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HP ZR30w 30" 1600p 60Hz vs. Samsung S27A750D 27" 1080p 120Hz for PC gaming?

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I am ready to buy one of these monitors but I need to know which is better for PC gaming.

I play all sorts of games, right now I play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. I also occasionally play Starcraft 2.

I need to know what is better, a bigger screen and much higher resolution/ better colors IPS panel or a smaller screen, smaller resolution TN panel that is 120Hz?

I have great hardware and should have no problem getting 60fps at 1600p or 120fps at 1080p.

I would like to know what the better monitor is for gaming. The cost difference is not a concern, but one screen only no eyefinity for now.

Thank you for any help guys!thumb.gif
post #2 of 15
1600p. biggrin.gif
post #3 of 15
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I suppose I am torn because I used to have a CRT back in the day and remember how fluid the motion was at high Hz even though everything else was terrible compared to the 24" LCD I replaced it with.

Now that they have 120Hz LCD's I don't know what to do. I love the fluid motion for competitive FPS but I also value great colors and a 16:10 aspect ratio, and I can imagine having 4 million pixels a foot from my face must be incredibly immersive for games like RPG and RTS and FPS as well.

I just wonder for something like Battlefield 3, is the awesome super resolution and big screen real estate better or is the 120Hz a much better experience than 60Hz?

I wish I could see and use both before I buy, but alas I cannot.
post #4 of 15
I'd go for the 1600p.

However, what computer will this be used at? You'll need a lot of GPU horse power if you want to max out latest games (Specially Battlefield 3) at that resolution.

I'm in the same spot as you, and I decided to go for the HP ZR2740w instead. smile.gif

Also, moving this to the Monitors section as it'll get more attention at the appropiate place. thumb.gif
    
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If you're just going to play Battlefield 3 on public servers I'd go for the 60Hz one. If not I'd go for the 120Hz one. 120Hz helps a lot in FPS games but it doesn't really matter if you don't play competitively.
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If you want a monitor for gaming, I wouldn't recommend anything much bigger than 22 inches. For me 20 is probably the "sweet spot," but everyone is different. Have you ever sat close to a screen that big before and tried to take it all in? I know it's nice to have a nice big screen, but you need to use your periphery to see things that others have right in front of them.

Just my 2cents. But if you are dead-set on it, then at least get some extra pixels in there and go for the 1600...
post #7 of 15
The clarity of going from 1080p to 2560x1600 will blow you away, not to mention the much higher amount of screen real estate to work with while on the desktop. I think side-by-side you would choose the higher resolution over the 120hz refresh rate hands down.
 
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post #8 of 15
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Well I think I am leaning toward the ZR30w. Although I love FPS games and some of the Display "gurus" at Hardforum like NCX rave about these Samsung monitors and how much better 120Hz is for FPS gaming over 60Hz.

I just want to make the right decision! I would NOT normally want a 1080p TN, the only reason I'm considering is because of the 120Hz. I am running triple 6970's and a i7 so I should be able to push a constant 60fps at 1600p OR a constant 120fps at 1080p.

Interesting to see, most guys here at overclock recommend the 1600p tho compared to hardforum.
post #9 of 15
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It's a real shame there arent any 1600p or 1440p 27"-30" IPS monitors that can push 120Hz or at least 75Hz. frown.gif Compromise sucks!
post #10 of 15
The ZR30W is awesome, beautiful colors and Battlefield 3 looks great. Quoting my brother "everything always looks better on your computer (screen)"
    
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