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Pros: -Beautiful picture quality
-aesthetically pleasing all around. (Curved, are you kidding me?)
-Red ROG light aimed down center of stand (reasonably visible)
-Acceptable back-light bleed (someone mentioned not noticing BLB at all until reading these reviews...I am in the same boat).
-No dead or stuck pixels
-No coil whine (some have mentioned a noise while overclocking or otherwise, i hear nothing from this monitor)
-immersive 21:9 aspect ratio supported by most recent games (Overwatch, WoW, DOOM (the newest one), ARK, Rise of the Tomb Raider, etc etc etc)
-joystick/button combo for navigation of menus is genius
-multiple preset viewing profiles make this monitor look good out of the box (FPS mode looks best IMO)
-2k resolution is a happy medium for gaming ultra 60+ fps (gtx 1080)
-gsync really helps smooth out gameplay for those harder-to-run games that sit around 45fps and you get none of the latency issues known to go along with v-sync
Cons: -Gsync adds some to the price tag (about 300 USD I think. this monitor is pointless for AMD graphics card users).
-Onboard speakers are terrifyingly aweful. for north of a grand I want some decent speakers for backup.
-some weird packing issues. Found a few screws outside of a bag taped to the side of the stand. no harm came to anything, just kind of annoying.
-Lost a latency edge over my 1ms TN panel. However, I cannot tell a difference in the slightest. In fact, considering I used to have V-sync on and now I use Gsync, I'd be willing to bet those nearly offset each other.
Other Thoughts: Coming from EVGA 780 TI SC and 24" 144hz TN panel screen to this and an EVGA 1080 SC is nearly overwhelming. That old "The way its meant to be played" slogan comes to mind...
I have not personally compared this to the "Predator" equivalent monitor. I did read PC gamer's review which listed the ASUS as a better option. I am very pleased I went with ASUS again this round. The made a loyal customer out of me.
Pros: -plays all games I throw at it (save ark:survival evolved (which is pre-release right now)) at 2k and around 60-100fps (100fps cap)
-Great temp management with precision XOC (never seen temps above 63C and fans remain nearly inaudible all the time)
-SUPER power efficient. (requires 8 pin or 6+2 pin whereas my 780ti needed a 6+6+2 pin and an ungodly amount of power)
Cons: -not as great of an upgrade from an EVGA 780TI SC as i expected. (maybe due to 3GB of 384-bit memory and roughly 1.2GHZ core clock) although, and i will touch more on this later, there appears to be MUCH more room for OC compared with the 780TI.
-Nightmare of a setup headache this time around (user and own hardware issue I think so no egg taken away there. Details below).
Other Thoughts: I am not in any sense an expert when it comes to GPU tech and its performance in comparison to anything. I only just built my first PC using a GTX 780ti about 3 years ago so I am at best an amateur.
As for the headache I mentioned earlier as a con. What I mean is this:
-Installed a new monitor and GPU at the same time (never change more than 1 piece of hardware at a time).
-GPU would hang my system after the BIOS successfully posted and I got the blinking underscore and black screen JUST prior to the windows splash screen.
-Troubleshot with EVGA and ASUS (GPU and MOBO manufactures respectively) for around 12 hours. tried a myriad of things and talked to anyone I could think of. NOTHING worked until I made another mistake that now anyone else troubleshooting has to deal with. I changed two things at once.
-fixed my issue when I 1) randomly connected and disconnected hard drive connections on the sata busses (evga support team thought for some reason I may have a SATA bus and PCI-E compatability issue...IDK man seems dumb to me too) and then 2) after that I reflashed my bios with the same verision (and most up to date available) which was already installed. next I rebooted and the 1080 worked fine once I updated from 780ti to 1080 drivers.
As previously mention the OC aspect. When I set the fan curve to aggresive/custom (100% at 75C) I noticed my fans were still nearly never audible. Either the silicon lotto was good to me this time or this card is of good build and has some amazing further OC potential. I may update this review in the future to include personal tweaking (if I ever experience the need)
Rough ballpark of framerates you can expect in common games with ultra/near ultra settings (mostly Geforce experience optimal settings) 3440x1440:
witcher 3: 45fps
Overwatch: 80 fps
WoW: 80 fps (no raid or battleground experience yet and everything maxed except view distance at 7/10)
Ark: 30-40 (mix of high to epic settings) this game is pre-release, only included in the off chance someone really wanted to know that ARK still sucks on a contemporary GPU.
Ultimately, I kind of hate myself for not waiting another generation. If you are in the same boat as me, and coming from a 780ti or a 970 equivalent, I would wait a gen. I may have another opinion when better drivers and optimization come up (DX12 is still young). But both GPUs could benefit from that anyways. The point is if you are 50/50 im here to tell you that even after purchase im 50/50.
TL;DR: Its a great GPU, I just may be a dumb (yet happy) consumer
Pros: Ok so I havnt even really thought to keep track of how fast my PC starts up...its just not something i think about anymore. i just press the power button and its on.
very easy to use for a first time build, plug in the SATA and the power cord and install your OS...done and done.
Other Thoughts: first SSD ive ever used, so we will see how it does over time. just installing my OS on this guy for now. I dont see a whole lot of reason to installing any games or other programs to this drive.READ FULL REVIEW