Originally Posted by Steelbarrage
So I am interested in picking one of these up and I just had a few questions about it. My current monitor is an Asus VW246H which is nice but I would like to upgrade. Plus this is OCN where people buy unnecessary things all the time. I currently have an MSI 580 TFII but I haven't over clocked it because it pretty much maxes all games at a solid 40 to 60 fps. If you were to overclock this monitor is there any real advantage to getting over 100 Hz refresh rate? Also I have only seen one entry for an overclock using a 580 and that was at 67 Hz. Is this the max that the 580 can spit out? Also how much of a leap in screen quality will I get coming from my current monitor? Last question. Will my 580 have enough power and vram that the larger resolution wont nuke my current fps cap?
I already owned a Lenovo L220x (22" CCFL-backlit 1920x1200 PVA panel, quite nice) and the Catleap is a very significant upgrade from that, so take from it what you will.
The 580 should be able to do at least 100Hz; all nVidia cards appear to be capable of doing so (assuming you get one of the monitors that does overclock; as it currently stands anything you buy off ebay today will very likely *not* overclock). People here are both trying to source replacement boards to upgrade the non-OC models, as well as trying to convince the manufacturer to re-introduce the overclockable units. We'll see how things pan out in a couple weeks, probably.
About the advantages of high refresh, it's tough to say as some people notice more than others, but if you play PC games at any kind of moderate level you will probably notice the difference immediately in terms of extra smoothness. Rendering games at 90fps+ is obviously a much higher target than 60fps; If you're currently running the games you play in the 40-60fps region you won't see any benefit to the higher refresh rate without upgrading your graphics, dropping your settings down (keep in mind this is a resolution upgrade, too - so that makes things harder to render) or playing older games (where such a setup really shines!).