Ultra-wide monitors win over gamers, especially those playing first-person shooters, flight simulators and any game that includes a large virtual world. But these monitors are less practical when editing documents or graphics. For those tasks, you want plenty of vertical space. The solution there is a 32-inch ultrawide. There are plenty of flat examples, (like the BenQ PD3200U I’m using to write this review). That screen is wholly unsuited for gaming though with its 60Hz refresh rate and lack of FreeSync or G-Sync.
Dell has answered the call for a jumbo versatile display with the S3220DGF. By adding an 1800R curvature to a 16:9 32-inch panel, it draws the user into the gaming environment without compromising the Windows desktop or the ability to easily view documents and photos. A 165 Hz refresh rate along with FreeSync 2 HDR and unofficial G-Sync Compatibility means gamers can have a smooth and responsive play experience while enjoying the enhanced dynamic range and extended color provided by a DCI-P3 color gamut.
That Dell has packed all this goodness into a $400 (at the time of writing) display is the icing on the cake. Some may wish for a 4K gaming monitor, but we never missed the extra pixels. When in-game frame rates are hovering around 140 fps, you’ll see plenty of detail and realism in even the most demanding titles. We spent hours exploring the lush worlds of Tomb Raider and relived history in HDR with Call of Duty: WWII. With quick panel response and low input lag, the S3220DGF is perfectly suited for gamers of all skill levels.
At this price, it isn’t possible to buy a FALD backlight display, but Dell’s high-contrast VA panel is the next-best thing. We measured over 3,300:1 in SDR and over 18,000:1 in HDR, making the S3220DGF one of the highest-contrast displays we’ve ever reviewed. Coupled with excellent gaming performance and great value, it’s a top choice for users interested in a large desktop monitor that can do it all.
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I already bought two DELL 27" QHD monitors for work and they are simply amazing.
So having slightly bigger one, curved and 165Hz with HDR seems like the best combination for home, right?
So I have some questions about the monitor, and would love to get some answers, from not only Tom's, but from owners of this monitor.
Are there any issues at all using one of the latest NVIDIA GPUs with this monitor? No flickering, or briefly going blank issues?
How does text look on this monitor? Can you adjust the sharpness of text?
Are there any smearing / ghosting while gaming?
Lastly, the monitor supports DisplayPort 1.4, yet when I look at the included accessories on the Dell website, it says it comes with a DisplayPort 1.2 cable. If true, could this possibly be the reason some are having flickkering, and the brief blanking out issues? Can anyone confirm what the included cable version is? If it is, in fact, a 1.2 included cable, would it be best to purchase a certified 1.4 cable?
I am coming from a 27" QHD monitor and I think the text may be a little less sharp but it is more than acceptable.
The monitor is a little pricey in the mainstream line up but how often do you really need to upgrade once you get to this size of monitor. For me, it was worth paying a little extra.
Hope this helps someone.
I went through the normal rundown: fresh install of Win10 LTSC, used the supplied DP cable, using the latest nvidia drivers, installed the monitor's INF driver, etc. For those of you are curious, I'm running a GeForce GTX Titan X.
Thanks for your reply. Freesync is enabled on the monitor. Is there anything else I may be missing?
Also make sure you use a Displayport cable, Freesync compatible with GSync monitors don't work with HDMI cables if you're using a nVidia GPU.