Can't decide on 27" 1440p monitor for <$400

Hey OzBargain brains trust, I'm building a computer from some parts I got off a mate at a song but I can't work out what to do with the monitor side of things and I'm going a bit loopy. I have a GTX 980 and am primarily building this for gaming, but also general use and perhaps some video/photo editing. I'd like an IPS monitor and want to game at 1440p at as high a refresh rate as possible. Sadly I'm too much of a stooge for 27" 144hz IPS monitors.

The shortlist is:

I'm probably most tempted by the Crossover just because it has a native 75hz, but I'm also aware it's a Korean panel and could be a complete dud.
Failing that I think even though it's pretty basic the Viewsonic seems like a pretty good bet?

Throwing it all out the window for a hail mary 144hz Korean TN panel has the potential to be amazing for $430 delivered.

Essentially I can't work out whether to experiment or play it safe - someone please save me from myself!

Comments

  • +2 votes

    I'll go with the Korean 144hz. After using 144hz for a number of years, I can no longer tolerate 60hz screens.

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      I've never had a 144hz monitor! I'm pretty keen on both the Korean monitors in different ways, do you think the TN vs IPS thing matters that much? You'd go a 144hz TN screen over a 75hz IPS screen that might OC to 100ish hz?

      • +1 vote

        OC could be some fake technology. Go with the native 144hz. I got a TN and IPS screen side by side. My TN is 1ms which is awesome for gaming in general. Direct viewing is beautiful but any viewing from a slight angle produces some yellow tint. IPS on the other hand is great at most angles. If you do a lot of photo editing, IPS color reproduction accuracy is more important.

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          OC is legit but could cause artifacting and stuff. Its luck how much the panel can OC

  • +1 vote

    I have a qnix and it's a great panel. Paid the extra for no dead pixels. Pretty much the same as the crossover. Oc to 100hz although I read somewhere though that they just drop frames to get the higher hz?

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      Have you OC'd yours to 100hz? What model is it?

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        OC refresh can never beat native refresh. Dont bother with OC. It is like LED TVs with the fake 120hz refresh marketing.

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    Maybe wait til next ebay sale, i just got a 32" 2560x1440 VA 75Hz Freesync for $279, there was a similar deal in the sale before that.

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      The AOC monitor? I think a 32" is way too big for my setup and read some reviews on that and wasn't sold on it

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        Yer it was that. Didn't read reviews as its replacing a 31.5" FHD Phillips el-cheapo and its not for gaming.

  • +1 vote

    the seller saying they often come with dead pixels (wtf?)

    "Korean sellers" means small operator in korea where many panels for all devices are made by AUOptronics, Samsung and LG. After production panels are graded for final quality. Large brands buy A grade panels which are free of defects and test to a quality standard. Panels that are rejected, possibly for dead pixels, then get sold to small operators for a reduced cost who make various brands such as Crossover.

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    I took the gamble myself on Korean LCD's and am now using a X-Star DP2414LED which is native 144hz, measuring 24" 1080 TN panel.

    The gamble paid off (sort of) because while my monitor is great for gaming it does have 4 stuck pixels in red color in a straight line near the middle of the display. Which I don't mind at all since it's impossible to notice it unless I'm sitting on a white background.

    At any rate, the jump from 60hz to 144hz is amazing and if you have a GPU that can handle it, it definitely makes sense to spend a bit more on a native 144hz display.

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    144hz 1080p >>>>>>>>>>>> 60hz 1440p.

    I've been through several of these monitors before dropping the dosh for a PG279Q(165hz, 1440p, G-Sync, IPS, 4ms) and I can tell you my budget 144hz 1080p panels like the BenQ xl2411z were a lot better than the 60hz 1440p trash.

    If you're a gambler get one of those Qnix or similar panels from Korea, if not get a rock solid 144hz 1080p panel. Avoid 60hz like the plague if you're spending hundreds of dollars on a monitor.

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      I feel like I've come in too late for these discussions.. But if I'm doing a 99.999% of non gaming/video work (GIS). 60Hz is fine, right? My cursor just won't be as smooth, or what's the real benefit with >60Hz?

      • +1 vote

        Everything is smoother and feels far better at 144hz, when you go back to 60hz every movement and animation feels like it's micro-stuttering. If you haven't experienced high refresh rates though and you're not gaming on it you can get away with a 60hz panel.

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    Just bought 2 x Viewsonic VA2719-2k, to go along side my Aienware AW3418DW

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    Viewsonic VA2719-2k $299 delivered using PULL5 code https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ViewSonic-27-WQHD-IPS-LED-Monito...

    or for $312 from JW also using PULL5 https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ViewSonic-27-IPS-WQHD-Monitor-VA...

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    In the same situation as this soon or now.

    Have a i7-2600 GTX 1050ti low profile 32gb ram HP 8200 system coming sometime end of next month most likely. Will still be upgrading it to a GTX 1080 minimum and some new cpu probably because will be playing everything from shooters to open world to simulations to large scale RTS.

    Don't know if a TV is the way to go or a monitor as still haven't 100% decided on its placement.

    Really wanted to put it in the attic with a TV and game comfortably on the floor which is carpet but now thinking maybe might just end up on a smallish desk so monitor.

    My end game is 4K everything as much as possible but probably only 1080p/1440p for now.