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Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Quietman » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:52 pm

So, I'm torn.

I'm after a new monitor after having been sat using my current pair of 24" Samsung P2450Hs for about the last 6 years and, good as they are, with my new GPU I feel I should be pushing the boat out a bit.

So I'm looking at either going ultra-wide and getting either an LG or AOC 34" 3440x1440 beast of a monitor, or sticking to a more regular aspect ratio and getting a 1440p 144hz G-sync doings.

Both will cost me about the same... unless I decide to try for best of both and get an Acer Predator X34 w/ G-sync for a grand...

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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Mantis » Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:10 pm

I've heard very good things about g-sync. Aside from a huge boost in screen size, it seems like the other most noticeable thing about any upgrade you could ever buy.

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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby eVoL » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:23 pm

I had myself an ultrawide for about a week and I wasnt that keen. Decent for anything first person but for anything else it seemed worse, RTS gtfo. Feels like another one of those gimmicks like curved etc.. to get people to think they need something new. Most people love them just saying, make sure its somewhere with a good returns policy just incase ;)
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Quietman » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:42 pm

Odd, I would've thought they'd be good for RTS! What was wrong with it?
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby eVoL » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:39 pm

Feels like you lose a lot of real estate because most are zoom locked for fair multiplayer so it can't offer you a wider view of the battlefield as that would be an advantage so you either lose the vertical or you set it to 16:9 and have black bars. It's something that could evolve going forward with newer games but when I gave it a spin it just annoyed me and wasn't worth the cost in comparison to a similar or bigger 16:9 panel of the same quality.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Raid » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:45 pm

I've not played a game where I thought ultrawide was detrimental to the experience, I personally think it's been an improvement, however minor, in everything that has supported it. Third person and games with distant cameras benefit tremendously from it. Any game with impressive vistas benefits from the additional panorama effect.

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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby eVoL » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:49 pm

But for the same price wouldn't a larger 16:9 give you that exact size vista plus extra vertical? :lol: It's probably just lost on me! Arch we'll be stuck in out VR 360 screens in a few years anyway ;)
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Raid » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:54 pm

But it's not about the number if pixels; framing is arguably more important than resolution once you're past a certain stage.

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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Quietman » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:04 pm

The only thing that really sways me towards the high refresh rate monitors is the talk of "smoothing" that everyone who uses one seems to mention. I for one definitely feel that in FPS games things feel slightly off or jerky sometimes even when I'm hitting high frame rates and I wonder if they could go some way towards removing that and making PC games a more enjoyable experience overall? On the other hand the ultra-wides are gorgeous and I'm starting to get into video editing with Premiere and the idea of a nice long timeline is tempting...
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Lee » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:46 pm

I'd suggest one of the South Korean models like the QX2710 (love mine) types for under £300 and you can overclock the refresh rates to above 60HZ easily if need be. I can get mines to 90HZ but to be honest I don't tell the difference so I don't see the point of 144HZ rated ones either. But you will find ones all the way up to 144hz and in various res or display sizes and different makes.

I've never bothered with Vsync or really been bothered with tearing at high framerates as I don't really notice it when gaming.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:19 am

Are you putting the 34inch monitor on your desk? That seems like a pretty big screen to have inches from your face.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Quietman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:22 am

Yes it will be, or rather it will be on an armature. It's a pretty wide desk so should be ok.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:25 am

I was thinking more about optimal viewing distances. Will be fine for something you play with a controller, but for something you use a mouse and keyboard with I would think it would be difficult to get the whole screen in view.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Quietman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:43 pm

Sorry, I meant it's a pretty deep desk.
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Re: Monitors - Gaming and big 'uns

Postby Jez » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:59 pm

That's a bloody big monitor that. Good man Phil buy eeeeeet :)

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