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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« Last post by NCX on November 08, 2018, 02:11:31 am »
Added Crypto Currency Donation Links to my Support NCX thread, as well as below:

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AOC C32G1

Added the Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1080p Monitors.

Matte curved 1080p 144hz VA panel with a very accurate sRGB mode, Displayport, 2x HDMI and a height adjustable stand.

AOC CQ32G1

Added full Review by Belgium Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1440p Monitors buying guide.

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.

Philips 276E9

Matte 1080p IPS AMD Free-Sync (40-75hz), accurate color presets but 114% sRGB which causes up to 14% color over-saturation.  It has Dual-Link-DVI, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio Out.  Set Smart Response to Fast.

Added the Review by Playwares to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors



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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on November 08, 2018, 01:38:36 am »
What can you suggest now that I've narrowed down my selection.

AOC AG271QG (review links) unless the Acer XB271HU is 100$+ cheaper since that 100$ can be put towards an X-Rite colormunki colorimeter (150$) which will vastly improve the monitor via calibration.  All four 144-165hz 1440p AUO AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) suffer from an obvious preset green/yellow tint to varying degrees.

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Thanks again NCX, I know I saw you post a paypal earlier, do you have a bitcoin address perhaps?

I do but I haven't researched how to get the fiat-shekels out of crypto and back into my bank account in Canada.  I guess I can buy some TRX and hope it sky rockets from 2 cents to 30 cents again in December or January before the crash.

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Mmm maybe 1440p UW 120hz gsync should be my target?  (No HDR though is lame, I don't believe any current UW models support all those features)

UW 1440p results on 2080 ti:
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8738/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-review-seriously-buy/index16.html

The newest UW LG with G-Sync has 1/3 HDR support (8 bit +FRC panel with >90% DCI-P3 coverage but very low brightness and lack of local dimming) at 1200$ and lacks an sRGB mode to prevent vast over-saturation when not viewing non DCI-P3/HDR media.  The Acer and Asus UW IPS are very inconsistent and inaccurate preset color accuracy wise in their 2-3 year market life (launch Asus PG348Q's  from 2015-2016 were very accurate while the store bought unit Rtings tested this year was awful) and the Alienware, which while consistent, has non linear and very high gamma which causes black crush and makes colors and shades too dark.  The Acer (updated version with 120hz OC has even worse preset black crush and non-linear gamma than the Alienware), Alienware and Asus are all embarrassments preset color accuracy wise to the point that I can't recommend any of them, especially since they're all 2-3 years old.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: General Discussion
« Last post by NCX on November 08, 2018, 12:13:46 am »
Tom's Hardware did a review of the Freesync Dell, seems to have much better gamma than yours.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dell-s2719dgf-155hz-gaming-monitor,5881.html

Whether you got unlucky, or they got lucky, who knows.

It could be customer unit quality (mine) versus review unit (Tom's), Tom's only measuring the 60hz performance, or panel lottery.  The gamma drops at 155hz vs 144hz so I highly doubt their gamma measurements were done at 155hz.  Added the review to the Dell section of my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p buying guide.





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Mmm maybe 1440p UW 120hz gsync should be my target?  (No HDR though is lame, I don't believe any current UW models support all those features)

UW 1440p results on 2080 ti:
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8738/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-review-seriously-buy/index16.html
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Tom's Hardware did a review of the Freesync Dell, seems to have much better gamma than yours.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dell-s2719dgf-155hz-gaming-monitor,5881.html

Whether you got unlucky, or they got lucky, who knows.
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I prioritize image quality, but not to the point where I'd recommend a 60hz AHVA/IPS/PLS panel to someone asking about budget (<300$) 144hz monitors.   

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Budget?

Yea I'm coming to the same conclusion.  I think anything over $750 might be pushing it; unless it offers something really good for the extra money.  It's hard to pay more for a monitor than a television... although I guess I sit in front of my monitor more; perhaps I should reconsider that sentiment.

I saw some calculations that driving a 3456x1440 would be almost as hard as driving a 4K display.  If that's the case, I'd prefer to have higher FPS on a traditional 27" 1440p.  If I could achieve 120/144 FPS and have a UW 1440p with HDR/G-sync that would be perfect, but I think I'll have to settle at 27" 1440p 120/144hz G-Sync HDR.

What can you suggest now that I've narrowed down my selection.

Thanks again NCX, I know I saw you post a paypal earlier, do you have a bitcoin address perhaps?
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« Last post by NCX on November 01, 2018, 03:59:17 am »
Acer X27

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

Matte 4K AHVA panel with 98hz (8 Bit +FRC / 10 bit HDR 4:4:4), Nvidia G-Sync, height adjustable stand, 4x USB 3.0, local dimming and true HDR color.  Proper color (YcBcr 4:4:4) is only supported up to 98hz.  Image quality is degraded at 99-144hz.

