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Hello!

I really want to buy the Catleap monitor, but I after reading a lot on other forumposts im a bit confused. Here are some points I hope you can help me clarify!

1. I want to buy a monitor that is capable of overclocking to ~100hz, but I can't find out how I can know if the panels are overclockable. I have also read that no new models will be overclockable. Is this still true? Will that change in near future?

2. Some posts sais that an overclockable monitor is capable of showing material in 3D. Is that true?

3. There are many different models out there. Whats the effect of with/without glass? Is dual input DVI/HDMI if you want more sorces than one?

4. Usually I don't like glossy monitors. Anyone have any experience adding anti-gloss to monitors in case I want to change it when I get the monitor?

5. If you are allowed, can you please give me tips on the best seller?

6. Where should I buy it? Ebay is best?

7. I live in Norway and use the same electricity plug as the rest of EU. Will I need a power-adapter? Can anyone recommend one?

Thanks a lot!
Edited by wholmen - 7/16/12 at 3:09pm
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Did you have a look at this thread?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1225919/yamakasi-catleap-monitor-club/0_100
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These are purchased on eBay. All sellers are reputable (we have not had one flake on delivery - at least this has not been posted here to date 3/31/12.) Search for Yamakasi Catleap - you'll find plenty.
Variants of these monitors are all ~$400 2560x1440, 27" IPS monitors sold in Korea, not the US. They retail for ~$250 in S. Korea. In other words, they're $700-$1000 monitors for 1/2 the price.
All older (READ: those shipped in February 2012 - 2B models) Catleap monitors seem to hit 85hz+ (97hz 100hz+ being the highest so far, which is the GPU's limit at this resolution).
Newer Catleaps seem to have a top OC limit of 65-67hz. Very few people have received OC-ready Catleaps in March 2012.
A PCB swap is possible to make newer Catleaps OC up to 97h 120hz with the proper GPU (READ: nVidia 680.) We have not sourced these PCBs at this time (3/20/02), but have several leads. See post 1002 for pics of a successful swap.
To change the monitor from glossy to anti-gloss just remove the panel. That simple.
Just get one without glass. Glass is what provides the glossy look. Without glass the screen is more clearer.
Edited by ghettosuperstar - 7/16/12 at 3:18pm
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post #3 of 9
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Yeah, I have been reading and reading and reading that post. Its a huge amount of posts in that thread smile.gif

That info is not outdated? The post was made in april, and I have been searching for clues that would tell me if the regular panels would be overclockable now. And what is that PCB swap?
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The glass they talked about is a tempered Glass that's fitted over the screen. It offer additional protection if the monitor is used in a public area like a gaming cafe or if you have small children or pet at home. It can be removed fairly easily if you so desire. The AG coating is a completely different matter as it's applied on top of the screen and you will have to take the monitor completely apart to remove it and while it's doable, it's definitely not simple to do and more than 1 person have damage their screen while trying it.

100+Hz monitor are few and far in between. There is the old Catleap Q270 with the 2B circuit board and a newer multi input model. There was a custom built with 2B at another site but I don't know if it's still available. The Multi have a scaler built in which induce a bit more lag than the single DVI input models.

As to whom to buy from. I have bought from 2 different vendor on ebay and have no problem with either.
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Originally Posted by wholmen View Post

Hello!
I really want to buy the Catleap monitor, but I after reading a lot on other forumposts im a bit confused. Here are some points I hope you can help me clarify!
1. I want to buy a monitor that is capable of overclocking to ~100hz, but I can't find out how I can know if the panels are overclockable. I have also read that no new models will be overclockable. Is this still true? Will that change in near future?
2. Some posts sais that an overclockable monitor is capable of showing material in 3D. Is that true?
3. There are many different models out there. Whats the effect of with/without glass? Is dual input DVI/HDMI if you want more sorces than one?
4. Usually I don't like glossy monitors. Anyone have any experience adding anti-gloss to monitors in case I want to change it when I get the monitor?
5. If you are allowed, can you please give me tips on the best seller?
6. Where should I buy it? Ebay is best?
7. I live in Norway and use the same electricity plug as the rest of EU. Will I need a power-adapter? Can anyone recommend one?
Thanks a lot!

