Dell Alienware 34" Curved Gaming Monitor AW3418DW $1574.24 Delivered @ Dell

750
FRENZY25

Lowest OzBargain deal price for this monitor I have seen.

Credit to Hubert1 and his deal here with the FRENZY25 code
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/408644

Direct from Dell Australia

34-inch gaming monitor featuring a curved 1900R IPS display with NVIDIA® G-Sync™, wide viewing angles and incredible resolution. Lose yourself in every game.

120hz maximum refresh rate
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Comments

  • +7 votes

    Word of advice for anyone looking to buy this or any other 34 inch ultrawides; make sure you have a deep enough desk for one of these. I used to have an old 24 inch monitor which fit fine on my desk, but these curved ultrawides are a lot closer to your face, as the stands reach a lot further back. If you have a small desk, you may need either a monitor stand which can sit back further, or a bigger desk. I'd recommend your desk be at least 3 feet deep ideally.

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      Ive got my x34 mounted on a twin monitor stand that clamps on the back edge, its far enough away like this, almost inline with the back edge of table. I cant fit another monitor on the other side because it goes over but my 2nd is 24" on a small stand so it all works out.
      But yes the stands are massive

    • +1 vote

      Feet?

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      80cm would be more than enough. You'll get away with 70cm deep if you need as well.

      I have an ultrawide 34 on an 80 x 180 desk, it's spacious AF

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    Aren't the predators like 1.2k?

    Edit they are only 60hz

    • +5 votes

      Apparently the only that size monitor with 120hz. What a time to be alive for youngsters though. I remember back in the day when I used to play computer games having a 17" monitor and an 9800 pro was absolutely insane, now there's dual fans inside a monitor? I sound like an old fart lol

    • +2 votes

      They come stock at 60hz but provide instructions to overclock them to reach at least 100 (on the X34) and the X34P can do up to 120hz also.

    • +2 votes

      The X34P is identical specwise to this so it comes down to Dell vs Acer warranty, after sales service and build quality. Take your pick. :)

      • +8 votes

        Easy choice. Dell. Acer warranty is balls.

      • +1 vote

        Actually the specs are not identical.

        The input lag on the Acer is higher, but it has more colours in non-G Sync mode (8 bit + FRC).

        Although they use the same panel, there are some differences in their performance.

        https://www.displayspecifications.com/en/comparison/c9a0435f...

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          I stand corrected, I never looked at the specs that closely. My bad. Thank you.

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            @khell: Yeah no worries. No big deal.

            I was hung up about the Acer having more colours until I did more research and found that the extra colours dont work in G-Sync mode. They will only work in a Gsync 2 / Gsync HDR fitted unit.

            8 bit is the max in a normal G-Sync v1 module. 8 bit + FRC is NOT support by Gsync 1.

            If you dont want to run G-Sync to get the better colours, you'd be better off with a non-gaming 10 bit native panel rather than 8 bit + FRC. You could get a nice non-gaming monitor for the price of this monitor if 10 bit colour is what you want.

            If the colours dont matter, then performance wise the input lag on the Alienware is clearly lower - total 27ms in the Acer vs 14ms in the Alienware.

            Also subjectively I do think the Alienware looks better.

  • +1 vote

    This is a bargain but last I heard the 200hz HDR models will be out at the end of the year.. hmmm

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    thx for the code.

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    Never thought I'd see the day where the highest tier monitors are less expensive than flagship GPUs

    • +2 votes

      These are not highest tier, 27" UHD 144Hz starts at $2k for Korean and $3k for Asus/Acer.

      Didn't know linking to an eBay item is considered blocked.

  • +5 votes

    I've been using this monitor since January this year (their Boxing Day sale). This is $104.95 cheaper than I paid. I can't recommend it enough. Don't forget Cashrewards.

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    7% of this price works out to be $110 bucks, so CashRewards will be well worth it if you buy this beast.

  • +2 votes

    I ordered and got delivery in 48hrs. Had read of some delivery lead time issues but seems resolved.

    Depth wise comment above is correct, the stand front to back needs 30cm I'd say, much closer than my last screen stand wise.

    OC was easy to do and Gsync was tick box to do.

