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As the title says,

I am on the market looking around for a potential upgrade from a 1080p display, to a 1440p display.

I am rocking x1 watercooled 680 atm 2gb VRAM, and MIGHT upgrade to a 790 if it get's released or will hold out till 800 series.

What are some good brands and quality for a 1440p display? A friend of mine has a korean brand and it is very nice. Just trying to paint a bigger picture smile.gif

Look forward to hearing from you guys!
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From the Korean brands, the X-Star and QNIX models are the best. They have PLS panels, so deeper blacks than IPS, and the semi-matte coatings (much better than glossy). All of the DVI-D only models have no scaler, very low lag, and OC to 96Hz - many beyond. I have mine at 120Hz. There are some new DP and HDMI versions out, we don't know if they OC. Depending on what you get you could also be stuck with dead pixels and bright pixels.

Since you're in Australia, an alternative could be Dell's U2713HM. I know Dell has had some very good sales in Australia which make this monitor good value. It has all the inputs, comes with a factory calibration, and has various inputs, much better build quality, warranty, and ergonomic adjustments.

Also note that the Korean brands are not HDCP compliant so cannot be used with an xbox/ps3/bluray player, and only accept 1440p input. If you want to do this you'll want a monitor from a "normal" brand.
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Go Korean mate, you won't be disappointed.

Click the spoiler for some info on the Qnix QX2710 from Korea. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by Remmib 
27" 2560x1440 120Hz PLS for $310

How you may ask? Qnix QX2710 (Pixel Perfect )


It's a PLS panel (which is just Samsung's version of IPS), though the pixels are different from IPS monitors. Some also think PLS has better colors than IPS.

From what I've seen most people easily hit 110Hz, if not 120Hz, as long as you don't have a garbage graphics card.

The bezel is of reasonable size, too bad it's glossy though, I'll be painting mine matte black. Also the anti-glare coating on the monitor is quite light and doesn't degrade the picture quality. Sooo much better than glossy if you ask me, and many others will agree.

Mine came with 1 dead pixel and 1 stuck pixel (likely the stuck pixel can be fixed), I ain't even mad though...the pixels are so god damn small it's quite hard to notice it. I don't have any backlight bleed on mine, some people have experienced bleed, but there is an easy fix.

The downside of the monitor is that the casing is cheap, which ain't that big of a deal to me. Although it is kind of annoying that you have to remove the back panel to take off the stem of the mount (if you want to put this monitor on a monitor stand with arms).

All in all, I'm really happy with mine. Definitely recommend it if you're in the market for basically the best bang for the buck/performance monitor you can buy right now. Also, the shipping from South Korea is so stupidly fast...48 hours, how is that possible? If you're worried about a warranty or it dying you can get a warranty from Square Trade for $50 for 3 year coverage.

Feel free to read user's opinions in the huge Overclock.net threads:
- Original Thread
- Overclock Results
- Monitor Club w/ Optimization Guides

TL;DR
Pros:
-27"
-1440p
-overclockable to 120Hz
-amazing colors (click here to see the out of the box colors for yourself - note the bezels aren't that thin on stock Qnix's)
-cheap

Cons:
-cheap casing
-possible backlight bleed (though you can fix on your own)
- possibility that you will have 0-2 dead pixels (not a big deal when there are 3.6 million other pixels on screen)
-cheap monitor stand
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I'm not sure what your price point is, but I'd get a monitor that has BILLIONS of colors. smile.gif They are made for photo editing, video editing, etc. However, for gaming, they melt your face off! Everything is so vibrant.

Check this one out. wink.gif
DoubleSight DS-279W

Here it is on Newegg
DoubleSight DS-279W
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They actually are HDCP compliant, but overclocking and the associated driver hacks break HDCP.
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I'm not sure what your price point is, but I'd get a monitor that has BILLIONS of colors. smile.gif They are made for photo editing, video editing, etc. However, for gaming, they melt your face off! Everything is so vibrant.

Check this one out. wink.gif
Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27" LED LCD Monitor

For gaming the U2713H is a 10 bit wide gamut monitor not well suited with over shoot and ghosting.

The model from Dell your probably thinking about for all around - gaming - movie watching would be U2713HM sells on sale often for $585. Has some poor QC issues right now but superb 'premium panel' warranty for solid 3 years. Free cross shipping if you need to exchange. On par with PB278Q for gaming / movie watching with a bit more color pop and no PWM dimming. Each monitor is specifically & individually factor pre-calibrated for accurate colors out of the box with Native 24Hz blu-ray playback. Gaming I have mine over clocked to 90 Hz refresh rate!

EDIT - Just saw you edited your choice from U2713H to DoubleSight DS-279W. Correction made already from you. wink.gif
     
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Haha, yeah. I put up the wrong monitor. Whoops. tongue.gif
    
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