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Hey, guys.

I've done some reading in the stickies (primarily the monitor guide), and I'm just wondering whether it's more important to prioritize a fast response time (i.e. 5ms or less) or an IPS-type monitor for a pretty hardcore gamer. I know I'm going to have to sack something to keep costs down, and I just don't really know whether having an IPS monitor with a 6-8ms response time will lead to ghosting or not. I've considered a lot of monitors, from the U2410 to the U2711 to some ASUS TN panels, but I don't know what I should be prioritizing.

TN panels are cheaper and seem to have lower response times (a lot of ASUS monitors seem to excel here), and I can't really see much benefit from having an IPS monitor (of any variation) beyond having an ~10º wider viewing angle and perhaps slightly more accurate color.

What do you guys think?

Thanks!

P.S. On a side-note, I haven't been able to find any U2311H monitors *anywhere*!
Edited by 13ack.Stab - 4/1/12 at 12:36pm
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in your case probably probably one of the 120hz TN models is the way to go.
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Basically, response times are pretty much a scam... what does matter is input lag. Some monitors with great 'response times' have awful input lag, and some monitors with seemingly awful response times turn out to have great input lag. So, rather than stare at response times, try to figure out the input lag of a specific monitor... there are some reviewers out there that tend to test these things.

And yes, input lag (unlike response times) matters when you are gaming, especially with First Person Shooters. In general, for most gamers, anything less than 2 frames (28 ms) should be fine. For people who play First Person Shooters online, especially if competitive, screens with less than 1 frame (14 ms) input lag are valuable though.

So it depends on your gaming needs.
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It's not the advertised response times that matter, those are not accurate representations of what you'll actually get. That is not to say that TN displays are the same as IPS displays on average in terms of ghosting. Just that the figures are not anything reliable.

Regardless, if you're an avid gamer, you probably want to stay away from displays with noticeable input lag, like the u2410 and u2711 which you mentioned. If you play lots of fast paced games, a 120hz display like the samsung s23a700d or the benq xl2420t (best two choices atm) is more beneficial than what an IPS in the same resolution range can offer.

Your post sounds like you'd enjoy a 120hz more than an IPS one. That's your best bet. wink.gif


You can't find u2311h because it is discontinued and replaced by the mostly similarly performing u2312hm.
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benq xl2420t

You can't find u2311h because it is discontinued and replaced by the mostly similarly performing u2312hm.

Wow, this was some really good info; thanks for the enlightening read!

I love that BenQ XL2420t, so I went and purchased one immediately. It's seriously kick-ass.

Thanks a bunch!
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