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Best 144-165hz 1440p Monitors
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:13:20 pm »
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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors

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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.

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Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

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I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.
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Banding
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2018, 07:16:41 pm »
Banding

AUO TN panels tend to suffer from very obvious and frankly horrific banding when viewing this Dawn Engine image and this 60fps Westworld trailer.  Here's the Dell S2417DG/S2716DG banding example from a reddit user, and here's the Westworld banding example (top screen).  The S2719DGF is free from obvious banding when viewing both the Dawn Engine image and Westworld trailer both before and after calibration, but I did see minor banding and compression artifacts not present on my AHVA, IPS and PLS panels when viewing some dark content on YouTube.  The S2719DGF suffers from far less banding than most TN panels, and I did not notice any in the games or movies (blu-ray) I tried, but it's still obvious when viewing some dark downloaded and streamed content.

Reddit Posts with banding:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/9jjcio/24_1080p_144hz_gaming_monitor_without_colorbanding/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/95t20w/dell_s2417dg_s2716dg_owners_is_color_banding/
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Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2018, 07:17:04 pm »
Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings

Warning: The non-Dell 27" 1440p TN panels use very grainy matte coatings which reduces sharpness and clarity, and make content with white and light colours look obviously sparkly/grainy. They, along with the 24" models suffer from pixel inversion artifacts and suffer from poor quality control (especially the PG278Q).

Warning: The 27" 1440p AHVA panels used by the 1440p AHVA G-Sync monitors tend to suffer from poor quality control including back-light bleed and brown or yellow stains, and may come with dust or dirt stuck under the matte coating which is non-remove-able.

Warning: 144-240hz TN panels tend to suffer from pixel inversion artifacts which are shimmering mesh patterns which appears during motion on certain colors.

Warning: The color accuracy and contrast of the 240hz TN panels can vary significantly between the same monitors, and they are limited to 89-93% sRGB color space coverage which prevents them from being as accurate and vibrant as the best 144hz TN panels.
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1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2018, 07:17:38 pm »
1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

These numbers are bogus along with dynamic contrast, 160 degree+ viewing angles, and sometimes even the maximum brightness listed in the display specifications.

TN panels have slightly faster measured pixel response times, but there's barely a perceivable difference, and many of the "1ms" TN panels suffer from obvious overshoot ghosting which can't be reduced (Dell S2716DG), or are not faster than the 4ms AHVA (listed as IPS) panels once their overdrive settings are lowered/reduced to minimize overshoot ghosting.

"1ms" 144hz TN vs "4ms" 144hz AHVA Pursuit Camera Testes & Oscilloscope Measurements by TFT Central

"1ms" Asus MG248Q @60hz vs "4-8ms" AHVA/IPS/PLS @60hz

I can cite many other sources to prove that "1ms" TN panels are not significantly faster than "4ms" AHVA panels, but there's no point. Usually the only time "1-8" ms times should be believed is in the case of "5ms" TN panels since they tend to actually be significantly slower than "1-2ms" TN panels.
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AHVA vs TN vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 07:18:18 pm »
AHVA vs TN vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

Comparison In Progress. The photo comparisons linked to below can not be viewed with TN panels.

TN panels also suffer from vertical gamma shift which makes colors uneven form top to bottom (colors are only normal in the center) which reduces color vibrancy and makes colors too dark at the top and washed out in the bottom half. TN panels also have very restrictive viewing angles, including very vertically restrictive viewing angles which prevents one from being able to lean back or raise them up significantly when viewing them.