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    Brings in line to what the rrp should be?

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    Wow.. tempting. I really shouldn't.

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    I thought it was $1699, am I wrong?

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    Any advice using this on a GTX 1060? Bought one of the cheapo Medion Erazer X67011 deals and looking to pair

    • +1 vote

      She won't do it happily. I have an acer x34 with a GTX 1080. I run it at 90hz. I get some issues if it goes higher. But I find with most games on highest settings, they struggle to keep it at 90fps. Witcher 3 doesn't do it, maxes out between 60 and 70. Which is still totally playable however.

      But if you want everything on max in the latest games, your 1060 isn't going to be up to the task. You'll need at least a 1080 ti.

      • +2 votes

        It will be fine if you turn everything down to medium. You also have Gsync as well so it will still look good at 70-80 FPS

        Source: 1440p 144hz owner with 1060GTX, I play on medium, getting 90-100fps on Doom, Wolfenstein, Far Cry 5 etc. (not bleeding edge but still demanding)

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      1060? No chance

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      Thanks guys.. looks like it'll be atleast 2.5k to upgrade GPU and Monitor

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    WQHD 3440 x 1440 at 120 Hz

  • +1 vote

    Have this monitor and a 1080ti.
    Cant run most things over 90fps on ultra.
    Should have saved $600 and got an x34.

    Or spend more and buy a 2080ti :/

  • +3 votes

    EIL5 the features of this model that make it worth $1500 at a 34" size please?

    • +2 votes

      High refresh (>60hs) + Gsync + IPS + low latency + ultrawide

    • +2 votes

      What makes this expensive is the 120hz gsync feature and the IPS panel along with the size. Though the x34p is the same panel and can be had for about $200 cheaper. But as mentioned Dell has a much better warranty and return policy which can be worth it for these IPS panels which is sometimes a lottery

      • +2 votes

        When i got my last dell 8 years ago, they had serious backlight bleed problems, i had to return it 3 times before it was fixed, and that monitor is still going strong today. So you cant beat dell warranty thats for sure.

    • +1 vote

      The base of the monitor has a special non-slip coating so it doesn't fall over on wet train floors.

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    I've owned this since the last sale for the same price, I was tossing between this and the x34p back then when the x34p just launched.
    This is by far the better buy at this price if you looking for an ultra wide for gaming. I could never go back to the 27" sammy TFT that I had.

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    What is the difference between this and the 1440p 144hz Asus rog version for less?

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    I bought this monitor back when it was at a similar price earlier in the year. Mine had a fault where the screen constantly had white flashing pixels (like static). It was a long (3 months) annoying process (constantly had to check in to see any progress) to get the screen swapped with Dell - I believe it would have been much easier and quicker to get a refund.

    This monitor is phenomenal (when working properly) and I only use a GTX 970. For those who are comparing this to the x34p - this monitor looks absolutely stunning, the gamer gimmicks can be toned down or muted and as someone who uses this monitor in a professional space, the actual design of the monitor is important and to my eyes nothing else comes close. Customers also seem to be amazed by it.

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    Interesting comparison here

    https://www.displayspecifications.com/en/comparison/e797708e...

    The Alienware has lower input lag and lower average response time than the other 34" G-Sync 120hz (Acer X34P).

    But it doesn't have even close to the same colour range…

    However the 8bit + FRC extra colour range can only be enabled on the ACER when G-Sync is turned off
    So you wont notice ANY difference between the colours of an X34P and a AW3418DW with G-Sync enabled.

    If you aren't going to use G-Sync I am not sure why you'd buy either monitor.

    That makes the Alienware's lower input lag and lower average response time attractive.

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      It turns out that with non-HDR G-Sync modules, 8 bit colour is the best you can get with G-sync enabled.

      The LG34GK950F is a native 10 bit panel, but the G-Sync version LG34GK950G is limited to 8 bit
      https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawidemasterrace/comments/9nkded...

      That is addressed in the newer G-Sync module (G-SYnc 2), known as G-Sync HDR, but LG have chosen NOT to use the new module in their soon to be released monitor.

      So that makes the Freesync monitor a lot cheaper and significantly better in displaying colours - G Sync HDR cannot come out soon enough.

