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February 9, 2014 9:15:08 AM

So, I'm building a rig that has dual GTX 780s (6gig) and I have everything worked out but the monitor. I'm torn between the IPS quality and the 120+hz smoothness. I'm aware I can use V-sync to eliminate tearing from excess FPS that I might get. Trying to keep it under $600 and 27 inches if possible. Also I'm a bit wary of overclocking one. I do game a lot, but I don't play FPS competitively, mostly games like Diablo, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Skyrim, etc.

I've basically narrowed it down to the 2 that I think are the best for me:
Quality - http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch-LED-lit-Profession...
Smoothness - http://www.amazon.com/Series-VG278HE-27-Inch-LED-lit-Mo...

I'm genuinely torn between the two, any input would be awesome. Thanks guys!

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February 9, 2014 9:52:25 AM

If your main gaming usage is for RPGs and other games like that, then the IPS will be a significant increase in clarity and immersion than the 120Hz. Generally people only go to the 120+Hz if they absolutely need the lightning fast response time and motion smoothness that is required to be competitive in FPS.
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February 9, 2014 1:32:48 PM



I've always been kinda weary of those Korean ones. And I might be wrong, but aren't those simply rated for 60 and overclocked to 120? I mean the PB278Q can pretty safely be OC'd up to 85 and I'd rather have an Asus 85hz then a Korean 120hz. I don't wanna come across snobby, I just feel like there's a quality difference.
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February 9, 2014 1:48:50 PM

The PB278Q and the Qnix use the same panel, both Samsung. Difference is the Qnix doesn't have a scaler, benefit is theres less input lag, downside is you cant use it with consoles or laptops. In my opinion (and depending on what monitor you have now) it may be better to save that $500 you would have spent on the Asus and spend it on a 4K monitor in a years time, either way defiantly don't waste your time with a 1080p display with SLI 780's, the second card will just be sitting around doing nothing.

Also btw SLI doesn't double framebuffer.
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February 9, 2014 3:16:52 PM

Appreciate the input, yah I wanted to get at least 1440p, 1080p did seem silly with SLI 780s. The whole $500 isn't a biggie, I'll probably end up upgrading in a year or two to 4k like your suggested, in the meantime I just had one question. With that scaler, how much lag does it really add?
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February 9, 2014 3:52:23 PM



I highly recommend going this route and getting the QNIX QX2710 Evolution II. You can do a simple search on the web for instructions on how to overclock the frame rate to over 100Hz. The quality of the panel is great as you will find with another simple search of reviews.
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February 9, 2014 3:57:58 PM

At one point I too was forced to choose between an IPS and a 120 Hz. screen. Some people on this forum helped me out and I ended up buying a PB238Q, which is actually a very inexpensive IPS screen with an LG AH-IPS panel, an excellent value in my opinion.

I can't recommend IPS enough. I have owned/used quite a few TN panels, even high quality ASUS screens of various flavors including the VG series and while the difference between IPS and TN seems subtle at first, once you get used to how accurate the colors are on an IPS and how much more depth they lend to the images displayed (due to accurate rendering of colors, color gradients, and displaying the full dynamic range of each individual color), you will find it hard to use other monitors. Honestly, with Tracefree set at 40, this monitor at 5 ms GTG outperforms my old ASUS TN panel at "2 ms" GTG in terms of response time. Statistics don't really tell the full story. They are pretty much equivalent and only differ in how they blur the image when you move the camera.

I'm not convinced that "upgrading" from 1080p to 1440p is worth it. As silly as it sounds, running your SLI GTX 780's into a 1080p monitor is going to give you a significantly better "power to weight ratio" ;)  and 1440p hasn't really seen true widespread adoption anyway.
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February 9, 2014 4:29:56 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I feel everyone on the fact that the QNIX has the best of both worlds, but after Googling it I found some awesome reviews and some horrible ones suggesting the 'you get what you pay for' motto. After looking into pretty hard I'ma go with the PB278Q, as the IPS seems to carry more weight for me and I really respect the Asus brand. After a little research it looks like you can overclock the PB278Q to ~85hz, wither I'll do that or not remains to be seen, but it's nice to know that its an option.
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February 9, 2014 4:44:06 PM

PB278Q is PLS, not that it matters much.

You get what you pay for in a sense. Theres no speakers (atleast not ones you'd want to use), non adjustable stand, no OSD and if you have to send it back under warranty its going to take much longer. But other than that, its a $300 PB278Q that overclocks.
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