Monitor recommendations. What's good?

I'm kind of looking for one that does Freesync. I've got an AMD card now, and while there's a good chance I'll be getting a 3070 next, I hate the idea of a long-term component like a monitor having a feature that relies on an Nvidia graphics card.

FreeSync has less stringent requirements than G-Sync, from what I've read.

The LG monitor I linked is FreeSync, per the manufacturer, and is also G-Sync compatible with 10xx or greater Nvidia cards. I'm currently using it with an Nvidia 2080 though, so I can't personally confirm that it indeed works with FreeSync.

I finally made a call, and wound up going with this Gigabyte 34" ultrawide. I was about to order the Viotek one I linked earlier, but after re-reading the Tom's Hardware reviews of both that and the 34" AOC, it seemed like they were pretty close, but the AOC required almost no calibration out of the box, while the Viotek did. I know me, so that plus the USB ports got me leaning toward the AOC. Unfortunately, that monitor is apparently in short supply, and reseller markup has it $150 more than the Viotek.

Then an ultrawide subreddit pointed me to that Gigabyte, which had just released. On paper, the specs apparently beat out the Viotek, and the panel is the same one the AOC uses. Newegg was sold out, but was taking backorders for $400. I decided that Gigabyte is more of a known quantity than Viotek, so I put in the order.

Now I just need to wait for AMD graphics card news so I can figure out what I'm doing on the hardware front.

So on an impulse and to use as a multiple but all in one work monitor set up I bought this monster:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...

How many games support that wide screen aspect and will it be hard to set up?

Docjoe wrote:

So on an impulse and to use as a multiple but all in one work monitor set up I bought this monster:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...

How many games support that wide screen aspect and will it be hard to set up?

Here you go.

Jonman wrote:
Docjoe wrote:

So on an impulse and to use as a multiple but all in one work monitor set up I bought this monster:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...

How many games support that wide screen aspect and will it be hard to set up?

Here you go.

That is awesome, thank you! Now I am really excited for this thing, FH4 looks like it will be incredible!

I also found out that you can do WOW in ultra. Must....resist......resubscribing.......

Monitor arrived today early. Setup was quite easy once I got past the fear that it wouldn’t fit on my desk.

Man this thing is big. Sampling a lot of games and pretty much all the newer games support the ultrawide aspect. It will take some getting used to, it is really massive but I think I’m going to like it. Awesome for split screen work though.

Getting used to a new monitor format takes a little adjustment. I remember ordering an super-expensive Sony CRT monitor back in the late 90s, and being shocked, when I unpacked it, that it was a widescreen.... I'd been reading the other specs, and didn't even know widescreen was possible at the time.

Didn't care for it at first, but that got me started on watching movies on the computer, and within a week or so I was an enthusiastic convert.

So after mulling over the micro projectors, I just couldn't spend money on the question mark of 480p native resolution. Similar specs on a small but not micro projector only cost $100 versus $220-280. And wifi enabled versions with 720p were only $130ish.

So instead, I went with a projector the size of a 4" stack of paper that is both wifi and 1080p native. It is brighter and more than likely has decent speakers though I don't much care for that.

I am going to use it as a 100in+ screen for my laptop and then placing it on top of a cabinet to make it a 50in+ screen for my desktop, getting rid of my 22in 1080p monitor. And if I so choose, I can bring it with me to make up to a 300in screen on an available blank wall.

This is what I went with. It is on sale for $279 and it has a $70 off coupon so not bad for $209:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

I'll let you know how it goes once I get it up and running on Tuesday

I'm planning to build a new PC next year after parts are a little easier to get. I was also planning on buying a new monitor. Maybe even a dual monitor setup.

That was before I saw this...

Jonman wrote:
Docjoe wrote:

So on an impulse and to use as a multiple but all in one work monitor set up I bought this monster:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...

How many games support that wide screen aspect and will it be hard to set up?

Here you go.

Now I'm definitely looking at ultrawide monitors but no rush. Not planning to buy until next year.

Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor


So much for that idea.

sr_malo wrote:

So much for that idea.

