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Best 1440p monitor for gaming?

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So recently I have been really interested in upgrading my monitor. What I am looking for is a IPS monitor since it has amazing colors which would still be good for gaming. 1440p or even 4k would be great. I mainly play games like Battlefield and Total War, Wargame, Fifa, and similar other games. I know 120 hz is the best for FPS ,but I have heard that there are IPS monitors that can hit 100 hz or even 120 hz with losing only very little quality. Is this true? Can you really reach 100-120 hz using an ips?

At the moment, I don't have a budget, first I just want to see what I can get to get as close as possible to my "wants". 2K would be better than 4k since I doubt my single 7970 OC could power 4k while getting a decent frame rate.

So what I am mainly looking for is amazing picture quality, 1440 x 2560, as high as possible refresh rate, and a reliable brand/ warranty service. No pirated brands please.

So far by browsing some forums I have looked at this http://www.amazon.com/QNIX-QX2710-Evolution-LED-Monitor/dp/B00BUI44US.
The specs and reviews are pretty good ,but... can you overclock it to a high refresh rate without losing a lot of quality?

Please just post any recommendations.

Edit * Minimum bleeding.
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  1. Best answer
    4K isn't any good unless you've got 3 x Titans in SLI. And the PSU to match And a cpu that won't choke them - X79 mobo with hex core.

    So 2 1/2 K maybe - 2560 x 1440 eg Asus - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1368&products_id=21516
  2. i7Baby said:
    4K isn't any good unless you've got 3 x Titans in SLI. And the PSU to match And a cpu that won't choke them - X79 mobo with hex core.

    So 2 1/2 K maybe - 2560 x 1440 eg Asus - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1368&products_id=21516


    Cool. Is that an IPS?
  3. i7Baby said:
    4K isn't any good unless you've got 3 x Titans in SLI. And the PSU to match And a cpu that won't choke them - X79 mobo with hex core.

    So 2 1/2 K maybe - 2560 x 1440 eg Asus - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1368&products_id=21516


    This is an absurd lie. Two 290x are way enough... not to mention Nvidia is choking at 4K because of bandwith and memory, but not AMD.
  4. I would definitely agree with i7. I have the same monitor and I absolutely love it. The picture looks amazing, it looks so much nicer then my Samsung LED monitor. Its a 60hz IPS panel with a 5MS response time which has not cause any issues for me while playing battlefield or any other fps.
  5. I personally have a QNIX 2710... i bought it about a year ago from ebay... i paid like $309 shipped from fleabay.

    Mine OC'd to 117hz... at 118hz it starts to get distortion... but some people have gottne them up to 144hz! it's luck of the draw.

    The tools to overclock them are SUPER simple, and overclock.net has links for them. its literally someone really smart made an application that you push a few simple buttons and it's done.

    the 2710 is based on samsung PLS panel... which is a slightly different tech than IPS... but same concept.

    I love it... been playing arkham origins at about 90fps at 1440p with maxed settings with my 770 4gb sli setup... monitors work great as daily multitasking as well with all the screen real estate.

    i couldnt be happier with mine.. if you cant tell

    all of those cheaper 4k monitors only truly handle 30fps by the way... like the 'seiki' brand.
    i think samsung is about to release a 4k that does 60fps for like $700.
    but you do need 3 titans if you want to play at 60fps... 4k eats VRAM for breakfast and then some more for lunch
  6. StormyIV said:
    I would definitely agree with i7. I have the same monitor and I absolutely love it. The picture looks amazing, it looks so much nicer then my Samsung LED monitor. Its a 60hz IPS panel with a 5MS response time which has not cause any issues for me while playing battlefield or any other fps.


    Can you overclock it to around 100 hz ? Either way I doubt it that I can press past 60 fps with a single 7970 OC at 2560 x 1440 ,but you know, I just want to make sure that if I want to overclock than I can.
  7. lowriderflow said:
    I personally have a QNIX 2710... i bought it about a year ago from ebay... i paid like $309 shipped from fleabay.

    Mine OC'd to 117hz... at 118hz it starts to get distortion... but some people have gottne them up to 144hz! it's luck of the draw.

    The tools to overclock them are SUPER simple, and overclock.net has links for them. its literally someone really smart made an application that you push a few simple buttons and it's done.

    the 2710 is based on samsung PLS panel... which is a slightly different tech than IPS... but same concept.

