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My Asus vg236h arrived today, so I thought I would shed some light on what I think about it so far.

First of all, this is a fantastic monitor.

The colour is very vibrant, and being a 120 hz monitor the image is very soothing on the eyes. Its very responsive and super snappy, especially noticeable when playing first person shooters.

Unfortunately theres only one game I got to hold a solid 120 fps in sync with the refresh rate which was an early harry potter game. I did not care much for it as its not a fast paced game. Then I tried Bad Company 2 - and for some reason im holding around 90 fps, but sometimes going up to ~110. I do not know why this is - I have it set to 1920x1080x120hz in the settings, and my gpu usage is around ~55% each, and my framerate will stay around 90. However, even at 90 fps, all I have to say is - WOW.

It is so fluid, fluid like watching water run out of a tap. I could not get Quake to run at a solid 120 fps either. I guess this is something you are going to have to get used to, fiddling around with games to get them to make use of 120hz, just like I had to get used to doing that with SLI at first. But even running at around 90 fps the difference is absolutely stunning.

I am impressed by the 3d vision somewhat. I am going to have to give it a week or so to get used to it. Yeah, it definately works and it definately gives depth, and its more impressive then I was expecting. However I am still not completely keen on the idea of 3D. I do not like the amount of colour that gets washed out of the glasses - wearing sunglasses while gaming could not be beaten for an explanation in what it does to the screen. The ghosting is apparent somewhat, but only at certain points. Maybe I will be blown away tonight when I try it at night time, I will update this then. I read that playing an RTS in 3d is like playing with toys, and I see where that is coming from but its not quite as impressive as it sounds.

I am unable to play my games with full 3d depth, because it hurts my eyes too much at the moment. However my girlfriend had a look, and she seemed impressed and said it looked very good, and she said with the depth completely maxed it looked absolutely fine to her.

The 3d is impressive, however my favourite part about this monitor, and the part that made me decide it was well worth my money, was the 120 hz. It seemed like something you would get to try every now and again, then have to go back home to your measly 60hz monitor, however I know I will be able to play games that fluidly for many years to come. Which is an awesome thought.

I think playing a game at 120hz is more impressive then playing in 3d at the moment. But after a week or so of use with the 3d, I will update my thoughts.

One of the cons of this monitor is the glossy screen. Now I will point out, once the screen is lit up with a image from a game, you barely notice it, unless you have a window behind you or something. Its fine for me when I was gaming. However in very dark scenes, you will probably get distracted by your face. I took some pictures for examples. It is by no means a deal breaker though, its still a fantastic monitor.

If you think 23" is too small, and you dont like the idea of a glossy screen, hold out for the VG278h. That one will also, supposedly, have a MUCH more vibrant 3d image when wearing the 3d glasses. Otherwise, if you dont care about glossy screens too much and 23 is big enough for you, I highly recommend this monitor.




Me doing a gay pose in my new mirror taking the piss


Yep - this is the reflection of the screen.

Edited by jacobrjett - 10/22/11 at 4:32am
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Got mine today also. Was unsure about the gloss as well, but it's so far a non-factor. I have a fairly brightly lit office, with the main light just above and slightly behind me, but I'm getting no glare. It's bright, vibrant, crisp. Took me a bit to figure out that (at least so far) I have to unplug my other monitor to run the 3D setup, and I did have to reinstall my vid drivers, but it's working fine now. Only played Titan Quest for an hour or so, it really does look great if maybe just slightly dark. In the end, I won't be using it a bunch in 3D so that really didn't matter to me, but the 120Hz did and does. More testing and observation still to come but so far 2 thumbs up!

My old LG 22" is sitting beside it and looks extremely poor by comparison.
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You can probably improve the 3d effect substantially by using your own convergence and separation settings in 3d-vision too. The default profiles are generally quite bad.

Also, probably the reason you're getting only 90fps with your SLI 570's only at 55% load is because they're being bottlenecked by your i5. You could try overclocking your cpu (more) if you haven't already. I'm sure you already know that though
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Haha, well the thought crossed my mind, but I thought, no way!!! Its a sandy bridge!!!

But youve got me thinking. I will report back with my answer
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Ok so my cpu usage was around 80%...

I guess it would have 20% more power to go before it will bottleneck, or is that not how it works with CPUs?
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Depends on how well the game utilizes all your cores. If the game only uses one of your four cores then your cpu load will show up as 25% (100% load on that one core the game is using) but you cpu will still be your bottleneck. So you would need to check the load on each of your cores because some games won't use them all. Pretty certain Bad Company 2 uses all 4 cores though, you'd have to check to be sure though.

One way to test if your CPU is the bottleneck is to reduce your resolution. If your FPS doesn't change then you most likely have a CPU bottleneck.
Edited by SeanPoe - 10/21/11 at 1:54am
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it was roughly 80% across all 4 cores. Ok I will have to try that ^ thanks
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