Little update: bad luck... I'm waiting for things to settle before properly updating the main post with pictures.Monitor
Last week, the XL2420T arrived. It had a dead pixel. Less importantly, but noteworthy: not impressed with the colors (adjusted from stock), depth of blacks, viewing angles, didn't manage to choose 1080p@120 Hz. I'm in the process of returning it to Amazon, entailing hefty shipping fees which I really hope they're going to refund (France to Spain, 10 kg = 47€ outbound).
I ordered the Samsung S23A750D. Received it late last week. To me, it's night and day compared to the BenQ. No dead pixels. All shiny and glossy (for the better) bringing vibrant colors, deep blacks, unfettered whites (no matte coating), zero-config 120 Hz. Extremely happy with this purchase. Finally a monitor I like (love)!Graphics card
Issues came up shortly after mounting it:
Case / MB
- Covers the top row of SATA ports, the only 6 Gbits/s ones. A right angle connector doesn't fit underneath the card. I had to plug the SSD into a 3 Gbits/s port. I should have anticipated this .
- Artifacts (may not be the proper term): I'm almost certain the card is the culprit. ASUS "support" didn't help at all .
- Once it stops sending a signal to the display, it won't send a proper signal again. The result is that once the display goes into sleep, it won't wake up. Restart required. Same thing under both Windows and Linux. Other people have the same problem on the AMD forums. No one from AMD has answered.
- A few days later, I learned that card had been stolen by the seller I bought it from, now the police is investigating and I may not get to keep it (and a refund still up in the air at this point ).
Something I should have anticipated: no USB 3.0 support whereas the case has a front panel USB 3.0 port that should be connected to an internal 20-pin header. I bought a PCI-E USB 3.0 adapter
with only an internal header.Anyway
Regardless of these bumps in the road, I'm happy with what I've seen out if this PC so far:
- Beautiful picture quality. Eye-soothing 120 Hz smoothness.
- Very enjoyable gaming experience: BF3, CoD: Black Ops and Anno 2070 so far.
- Really fast compile times in Linux. The 8 threads shine with make -j8, especially off a tmpfs.
- 16 GB of RAM is a treat, gives me peace of mind and flexibility when assigning tmpfs partitions and while allocating RAM for VMs.
- Everything in silence.
Here's what the internals looks like for now:
(The blue cable toward the right is the front panel USB 3.0 port cable that's not plugged in yet.)EDIT:
Main post edited to reflect this update.Edited by Roman2K - 5/6/12 at 5:46am