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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DeckerdBR, 12 Sep 2020.

  1. DeckerdBR

    DeckerdBR Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,
    I'm after recommendations for a new pc monitor to pair with my current GPU, an MSI RTX 2070 Ventus GP.

    I currently use a Dell u2724m (I think), which is 1920*1200, and an IPS panel.

    I think I'm after a 1440p (2k?) Screen, with gsync/freesync perhapse, and 144hz.

    Main uses are for gaming and editing of my drones 2k video's and photo's.

    Budget is up to £600 but I'd prefer £300-350 if possible but I'm open to recommendations.

    To start off I was looking at:
    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-...2560x1440-srgb-5ms-350cd-m-hdmi-2xdisplayport

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-...65hz-1ms-freesync-1500r-30001-400cd-m-hdmi-dp

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-...0x1440-144hz-1ms-freesync-400cd-m-hdmi-dp-usb
     
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  2. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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  3. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Active Member

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    Have a look at the Dell 2721dgf if you are already in their camp. Currently down to around £320 from £400. Haven't seen a review yet though.
     
  4. DeckerdBR

    DeckerdBR Well-Known Member

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    Appreciate the recommendations.
    Since my post I have done some more research and confess I'm probably more confused!

    That Gigabyte G27Q also comes in a curved format, the G27QC. Seems to be very similar, but is a VA (instead of IPS) panel and 165hz instead of 144hz.
    Are the VA panels any good?

    Best I can tell is the VA panels have good colours and blacks/contrast but can suffer ghosting. Where as the IPS panels don't suffer the ghosting but perhaps not as strong on the colour/blacks front at this price range?
     
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  5. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    Yes, VA has better contrast but can suffer ghosting.

    Personally I'd stick with the IPS version of the Gigabyte one as I don't see any value in having a 27" 16:9 being curved, that only really becomes relevant with ultrawides.
     
  6. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    Why is it so hard to find the refresh rate range? None of the links tells me the lowest refresh rate when running adaptive sync.

    If it can only do 100-144, kindda makes whole adaptive sync pointless when GPU struggles to keep up.

    Sorry. Both Gigabyte and Dell looks very tempting, but struggling to find more info on those. Spec sheet simply says maximum frequency.
     
  7. Anfield

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    Can't find it either unfortunately, but going by other Gigabyte monitors VRR seem to uniformly start at 48hz.
     
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  8. DeckerdBR

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    Well, I took a punt on both the VA and IPS gigabyte screens as I could not decide and was curious if 165 Hz would be hugely better than 144 hz. Both panels are a massive upgrade from my older 1080p dell panel, vivid colours, gsync compatibility seems to work great and the HDR in titles like the new hitman games look great. 1440p and 27 inch seems like a lovely combo - I love how crisp and smooth it all seems. I didn't really see ghosting on the VA penal (although I did not test any FPS titles to be sure of that).

    But sadly I'm going to have to send both panels back due to really bad backlight bleed and shoddy top plastic, which is inconsistent and gappy along the top, this affects both of the panels. Very disappointed as otherwise they are great, and it's a great screen for the money.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or poor QC from gigabyte but I'm going to look at other manufacturers now.
    So I'm still on the hunt!
     

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  9. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    Thanks for posting, interesting to hear about the QC issue.

    Might worth looking at the Dell posted above?
     
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    I tried to upload a bunch of pictures but the forum says they are too large to upload. But I was able to observe the bleed in a bunch of benchmarks and scene transitions and in gameplay, not just in pitch black scene's. I think the term is clouding?
    From what I can tell, this seems to be a manufacturing fault?

    I will take a look at the dell panel, although I'm not a fan of the new styling, my existing dell panel has been very reliable for many years now!

    Be honest with me, am I just asking too much from a monitor at this price point?
     
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  11. Anfield

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    Dump the images on imgur and then post a link?

    Anyway, unfortunately there is always a lottery with backlight on monitors as it can vary quite a lot from one monitor to the next even if they come out of the same factory and is an industry wide problem.

    The plastic thing however...smells of pure QC issue Gigabyte needs to work on and really sucks that they got something that basic wrong.
     
  12. DeckerdBR

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    It's a real shame about the gigabyte panels, without the BLB, they'd be great bits of kit for the money and are currently occupying a very good price point for the features - but once bitten twice shy!

    So after some obsessive research I just could not find any other IPS panels to meet my needs and have boosted by budget another £50, ordering the Dell S2721DGF as posted above by Lankius Maximus.

    Every monitor review /comments/reddit discussions I have seen suggest either Backlight bleed or IPS glow is, as you have said Anfield, a bit of a lottery. 3rd time is the charm hopefully!
    New monitor is not going to be delivered until the 8th of October by the looks of things but I will do an update once it has arrived and I have tested it.

    Thanks for the help all.
     
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