Gaming Monitor Advice

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  • werewolf_poo 21 May 2020 23:43:54 393 posts
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    Hi guys,

    Been looking to get a decent gaming monitor for the last wee while now and I have been doing my research. Everytime I find one that I think is decent and ticks all the boxes someone comes along and says it "isnt IPS" or "response time is a fake reading" etc etc
    So I feel like im going round in circles.

    I was hoping I could get some help. At the moment it will be used for the Xbox one X. Which I have heard can now run 120hz and can now take advantage of 1440p. I aim in building a rig closer to the end of this year or start of next which will also use this monitor. SO a little future proofing for this rig and most likely the new Xbox as well.

    So from the research I have been doing apparently I need:

    144hz
    IPS panel
    1440p
    around 27" mark
    Low response time under 5ms<
    I like the look of curved but not sure of the benefits. Does it really change the feeling of immersion?

    In the dark with response times as apparently they aren't always a "true figure" and also not clued up on the old freesync/G-sync think.

    Really Like the look of the ultrawides but apperently this would just end up stretching my images as MS dont support it yet and would take me over budget.

    I was hoping to keep to a budget of around £300 if possible, any guidance will be appreciated
  • KD 22 May 2020 00:47:25 2,757 posts
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    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-best-gaming-monitor-7003

    I recently started getting 3 of these for a driving set up.

    LG 25inch ultrawide IPS is above the new monitor, I've had it for a couple years has been great (console not so much with only 16:9 making it worthless tbh) but the freesync I have now with my nvidia card makes the 27inch TN seem good enough for me, viewing angle I can easily compare and see a difference but its a pc so always in front of it anyway.

    Edited by KD at 01:01:27 22-05-2020
  • MadCaddy13 22 May 2020 08:51:47 3,116 posts
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    I looked into these same specs a couple of months ago with a similar budget in mind.

    I came to this conclusion:
    https://www.box.co.uk/AORUS-FI27Q-27-QHD-HDR-IPS-FreeSync-Pre_2766888.html

    Basically if you want a decent one which gives you the best visuals, you have to step up the price.
    I initially looked into this one (think it was £280 at the time):
    https://www.box.co.uk/AOC-CQ27G2UBK-27-QHD-FreeSync-144Hz-Ga_2869493.html

    I read up on the reviews and the overall consensus was that it was simply too dark.

    The one I went for, Linus himself uses (or used to use) so I thought, well you canít go wrong there and I absolutely love it - no regrets

    The good thing about box.co.uk is that it supports PayPal credit which I used. 0% interest for 4 months.
  • brokenkey 22 May 2020 10:37:01 10,517 posts
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    I've got one of these arriving today, its only been out a couple of weeks so not been reviewed widely yet, but for £399 its a bargain:

    iiyama G-Masters Red Eagle GB3461WQSU-B1 34" UWQHD IPS FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzCsReuCYF0

    34" Display
    IPS Panel
    UWQHD 3440x1440 Resolution
    AMD FreeSync
    1ms Response Time
    144Hz Refresh Rate
    HDMI/DisplayPort/USB Connectivity
    5W Built-in Speaker
    Height Adjustable
    Headphone Socket
    100x100mm VESA Mountable
    21:9 Aspect Ratio
    350 cd/m≤ Brightness
    80M:1 Contrast Ratio
  • THFourteen 22 May 2020 11:43:42 53,831 posts
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    That's a lot of spec requirements for 300 quid... not sure you'll find anything
  • Fake_Blood 22 May 2020 15:58:36 10,446 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    I've got one of these arriving today, its only been out a couple of weeks so not been reviewed widely yet, but for £399 its a bargain:

    iiyama G-Masters Red Eagle GB3461WQSU-B1 34" UWQHD IPS FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzCsReuCYF0

