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BenQ XL2730Z Black-Red 27” 1ms (GTG) WQHD Widescreen 2560x1440 LED Backlight TN Panel Adaptive-Sync (Free Sync), Auto Game Modes, Ergonomic Professional Gaming Monitor
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the best gaming monitor I've used so far. Worked great from day one.

Cons: Pretty expensive..
Doesn't calibrate itself :-)

Other Thoughts: Make sure to get Catalyst 15.3 beta or newer to get Freesync support, and get rid of flickering at full res. 144Hz.

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ASUS VG248QE Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Smooth gaming at 144 Hz. Nice physical adjustment features. 3D. I believe it's also upgradable with nVidia G-SYNC module, for tearing-free gaming. Hopefully AMD will also support the tech.

Cons: It took some time to find information on how to get the color calibration right.

Other Thoughts: Calibration procedure I used:
Standard Mode
Brightness: 18
Contrast: 80
Color temp: user mode: R96 G94 B88
Trace Free: 60
And then I ran Spyder4 Pro calibration to create an ICC profile. Then I used PowerStrip (AMD/ATI only) to load the new ICC profile. Remove Spyder software from start-up. Modify C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\PStrip.ini
[Global Options]
EnforceColor=1
This locks the new colors in Windows and games.
Everything improved million times better. I notice some color banding sometimes during dark moments in some videos, but I think it's the result of compression. If anybody has a better/improved way, please post.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: none

Cons: Avoid Gigabyte if you're in Canada. Their RMA service makes you pay UPS brokerage fees. Gigabyte customer service agent says that they don't support brokerage fees.

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Dimitri R.'s Profile

Display Name: Dimitri R.

Date Joined: 02/07/09

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 06/07/10
  • Last Review: 03/28/15
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