Hey there, I'm finally upgrading my gaming PC after 5 years. I still have a decade-old 900p monitor, so I figured it would be a good time to upgrade that, too.
Since I want something that's relatively future-proof, I'm looking for for a 1440p 144Hz one. Problem being, since I have a Nvidia GPU, it's not compatible with Freesync, and G-sync monitors are basically double the price... Does Freesync/G-Sync really make such a difference that it's worth shelling extra for?
This is the monitor I have paired with my 1080 TI. It goes on sale relatively often on other sites, and is available in 27" if that is more comfortable.
I paid roughly $350 when it wasn't on sale, and I'd say its worth it. Some people have gotten ones with bad screens and banding issues, but I haven't experienced any of that.
The only real part that may not be worth it is the G-Sync, but I haven't noticed any screen tearing so I suppose it is doing its job. Only real con is the price, but that is up to you.
G-Sync is apparently fantastic if you can afford it
Yeah I bought the 27" version of this monitor and it's been great.
G-Sync is also kinda neat I guess, but I'm not sure if it's worth the extra cost.
I have this one but I bought it when it wasn't a completely ridiculous price
It was like $400-$500 when I bought purchased it.
G-sync is nice but honestly not really a deal breaker and IIRC there's a way to make freesync work with nvidia gpus.
i recently got a 144hz monitor i never notice tearing even though my 1080 cant do 144fps in most games and i never use vsync i wouldnt pay extra for gsync/freesync
i got the samsung chg70 its pretty cheap for what you get, it has a pretty decent 1800R VA panel and HDR, HDR on the pc is a bit hit and miss and its not FALD like a high end tv but in some games like destiny 2 and BF:V its pretty good
1440p 144Hz is the absolute best combo you can get tbh, you're going to trip the fuck out at the improvement
Agree on the Dell. Have one myself. Colors aren't the best but can be mostly fixed.
The way to make NVIDIA cards work with FreeSync is to have an AMD card as your primary card and then set the game to use the NVIDIA card, kinda a pain. I personally love my G-sync monitor (Asus PG279Q). The elimination of screen tearing is something you don't appreciate until you have it.
What's the price range you're looking for? I see these two monitors recommended often, I have the acer myself.
They use the same panel so they are pretty much the same, the only difference is the design and the OSD. No clue why the acer is so much more expensive on amazon, usually they are around the same price.
I'd definitely recommend g-sync, once I had my first g-sync monitor there was really no going back. It looks much much smoother in games with variable frame rate.
same, I have the S2716DG and it's p good
Ive got a S2716DG, its fantastic but one issue.
Ive got fucking backlight burn in marks along the top and bottom of the screen.
Specifically where at the top of my allways grey taskbar and at the top of the screen where chromes search box lives.
Other than that top notch.
I bought a MSI MAG27CQ and I'm pretty happy with it even with a dead pixel. It was $299.99 at Best Buy for like a week and the Samsung version of it, the Samsung C27HG70 was sometimes offered at around $288 I think. It doesn't have G-Sync and is a VA panel but it comes in with a much more friendly price point usually.
If you were in the US and happened to live in a state where there's a Microcenter, you can usually get a good a good deal on one through them for anyone else looking.
They were sold for as low as $219.99 on Black Friday so most retailers have sold out of most of their stock and raised the price back up, I might suggest watching for good deals and waiting a little while as stock returns and things go back on """sale""".
what backlight setting are you usually running?
Ive had it at 50% since purchase. I changed it recently while colour matching to a new secondary monitor.
oh, that makes me less worried - i've always run it on 0 brightness, so hopefully it won't be an issue for me
You can get rid of that type of backlight burn pretty easily as well, either power off the panel and not use it for 24 hours or run one of those dead pixel testers for a few hours.
I had the same issue with my 144hz iiyama panel a year or so ago where I burned in the player controls from youtube and its search bar as its all I had up on that display while doing uni work on my 2nd display.
LCD and LED panels tend to be pretty ok with backlight burns as it just takes a cooldown or a rather vigorous colour loop to reset them, unlike plasma, you're fucked with plasma displays.
ASUS ROG PG279Q is better than the Dell. No backlight bleed or dead pixels on both of mine.
I just got a AOC AG241QG and i've been blown away with it! (That said, i came from a ghetto TV-As-Mmonitor so.)
Thanks for all your input! I ordered a S2417DG because I don't think I need 3 extra inches, and it's the only one with G-Sync I can find under 500€ (which is my threshold).
Should arrive by January, I'll keep you guys up to date!
I thought the same thing at first but boy does the 3 extra inches make a difference. If you are unhappy with it for whatever reason I highly recommend going for a bigger one.
yo wheres my diamond
Alright, I just received it!
What is your recommended color calibration?
So far what I've found is:
Nvidia control panel:
Digital Vibrance: 70%
Also, anything I can do to limit color banding?
I'm not sure about the colors, but make sure in monitor settings > Display > Overclock > then set it to your desired refresh rate, and in Nvdia control panel there is a frame limiter. You need a grab something called "NVIDIA Inspector", and under 2 - Sync and Refresh change the fps to your refresh rate. Make sure vsync is off in all games.
Try going to display settings, double clicking on the monitor, then in the “monitor” tab, make sure refresh rate is set to 144hz(or 165 if overclocked)
i think its better to use RTSS
If you go to Display Settings in Windows, the "Advanced Display Settings" and "Display Adapter properties"", there will be a drop down on the monitor tab where you can set the global refresh rate from there, it defaulted to 60hz on my monitor and I had to change it to 165hz manually.
On my surface book so 60hz is the max here but on my desktop I have it set to 165.
That did the trick, thanks!
I've also been looking for a 1440p 144hz monitor that also supports Freesync 2 (and HDR by extention). Is that combo around yet?
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