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Hello guys .. I just realized that I do not play fast FPS games anymore and so that makes my 120Hz monitor pretty much pointless.. (I play EVE Online and LoL atm.)
Well yes it is great to have 120Hz but requires you to run 120FPS as well so lower some of your settings, currently I do want more pixels and so better quality of image rather than ugly-but-fast gaming

I have decided that I want to utilize my 780 SLI a but more so want to go to 1440p as soon as possible.. monitor that came in to my attention is Asus PB278Q, I have seen tftcentral review and some other few and I do think this is currently really good option however I want to be sure and I would like to hear from you guys what do you think, I am mostly doing fast decisions that I sometimes regret later on so I would like to know that this decision is good one biggrin.gif
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In a couple months, a 1440p 120hz monitor will be out. Asus swift rog something or other. Q2 release. I'm waiting for it myself.
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But 1440p @ 120Hz requires 120FPS @ 1440p ... frown.gif
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I've gone from 120hz 27" Samsung SA950D - Asus PB27QA -> BenQ XL2420T 144hz,
Gaming at 60hz, even when its @ 1440p is not really a big pleasure if u ask me.
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But 1440p @ 120Hz requires 120FPS @ 1440p ... frown.gif

You have 780 sli, the monitor I mentioned is g-sync, it'll be fine.
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But 1440p @ 120Hz requires 120FPS @ 1440p ... frown.gif

It doesn't REQUIRE it. It's a G-sync monitor so the GPU determines a variable refresh rate of the monitor. Meaning no matter what FPS you're capable of at any given moment, it's always smooth and free of tearing. 120hz is what it's capable of, but it will take advantage of whatever frame rate it's given at any moment. I use a 1440p 60hz IPS monitor (while I wait for this new Asus to come out and become my primary monitor) with adaptive V-sync and any time my FPS drops below 60 there is very noticeable tearing. When it's at 60FPS+ and V-sync is enabled, no tearing though. I usually don't dip below 60 with a GTX 780 but it still happens and sucks, and 60hz is nothing impressive for gaming, even though it looks beautiful at 1440p.

However, you said you don't care much about gaming anymore and you're more concerned about res and it looking great. In that case, I'd get something other than the new Asus Swift because you don't want to spend that much on that monitor if you don't care about a 1440p G-sync 120hz monitor that's completely geared to be the best gaming monitor ever made. Especially when you can spend less and get an IPS panel that will stun you with how great it looks. Everything about the Swift is perfect except for the fact that it's a TN variant. It's supposed to be very high end and look equal to e-IPS, but it still won't match IPS in beauty.

If you want a name brand then Asus makes a great IPS 1440p panel for the money. But you can also get those same exact great looking panels for less in a Korean monitor. There are a ton of brands and they're very popular. I use the Crossover 2755 AMG and it is the nicest and thinnest Korean monitor in my opinion. I think it's actually the thinnest thing on the market. Has a great glass coating technology that makes glare on the glass all but nonexistent. Very thin bezel and other features that make it nicer than Dell, Asus, Apple, etc. But it's still not a major brand with a major warranty, so that's the gamble you take for a monitor that has some nicer features and a really low price point.

The Korean monitors are very well regarded and they use the exact same panels found in the Asus/Dell/Apple/etc monitors. And again, certain things that are even better than the big brands, like the super thin frame, nice anti glare glass, thin bezel, etc. They look just as incredible and in some cases have less backlight bleed. No matter if you get the cheapest Korean model or the $1000 Apple, they will all have some degree of backlight bleed and are subject to dead pixels (which is really not a big deal), but my Crossover actually has ZERO dead pixels and almost NO backlight bleed.

It's very nice but I am making the new Asus Swift my primary monitor for the gaming performance.
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Yay ! You mean this beast ? http://rog.asus.com/296652014/news/rog-announces-the-pg278q-swift-27-inch-wqhd-g-sync-gaming-monitor/

That looks incredible !

That's the one but as I mentioned in my comment above, be aware it's a (high end) TN panel, not IPS. It may look good for TN, but it will be nowhere near the stunning, beautiful quality of IPS. If you don't care for the gaming aspects of a 120hz G-sync monitor, then you'll be vastly overpaying for the gaming specific qualities and still getting a very noticeably lower quality picture. I'm getting a Swift myself, so I'm not bashing it, but if you really don't care about gaming performance then don't overpay for something that has a lesser TN panel SPECIFICALLY because it NEEDED a TN panel to be 120hz. I'm sure you get my point by now.
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Well, you know .. personally I have no problem spending money on whats good
I do like 120Hz on my BenQ and I enjoy playing games on it but I want higher resolution as 1080p gets old smile.gif
I was prepared to buy PLS panel but now when I know in few months 1440p 120Hz is gonna be out I am not that sure
at the moment I play EVE Online and LoL which both are not that demanding on input lag/response time but I do also like games like BF4, DayZ, SP FPS games.. but yeah, I uninstalled BF4 as it was boring for me and have just DayZ as fps game now
I think I'd need to see it in real life how for example PB278Q works in FPS games or if there is someone who has it it would be great to post your experience, whether input lag/response time/ghosting is that noticeable while gaming...
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Well, you know .. personally I have no problem spending money on whats good
I do like 120Hz on my BenQ and I enjoy playing games on it but I want higher resolution as 1080p gets old smile.gif
I was prepared to buy PLS panel but now when I know in few months 1440p 120Hz is gonna be out I am not that sure
at the moment I play EVE Online and LoL which both are not that demanding on input lag/response time but I do also like games like BF4, DayZ, SP FPS games.. but yeah, I uninstalled BF4 as it was boring for me and have just DayZ as fps game now
I think I'd need to see it in real life how for example PB278Q works in FPS games or if there is someone who has it it would be great to post your experience, whether input lag/response time/ghosting is that noticeable while gaming...

No one actually has it yet, it's actually just been announced and will be available in March. As far as input lag/response time/ghosting/etc, it's going to be on par with the very best 144hz gaming monitors currently out, except the huge new feature of G-sync. It has a 1ms response time, 144hz refresh rate, and G-sync, so it's as fast, smooth, and tear-free as possible. It could easily be argued it's the best gaming monitor that's ever been built, since it's not as fast as it gets, but it's 1440p so it makes for even cleaner graphics, and it has G-sync so it makes full use of the smoothness of it's high refresh rate and will never have tearing or blurring. Pretty much the only thing left to solve is to implement something like this but with IPS/PLS/VA panels so it looks truly incredible and accurate. And of course resolutions will keep getting higher and refresh rates will keep getting higher, etc. But now we have something that is very fast, smooth, high res, and free of tearing/blur/etc. It's not just a ton of fast frames, it's a ton of fast and SMOOTH frames at higher res.

So there's no real worry about how it will perform in games. It's just that it's not going to have a picture quality that will stun you like you might think. 1440p is great on it's own, but IPS is what really makes it pop and makes a 1440p+ display really incredible. Seeing that high res in beautiful color is really half the equation. I'm worried I won't be able to stand the way the Asus Swift looks next to my 1440p IPS. Hopefully I can dial them both in to look similar enough so it's not completely night and day.
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