Question I Need Help Deciding on a New 1440p 240Hz Monitor

Rivical

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I have the eve spectrum preordered but I'm thinking of getting it refunded to go with one of these instead.
I'm currently looking at these 3 monitors and am stuck on which to go with. The price difference isn't a big deal to me. I've looked at them but am unsure of the big differences. They all seem relatively similar. The ROG seems to me, very catered towards eSports performance. I'm not a super hardcore fps player but I still play them sometimes. Any help is appreciated. :)
The monitors are:
Dell Alienware 27 AW2721D 27"
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/alienware-27-gaming-monitor-aw2721d/apd/210-axsw/monitors-monitor-accessories
Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx 27"
https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/predator-model/UM.HX3AA.X05
ROG Swift PG279QM
https://rog.asus.com/us/monitors/27-to-31-5-inches/rog-swift-pg279qm-model/
 

Colif

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Have you watched or read reviews of all 3 monitors by channels that actually review monitors, not just unboxings as they don't tell you anything. Its what I did 6 months ago when I updated my monitor (it doesn't feel that long ago)

Dell Alienware 27 AW2721D
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/alienware-aw2721d

Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx 27"
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/acer/predator-xb273u-gxbmiipruzx

ROG Swift PG279QM
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/asus/rog-swift-pg279q

I don't know which is best, I just thought I suggest looking at more reviews :)
 

Rivical

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Have you watched or read reviews of all 3 monitors by channels that actually review monitors, not just unboxings as they don't tell you anything. Its what I did 6 months ago when I updated my monitor (it doesn't feel that long ago)

Dell Alienware 27 AW2721D
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/alienware-aw2721d

Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx 27"
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/acer/predator-xb273u-gxbmiipruzx

ROG Swift PG279QM
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/asus/rog-swift-pg279q

I don't know which is best, I just thought I suggest looking at more reviews :)
I have! I use rtings for almost everything haha. All 3 of them just seem so similar I really am unsure of the differences after watching them. Besides branding and that the ROG has that latency thing.
 

Colif

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tough choice. can you go see them in reality to see if maybe there is something about one you like or don't like in person.

I got an LG in December but its only 144hz not as fast as yours are.

Perhaps others will have a better idea as to which is best.
 

hang-the-9

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Don't go chasing high refresh rates just because of the high numbers, anything over 100 hz will be smooth feeling, 144hz is probably as high as you need to go before you need to be a robot to tell the difference. Low input lag and response time as as important as refresh rate, and spending extra money on a screen over 144 just won't get any benefits.
 
Don't go chasing high refresh rates just because of the high numbers, anything over 100 hz will be smooth feeling, 144hz is probably as high as you need to go before you need to be a robot to tell the difference. Low input lag and response time as as important as refresh rate, and spending extra money on a screen over 144 just won't get any benefits.
How about you don't presume what he/she needs and why? And don't spread misinformation?
There is a very noticeable difference between 144hz and 240hz in certain use cases, namely - fast, competitive FPS games. Have you tried them yourself?
Put me in front of a line of monitors with various refresh rates, and i'll tell you which one is running at 144hz and which one is running at 240hz 9 times out of 10. And i am by far not the most 1337 gamer out there.

To give my 2¢ regarding the OP - i am eyeing the Acer options myself - cheaper than the competition, do not have the overpriced GSYNC chip (which i personally don't need), can OC to 270HZ and has good overdrive balance. Their stands are kinda jank, but if you are using VESA stands, then they don't matter.

Speaking of Acer, does anyone have any clue when/if they are bringing UM.HX3AA.X05 and UM.HX2AA.X03 to EU? Or how to attain this information?
 
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hang-the-9

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How about you don't presume what he/she needs and why? And don't spread misinformation?
There is a very noticeable difference between 144hz and 240hz in certain use cases, namely - fast, competitive FPS games. Have you tried them yourself?
Put me in front of a line of monitors with various refresh rates, and i'll tell you which one is running at 144hz and which one is running at 240hz 9 times out of 10. And i am by far not the most 1337 gamer out there.

To give my 2¢ regarding the OP - i am eyeing the Acer options myself - cheaper than the competition, do not have the overpriced GSYNC chip (which i personally don't need), can OC to 270HZ and has good overdrive balance. Their stands are kinda jank, but if you are using VESA stands, then they don't matter.

Speaking of Acer, does anyone have any clue when/if they are bringing UM.HX3AA.X05 and UM.HX2AA.X03 to EU? Or how to attain this information?
It's not misinformation, there were real world comparisons done with displays over 144hz and there was no measurable difference in how people performed in the game vs just the theoretical numbers. 144hz is a good gaming setup, past that the difference is small and is a good market for those that chase what the "best" is without looking at what is good enough. What people spend money on is up to them though, I just like to make sure my advice is not causing wasted money on chasing things that don't really matter much.
 
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It's not misinformation, there were real world comparisons done with displays over 144hz and there was no measurable difference in how people performed in the game vs just the theoretical numbers. 144hz is a good gaming setup, past that the difference is small and is a good market for those that chase what the "best" is without looking at what is good enough. What people spend money on is up to them though, I just like to make sure my advice is not causing wasted money on chasing things that don't really matter much.
Source, please?
The only "research" on this topic i know were the 2 LTT videos, this being the second one:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX31kZbAXsA
which show statistical improvement between 144 and 240.
And a bunch of anecdotal evidence support that 240hz is better, as well as my own subjective experience on the topic when playing CS:GO - both my drag shots and flickshots improved over the span of 2 days and i was performing above my current rank. I also saw my performance improve in QC and other FPS titles.

Also, the fact that something does not matter to you, does not mean it might not matter to others. You are stating your personal opinion as a fact. And honestly that's what i have an issue with.
I am by no means saying that everyone should go and get a 240hz, but based on my experience, and the experience of my peers - people who play competitive online FPS will benefit from the upgrade. Whether they want it or need it, or how high their ingame performance is on their list of their priorities - that's up to them.

And finally, if you would argue that "those couple of milliseconds don't matter", then you obviously are not serious about competitive FPS gaming - every millisecond counts if winning in a game and climbing the ranks is, for whatever reason, important to you, as that time can be the difference between you getting a kill in a clutch situation, or getting killed and losing the match.
 

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