BenQ Zowie XL2456

Added the XL2456 Review by PC Labl PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 240hz TN Panels buying guide.

Matte 240hz TN panel with back-light strobing.  The XL2456 has the worst preset color accuracy I've seen in a review aside from the first 2560x1440 AH-IPS panel with Plasma Deposition Coating from Monoprice in 2013 thanks to the BenQ's FPS modes very low gamma (<1.6) and contrast (300:1). Fortunately the BenQ can be improved by switching from the abysmal preset FPS Mode to the Standard Mode to provide decent results for a TN panel, as is the case for all of their gaming monitors. Choose between some overshoot ghosting (preset AMA High overdrive setting) or slow pixel response times versus competitors (AMA Off), this also sadly applies to most BenQ gaming monitors.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on November 01, 2018, 02:20:24 am »
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I'm starting to suffer from <120 FPS in games and it's invalidating my monitor's usefulness.

It's possible to save a few FPS by using a custom resolution of 1440x900 (more FPS; small black bars on all sides) or 1680x1050 (small black bars on the top and bottom) with Nvidia Aspect ratio scaling or a displays 1:1 pixel mapping.

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i7 9700k // 1080 ti or 2080 ti // 16 GB 3200ish? // ???

2080 ti of course.  The 2080 ti is perfect for 144-165fps @1440p and good for 4K-60.

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I have about a 2' - 3' viewing distance to work with for the monitor.

2.5ft for an ultra-wide 34" IPS, and more if it's an UW VA panel.

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Are gamers still trending towards the higher frequency/hz feature, or have we started to trend towards visual fidelity/quality?

I prioritize image quality, but not to the point where I'd recommend a 60hz AHVA/IPS/PLS panel to someone asking about budget (<300$) 144hz monitors.   

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Can you suggest a few monitors, I should definitely be considering, with the information I have provided?

Budget?  The only affordable monitor for PC gaming with Nvidia cards I like are the matte AOC AG271QG (review links) and the discontinued Viewsonic XG2703-GS with 144-165hz 1440p AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) with G-Sync.  Both are better than the Acer XB271HU (worst of the 4), cheaper (100$+) than the Asus PG279Q (most common back-light bleed, though the unit I tested was bleed-less)  The Asus is theoretically more accurate (the unit Rtings tested a few months ago was significantly more accurate than the unit I tested in 2016) than the AOC, but it lacks gamma settings to combat the low preset gamma these monitors can come with while the AOC and Viewsonic have gamma settings.  All four of the monitors I tested came with low preset gamma (Viewsonic was the best but still needed a gamma increase), but the AOC and Viewsonic have the most accurate color presets.

G-Sync is amazing if one hates screen tearing and ustable frame-rates, though some games feel unstable even with it enabled.  I hate screen tearing, but not enough to deal with a matte screen which is why I still use an overclock-able (96hz) 2560x1440 X-Star DP2710 glossy PLS from 2013, plus most of my gaming time has been dedicated to Destiny and D2 (Pro) on PS4 since 2015.  None of the PC games I've played this year (30 hours of Fallout New Vegas until it crashed infinitely, 40 hours of S.TA.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky and 30 hours of Vermintide 1 & 2) suffered from lots of tearing which makes not having G-Sync a worthy trade off for the glossy coating, plus Nvidia Fast Sync (enable in NVCP) works well with some games.  Last fall I played a bunch of Assassin's Creed 3 on the Acer XB321HK (4K AHVA with G-Sync); AC3 is unplayable without G-Sync at 4K with my 980 ti due to tearing and frame-rate instability.  My point is that G-Sync appreciation may vary greatly depending on ones display preferences, and the games being played.
 
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what's your quick thoughts on ultra-wides and/or concave screens?

I've been using at least two monitors side-by-side since 2010, dislike matte monitors and both curved and fake bezel/frame-less panels (all UW IPS), plus I already owned 3 monitors I really liked when UW's first showed up.

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I noticed on reddit a thread about the future of G-Sync with HDMI 2.1.  Thoughts?

There's nothing concrete in there to think about.
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: About NCX
« Last post by NCX on October 30, 2018, 05:27:17 pm »

Gaming

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At the age of 9 in 1999, I got my first console, a NES from the 80's, though I had played games on friends PlayStation's and N64's by then.  My second console was an N64 in 2002, which I played many hours of Mario Kart, Perfect Dark, 007: Goldeneye and 007: The World Is Not Enough on.  In 2004 I switched to mainly playing Starcraft 4v4 No Rush 20 Minute games and custom Starcraft games like Resident Evil and Tarpit Defense.  I also devoted a ton of time to playing Far Cry by Crytek, Star Wars Dark Forces, Jedi Knight Outcast, Rebel Assault 1 & 2 and Warcraft 3 on PC which could barely handle Warcraft 3 with Medium Graphics settings.  In 2006, after a year of saving up I bought an Xbox 360 with Call of Duty 2, Far Cry: Instinct Predator, G.R.A.W., Oblivion, and PGR3.  I became a semi-achievement addict who ended up with over 120,000 gamer score, which I spent a lot of time playing bad, but easy 1000/1000 games in order to increase.

