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I have to say that I'm very happy with my Acer XB271HU. It's an IPS panel at 144Hz refresh rate. (Theoretically, it overclocks to 165Hz, but I tried it and didn't see any difference. When I got it, I sort of had an internal bet with myself that I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 60-72Hz and 144Hz. (I lost to myself.) I've had it since February, but it was originally a backordered Black Friday deal from B&H.

The odd thing is that I don't so much as notice when it's on as much as when it's not. I've had more than one Nvidia driver update reset the refresh rate to 60Hz. When that happens, I'm like "What is wrong with this game? ... Oh, wait a minute .. (Check Nvidia Control Panel, reset refresh rate to 144Hz, and restart the game) ... Ahhhhhh."

Anyone have thoughts on the Acer XB271HK? I recently built a new rig with a RTX 2080 Super and am trying to take a foray into the 4K realm. My old monitor is a 7 year old Samsung 1080P TN monitor and is really showing its age.

Ideally I would like to spend less than $700 on a new monitor.

My 24 inch BenQ 144hz monitor has just died and I think I want to go to 27, also 144hz at 2560x1440 (I think).

I have a 1080ti which is throttled by an old cpu so dont need to go full 4k

There seem to be a ridiculous number of options out there, so any steers would be very welcome!

I have zeroed in on the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q, 27 Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Gaming Monitor, IPS, Up to 165 Hz, DP, HDMI, USB 3.0, G-SYNC...

... but am happy to be persuaded otherwise!

Thanks

I am very interested in something like this as well! Curious to see any suggestions people have. I have been looking for a while for the exact same specs! And can never decide.

LondonLoo wrote:

My 24 inch BenQ 144hz monitor has just died and I think I want to go to 27, also 144hz at 2560x1440 (I think).

I have a 1080ti which is throttled by an old cpu so dont need to go full 4k

There seem to be a ridiculous number of options out there, so any steers would be very welcome!

I have zeroed in on the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q, 27 Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Gaming Monitor, IPS, Up to 165 Hz, DP, HDMI, USB 3.0, G-SYNC...

... but am happy to be persuaded otherwise!

Thanks

No clue for how long but the one i have is on sale for almost the same price is that on Amazon

Acer Predator Gaming Z321QU bmiphzx Curved 31.5" WQHD Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

I recently tried out that predator, the Asus monitor mentioned above, and a 31” 2560 x1440 AOC monitor with free sync. I ended up going with the predator. They were all gorgeous, but in the end it came down to g sync and size/curve, and I went with the Predator. I loved the larger 31 inch curved form factor and 2k resolution. Free sync on the AOC monitor was very hitchy with my nvidia 2070, but g sync on the Predator was like butter. First new monitor in almost 12 years, and I love it.

ranalin wrote:

No clue for how long but the one i have is on sale for almost the same price is that on Amazon

Acer Predator Gaming Z321QU bmiphzx Curved 31.5" WQHD Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

That is lovely - will have to measure my desk now

[Edit: maybe I wont as its not available in the UK yet according to Amazon]

LondonLoo wrote:

I have zeroed in on the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q, 27 Inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Gaming Monitor, IPS, Up to 165 Hz, DP, HDMI, USB 3.0, G-SYNC...

So, I basically have this same monitor, except made by ViewSonic, the XG2703-GS.

All of the 27" 1440p 165hz G-Sync IPS (technically AHVA) monitors use minor variations of the same AU Optronics panel, the M270. Acer and AOC make M270-based panels as well.

The one thing that would give me pause about buying one of these monitors now is the shifting of the market towards universal FreeSync support. Right now, if you buy an appropriate FreeSync monitor, it will support VRR with both AMD and NVIDIA cards. These G-Sync monitors are unlikely to ever support VRR with an AMD card. Future G-Sync monitors will support FreeSync, but NVIDIA says it "will NOT be possible to update firmware to any existing native G-Sync screen, or request updates to allow your current G-Sync screen to be updated so that it would work with AMD graphics cards".

