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Any one with 30 inch 2560X1600 Monitors?

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a b C Monitor
November 6, 2012 8:45:28 PM

I have a 24 inch 1920X1200 monitor and like it. I am upgrading my four year old computer and want to upgrade the monitor too. It seems I need to go to a 30 inch 2560X1600 monitor for an appreciable boost. The monitors are hideously expensive and I will have to go with a Korean EBAY one. I am interested in a "perfect pixel" one that tends to cost about $740.

Does anyone out there have one of these panels? How are they for gaming? Fast enough?

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a c 99 C Monitor
November 9, 2012 12:26:10 PM
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first a comparison of pixels per inch or ppi which gives a good representation of how "sharp" a monitor will look. as you can see a 2560x monitor is only 7% better with easily a 200-300% increase in price.

2560x1600 @ 30" = 101 ppi
1920x1200 @ 24" = 94 ppi
1920x1080 @ 20" = 110 ppi

what you do gain is a larger surface area without having to deal with two monitors and a bezel. remember that this high resolution can be very demanding on hardware if you want any sort of decent framerate and upgrades are more frequent then if you used a lesser resolution. also remember that 1080p video looks best at 1920x1080 not on 2560x1600 if you watch movies.

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as far as buying a korean pixel perfect monitor for $740 i personally feel this is not a very good idea. such companies are normally hit or miss in terms of quality. selling pixel perfect and stuck pixel models just proves it. also good luck trying to get a warranty claim out of them.

you would be far better suited to go with a refurbished model of a known brand such as the dell u3011.

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"Refurbished Dell U3011 30" LCD Monitors - $869 at Dell Outlet ...www.ozbargain.com.au/node/77181Cached
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Aug 13, 2012 – Dell have 2 x U3011 refurbished monitors available at $869.00, cheapest i've seen for a refurb. New these are going $1699.00. Pretty good ..."

for $150 more i would call it no-contest.

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of course you are more than willing to buy whatever you want. i'm just saying that it might not be the "appreciable boost" you are thinking and that what you gain is not very much in terms of %increase/price ratio.

i would suggest you give it alot of thought as far as what you actually expect to do with your computer. remember, bigger is not always better.
a b C Monitor
November 12, 2012 2:27:29 AM

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a b C Monitor
November 13, 2012 2:47:37 AM

Once you try a 30 incher, you can never go back. It's true that they aren't any sharper than a good 24 inch 1920x1200, but the extra screen space is wonderful. I have a Dell U3011, and I love it. For gaming, it's plenty fast, and if you have the graphics horsepower to drive games at the full native resolution, it's an incredible experience (it is quite demanding on your GPU though).

Oh, and ssddx: I agree, bigger is not always better. However, bigger with more pixels and at least the same pixel density is always better :D 
March 30, 2013 6:07:59 AM

Personally, i feel 3011 a bit to big for me given the distance to the monitor. If I would be buying again, I'd go for 27" with 2560x1600 resolution. 30" is just big enough for eye movement to be insufficient if you are looking from corner to corner, I noticed I move my head a bit when an object on the screen moves from one side to another
a c 122 C Monitor
March 30, 2013 10:12:28 AM

cjl said:
Once you try a 30 incher, you can never go back. It's true that they aren't any sharper than a good 24 inch 1920x1200, but the extra screen space is wonderful. I have a Dell U3011, and I love it. For gaming, it's plenty fast, and if you have the graphics horsepower to drive games at the full native resolution, it's an incredible experience (it is quite demanding on your GPU though).

Oh, and ssddx: I agree, bigger is not always better. However, bigger with more pixels and at least the same pixel density is always better :D 


That isn't even always true. You lose gaming performance at higher resolutions.
a b C Monitor
April 1, 2013 10:22:31 AM

bystander said:
cjl said:
Once you try a 30 incher, you can never go back. It's true that they aren't any sharper than a good 24 inch 1920x1200, but the extra screen space is wonderful. I have a Dell U3011, and I love it. For gaming, it's plenty fast, and if you have the graphics horsepower to drive games at the full native resolution, it's an incredible experience (it is quite demanding on your GPU though).

Oh, and ssddx: I agree, bigger is not always better. However, bigger with more pixels and at least the same pixel density is always better :D 


That isn't even always true. You lose gaming performance at higher resolutions.


You'll notice that I did say it is demanding on the GPU, and that it's an incredible experience if you have the graphics horsepower. You can always turn down the graphics settings though...
July 4, 2013 12:29:39 PM

Have you bought a monitor yet? If not, I bought a 27" Shimian QH270-lite 2560x1440 and a 30" 30q5 Crossover 2560x1600. Both transactions were delivered from South Korea. I can share the experiences.
a b C Monitor
July 4, 2013 2:34:41 PM

shaboden said:
Have you bought a monitor yet? If not, I bought a 27" Shimian QH270-lite 2560x1440 and a 30" 30q5 Crossover 2560x1600. Both transactions were delivered from South Korea. I can share the experiences.


Thanks for the note. No, I went ahead and bought a Dell U3011 new. I absolutely love it. Ironically, at work I have the new Dell U3014. It is driven by LED's. Runs a bit cooler. Both monitors are nice and "perfect pixel."
July 14, 2013 10:32:05 PM

I bought a 30 inch Monoprice 2560x1600, and it has no dead pixels. Shipping was much faster than the koreans, and it has a 1 year American Warranty.

Ive been running it with a midrange 2gb GTX 560ti Boost, and it has been handling World Of Tanks fine at native resolution (AA turned off, and about 75% of the settings on high, the other 25% of the settings on medium). I just picked up the GTX 760 4GB card for $300, and am hoping that card will let me run everything on high.

The bottom line is its a fantastic monitor with a good warranty. GL to u
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