Date Joined: 11/23/07
Pros: Good color calibration out of the box
Dell’s zero-dead pixel warranty
Good monitor stand with solid design
Very good reflection control
Comes with DP cable
Overall display quality is good
Many connectivity options
HDMI @ 4K / 30Hz works fine
Cons: Host of issues with DP 1.2 in MST mode @ 4K / 60Hz (see below)
Poor quality control (my first monitor had two large dust specs behind the glass, my second monitor had one dead and one bright pixel)
Some backlight bleeding in the corners
Overall Review: I ran a Sapphire R9 290 with the latest Catalyst drivers on Win 8.1/64 and frequently experienced loss of synch issues with the UP3214Q (revision A00). This happens when the PC goes to sleep, changes resolutions or sometimes just randomly. Power cycling the monitor will re-synch but doesn’t work all the time. This was with the included Dell DP cable and also with a high-end Accell cable. Sometimes the monitor locked up completely requiring a PC reboot with the UP3214Q power cycle.
What’s frustrating is: Dell confirmed in writing that the synch issues would be fixed on my replacement monitor, send that out and – of course – same synch issues. Testing my R9 290 with a (higher priced) competitive 4K monitor worked just fine, so it’s definitely the UP3214Q, not the video card. Search Dell’s community forums with keyword “UP3214Q“ to find a loooong thread on this issue, this seems to happen with AMS and Nvidia cards alike.
When it does work fine 31.5 inches of 4K resolution are a thing of beauty. Yes, gaming looks brilliant, very little need for AA @ 4K, stuff looks good without it. Also Lightroom, Sony Vegas or multiple MS Office apps – working in 4K just rocks.
At this point I’d wait until Dell has acknowledged and fixed the problems.
Kudos to Newegg for the uncomplicated RMA process – you guys rock, that’s why spend my money with you!
Pros: Very fast and once you get past the painful setup the card runs reliably and without any issues.
I use this with 4 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSDs for uncompressed video capture. In a RAID 0 config this setup easily does 1.5 to 1.6 GB/sec write speed and performance is very consistent.
This setup is being used daily and the controller has been 100% flawless for a month.
Cons: PAINFUL setup! First of all make sure you flash to the latest firmware, my card's version was a few months old.
Then setting up the RAID/drive configuration at boot brings you to an exceedingly touchy and unstable piece of software with a horrible GUI and frequent crashes. It took multiple tries to get that right and the whole process was PAINFUL. On the one hand this is an industrial controller so it's ok to expect a certain level of tech-knowledge but the MegaRaid Manager software is junk and very touchy. Type the wrong key at the wrong time: crash! Move the mouse to fast: crash! Not acceptable.
Overall Review: Come on LSI - fix your darn software!
Pros: Fast, stays cool, excellent 4K desktop performance, app performance (Lightroom, Vegas and Office) and decent 4K performance in games (you may have to dial back some of the quality settings - but then who needs AA at 4K?). Surprisingly low noise levels too and stays cool even under high load.
Cons: Overpriced at this point
Also needs a 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-E power connector, make sure your power supply can handle an additional 225 - 250 Watts load!
Pros: Decent improvement in boot-up times: post to login screen went from 2 mins (yes, tons of 3rd party drivers, RAID etc.) down to 40 secs. Noticable snappier responses and much faster work, see below. I upgraded from a Velociraptor to the X25-M G2.
Cons: Even with Newegg's $175 off coupon the price per GB is still VERY high. But so was the Velociraptor that this replaced.
Overall Review: How much benefit you'll see totally depends on the type of work you do. For regular Office work, surfing and gaming you probably won't see a huge improvement. Likewise for anything that is CPU-bound.
BUT: I render a lot of high-def videos and noticed that I got 50% CPU on a quad-core at best (and 6 Gigs of RAM). A bit more research (perfmon) showed that the rendering was IO-bound, specifically with random reads. Migrating to the X25-M made a *HUGE* difference, I am now pegged at 100% CPU and my rendering times dropped to HALF. So if your work is IO bound, especially with lots of random reads and you have lots of CPU headroom then YES, moving to the X25-M should make a huge difference! If you are currently at very high CPU levels then moving to SSD won't help you a whole lot.
Pros: FAST - this thing ran Crysis and Fallout 3 in the highest quality settings in 1920x1200 with no problems.
CONNECTORS - has *four* DVI connectors, even comes with a HDMI adapter
PRICE - for just above $200 this thing is worth every penny!!
Cons: BIG - make sure you have enough room in your PC, especially the length of the card may collide with hard drive cages, fans etc. Full-size towers are the way to go.
NEEDS GOOD AIR FLOW - I noticed that case temp went up by about 8C, I added another fan to got that under control.
Overall Review: I had to reroute some cables, add another case fan but overall no problems with a full-size tower case. The built-in fans are surprisingly quiet - even under full load!