Gaming Monitor April 2011

In the market for a monitor ranging from $300-$700. I'll be using a single 580 or two 6950s. Probably a single 580, and then upgrade to sli in the future.

Currently looking at these models:

Alienware AW2310: 23" / 3ms RT / 120Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 80,000:1 CRatio

Acer GD235: 23" / 2ms RT / 120Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 80,000:1 CRatio

ASUS VG236H: 23" / 2ms RT / 120Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 100,000:1 CRatio

LG W2486L: 24" / 2ms RT / ?? Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 2,000,000:1 CRatio

Samsung S27A550H: 27" / 2ms RT / 60Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 1,000,000:1 CRatio

Planar PX2710MW: 27" / 2ms RT / 60Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 1200:1 CRatio

ViewSonic VX2739WM: 27" / 1ms RT / 60Hz Refresh Rate / 1920 x 1080 / 1200:1 CRatio

Any other important specs about monitors that factors into their performances that I missed? Any other monitors worth considering in my price range? Is a few more inches worth losing the 120hz refresh rate? Is there somewhere I can view the black-white-black response times and the real contrast ratios?

On a side note, the Acer HN274H needs to be released!
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    Hi ok since your going the nvidia way then you can look at the 3d ones.
    The best one out of the bunch are the alienware one you got up there. You might look for the Asus one aswell its bundled with the 3d package going for 499 at the moment

    Remember for 3d you need a 3d capable monitor and a 120hz refresh rate. So you can count out those 60hz models

    Acer HN274H: 27" / 2ms RT / 120Hz Refresh Rate / 1920×1080 / CRatio 100,000,000:1

    So, the 23" or the 27" (if both are 120hz)?
  2. "BWB" response time are not provided. GTG response times are standard specs now. It used to be Black-To-White several years ago.

    Focus on Static Contrast ratios (typically between 700:1 to 1200:1) rather than Dynamic Contrast ratios.

    Is it better to get a larger 60Hz monitor than a smaller 120Hz monitor? That's up to you to decide. If you want 3D games and movies, then you don't have a choice, but to get a 120Hz monitor.
  3. I have 3 of the Alienware AW2310's in vision surround mode. Overall I think they are great monitors because they are fast and bright and very uniform. The colors are also very good but I had to sacrifice viewing angle for fast speed since this is a TN panel. They are all TN panels BTW unless you buy an IPS panel and those are not gaming monitors. If you get the Alienware make sure you enable Overdrive mode as this will help in 3D gaming most of all.
  4. Acer HN274H 27"
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    MikeArms24 Stryker31:
    "Pros: I've been waiting patiently and checking the internet constantly for over a year for a 27" 3D Vision monitor to come out, ever since Asus teased us last year. Finally I now have the monitor of my dreams and it exceeds all of my expectations. The build quality on this monitor is fantastic. I came from the Alienware AW2310 and this monitor blows it away. The ghosting is the least I've seen, and the size is perfect. With the widescreen view on this baby the immersion level is unreal. I really like the dot pitch, there is no "tearing" of the pixels that I really disliked about the Alienware. This monitor is awesome, and I am stoked because products like this will be driving the 3D market and I love 3D.

    Cons: The stand is only tilt adjustable, but you can connect a vesa stand which I did.

    Other Thoughts: I use this with Two GTX470's Overclocked in SLI"

    On Newegg it has all 5 star ratings (except the guy with 4, who basically gave a 5star rating in words anyways).

    Best answer selected by scorpinot.

    2nd place goes to the Alienware AW2310 with honorably mention in the price category.
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