[SOLVED] Looking for 27" for a 970 System with future in mind.

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So to start with, I know a 1440p monitor with a min 120hz refresh is probably at the upper end of what a 970 can handle - here's why i think that's okay:

1. I currently have 2x21.5" 1080p monitors and I want the larger screen. Since I'm looking at 27", I don't want to spend $ on 1080p when I plan to, later this year, upgrade the system to something 1070 or better.
2. I'm not expecting to be playing anything at high frames/ultra quality until I build my next system. I'm okay with compromising and lowering fidelity in the short term in order to get the larger display area of a 1440p monitor in the immediate future.

I'm weigh-ing the following - any feedback or alternatives?
Dell S2719DGF
Acer XG270HU
AOC AG271QX

Given I plan to go 1070 most likely in the next build - anything to look out for there or look into other options instead?

Other things that may matter:
* Eventually I plan to get a second 1440 monitor - but I will only game on my primary, so unless it's a dumb idea, I plan on settling for a slower refresh on that second monitor (large spread sheets, youtube, etc).
* I do have an after-market monitor mount (tri-monitor, I may put a 1080p monitor on vert for longer readable space) so I'll want to make sure the monitor supports after market mounting. Mi-2753 from Mount-It. VESA 75x75 / 100x100 compatible.

Thank you!
 

thtran6

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You mentioned about using the 1070. With that in mind, I think it'd be better for you to get a G-sync monitor.
All of the monitors you mentioned above are Freesync, a feature exclusive to AMD cards. (Nvidia just announced compatibility with a limited number of Freesync monitor, I would doublecheck to see if yours is on their list)

But if you decided to go Gsync, I would go with the Acer Predator still.
27 inch, Gsync, 165 Hz, IPS panel: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-XB271HU-2560x1440-Display/dp/B0173PEX20
There is a TN panel version of this same monitor I believe, it will be cheaper.

When it comes to monitor, I've always trusted Acer because they've never let me down on any of the monitor that I purchased from them. But that's just me.
 

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What would the major downside of something like the Dell S2716DG then?

Is QHD really that much better than TN that it makes a $300 difference? Or is it one of those thing, like audio quality, that if you can tell the difference, it really makes a difference to you, but if you can't, it really can't? At which point it becomes a question of if you can tell the difference or not?
 

tennis2

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32" 1440p 144Hz curved VA =$280

The only panel I'm aware of with those specs is made by Samsung (in their C32HG70)

FreeSync is fully supported on Nvidia 10xx and 20xx cards, just that they're still working on the whitelist of monitors that will AUTO ENABLE FreeSync for. If not on the whitelist, you can still manually enable it.

At this point, the only thing you're doing by buying GSync is paying more and making a commitment to buy at least your next GPU from Nvidia (or until your monitor gets replaced, so maybe more than one upgrade cycle)
 

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So since I currently have a 970, I could potentially run into some issues with a 970 and a monitor with FreeSync instead of GSync until such time as I upgrade to 10XX or 20XX series?

Thank you for the feedback!
 

thtran6

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That is not very true.
Up until last week, FreeSync monitors and Nvidia card have not been compatible.

You can have a Nvidia card and can DEFINITELY still use a Freesync monitor, there is absolutely no problem. BUT, you won't be able to use the active real-time sync feature (variable refresh rate) because the two are not yet compatible.

In other words, using a Freesync monitor on a Nvidia card is the same as having a regular monitor. At this point you might just save more money by buying a regular monitor with no syncing capability at all.

Last week is when Nvidia announced that their proprietary Gsync technology will be able to work with a certain limited Freesync monitor. But the list is short, and your mileage may vary.

After all, if ALL that we have to do is simply click a button to manually enable Gsync on a Freesync monitor to work with nvidia cards, nobody in the world would buy Gsync monitors right?

Refer to these posts for more information:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/use-amd-freesync-nvidia-gpu,37701.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3000889/nvidia-card-freesync-monitor.html
https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/630489-free-sync-monitor-with-nvidia-card/
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3642498/nvidia-gpu-freesync-monitor-question.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3796525/nvidia-gpu-freesync-monitor.html
 

tennis2

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You're confusing auto enabling freesync (the short list you're talking about) and manually enabling freesync (in nvidia settings yourself, which can be done on EVERY freesync monitor)

The whitelist is comically small at this point. I expected better from nvidia to be honest. Alphabetical order anyone? They also didn't test 400 other monitors to get those 12. Similarities are evident, the most glaring of which is the 2.4:1 high/low refresh rate requirement.

 

thtran6

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By "manually enabling freesync" in Nvidia setting, do you mean Vertical - Adaptive Vsync found in Manage 3D setting from Nvidia Control Panel?
Yes, you are right. That option is available for ANY monitor, as long as you have an Nvidia card.

However, that option is not to be confused with Gsync/Freesync technology. Adaptive Vsync does not sync the monitor to the GPU's frame output like FreeSync/G-Sync do.

More infor:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2998537/adaptive-vsync-freesync-monitor-nvidia-card.html
https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/526340-adaptive-sync-vs-freesync-vs-gsync/
 

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