Finally joined the 1440p club

MongGrel

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Looks nice to me.

I bought a 29" Dell 2560 X 1080 IPS a few years ago for $399 on a black friday, but that one is a lot faster and I'd rather have the 2560 X 1440 at 27"

I'm not a Dell fanboi in general, but they do make good monitors IMHO.

Have been very happy with this one, though, works well with the R9 280X 3Gb.
 
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Mondozei

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Nice purchase! :thumbsup:

I personally went with an Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, got it for sale on black friday for $599. Was thinking about going with the Acer one, which was for $100 cheaper, but settled on Asus because they have better support than Acer(which is a company that is bleeding cash, the two are not unrelated!).

Also, Asus happens to have a service center in my city for all of Sweden, so I can just take my monitor there physically and pick it up with my car if need be. That's important because a lot of these bleeding edge monitors are having a lot of QC issues. I've heard good things about the PG279Q but you can never be too careful.

My current monitor is a 144 Hz TN panel at 24"(1080p), so I'm upgrading just about everything except the refresh rate. I'm personally not hugely hyped about G-Sync, even if I of course enjoy it. I've tried it but ULMB for me is a bigger deal. I plan on going G-Sync for 1440p and downscale to 1080p with ULMB for those games where it matters more.

Even if there are a ton of new monitors announced at CES I'm not going to buy them next year. I've learned you need to wait for the tech to mature for at least a year. The original ROG Swift had massive issues in the beginning. Now it's much better. The first IPS 144 Hz panels were similarily problematic. Now it's improving fast.
 

railven

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Welcome to the club. May your two GPUs keep you satisfied (I know I had to go to 7970 CFX when I got my 1440 panel).
 

happy medium

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I have to ask..........
Can you really tell the difference from 1080p and 1440p with a 27 inch monitor?

I ask because we have a 24 inch Vizio TV and I had a hard time telling the difference with 720p/1080p.

It seems that for the small increase in image quality and the higher priced video card you will need to run it, that it wouldn't be all that worth it.

Just saying ,not to be a party pooper.
 
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2is

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I have to ask..........
Can you really tell the difference from 1080p and 1440p with a 27 inch monitor?

I ask because we have a 24 inch Vizio TV and I had a hard time telling the difference with 720p/1080p.

It seems that for the small increase in image quality and the higher priced video card you will need to run it, that it wouldn't be all that worth it.

Just saying ,not to be a party pooper.

Yes, but more importantly (for me) I wanted a new (lower response) monitor, and going from a 24" 1200p to a 1080p 24 or a 27" would be a downgrade in image quality, as well as vertical resolution and I don't do downgrades. I'll spend more for an upgrade then waste money on a downgrade. Might as well just kept what I had at that point.
 

ShintaiDK

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1440p seems the sweetspot for me. I really dont like the 1920*1200 extra monitor compared. However 4K, at least not on screens lower than 32", isn't doing it for me either.

Welcome to the tiny club! :)
 

Teizo

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Got a 25" 1440p Dell (U2515H) myself and like it allot.

Let us know about the color accuracy. Dell makes good monitors, and even though it is a TN panel I imagine it will be decent.
 

2is

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I debated TN vs IPS for a while. A few years ago I'd have went IPS, but higher end TN panels I've found to be quite good these days, while almost all IPS panels I've seen have not so great black levels "IPS glow" and the fact I wanted the faster response for gaming while not really having a need for superior color accuracy made the decision a bit easier. If I was doing a lot of photo editing, I'd just get one of each and work on the IPS screen while doing photo work :)
 

Azix

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There was an Acer 27" 144Hz TN for 300 + 2 HDMI cables. I might have jumped on it if it wasn't TN.

pretty hopeless trying to find 144hz IPS at that price but I think I'd be better off with IPS 60hz for general use and not so twitch gaming.
 

crisium

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I went with a 144Hz TN. Coming from an IPS, I braced myself for a change. It actually has better viewing angles than I thought, and luckily I'm not a stickler for perfect colors. My biggest problem isn't inherently a TN issue - it's the anti-glare matte. It's very excessive. But I forgive it because the response times are nuts. 144hz strobing for games like CS:GO and Freesync for games that operate well below my framerate.
 