8 bit S2716DG vs 6 bit +FRC XL2420G vs 8 bit 1440p PLS (same as AHVA/IPS)

Budget IPS (Acer G257HU) vs XB271HU vs S2716DG vs PG279Q

S2716DG vs PG279Q vs Spectre 32 vs XB271HU

AHVA/IPS/PLS suffer from white glow when viewed off angle while viewing dark content.
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Best 144hz 1440p Monitors with Free-Sync
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 07:18:43 pm »
Best 144hz 1440p Monitors with Free-Sync

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

1.) Acer Nitro VG270UP (40-144hz AMD Free-Sync & 120hz back-light strobing = Visual Boost Response); from 2018 (AUO AHVA panel, not the untested Innolux IPS variant)
1.) Eizo FS2735 (48-144hz AMD Free-Sync & back-light strobing) AHVA; from 2015
2.) Acer XF270HUA (30-144hz AMD Free-Sync) AHVA
3.) Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD (48-144hz AMD Free-Sync) AHVA
3.) Asus MG279Q (30-90hz AMD Free-Sync) AHVA
4.) Crossover 27 Fast 144 (30-90hz AMD-Free-Sync) AHVA
5.) Samsung C27HG70 (48-144hz AMD Free-Sync) VA
6.) Monoprice 33822 QHD (48-144hz AMD Free-Sync) VA
7.) Asus MG278Q (30-144hz AMD Free-Sync) TN
7.) AOC AG273QCG (30-144hz AMD Free-Sync) TN
8.) BenQ XL2730Z (30-144hz AMD Free-Sync and Blur Reduction) TN
9.) AOC AG271X Agon (30-165hz AMD Free-Sync) TN

There are many non-big brand 144hz 1440p AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync which have not been properly tested such as the Mbest, Nixeus Edge, Pixio PX277, and probably a few others from South Korea. 

The Acer Nitro VG270UP (AUO AHVA panel, not the untested Innolux IPS variant) and Eizo Foris FS2735 is the best 144hz 1440p AHVA panel since they are very accurate as well as supports back-light strobing; the Acer is significantly cheaper and newer, but lacks a height adjustable stand and USB ports.  The Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD (Innolux IPS) has slightly slower pixel response times and significantly more overshoot ghosting than the AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS), but has a wider Free-Sync range than the MG279Q, as well as is more accurate, and has a semi-wide gamut panel with decent HDR color (not brightness) support for the price.

There are many non-big brand 144hz 1440p AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync which have not been properly tested such as the Mbest, Nixeus Edge, Pixio PX277, and probably a few others from South Korea. 

The Samsung C27HG70 uses a VA panel with both back-light strobing, Free-sync and decent HDR support for the price.  It has much better image quality than the TN panels, but slightly less sharp text caused by the curved VA panels pixel structure, and slower pixel response times which causes more ghosting, or smearing of black, browns and greys, especially medium and dark variants of these colors and shades.

The Samsung C27HG70 is more accurate than the Monoprice 33822 QHD, and the Samsung has a semi-wide gamut panel with good HDR color space coverage (95% DCIP3), back-light strobing, a properly functioning and accurate sRGB mode to prevent over-saturation of non-HDR content, and has a perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel versus the Monoprice's fake bezel/frame-less casing's inner black bezel.
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Best 144-165hz 1440p Monitors with G-Sync
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 07:19:25 pm »
Best 144-165hz 1440p Monitors with G-Sync

1.) Viewsonic XG2703-GS (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
2.) AOC AG271QG (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
3.) Asus PG279QZ (60-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA
3.5) Asus PG279Q (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
4.) Acer XB271HU (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
5.) Acer XB270HU (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
6.) HP 27 Omen (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
7.) Dell S2417DG (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
8.) Dell S2716DG (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
9.) Asus PG278Q (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN

*Support 165hz overclock

There are five 144-165hz 2560x1440 matte AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) with Nvidia G-Sync, of which the AOC AG271QG is currently the best since the Viewsonic XG2703-GS was discontinued.  The other two options are the Acer XB271HU (least accurate), and Asus PG279Q (overpriced and worst build quality) and PG279QZ, but none have gamma settings to combat potentially low preset gamma, the Acer suffers from a bit of overshoot ghosting at 60hz (important for console gaming), and the Asus can not scale 1080p very well.  All of these monitors suffer from an obvious preset green/yellow tint, as well as tend to under-saturate blue.  The Acer is the least accurate of the bunch, and AOC tends to purposefully preset their monitors gamma too low, but at least AOC has multiple useful gamma settings to achieve more linear 2.2 gamma while the Acer and Asus's gamma can only be lowered resulting in more washed out colors.

