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Hey guys!

So, as some of you may be aware, I am currently running 3 Samsung P2370H monitors in tri-finity setup off my ENGTX580 SLI.
However, for a few reasons I am ditching three screens and wanting to migrate to a single 30":
  • Even 2x GTX 580s can't power most games at decent settings across 3 screens (5760x1080)
  • Using games in surround is awkward and the mouse feels clunky
  • I am in the process of moving into a smaller property as I head into university studies, and three screens is just too much bulk to cart around

Basically, I am wanting to find out a decent large monitor I can use to replace my Samsung P2370H's. It will be a shame to let them go, they are beautiful monitors with awesome colour settings. But I need a single monitor that can at least give my GTX580s some exercise tongue.gif
What are some 30"-ish monitors that some of you guys recommend because I am really not up-to-speed with monitor jargon and am currently too busy to research it all myself thumb.gif
Also, unfortunately being in New Zealand means that I have limited products available, so maybe a couple of suggestions and I can see which my work can order in.

Thanks in advance to you all!
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The top two monitors on my list would both be Dell UltraSharp - the U2711 or U3011 - I switched to my Dell U3011 from Nvidia Surround (3X 25.5" 1920 x 1200 monitors) and tri-sli 580's (to now GTX470's in SLI) - its quite an amazing monitor and I don't ever regret having switched. Make sure of course to buy a color calibrator as it will make the best use of the monitor.
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For general usage, I would recommend the dell u3011 as a good all rounder. It has a wide range of connectivity and configuration options. However, if you are sensitive to input lag (for example, are bothered by input lag from vsync and such), the HP ZR30W serves as the choice without input lag. Yet, it lacks the connectivity and OSD of the u3011, as well as the sRGB emulation mode of the u3011, meaning that you'll have oversaturated reds and greens unless you apply a software solution to fix it, which are usually far from perfectly functional. The oversaturiation, I'd think, wouldn't bother everyone, it's not nearly bad enough to kill the option.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post

For general usage, I would recommend the dell u3011 as a good all rounder. It has a wide range of connectivity and configuration options. However, if you are sensitive to input lag (for example, are bothered by input lag from vsync and such), the HP ZR30W serves as the choice without input lag. Yet, it lacks the connectivity and OSD of the u3011, as well as the sRGB emulation mode of the u3011, meaning that you'll have oversaturated reds and greens unless you apply a software solution to fix it, which are usually far from perfectly functional. The oversaturiation, I'd think, wouldn't bother everyone, it's not nearly bad enough to kill the option.

I'd like to be able to add more but this pretty much hits it all lol.


I went from Eyefinity myself to a U3011 and was quite happy with the switch
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post #5 of 12
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Thanks for all your information guys!

The Dell U3011 looks great but is very expensive! (over $2000NZD)

Is it much better getting a 30" (2560x1600) monitor vs a 27" (2560x1440) monitor?

Because there's a good $800NZD for the extra 3 inches...
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If I were going single monitor, I'd be looking at this: http://www.beyondgeek.com/samsung-s27a970-27-inch-monitor-with-2560x1440-resolution/

Samsung has been knocking balls out of the park lately. No matte blurry sparkle coatings here....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by optimuspotts View Post

Thanks for all your information guys!

The Dell U3011 looks great but is very expensive! (over $2000NZD)

Is it much better getting a 30" (2560x1600) monitor vs a 27" (2560x1440) monitor?

Because there's a good $800NZD for the extra 3 inches...

The biggest difference there is size. 27" is a decent bit smaller, but it's still relatively big. The resolution difference is minor, and its effects will be minor in terms of IQ.

http://displaywars.com/30-inch-16x10-vs-27-inch-16x9
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If I were going single monitor, I'd be looking at this: http://www.beyondgeek.com/samsung-s27a970-27-inch-monitor-with-2560x1440-resolution/

Samsung has been knocking balls out of the park lately. No matte blurry sparkle coatings here....

Well, we'll have to see how the quality control is on this one. Some of the samsung s2*a*** models have poor QC, and many of them ship to users somewhat faulty, while most of the series is fine. A good example of outright terrible QC is the S24a850d, while its bigger brother s27a850d is for the most part fine as far as QC goes.
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post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post

The biggest difference there is size. 27" is a decent bit smaller, but it's still relatively big. The resolution difference is minor, and its effects will be minor in terms of IQ.
http://displaywars.com/30-inch-16x10-vs-27-inch-16x9
Well, we'll have to see how the quality control is on this one. Some of the samsung s2*a*** models have poor QC, and many of them ship to users somewhat faulty, while most of the series is fine. A good example of outright terrible QC is the S24a850d, while its bigger brother s27a850d is for the most part fine as far as QC goes.

Thanks for all your information.

That link really shows how much bigger 30" is than 27", and I really want to have my GTX 580s stretching their legs! tongue.gif

I've been reading around a little bit (mainly about the Dell U3011 vs HP ZR30w). A few people mention the response time on the 30" screens though that may affect FPS gaming. Apparently the PLS panel as is found in the Samsung S27A850D is much better response time. At around $1300NZD for the Samsung vs $2000NZD for the Dell vs $2200NZD for the HP, which is seeming like the best option?

Sorry for all my questions biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CallsignVega View Post

If I were going single monitor, I'd be looking at this: http://www.beyondgeek.com/samsung-s27a970-27-inch-monitor-with-2560x1440-resolution/
Samsung has been knocking balls out of the park lately. No matte blurry sparkle coatings here....

Ooosh that screen is beautiful drool.gif Good ol' Samsung monitors
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post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by optimuspotts 
[*] Even 2x GTX 580s can't power most games at decent settings across 3 screens (5760x1080)

Really? I can max most games on three screens with two 6970's at the same resolution, strange.

Good luck with the hunt for a single screen though smile.gif much less hassle really.
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