    34" Display
    IPS Panel
    UWQHD 3440x1440 Resolution
    AMD FreeSync
    1ms Response Time
    144Hz Refresh Rate
    HDMI/DisplayPort/USB Connectivity
    5W Built-in Speaker
    Height Adjustable
    Headphone Socket
    100x100mm VESA Mountable
    21:9 Aspect Ratio
    350 cd/m≤ Brightness
    80M:1 Contrast Ratio
    Yeah I have had an LG 34Ē 3440x1440 panel for years now and it was one of my best purchases ever, so enjoy the widescreen dude.
  • werewolf_poo 22 May 2020 16:15:30 393 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    I've got one of these arriving today, its only been out a couple of weeks so not been reviewed widely yet, but for £399 its a bargain:

    iiyama G-Masters Red Eagle GB3461WQSU-B1 34" UWQHD IPS FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzCsReuCYF0

    34" Display
    IPS Panel
    UWQHD 3440x1440 Resolution
    AMD FreeSync
    1ms Response Time
    144Hz Refresh Rate
    HDMI/DisplayPort/USB Connectivity
    5W Built-in Speaker
    Height Adjustable
    Headphone Socket
    100x100mm VESA Mountable
    21:9 Aspect Ratio
    350 cd/m≤ Brightness
    80M:1 Contrast Ratio
    Will this distort the image on a Xbox one X? Because that looks like a winner atm

    Edited by werewolf_poo at 16:19:14 22-05-2020
  • werewolf_poo 22 May 2020 16:18:51 393 posts
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    MadCaddy13 wrote:
    I looked into these same specs a couple of months ago with a similar budget in mind.

    I came to this conclusion:
    https://www.box.co.uk/AORUS-FI27Q-27-QHD-HDR-IPS-FreeSync-Pre_2766888.html

    Basically if you want a decent one which gives you the best visuals, you have to step up the price.
    I initially looked into this one (think it was £280 at the time):
    https://www.box.co.uk/AOC-CQ27G2UBK-27-QHD-FreeSync-144Hz-Ga_2869493.html

    I read up on the reviews and the overall consensus was that it was simply too dark.

    The one I went for, Linus himself uses (or used to use) so I thought, well you canít go wrong there and I absolutely love it - no regrets

    The good thing about box.co.uk is that it supports PayPal credit which I used. 0% interest for 4 months.
    Seems like broken keys one is a bargain for the spec/price versus that Aorus panel. I watch a some of Linus stuff.

    But Im thinking the One X wont like the UW monitor
  • Tricky 22 May 2020 16:32:26 4,992 posts
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    Correct, it won't. I've tried running consoles on an UW monitor but it's really not great.
  • Fake_Blood 22 May 2020 18:15:27 10,446 posts
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    Mine has a mode that puts black bars on the side and basically acts as a normal 2560x1440 monitor. Only console I tried on it was the switch though, and that looked fine.
  • voden 22 May 2020 18:34:36 781 posts
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    Monitors are so overpriced atm. I'm after the 27gl850 or 27gl83a but both are £100 over the rrp on the rare occasion they are even in stock.
  • THFourteen 22 May 2020 19:24:44 53,831 posts
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    Yeah because folks went mental buying them to work from home.
  • brokenkey 22 May 2020 21:19:30 10,517 posts
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    werewolf_poo wrote:
    brokenkey wrote:
    I've got one of these arriving today, its only been out a couple of weeks so not been reviewed widely yet, but for £399 its a bargain:

    iiyama G-Masters Red Eagle GB3461WQSU-B1 34" UWQHD IPS FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzCsReuCYF0

    34" Display
    IPS Panel
    UWQHD 3440x1440 Resolution
    AMD FreeSync
    1ms Response Time
    144Hz Refresh Rate
    HDMI/DisplayPort/USB Connectivity
    5W Built-in Speaker
    Height Adjustable
    Headphone Socket
    100x100mm VESA Mountable
    21:9 Aspect Ratio
    350 cd/m≤ Brightness
    80M:1 Contrast Ratio
    Will this distort the image on a Xbox one X? Because that looks like a winner atm
    You can setit to display in a narrower resolution.

