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This review is from: ASUS ROG PG278Q Black 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440, 144 Hz 1ms (GTG) NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor with Exclusive GamePlus onscreen timer / crosshair, Tilt, Swivel, Pivot, Height Adjustable
Pros: - 144Hz Refresh rate makes things look super smooth
- Gsync makes games at 60 fps and lower feel a whole lot less choppy (and make you feel like you're getting more bang for your buck in the GPU performance department)
- You practically don't need to enable any level of Anti-Aliasing because of the bigger resolution (seriously. I don't notice any difference in games with no AA and x2, x4 or x8 AA).
Cons: - Color quality outside of the box was very washed-out looking. I had to heavily rely on Desktop Color Settings in the Nvidia control panel to get the right amount of colors (which shouldn't be a thing, since a high-quality monitor like this should come with these settings in the first place)
- Some games still have very noticeable input-lag with G-Sync enabled (typically some (not all) games that are only able to go up to 85, or 120Hz refresh rate. In these situations, it's better to just straight up disable gsync for only these games in the nvidia control panel)
- G-Sync only works if you play at 144Hz refresh rate. If you try operating in 60 Hz or, well, anywhere under 144, you WILL experience input lag. Was especially noticeable in Counter-Strike: GO. So if you're experiencing input lag, make sure you have the highest refresh rate enabled.
Other Thoughts: These are the monitor and desktop color settings that I use. Everyone has their own color preference, but this one is mine:
Brightness - 70
Contrast - 60
Color Temp. - Warm
Nvidia Control Panel Desktop Color Settings:
Brightness - 42
Contrast - 60
Digital Vibrance - 80
Pros: Keeps temps nice and cool
Cons: Installing it was a pain
Had to register it in my BIOS to get it to function properly
Other Thoughts: Installing it was a pain. If I were to go back in time and tell myself one thing while installing this, it would be to make sure the bracket to mount the cooler to the cpu is locked into the groves on the cooler itself BEFORE screwing it in. You can't just simply screw the bracket in slightly, then drop in the cooler and twist it into place, and then drop down the bracket more to screw it in.
My idle temps are at around 37c-40c, and under load it sticks around 60c-70c with my i7-4790K CPU.
I actually got this to replace my Zalman CNPS9500A aftermarket cooler, because the fan made too much noise. The Corsair H50 makes practically no sound, and keeps my temps even cooler.
I should also note that booting it up for the first couple times, you will hear the liquid gurgling in the cooler. But don't worry, because that goes away after only a few boot-ups.
Also when I booted up for the first time after installing it, my BIOS would say that there was an error with the CPU fan. I had to set it to water-cooling system in the Auto Qfan Tuning setup that came with my ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO motherboard.
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: Keeps temps nice and cool while playing games. My idle temps are at 45-50c, which may seem like a lot, but when I go to play a video game like Battlefield 4, the temp usually only stays in the late 50c-early 60c.
Cons: The fan is pretty loud to the point that I can hear it through my headphones. And it's not really a consent speed. It goes super fast, and then it dies down for a bit and then goes super fast again. It also just generally makes odd-noises like a very slight buzz or hum. And for some reason you can hear the fan speed up and get loud and then die down again when you're doing minimal tasks such as opening up an internet browser or a new tab.
I made sure it wasn't any of my case fans making the noise, too. It's definitely the CPU cooler. I even tried modifying the fan speeds to the best of my ability in the motherboard BIOS, but nothing fixed it. For this reason, I'm switching over and getting CORSAIR Hydro Series H50.
Oh, and I was kind of careless with my instillation and cut myself on the almost-razor sharp copper blades. Multiple times. Make sure you have some band aids with you!
Other Thoughts: If fan speeds aren't a problem to you, and your generally use to a slightly loud computer, this will keep your temps down to a manageable level.READ FULL REVIEW