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Is it worth doing the LightBoost hack?

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I'm curious about it. What are the advantages/disadvantages of doing this? Will this hurt the monitor like overcloking your cpu/gpu?
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I'm curious about it. What are the advantages/disadvantages of doing this? Will this hurt the monitor like overcloking your cpu/gpu?

Advantages:
Reduced motion blur and increased clarity during motion.

Disadvantages:
If fps does not match refresh rate, the effects of lightboost can be hard to notice.
Increases the amount of visible tearing.
fps lower than refresh rate may cause frequent stuttering.
Image is dimmer and colour is slightly washed out.
Not guaranteed to work.

There is no study which proves that light boost harms monitors. Light boost is activated when 3D is enabled, so I doubt it would cause damage in 2D mode.
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Advantages:
Reduced motion blur and increased clarity during motion.

Disadvantages:
If fps does not match refresh rate, the effects of lightboost can be hard to notice.
Increases the amount of visible tearing.
fps lower than refresh rate may cause frequent stuttering.
Image is dimmer and colour is slightly washed out.
Not guaranteed to work.

There is no study which proves that light boost harms monitors. Light boost is activated when 3D is enabled, so I doubt it would cause damage in 2D mode.

Thanks. I just tried it and didn't really see any difference at all. Going back to my previous settings.
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Thanks. I just tried it and didn't really see any difference at all. Going back to my previous settings.
One of the best ways to witness the difference that LightBoost makes is to turn ON/OFF LightBoost (via ToastyX Strobelight) while watching www.testufo.com/photo

It mainly benefits eye-tracking situations such as during fast panning/strafing/turning. LightBoost benefits are not really useful at anything less than triple-digit frame rates. So LightBoost is not worth it if you run at less than 100fps, or if you aren't wanting clarity during fast panning/strafing/turning.

In a nutshell, you MUST do all three simultaneously:
- Test 120fps @ 120Hz, or frame rates near refresh rates.
- Test fast full screen motion (panning/strafing/turning) similar to www.testufo.com/photo in a stutter free browser
- Make sure you have no mouse microstutters (use a good gaming mouse)

Otherwise, LightBoost can look worse than better. Lower frame rates such as 80fps doesn't look good with LightBoost since LightBoost is like a fixed-frequency CRT operating at 120Hz, and 80fp@120Hz doesn't look that good either on the CRT. Also, there are newer strobe technologies that look better than LightBoost, including ULMB, Turbo240 and BENQ Blur Reduction (Version 2).

So when briefly testing LightBoost, temporarily exit your recent game such as Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4, and temporarily load up an older game such as Counter Strike:GO or Quake Live, and you'll notice more LightBoost benefit, depending on how you play. Some people turn on LightBoost only for specific games, such as only for their older games.
Edited by mdrejhon - 3/23/14 at 8:23am
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Originally Posted by mdrejhon View Post

One of the best ways to witness the difference that LightBoost makes is to turn ON/OFF LightBoost (via ToastyX Strobelight) while watching www.testufo.com/photo

It mainly benefits eye-tracking situations such as during fast panning/strafing/turning. LightBoost benefits are not really useful at anything less than triple-digit frame rates. So LightBoost is not worth it if you run at less than 100fps, or if you aren't wanting clarity during fast panning/strafing/turning.

In a nutshell, you MUST do all three simultaneously:
- Test 120fps @ 120Hz, or frame rates near refresh rates.
- Test fast full screen motion (panning/strafing/turning) similar to www.testufo.com/photo in a stutter free browser
- Make sure you have no mouse microstutters (use a good gaming mouse)

Otherwise, LightBoost can look worse than better. Lower frame rates such as 80fps doesn't look good with LightBoost since LightBoost is like a fixed-frequency CRT operating at 120Hz, and 80fp@120Hz doesn't look that good either on the CRT. Also, there are newer strobe technologies that look better than LightBoost, including ULMB, Turbo240 and BENQ Blur Reduction (Version 2).

So when briefly testing LightBoost, temporarily exit your recent game such as Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4, and temporarily load up an older game such as Counter Strike:GO or Quake Live, and you'll notice more LightBoost benefit, depending on how you play. Some people turn on LightBoost only for specific games, such as only for their older games.

Hey thanks for the additional info. But yeah i tested it in bf4 and set my settings to medium to get 120fps all the time and didn't really notice any difference. Also it made my screen darker even at 100% strobed and could not change the brightness control (had my brightness settings too low already). Tuning the brightness level in nvidia control panel didn't help too as it only makes my screen more whiter.
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