Joined on 10/27/12
Pros: 1. No dead pixels or any defects on the panel itself. 2. Aesthetically pleasing. The green accents give the monitor a very nice NVidia feel to it. The G-Sync logo on the top left is obvious but not annoying. I find the placement of the model number on the top right very helpful. No need to flip the entire thing around just to know what it is if I need to troubleshoot something years down the road. 3. The colors on this display are great. I started to notice things that I never did before on my old monitor. You can see all the different shades of black, no matter how similar they are. 4. Setup was super easy. Just hook up the provided DisplayPort cable to the monitor and your G-Sync ready GPU and it starts up right away. G-Sync was automatically enabled. 5. Gameplay is super smooth. I was skeptical about the whole G-Sync thing, but the hype is real folks. Older games like TF2 are now brand new experiences (melee combat is SO MUCH EASIER on a 144 hz screen). Newer games look fantastic with the colors, oh and super smooth too if you have the GPU horsepower. 6. The pixel density is just right. I am one of those gamers who does not like the look of Antialiasing (too fuzzy IMO). This monitor has nice sharp images. 7. The price was very right at the time of purchase (~$350). 8. Animations on Windows 10 look stunning at 144 hz.
Cons: I kind of have to be picky for this section, but here it goes. 1. I had problems starting up TF2 when I first used this display. Turns out Source does not like it when the refresh rate changes during startup. Make sure you set the refresh rate to 144 hz on the Windows desktop before you start playing. 2. The power brick gets warm to the touch, nothing serious however. 3. Being a 144 hz monitor you will need some serious GPU horsepower to take full advantage of G-Sync and the refresh rate, even at 1080p for modern titles. I have a GTX 980 running this baby so there's no real issue.
Overall Review: I have always wanted to experience G-Sync, but monitors utilizing this tech are very expensive, especially the 1440p ones. I was also skeptical about AOC as a brand. I never owned an AOC product until now. The price was right and I jumped on it and I am glad I did. You will not be disappointed with this product.
Sad to see it go
Pros: Provided 3 years of excellent service, sad to see it go but hey that's life. 1. Worked flawlessly. No dead pixels or any defects. Still works to this day. 2. Pixel density is good. 1080p on a 23" gives nice sharp images. 3. Contrast is ok. Not great but ok. 4. There's a handle on the back of the monitor for easy carry. This thing has been back and forth from Las Vegas to Reno about 10 times and that handle is a life saver. 5. LED backlit. So yeah it's efficient.
Cons: 1. No speakers. I was younger at the time of purchase and didn't think to look at the specs if it had speakers or not. 2. Only 60 hz. It's great for everyday users, but for gaming it's not enough. Don't buy a super hefty GPU for this thing.
Pros: I have to say this before I start: I own a Zotac version of this card, but since it is also a reference design I feel this is also valid. I would put this review there but I couldn't find it :(. Anyway here we go! 1. Powerful piece of hardware. This bad guy will eat anything you throw at it, especially at 1080p (don't worry I have a G-Sync monitor to take full advantage of it). Max settings of course. 2. Keeps cool, max temp is at 65C-70C at full load, but see cons below for more info (#1). 3. The "GeForce GTX" logo lights up giving a nice aesthetic. For those who like green/black builds you will be very pleased. 4. Full DirectX 12 ready. Yes we have yet to see any DirectX 12 games yet, but this card is ready for the future. 5. Has all the usual suspects in terms of NVidia features (G-Sync, 3D surround, blah blah). 6. Power efficient. Needs only 2 PCIe power connectors. 7. Overclocks very well even with the stock cooler. I have mine +150 Mhz on the core and +100 Mhz on the memory. On GPU-Z it says the card runs at 1277 Mhz core with 1366 Mhz boost. But in games MSI Afterburner says it runs at 1416 Mhz core. See cons below for more info (#1).
Cons: Kind of have to be picky here but blah. 1. Now I said in the pros this card keeps cool even with the stock cooler, but bear in mind that this is with an aggressive fan curve in MSI Afterburner. Like 90% fan speed at 60C. Yes this card will get LOUD. Personally I'd rather hear the noise than risk degrading my card over time. 2. I want to cooks eggs on it, but that would risk degradation :(.
Overall Review: Nothing else to say. The Maxwell architecture is a great one. I would like to have a 980 Ti, but I can't afford one. This is a nice card to have, especially after the price drop when the 980 Ti came out. Would highly recommend!