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Acer XB270H Abprz Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I was very hesitant to get a TN monitor, since my last monitor was an IPS (Dell 2209WA). I don't know if it's because this is an 8-bit panel, or just a very good TN, but I have no regrets, it looks great. Text is very good at 27in @ 1080p, not superb, but still good. G-sync + 144hz makes BF4 ultra smooth, a really enjoyable experience (when you're not getting pwned because your team is asleep but that's true with any setup). Skyrim is awesome and smooth with g-sync as well (though I did make a script to switch the monitor to 100hz mode when I launch the game because of physics bugs in skyrim at high fps). Fiddled with the settings until I got it just the way I like, settled for 'graphics mode' because I light bright and colorful. Had 0 issues with every feature of this monitor, g-sync + 144hz worked immediately and every time. Using 344.48 nvidia drivers. Had 0 dead pixels, and no other screen related issues.

Cons: Only real con, is that being a TN panel, the colors shift slightly when I do things like lean back in my chair due to the viewing angle issues of TN panels. The ultra smooth gaming more than makes up for it, and it only took a few days before I stopped noticing the shifting really.

Other Thoughts: I think this monitor was definitely worth it, and I got it at $599. I really only play BF4, but it's unbelievably smooth, eventually you just stop noticing screen issues (tearing, stuttering, etc.) which distracted me often before, and it just becomes normal since it's what you would expect if you weren't a monitor scientist that knew all about monitor limitations. The whole package, the flawless monitor, great colors, g-sync, 144hz is just great. I can't compliment acer enough for this monitor.

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ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs X99 Deluxe mostly solid. 09/09/2014

This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: As others mentioned, pleasurable BIOS. Has loads of options most of which I'll probably never need, but nice to have in any event. Mobo has 12 SATA ports, which I really like. Booted up right away (after I plugged the power connectors in all the way into my PSU). BIOS was 4xx, upgraded to 801 from a usb stick without a problem. Mostly a breeze to run this board, see cons.

Cons: Took me a while to investigate, eventually discovered that fast boot was causing my Windows boot up to fail. Also had a problem with a usb port ignoring mouse input, but that may have been related to fast boot as well, since I moved the mouse and disabled fast boot I have had no problems so not positive which to blame for the mouse issue. Hopefully fast boot is just a bios issue that will be fixed.

Other Thoughts: Since disabling fast boot, I have had 0 issues with the board and 100% stability. One egg off for the fast boot error, but otherwise it seems like a great board, hope it serves me as well as my old x79 Asus P9X79 WS which was rock solid.

Specs:
5960X
Asus x99 Deluxe
EVGA GTX 780 Classified
16GBs Crucial 4x4GBs 2133 RAM
256GB Samsung 840 Pro.
2x 2TB HDDs.
CM Nepton 280L (cpu temps are 30c idle - 61c load).
Corsair 1000 HXi
Corsair 730T (excellent case, but not 100% compatible with Nepton 280L, had to mount the fans underneath the cooler blowing air out, instead of on top blowing air in as I wished because of lack of 140M x2 holes).

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EVGA 03G-P4-3788-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Classified w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: - Butter smooth gaming in BF3 and Highly modded Skyrim (only games I play) at Max settings, not a hint of stutter or corruption.
- Low temps. 35c Idle with one monitor. 50c with both monitors on, playing Blu-ray movie. My GTX 580 with one monitor would idle at 56c, and just turning on the second monitor would send the GTX 580 to 75c.
- Whisper quiet at idle and full load.
- UEFI Video ROM; allows you to disable CSM and get full SecureBoot (if your OS, OS install type, and other devices permit, which mine do.)
- Two Bios' makes for easy recovery from bad rom update.
- 3GBs of RAM, easily handled more high graphical mods for Skyrim than I could imagine with my GTX 580 with it's 1.5GBs.
- Got a good sample I believe, 85.9% ASIC, 1162Mhz Boost out of the box. No coil whine (tested in unigine heaven 4.0, not even the loading/exit screens made a sound.)
- Ready for BF4!

Cons: - Got one corrupted screen on a UAC prompt in Windows 2012 Server Standard. I believe it to be a driver issue, I pressed escape and it went back to normal and hasn't done anything else wrong. Using the new 326.80 Beta drivers, and they probably have kinks that need to be worked out.

Other Thoughts: Great card if you have the money, Titan performance for $300 less (unless you need the high end Titan stuff like double precision or 6GBs of RAM.)
Had an 'issue' where after I disabled CSM to get full SecureBoot, my display would not show anything after start-up until the Windows log-in screen. I figured out that disabling CSM causes the system to send the BIOS/POST screen to my secondary monitor which is connected via HDMI which I usually have turned off, instead of to my DVI connected main monitor. No biggie, just confused me for a second. I kind of wish this was a selectable setting somewhere, but like I said, no biggie.

CPU: 3930K @ 4.0Ghz
Mobo: Asus P9X79 WS
RAM: 4x4GBs Corsair 1600mhz
SSD: Intel 520 120GB
HDDs: 14TBs in 6 HDDs.
PSU: Corsair 750TX
Monitor: Dell 2209WA - 1680x1050 @ 75Hz. Plan to upgrade this next month to something much higher res.
Vid Card: EVGA GTX 780 Classified; of course.

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Display Name: James G.

Date Joined: 09/22/07

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 04/19/10
  • Last Review: 10/24/14
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