Refresh vs. Resolution Companies love bragging about 4k resolution and I don’t exactly know why. Sure, more pixels should equate to a better image, but the eye can only see so much. Regardless of how much pixel density the eye scientifically needs, gamers know when something looks right, or something looks wrong. Or do they?
Introduction Is Virtual Reality supposed to be the gold standard of immersion? VR is nice, but the reality for most of us is that we depend on a monitor for our computing experience above anything else. The good news is that panel technology is improving immensely, on top of being more affordable. The ViewSonic XG2701 gives gaming a huge improvement with a 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync technology. On the other hand, we still have to put up with a TN panel. The real question is how well ViewSonic does with the other feature to help offset the aging panel technology on this model. We’ll address that soon, right after a statement from the company.
My quest for the perfect price/features monitor isn't over yet, but I found another intriguing entry that's worth taking a look at. A Japan based company named iiyama has a 32" curved monitor that also has a VA panel, and a 144 Hz, FreeSync refresh range. The listed price is only $377, which is fantastic!
This guide will hopefully help you find the perfect gaming monitor. Size, refresh range, adaptive sync, price, and features like HDR are all part of a great viewing experience. The perfect monitor doesn't exist yet, but MSI, Samsung, ViewSonic, Asus and Sceptre have some close ones. Maybe a perfect one will exist soon!
Nvidia is expected to release 4k, 144 Hz monitors with G-Sync and HDR. The displays are under the Asus and Acer brands. The combination of these specs sounds like a major boon for competitive online gaming, but it would be interesting to see if reviewers confirm that.
MSI is releasing two new Optix monitors with 144 Hz refresh rate, VA panels and FreeSync technology. They also come with RGB aesthetic lighting and a crazy 1ms MPRT response time. Motion Picture Response Time is supposed to be a better way to measure the delay in image changes.
We all want to see a new graphics card, but the announcements Nvidia made should not be overlooked. The BFGDs, or Big Format Gaming Displays support 120 Hz at 4k, a big new step. The other huge new is being able to play games at high settings on low end computers using GeForce now.
The greatest technology I've seen on monitors recently is HDR. It brings so much to the image quality of displays, but monitors have been a bit slow on the adoption. Samsung just changed that with the release of the CHG 90 and CHG70. The latter is surprisingly affordable and has FreeSync 2.
Republic of Gaming is a cool brand, and now it has FreeSync Gaming Monitors. AMD Radeon graphics card finally have a display from Asus to support the adaptive sync feature. They even have refresh rates that range from 144 Hz to 240 Hz. Great for competitive online titles.
It's easy to point the finger, but I doubt Nvidia was deliberately trying to fake HDR. Even though the monitor technology looks great, it takes a lot of support to implement properly. Firmware, driver, and software issues could all factor in. It's likely too since HDR in the past has been brilliant.
This is it, the last bit of our coverage of CES 2017. We’ll have one more piece that will go through our top picks, but this is the last of the show floors we were able to get to. We had a mouse that’s trying to put an end to carpal tunnel, some great storage and monitor solutions from Samsung, the HDR display I’ve been dreaming of and some better explanations of what is going on with the architecture in Kaby Lake. CES 2017 was a great show and it sets us up for a great looking year for PC hardware. As always, feel free to leave your comments about what you loved in the forums and keep checking PureOC for more upcoming news and reviews!
Introduction ViewSonic is a company that is about customer focus and quality. If you’re curious about the three birds; They are Gouldian Finch Rainbow birds. These birds represent eye-catching colors and are a visual beauty. When James Chu founded ViewSonic he used these birds for the companies logo to symbolize beauty, color, and quality. ViewSonic has some very appealing monitors today and they have come a long way from when they started in 1990. There is nothing better than feeding a high-end GPU a high-end monitor. If you have a relatively new graphics card, you’re going to want a high-end monitor. With features like high refresh rates, better color quality, and stunning resolutions, the difference can be seen and felt. ViewSonic was primarily selling FreeSync monitors, which are for AMD cards. FreeSync was developed to compete with Nvidia’s Gsync technology. These technologies were developed to combat against screen tearing and the input lag that comes from Vsync. Today I will be looking at ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS, which is the companies first Gsync monitor. Let’s see what this monitor has to offer as far as features and if the technology it offers is worth your investment.
Introduction Our site name implies that we deal with nothing other than overclocking. Obviously it would be impractical to only cover overclocking news and reviews, but it means that overclocking is the driving force behind almost everything we do with computers. Even though I understand that there are some good reasons, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t feel like overclocking has been the mainstay of our site recently. It’s time to change that! I’m not saying we’re going to quit covering gaming mice (You have no idea!), but I want to start steering PureOC back to what we’ve always loved about building computers. I’ve seen a lot of guides online for finding just the right components in a computer build. I’ve never found one that satisfies the overclocker in me! Rather than trying to complain about everyone else’s decisions, I figured it was time we bring our own guides for building a PC with overclocking in mind. We’re going to start by listing the best components you need for a great mid-range computer, but I plan to expand this with a high-end and budget range guide as well in the future. Each category will have one selection, but we might throw in an honorable mention if we feel like it was a particularly close contest. With mid-range, we’re trying to stay under $1000 while trying to deliver a full quality 1080p experience. I think we can do that fairly well right now. How did we come to these decisions? Obv...
Supersized 4K UHD: New Philips 43-inch Display with 4K UHD Resolution and 4K MultiView Feed Largest display yet in Philips 4K UHD display line-up UltraClear 4K UHD resolution for greater precision and detail MultiView 4K for four systems on one screen Supersized 4K UHD: The new Philips BDM4350UC Amsterdam, 26 April 2016: MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new addition to the line-up of Philips 4K Ultra HD displays. At 43 inches, the latest display is the largest in the range to date, and delivers the same brilliant 4K UHD viewing experience, detail and precision as its siblings. This extra-large desktop provides professionals with more space than ever to work. With MultiView 4K support, it is also possible to stream input from four different sources simultaneously without compromising on the sense of space that a display of this size creates on the desktop. Quadruple clarity and extra productivity The new BDM4350UC Philips display uses high performance panels to deliver UltraClear 4K UHD images: at 3840 x 2160 pixels, this is four times the resolution of Full HD, and four times the clarity. The display makes images and graphics come alive, whatever the application. CAD engineers can zoom in on the fine detail of intricate designs. In geo-exploration, the scientific images are presented with more clarity than ever. Financial experts pulling together data into vast, complex spreadsheets can keep everything in vie...
Introduces First AGON Series Premium Gaming Monitor The AOC AG271QX is a high-end QHD gaming monitor with 144 Hz and 1 ms, addressing the needs of demanding, competitive gamers Amsterdam, 28 April 2016 – AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, recently presented their premium line of gaming monitors – the AGON series. Its first model is the 27″ (68.6 cm) AG271QX powered by a high-speed TN panel at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It delivers ultra-smooth images with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 ms, supported by Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync™ compatible, at a 30-144 Hz range) that reduces stuttering and tearing – focusing on the best gaming performance. Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect vision in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen. Gamers that never run out of steam would also want perfect ergonomics and to be able to rely on convenient features to adjust their monitor. The AOC AGON ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort when enabling adjustmen...