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I have Evga 980 SC AC 2.0 gpu with i7 4790k . I really like to play fps games like battlefield 4 . I want to buy a new monitor. For some reason I am insisting about getting 27" with 144 hz but I have some questions/problems related with "my options"

1-) For 27" I read that 2560x1440 is really good. I don't have much option ( I will list them on the bottom) with 144 Hz 2560 x 1440 27" monitor with 1ms latency. So would it be a big mistake if I switch to 27" 1920 x 1080 or 24" 1920 x 1080 ?

2-) Is G-Sync really needed? I think I can get enough FPS with my Evga 980 that I won't feel the tearing of image on the monitor.

3-) For gaming (I will also use for watching TV shows and movies maybe) 144 Hz will be much better than 60 hz right?

Here is my options:

27" 144 Hz , 1 ms latency, 2560x1440 res

Asus Rog swift - It has G-Sync , it costs 1200 bucks in my country but I read so many bad reviews about it that I am really scared to pay that much money for that bad quality monitor, like dead pixels happens a lot or monitor gets broken easily

BenQ XL2730Z - It has Freesync - which means it wont't be usable for me. But it offers 2560x 1440 res, 144 hz and it's 27 " with refresh rate 1 ms. Can't be sure if it worths wasting Freesyn/G-Sync after paying 900 bucks for it.



27" 144 Hz , 1 ms latency, 1920x 1080 res

BenQ XL2720Z - Only problem is resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 .


then there is bunch of 24" 1920 x 1080 with 60 Hz refresh rate but I think it's a big waste to get 60 hz monitor with that gpu.


So I am kind of stuck about what to choose.
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hi,

based on your needs and comments, i'd say get the BenQ XL2730Z. Why?

  • the specs are perfect for gaming
  • higher res (better image fidelity)
  • higher hz speed (smoother gameplay)


Freesync/Gsync is not necessary with the speed of a 144hz monitor. The high speed wont be any use for movie watching. The monitor uses a TN panel, so its build for speed (gaming), not color reproduction.
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hi,

based on your needs and comments, i'd say get the BenQ XL2730Z. Why?

  • the specs are perfect for gaming
  • higher res (better image fidelity)
  • higher hz speed (smoother gameplay)


Freesync/Gsync is not necessary with the speed of a 144hz monitor. The high speed wont be any use for movie watching. The monitor uses a TN panel, so its build for speed (gaming), not color reproduction.

Actually, 144Hz is better than 60Hz for TVs/movies because it's a multiple of 24.

Motion interpolation also looks better at higher refresh rates, assuming you have a CPU that can handle the extra load.
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Actually, 144Hz is better than 60Hz for TVs/movies because it's a multiple of 24.

Motion interpolation also looks better at higher refresh rates, assuming you have a CPU that can handle the extra load.

Interesting, if motion interpolation adds extra frames between the recorded frames of the film, why doesnt it get recorded in fraps? Like fraps is on all the time for me including movie viewing. It reads a costant 24 fps. If motion interpolation is working, shouldnt it be reading 60 frames? I'm not sure how the tech works.
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Actually, 144Hz is better than 60Hz for TVs/movies because it's a multiple of 24.

Motion interpolation also looks better at higher refresh rates, assuming you have a CPU that can handle the extra load.

Interesting, if motion interpolation adds extra frames between the recorded frames of the film, why doesnt it get recorded in fraps? Like fraps is on all the time for me including movie viewing. It reads a costant 24 fps. If motion interpolation is working, shouldnt it be reading 60 frames? I'm not sure how the tech works.

It only works with certain video players, and only if you turn it on.

Wikipedia has a nice list:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_interpolation

I personally use SVP, but bluesky and mpv are good options.
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I found a 4K UHD monitor for similar price range Acer XB280HK . It has g-sync support, it offers 60 Hz @ 4K resolution but my question is:

If I pull down the resolution to 2K would it offer 144 Hz resolution rate? I am already planning to get 2K resolution monitor, so if it can offer 144 Hz for 2K , I could use 60 Hz for movies etc. I read on a thread that it offers higher refresh rate for lower resolution but just want to be sure if it's correct or not.
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I found a 4K UHD monitor for similar price range Acer XB280HK . It has g-sync support, it offers 60 Hz @ 4K resolution but my question is:

If I pull down the resolution to 2K would it offer 144 Hz resolution rate? I am already planning to get 2K resolution monitor, so if it can offer 144 Hz for 2K , I could use 60 Hz for movies etc. I read on a thread that it offers higher refresh rate for lower resolution but just want to be sure if it's correct or not.


You want to stick to the native resolution. This would be a better option.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7198/acer-xb270hu-27-inch-144hz-ips-sync-gaming-monitor-review/index.html
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That model is not sold at my country. So between Benq and Acer XB280HK models (for now) sticking to native resolution one would be better you say?
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That model is not sold at my country. So between Benq and Acer XB280HK models (for now) sticking to native resolution one would be better you say?

Get the Benq.

What Happens When You Use a Non-Native Resolution

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Now, imagine that your computer’s video card sends an 800×600 image to a 1366×768 LCD — you’ll see that the 800×600 image doesn’t evenly correspond to the number of pixels in the LCD. To produce an image smaller than its native resolution, the display would still be using 1366×768 pixels – so the display must interpolate (scale) the image to be larger and fill the screen. In the example here, the aspect ratios (4:3 for 800×600 and 16:9 for 1366×768) are different – so not only will the image be enlarged, the image will be distorted.

This is similar to enlarging an image in an image-editing program – you’ll lose clarity and, if the image is a different aspect ratio, it will appear distorted. For example, here I’ve taken a screenshot of How-To Geek at 800×600 and enlarged it to 1366×768 (I then shrunk it, maintaining the aspect ratio, so it would fit this article.) As you can see, the image is blurry from being enlarged and distorted from being widened. This is what your LCD does when you use a non-native resolution.
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And last question, I have a friend that is using Asus Rog Swift PG278Q , he says that he never heard any problem and it's cool display etc. If we compare Asus Rog Swift PG278Q with
BenQ XL2730Z which one would be best to choose?

I know that Asus Rog has better specs (like 3d support and G-sync) but I am still worried about "the bad reviews" after hanging around at newegg and amazon product page. Is it still a good candidate or is it definitely "stay away from" model?
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