I think a current gen G-Sync monitor has become a harder purchase as a result. I think it would be iffy if they were priced right in line with their FreeSync alternatives. To have them priced at a significant premium over the FreeSync screens makes even less sense.

But the wildcard in that equation is quality. FreeSync can be slapped into any ol' piece of crap monitor. There really isn't such a thing as a garbage G-Sync monitor. AMD is establishing stricter requirements for FreeSync 2, but we're only seeing a few FS2 monitors at this point.

If I were buying my monitor again, I would look really hard at whatever the absolute best FreeSync monitor is in the size and spec that I want. If I could find one that matches the quality of these AUO panel G-Sync ones, I would choose it.

Can anyone recommend a good dual mount that won't break the bank? Would you recommend two singles over a dual?
I'm playing with an XB240H (gaming, right side) and a 29WK500 (media, left side) if it matters.

Old Man Pi wrote:

Can anyone recommend a good dual mount that won't break the bank? Would you recommend two singles over a dual?
I'm playing with an XB240H (gaming, right side) and a 29WK500 (media, left side) if it matters.

I have a couple of these in my shopping cart at the moment. (There's a coupon to take an extra 20% off 2019WM) Workstream by Monoprice, but I stalled out at the $36.94 shipping fee. I have been spoiled and it feels weird to 'lose' a discount just to have something delivered to me.

As pretty as that one is, shipping to Canada is going to run me as much as the mount itself!
Edit: Was able to find that specific on Amazon Canada for 104, deliverable via Prime.

I was about to suggest amazon canada. I bought two single monitor arms for under a 100 each and they have been rock solid! I love them!

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01...

The discount + shipping was still cheaper than Amazon, so I closed my eyes and hit purchase. I'm also trying out some Monoprice monitors and those came with free shipping so *shrug*. Monoprice 32in Zero-G Monitor - WQHD, 144Hz, 5ms, FreeSync, HAS, VA. One for me (plus my current Asus VG248QE) and one for my spouse (plus a Dell 2408FPW).
Currently on sale for $299 each and that's about the right price for testing VA panels. Edit: If curved displays are your thing, the curvy version of that display is also $299.
The normal one.
The one that's slightly better for watching porn at mom's house.

I hope you don't get hit with Duty.

First impression of the Monoprice 32in Zero-G Monitor: Wow.
Will update once I run some tests.

I bought some Ergotron ones off Amazon and I've been very happy with them.

The two or one arm choice depends on how you're going to use them. I got a double stacked set of arms so I could arrange my monitors vertically stacked. You probably couldn't do that with two single arms, depending on your monitor sizes. The tech docs for the arm will tell you how far they swing. Since you're not just using the normal monitor stands think about where you want to move them and that'll tell you if you need two singles or a common. I found the price was pretty equivalent.

This article was helpful too.
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/be...

Any recommendations as far as ultra-wide monitors go?

I just picked up one Rting's recommendations for gaming focused usage, the LG 34GK950F.

They have other recommendations if you have different usage requirements, but so far I feel like their recommendation was well made.

My list of desires was as follows:
- 34" ultrawide monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution, since that's what my old monitor was, and I'm okay with the costs of keeping a system capable of driving that resolution.
- Freesync or Gsync support, since all the kids rave about it.
- HDR support, mostly as a curiosity and to be ready for what I hope will be better support after the new console generation ships.

Incidentally, even though I currently use an Nvidia card, I went with that monitor (which is Freesync) because who knows where I'll land in the future, and Nvidia's grudging support for Freesync is good enough for me.

As for HDR, it's good enough, but that world still is pretty rough in a lot of ways for PC gaming. This monitor's performance in that realm is acceptable, but if you've experienced really good HDR in the TV realm (such as the LG C9 I bought last fall), you probably won't be terribly impressed -- no blacks as dark as the darkest night here, that's for sure.