I'm sitting here reading your comment on that same monitor. It's absolutely glorious. Definitely a sucker-punch to the wallet, but once you've experienced a curved ultrawide, it's really hard to go back to a normal screen. Makes them seem like postage stamps.

Coldstream wrote:
sr_malo wrote:

So much for that idea.

I'm sitting here reading your comment on that same monitor. It's absolutely glorious. Definitely a sucker-punch to the wallet, but once you've experienced a curved ultrawide, it's really hard to go back to a normal screen. Makes them seem like postage stamps.

Same. Same. Same. Same.

One thing I'll say about the ultrawide monitors-- I love mine, in spite of it aging out and maxing out at 70Hz refresh rate. It's a nice flat-panel LG at 3440x1440, same max resolution as the Alienware Curved Deal in the above link. The problem is that it basically amounts to 1 1/3 monitors' worth of screen space, so having two "full screen" windows side by side is impossible. Being a 3D artist, it makes it nearly impossible to have a good setup for running ZBrush and/or Maya with a reference window next to the 3D app. It also makes using a Wacom tablet a pain, because you have to manually map the tablet to 2/3 of the screen if you want it mapped at a 1:1 pixel ratio, and constantly keep your mouse nearby when you need to do something outside of that boundary.

I'm also hoping to build a new PC by this time next year (fingers crossed I get a job by then), and when I do I'd like to get a double-wide monitor like this LG to accommodate. Either that, or I'll go back to a 16:9 with a high resolution and refresh rate, accompanied by a Wacom-style pen display on a monitor arm.

I wouldn’t pay $1500 for an LCD monitor when you can pay the same and get the 48” LG 48CX OLED

Would an OLED be a good match for a computer screen? I would think the image retention would end up being a problem, with all the unchanging graphics. You had to be careful with plasmas, and I was under the impression that OLED ages faster than they did.

LCDs are old and boring, but they last a great long while.

I’ve used OLED TV’s for monitors since 2016 no issues yet. I even left it on for 3 days straight on the static windows 10 desktop and had no issues. You need to go out of your way to get burn in.

Like watch Fox News 24x7 for a week straight.

TheGameguru wrote:

Like watch Fox News 24x7 for a week straight.

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So, wasn’t planning to get a new monitor, but things change and now I’m somewhat looking at Black Friday sales.
A few questions.
How are wide gamut monitors in reality these days? I still hear concern about them being annoying to use when it comes to different content.
Are there Windows issues or otherwise with running a wide gamut and standard gamut monitor together in a dual monitor setup? (Not sharing the same game or anything across the screens).
Any issues running a gsync and a gsync compatible monitor together?
Got an Asus PG279Q and a second monitor should work with that.
So, overall 27” 1440p, 144 hz, IPS, gsync or compatible.
Been looking a bit on
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie... (it seems worse than the old PG279Q in some areas though).
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/revie...
Anyone got some recommendations. Seems like good PC monitors are still a unicorn. Would love a monitor without backlight bleed, with good contrast and HDR... Only options there seem to be giving up and use a TV instead. Some day I guess I will connect my LG c9 to my pc... but to me it is still an unviable solution for anything that requires keyboard/mouse.

Query: I've got one 4K monitor and another one that tops out at 1920x1280, and while the other one is fine, I'd totally like to replace it with another 4K monitor, but I really am not looking for bells and whistles and fancy stuff.

Like, I'd like the Honda Civic of monitors. Maybe a Hyundai Sonata. But nothing fancy or reliable, just a good, solid 4K second monitor that I'll largely use for watching movies on whilst draw or game on the other monitor. Any good recommendations?

Just going to pop in here and say that 4k smart TV's from 55in - 75in are selling for $200 - $500 right now.
The 55in won't just double a 27in monitor, it will quadruple it. Likewise, the 75in will be nearly 9x the size.

They won't be the latest greatest but depending on how old your current monitors are, they could be a mild upgrade with the bonus of movie watching with android TV built in. You also won't need a video cable since you will be able to cast (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) to your TV out of the box.

Prederick wrote:

...just a good, solid 4K second monitor that I'll largely use for watching movies on whilst draw or game on the other monitor. Any good recommendations?

