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David W.

David W.

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Most Favorable Review

Still great, but overscan issue on 360

BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1
BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: This is a followup to my 9/1/2007 review, pros are there. Please read thoughts below if you're concerned about overscan in 1080p with the 360.

Cons: Occasionally it will blackout for a full second about once a week for no reason. Will have to send this to BenQ for service to upgrade to new firmware, when it's available. Also, the VW model is being discontinued.

Overall Review: I've since researched the overscan issue on the xbox360, and i have it (using HDMI in my case). Regardless of 1:1 or aspect mode, the image has about 1/4 inch cut off on the left and bottom, noticable with text in those areas. It is not pixel-perfect. This affects units from the March 2007 batch and earlier (rev2 i believe). The May/July MFG batch has updated firmare which adds an option to enable or disable overscan, so check your box stickers as soon as you get it. Fortunately this is not an issue in most games, so I still recommend this monitor especially if you are lucky to get a unit MFG after May. Search this model in the hardforum or google FP241V/VW and overscan.

10/26/2007
Most Critical Review

Good card (when it's clocked right)

EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-N983-AR
EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-N983-AR

Pros: Nice fps bump for the money from my old 7950GT. Crysis (1280x960) went from avg 25fps on medium to 30-40 on high in a core2-E6420 box. Much easier to max out other games. 1GB, because it makes you feel manly. :) Also, it's only 9 inches long--it fits in a Antec Super Lanboy (which has maybe 10" of card clearance--Do your homework. Not enough room for a 9-GTX+ or 2XX series, which are 10.5"! Needless to say, I was not willing to mod the drive cage or get a new case). This sku (N9XX) has the 55nm shrink.

Cons: Mine may be overheating or defective. Installed ntune to put the fan at 100% (This is a must or it's stuck at 35%) Core idles < 40c, Games heat it to 50c. I'm not one to neglect ambient temps either. Seems normal, but about 15-20 minutes in-game, green-spot artifact/lockups in Crysis, STALKER, and other heavy 3d games. Downclocked core to 570 and bus to 850, and the problems stopped. It's not a factory OC model to begin with, so I shouldn't have to do that to make it stable.

Overall Review: Register and check evga forums if you have problems like mine. I'm being generous with stars and giving evga another chance before considering RMA: my solution is working 1 week later. You may have better luck and have one good for OC even.

fantastic monitor--problems solved

BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1
BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: I bought the older model last year which has the overscan issue on 360 over HDMI. I SOLVED this by using a good HDMI to DVI cable (using dvi on monitor)! Also, No dead pixels, no flicker issues, arrived in good shape. Fantastic monitor for switching between your PC, 360, PS3, HD movie player, etc.

Cons: Big, heavy frame/panel takes up space and can't swivel. Just plan to have some space for this beast!

Overall Review: No overscan means no problems means 5 eggs!

all-around gaming monitor

BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1
BenQ FP241VW Silver-Black 24" 6ms GTG DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Tilt Adjustment and 1:1 Pixel Mapping 500 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: As a PC and console gamer, I bought this to handle the Wii on component, 360 on vga, and to see Bioshock, CoH, and SupCom, etc. in 1920 via dvi. This thing handles it all pretty well: PC games naturally look fantastic, just don't neglect getting a good card to handle the higher res (I will say that 1680x1050 still looks great however). Did not notice much ghosting on 360 in Forza2 or on the bioshock demo, if any. The Wii scaled on 480 wide looks decent, can't expect much there. USB hub is quite handy. Any video encoded for 1280x720 or higher looks OUTSTANDING! Overall, a great product with only a few issues....

Cons: PrefectMotion not too useful-- it just flickers too much. Don't bother with it. Menus are very slow, and the monitor is slow to switch inputs. Colors are a bit washed out on the 360 via vga, but the action and racing game modes make it much better. 360 has a difficult time setting 1920 correctly on vga 1:1 --it was cut off on the left until i switched to a standard ratio and back again, then it fixed itself. Note: I beleive this is a known issue with 360 vga output and will be solved in an update. Can't rotate for portrait mode.

Overall Review: Got mine with box a bit worse for wear, but to my relief--Zero dead pixels! Have not tried this on the 360 via hdmi or PIP yet but will soon and post my findings. Portrait mode a non-issue for me--I have a syncmaster 204B to do that.

Reliable Aspire

APEVIA ATX-AS520W-BK 520 W ATX Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-AS520W-BK 520 W ATX Power Supply

Pros: Got this for a Prescott/6800GT build almost a year ago after my last 400W failed. Getting another one for a new Conroe and 7900. Adjustable fan and cable sleeves are nice.

Cons: Wish it were modular, but you get what you pay for. LEDs don't do much for me.