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So what do you guys say?
I'm about to buy a new monitor and can't decide if i should go for a 4K monitor or Ultrawide 21:9 "2560x1080 at least 120Hz"
Never seen a Ultrawide monitor before so i have no idea how they work with games, but if i buy a Ultrawide, the Acer Predator Z35 seems to be a good choice.

Games i play daily is Battlefield 4 and soon 1, World of Tanks/Warships and Fallout 4. But there is of course other new games that i quickly play through.

Or should i wait until Ultrawide comes with IPS? If so, how far away are them? smile.gif

Thanks and sorry for my lack of English.
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If you want to get an ultrawide I would spend a little more and grab an X34 rather than the Z35 personally. 1080 pixel density at 35" looks awfully blocky, especially for the price. I'm using an X34 and have nothing but good things to say about it. The wider field of view is very nice and works perfectly in 99% of games I've played with no problem at all. You do occasionally find a game that just doesn't support 21:9 so it will run in the center of the monitor with black bars on the sides but I haven't found many games that do that - Overwatch and MGS5 come to mind.

What CPU and GPU are you using and what monitor are you playing on now? 4K is still pretty difficult to drive at reasonable frame rates without pretty high end hardware.
 
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post #3 of 44
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Thanks for the fast reply smile.gif
Did not even know about the x34 and the price is almost equal the the z35 here in Sweden tongue.gif
Do you use your monitor for gaming only?

ATM i have a QNIX 27" 1440p @ 110Hz, Intel 3770k @ 4.5GHz, GTX 980ti SLI @ 1500/4000
But as soon the 7700K are out there will be some changes smile.gif
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Originally Posted by minlillaponny View Post

Thanks for the fast reply smile.gif
Did not even know about the x34 and the price is almost equal the the z35 here in Sweden tongue.gif
Do you use your monitor for gaming only?

ATM i have a QNIX 27" 1440p @ 110Hz, Intel 3770k @ 4.5GHz, GTX 980ti SLI @ 1500/4000
But as soon the 7700K are out there will be some changes smile.gif

Ahh especially since you already have a 1440 monitor I would stay clear of the 1080 ultrawide, it won't look very good by comparison. The higher refresh rate may be worth it for some people but the higher pixel density and 100Hz refresh of the X34 is a very good balance IMO. With SLI 980ti's you should be locked at 100 fps in pretty much every game that makes good use of SLI. I'm using a single 980ti at 1475/3950 (not a great overclocker even under water) and a 5820k at 4.5 GHz and with very minimal compromises to settings I'm between 70-100 fps consistently in modern games.

I do a good mix of different things with mine. A lot of it is gaming - Lots of WoW lately, Witcher 3, Killing Floor 2, Kerbal, and most AAA games that come around. I also do a fair bit of photo and video editing work and the screen real estate is perfect for keeping a long timeline all on one monitor and the colors are fairly accurate right out of the box. The screen does have a subtle curve that is actually nice for games but does mess with straight lines just a tiny bit so it might not be the best choice for a professional editor, but for my purposes it's not big deal at all. A lot of movies are 21:9 too so it's nice to watch them full screen without the black bars on top and bottom you would get with a 16:9 screen.
 
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I've used both aspect ratios quite a bit and I'd say I prefer 16:9. 21:9 pushes the HUD etc of most games out further from central vision making it harder to keep track of stuff. Personal preference of course.
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First question i would ask myself ifs what is the ideal screen size you want.
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post #7 of 44
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Originally Posted by CallsignVega View Post

I've used both aspect ratios quite a bit and I'd say I prefer 16:9. 21:9 pushes the HUD etc of most games out further from central vision making it harder to keep track of stuff. Personal preference of course.

Damn. I wich i had someone nearby with a 21:9 monitor that i could see and use in real time before i buy my own.

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First question i would ask myself ifs what is the ideal screen size you want.

Well in 16:9 i could never go back to 24". 27" is the sweetspot for me
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Ahh especially since you already have a 1440 monitor I would stay clear of the 1080 ultrawide, it won't look very good by comparison. The higher refresh rate may be worth it for some people but the higher pixel density and 100Hz refresh of the X34 is a very good balance IMO. With SLI 980ti's you should be locked at 100 fps in pretty much every game that makes good use of SLI. I'm using a single 980ti at 1475/3950 (not a great overclocker even under water) and a 5820k at 4.5 GHz and with very minimal compromises to settings I'm between 70-100 fps consistently in modern games.

I do a good mix of different things with mine. A lot of it is gaming - Lots of WoW lately, Witcher 3, Killing Floor 2, Kerbal, and most AAA games that come around. I also do a fair bit of photo and video editing work and the screen real estate is perfect for keeping a long timeline all on one monitor and the colors are fairly accurate right out of the box. The screen does have a subtle curve that is actually nice for games but does mess with straight lines just a tiny bit so it might not be the best choice for a professional editor, but for my purposes it's not big deal at all. A lot of movies are 21:9 too so it's nice to watch them full screen without the black bars on top and bottom you would get with a 16:9 screen.

Regarding the 100Hz, is it a number that everyone can reach or is it a OC that just some can get? I mean, why does the specs say 60Hz and 100Hz potential on OC?
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Originally Posted by minlillaponny View Post

Regarding the 100Hz, is it a number that everyone can reach or is it a OC that just some can get? I mean, why does the specs say 60Hz and 100Hz potential on OC?

I'm not really sure why they made the decision to make 100Hz an "overclock" instead of just setting it that way out of the box. Maybe Acer thought some units wouldn't be able to achieve the highest refresh rate setting so they shipped the lower clocking units too for a better product yield and more profit. As far as I've seen practically every unit sold will do100 with no problem at all. The very first batch that came out I believe a few people said theirs would only do 95 but looking at more recent reviews I haven't seen anyone not able to set it to 100.
 
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Again. Thanks mate smile.gif
I will do some reading and maybe buy it biggrin.gif
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