    Edited by brokenkey at 21:21:15 22-05-2020
  • KnuttinAtoll 23 May 2020 09:30:16 8,146 posts
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    Thinking about future proofing myself with a 27" 1440p monitor but my hardware runs most games at only 1080p at best (some I have to dial down to 900p). It's a laptop and I'll eventually upgrade to a desktop, but does it make sense to get the monitor upfront - I'm concerned that on the bigger panel with higher native res things will look awfully fuzzy, or has tech improved somehow in this regard?

    Benefit of getting one now is my wife could keep my current one for work.
  • werewolf_poo 23 May 2020 12:54:50 393 posts
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    @brokenkey you have twisted my arm. As long as the xbox is able to play on it. I think for the spec and future proofing this is a great price. Thanks for the help. Might start to look at supplier today. Box seems to be the front runner on price just now. Not dispatching until the 28th tho.

    I seen on some of the comments that they are releasing this in a curved version later in the year! I won't be waiting for that but was wondering how people feel about curved screens? Is it worth it?

    Edited by werewolf_poo at 12:57:28 23-05-2020
  • Fake_Blood 23 May 2020 13:07:15 10,446 posts
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    On a 34Ē it makes sense because the corners will be at quite an angle if you sit close. But I donít think itís worth waiting for.
  • werewolf_poo 23 May 2020 13:07:44 393 posts
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    MadCaddy13 wrote:
    I initially looked into this one (think it was £280 at the time):
    https://www.box.co.uk/AOC-CQ27G2UBK-27-QHD-FreeSync-144Hz-Ga_2869493.html

    I read up on the reviews and the overall consensus was that it was simply too dark.
    Do you think this is down to the 250 cd/m≤ Brightness rating it had? Most of the other panels seem to be at least 350 that I have been looking at
  • werewolf_poo 23 May 2020 13:10:02 393 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    On a 34Ē it makes sense because the corners will be at quite an angle if you sit close. But I donít think itís worth waiting for.
    Makes sense I suppose.
  • brokenkey 23 May 2020 18:13:33 10,517 posts
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    werewolf_poo wrote:
    @brokenkey you have twisted my arm. As long as the xbox is able to play on it. I think for the spec and future proofing this is a great price. Thanks for the help. Might start to look at supplier today. Box seems to be the front runner on price just now. Not dispatching until the 28th tho.

    I seen on some of the comments that they are releasing this in a curved version later in the year! I won't be waiting for that but was wondering how people feel about curved screens? Is it worth it?
    I got mine from overclockers, £1 cheaper than Box (although maybe not after postage). Were out of stock when I ordered on tuesday, but arrived on Friday.
  • MadCaddy13 23 May 2020 18:20:37 3,116 posts
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    werewolf_poo wrote:
    MadCaddy13 wrote:
    I initially looked into this one (think it was £280 at the time):
    https://www.box.co.uk/AOC-CQ27G2UBK-27-QHD-FreeSync-144Hz-Ga_2869493.html

    I read up on the reviews and the overall consensus was that it was simply too dark.
    Do you think this is down to the 250 cd/m≤ Brightness rating it had? Most of the other panels seem to be at least 350 that I have been looking at
    Itís from this video that I took all the advice basically:

    https://youtu.be/SN0CvLhksbM
  • orangepants 31 May 2020 11:25:54 11 posts
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    Hello! Very longtime lurker and infrequent poster here...

    At work I use two 24" monitors to give me an extended desktop (we are still using Windows 7). Whilst working at home recently I have been using an 8 year old Dell UltraSharp 60hz 1080p monitor (which I had no justification to replace until it dies), but I am missing the additional space that the dual setup gives me. I have now been told by my employer to prepare myself to be working from home for the rest of the year.

