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Given I have a gtx 680 4gb on the way and may even get a second later, I wanna push my graphics.

I've only just discovered these Yamasaki catleaps or whatever they're called. Are they good enough for mostly gaming? Will do music creation too.

Multiple monitors is not an option.

Can get one of these catleap things for like $320 shipped off eBay. Apparently some can be have the refresh rate overclocked but that's not a huge concern for me.

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Those monitors are a very good option for gaming because of the increased refresh rate. Just be careful because there is a chance that you could get dust or dead pixels.
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Ok cool. So is 60hz refresh enough, or is it worth the extra like $200 and get an overclock able one?
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Ok cool. So is 60hz refresh enough, or is it worth the extra like $200 and get an overclock able one?

Depends who you ask, for the most part the camps are split and depends on if they've used 120hz or not. If you ask me whether I think it is, I absolutely think it's worth it and hate looking at my VH242H sitting right next to it with it's dull, slow image and horrible viewing angles. BUT I got my 120hz OC edition from the first batch from thesitethatshallnotbenamed for only $460. At the current prices I might hold off since we have the possible PCB's coming in the future for everyone to OC their regular ebay Catleaps and because of that for 320 I might get a regular version today.

If you don't want to wait or risk maybe PCB's falling through then absolutely the monitor is worth it even at $560. I'm glad I have mine even if my poor 460's only allow me 100hz because of SLI limitations.
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post #5 of 41
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Hmm, might just get the $320 one now, although might pay the extra $60 to have the dead pixels checked.

But this refresh rate thing interests me... Is a higher refresh rate worth taking over resolution even? For example, would you rather 1440p @ 60hz, or 1080p @ 120hz?
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Hmm, might just get the $320 one now, although might pay the extra $60 to have the dead pixels checked.
But this refresh rate thing interests me... Is a higher refresh rate worth taking over resolution even? For example, would you rather 1440p @ 60hz, or 1080p @ 120hz?

I'd personally take one 60hz 2560x1440 monitor over one120hz 1080p monitor and it wouldn't even be close....... I might take one Catleap it over two 120hz . I don't professionally game so there's no need for the speed but if I was, there are always CRT's around that make most 120hz TN panels look bad that I might choose over them if I want pure performance and only care about that.

You have to realize the the resolution and size just add so much to certain games for people and being able to see slight movement and giving a more in depth impressive experience is pretty big for some. Plus the viewing angles are great and colors make it seem like I've never owned a real monitor before.

Even at only 100hz because of the SLI limitations I've already gotten my moneys worth out of mine. My sister has sensitive eyes that are bothered buy slower refresh rates so she couldn't play fast paced games since her eyes would cause her headaches, eye strain, and nausea and I couldn't convince her to try 120hz monitors. Now she can freely play both Portals and a few other games she really loved that couldn't before and I'm in the process of probably trying to find her a nice used 120hz 22-24" since she wouldn't have the horses to really run a catleap but even then a normal catleap would also still bother her eyes.


You could say I'm biased, or maybe since I've used both I'm more of an informed consumer that makes me a better barometer than most. I think without a shadow of a doubt that unless your game professionally or use 3D enough to warrant a purchase none the the current TN 1080/1200p monitors are really worth it compared to what the Catleap offers. Especially when you consider that these are the same panels that Asus/Dell/Apple use and charge 1+k for most of the time, granted these are A- with slight imperfections but If you want to give me a Kuro for 1/4 of the price because you have no stand or the set has some scuff bring it on!!! I always wanted one of those Pannys. For the price of these Catleaps that go for about $320ish I don't think there are better monitor.


Plus with the PCM being on the horizon you might be able to spend a bit more $120ish (I hope) and swap out the PCB for the OC one and really get the most of of your purchase , this is OCN.net after all. tongue.gif Sorry for long post but hope that helps some.
Edited by Junkboy - 7/26/12 at 2:50pm
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post #7 of 41
I've had mine Shimian for one day, I had 120 Hz before. I don't game that much, and I rarely play FPS, so it wasn't that big of a deal for me.
When I did play a lot of FPS, however, it was very nice having 120 Hz, and that was the sole reason I got a 120 Hz in the first place.

Shortly after I got my new Shimian installed, I could definitely feel a big difference when moving the cursor along the screen. Just slower, I really didn't like it. One day later, I don't even care anymore.

If you had been used to 120 Hz and played a lot of shooters, I wouldn't have recommended 60 Hz, at least not if your card can do a lot better than that. 120 hz is very nice, but it all depends on your situation. I came from 1680x1050, so I'm probably a bit biased when I agree with Junkboy that I'd prefer a 2560x1440 @ 60 Hz over something with a lower resolution at 120 Hz, but still.

I haven't played that much since I got it, but I'm gonna try out some BF3 later. I'll come back if there's anything to write about it.
Edited by skalman - 7/26/12 at 4:01pm
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haha cheers guys well i bit the bullet and went with the Q270 SE from ebay. cost me $320 shipped express. 60hz @ 1440p. cant really argue with that. started thinking, even if i wanted 120hz, thats an extra $200 on the monitor, plus you gotta have a machine that run 120fps in games to Vsync properly, and constant 120fps @ even 1920x1080 is asking for some serious horsepower.

so that means SLI and it just kept adding up.

plus i was reading around and a fair point was made. one bloke said he'd much rather the sharpness and detail that comes with a higher resolution over a smoother performance at a lower resolution. and i agree thumb.gif

will post comments when i get mine. fingers crossed they release those PCBs though. would be nice to be able to up the refresh to even 80-85hz or something.
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Would love to hear back on your thoughts when you get it, if you ordered it today you'll probably have it by Tue or Monday of next week. Good luck!
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post #10 of 41
Been gaming for ~25 years, 60Hz has worked just fine for myself and everyone I know. I have never seen anyone play better, in any type of game, just because they hop on a 120Hz display. So personally, the extra expense isn't worth it one bit.

To each their own though!
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