My 50" DLP TV, N64 and original Xbox owning friend lived next to the high school I attended (2003-2008), thus many lunch times and skipped school afternoons were spent playing Far Cry Instincts (Xbox), Far Cry: Instincts Predator (360), Goldeneye (N64), Guitar Hero (Xbox 360), Halo (Xbox), Halo 2 (Xbox) and Mario Kart 64 (N64), while also yelling at each other.

My favorite gaming memories are of Call of Duty 2 (2006-2007), Battlefield Bad Company (Fall 2008-2010), Dead Space (solo play 2010), Dirt (solo play; 2007), Gears of War 1 (360 & PC 2006-2008) G.R.A.W. 1 & 2 (2006-2008), Lost Planet (2007-2008), Oblivion (2006-2008) Sega Rally Revo (solo play; 2008), Shadowrun (played 2007-2014; played on PC in 2008 and on), S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow Of Chernobyl (solo; played 3x since 2007) and Two Worlds (played 3x 2007-2010).  My favorite multiplayer shooters are Destiny, Lost Planet and Shadowrun; Destiny is very similar, and developed by some of the same people who made Shadowrun which is a more balanced game, which also has better map design.

I like Halo, have played a ton of multiplayer, but still have yet to complete Halo 2, though I have completed the rest of the games.  Halo Reach is my least favorite Halo campaign followed by Halo 3 while  I loved Halo: ODST campaign, really liked Halo 4, and liked Halo 5 more than Halo and Halo 3.    Halo, Halo Reach and Halo 4's multiplayer are my favorite, and I really like Halo 5 multiplayer, but have mainly played custom games and Zombies.

I bought the special edition (with the lunch box) of Fallout 3 in 2008 but did not play it until 2014, and did not like it that much since it seemed hollow and dull both game play and story wise compared to Oblivion, and very dull compared to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. which I completed three times before playing Fallout 3.  I started Fallout New Vegas in 2018 (with over two dozen mods), but did not finish it since it keeps crashing, Iíve devoted many hours into researching and trying fixes, and I do not want to restart after sinking 33 hours into it.

As of September 11th 2018 I've put 2400 hours of my life into Destiny (2097 hours) and Destiny 2 since February 2015, and acknowledge that Iíve ruined my life and ignored many games which I should have played instead.  Iím also still waiting to play the Crysis games properly since I want to play with high and stable frame rates, maximum settings and at least a 2560x1440 resolution.
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / About NCX
« Last post by NCX on October 30, 2018, 05:27:04 pm »
Please support my work via crypto currencies or Paypal (paypal email is thedeepinthesky@yahoo.com).

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I live in Canada and am a 28 year old European mutt whose ancestors are from multiple European countries such as England, Germany, and Scotland.  I post recommendations frequently on Reddit's r/Monitors. Check out my post history.

My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  I started reading monitor reviews frequently in 2009 and quickly realized that most reviewers kept their content in a bubble, or did not account for competing reviews of the same, or very similar monitors.  Without reading multiple reviews one may miss obvious flaws, and the fact that the same panels can vary greatly, such as the contrast of IPS panels which often varied by 30% between the same panels, and the gamma which may be 1.8 on one unit and 2.2 on another.

One must read multiple reviews since no reviewer tests everything, myself included, since doing so requires thousands of dollars worth of testing gear, and vast amounts of time.  One must read multiple reviews to account for panel variance, see oscilloscope measurements of pixel responses times, in-depth perceptual analysis of pixel response times or overdrive performance, resolution scaling, judder, uniformity, and multiple other areas of performance which no single reviewer covers.  Reading multiple reviews also subjects one to the different ways reviewers prioritize certain areas of performance, and expose a reader to important testing methods and aspects of performance the reader was previously unaware of.  One reviewer may have an oscilloscope for measuring pixel response times, but ignore how clear or grainy a coating is, and not test a monitor with external devices such as consoles to ensure that a monitor display their signals properly. 

I try to account for everything in my analysis, but can't always do so since most monitors are not reviewed by multiple in-depth reviewers.  I do not have an oscilloscope or signal processor, but I provide unique analysis of the perceived black depth and contrast of a display, explain how to properly view (display height and viewing distance) each panel type, and test monitors with consoles.  Reviewer priorities vary based on their own knowledge, access to equipment, priorities, and time they're willing to put into a review.
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