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Pros: - FAST!
Cons: - BIG card - make sure you have the room for it. Check the length.
Other Thoughts: I'm the kind of guy who usually gives everything I buy no more than 4 eggs instead of 5 because 1) nothing is ever perfect and 2) I always worry someone will ignore my review because (let's face it) some of 5 egg reviews are phony.
However, this card really was perfect (for me at least). Easiest install ever. I previously had a GTX 760 so I upgraded to the latest NVidia drivers from their website first, then shut down the PC and swapped it out, fired it up and Win8 immediately detected the card.
I am using this card in conjunction with the Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz GSync monitor, which is an awesome combination. I'm now getting 90 FPS+ in most first person shooters with high or ultimate graphics settings.
There had been some reports that this card, with it's initial BIOS version, didn't work properly with some DisplayPort monitors (including the ROG Swift PG278Q) but, I am happy to report that everything worked fine for me.
Just be aware that the card is a BEAST. It's longer than my old EVGA GTX 760. Fit fine in a standard mini tower case, but it did poke into the hard drive cage in front of it, so there would have been no way to mount a hard drive directly in front of the card.
Quiet card. Even under heavy load in COD AW, I can hardly hear the video card fans running.
Yeah, I could have gotten another GTX 760 (or similar) card and gone SLI but if you read the forums, SLI is still flaky at times. There are a few AAA games released recently that didn't properly support SLI out of the box. Also, you are not getting anywhere double the performance with SLI. I decided I wanted the simplicity and reliability of a single card, and just got a card that would not be obsolete any time soon. The old GTX 760 can always go to a friend.
Pros: - Resolution
- High refresh rate
Cons: - Crosshair overlays are ugly.
- Some games have issues with 144Hz but you can use 120Hz
Other Thoughts: I have to say that it's just a pleasure gaming on this monitor. It makes games look better in a way that's hard to describe. I'm not distracted by image tearing anymore, and that just dramatically improves the level of enjoyment multiplayer FPS games where an image tear can cause you to miss seeing a sniper in the distance, or an opponent coming around a building.
The ability to also game at higher refresh rates than 60Hz (and thus actually seeing higher framerates than 60 FPS) is game changing. The higher refresh rate is also noticeable on the Windows desktop (no mouse blurring).
Gameplay is just so much more fluid with GSync. Yeah, in another 2 years this, or something like it, will likely come standard on all gaming monitors without such a price hit, but I'm okay with being a first adopter instead of waiting another year.
BE AWARE that as of this date (11/30/14) there are issues with GTX 970 & 980 cards using DisplayPort (and you HAVE TO use DisplayPort on this monitor). NVidia has not yet addressed the problem which basically prevents the video card from seeing the monitor at all and if it's your only monitor, you'll boot to a black screen. Just Google "GTX 970 980 DisplayPort Black Screen" and you'll find several forum threads about this on the Asus and EVGA forums. I am holding off on upgrading my GTX 760 tgo a 970 until they resolve the problem.
Minus one egg only for minor quibbles (5 eggs would assume it's a perfect product and it is not quite).
- Controls are a little awkward for setting the refresh on the monitor, although once you set it you can forget it, but it's easy to accidentally press the refresh toggle.
- The crosshair overlays are useless. They are needlessly large and bright and end up blocking you line of sight. I would have preferred just a simple red dot in the center of the screen. There are only a couple of games that I would have liked to use the crosshairs with, and considering it was touted as a selling point, it's disappointing. The crosshairs apprear to have been designed by someone who has never played a game in his life.
- There were issues with the NVidia video drivers available at the time of the monitor's release that made it impossible to use at any refresh except 60Hz, but NVidia has since fix this issue, so just make sure to download the latest drivers. They took a month and a half to fix the issue and I'm a bit peeved that the monitor was released without drivers to properly support it.
BE AWARE this monitor comes with a DisplayPort 1.2 cable and you MUST use this cable. Most DisplayPort cables aren't 1.2.
Anyone buying this monitor should be aware that GSync only works with NVidia video cards (600 series and up), but it bears repeating. No sense in buying this monitor ifd you don't have an NVidia card.
Pros: - Gsync
- 144 Hz refresh rate
- Stunning panel
- Thin bezel
Cons: - annoying "out of Range" error (see detailed description) but it's being addressed in a driver update according to Asus moderators on Asus forums
- Wish there was a smaller (less abtrusive) crosshair available in GamePlus, or that you could dim down the gamma on the existing crosshairs (a couple of games that crosshair IS useful for).
Other Thoughts: Well the monitor arrived. The box is HUGE. Way more styrofoam padding than necessary but I guess being a premium monitor they want to make sure it arrives intact. It comes with a Display Port cable (DP is your only choice with this monitor as GSync only works with DP) and a USB 3.0 cable (for the integrated USB 3.0 hub).
Only had it a day but so far I've played L4D2, COD Ghosts, COD Black Ops, & Metro Last Light Redux.
Right off the bat the display is stunning. As reported, there is no issue with viewing angles despite being a TN panel. The bezel is very thin.
Gsync is a total game changer. The video card (GTX 760) auto-detected Gsync and gave me a popup to let me know. I went into the NVidia control panel and confirmed it. Games look like movies now with no image tearing and no VSync lag.
First thing I did was use the refresh toggle button to bump it up from 60Hz to 144Hz. This alone makes an incredible difference on the Windows desktop. We've all gotten used to the slight ghosting of the mouse pointer when we move it very fast, but at 144Hz the mouse looks sharp and crisp when moving. Subjectively small text also looks much nicer. You also notice it in games if your framerate gets that high.
The screen is a non-reflective matte finish (can we please ask monitor manufacturers to stop making shiny reflective monitors?). The monitor has tons of brightness. Since I play in a dark room, I had to turn it down to 12% brightness so full brightness is pretty bright.
I'm loving except for the "Out of Range" bug everyone else is reporting. Asus has responded on their forums that it's being addressed in an NVidia driver update. It seems to me that the monitor is falling back to 60Hz on it's own (usually when I alt-tab out of a game to the desktop but sometimes even when launching a game) and the video card is continuing to run at 120 or 144 Hz and thus the "Out of range" error on the monitor because the refresh is out of range.
Happens so far with COD Ghosts, COD Black Ops, L4D2. I doubt it's game specific.
I have found that it seems not to happen (so far) if you leave the monitor in 60Hz refresh and configure the video card for 60 Hz as well. That's fine for a short term fix but I didn't pay $800 for a 144 Hz monitor to run it at 60Hz so I hope this is addressed soon. I'm very surprised this wasn't detected during testing or when all the hardware review sites got their preview monitors, unless the bug is due to some feature that wasn't implemented in the monitor or drivers at that time?
Otherwise, I am loving the monitor. Even at 60Hz GSync is awesome. Yes it's a first-adopter monitor, but I'm willing to pay the price for the smoothness of GSync, and I'm not willing to wait another year for AMD's solution.
Just hoping this bug gets fixed promptly because games look even better at 144 Hz. 4 eggs instead of 5 because of that.