[SOLVED] Looking for a 1440p 144hz monitor

LordMikeus

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Gonna answer the guidelines first.

1. What Is Your Country Of Origin?
England

2. What do you plan to do with this monitor? (ex. Games, Movie Watching, Photo Editing, etc.)
Gaming

3. What resolution and screen size do you want?
27" 1440p

4. What refresh rate do you want? (ex. 60 hz , 70 hz.)
144hz

5. How much are you looking to spend?
£400?

6. Brands Preferred (ex. Samsung, Acer, Asus, AOC, HP, Viewsonic, etc. )
Any

7. Brands Not Preferred (state reason why)
N/A

8. Are You Buying More Than One Monitor?
No

9. How Many Displays Can Your GPU Support Maximum? And what GPU and driver version are you using if applicable?
Using the GTX-2080.

10. What Port Do You Want To Connect To (ex. DVI-D, HDMI, etc).
I need a HDMI free for my Vive so whatever else will work.

11. Is This Monitor A Primary Display Or A Secondary Display?
This will be my primary monitor but I'd still like to use my current monitor at the same time as an extra screen for general purpose stuff if that won't cause issues. My current monitor is: https://eu.aoc.com/en/products/i2769vm

12. Is This A Secondary Display For A Laptop?
No.


Really I just want things to start looking better, getting frames above 60 and really put to use the GTX-2080 till I get a new CPU + Motherboard for Ray Tracing. Now I just need a suitable Monitor. G-sync would be a bonus as far as I know but I'm sure people know more than me so all recommendations are fine. Trying to keep it under £400 if possible but I'll consider higher for a noticeable difference in quality. Perhaps my price is unrealistic for what I'm after so speak up if that's true! I'm happy to consider other resolutions etc as I'm not super knowledgeable, only know the basics so feel free to share recommendations you think are better than what I'm after. I was told 4K won't really work out as well over here so 1440p 144hz seems best: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/4k-system-requirements.3454928/
 

Aeacus

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Here are two to consider:

Dell S2716DG, 27", TN panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms, G-Sync. But it's a bit out of your budget (£450),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-S2716DG-Anti-Glare-LED-backlit-Response/dp/B01784K78A

Acer Nitro VG270UPbmiipx, 27", IPS panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms. Within budget (£380),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-VG270UPbmiipx-FreeSync-ZeroFrame-Speakers/dp/B07G9J35CQ

Acer monitor has far better image quality and view angle due to the IPS panel but you need to enable the Visual Response Boost if you want 1ms response time. Dell monitor has G-Sync to reduce screen tearing but it's TN panel colors doesn't look that good and viewing angle is also limited. There are 27", 1440p, 144Hz, IPS panel and G-Sync monitors but their price starts from £640.
 

LordMikeus

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Here are two to consider:

Dell S2716DG, 27", TN panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms, G-Sync. But it's a bit out of your budget (£450),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-S2716DG-Anti-Glare-LED-backlit-Response/dp/B01784K78A

Acer Nitro VG270UPbmiipx, 27", IPS panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms. Within budget (£380),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-VG270UPbmiipx-FreeSync-ZeroFrame-Speakers/dp/B07G9J35CQ

Acer monitor has far better image quality and view angle due to the IPS panel but you need to enable the Visual Response Boost if you want 1ms response time. Dell monitor has G-Sync to reduce screen tearing but it's TN panel colors doesn't look that good and viewing angle is also limited. There are 27", 1440p, 144Hz, IPS panel and G-Sync monitors but their price starts from £640.
What would your recommendations be for the ones in the £640 range. Does seem like IPS would be great and that g-sync would be helpful. I don't want to go smaller than a 27" monitor but if you have anything you'd change or better options in your opinion, I'd be glad to hear them. In the same situation would you choose a TN Panel or go with the IPS monitor? Or just go for the higher costing IPS, G-Sync monitor? Really I'm not too sure on all the FreeSync and G-Sync stuff but it seems like something that would make a great difference to gameplay.
 

LordMikeus

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Here are two to consider:

Dell S2716DG, 27", TN panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms, G-Sync. But it's a bit out of your budget (£450),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-S2716DG-Anti-Glare-LED-backlit-Response/dp/B01784K78A

Acer Nitro VG270UPbmiipx, 27", IPS panel, 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms. Within budget (£380),
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-VG270UPbmiipx-FreeSync-ZeroFrame-Speakers/dp/B07G9J35CQ

Acer monitor has far better image quality and view angle due to the IPS panel but you need to enable the Visual Response Boost if you want 1ms response time. Dell monitor has G-Sync to reduce screen tearing but it's TN panel colors doesn't look that good and viewing angle is also limited. There are 27", 1440p, 144Hz, IPS panel and G-Sync monitors but their price starts from £640.
I bought the Dell in the end. Seems very suitable for what I'm after with a 1ms rate + g-sync. Happy with it being a TN as this seems more suitable for the price and usage I'll have.
 

Aeacus

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Acer Predator XB271HUbmiprz is the £640 IPS monitor with G-Sync,
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Predator-XB271HUbmiprz-ZeroFrame-Adjustable/dp/B017DG09WM

Modern gaming monitors utilize one of the three following types of panels: twisted nematic (TN), in-plane switching (IPS), or vertical alignment (VA).
Here's the color palette with all 3x panels and how they look at different angles;
image:

TN panels are the most popular in low-end monitors because of how cheap they are to manufacture, but they also have a place in the more performance-oriented ones, as they are the fastest panels currently available, able to achieve 240 Hz refresh rates and 1ms response times. However, they have very poor viewing angles and generally limited color reproduction i.e. the colors often appear washed-out. As seen above.

