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So early December, I decided to pick up a BenQ XL2730z and while I'm actually pretty happy with the picture quality and features, I've just had very bad luck with panel lottery (I guess they use the same panel as the ROG swifts which also had issues). My first one had a dead pixel in the bottom left of the screen and while it's easy enough to forget about in games, it shouldn't be happening with a $500 monitor... so I got a replacement. That one ended up having 3 dead/stuck pixels. Got another replacement. That one had 4.

So now it's a month and a half later and I still actually have the first monitor with the one dead pixel. Decided it's probably not worth trying for another replacement and I'd be best served just getting another model all together.

That said, what do you guys think would be a good match for my current setup? I'm a fan of the 27" 1440p as it offers nice real estate and my system can keep CS GO at 200+ frames on that resolution. However, I do run into frame rate issues on more graphically intensive games at 1440p. Freesync does seem to help with that and keep it visually pleasing even with framerate dips to ~45-60.. though the technology does seem a bit iffy on some games. In those situations, I don't mind upscaling 1080p for the improved performance (I'm not 100% if that adds latency or is as optimal as it would be on a native 1080p - would appreciate info on that matter).

Thanks in advance guys! thumb.gif
Edited by killa_concept - 1/9/16 at 7:52pm
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Have you tried running it out of freesync mode? Response is a bit better but not everyone might notice the improvement. I use a MG279Q which has freesync but is IPS. Colors are nice in general compared to my VA panel monitor. Similar options from other brands are Acer XF270HU and Eizo FS2735 (very expensive). Freesync is limited to 35-90Hz or 40- 144Hz since the panel scalars were made before AMD put the freesync tech together but it still works out fine especially at 1440p.
When polaris high-end parts start to hit the market, later this year, we should start to see newer 1440p monitors with even higher refresh rates and wider freesync ranges.
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So early December, I decided to pick up a BenQ XL2730z and while I'm actually pretty happy with the picture quality and features, I've just had very bad luck with panel lottery (I guess they use the same panel as the ROG swifts which also had issues). My first one had a dead pixel in the bottom left of the screen and while it's easy enough to forget about in games, it shouldn't be happening with a $500 monitor... so I got a replacement. That one ended up having 3 dead/stuck pixels. Got another replacement. That one had 4.

So now it's a month and a half later and I still actually have the first monitor with the one dead pixel. Decided it's probably not worth trying for another replacement and I'd be best served just getting another model all together.

That said, what do you guys think would be a good match for my current setup? I'm a fan of the 27" 1440p as it offers nice real estate and my system can keep CS GO at 200+ frames on that resolution. However, I do run into frame rate issues on more graphically intensive games at 1440p. Freesync does seem to help with that and keep it visually pleasing even with framerate dips to ~45-60.. though the technology does seem a bit iffy on some games. In those situations, I don't mind upscaling 1080p for the improved performance (I'm not 100% if that adds latency or is as optimal as it would be on a native 1080p - would appreciate info on that matter).

Thanks in advance guys! thumb.gif

What did you use before? I would probably return it and wait for a HDR monitor.
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Crud sorry guys! -I posted this before taking a trip and forgot I even posted it. Bumping it back up - the replies are appreciated +.
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Have you tried running it out of freesync mode? Response is a bit better but not everyone might notice the improvement. I use a MG279Q which has freesync but is IPS. Colors are nice in general compared to my VA panel monitor. Similar options from other brands are Acer XF270HU and Eizo FS2735 (very expensive). Freesync is limited to 35-90Hz or 40- 144Hz since the panel scalars were made before AMD put the freesync tech together but it still works out fine especially at 1440p.
When polaris high-end parts start to hit the market, later this year, we should start to see newer 1440p monitors with even higher refresh rates and wider freesync ranges.

Yeah I actually have freesync off unless it's a game I'm playing more for fun/immersion than competition. In CS GO, I actually now run 1920x1080 upscaled with no freesync or blur reduction to minimize input lag and keep frames 300+. CS GO @ 1440p would occasionally dip close to 144 fps causing minor jitteriness, and that's the last thing I wanted in a critical aim duel.

As for waiting on those new monitors - I'd have to send this BenQ in for a refund and use a 60hz monitor for months while waiting. Not sure if I could handle that. Not to mention that they might be out of my price range once they hit. I could maybe see myself replacing it with a lesser model for cheaper (like the xl2720z) and putting the money saved towards a later upgrade... but that seems wasteful.
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What did you use before? I would probably return it and wait for a HDR monitor.

1ms 60hz Asus VX238H. Can't really go back to 60hz if i'm playing CS GO - the loss in smoothness is just too blatantly noticeable. When you say HDR, do you mean 4k? I don't intend to go 4k for awhile as gaming at that resolution isn't feasible yet... I'm just looking for the best gaming monitor in my price range at present.
Edited by killa_concept - 1/22/16 at 1:30pm
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Crud sorry guys! -I posted this before taking a trip and forgot I even posted it. Bumping it back up - the replies are appreciated +.
Yeah I actually have freesync off unless it's a game I'm playing more for fun/immersion than competition. In CS GO, I actually now run 1920x1080 upscaled with no freesync or blur reduction to minimize input lag and keep frames 300+. CS GO @ 1440p would occasionally dip close to 144 fps causing minor jitteriness, and that's the last thing I wanted in a critical aim duel.

As for waiting on those new monitors - I'd have to send this BenQ in for a refund and use a 60hz monitor for months while waiting. Not sure if I could handle that. Not to mention that they might be out of my price range once they hit. I could maybe see myself replacing it with a lesser model for cheaper (like the xl2720z) and putting the money saved towards a later upgrade... but that seems wasteful.
1ms 60hz Asus VX238H. Can't really go back to 60hz if i'm playing CS GO - the loss in smoothness is just too blatantly noticeable. When you say HDR, do you mean 4k? I don't intend to go 4k for awhile as gaming at that resolution isn't feasible yet... I'm just looking for the best gaming monitor in my price range at present.

My ideal monitors would be 4K 120Hz with HDR. Problem with that is HRD will only run 60Hz but in games you need 120Hz you can have it off. Not sure when this type of monitor will come out. 1440p we will probably see this year.
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My ideal monitors would be 4K 120Hz with HDR. Problem with that is HRD will only run 60Hz but in games you need 120Hz you can have it off. Not sure when this type of monitor will come out. 1440p we will probably see this year.

Yeah but I'm in need of something in the immediate future. Would you recommend stepping back down to a 144hz 1080p as a gaming monitor and just putting the money I saved towards a new monitor at the end of the year?
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Yeah but I'm in need of something in the immediate future. Would you recommend stepping back down to a 144hz 1080p as a gaming monitor and just putting the money I saved towards a new monitor at the end of the year?

Probably that a good idea. I woul have said 1440 144Hz IPS FreeSync but I dont think there Is any out right now.
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