But honestly, if I wasn't interested from a technical hobbyist perspective and seriously interested in future proofing my purchase, I probably wouldn't go chasing HDR on a monitor for PC gaming right now. Aside from uninspiring hardware options, the current implementation in Windows 10 is mediocre at best and support in games is extremely spotty. The list of games with any support is VERY short, and only some of those is it something you'd actually want to use.

Destiny 2's implementation, for example, is nearly unplayable. I'm tempted to reinstall it on my Xbox One X just to see if it's that wild with a console feeding the C9, but it felt like I had installed some edgelord's extreme postprocessing shader set or something, no matter how I adjusted the HDR settings. Yes, there was an impressive representation of light and dark, but all of the warm, delightful, vibrant color space in that game was gone, and zero thought seemed to have been given to the impact of color and visibility on gameplay.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey, on the other hand, was quite good once I found the right HDR settings! The menus were a bit washed out (a thing that is seems to be common in many games -- seems that developers maybe don't often have the time to devote to updating UI to present well in the wider color space), but other than that the game looked more alive and vibrant without extreme effects that would hamper your ability to play. In fact, it's inspired me to go back and play through more of the content in that game that I didn't get around to when I played last year.

And then in the middle ground were Forza 7, Forza Horizon 4, and F1 2019. All of them did better jobs updating their menus and UI to work well in HDR, but the in game effects were maybe a bit more subtle, at least at first blush. Honestly, though, in many cases that's desirable, and I suspect that as I play those games more and bump into more of the kind of scenarios where HDR shines, there will probably be very striking results. Just, nothing that jumped out as immediately great like in Odyssey, or bad as in Destiny 2.

Clumber wrote:

Any recommendations as far as ultra-wide monitors go?

I have an Alienware AW3418DW (34" ultrawide) and it is absolutely glorious for gaming. 3440x1440 at 120Hz, paired with a GeForce RTX 2080. And yes, you can turn off all the LED craziness. I think it's probably at the upper limit of size for daily usability. At first I found myself reading web pages that were a central block of text with huge white spaces on either side. More recently I've been using the snap function in Windows 10 to essentially use it as two monitors for regular use, and a single huge monitor for gaming. I have it paired with an Acer XB270HU in portrait mode, which gives me a large amount of real-estate for long-form reads, and when I want a guide or something similar up while I'm playing.

Anyway, I can whole-heartedly recommend the Alienware AW3418DW.

Coldstream wrote:
Clumber wrote:

Any recommendations as far as ultra-wide monitors go?

I have an Alienware AW3418DW (34" ultrawide) and it is absolutely glorious for gaming. 3440x1440 at 120Hz, paired with a GeForce RTX 2080. And yes, you can turn off all the LED craziness. I think it's probably at the upper limit of size for daily usability. At first I found myself reading web pages that were a central block of text with huge white spaces on either side. More recently I've been using the snap function in Windows 10 to essentially use it as two monitors for regular use, and a single huge monitor for gaming. I have it paired with an Acer XB270HU in portrait mode, which gives me a large amount of real-estate for long-form reads, and when I want a guide or something similar up while I'm playing.

Anyway, I can whole-heartedly recommend the Alienware AW3418DW.

Another vote for the AW3418DW. My favorite monitor ever in 25 years of PC gaming.

It's also been great WFH during the pandemic, with plenty of real estate for multiple side-by-side windows.

Another vote for AW3418DW. I think I sold Coldstream his. But anyways, no issues at for the last 2 years. Ultrawide is really awesome for games that support it, which in my experience, most do.

Playing RDR 2 right now. Looks amazing with the 2080ti

Balthezor wrote:

Another vote for AW3418DW. I think I sold Coldstream his. But anyways, no issues at for the last 2 years. Ultrawide is really awesome for games that support it, which in my experience, most do.

Playing RDR 2 right now. Looks amazing with the 2080ti

That's right! And it has been a beast. I've been really happy with it.

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