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Before I do it, I need some reassurance.

Is it really the best monitor I can get at that resolution and at that price range? The reason I'm buying this monitor is simply for gaming.

Do I have any other options?
 

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the ultrasharp is mostly for 100% accurate color representation, which is supposed to be geared towards people who need it for photo editing and/or digital art. its not the "best for gaming," it really depends on your needs.

although that resolution will look fantastic. just make sure you have the GPU horsepower to run it. you will need about 50% more GPU power than someone running 1080p
 

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I had a u3011 which arguably has less input lag and I returned it and am ordering a ZR30w next week. The ZR27w is the 27" version, nearly identical to the U2711 except with only a few inputs and no scaler(Which means less processing delay.)

I noticed it right away, even when switching to my previous HP 2509m monitor. To be clear I ran them in clone mode 1080p. With and without the GPU scaling the image. Also I swapped the cables and outputs on my 580's. No difference. Some people notice it, some people don't. But I couldn't play games on it as it was too noticeable to me as I play some fast paced games like CS:S and BC2.

If there is a store near you that has them or a friend you know that has one, try it out. You may notice it or not, I can't give you that answer. If you game but don't play anything fast paced, it may not be an issue. Otherwise you might notice the 1-2 frame delay.
 

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two days ago, i sold my u2711 for the samsung s27a950d. The gaming experience is a night and day difference. even everything eles feel like an night and day difference. Before i was on my u2711, All my games felt abit of delay, but since i switched, everything is butter smooth. Sure the color on the dell is better, but to me as i dont do much photoshop stuff, the colors are very very good from the samsung. TAke this from someone who owned both, IF fo gaming, please dont get the u2711, and do get the sammsung. It;s a Night and DAY difference.. I dont miss my dell, maybe alittle, but not much.
 

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two days ago, i sold my u2711 for the samsung s27a950d. The gaming experience is a night and day difference. even everything eles feel like an night and day difference. Before i was on my u2711, All my games felt abit of delay, but since i switched, everything is butter smooth. Sure the color on the dell is better, but to me as i dont do much photoshop stuff, the colors are very very good from the samsung. TAke this from someone who owned both, IF fo gaming, please dont get the u2711, and do get the sammsung. It;s a Night and DAY difference.. I dont miss my dell, maybe alittle, but not much.

For FPS or racing games, this, mostly.

But if you really want that 1440p IPS screen, the HP 27" model is much better for gaming. The u2711 has quite a bit of input lag, which is bothersome for FPS games for a lot of people.
 

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Once more, I agree with De-Zant (no big surprise there
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The HP 27" ZR2740w for $730 is an amazing deal and a great screen.
 

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Fully agreed with the previous posters. If your primary use is gaming and not color critical work, then the Dell U2711 is not the best choice. You need to be aware that gaming at these resolutions requires substantial RAM on the graphics cards. There are reports that the 1.5GB default RAM on the Nvidia cards is insufficient in some cases, although I have yet to see a detailed analysis of memory usage of various games at 2560 resolution. I use a factory overclocked POV GTX 570 with 2.5 GB of RAM, so I can't comment on the 1.5GB issue from personal experience.
 

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Fully agreed with the previous posters. If your primary use is gaming and not color critical work, then the Dell U2711 is not the best choice. You need to be aware that gaming at these resolutions requires substantial RAM on the graphics cards. There are reports that the 1.5GB default RAM on the Nvidia cards is insufficient in some cases, although I have yet to see a detailed analysis of memory usage of various games at 2560 resolution. I use a factory overclocked POV GTX 570 with 2.5 GB of RAM, so I can't comment on the 1.5GB issue from personal experience.
Yes, thank you.

I did some research and I found out that 1.5 GB isn't enough for some games. Metro 2033, for example. Can't have DoF on at that resolution.
 

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At 1080p, I pulled 2400mb of vram usage in Metro 2033 maxed out very high, dx11, dof and tesselation with 4xMSAA.

However, that 2400mb may not all need to be used at once. It simply may not be releasing cache of the information. 1.5GB may do it at that resolution. The issue becomes if you have a lot of GPU power you may want to crank up options which use more VRAM, in which case you'd need more. At 2560x1440(especially at 27"), you won't need much AA. Maybe 4xMSAA for most stuff. The pixels are small enough to not bother me at least.

If you are a quality guy who loves High AA and texture pack mods, then go for 3GB it might come in handy in the future if you ever decide to move to more monitors. Otherwise you should be fine with 1.5GB in most cases because even though my system seems to read 2400mb used in some cases, not all of it is really active, it might be sitting in a system memory cache or something. I would like to be able to limit my VRAM to test.
 

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Before I do it, I need some reassurance.

Is it really the best monitor I can get at that resolution and at that price range? The reason I'm buying this monitor is simply for gaming.

Do I have any other options?
I think 1080p might be the best choice for you!

Check out Samsung S27A950D or S27A750D.

Btw! Is it you on your avatar? You look great. A little bit like Ashlynn Brooke.
 

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I think 1080p might be the best choice for you!

Check out Samsung S27A950D or S27A750D.

Btw! Is it you on your avatar? You look great. A little bit like Ashlynn Brooke.
Yeah, I can't afford a 3 GB GTX 580 right now :S. I'll just wait till next gen.

I'm actually using a ASUS VE247H right now. Would it even be worth it to upgrade to anything? Say, a 1080p IPS monitor?

And no, that's not me in the photo. LOL. I wish, though. Wait, no, I don't wish that.
 

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Yeah, I can't afford a 3 GB GTX 580 right now :S. I'll just wait till next gen.

I'm actually using a ASUS VE247H right now. Would it even be worth it to upgrade to anything? Say, a 1080p IPS monitor?

And no, that's not me in the photo. LOL. I wish, though. Wait, no, I don't wish that.
I'm not sure it's such a great idea to compliment girls on looking like pornstars anyways.

That said, I'm actually looking for a monitor too, for my new rig. This thread has been great ^^
 

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You should look at some 120hz monitors, my neighbor can't say enough good stuff about them...claims stuff like night/day difference haha
 

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120hz>1440p...

Samsung s27a950d>dell u2711...

The samsung may only be a TFT panel, but its samsungs top of the line panel and it offers near perfect colour reproduction anyway.

The samsung is an absolute win monitor, I nearly bought one but then I settled for a cheaper alternative...

Hold on there.

This only applies to FPS games and racing games.

For everything else, it's very very much preference. Heck, it's preference for everything, but not as much.
 

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120hz>1440p...

Samsung s27a950d>dell u2711...

The samsung may only be a TFT panel, but its samsungs top of the line panel and it offers near perfect colour reproduction anyway.

The samsung is an absolute win monitor, I nearly bought one but then I settled for a cheaper alternative...

If it had a cheaper no-glasses version, I'd buy three probably. Otherwise, I don't like the style of them, especially for my room. Still waiting on my credit for the U3011.
 
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