    I have managed to find stock of the AOC 24G2U from Amazon in mainland Europe and it should be here next week. This seems to be the most highly rated 144hz 1080p monitor that will still fit alongside my existing screen on my desk.

    What I can't quite establish is whether I would be able to power both screens from my GPU and be able to use different refresh rates or will the 144hz screen be locked to 60hz? Both monitors will be connected using DisplayPort and my graphics card is an MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X.

    The other option that seems to be a possibility is forcing the onboard graphics to "on" in the BIOS and then powering the 60hz screen from that, but I'm not sure how that will behave with logging into the Windows 7 desktop for work.

    I should add that I have no interest in using both screens whilst gaming (as I presume both screens will be locked at 60hz) - relegating the 60hz screen to a secondary screen is only for productivity purposes.

    Would appreciate any insight anyone has - thank you!

    Edited by orangepants at 11:29:25 31-05-2020
  • brokenkey 31 May 2020 13:37:19 10,517 posts
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    That card should have no problems supporting two screens, don't know about different refresh rates though.

    Edit, read this:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/7h9bnu/psafor_people_with_dual_monitors_with_different/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

    Edited by brokenkey at 13:39:04 31-05-2020
  • sherpa1984 31 May 2020 13:43:28 847 posts
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    I think the latest Windows 10 update allows full screen apps (games) split across two monitors to run at separate refresh rates, so based on that I think youíd be fine to have one 144Hz monitor and one 60Hz monitor running their respective refresh rates for work/desktop.
  • Blackmarsh63 31 May 2020 13:46:30 3,342 posts
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    @orangepants Will works fine at different refreshes. Gaming does muddy the water slightly though.
  • Tomo 31 May 2020 13:56:18 17,817 posts
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    orangepants wrote:
    Hello! Very longtime lurker and infrequent poster here...

    First post in 8 years?! Not lying. Impressive.
  • BurnoutJunkie 31 May 2020 16:26:43 1,178 posts
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    After debating which monitor to get for about 3-4 years, I finally got a 27Ē Dell back in March. This one:

    Dell S2719DGF 27 Inch TN Anti-Glare LED-backlit LCD Gaming 2019 Monitor - (Black) (1 ms Response Time, QHD 2560 x 1440 at 155 Hz, HDMI, Tilt and swive https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07HRZ57ZZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_vlIVBt6CPnbPX

    Iíve mainly used it for work and itís been pretty good so far. Hope to game on it sometime soon but Iíve mainly just been playing on Switch Lite recently.
  • orangepants 31 May 2020 21:04:39 11 posts
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    sherpa1984 wrote:
    I think the latest Windows 10 update allows full screen apps (games) split across two monitors to run at separate refresh rates, so based on that I think youíd be fine to have one 144Hz monitor and one 60Hz monitor running their respective refresh rates for work/desktop.
    Thank you - everything I have read on the subject in terms of forum posts seems to be largely between 3 and 5 years old and I wasn't sure if things had been "fixed" more recently. There did seem to be a problem particularly with Nvidia cards as well, from what I could surmise.

    I understand that with the latest updates to Windows I should be fine as long as games are running in full screen mode as the jury still seems to be out on borderless window mode. Like I said, I couldn't see me using the two screens for gaming given the disparity in the refresh rates, I just didn't want to find that my shiny new 144Hz monitor was effectively "stuck" at 60Hz all the time.

    Thanks to everyone else that responded - I realised it was nearly a decade since my last post but I (correctly) assumed I would be more likely to get an informed, quick and helpful answer here!
  • werewolf_poo 2 Jun 2020 19:54:40 393 posts
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    Cant get the iiyama screen anywhere. Box and amazon have stock alerts in place but thats about it. :(

    I paid for it on amazon but all they did was take my money and say they will send me an email. 2 weeks went past so I jut got a refund. Anybody know any other decent suppliers
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