, with a stand that doesn't take up loads of room?

Monitor arms, dude. Stands are crap. Take back your desk space.

WizKid wrote:

I would not try 4k on a 1070 GPU.

This. I have a 1070 running a 1440p monitor, and it does a great job of that, but I'm not getting the >100 fps I'd need to be confident it'd still run solid at 4k.

1070 was the sweet spot for 1440p. Or at least it was until the new crop of cards came out, and now it's the 2060.

You'd want to go 1080Ti or 2060 at minimum for 4K, or more ideally, 2070.

Rock Paper Shotgun are my bible for GPU decisions.

*Legion* wrote:
Clusks wrote:

The problem is that I've had to shove the monitor right in the corner because the stand of it makes it really stick out.

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Does anyone know of a monitor like this, with a stand that doesn't take up loads of room?

Monitor arms, dude. Stands are crap. Take back your desk space.

I think this is the path I will go with. From research, it suggests that this is a good choice.

One (probably stupid) question, my current monitor is a g-sync one and the only one I intend to use for gaming, buying a monitor that is not g-sync (free-sync or neither!) won't cause any problems for this, will it? I'm also wonder if the new one should also be 144hz like my current Predator, I'd take a guess that switching your eyes quickly to different refresh rates isn't too good for you...

No, a secondary monitor won't affect your G-Sync one.

My secondary is just a 1080p 60hz display. For side screen stuff, I don't care much about it being high refresh rate.

Looking for guidance. I bought this VG271UP 2K monitor. It has HDMI an DisplayPort inputs.

I have a GTX 970 (Pretty sure PNY) Video card with a DVI out and 3 Minidisplay ports. I'm already using one of the DP Mini to attach to an older secondary monitor.

Unfortunately the monitor only came with an HDMI > HDMI cable. I found a Mini Display port to HDMI adapter that I had sitting around and connected the monitor. However in the display options the highest resolution I can choose on the new monitor is 1080p.

My first guess was that maybe only the DVI output on the vid card could push higher resolutions but that is a shot in the dark. My second guess would be a bad cable or adapter. Was hoping for suggestions prior to making any unnecessary purchases.

Try all the MiniDisplayPort outs? They might not all be the same.

DisplayPort is a more modern connection protocol than HDMI, and I always default to the latest-and-greatest. Old standards of HDMI will top out at 1080p, and rather than go through the rigor of figuring out which bit is old (out port, cable, in port), just go full DisplayPort - or in your case, MiniDisplayPort to DisplayPort?

For what it's worth, when it comes to supported resolutions, DVI < HDMI < DisplayPort. Which is also the chronological order that they came along.

I haven't tried the other MDPs yet. Was messing around with software solutions last night. I would think the HDMI cable that came with the monitor and monitor inputs would support 2k. That's what led me to believe my MDP > HDMI adapter might be bad.

I just remoted into my computer and GPU-Z says I have an HDMI out too. It was dark back there so might have missed it but it sure didn't look like it.

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-spec...

Found a few converter cables at work and brought them home. Also, the video card does have a micro HDMI output that was hidden in the shadows.

Micro HDMI > HDMI works
DVI > HDMI works
MDP > HDMI doesn't on any of the ports

I wish I had a DVI and MDP > DP cable to test with.

I'm guessing this is just something weird with my vid card. I guess I will just order a DVI (or mHDMI) to HDMI to be safe.

Your card shows having an HDMI port on the pictures of it on Newegg.

The outputs are ordered DVI - DP - DP - DP - HDMI. That should be a normal HDMI output, not a mini, unless that's not the right card.

If the HDMI port is new enough it may just support 1440p 144hz fine. If they used an older port you may find yourself limited on refresh rate over HDMI.

On the other hand, just getting a good mDP - DP cable should be the most ideal solution, as it just supports everything the card supports.

For what it's worth, I tried a DP-HDMI cable once. It never once worked on any of the three monitors I tested it with at any resolution.

*I didn't read far enough. So do you have 1440p 144hz going now over some form of input or are you still stuck?

No not stuck, I just ordered my own cables because I need to bring those back to work. If you look at the card you linked it says "HDMI" but in the picture it is a mini-hdmi (You can tell because it's almost as small as the miniDPs and doesn't have the stepped edges like standard HDMI). Mine looks like that.

The cables were pretty cheap so I ordered mHDMI to HDMI and mDP to DP. I'll let you know if the latter works.

If the graphics properties show list it as 1440p 144hz that really means it's runny at 144hz correct?

Thin_J wrote:

For what it's worth, I tried a DP-HDMI cable once. It never once worked on any of the three monitors I tested it with at any resolution.

Genius! That seems to have been the issue with the display port configuration. So weird that DVI > HDMI works great but not with mDP.

Edit: And wow does this monitor look fantastic. Thank god for IPS panels! I can't stand muted colors. Scored it on sale for $310 too.

FYI, a lot of DP->HDMI cables only go one direction. You plug the DP end into the source, and the HDMI into the monitor. It doesn't work in reverse.

NSMike wrote:

FYI, a lot of DP->HDMI cables only go one direction. You plug the DP end into the source, and the HDMI into the monitor. It doesn't work in reverse.

That is *exactly* what I tried.

When that didn't work I flipped it. Still didn't work. Assumed it was bad, got a replacement, still doesn't work in any configuration. I just decided I'd never bother with one again afterward.

EvilDead wrote:

So weird that DVI > HDMI works great but not with mDP.

DVI is functionally the same video protocol as some versions of HDMI, as I understand it, just without carrying the audio. The one DVI-HDMI cable I have also works perfectly. Thankfully, no need to use it anymore at the moment because DP has become so ubiquitous on newish displays.

That's good to know. Won't mess with DP to HDMI anymore. Thanks!

Got my new monitor, but after an hour of using it I could hear a faint white noise. It comes from the power supply. It was a bit annoying, but then when I turned the pc on again, there was a loud, continuous popping sound coming from inside the monitor! I turned it off and on again and it went away. But this all adds up to sending it back for a replacement, right?

Also, just wondering, if you do have a second monitor, even if it’s idle, it will have a small impact on the FPS, right?

Clusks wrote:

But this all adds up to sending it back for a replacement, right?

Yes.

Also, just wondering, if you do have a second monitor, even if it’s idle, it will have a small impact on the FPS, right?

No. A second idle monitor will have essentially no measurable impact on game performance of the primary monitor.

*Legion* wrote:
Clusks wrote:

But this all adds up to sending it back for a replacement, right?

Yes.

Also, just wondering, if you do have a second monitor, even if it’s idle, it will have a small impact on the FPS, right?

No. A second idle monitor will have essentially no measurable impact on game performance of the primary monitor.

Urgh, so I returned it to get a refund and ordered the same monitor, thinking the buzzing noise from the power supply was related to the problem. Turns out, it may well just be the way the monitor is, as I got a new one and I can still hear the buzzing! It's either that, or I'm a bit unlucky (bought both from different online stores.) I have no idea if there's a way to get rid of it and I'm a bit unsure if I should keep it.

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