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Hey NCX, you helped me a few years back. I haven't been checked in since the days of "any 4k, 144hz monitors? Should I wait?" lol. Awesome to see they are finally out there. And glad that I could remember your username and still find you. I was hoping to get some advice for my dad. With a 2070S, he'll be using the rig for a workflow, 3D architectural shenanigans, email, and movies. No gaming. I'd like to upgrade him to a dual-monitor or ultra wide setup, so that it feels like an upgrade from his single monitor setup. But without breaking the bank. What are your recommendations for best budget 4K in the 27" or 32" range? To dual up. Or one ultrawide monitor? I found your list for best flicker-free 4K monitors, but I struggled to find an area for best "budget" or "affordable" monitors. Thanks
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Monitor Review Update Log 2020 #2
« Last post by NCX on January 18, 2020, 08:12:53 pm »
Acer ConceptD CP3271KP

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide

Fully adjust-able, matte, 120hz (144hz with 2x Displayport cables at 4K) 3840x2160, AHVA/IPS/PLS panel with AMD Free-Sync (xx-144hz range) with 2x Displayport 1.4 (2x DP required for 144hz), 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Acer is quite accurate, but does not really support HDR due to the lack of local dimming and the low 81% DCI-P3 color space coverage.  The default Normal overdrive setting provides very fast and overshoot free pixel response times at 60hz and 120hz, and at 120hz the higher Extreme overdrive setting provides negligible input lag and fast pixel response times but with a bit of overshoot.  The HDR (DCI-P3) mode is mediocre and best left off due to the low brightness and DCI-P3 color space coverage, and lack of local dimming.


Asus PG279QE

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjustable, matte, 2560x1440, 165hz AUO AHVA panel with 30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync, Displayporty, HDMI 1.4 (no G-Sync nation), ULMB (120hz back-light strobing) and 2x USB 3.0.  The Asus PG279QE is an updated version of the PG279Q (2015), released in 2019, and an alternative to the PG279QZ which is also an updated version of the PG279Q with zero improvements and slightly different casing and stand material.  The PG279QE is very accurate, delay free and has excellent overdrive with minimal to no overshoot.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on January 11, 2020, 03:24:44 pm »
Hello NCX, thanks for all your hard work over the years.

I currently use an IPS monitor and have been planning to buy a 27" VA as the second monitor for a while now since I consume a lot of dark content and annoyed by the glow in the corners of the screen.

So I've read your "best 144-165hz 1080p monitors" thread, and I guess I will have to choose between AOC C27G1 and MSI OPTIX MAG271C since Philips 278M6 is not available in where I live.

However, I have two other options in the same price range: Acer XZ272 and Asus TUF Gaming VG27VQ.

I'm having a hard time making a decision.

Any insight you can provide on them would be greatly appreciated.

144hz 1080p monitors are ranked here (the AOC is the best since the Philips is not available), and the Acer XZ272 and Asus VG27VQ are untested so I can't recommend them. 
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Hello NCX, thanks for all your hard work over the years.

I currently use an IPS monitor and have been planning to buy a 27" VA as the second monitor for a while now since I consume a lot of dark content and annoyed by the glow in the corners of the screen.

So I've read your "best 144-165hz 1080p monitors" thread, and I guess I will have to choose between AOC C27G1 and MSI OPTIX MAG271C since Philips 278M6 is not available in where I live.

However, I have two other options in the same price range: Acer XZ272 and Asus TUF Gaming VG27VQ.

I'm having a hard time making a decision.

Any insight you can provide on them would be greatly appreciated.


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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Monitor Review Update Log 2020 #1
« Last post by NCX on January 04, 2020, 02:22:07 pm »
Acer ConceptD CP7271K

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 4-5K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.


Matte, height adjustable, 3840x2160 AUO AHVA panel with 384 zone local dimming, with 24-144hz Nvidia G-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Auido Out.  The Acer ConceptD CP7271K has a native 1100:1 contrast ratio (FALD or local dimming disabled), 90.9% DCI-P3 (HDR) and 96.9% sRGB (when the SDR Color sRGB mode is enabled which prevents the over-saturation of non-HDR content) color space coverage, and very accurate color presets out of the box.  The CP7271K has a low glow AHVA panel, especially when local dimming is enabled, and fast pixel response times; =DEAD= does not test for input lag.


Acer Nitro XV273 X

Added the Review by TFT Central to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240hz Monitors buying guides.

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-240hz range), Displayport, VRB (120, 144 and 240hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Out and  4x USB 3.0.  The Acer XV273 has a native 1170:1 contrast ratio, can fully cover the sRGB color space (with 9% over-saturation), and is quite accurate.  The XV273 has negligible input lag at all refresh rates, and fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot at both 60hz (OD Off) and 240hz (OD Normal) which makes it great for both 60hz console and 240hz PC gaming.

AHVA Acer XV273 X versus Acer XF252Q TN panel 240hz oscilloscope measurements by TFT Central.


Asus VG27AQ

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

The VG27AQ is a fully adjust-able, matte, 144hz (over-clocks to 165hz over Displayport), 2560x1440 AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-165hz range), back-light strobing (ELMB) Displayport (over-clock-able to 165hz), 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VG27AQ has very accurate preset color accuracy (Racing Mode), and has very low or negligible input lag.  The VG27AQ needs to have the overdrive (Trace Free) reduced from 60 to 0 to get rid of excessive overshoot ghosting at 60hz and has slow pixel response times at 60hz, but performs well at 144, 155 and 165hz when the over drive (Trace Free) setting is kept to the default 60 setting.  TFT Central provides Trace Free 80 measurements which prove that the VG27AQ suffers from over 20ms of overshoot ghosting during many transitions which I find unacceptable which is why I recommend using Trace Free 60.


