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March 21, 2013 12:19:51 PM

I'm thinking about buying a new 120/144hz monitor. My choices are between a BenQ XL2411T, BenQ XL2420T, or an Asus VG248QE. I am running off a GB WF3 7950 (soon to be two, well will a 3570k bottleneck it?).

So my questions are:
-What will be best for me (FPS gaming at higher frames)?
-Do all the monitors selected come with DisplayPorts?
-What cable should I purchase to hook my monitor to PC (i heard my HDMI cable doesn't support 120hz, leading me to ask about DisplayPort cables)?
-What are the names that DisplayPorts are called, is it the same as "DVI-DL"?
a b C Monitor
March 21, 2013 12:57:58 PM

DisplayPort is a different plug. It is not any form of DVI or HDMI. DVI-DL is a dual link DVI cable(used for resolutions above 1920 x 1200 and higher refresh rates)

HDMI 1.4b is supposed to support 120hz at 1920 x 1080(1080p).

You are just looking for a DisplayPort(yes its one word :)  ) cable.

March 21, 2013 1:00:17 PM

All three are good for high frame rates provided you have a powerful enough rig to game at above 60 fps.

The ASUS has DisplayPort, and I’m pretty sure the BenQs do not. This is one reason I recently bought the Asus VG248QE. Of course, you will need to be sure that your graphics card has DisplayPort, too.

DisplayPort is the best and able to push 120Hz at ultra-high resolutions. Second best is dual link DVI. Third best is HDMI. If your graphics card has a DisplayPort interface, go with a DisplayPort cable. Otherwise, a dual link DVI is great. The ASUS comes with a short DVI cable.

DisplayPort is usually identified as just that: “DisplayPort.” DVI-DL is DVI-Dual Link, which is a perfectly good interface unless your computer is so powerful that you can run games at 2560 x 1440 at above 60Hz/60 fps.

These are all good gaming monitors. Just be aware that these ultrafast monitors are not the best with color reproduction, and you will have to calibrate the colors when you hook up your new monitor.

DVI-DL is probably just fine for your needs.

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March 21, 2013 1:17:22 PM

ZippyPeanut said:
All three are good for high frame rates provided you have a powerful enough rig to game at above 60 fps.

The ASUS has DisplayPort, and I’m pretty sure the BenQs do not. This is one reason I recently bought the Asus VG248QE. Of course, you will need to be sure that your graphics card has DisplayPort, too.

DisplayPort is the best and able to push 120Hz at ultra-high resolutions. Second best is dual link DVI. Third best is HDMI. If your graphics card has a DisplayPort interface, go with a DisplayPort cable. Otherwise, a dual link DVI is great. The ASUS comes with a short DVI cable.

DisplayPort is usually identified as just that: “DisplayPort.” DVI-DL is DVI-Dual Link, which is a perfectly good interface unless your computer is so powerful that you can run games at 2560 x 1440 at above 60Hz/60 fps.

These are all good gaming monitors. Just be aware that these ultrafast monitors are not the best with color reproduction, and you will have to calibrate the colors when you hook up your new monitor.

DVI-DL is probably just fine for your needs.

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My 7950 has two miniDisplayPorts, so if i were to get the Asus, i would buy a MiniDisplay-DisplayPort cable? Since my GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) only has DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort out puts, there is on way i could use the BenQ monitors?
March 21, 2013 1:25:06 PM

What is "D-Sub"?
a b C Monitor
March 21, 2013 1:27:58 PM

D-sub is the analog VGA.

Do not use it unless you have to. I am not sure if it will do what you want anyway. it works good to connect a second PC to the monitor(lets say a home server or something).

As the other user says, DVI-DL if you can.

If you want to use DP, you need a screen that has it(Asus). You can get adapters from DP -> DVI, but most are just single link, this is not going to cut it as single link dvi is good for 1920 x 1200 @ 60hz
March 21, 2013 1:38:43 PM

Asus it is :)  and I need to purchase a MiniDisplay to DisplayPort cable?
a b C Monitor
March 21, 2013 5:59:12 PM

If you are only using the one screen, you may just use a DVI-D(NOT DVI-I) cable if you have one.

heck your cables, chances are you have a DVI-D kicking around.


It is up to you, DisplayPort IS newer and better. and yes, if you have mini DP, you will want a mini dp->DP cable
March 22, 2013 7:33:40 AM

It’s very odd that they put two MINI DiplayPorts on this card. I wonder why. It seems like it would be a better idea to have at least one normal DisplayPort!

This changes things a little. If you really want to use DisplayPort on this setup with the ASUS monitor, then your DisplayPort cable will need to be a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter cable. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-ali...

Since this monitor’s resolution does not exceed 1920 X 1080, I’d just use the DVI cable that comes with the monitor.
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