Benq XL2420G or ASUS PG278Q Refurb

dyslecix

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Hi, I am currently wanting a G-SYNC monitor and am stuck between the Benq XL2420G and the ASUS PG278Q. Blinq.com currently has the ladder for $597.39 after $20 off coupon code (Refurbished version) and newegg has the Benq (new) for $588. The blinq site does not have the benq, so that is out of the question. The asus is 1440p, and the benq is 1080p both 144hz with g-sync. I currently have 1x gtx 970 and don't know what to do, what is you guys input? Thanks in advance.
 

chenw

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If I was to make that decision: XL2420G.

This is why:

1. I am personally against buying things that have been opened and/or used. That means I don't buy refurbs or second hand. However this may not be applicable to you. I am just not willing to accept the risk of buying a faulty product that may or may not be covered by Warranty.

2. You only have 1 970. Unless you plan to either upgrade to Titan X or go 970 SLI, you may not get acceptable frame rates on 1440p without turning down details. (going from a single 970 to a single 980 will have minimal benefit, not the difference between playable and unplayable). If you plan to upgrade often, or if you can also upgrade your GPU along with the new monitor, Swift is a good monitor. If you don't upgrade GPU often, and don't want to upgrade now, stick with 1080p. Besides, DSR exists so you can still get some high resolution goodness if you have the spare GPU power.

3. The smaller the screen, the smaller the drawback of TN will be, assuming you are at the same sitting distance between the monitors.

My 2cents.
 

chenw

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Oct 25, 2014
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If I was to make that decision: XL2420G.

This is why:

1. I am personally against buying things that have been opened and/or used. That means I don't buy refurbs or second hand. However this may not be applicable to you. I am just not willing to accept the risk of buying a faulty product that may or may not be covered by Warranty.

2. You only have 1 970. Unless you plan to either upgrade to Titan X or go 970 SLI, you may not get acceptable frame rates on 1440p without turning down details. (going from a single 970 to a single 980 will have minimal benefit, not the difference between playable and unplayable). If you plan to upgrade often, or if you can also upgrade your GPU along with the new monitor, Swift is a good monitor. If you don't upgrade GPU often, and don't want to upgrade now, stick with 1080p. Besides, DSR exists so you can still get some high resolution goodness if you have the spare GPU power.

3. The smaller the screen, the smaller the drawback of TN will be, assuming you are at the same sitting distance between the monitors.

My 2cents.
 

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