BenQ EX2780Q

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte 144hz, 2560x1440, wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR coverage) IPS panel (unsure if AHVA or IPS) with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, a remote control, USB-C and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The BenQ is very accurate when set to the Standard Picture Mode uses the native wide gamut which covers 94% of the DCI-P3/HDR color space and over-saturates SDR color (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) by 33%.   The REC 709 mode locks the color controls, has high, slight black crush inducing 2.4 gamma and is limited to 93.6% sRGB color space coverage which combined with the locked color controls, is below average.  The BenQ has negligible input lag (<4ms measured with the SMT Tool) and fast pixel response times when the preset AMA High Response Time setting is used, but it's not as fast as IPS competitors like the LG 27GL850 which Playwares measured a 3ms pixel response average time compared to the BenQ's 6-7ms average.


Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q

Added the Review by=DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 165hz wide gamut/HDR IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The FI27Q over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) out of the box by over 30% since it has a wide gamut panel which tries to cover the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space, but it is very accurate preset gamma and color (previous 3x hyperlink source=PC Lab PL).  The sRGB emulation mode of the unit IT Hardware tested is good while the FI27Q Belgium Hardware tested significantly reduces the gamma and RGB level color accuracy (Standard versus sRGB), as well as looks washed out since the sRGB mode's gamma is too low.  The FI27Q has negligible input lag and less (2.7%) overshoot ghosting than the AD27Q (20%), but slower pixel response times resulting in more color streaking or ghosting.


LG 27GL850

Added the Review by PROHARDVER to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 144hz wide gamut LG IPS with G-Sync compatible AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz over Displayport and 48-100hz over HDMI) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0. RGB Lighting, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. To prevent the wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR) panel from over-saturating the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, the 27GL850 needs to be set to the sRGB mode (which is fairly accurate and has adjustable brightness, but has a preset pink tint and locked color controls[/url]).  The 27GL850 has quite accurate and nearly full DCI-P3/HDR color space coverage, but has a slight, though easily reduce-able preset blue tint.  The 27GL850 has negligible or very low input lag and very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but the overdrive needs to be set from Normal to Fast at 144hz to provide the fastest pixel response times, and to Normal at 60hz to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting.


Philips 241E1

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 24-25" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors buying guide.

Matte 24" 1920x1080 IPS panel with 75hz, AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The 241E1 is quite accurate, but can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB) color space like many other 23-24" IPS panels.  The 241E1 has negligible input lag (2-3ms measured by the SMT Tool), but slow pixel response times unless the Smart Response setting is switched from Off to Low.


Razer Raptor 27

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, fully adjust-able, 144hz, HDR/wide gamut, 2560x1440 resolution IPS* panel with AMd Free-Sync and G-Sync compatibility.  The Razer Raptor has Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Razer Rtings tested is quite inaccurate RGB balance wise (4.8/10 rating for over-saturation of red and under-saturation of blue's in the RGB balance measurements) while the Razer Tom's Hardware tested is very accurate, but has a slight preset red tint.  The Razer also over-saturates the color of non DCI-P3 content (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) by 36% since it uses a wide gamut and HDR capable panel without a properly functioning sRGB emulation mode.  The HDR mode is more accurate than the SDR modes, and the Razer has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a non-TN panel, but it's a bit slower than some of the fastest panels.


ViewSonic VA2719-SH

Added the Review by Les Numeriques to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors buying guide.

Matte, 27" 1920x1080, IPS panel with HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VA2719 is very accurate, has 1050:1 contrast, negligible input lag and good, overshoot free overdrive with fast pixel response times for a 60hz non-TN panel.


ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD

Added the Review by Rtings to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, 144hz, 2560x1440, IPS panel with 20-144hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Pixio PX7 Prime and ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD have negligible input lag, superior gamma tracking and sRGB (99.5% measured by Rtings) color space coverage than the LG 27GL83A-B which has faster pixel response times (less ghosting) and less color bleed (in gradient tests) than both the Pixio and ViewSonic.  The Pixio PX7 Prime comes with a height adjustable stand, 165hz support and more inputs than the Viewsonic, but the ViewSonic  VX2758-2KP-MHD has better black uniformity (based on Rtings reviews) and slightly faster pixel response times (less ghosting).
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Monitor Review Update Log 2020
« Last post by NCX on January 04, 2020, 02:20:56 pm »
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« Last post by NCX on December 24, 2019, 06:26:57 pm »
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on December 22, 2019, 12:32:43 pm »
For low glow panels should I try to look for AHVA panels?

Only specific panels are low glow, and I listed the 1440p+ low glow panels already.  Also, the Acer X27 and Asus PG27UQ are only low glow when their 384 zone local dimming is activated.  The BenQ PD3200U is the only affordable 1440p+ and natively low glow panel.

What do you think of the newer AOC Agon AG251FZ2 240hz monitor? Is it worth it at $280 usd compared to other 240hz monitors?

Untested so no comment.
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What do you think of the newer AOC Agon AG251FZ2 240hz monitor? Is it worth it at $280 usd compared to other 240hz monitors?
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Hmm...that's quite a bit off from 1500:1.  Bummer. I was hoping it would be closer to the stated spec.

For low glow panels should I try to look for AHVA panels?


I was going to get that Eizo back in the HardForum days, but I got spooked by a bad sales support conversation I had when I called their California office to ask some questions. Added to this was the fact that Eizo doesn't have much presence in Canada. You can order Eizo from Amazon.ca, or Vistek, or a couple of online boutique PC retailers, but except for Amazon, return policies are kind of iffy. I ended up buying a cheap second hand 22" Dell for the time being, but I need to upgrade sometime within the next year. (I remember now, I think I also almost bought a BenQ monitor from you at the time).
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