Yeah, going to concur with fangblackbone here. What you're looking for in that situation is a television.

LOL, even with my new, bigass desk, I feel like having my second monitor be a 55-inch television might be a little much. I've already got a 32-inch one as my primary.

I would look at Dell and LG IPS displays. You can definitely find some decent 4K 60hz screens that rate well on Rtings.

LOL, even with my new, bigass desk, I feel like having my second monitor be a 55-inch television might be a little much. I've already got a 32-inch one as my primary.

That is what I am saying. Replace both with a 55+ inch tv. You can do picture in picture for movie watching and you computer screen will enjoy the real estate of 23 more diagonal inches. That is approximately 19in more horizontally and 11in vertically. (47x27 vs 28x16)

Be careful PiP seems to be a thing of the past with HDTV’s. At least with LG and Sony

I'm currently in a one-monitor situation (little desk in shared space during the pandemic, no room for two monitors). I have an Dell AW2518HF, 1920X1080, TN, 240 Hz refresh rate (monitor from work) and an RX 580 video card.

I have enough room on the desk for a 27" monitor, but I'm trying to decide if it's worth the money for the relatively little extra screen size. Can the video card push a higher resolution 27" WQHD (2560x1440) monitor, or is it better suited to 1080p? My CPU is an Ryzen 5 2600x, and I'm wondering if the time to look at higher resolution monitors is when I upgrade the CPU and video card to something a little more current.

I don't think I'd upgrade to a bigger monitor if my current hardware is better suited to 1080p display.

A 580 is definitely more of a 1080p card.

That said, it seems like most new high end games are releasing with render resolution sliders. So if you're running at 1440p and you set the render resolution slider to 75%, the game will render the 3D scene at 1080p, scale the completed frames to 1440p, and then render the UI elements on top natively at 1440p. Neither the scaling nor the native UI takes much power, so you'll get approximately the same performance in this situation as playing native 1080p.

The upshot is that it lets you play at 1080p on a 1440p display without the blurring of the UI you would get by just sending a 1080p signal to the 1440p display and having to have it scale the entire picture.

And, of course, the 580 should be fine for native 1440p output of less demanding games and older games.

The downside is that not every demanding game has a render resolution slider, so if this is something you were to plan to use, make sure the games you care about support it. Also, you will lose some sharpness to the 3D scene from the 1080p -> 1440p scaling process, but unless you're super sensitive to that, it shouldn't be a deal breaker (a LOT of console games in the XB1/PS4 generation, for example, did this exact kind of rendering below native res).

The point of this is that I'm hesitant to suggest buying a 1080p monitor because we're really at 1080p's last gasp. If you plan on using the same monitor whenever you make an eventual GPU upgrade, being locked at 1080p would end up being disappointing. So that's something to consider.

Thanks Legion, that makes sense. And the information about the sliders is good, but I usually lag a couple generations (at least!) behind in my builds, so I'm leaning toward keeping this current monitor unless a sale is so good I can't pass it up. I'll probably run this B450/Ryzen 5 2600 for a couple of years more.

I felt like I wasn't going to get a big bang for my buck, and you're confirming it. I'll look to build out something stronger in a couple years, and see how the technology (and prices) change between now and then.

I picked up a Viotek 32" WQHD 1440p 144Hz Monitor that has Freesync and is G Sync ready. It was a great buy for a VA panel, under $300!

https://viotek.com/viotek-gnv32db-32...

I've never had a bad experience with Monoprice, but don't know much about modern displays.

Is this a good buy? What're things I should look out for?

I'm looking for a 4k display. I use the same display for both work and gaming and need some more desktop. My gaming PC won't actually game at 4k, so it's basically just a work and personal desktop machine.

I will, though, probably run Stadia on it (for Cyberpunk) as an interim gaming solution.

Y'all think this threads the needle between decent gaming and workstation 4k without breaking the bank? I'd like to keep it in the $400 range to ensure the WAF (Wife Approval Factor) isn't a challenge?

If I was buying a 32" 4K 60hz display in that price range, I'd target BenQ's option, which goes a little above $400 but which Rtings gives good marks for.