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Best 144-165hz 1440p Monitors with G-Sync
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:19:25 pm »
Best 144-165hz 1440p Monitors with G-Sync

Curved VA panels have less sharp text than AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN panels:

IBXT Curved C24FG70 VA Text Blur Analysis
PC Monitors Curved VA Panel Text Blur Analysis

1.) Viewsonic XG2703-GS (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
2.) AOC AG271QG (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
3.) Asus PG279QE or QZ (60-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA
3.5) Asus PG279Q (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
4.) ViewSonic XG270QG 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) IPS*
5.) Acer XB271HU (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) AHVA*
6.) HP 27 Omen (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
7.) AOC AG273QCG (30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
8.) 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 XG270QG is very accurate aside from a slight warm preset green tint, and can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, but has average contrast (850:1) and over-saturates the color of non DCI-P3 content (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) since it uses a wide gamut and HDR capable panel without a properly functioning sRGB emulation mode.  The ViewSonic XG270QG has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a non-TN panel at all refresh rates with the response time is set to the Standard (no overshoot) and Advanced (faster but with minor overshoot) settings.

I'm not sure if the HP 27 Omen (more information and comparisons) suffers from the same dark scene banding as the Dell S2417DG and S2716DG, but it is more accurate than the AOC AG273QCG and Dell monitors which is why it is ranked higher.

The AOC AG273QCG has fairly linear gamma and a semi-wide gamut panel which slightly over-saturates colors, but has strong preset green tint (Belgium Hardware) and may come with low (700:1) contrast which is normal for curved TN panels.  While flawed, the AOC offers better image quality than the Dell S2417DG and S2716DG which suffer from horrific dark scene banding, overshoot ghosting (S2716DG), and similar contrast and accuracy flaws.

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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