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Acer XB270HU bprz Black 27'' 144Hz WQHD G-SYNC Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 350 cd/m2 1,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: G-sync, 144hz, 4ms, no ghosting, low input lag, great ppi, excellent colors.

Cons: Price, but as usual, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I had zero dead pixels and the backlight bleed was nothing I wasn't expecting. There's nothing wrong with the stand. It's not AAA quality like the ROG Swift, but there's really nothing wrong with it. I upgraded from a Dell U3011 @ 60hz and it is simply amazing! The colors on my Dell are incredible, so I was shocked when I saw just how good the colors on the Acer were. It's hard to overstate just how much of a difference this monitor has made over my Dell. It's like night and day. With the Dell I would get ghosting, input lag, and stutter when my fps dropped below 60 (with vsync enabled). Not anymore! G-sync is absolutely incredible! I was wary, seeing as this is the first 144hz IPS panel to market, not to mention it has G-sync. The way this monitor turned out, you wouldn't believe it's the first of its kind to-market. I was inspired by another reviewer here who purchased newegg premier specifically for his monitor-buying process, so if I didn't like it, I'd be out $20 instead of $120 (15%) restocking fee (also free 3-day shipping is nice). Luckily, my monitor was perfect the first go-around and I'm definitely keeping it! If you've already invested in other expensive components and want a monitor that is worthy of your rig, you've found it.

P.S. If anything happens in the near future that would change my rating, I'll report back here and let you guys know.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-2986-KR 4GB FTW GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Boost clock is actually 1405Mhz on my pair (sli). Very quiet fans. They do not spin until gpu reaches 60C, for silent operation. Very aesthetically pleasing. I like the white led lettering on the side which is visible thru my window. All 4GB of vram is accessible at full speed, unlike the 970. Worth the price ($580).

Cons: Wish it had more than 4GB of vram, but it honestly doesn't matter.

Other Thoughts: I waited and waited for news about the 980 ti but I couldn't wait any longer. I have no regrets. I was worried that 4GB of vram wasn't going to be very future-proof, but I'm not convinced anymore. There are plenty of benchmarks you can read which detail vram usage, and in some instances certain games will use more than 4GB, but it doesn't have any perceptible impact. For instance, I monitored vram usage when playing Evolve at maxed settings at 2560x1600. After the initial match loading had finished and I had actually started playing, vram was between 3-3.5GB. During the course of the match, the game gradually kept loading textures or whatever into vram memory and eventually used it up. To me, it appears the game used all the vram because, well, why not? It certainly didn't need to because the match started at 3-3.5GB. It couldn't hurt to use all the vram, so it did, I guess. My point is if you're worried about 4GB not being enough for 1440p gaming, it's definitely enough. I can't speak for 4K, but honestly, you'd need sli'd titans for that if you wanna turn settings all the way up (that might not even be enough!). If you want to game at 1080p, one 980 is plenty. For 1440p, I recommend 980 sli. One titanx isn't gonna be enough to max* all settings at 1440p, and a pair of 980's will be slightly more expensive but ultimately prove more powerful (it doesn't take a genius to know the titan cards are beyond all reasonable performance per dollar). This was my first foray into buying the flagship X80 card instead of the X70 card, and I'm glad I did. Beyond that, I'm REALLY glad I waited for the evga ftw variant, and will be buying this variant from now on.

* When I say "max", I'm excluding msaa and things like variable max draw distance in certain games. Msaa makes fps take a HUGE hit in almost every game I play, and at 1440p, ppi is high to begin with and fxaa which is cpu-intensive is plenty good imo. Re the max draw distance comment, I'm referring in particular to gta v, where benchmark results can be swung in wide directions by simply changing this one setting.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 21197-00-40G 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid construction

Single card performance is unbeatable

Supposedly scales well

Cons: The driver at release is terrible. The driver date may say Jan 9th, but I've read that it's a rebranded paper launch driver from Dec 22. BF3 seems to work pretty well, but almost every other game I was looking forward to playing does not like tri-fire 7970's.

Other Thoughts: This card is for high end enthusiasts; people who buy the best hardware and expect to max their graphics settings. I had been waiting since last year for a new video card so I could play the assload of games that came out last year at 2560x1600. I ordered three of these cards and they installed fine, but crossfire support is just not there for many of the new AAA games. I might as well only have one of these things plugged in right now. This is unacceptable.


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Display Name: Nathaniel M.

Date Joined: 01/31/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 08/25/10
  • Last Review: 05/12/15
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