Piroko

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I have to ask..........
Can you really tell the difference from 1080p and 1440p with a 27 inch monitor?
Yes, it's a huge difference for me. I can run a 720p video and a windowed game (WoWs, FTL, KSP, Factorio...) next to each other on the same screen, wich is great.
However, I have to add that I can use it with Windows scaling set to 100%, the 108 ppi is about the maximum that I can use on a desktop screen. With scaling set to 125% it doesn't feel like a larger work area.
That's also the reason why I ignore 4k for now, even at 32" that would be 117 ppi.

@op, welcome to the club, that seems like a great deal. I paid 450€ for a 1440p 60Hz ips panel only 14 months ago and now you can get these badasses for the same money.
 

Piroko

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Higher resolution = more options to play with windowed programs & games side-by-side? That's something I immediately dismissed at lower resolutions, but 1440p is the first one that makes it work in a sensible manner.

As for over all image quality, it's very noticeable in games that have no/terrible AA support (WoWs), fairly noticeable in games that have lots of small detail (GTA5) and less noticeable in games with low contrast or low detail, like Skyrim. Imho, of course.
No difference in videos, unless the source is 4k/1440p. This clip comes to mind as one that profits immensely from 4k/1440p.
 

crisium

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I noitced higher image quality going from 27" 1080 to 27" 1440. On my old monitor I played Battlefield 4 at 1080 150% Resolution Scale (internally rendered at 1620) and the extra clarity and detail of 1440 was very noticeable. As was the smoothness of getting over 60fps and Freesync.
 

Makaveli

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I have to ask..........
Can you really tell the difference from 1080p and 1440p with a 27 inch monitor?

Yes its very noticeable but it also will depend on your eye site and age.

Older folks will prefer 1080p on 27 inch since the pixels are bigger.
 

Teizo

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SO my eyesight will save me money? cool ok

So does not being persnickety lol. I can tell the difference between 1440p and 1080p, but 1080p is not unusable. It is fine. There is a reason most users on the Steam survey have 1080p monitors (ignoring the ones who are gaming at 1366x768 with potato graphics to try to gain an advantage in CSGO). However, I think with Pascal and the new Radeon GPUs coming out next year, along with 4K becoming more feasible, we will see a bigger push towards 1440p for PC gaming to continue driving sales.
 

DiogoDX

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Nice monitor but too small for me. I'm going from a 5 years old 32"TV 1080P to a 40"TV 4K (samsung JU6500).

Wat I really wanted was a 32" 1440P screen but there's no option like that here in Brazil.
 

2is

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I received the monitor today and so far I'm pretty pleased with it.

  • Contrast is about what I expected from a TN panel. Not great but not horrible.
  • Having a 120hz desktop is pretty nice, I can certainly notice it when moving windows around, but not a must have.
  • G-Sync does what it's supposed to do, combines the reduced input lag of not having vsync on with the benefits of no tearing.
  • It only takes up slightly more desktop space then my old 24" monitor thanks to the much much thinner bezel.
  • 1440p desktop has ample real estate. I can see how this would make photo/video editing quite a bit easier and more enjoyable
  • 1440p gaming on the other hand is really putting the squeeze on my 2GB cards.

To elaborate on that last point. Black Ops III was getting 30 fps vs 100-120 fps at the same settings, and it wasn't even a smooth 30 fps, it was a microstutter riddled 30 fps. That was with high textures and texture filtering and medium everything else. Going medium on the textures got me back up to around 80 fps with a noticeable reduction in IQ.

It also seems like when VRAM gets saturated, SLI just goes nuts and starts operating the cards at vastly different clock speeds, contributing further to the problem. A 980Ti is on my Christmas list. :)
 

iiiankiii

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I have to ask..........
Can you really tell the difference from 1080p and 1440p with a 27 inch monitor?

I ask because we have a 24 inch Vizio TV and I had a hard time telling the difference with 720p/1080p.

It seems that for the small increase in image quality and the higher priced video card you will need to run it, that it wouldn't be all that worth it.

Just saying ,not to be a party pooper.

If you do anything involving text, the difference is light and day. As for video, it's pretty hard to tell the difference; but games are noticeable. The image quality is a lot better (sharper). Anti-aliasing is less needed as you increase resolution. Don't forget that you're sitting much closer to the screen when used as a computer monitor. You sit a lot further way when viewing a TV.

Yeah, you're a party pooper, like always. :D