1. Only the Yamakasi Catleap with a serial code containing 2b will overclock, and it's not guaranteed that it will overclock well either.

2. Some posts have showed that some of the monitors can indeed overclock to 120+ hz. It is possible that these monitors may be able to show 3d but I haven't seen any posts confirming it.

3. The glass that some models come with is called tempered glass which is glass that is meant to be more durable at the expense of potentially having dust behind the glass. The people that buy these types of monitors in korea use them in computer shops (game rooms, internet cafes etc) don't really care about some extra dust behind the glass of the screen.

4. I don't really know why you would want to make it anti gloss because the glass of these screens provides better color from what I hear. Plus I'm not even sure that there is a way to make these anti gloss other than removing the glass or something.

5. All of the sellers on ebay are reputable from what I've read above and heard about around these forums. Some offer pixel perfect monitors and some offer checking before they ship or whatever, but I would personally just go with the cheapest reputable seller you can find because the sellers in korea aren't really going to be checking very hard that your monitor is doing less than working and that there's not a huge amount of stuck or dead pixels before they ship (less than 5 around the edges is considered normal as these panels are rebranded rejected a+ panels that are resold at a lower value).

6. The only place to get them right now is through ebay pretty much. I checked on google shopping and found a scam website trying to sell it for ~170 bucks, so ebay seems to be the only place. You can also check amazon but it'll just come from one of the people who sells it on ebay anyways.

7. You will need a regional power cable that is able to use your country's power plug. The monitors come with a converter for the power but you will have to find a compatible cable. The cable is the thick kind that you commonly use to plug in your power supply, monitors, televisions, ps3's etc. Basically any large electronic equipment. I'm sure you have some of those types kicking around at home or you know where to buy some in your area.

Best of luck with the purchase, I can't wait to get one of these myself.
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To change the monitor from glossy to anti-gloss just remove the panel. That simple.
Just get one without glass. Glass is what provides the glossy look. Without glass the screen is more clearer.
i think he meant anti-glare, and no catleap models come with anti-glare.

the most popular ebay sellers ocn people use i've seen is greensum, bigclothcraft, and da_planet.

unfortunately, there is no other overclockable catleaps except the non-multi 2b pcb. the multi have been reported to skip frames above 60hz( even though they report a higher refresh rate). the only place the get an overclock catleap is the "other site" that wiz mentioned. there might be some stock left but you'll be paying a premium for the overclockability.
PM me if you want to know more about the "other site" or the frame skip issues.
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I meant anti-glare. Sorry for the mistake smile.gif

Thanks a lot for your answers! I ordered a white SE model from BCC now without perfect pixel and I can't wait!

Thanks again for great answers!
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i think he meant anti-glare, and no catleap models come with anti-glare.
the most popular ebay sellers ocn people use i've seen is greensum, bigclothcraft, and da_planet.
unfortunately, there is no other overclockable catleaps except the non-multi 2b pcb. the multi have been reported to skip frames above 60hz( even though they report a higher refresh rate). the only place the get an overclock catleap is the "other site" that wiz mentioned. there might be some stock left but you'll be paying a premium for the overclockability.
PM me if you want to know more about the "other site" or the frame skip issues.

I figured these would be so expensive (found one on ebay for 600$) that I rather buy 2 normal models or wait for OLED screens smile.gif but thanks anyway
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I figured these would be so expensive (found one on ebay for 600$) that I rather buy 2 normal models or wait for OLED screens smile.gif but thanks anyway
yeah its was just luck that people found the 2b's to oc. i mean 1440p 120hz is pretty unheard of, with isp on top of that too. congrats on your purhchase
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