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I mean't 120hz on the lower resolutions. I am going to install Windows 8 tonight. Thanks
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I seemed to have fixed it. I unplugged the monitor for a couple hours and then plugged it back in and it works like a charm. It probably reset the EDID. 144hz works like a charm now.
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I seemed to have fixed it. I unplugged the monitor for a couple hours and then plugged it back in and it works like a charm. It probably reset the EDID. 144hz works like a charm now.

Well that's.... fascinating. Never knew a monitor could "restart" in such a fashion.
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post #34 of 829
Yea it can.

Unplugging a monitor for 15 minutes and replugging it in can allow it to hardware reset itself to a re-flashable state after a bad firmware flash. This was a trick we used on the XL2411Z / XL2420Z / XL2720Z to recover from bad firmware flashes using Linux and flashrom (to update firmware without having to send it in to Benq). If the flash failed, the monitor might be in a completely unusuable state. Unplugging it and then replugging it (WITHOUT powering it on, just giving it an AC connection) would allow a reflash through the i2c bus of the original backup firmware, to restore the monitor, then hopefully we could flash it to the new firmware without bricking it from making a mistake this time smile.gif

One guy bricked his XL2411Z completely by flashing a 0-byted (well, FF byted) dummy 2 MB file into the entire firmware on accident (without merging the raw 832k V4 firmware file first). Monitor died and was completely unresponsive. He unplugged it, waited, plugged it back and and then was able to re-flash the backup V2 firmware successfully and it came back to life. Then he flashed the V4 firmware without messing up the merge commands smile.gif
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post #35 of 829
Question for you guys. I bought this monitor at ~$380 which seems like a great price and I'll get it in a couple weeks. I've got a single R9 290 though so would I be able to take advantage of the specs of this monitor for casual gaming? Would a Korean IPS panel for $100 less make more sense?
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No; Korean IPS monitor isn't really a gaming monitor. Would not make sense if you' are interested in gaming, IMO.

The XL2730Z is nice but only if you want the freesync capability. The image quality is good, as good as the Asus ROG Swift (both are significantly better than the XL2720Z 1080p panel) but its advertised blur reduction is buggy (only works at 120 and 144hz). If you want blur reduction and NOT freesync, the XL2720Z may be a better choice (if you hated the move from CRT's to LCD monitors, then you would be VERY happy with the XL2720Z).
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post #37 of 829
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Question for you guys. I bought this monitor at ~$380 which seems like a great price and I'll get it in a couple weeks. I've got a single R9 290 though so would I be able to take advantage of the specs of this monitor for casual gaming? Would a Korean IPS panel for $100 less make more sense?

@ $380 USD ??? hell yeah it's a great price thumb.gif, was it used ? or may I ask where you found that price ??? A Friend of mine may want to get one of these too, after he saw mone tongue.gif.

Anyways, and with the savings a crossfire R9 290 system would FULLY take advantage of the monitor, but even your single 290 should produce better results than what you'd get from most any other monitor at $380 ??? I mean you might not be using Freesync AND 2560 x 1440 AND 144 Hz all off just a single 290, but ... IMO it's better than most other options @ $380 and leaves you room to upgrade your GPU in future ?
   
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It was a deal in Canada that's no longer available. $500 cad all in so about $380 USD.
Thanks for the advice. I'm gonna hang on to it tongue.gif
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It was a deal in Canada that's no longer available. $500 cad all in so about $380 USD.
Thanks for the advice. I'm gonna hang on to it tongue.gif

Wow. Nice! That's a great price. A large benefit to FreeSync is that it makes gameplay smoother with inconsistent/low FPS. You will get a lot of benefit with FreeSync on a 290.
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post #40 of 829
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Question for you guys. I bought this monitor at ~$380 which seems like a great price and I'll get it in a couple weeks. I've got a single R9 290 though so would I be able to take advantage of the specs of this monitor for casual gaming? Would a Korean IPS panel for $100 less make more sense?

Not really... I wouldn't buy a Korean IPS monitor at all though so.. take from that what you will lol..
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