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Hey guys. I'm in the market for a new monitor soon. I need help deciding between the Dell U2312HM or the Samsung S23A950D. My current monitor is in the sig below.

The monitor will be used mainly for gaming and watching movies.

I don't do any photo editing work so colour accuracy is not really important to me, but I guess I do like the idea of the better viewing angles and quality of IPS panels. One of my main grouses with my current monitor is how I have difficulty viewing dark areas in a game the minute I slouch in my chair, which admittedly I do quite a lot. Lol. tongue.gif

On the other hand, since I game quite a lot, FPS games mostly, the prospect of having a smoother gaming experience on a 120Hz panel is attractive as well. Another deciding factor would probably be input lag, as I snipe a lot in game, so it matters a lot how fast my monitor can display the image.

Any assistance in my decision making process would be greatly appreciated. biggrin.gif
    
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I'd recommend the S23A950D over the u2312hm for your application. It's a very decent TN panel.


Besides, if dark levels are your concern, your experience will not always be improved with an IPS panel because IPS panels aren't exactly known for having the best dark levels. Especially from angles due to IPS glow being more apparent.
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If you're not in a big hurry, AU Optronics recently announced two 120Hz AMVA panels. No idea when we'll actually see one used, but I know I'll be waiting for one. I've always liked the deeper blacks that VA-based panels offer over IPS, although I do hope that they've ironed out any issues with the technology. One thing that definitely has me worried is that the listed response time is 12ms (and that's the LISTED time, it'll likely be worse in many situations), which is about 50% higher than the actual refresh rate of the monitor, which could lead to some pretty ugly results.
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post #4 of 33
This has been discussed many many times..Just search
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This has been discussed many many times..Just search

Thread title might be 120hz or IPS, but the content is not just that. It's about the purchase decision of the OP there. And which monitor best fits a person depends highly on usage and personal preference, therefore a simple search and reading a few threads / articles about it will not shed much light for it unless the content is much much better than the average "X is definitely better than Y because I don't care about what Y offers, so it would fit you as well" statements, which are extremely common, and cause quite a bit of confusion because so many factors aren't taken into account.

If it was a purely theoretical thread, your post might make more sense. But since this is about a real purchase for a specific application, it's a bit more difficult to just "search and read"
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post #6 of 33
My thoughts exactly. And as someone who just recently made this decision (went with the S27A950D) I agree with your recommendation. 120Hz is far more noticeable in gaming than IPS especially when the resolution is the same. Plus, the Sammy's TN panel is one of the best there is with excellent color accuracy out of the box....
post #7 of 33
I agree with all others. 120 Hz is the way to go!!!!!!
post #8 of 33
Can anybody describe the benefits of 120Hz refresh rate for gaming? Is it really that much smoother than 60Hz? Assuming your GPU can keep up.
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Can anybody describe the benefits of 120Hz refresh rate for gaming? Is it really that much smoother than 60Hz? Assuming your GPU can keep up.

If your GPU can pump out the frames its incredible. I was shocked at the difference just on the desktop in smoothness of mouse movement. I could care less about 3D but the refresh rate is amazing. As I stated in another thread, it is literally the best upgrade I have done for my computer since the SSD came out. For games, I have played on big IPS (dell u2711) and I like my $250 120hz screen better. To me, color correctness doesn't mean I like the way it looks any better if that makes any sense. More resolution would be nice but I don't really need it for work so I can get by at 1080p.
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Originally Posted by Doomtomb View Post

Can anybody describe the benefits of 120Hz refresh rate for gaming? Is it really that much smoother than 60Hz? Assuming your GPU can keep up.

If your GPU can pump out the frames its incredible. I was shocked at the difference just on the desktop in smoothness of mouse movement. I could care less about 3D but the refresh rate is amazing. As I stated in another thread, it is literally the best upgrade I have done for my computer since the SSD came out. For games, I have played on big IPS (dell u2711) and I like my $250 120hz screen better. To me, color correctness doesn't mean I like the way it looks any better if that makes any sense. More resolution would be nice but I don't really need it for work so I can get by at 1080p.
That is amazing. I have been considering a monitor upgrade in the next year or so. As far as color correctness goes, I have been amazed at the results of calibration can yield with a semi-decent TN panel. Viewing angles are not that important for me and for most computer users. What has bugged me is the lack of smoothness in FPS gaming. The only downside to these 120Hz monitors is the lack of selection and the price. On Newegg, I can't find a 27" 120Hz for less than $600 which is simply too much money for me. I wish they would stop marketing them as 3D monitors because I really don't need the 3D. Hopefully in the next year or so we will see more 120Hz monitors at lower price points. Then maybe I should upgrade to a mechanical keyboard too lol.
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