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A Triple Setup Review
on December 28, 2015
This is probably one of THE most popular gaming monitors right now, as it has been referenced time and time again on the PC forums. This is the monitor to go with if you are after certain expectations, with little (fixable) drawbacks that you need to worry with.
If you want to step up your gaming beyond 60 FPS
Your needs support 1080p vs 1440p vs 4k
Your space supports 24" > monitor size only
You want to dabble with 3D Gaming now or later
Your GPU Can not processes > 60 FPS
Your wanting to go into 1440P or 4k gaming soon
You NEVER have the intentions of using Nvidia 3D
You use AMD GPUs.
Currently, I am running three of these monitors with Nvidia surround technology loaded, as well as Nvidia 3D running on certain games. By itself, this monitor is simply superb, I even attached my xbox one to it and found it more enjoyable to game on versus my 47" or 60" TV's (personal preference perhaps). The trick about this monitor that you must accept is, if you plan to use it at 144hz, you need to know that your GPU can handle the frame rates required. It takes a lot of horse power to get up in frame rates on some of the newer AAA titles like Call of Duty Black ops III (horrible optimization at the moment), Witcher 3, Just Cause 3, SW Battlefront, etc.
If your GPU is running an Nvidia 970 or < you will be fine. If you are planning to push 120fps with a 960, or anything lower than this, you will have to turn down a bit of settings to make it happen (no AA, dynamic shadows, god rays, etc).
My setup -
i7 4790k Devil's Canyon (OC'd 4.7ghz 24/7) (Liquid cooled)
SLI (dual) GTX 970 (OC'd to 1550 / 8100 @ 1.275V)
Asus Hero VII Maximus MOBO
Results in all games maxed out with greater than 120 fps on a single display.
In Surround. . .
Black Ops III ~ 110 fps with all settings on Medium to high
Witcher 3 ~ 60 fps on High preset (extremely demanding)
Battlefield 4 ~ 120 fps locked all settings ultra
Diablo 3 ~ 120 FPS locked max settings
The downsides mentioned. . .
Thick bezels. but you know this going in - there are plenty of thinner options out there, but none at this price point with this feature set.
Horrid color calibration out of the box - you'll need a new color profile ASAP. I used the x-rite ColorMunki calibration tool and sunk all 3 monitors in order to match profiles. AFTER this, the monitors look EXCELLENT and are able to match printed colors.