Date Joined: 08/21/18
Pros: - Good price for a 144Hz, FreeSync, 24" monitor (was the lowest price available for those specs when purchased).
- Solid on-screen calibration options, and seemed decently calibrated out of the box, though I didn't measure sRGB or anything so take that with a grain of salt.
- Speakers are surprisingly not terrible - they're about on par with good laptop speakers. Loud and clear, but no bass. In an ideal world they would not be used at all, but if something were to happen to your other audio devices, you could actually get by with just these, which is more than I expected from a gaming monitor.
- The stand is very easily adjustable and the monitor can be moved up and down with one hand. It also has a lazy susan base so the monitor can turn side-to-side with less effort. You get about 5 inches of vertical movement in which to position the monitor. If you regularly swap between portrait and landscape, you can do that with one hand too.
Cons: - Package contents listed are incorrect. This monitor comes with all that is listed, but also a VGA cable, a DisplayPort cable, and a USB 3.0 Type B cable that you can't even use because the monitor only fits USB 2.0 Type B cables. Though the thought is appreciated. This isn't really a con, but it's definitely something you should be aware of before blowing $10 on an unneeded DisplayPort cable like I did.
- The 15.5" height listed is for when the monitor is for when it is tilted as far down as possible. This is not likely to be a usable setup, so the real height with the stand attached is actually closer to 16 inches on the nose. The stand adds about 2.5 inches to the height of the monitor when adjusted as low as it can go.
Overall Review: - Red bottom bezel is a nice touch of color that makes the monitor visually interesting, but not so visually interesting that it distracts you from your games. I would have preferred a less stereotypically 'gamer' color, but I'll take what I can get at this price point.
- Does not come with a manual but the manual is available online with a quick google search of 'AOC G2460PF manual'.
- Does not come with a driver CD, but nobody has a CD drive nowadays anyway, and Windows can automatically install the driver through the 'Update Driver' function in Device Manager (the monitor will display there as 'Generic PnP Monitor' until you do this).
- You should set the monitor to use a gaming mode in its settings, as otherwise it can occasionally flicker distractingly while playing games (possibly FreeSync related). I didn't test this particularly thoroughly as it was extremely annoying, but setting the gaming mode to FPS resolved it instantly.
Pros: It just works. I didn't actually need to install any drivers for my system to read it as an NVMe drive and achieve NVMe performance. This may vary depending on your system, but for me, with 2 of these puppies on an ASRock Z370 Pro4 using an 8700K, the install was utterly painless. You'll still want to install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers to be sure, but benchmarking it before and after installing the drivers showed zero performance increase for me.
Additionally, this works excellently in RAID 0, which is good because the 1TB drive is not available yet. Sequential reads and writes show a big performance bump in RAID 0, while random reads and writes are largely unchanged.
Cons: Review benchmarks show this product will get considerably slower as you fill it up, even more so than SSDs typically do - so plan to have more capacity than you need. Benchmarking these RAID 0 drives at 2% and 37% full shows considerable drops in random read and write performance already. I am not planning to fill up this drive, but if you are, this could be a dealbreaker.
Overall Review: This is an excellent drive for the price. But be aware of how much slower it will get when full. If you're planning on using the full space available on the drive, your performance gains over a cheaper SATA drive will start to disappear.