Help with finding a decent 27” 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor?

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  1. cpolish

    cpolish New Member

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    Hi all,

    I’m currently looking to upgrade my monitor to one that is 27” 1440p 144Hz from my 27” 1080p 60Hz TN monitor. Ideally I would like to stay away from TN monitors is possible, as the colours/contrast on my current monitor are nothing special. I am currently leaning towards an IPS-based panel, though I guess VA doesn’t sound bad either (only worried about smearing in darker colours). I’ll mostly be using it for gaming (though not competitive games so much where response times are crucial), which is why I’d also love to have adaptive sync in the monitor that would be compatible with my Nvidia graphics card. At most my budget would be AU$800. Currently I’ve narrowed my search down to three options:

    • LG 27GL850-B: AU$749 (approx. US$519) - I’ve heard many rave reviews of this monitor on the internet and it seems a lot of people like it due to the features it’s bringing for gaming, especially on an IPS panel. However, I have heard it has a relatively low contrast ratio (similar levels to TN panels), and it is quite pricey and hard to find in Australia.

    • ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD: AU$449 (approx. US$311) - This monitor seems like a steal for this price, considering it has all the features I’d like. It also has generally good reviews from people online (though there are less of them available, and not many professional ones). I am worried that for the price it is selling though that it has skimped out on something, especially since I have heard some people say it does somewhat feel cheap, and I am not sure how well the adaptive sync works Nvidia cards.

    • ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ: AU$689 (approx US$477) - This monitor appears to have all the main specs I’d like in a monitor, especially being G-SYNC compatible. I think the actual picture displayed by the panel is quite decent as well. However, I have heard it has poor performance under 144Hz.
    Please let me know any other suggestions you may have, or what you think of the above options! I’d even appreciate any VA suggestions if they are decent (I was originally considering the LG 32GK650F-B, but changed my mind after further research).

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate any help!
     
  2. Angantyr

    Angantyr Master Guru

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    A bit hesitant to make this suggestion, since it goes against your request of staying away from TN panels. But at worst I've just presented a choice.

    So with some reservation, I think a AOC AGON 24 AG241QX might be what you're looking for (except the panel type ofc...)

    And just as general help in your search, here is a handy link listing monitors with Freesync Compatibility;
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ej9mOe5NamLldpfyFfXrqvLMZP-aG2Zi1su7QzPRNJY/edit#gid=0

    edit; I meant the AG271QX because its 27* size. Apologies.
    https://eu.aoc.com/en/gaming-monitors/ag271qx
     
  3. gerardfraser

    gerardfraser Ancient Guru

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    May I suggest BenQ EX2780Q 27 Inch QHD 1440P IPS 144Hz Gaming Monitor | Hdri | DCI-P3 | USB-C, I seen them as low as $305 USD .
    So HDR and low frame rate control, with freesync range 40Hz-144Hz but you could lower 30Hz no problem at all if needed.
     
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  5. Angantyr

    Angantyr Master Guru

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    Its probably gonna be hard to find any reviews of this one, but MSI has introduced a new monitor to their lineup. And looking through the specs, you might wanna give it a closer look.

    Optix MAG272QR: https://www.msi.com/Monitor/Optix-MAG272QR/Overview
    • Size: 27-inch VA panel
    • Resolution: 2560x1440
    • Refresh rate: 165Hz
    • Response time: 1ms
    • Viewing angles: 178 degrees (horizontal and vertical)
    • Brightness: 300 nits
    • Contrast ratio: 3,000:1 (typical), 100,000,000:1 (dynamic)
    • Adaptive sync: FreeSync
    At least here in Denmark the monitor is listed with some aggressive pricing which just undercuts most of the competition: https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Non-Glare-Adjustment-Optix-MAG272QR/dp/B082QKFJB2
     
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    Lg 27gl850 or variant like lg 27gl83a are awesome, amazing response times even when comparison against another tn models, its best choice today
     
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    Title says IPS, post says TN ....

    Got an Acer 27" 1440p IPS with FreeSync and 144Hz.
    Model is: XF270HUA

    Was about 420 Euros about 1 year ago. Quality depends ... silicon lottery. But the screen is so "luminant" I can see its reflections while watching TV in the TV screen, which is on the opposite edge of the room. :D

    BLB is there with my model I have, but not to an extend so I would return it.
     
  8. fantaskarsef

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    Acer XB270HU still running strong, although it has been surpassed by @386SX 's monitor.
    No BLB (except by the power LED on bottom right corner, not the screen though), no noticable dead pixels.
    Also there's been the Acer one with 165Hz instead of 144Hz, same stats for the rest (iirc it was the XB271).
     
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  9. milamber

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    How did you get on OP?