The S2417DG does not suffer from very obvious overshoot ghosting like the 27" (especially when looking at black on white/scrolling text), and has better preset color accuracy and less banding, plus it only comes with a light matte coating while the S2716DG can if a A00-A03 revision. A sticker on the back of Dell monitors indicates the manufacturing date and revision.

The Asus PG278Q comes in last place because it is very expensive, uses the grainiest matte coating used by a 1440p monitor since 2011, often comes with pathetically low average gamma (1.7 gamma average=washed out colors) and has many quality control and functionality related issues.

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Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2018, 07:19:41 pm »
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read the Steemit Article and/or watch it on YouTube
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Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

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Acer
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2018, 07:25:39 pm »
Acer

Acer XB270HU

Discontinued original 27" 2560x1440 144hz AUO AHVA panel with Nvidia G-Sync.

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Acer XF270HUA

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

Review By Lim's Cave
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Accurate matte 2560x1440 144hz AUO AHVA (marketed as IPS) panel with AMD Free-Sync (40-144hz range supported by the Displayport and HDMI 2.0) with a fully adjustable stand, Displayport, Dul-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 (144hz), 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In and Out.

Acer XG270HU

Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync

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Acer XB271HU

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by NCX (archived version)
Review by PC Mag
Review by Rtings
Review by Sweclockers
Review by Trusted Reviews

It's pretty much the same as the PG279Q.  The Acer XB271HU uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has good color presets aside from a preset green tint, a frame-less casing with an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  G-Sync (Nvivida GPU required) works from 30-165hz (144hz is the default maximum refresh rate but it can be overclocked to 165hz), eliminates tearing and lag, but Lightboost is limited to 120z.  It also has an HDMI input which allows it to work with external devices like consoles.


Acer Nitro VG270UP

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=) ; this is a review of the AUO AHVA panel, not the untested Innolux IPS variant.

The Acer uses  a fake bezel/frame-less (it has an inner black bezel which reduces the perceived black depth versus a grey bezel) 144hz AUO M270DAN02 AHVA panel (advertised as IPS) with Displayport (Free-Sync + 40-144hz range), HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 (Free-Sync + 40-144hz range) and 3.5mm Audio Out.  It supports AMD Free-Sync (40-144hz range), 120hz back-light strobing (named VRB=Visual Boost Response,  can completely cover the sRGB color space without significant over or under-saturation, and has quite accurate color presets (sRGB mode is a bit better and reduces the brightness to 153cdm/2), above average contrast (1100:1 vs 800:1 for AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN), and the typical balanced preset Acer overdrive (OD: Normal) with very fast pixel response times and minimal to no overshoot ghosting.  =DEAD= did not measure the input lag, but I'd be shocked if the VG270UP can not be considered delay free (<5ms delay) since almost all 144hz AHVA panels are.
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AOC
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2018, 07:26:22 pm »
AOC

AOC AGON AG271QG

Matte 2560X1440 144hz AHVA panel with Nvidia G-Sync.

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Digital Versus
Review by PC Monitors
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD (low preset gamma)
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Review by Trusted Reviews

The AOC AGON AG271QG uses a 27" 2560x1440 essentially grain free matte AUO AHVA panel with 30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync range.  It has a fully adjustable stand, lots of inputs and a matte black bezel.  The AG271QG is the best of the AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) since it has better resolution scaling (vs Asus; important for console use and 1080p) and two different gamma settings to combat the potentially low preset gamma all 144hz 1440p G-Sync AHVA (marketed as IPS) panels can come with, as well as has 2 useful overdrive settings and better build quality than the Asus which has a fake-thin casing with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel.  The AOC AG271QC reviewed by PRAD came with low preset gamma while the rest of the tested units are great. 

AOC AG241QX

 Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync.

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AOC AG271QX

Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync.

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AOC AG241QX

Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync.