    I love it... been playing arkham origins at about 90fps at 1440p with maxed settings with my 770 4gb sli setup... monitors work great as daily multitasking as well with all the screen real estate.

    i couldnt be happier with mine.. if you cant tell

    all of those cheaper 4k monitors only truly handle 30fps by the way... like the 'seiki' brand.
    i think samsung is about to release a 4k that does 60fps for like $700.
    but you do need 3 titans if you want to play at 60fps... 4k eats VRAM for breakfast and then some more for lunch


    Do you think that the QNIX could compete quality-wise with the asus?
  8. Any good reason to spend $150 more to get the Asus? Or should I wait for newer technology or should I just go ahead and buy it? In other words... Am I future proof with the Asus or QNIX?
  9. the QNIX is essentially a samsung... when it comes to quality, their panels are top tier. the thing looks brilliant. I'm typically critical of stuff... but i couldn't say enough good things about hte QNIX> mine has no bleed at all. (the stand is a bit of a process to remove, you have to open up hte monitor backplate.... takes 30 minutes start to finish)

    Oddly enough, i have it sitting next to two ASUS VS238H-P monitors.
    It looks just as brilliant as they do... but I do have a custom color profile on my monitor.
    I'd say the QX2710 default settings are 'ok'.... again, overclock.net guys have easy peezy profiles to try out.
  10. lowriderflow said:
    the QNIX is essentially a samsung... when it comes to quality, their panels are top tier. the thing looks brilliant. I'm typically critical of stuff... but i couldn't say enough good things about hte QNIX> mine has no bleed at all. (the stand is a bit of a process to remove, you have to open up hte monitor backplate.... takes 30 minutes start to finish)

    Oddly enough, i have it sitting next to two ASUS VS238H-P monitors.
    It looks just as brilliant as they do... but I do have a custom color profile on my monitor.
    I'd say the QX2710 default settings are 'ok'.... again, overclock.net guys have easy peezy profiles to try out.


    Ya the Asus I was talking about is the PB278Q... Anyways, reviews seem legit but the only thing that is making me hesitant is that it is not a very well known company and sounds like it is counterfeit so warranty and everything could be sketchy. Other than that sounds good and seems like a great price/performance ratio.
  11. sorry i half answered your question... let me put it this way... unless you're mega rich, I would not buy any 1440p monitor except the QNIX. I work in computer engineering... and I work from home 3 days a week... and I'm uber anal about enjoying my visuals.... so more or less I'm staring at it front and center 5 days a week with the two ASUS's mounted to either side... and i have no complaints.

    oddly enough, i just saw they're actually selling for MORE these days than I paid for mine a year ago.
    Either way... even at $350, life is good in the QNIX world! ;0
  12. lowriderflow said:
    sorry i half answered your question... let me put it this way... unless you're mega rich, I would not buy any 1440p monitor except the QNIX. I work in computer engineering... and I work from home 3 days a week... and I'm uber anal about enjoying my visuals.... so more or less I'm staring at it front and center 5 days a week with the two ASUS's mounted to either side... and i have no complaints.

    oddly enough, i just saw they're actually selling for MORE these days than I paid for mine a year ago.
    Either way... even at $350, life is good in the QNIX world! ;0


    You are really persuading me here lol . Where do you think I could buy this in Canada for the best price?
  13. go to Overclock.net... people been buying these QNIX since they started leaking out of asia in fall of 2012!

    yes, the warranty will be a hassle... b/c they'll make you ship it to asia on your dime, which wil be more $ than it's worth... if you ever have issue.

    However, i bought mine on fleabay for $309 and got a squaretrade 3 year warranty for $35.... which if it ever dies, they pay for me to ship it to them, then they cover a new one or give me my 309 back
  14. lowriderflow said:
    go to Overclock.net... people been buying these QNIX since they started leaking out of asia in fall of 2012!

    yes, the warranty will be a hassle... b/c they'll make you ship it to asia on your dime, which wil be more $ than it's worth... if you ever have issue.

    However, i bought mine on fleabay for $309 and got a squaretrade 3 year warranty for $35.... which if it ever dies, they pay for me to ship it to them, then they cover a new one or give me my 309 back


    I actually found thishttp://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-QNIX-QX2710-LED-Evolution-2-27-Samsung-PLS-WQHD-Monitor-Tempered-Glass-/121089977041?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c31866ad1&_uhb=1 . VERY GOOD PRICE. I mean this thing is $300 cheaper.
  15. do any of you other guys have an opinion/suggestion towards which one would be better? Either way, are both future proof?
  16. buy it on ebay/amazon thers also a few other PC parts comanies that sell them. i'd buy on ebay for the squaretrade warranty.

    I'm that happy with mine that I'm on here promoting it to you without any compensation. lol.
    they should be paying me!

    but seriuosly.. 1440p is awesome... i had a 7950 xfx black crossfire setup running it last year when i first got it... so you'd want another 7970 to really bang out those FPS! but even if you dont have a 2nd gpu..you're future proof for years
  17. green-sum is who i bought mine from on ebay... so i can give a thumbs up there.

    i mean 10 available with 158 sold should tell you something.

    damn, i might need to get another at that price.. $289!
  18. FYI... the DVI-d dual link cable they include is not enough for 1440p at more than 60fps/hz... its a cheapo cable.

