Acer XB271HUA 27" 1440p 144hz TN G-SYNC Gaming Monitor - $697 + Delivery @ Harvey Norman

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At CES 2019, Nvidia announced that Nvidia's drivers would, as of next week, partially work with monitors that have the VESA Adaptive Sync protocol over DisplayPort.

In other words: Nvidia owners won't necessarily need to pair their GPU with a G-Sync capable monitor anymore. Nvidia announced a range of "G-Sync Compatible" monitors, a small range of displays that met Nvidia's standards and would automatically support variable refresh rate for GTX 10 and RTX 20 series cards with Nvidia's first driver release for 2019. Meaning some FreeSync monitors will conform to Nvidia's G-Sync.

We won't know much about the results till the 15th of January when the update releases and bench-marking will be performed. So if you aren't sure, wait till then and do your own research on what is right for you (if you're in the market).

At this price, it's currently $100 off retail for a saving of approximately 12.5%. I bit the bullet last night and bought one because it was perfect for what I needed.

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  • +1 vote

    Even better with the Amex deal.

  • +2 votes

    So g-sync monitors aren't a good idea now as you're locked into geforce. Whereas if you grab a freesync monitor, you're open to both card manufacturers

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      yep spot on! this deal is ideal for those locked into an nvidia-based system who don't plan on changing/upgrading.

    • +1 vote

      Only if you get one of the officially approved G-Sync and Free-Sync monitors. You can always risk it with one not officially approved by NVIDIA but could see some sketchy results

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        nvidia have claimed they've tested 400 models and of those only 12 are fully approved/compatible. Doesn't mean that others aren't going to work.

        waiting for the 15th is the right idea for those not sure/looking to save approx $100-$400, depending on the ideal type of monitor.

    • -1 vote

      Not really, it is only made compatible with software while g sync ultimate will rely on hardware and software. You will get comparable performance but g sync certified won't be better than g sync with ultimate.

      • -1 vote

        "G-Sync Ultimate" is literally just "G-Sync HDR". Even if you buy a HDR FreeSync monitor, it will not work with "G-Sync Ultimate".

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          That is true, but g sync compatible won't be as good as g sync. It is still a hardware vs software limitation.

          This is actually a smart move by NVIDIA because they let people to try g sync with inferior monitors and make them move to g sync monitors.

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      Is being locked into geforce so bad considering they're so much better than the competition?

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        lol good point. i was going to take a stab at AMD video cards but thought i'd leave it. nvidia can't really be beat in the foreseeable future

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        I'd rather not be vendor locked for multiple generations of cards. My current monitor has been chugging along for years and has seen at least 2 swaps from green team to red and vice versa.

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      That's a really good point actually.

      I wonder if this will sway some people from G-Sync to Freesync, just to leave options for GPUs open.

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        This only allows wider monitor option for Nvidia users. It does not provide G-Sync to AMD cards.

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          you've missed the point. buying a fully compatible freesync monitor leaves the option to purchase either type of card

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            @Carrian: That is true, I know some who stick to AMD because they have a freesync monitor. I was only thinking from sammyrc34 perspective that people moving from Nvidia to AMD.

  • +4 votes

    There's a massive TN panel refresh coming, and I expect 1440p 144hz true 8-bit panels to be coming for around this price (perhaps cheaper)

    Hold out for those of you can, especially given that this is an incredibly weak deal for an aging monitor.

    MSI, Acer, Lenovo and others have models set to launch.

  • -1 vote

    TN makes the baby Jesus cry. Especially a $700 TN… in 20 goddamn 19. Unless you're a part of 0.00000000001% of gamers who are the e-sport elite, you don't need one.

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      0.00000000001%

      Doesn't matter who you are, you're still slower than some of the competition without a TN.

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      TN is absolutely fine for gaming and if that's your primary use for your screen, it's nothing to be concerned with. If you're concerned about colour accuracy, by all means pay extra for IPS.

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    Great price! Same price Bought previously from computer alliance with free post combine with 5% off eBay gift card.
    I will highly recommend if it is not from HN.

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    Dunno why alot of people are dissing tn panels, I had serveral ips "gaming" monitors, yes the performance was similar if not on par with the tn ones (maybe placebo?). Same spec QHD 144hz, I had big issues with black ligt bleeding, tn never had these issue and most good tn panels have colour comparable to ips, so dont let tn panel put you off

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