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Pros: - 4K is still a bit premature in support and is harder to drive (requires higher end equipment to take full advantage) - this 2K resolution is PERFECT right now and far more accessible to the masses
- Perfectly calibrated right out of the box
- No dead pixels
- Looks amazing in every way (aesthetics and image quality)
- A curve that is subtle yet appreciable without being overly "gimmicky"
- Listed as only 60Hz but will run up to 75Hz (this is with the supplied display port despite a preview review below saying it doesn't work - it works fine on my rig)
- Great for everything from casual gaming to professional needs
- 21:9 aspect ratio is fantastic with plenty of workspace if you only want to run a single monitor
- If you're running an AMD card, having FreeSync is a nice touch
- Many options for connectivity (a con is no DVI though!)
- Tons of adjustment (relatively) with the supplied stand vs. what you get with most monitors nowadays
- Great blacks with this IPS monitor
- Relatively thin frame
Cons: - If you're used to high refresh monitors (100-144hz) running at 60Hz (or the overclocked 75Hz) is very noticeable in gaming - more on that in final thoughts
- No DVI port(s)
- Not sure what the GTG is on this monitor but it feels slow, even for an IPS
- The vesa mount is not flush with the outer shell and as such, if you are using a "universal" style vesa mount, it most likely won't work since it will cover up all your ports on the side - a bad design there
- It has speakers that are better than average but it would be nice if there was a cheaper version you could purchase without them as most serious people will have dedicated speakers of their own
- Cost prohibitive - this is a universal "con" on all $1K+ ultrawide monitors however....
- I would have a hard time talking someone into purchasing this LG over the 100Hz IPS 34" Acer Predator for slightly more
- Comes with HDMI and Display Port cable but no thunderbolt - to be fair, there probably aren't many people running this that would need thunderbolt cables vs either of those included
- Biggest con of all.....now I want 2 more of these monitors in surround ;-)
Other Thoughts: My current setup is a custom liquid loop running an I7 2700@5Ghz, overclocked G1 980ti's in SLI on water, an Obutto Revolution Sim rig and prior to this LG monitor, had triple 24" Acer 144Hz monitors in surround. The bezel corrected resolution for that setup was around 5870x1080 vs 3440x1440 with the LG. It took more processing power to run triple smaller monitors and as such, I had to either deal with lower frame rates (defeats having high refresh monitors) or lower game settings, even with dual 980ti's. Few games support triple monitors natively so even though there was more real estate, the games were usually stretched and didn't look all that great on the outer 2 monitors. There is a HUGE difference in image quality as well with this LG IPS monitor wiping the floor with the relatively budget monitors I had before. With the single LG, I am able to crank up all the eye candy since I only have to worry about getting a solid 60 (or 75) FPS with the low refresh rate. Games also look more natural at this resolution and aren't nearly as stretched. I do a lot of simracing (hence the Obutto rig) and it did take some getting used to going from triple monitors to just 1, even if it was a large/wide monitor. After spending some time with it, I could live with it as a permanent solution as a great "all around" single monitor solution. For fast twitch gaming or FPS type games, I was getting all sorts of ghosting and screen tearing, even with various vsync modes enable in game and/or through the driver control panel. I'm not sure if this is an SLI issue or the monitor. I can say for sure I didn't have any ghosting or tearing like this with the high refresh rate/super-fast GTG triple monitors I had setup before however (vsync was off and frame rate wasn't capped). I wish I had a modern AMD card to try this with FreeSync to see if the tearing goes away, which it should.
Overall, this is an amazing monitor but is a few tweaks away from being perfect. The ultimate wish list would be:
- Increase the refresh rate (at least 100hz)
- Increase FreeSync range so it's more usable (something like 30-100hz)
- Faster GTG (not sure what it is currently but I doubt it 5ms or less)
- Fix the VESA mounting and/or move the port connections farther away so mounts don't block it
- G-Sync seems to be more in demand than FreeSync if there can only be one
- Save money and ditch built in speakers
- Have USB 3.0 port accessible from the bottom or side vs. the back which can be difficult to get to depending on how it's mounted
- Be bold! Have both G-Sync and FreeSync (auto-switching) so it's a more long term/future proof option - allows people to move between either AMD or Nvidia cards
Pros: - Couldn't be easier to use. If you're worried about liquid cooling or the performance of the all in one units, there is nothing to worry about here. Plug and play!