    I bought an extra thick one from monoprice for$15. IF you plan on gaming at 120hz... you'll need that.
  19. Got two Qnix's, both do 100Hz, neither have any dead pixels, one had more backlight bleed than I liked, took it apart and fixed most of it. Came from one of those 120Hz Asus 3D monitors, theres obviously more motion blur but I tested them side by side and couldn't feel any difference in input lag. Overall super happy I went with it.
  20. Me? I got a 1080p Asus monitor (VE247). Asus are more expensive but more reliable. Have a look at reviews of whatever you're considering. Its your money.
  21. Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014
  22. tmacg55 said:
    Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014


    That looks awesome but $800 price tag is a bit high and g-sync is something I can't use with my 7970. I mean on $800 I would get a 290X...
  23. TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014


    That looks awesome but $800 price tag is a bit high and g-sync is something I can't use with my 7970. I mean on $800 I would get a 290X...


    Even without using the G-Sync feature it is still the best 1440p monitor possible. I myself use a 1440p Yamakasi Q270 and love it for gaming. It just turned 1 years old in the beginning of April and runs like the day I got it.. 0 zero dead pixels, excellent back with good uniformity, and no cosmetic or hardware flaws. I game like 10 hours a week on it playing CS:GO, Grid 2, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4. I over clocked it to 90Hz, but went back down to 60Hz because I heard that damages the monitor and puts it at much higher risk and did not want to chance it because Korean monitors don't exactly have the "best support" haha. :)
  24. tmacg55 said:
    TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014


    That looks awesome but $800 price tag is a bit high and g-sync is something I can't use with my 7970. I mean on $800 I would get a 290X...


    Even without using the G-Sync feature it is still the best 1440p monitor possible. I myself use a 1440p Yamakasi Q270 and love it for gaming. It just turned 1 years old in the beginning of April and runs like the day I got it.. 0 zero dead pixels, excellent back with good uniformity, and no cosmetic or hardware flaws. I game like 10 hours a week on it playing CS:GO, Grid 2, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4. I over clocked it to 90Hz, but went back down to 60Hz because I heard that damages the monitor and puts it at much higher risk and did not want to chance it because Korean monitors don't exactly have the "best support" haha. :)

    Oh cool. If I recall correctly, Yamakasi, Shimian, QNIX, and overlord are all the same deal right? All of them provide the same thing except I'm not sure which one would offer the better monitor....hmmm
  25. This one looks pretty good too http://www.ebay.com/itm/Achieva-Shimian-QH2700-IPSMS-Edge-Eco-27-2560x1440-AH-IPS-LED-DVI-PC-Monitor-/131026644305?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1e81cbed51 its only .5 ms more than the Qnix. The Yamakasi is as expensive as the Asus. And I've read that Overlord makes pretty good monitors too... Any of you have any experiences with the Shimian and Overlord monitors?
  26. TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014


    That looks awesome but $800 price tag is a bit high and g-sync is something I can't use with my 7970. I mean on $800 I would get a 290X...


    Even without using the G-Sync feature it is still the best 1440p monitor possible. I myself use a 1440p Yamakasi Q270 and love it for gaming. It just turned 1 years old in the beginning of April and runs like the day I got it.. 0 zero dead pixels, excellent back with good uniformity, and no cosmetic or hardware flaws. I game like 10 hours a week on it playing CS:GO, Grid 2, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4. I over clocked it to 90Hz, but went back down to 60Hz because I heard that damages the monitor and puts it at much higher risk and did not want to chance it because Korean monitors don't exactly have the "best support" haha. :)

    Oh cool. If I recall correctly, Yamakasi, Shimian, QNIX, and overlord are all the same deal right? All of them provide the same thing except I'm not sure which one would offer the better monitor....hmmm


    They all use LG panels. and that Achieva is a great deal and I love that price, think I spent about $400 on mine. I'd say go with it!

    *Edit- I do remember paying extra for mine because I got the "perfect pixel guarantee" I would advise you doing the same if you have OCD about having every last pixel. I heard that when there one or two pixels dead on a 1440p monitor that you can't notice unless you're an inch away, but its up to you.
  27. tmacg55 said:
    TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    TechiGamer said:
    tmacg55 said:
    Or, wait for this which has a high end TN display with a true 8-bit color display, but has 144Hz, 1ms RT, and g-sync.. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7627/asus-at-ces-2014


    That looks awesome but $800 price tag is a bit high and g-sync is something I can't use with my 7970. I mean on $800 I would get a 290X...


