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Lightboost has changed my gaming experience.,
This review is from: ASUS VG248QE 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor (Personal Computers)First and foremost let me just start by saying I am not going to judge this monitor on its subpar color reproduction and lack of color depth since it is only a TN panel and it is only to be expected if compared to a panel more suited to produce accurate colors, such as an IPS panel. So, let's all get realistic here and accept the fact that with LCDs you have to either sacrifice image quality for smooth motion or vice versa.
Second if you're a believer that anything over 30FPS isn't going to make a difference because somewhere along the road you heard that humans can only see up to 30fps. While there is some truth in there, it has highly been skewed. The reality is that the human mind only needs 12-24 frames displayed per second to be tricked into thinking that it is seeing motion, so think of this more as a minimum requirement, not a maximum. The eye is constantly taking in new visual information far quicker than 30 fps. Remember we are humans not cameras, so we are not limited to a mechanical shutter speed. By increasing the amount of frames that your monitor can display you are also increasing the rate at which you will be able to react since the information in your mind is being refreshed twice as quickly as a person with a 60hz monitor.
Finally Lightboost pushes the high frame rate to the next level by strobbing the backlight on and off between frame switches. A crude way to demonstrate this is by looking at a spinning fan. If you simply stare at the fan blades you're only going to see a blurry, translucent circle. However, if you begin to blink quickly while looking at the fan blades then you'll notice that you're able to see a clear image of the fan blades between every blink rather than the blurry circle that you observed with your eyes open the whole time. However, on a monitor there is also the refresh rate which lends to blurring as it will have a slight ghost image which remains as the image is refreshing. Even with the quick 1ms refresh rate you'll still notice some ghosting, though with Lightboost the backlight is off for most of the duration that the image is transitioning until it has mostly refreshed the panel with the next frame by-passing most of the ghosting all together.
I personally wasn't a huge believer of higher frame rate monitors until my 60hz monitors really started to bug me and strain my eyes during longer gaming sessions. I made the decision to switch my primary monitor from an IPS back to a TN just for the benefit of a smoother picture and I'd say it is worth it. My FPS gaming experience has greatly improved and aiming has become so much easier. I totally believe in the advantages of higher frame rate, reduced blur, and minimal input lag. I am not in love with the image quality, but the motion smoothness can not be beat so I'll keep this until I can get an IPS that produces motion this nicely!
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2013 3:14:41 PM PDT
Mark Rejhon says:
Nice review! Sometimes a bit technical for many people;
However, an easy to test motion clarity, is using a motion benchmark app.
(which can give you a comparision of 30fps vs 60fps)
Just google "Blur Busters Motion Tests" and you'll find a list of several.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013 8:42:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2013 8:50:00 AM PDT
lightboost is crap
the reduction in brightness severely reduces your alertness
i was talking to fatal1ty, he also has this same monitor and we both thought it was definitely detrimental
i don't know how anyone can think the slight reduction in motion blur is going to be helpful
just turn the tracefree to 100 and keep the brightness
144hz + brightness + tf 80/100 (i use 100) is way better
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