      Kinda sucks to pay a higher price and get inferior colour from a panel.

      • +1 vote

        The gsync 2 module apparently costs $500 USD by itself so imagine the price of monitors that are using it.

    • +1 vote

      Do you have a model number?

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        https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-34WK95U-W-ultrawide-monito...

        Gonna be out soon, but damnnnn is it worth the wait

        Yes ill game on it, i notice good Resolutiom/adobe rgb/ips ect all that before I notice Hz .. had to deal will 30hz days anyway, 60hz is smooth for me " i interchange between 120hz and 60hz and i legit cant tell until i need the 120hz for 3D games

        Also shitty aussie internet lag i notice so much that i dont think ive ever noticed screen lag or whatever

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          Wow nice, going to do some research :)

        • +1 vote

          Yeah nice monitor

          BUT

          its not G-Sync

          And even if it was, 10bits (8bit+A-FRC) DOES NOT work on standard G-Sync modules - only on G-Sync 2 modules (aka Gsync HDR)

          For mine I need G-Sync monitor.

          Looking at the specs I am not sure it even supports Freesync??

          Not sure why you would make a gaming monitor that doesnt support G-Sync or Freesync?

          • +2 votes

            @aussietivoman: For gaming the LG34GK950F or LG34GK950G are far better choices than the flat 35" LG you have linked to.

            Also price is $1499 USD - so likely $2999 AUD.

            FOr almost twice the price I dont think its worth it vs the Alienware…

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              @aussietivoman: Lol, I game all the time and watch stuff on my monitor, Gaming monitors are "shit" and are sooo over rated, who cares about milisecond response time , Gsync "which is expensive and to me worthless" and all that crap , Good Image quality and res is what you will notice

              to me, gaming monitors are scam, that many people are to blind to see

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            @aussietivoman: Yeah, I did just notice that there was know G-Sync on this monitor …. I do like the screen partitioning though.

  • +2 votes

    Have been racking my brain for the last 3 days about should I, shouldn't I, should I, shouldn't I…
    Said 'yes' about 300 times and then 'no' about 299 times…

    Finally decided: $1464.05 after I signed up for cashrewards - sold.

    Am so freaking excited for this to arrive now… but also scared shitless to have spent so much money on a single monitor.

    • +1 vote

      I think its a good call.

      In the short term better G-Sync monitors in this size category are likely to be hideously expensive (anything with a better G-Sync colour/resolution/HDR is going to need G-Sync 2 modules).

      Its likely to last 3+ years as a very playable monitor, and quite possibly a lot longer.

      How many AAA games are you likely to play on max settings and consistently hit over 120fps?

      In 3 years time it will still have a bit of resale value too…

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        I was in the exact same spot, and just pulled the trigger based on your logic - thanks! Look forward to receiving it! Now to sell my existing 27inch 4k monitor..

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    Amazing monitor but just FYI the 120hz is not guaranteed. Mine won't overclock past 106hz :(

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      That's bad to hear, I'm guessing it's pretty rare though? I hadn't seen any cases in ultrawide masterrace on reddit but I only look on there occasionally.

    • +1 vote

      If I were you I would ask for a replacement.

      The tech specs clearly state:

      WQHD 3440 x 1440 at 120 Hz as the native resolution

      Dell warranty support in my experience is typically very good. Sadly though you would run the risk of getting a refurb as a replacement.

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        i contacted them and they said 100hz is guaranteed. Anything over that is a overclock and not guaranteed but most monitors "should" reach 120. just not mine.

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          Honestly the Dell web site is crystal clear its 120hz

          I would call again, speak to a manager and if they still refuse to replace - then tell them if the screen isnt replaced you will contact COnsumer Affairs.

          I would be amazed if they dont replace it

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      Isn't it a product of your GPU as well? What are you running?

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          Well it also depends on the game's settings e.g. low, medium, ultra, high.

          Try put it on low and see if you hit those frames. This way you can try, as much as possible, to rule out the monitor.

          I can't be sure, but you should test it with someone else's PC or another GPU if you can.

          I ran a 970GTX and it struggled to hit 60 constant fps on PUBG at high settings on a 27" Dell, so 34" would destroy my card.

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