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Pros: The monitor comes pre-calbriated for optimum Adobe sRGB color gamut. It is definitely nice to have 250 nits as every grey shade I have been able to make has been faithfully represented.
The pixel pitch is small enough that you don't end up with eye strain after several hours of viewing.
In my view this has the qualities of my old CRT professional level displays for graphic designs, but with less real estate requirement. I don't know how they managed to get all the colors in the gamuts using LED's, as these are notorious for tinting the color either to the red or green spectrum, leaving you with sad whites. LG did this somehow.
I have had no problem with ghosting artifacts while watching rapid video segments or while playing video games. Granted, my experience in these areas are limited.
Cons: The monitor would be perfect as an entry level for graphics professionals if LG had managed to address the following weaknesses. At least in my opinion.
1) The stand is bouncy. Don't count on it as your method of support, or you will go batty! Invest in a good VESA desk mount. I have tried to address this bounce by tightening the stand screws, but they don't cut it.
2) The control buttons are EXTREMELY sensitive. It is hard to get the settings you desire due to the tendency to over/undershoot the desired mark. I also wish the "AUTO" light sensor was more sensitive. If you work through dusk into night the monitor is very bright.
3) Not really a big deal, but it would be nice to get a DVI cord with this type of monitor. Analog just makes the display seem worse than it is.
Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these. One for myself and one for my 76 year old father. He just loves it. The blacks are crisp and easy for him to read, colors show on the screen as they are printed by his inkjet printer, and it gives him plenty of room on his desk to work.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * VERY effective and QUIET cooling setup.
* Noticeably improves quality of streamed internet video, esp. on lower end like Tu Du (Chinese streams StarTrek)
* Up-converting seems to result in smoother picture than from stand-alone up-converting box.
* Active power management works without noticeable lag.
* DVI outputs seems to accept all types of DVI to VGA adapters.
* Board construction is well braced, it feels sturdy during handling and installation.
* Sensitive components are protected from accidental damage
* PCB design has areas with no exposed contacts in logical areas that make for easier inserting of card, esp. when pressing into virgin slot.
Cons: * Many (including mine) came with the wrong BIOS, requiring flashing correct BIOS before card would run optimally
* Can't tell you have the wrong BIOS without 3rd party software
* Wish it came with a DVI to VGA adapter for legacy support
* This package doesn't include any game vouchers or other software freebies that are listed on Sapphire's website associated with this card.
Other Thoughts: This card has been extremely well thought out. You can install this card if you know(or are willing to learn) how to use a ground strap, open your PC case and verify power supply size. The PCB (printed circuit board) has been designed to withstand the rigors of installation while protecting sensitive components. This results in it being a good card for a first installation.
The difficulty comes in that this batch sold to Newegg seems to have been shipped with the wrong BIOS thus limiting access to all the 800 shaders. You must use a 3rd party program (Sapphire Tech can tell you some names) to determine this. If you don't follow directions exactly while flashing BIOS you can ruin your card! So be careful and follow steps exactly.
After 2 hours (time get updated BIOS and installing it) card works great. Can't believe improvement of everyday streaming video. I look forward to more video games I'll be willing to play that can fully use this card.
Display Name: Joel M.
Date Joined: 10/10/08
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