IPS panels prioritize visuals over performance and they have the highest color accuracy and the best viewing angles. While the more expensive ones can reach high refresh rates, IPS panels cannot have a response time lower than 4ms due to technological limitations. Due to that limitation, IPS panels aren't best for fast-paced (competitive) gaming.

VA panels present a viable middle ground between TN and IPS panels. In terms of visuals, they excel when it comes to contrast and can handle color reproduction better than TN panels but are still not quite as good as IPS ones in that department. Performance wise, latest VA panels offer high refresh rates and 1ms response time but they can suffer from some ghosting due to the VA panel design.

If you prefer performance over visuals, go with TN. If you value visuals over performance, go with IPS. If you want the best of both worlds, go with VA.

When it comes to the response time, response time determines how quickly a pixel can change from black to white, from one color to another, or from one shade of grey to another. It is measured in milliseconds (ms), and in practice, it signifies how blurry fast-moving images will be. 1ms (TN/VA panel) monitor ultimately does feel smoother than a 4ms (IPS panel), if only slightly so. If you play a lot of fast-paced games and have mostly used 1ms monitors before, you should probably stick with this response time. In the case that you aren’t used to gaming on a 1ms monitor and don’t care about the slight advantage such a low response time might get you, a 4ms (IPS panel) monitor would do just fine.

I, personally, would go with VA panel since i'm used to gaming on 1ms monitor. I currently have 24", TN panel, 1080p, 60Hz, 1ms monitor and while IPS panel has great colors, it doesn't have that great performance of TN panel. Then again, i'd like to get better colors and VA panel fits the spot quite nicely for me.
Though, thing with VA panels is that not many of them are around to choose from.

This video here sums it up nicely when it comes to different panels in gaming,
youtube:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIu5hBTYTqg

As far as G-Sync goes, it's hard to say if it's needed or not. It all depends on your gaming style. G-Sync would benefit the most in fast-paced games since it would make everything smooth and enjoyable. For casual (slow-paced) gaming, G-Sync may not improve the gaming performance on noticeable level.
Here's further reading about it: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/v-sync-free-sync-g-sync-adaptive-sync-and-fast-sync.2969831/
 

LordMikeus

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Acer Predator XB271HUbmiprz is the £640 IPS monitor with G-Sync,
amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Predator-XB271HUbmiprz-ZeroFrame-Adjustable/dp/B017DG09WM

Modern gaming monitors utilize one of the three following types of panels: twisted nematic (TN), in-plane switching (IPS), or vertical alignment (VA).
Here's the color palette with all 3x panels and how they look at different angles;
image:

TN panels are the most popular in low-end monitors because of how cheap they are to manufacture, but they also have a place in the more performance-oriented ones, as they are the fastest panels currently available, able to achieve 240 Hz refresh rates and 1ms response times. However, they have very poor viewing angles and generally limited color reproduction i.e. the colors often appear washed-out. As seen above.

IPS panels prioritize visuals over performance and they have the highest color accuracy and the best viewing angles. While the more expensive ones can reach high refresh rates, IPS panels cannot have a response time lower than 4ms due to technological limitations. Due to that limitation, IPS panels aren't best for fast-paced (competitive) gaming.

VA panels present a viable middle ground between TN and IPS panels. In terms of visuals, they excel when it comes to contrast and can handle color reproduction better than TN panels but are still not quite as good as IPS ones in that department. Performance wise, latest VA panels offer high refresh rates and 1ms response time but they can suffer from some ghosting due to the VA panel design.

If you prefer performance over visuals, go with TN. If you value visuals over performance, go with IPS. If you want the best of both worlds, go with VA.

When it comes to the response time, response time determines how quickly a pixel can change from black to white, from one color to another, or from one shade of grey to another. It is measured in milliseconds (ms), and in practice, it signifies how blurry fast-moving images will be. 1ms (TN/VA panel) monitor ultimately does feel smoother than a 4ms (IPS panel), if only slightly so. If you play a lot of fast-paced games and have mostly used 1ms monitors before, you should probably stick with this response time. In the case that you aren’t used to gaming on a 1ms monitor and don’t care about the slight advantage such a low response time might get you, a 4ms (IPS panel) monitor would do just fine.

I, personally, would go with VA panel since i'm used to gaming on 1ms monitor. I currently have 24", TN panel, 1080p, 60Hz, 1ms monitor and while IPS panel has great colors, it doesn't have that great performance of TN panel. Then again, i'd like to get better colors and VA panel fits the spot quite nicely for me.
Though, thing with VA panels is that not many of them are around to choose from.

This video here sums it up nicely when it comes to different panels in gaming,
youtube:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIu5hBTYTqg

As far as G-Sync goes, it's hard to say if it's needed or not. It all depends on your gaming style. G-Sync would benefit the most in fast-paced games since it would make everything smooth and enjoyable. For casual (slow-paced) gaming, G-Sync may not improve the gaming performance on noticeable level.
Here's further reading about it: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/v-sync-free-sync-g-sync-adaptive-sync-and-fast-sync.2969831/
Wow, thanks for that amazing reply. I did go with the TN in the end as I play a lot of competitive and fast paced games. I'd like to keep it performance orientated and I really won't notice the colour change. It will honestly be a big improvement from what I have anyway. The price seems suitable and g-sync should be a lovely improvement on top. Very excited to see how things work out. I really appreciate the time you spent on that message, helped me understand a lot that I didn't previously!
 

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