    Even without using the G-Sync feature it is still the best 1440p monitor possible. I myself use a 1440p Yamakasi Q270 and love it for gaming. It just turned 1 years old in the beginning of April and runs like the day I got it.. 0 zero dead pixels, excellent back with good uniformity, and no cosmetic or hardware flaws. I game like 10 hours a week on it playing CS:GO, Grid 2, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4. I over clocked it to 90Hz, but went back down to 60Hz because I heard that damages the monitor and puts it at much higher risk and did not want to chance it because Korean monitors don't exactly have the "best support" haha. :)

    Oh cool. If I recall correctly, Yamakasi, Shimian, QNIX, and overlord are all the same deal right? All of them provide the same thing except I'm not sure which one would offer the better monitor....hmmm


    They all use LG panels. and that Achieva is a great deal and I love that price, think I spent about $400 on mine. I'd say go with it!


    Plus it is 1.5 ms faster than the QNIX. They also come with perfect pixel at $350. But they examine the monitor 50cm away lol . Doesn't make much sense. But ya I think I'm really interested in the Shimian there. I just hope I won't get an "Import" invoice with the delivery man.
  28. I apologize for not having the time to read all the posts above but, if money is not an issues then I would definitely recommend this monitor. https://www.asus.com/us/News/xXtX0FNhXQWPrry7

    it has a 1ms response time, 1440p, and is also 120hz so I would assume you dont have to over clock it(not to sure on that tho I have no experience over clocking monitors). Although it is a TN panel and not IPS.
  29. StormyIV said:
    I apologize for not having the time to read all the posts above but, if money is not an issues then I would definitely recommend this monitor. https://www.asus.com/us/News/xXtX0FNhXQWPrry7

    it has a 1ms response time, 1440p, and is also 120hz so I would assume you dont have to over clock it(not to sure on that tho I have no experience over clocking monitors). Although it is a TN panel and not IPS.


    Thanks for the recommendation ,but as I stated earlier $800 is a little bit too high... But thanks for the suggestion anyways, I always appreciate any help from the community. And as you said you didn't have time to read through it so no worries.
  30. Alright guys, I picked up the Asus pb279q and I must say it is truly amazing. Coming from a low end 21.5 inch TN panel I am blown away by this thing. On Battlefield 4 on Ultra I do not see any lag at 2k which is amazing. I thought 7970 crossfire would only give me that magic.

    I seem to have 5 dead pixels so I'm going to have to return it and get a new one again. I was fortunate though to get this for $520 though. Seemed like a good price and since my old monitor happened to die, it came out quite well.

    Thanks again ,all of you, for helping me out in choosing an amazing monitor. I have never seen such amazing detail and colors.
    Cheers!
  31. Wow just exchanged it and now I have 11 DEAD pixels.... Makes me start to question Asus's quality control. Is this normal to have so many dead pixels on a monitor known as "The best monitor on the market" ????

    I could only see around 5 just by sitting around a meter away (Still a lot). I could only see the rest with a magnifying glass ,but still a $700 monitor should be PERFECT.
  32. TechiGamer said:
    Wow just exchanged it and now I have 11 DEAD pixels.... Makes me start to question Asus's quality control. Is this normal to have so many dead pixels on a monitor known as "The best monitor on the market" ????

    I could only see around 5 just by sitting around a meter away (Still a lot). I could only see the rest with a magnifying glass ,but still a $700 monitor should be PERFECT.


    Let's just say my Yamakasi Q270 on the first try has 0 dead pixels.. ASUS is getting lazy on their QC if that's the case.
  33. We have 2 Asus monitors in the house and not a dead pixel between them.
  34. I just exchanged the one with the dead pixels and this new one is finally pixel perfect. I'm glad though that I was able to purchase it from a local retailer since returning it twice online would have been tough.

    Strange thing, I thought that some black specks were dead pixels ,but the guy just rubbed it quite hard and it disappeared. I obviously tried to do that myself but I guess I didn't rub hard enough lol .

    So disregard the 11 pixels... it was only 1 right in the middle. At least I know next time that I need to rub it quite considerably before inspecting for dead pixels lol.

    No regrets now :)
  35. Is it worth to get a warranty for the monitor? For 4 years it cost $125. A lot of money just for warranty... Is it common for dead pixels to form? Is it worth the money?
  36. TechiGamer said:
    Is it worth to get a warranty for the monitor? For 4 years it cost $125. A lot of money just for warranty... Is it common for dead pixels to form? Is it worth the money?


    Well, I've never had dead pixels grow on my monitors, but I baby mine.. I never have myself or anyone else touch the screen and always turn it off when ever I don't use it, and mine gets a lot of use throughout the week. If you plan on bringing the monitor on trips or what not then get a warranty. If you plan to keep the monitor stationary on your desk for the rest of its life, then the warranty is not necessary (assuming there are no kids/pets around that can potentially damage it).
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