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AOC CQ32G1

Review by Belgium Hardware and Measurements by Belgium Hardware
Review by Playwares (Set Gamma to 3)

Matte curved 2560x1440 144hz VA panel with a Displayport, 2x HDMI and a height adjustable stand.  It's far less accurate and has half the contrast ratio (2,500:1) as the 1080p C32G1 (5,000:1) which also has slightly faster pixel response times or less ghosting the the best overdrive/response time setting (Medium) is used.  Playwares unit came with slightly too low preset gamma (2.05 average) which was improved by setting the Gamma to Mode 3.

AOC AG322QC4

Added the Review by TFT Central

Matte curved 2560x1440 144hz semi-wide gamut VA panel with a height adjustable stand, 2x Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The AOC is fairly accurate (full sRGB color space coverage with >20% over-saturation), has average contrast for a  VA panel (2,200-2700:1; 2275:1 after TFT Central's calibration), negligible input lag and decent overdrive (for a VA panel) at 144hz when the Strong overdrive setting is enabled which without adding obvious overshoot ghosting, drastically reduces the pixel response times which greatly reduces VA smearing and streaking.  The AOC is a very poor choice for 60hz console gaming since it has  slow pixel response times at 60hz regardless of which overdrive setting is selected, and either suffers from very obvious VA smearing and streaking, or obvious overshoot ghosting if the overdrive setting is turned up.

AOC AG273QCG

Review by PC Monitors

Curved, semi wide gamut, matte 165hz 2560x1440 AUO TN with Nvida G-Sync (30-165hz range), a fully adjustable stand, Displayport, HDMI and a medium matte coating which is normal for these types of monitors.  The AOC has failrly linear gamma and a semi-wide gamut panel which slightly over-saturates colors.
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Asus
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2018, 07:27:43 pm »
Asus

Asus MG278Q

Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with 30-144hz AMD Free-Sync.

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Asus MG279Q

Matte 2560x1440 144hz AHVA panel with 30-144hz AMD Free-Sync.

The Asus MG279Q uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has excellent colour presets when the Racing mode is selected, a high quality matte grey bezel which vastly increases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  Free-Sync (AMD GPU required) works from 30-90fps, eliminates tearing and lag, but the has >10ms delay when not set to 144hz.

Review by Daywalker
Review by =DEAD=
Review by Extrahardware CZ
Hardware Info Test Results
Review by Les Numeriques
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD
Review by SWECLOCKERS
Review by TFT Central

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

Asus PG278Q

Matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync.

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Asus PG279Q

Matte 2560x1440 144hz AHVA panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync.

The Asus PG279Q uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has good colour presets aside from a preset green tint, a matte black bezel and an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  G-Sync (Nvivida GPU required) works from 30-165hz (144hz is the default maximum refresh rate but it can be overclocked to 165hz), eliminates tearing and lag, but Lightboost is limited to 120z.  It also has an HDMI input which allows it to work with external devices like consoles.

Review by =DEAD=
Review by Digital Versus
Review by Extrahardware CZ
Review by Hardware.Info
Review by NCX
Review by PC Lab PL
Review by PRAD
Review by Sweclockers
Review by TFT Central

Asus PG27VQ

Curved matte 2560x1440 144hz TN panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync.

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Asus PG279QZ

Review by Rtings

The Asus PG279QZ is an updated version of the PG279Q (2015), released in 2019, and with zero improvements.  The PG279QZ is fully adjustable, has Displayport (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync), HDMI, G-Sync (Nvidia GPU required), ULMB (120hz back-light strobing), 2x USB 3.0 and the same fake-thin matte grey casing with an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth.  The PG279QZ Rtings tested has excellent all-around performance, however, without more reviews available, it's impossible to know if it is consistently accurate unlike the PG279Q.
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BenQ
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2018, 07:28:42 pm »
BenQ

BenQ EX3203R

Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by Trusted Reviews

Matte curved 120-144hz 2560x1440 VA panel with AMD Free-Sync (40-144hz range) and fake HDR which causes problems.  It supports 144hz over Displayport with AMD cards, 120hz with Nvidia cards and 100hz over HDMI for both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.  It suffers from more ghosting (dark color smearing) at 144hz when using Displayport with Nvidia graphics cards.
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