Joined on 02/16/10
Pros: -Flicker free (see other thoughts) -144hz -2560x1440 -Build quality -Picture -Extras Received this monitor in the box it comes packaged in, typical of monitors. Everything inside the box was packaged well and there was adequate padding to protect the panel. The stand weighs more than I expected, it's very weighty and has adjustments (along with markers for those adjustments) for height, pivot, swivel, and rotation. The panel itself is also solidly constructed. The whole package makes other expensive monitors I've purchased this year seem cheaply made in comparison. The 144hz, 1ms response time means that even without the blur reduction feature on games have amazing motion clarity. Playing GTA5 on a 4K 60hz monitor and going to this, even though it's less pixels, is a much better experience overall due to the smoothness of gameplay. The colors, after tweaking, are right up there with the two IPS panels I own. The blacks are nice and deep, colors are vibrant and can be made to be quite accurate. I've heard it's a true 8 bit TN, and compared to the 10 bit* (8 bit + FRC) IPS panels I've been using it's very, very close. The monitor I received also had zero backlight bleed and no dead pixels. The headphone arm frees up a bit of desk space, not necessary by any means but is a nice feature to have built into it, and the remote for controlling the onscreen display is a nice extra as well.
Cons: The matte coating may be a little too matte for some. On websites with white backgrounds you can see some light swirling but it's not the most aggressive matte coating I've ever seen. Because it's a TN panel, colors do shift with viewing angles but it's really not that bad for a TN panel. Horizontal shifts are pretty minimal and as long as you're looking at the monitor straight on, vertical shifts aren't an issue either.
Overall Review: The monitor uses flicker free screen dimming, but any type of blur reduction strobes the backlight and does introduce a flicker. If you're sensitive to backlights that use PWM to dim the screen like I am, you may have to keep blur reduction turned off. It still looks amazing without it, however. And, owning two GTX 980s, I cannot speak to how well FreeSync works, but honestly I'm happy with it without adaptive sync. Unless this monitor implodes in the next week or so, I don't understand how anyone can justify the $200 upcharge for a G-Sync monitor. Tearing is almost nonexistent at these refresh rates regardless. BenQ has a real winner here.
Excellent CPU Cooler
Pros: Bought this cooler to go with my new FX-8150 paired with a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard. Installed and does exactly what it's supposed to do very well. Running my 8150 at 4ghz, I checked the temps and the idle temp reading was 8C, and above 40C is a rare occurrence at load. This is a great cooler, and I would buy it again.
Cons: Kind of a pain to install..the last cooler I installed on an AMD socket was a Zalman and it just had a bracket and lever setup which was much easier to install than the Cooler Master.
Pros: Case has TONS of space inside. Upgraded from an Antec 300 because I was sick of dealing with no space for graphics cards and no room to work in. It's a couple inches longer than the 300, and the HDD bays are sideways, so you get even more usable length. With up to 4 exhaust fans and up to 7 intake fans, airflow is not an issue. The case's styling, while not for everyone, is certainly eyecatching. If you want a case that isn't boring, this fits the bill. The toolless design is also the best I've used. It doesn't feel flimsy at all. Setup was extremely easy due to how easy this case is to work on.
Cons: This isn't technically a con, but the 220mm side fan does not work with tall tower coolers, such as the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B. This isn't something I'd want to dock an egg for, as this was entirely my fault for not measuring the width of the case. In its place, I've installed 5 120mm fans.
Overall Review: This case EASILY fits a full ATX motherboard, four 3.5" HDDs, a GTX570, 9800GTX+, and a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B cooler with enough space left for kittens to nap in. In my previous case, the Antec 300, this setup was extremely cramped.