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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2018, 10:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Choosing a 1440p gaming monitor

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking into buying a new monitor, primarily for gaming. I’ve been running an old 1080p display for years, but I’ve been noticing more and more how bad the colours and brightness of the screen actually are. During my research I learned 2 things:

1. I’d probably get more enjoyment out of a 1440p IPS g-sync screen than a 144hz TN screen
2. There are A LOT of monitors to choose from, and trying to pick out the one that has the best price/quality is a weeks long adventure on its own

So, I’m looking for a 1440p IPS monitor, preferably 27″ or larger and with low amounts of lag. My budget is about €800, but I’m willing to go higher if it gets me a much better monitor.

Any advice?
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What refresh rate do you must have?
There is only 1 panel at 1440p IPS 144Hz since 2014/15 used in all monitors with those specs. A 2nd one may be sold now in Asia and Q1 in EU from Innolux in 1 monitor.
Gsync is a huge rip off with it's +100-200 EUR they want for it.

The only sensible one I saw is AUO 31.5" VA 1440p 144/165Hz but even then you have to pick and choose to get a neutral sharpness one as 32GK850G = Gsync variant from LG is blurry and with Gsync/DP etc. issues, plus it's a VA with all the typical VA drawbacks.
Higher price doesn't get you a better monitor really a sub 200 EUR monitor can actually look better than 600+ EUR one but has 60-75Hz refresh rate.
Right now the options with 144Hz+ are poor and you're better off waiting for the new Acer monitors, XV272U with Innolux panel and see what they improved or made worse.

There are big compromises you have to make right now if you want 144Hz IPS or VA 1440p/2160p, often at a high price but some cheap options do exist at various quality and unfortunately sometime limited availability only in some regions. PX329 is nice for it's price but you can't buy it outside US.

Personally I tried them all 1440p 144Hz 27-31.5", links in my signature and various threads for those monitors on OCN. Settled for a cheapo AOC Q3279VWFD8 with 75Hz that has better image quality and no issues compared to all the available 144Hz+ options on market. Sad but it's how it is, even in 2018 one still can't find a single good 144Hz monitor, huge lotteries and endless unresolved issues at high prices.

Maybe if you want an ultrawide there are some newer on market now. But most are probably 1k EUR, 2160p100Hz+ are even worse priced and still have issues.

If you can stand VA with it's limited viewing angles and smearing blacks then look at PX329, 32GK850F, 650F, etc. with the relatively decent AUO VA panel. 850G had it didn't like it, blurry, bugged firmware/board and mine also broken, even for 560 EUR it's too much when a 170 EUR monitor looks better.

I don't think they make any sub 100Hz Gsync monitors, no one except AUO really much cares to use Gsync with their panels and sticks with adaptive sync that isn't proprietary to Nvidia. Monitors with panels not from AUO and with Gsync are a rarity. AUO has a deal with Nvidia otherwise Gsync would be dead very dead.
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For the most part they all use the same panel. Get the cheapest that has the features (gsync/freesync) you want. Nixeus NEDG27S, Asus MG279Q, Acer XB271HU, Asus PG279Q... if you can find the monitor I have (Acer XF270HU) it's a good option too and reasonably priced (I love mine) but they seem to have disappeared from a lot of retailers.

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After using 144hz without G-Sync I'm really glad I never bought into it. As long as you don't use a frame counter it's very hard to tell when the FPS deviates from 144.
Either way an €800 IPS monitor will likely have the same AUO panel my $400 monitor has, I picked mine because I really didn't want to play the lottery. With this in mind I really wouldn't spend more than $400 on one simply because the more you spend the more disappointed you'll be if it has any glow issues.
I have a 27" Nixeus EDG but no matter who's you get, you'll likely be playing the same lottery.

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in CEO 2019 will we see new releases? for monitors?

the predator x35 will acer release in the next year?

The oled technology will we see it soon in gaming monitors?

what kind informations we have for the CEO 2019?

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You mean CES? Don't know, lately these shows have been rather stale for monitors releases.

X35 etc. ... aren't these old announced monitors that never arrived or arrived 1 year late? There is ultrawide LG now and that's the only newer with decent refresh rate I know.

OLED is still being excluded from monitors while everything else has gone OLED ages ago, small and large panels in OLED are not hard to find in products but monitor sized panels are limited to specialty uses at high price. They don't want to make their LCD investments obsolete with OLED and continue milking dead LCD. Plus burn in with OLED that is used a lot with static content which is what monitors do.

With the AUO M270DAN2.x on most if not all monitors that use it you will have to deal with varying degree of blurry image And other endless quirks and issues. EDG27 is hard to buy, US only. Some revisions of that panel are better some worse when it comes to BLB due to frame and mounting differences. Acer often uses the newest revision of that panel in their zero frame design variants. XF270HUA is often very cheap but I've tried 4 of them and didn't keep a single one, always some defects and issues that made it unusable.

If you want IPS wait for what the Innolux panel will bring (there are some poor news/reviews in Asia already of a monitor with it), LG IPS probably not happening in 2019. VA there is only the AUO 31.5" that's worth anything. In EU the selection is poor as you can't get Nixues nor Pixio and are stuck with XF270HUA or 32GK650F for cheapest options.

Spending a lot on a Gsync variant, sometimes even 2x as much as for adaptive sync that isn't Nvidia locked down, is crazy. Even 100 EUR premium for it is not worth it, not a single EUR for it is worth it.
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thanks for the info JackCY

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Does anyone know which VA panel the Acer Predator Z321QU uses? Thanks.

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Does anyone know which VA panel the Acer Predator Z321QU uses? Thanks.
Do you know how to Google search or even start your own thread?
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