    I'm also in Australia. Came into a bit of money lately and thinking about a new PC. I've been using an old Alienware Optix 23" 1080p 120hz for years so looking to upgrade to 1440p G-Sync monitor, between 120hz-165hz. HDR isn't a deal breaker. Don't want curved. If I'm paying $400+ I want good contrast ratio and IQ but considering what I've been putting up with anything would be an improvement. I usually dim my monitor and ipad for general usage because it's easier on my eyes (and spend hours fiddling with Reshade to make new games look better). I'm usually not in the dark often, play lots of games and watch lots of videos. Matte finish is essential because my computer room gets too much light through the window.
     
  10. tsunami231

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    damn so close to what I looking for, it missing gsync though
     

  11. JonasBeckman

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    The LG one is really good but it's using adaptive sync to do both Free Sync and G Sync compatibility but it's not a full display for either standard or how to say which I suppose matters more for GSync and the hardware module NVIDIA uses which while costly is also really good.

    It's not a VA either but yeah the contrast or black levels in particular are 800:1 so not the advertised 1000:1 (How shocking or not.) but also a bit lower on the IPS side compared to other panels that are 1000:1 it's not a huge thing but it is a thing.
    144Hz and the usual advertised but not really reliable response time done by the overdrive and measuring gray to gray which introduced ghosting though the default is just a bit slower and without drawbacks which I found to be really good results.
    DCI-P3 color and toggleable SRGB with good coverage for either, 8-bit + 2 via FRC so not a native 10-bit panel and you get HDR "compatibility" with some "" because it's sub 400 so 350 at best I think reviews measured it to plus lack of proper HDR backlight in the panel so it all kinda looks washed out and bad though the color itself is really neat even if it's not a professional display nor HDR capable as such. :)

    Blur Busters has a neat little overview but availability can be a real problem, had to browse through a number of stores to find some good alternatives even considering shipping through the EU or world-wide and then costs and such.


    https://blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-monitors/
    https://blurbusters.com/gsync/list-of-gsync-monitors/


    Monitor list here seems to cover most of the recommended displays, review sites can go into detail from there and well I suppose availability and pricing will be the final part which can always be troublesome either having to wait or having to pay a bit of a premium even above the recommended retail pricing. (Hardware here can be a bit on the expensive side too but it's not the worst but availability hasn't been the best probably at least in part due to this pandemic situation still going on.)


    EDIT: The rapid development is interesting as well even pushing into VA 120 to 144 Hz and IPS is going up from 120 to 144 and now a drive into 165 Hz over just a couple of months.

    Usual price premium applies I suspect, likely stacking on top of HDR, 10-bit or higher panel types, VA or these standards for IPS like Super, Nano and all the rest let alone various types of LED and variant panel types after that.

    HDR and then sync support from are-these-actually-on-the-market FreeSync 2 to G-Sync and then newer models with better hardware or firmware and updates for all that though I suppose that hardware module means G-Sync compatible monitors will deliver a expected minimum level of quality which is going to be good whereas AMD's FreeSync and the adaptive sync mean while able to cover both standards can be a bit more mixed. :)
    (Newer FreeSync 2 certification standards while silly named because apparently that's the law or something in PC hardware land might eventually make these a bit more robust wherever the actual displays are being kept. :p )
     
  12. K.S.

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    The Viewsonic is as good as it gets imo
     
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    I'm in the same situation as you OP. I really wanna make the switch to 1440p 27 inch (curved preferably) and looking for a good deal. Been eyeing MSI, Acer, and Pixio. Monitor prices are all over the place right now and unfortunately missed out on a killer deal. :mad:

    https://www.newegg.com/p/0JC-0081-00019
     
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    That looks like a sweet deal. I'm pulling the trigger. :)
     
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    Looks great but not available in Australia yet.

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q looks great as well but AUD$999 is too much. I don't want to blow all my money on this new PC. The TUF Gaming VG27AQ is AUD$699 (which is about the most I'd prefer to spend on a monitor) but it's obviously not as good.

    https://www.ple.com.au/Products/639...eSync-144Hz-1MS-HDR400-IPS-LED-Gaming-Monitor

    I'm not a big hurry anyway so hopefully prices come down after Christmas.
     
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    Anyone had experience with Acer Nitro VG271uP or Dell S2719DGF? A few hundred dollars cheaper than the ASUS ROG Strix but reviews are more mixed.
     
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    I have the LG 27GL850-B - its great for competitive gaming. The colours are amazing, response time is great (I set overdrive to OFF), and input lag is unnoticeable. But the contrast is pure and utter **** - takes the fun out of horror games, RDR2 at night looked bad, and watching movies with a lot of dark scenes are not enjoyable - especially considering I enjoy a darker environment to begin with. Ambient light kind of works... but its not my thing.

    My next monitor will be the Odyssey G7 when it releases - it ticks all the boxes I ever wanted in a gaming monitor.
     
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    Also aesthetics of G7 are unbelievable imo! :cool:
     

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