- Very good performance from this slightly oversized setup. These fans seem to have really good static pressure and move a lot of air through the radiator. The larger size of this (vs a smaller 120 single fan or this 240 dual fan setup) really helps with the cooling performance it offers. Specifics will be listed at the end for comparison.
- Looks sweet! You get "at a glance" readouts simply by looking at the color of the waterblock/pump.
- Software that actually works. This shouldn't be a "pro" when something works as it should but it's getting rare when extra apps and software actually works as it should. In this case it was painless to install and setup. Another shocker was it was actually intuitive to operate.
Cons: - Can get loud you start overclocking and cranking things up. The counter to that however is that the performance is worth it (to me anyway).
- Not really fair to call this a "con" so much as something to pay attention to before you buy. This is an oversized rad coming in at 280mm and not your standard thin single/dual 120mm AiO. Make sure it will fit your case.
Other Thoughts: I run a customer loop that consist of dual pumps, dual 360 radiators and a single 120 rad. This runs through 1/2" tubing and cools a highly overclocked 2700K and dual 980ti that are also overclocked. This massive liquid loop runs the CPU at ~30C with standard web surfing and music playing (very light load) while running 4.9Ghz at around 1.1v. Per GPUz, the 980ti's sit at 28C when idle. At load the GPUs highest temp recorded (heaven benchmark looped for several minutes) was 44C running at 1525 core/1900 memory. Running intel burn test (brutal on CPU) the max temp is 68C. This liquid loop cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $700-$1K for reference (never actually added it up). You'd think there would be a massive difference between something like that and the H115i but now for something impressive.
The ambient temp was the same for all tests at 68F. The H115i Extreme kept the overclocked 2700K at 32C with the same basic web surfing and music playing. Keep in mind the GPUs were kept on a separate loop so they weren't heating up the CPU (or whole loop) but still impressive. Running intel burn test the temps did go higher than I would run 24/7 with the 4.9Ghz overclock and peaked around 74C before I shut it down. Dropping the voltage and clocks down to 4.6Ghz, it never went over 65C. I was using junk thermal paste for testing since everything was being swapped out so, with better paste I'm sure this could run 4.8 overclocked with safe temps.
In the end, I would highly recommend this to anyone that's currently on air and wants to overclock their CPU. Even if you don't overclock, which this would be overkill (nothing wrong with that!) it's nice to know you could overclock your stuff down the road should you decide to. Much more cost effective than a custom loop and amazingly effective for the price. Buy one, you won't regret it!!
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB G1 Gaming OC Edition
Pros: *Unlike the standard Windforce OC version of this card, these run very cool/quiet out of the box in stock trim and don't throttle.
*Zero coil wine
*Tried all connections and no issues with mine (knock on wood)
*Overclocks like a champ! With stock bios, stock power settings and stock cooling, this card will run +325/+200 all day long without breaking a sweat.
*Gee-whiz info.....ASIC score is 69.9 but overclocks better than my other 2 WF ti's that are in the low/mid 70s.
*I didn't have this offer but now they're throwing in a game and rebate - win/win!
Cons: *We always want things for less....
*I haven't had an issue with this but it is a slight cause for concern that others are reporting issues with the inputs/connectors
Other Thoughts: I have two main gaming systems in my household - one had 290X's on liquid and this one replaced a 680 SLI setup. I recently swapped out the 290X's for the Gigabyte OC version of the 980ti and have to say this G1 version is THE version to get. It runs cooler, faster, more overclocking headroom and is well worth the extra ~$30 in the long run. Probably going to return the standard Windforce OC versions and replace with G1's.READ FULL REVIEW