Alienware AW3418DW Ultrawide 34”, 120hz, IPS, arguably the best 34” G-Sync monitor - $800 at buydig.

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  1. DSee

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    Best G-Sync curved 30+ monitor in the market at the moment. Got it, love it.
    Display is newer than the Asus and Acer models - direct competitors.
     
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    Very, very tempting but I still play games that don’t have proper ultrawide support.
     
  3. SixFootDuo

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    God I wish this wasn't ultrawide. I would buy it all day long.

    Just can't do ultrawide, I tried and hated it. Even for games. It's very very narrow from top to bottom reminiscent of a tiny 17" monitor.

    Are there any 32" quality 16:9 IPS 100hz to 144hz monitors on the market that I'm missing? Must be non-Koren as I've had several of those die on me over the year.
     
  4. Archaea

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    Then you can play at 2560x1440 and have black bars on left and right. Same as a 27” 1440p
     
  5. MangoSeed

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    True. I think I'll give them a few more years to figure this stuff out though. I waited until there was a proper 27" gsync monitor before taking the plunge. Will upgrade once HDMI 2.1, HDR etc is sorted on the ultrawides.
     
  6. Archaea

    Archaea [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me
    Did you try a 34”?
    It is exactly reminiscent of a 27” 1440p panel with extra width.

    My last three monitors:
    I had a 30” 16:10 Dell 3014, then a 32” 16x9 HP Omen, then this 21x9 Alienware. I found them all shades of similar for screen size, and experience engagement. This, though, was clearly the best monitor of the three for gaming. I also tried a 37” 16x9 but found it subjectively too big. Now I would love to have a 38” ultrawide when a model is finally released with G-sync because that is the same physical size as my Dell 30” 16:10 Dell 3014 with ultrawide extra width—- that 30” 16x10 in my subjective opinion was the perfect/optimal vertical height. That said I do really like my Alienware. It’s the best monitor I’ve personally owned, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it.
     
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    Yup great monitor! Came from a 40" 4k screen to this!

    True 120hz monitor unlike the others that claim 100hz.

    Liked the 4k but once I tried my 9 year olds 27" 165hz 1440 gsync screen after a year after giving it to him i was like.. yeah. High frame rate is a must.
     
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    I bought this when it was on sale 3 months ago for $834. Fucking taxes ruined the price at $891, but I still bit the bullet.
    This monitor is still great for office work, you won't notice the curvature (at least I don't). Resolution of 3440x1440 is sharp enough for me.

    I know its only 120Hz max refresh rate. I guess I can live with it. I haven't experienced 144Hz so I guess ignorance is bliss at the moment.
     
  9. vegeta535

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    It is not a true 120hz screen. It is overclocked 100hz. Lot of people complain they can't get 120 working. Still a great monitor.
     
  10. Vader

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    I have this monitor and it's good. Is it great...hmmm...it's borderline. A couple of things:

    1. If you look at the whites it's darker on the edges so if you're video editing that could be an issue.
    2. The corners are a bit darker but no bleeding.
    3. Only has two inputs, Display Port and HDMI. I would have like to see at least two Display Ports.

    These are the three glaring issues that I see with it. Outside of that, for gaming, it's great. I am not an esports or competitive gamer. I buy expensive PC gear to have the best mix of performance and quality. You'd be hard pressed to find the power to get you to 120hz at Native res with today's games anyway...and no, i'm not talking about CS GO, i'm talking about the latest games. I also never had issues with overclocking this at 120hz, works flawlessly for me. I don't have a RTX 2080Ti yet, but I do have a Titan Xp pushing this and it's just a buttery smooth experience and the colors are great.
     
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    I tried ultrawide but I wasn't big on it either.

    Waiting for an affordable large screen 4k HDR display, one with Gsync would be nice.

    I know we are a few years off from this.
     
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    There's a fair number of games, especially more competitive ones, that limit fields of view so that people with ultrawide screens don't have doo much of an advantage. This leads to view being physically wider but the horizontal FOV still being the same, and the vertical FOV being smaller. It kinda sucks, since you have to move your eyes or even head to look at the sides with no real benefit, and it's like wearing blinders looking up and down, like looking through a narrow visor. This is particularly rough in FPS's or other games where you need to look out for death from above...
     
  13. cybrnook

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    Love this monitor, absolutely no issues for a year now. 1080ti and 2080ti
     
  14. Archaea

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    That's not a problem with ultra wide monitors that can't be fixed.
    For a 3440x1440 monitor you'd pick 2560x1440 as your game resolution. If it still fills up the monitor and just squishes/stretches everything, then choose the appropriate scaling selection in the AMD or Nvidia control panel. When done, you should just have black bars on left and right vs. a undesired stretching or squishing of the image.
     
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    Nice, I found a Samsung 55" That does 120hz at 1440p. Gonna trying and pick that up this week possibly.
     
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    Link or it didnt happen. ;)
     
  17. SixFootDuo

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    Sure, and btw, thanks to the original poster for finding this deal. It made me look really really hard and was able to find this TV.

    The point of all of this being able to game on large displays.

    Here are all the resources I used to determine this will be my next buy, maybe at the end of this week.

    https://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/motion/variable-refresh-rate

    At the top of that list you will notice several Samsung displays. All of these have excellent latency and FreeSync. However, this works on nVidia as well as 120hz @ 1080p and 1440p.

    Here is the video of the guy that actually tested it out. I spoke with him yesterday and today and he says it works incredibly well.

    Here is that video.



    BTW it should be noted that the 49" DOES NOT HAVE the 120hz panel.

    I will be buying the 55" Samsung Q6FN 4K HDR TV. It's abour $995 or so.
     
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  18. Chimpee

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    Nice, is it me or there isn't seem to be any screen tearing issues?
     
  19. SixFootDuo

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    To run 120hz or 144hz or whatever you have to run vsync. So no, there is no tearing. But what can happen and it's really not that big of a deal since you're at 120 or 144 frames per second is you might get dupes or dropped frames. I think Gsync just makes sure this doesn't happen so if it has to wait / slow or something then it will do that. I have yet to still see an easy to understand guide between the differences so I'm not all that clear.
     
  20. antok86

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    if i didnt already have 2 dell gysncs and a regular 34ultra wide id be all over this
     
  21. tempertantrum

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    Your idea of "fixed" means that you're giving up on a ton of real estate - for many that is an undesired stretching/squishing. My point is if you're giving up on that for things you do all the time (ie, you've got black bars for both gaming and watching movies) it doesn't make sense for you to get that form factor. This is one of the reasons I don't have an ultrawide, and won't get it anytime soon. You're welcome to disagree with that reasoning, of course, but personal experience with (and desires for) formats vary, so not everyone will agree with you. That's why multiple screen sizes continue to exist, even within a given price range...
     
  22. Archaea

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    A 34” ultrawide at 2560x1440 is the exact same size as a 27” 16x9 2560x1440 screen. What i don’t understand is when people say they can’t enjoy ultrawide and then own or buy a 27” 16x9 screen. The 34” is the same thing when something doesn’t support it, and a lot nicer on the majority of things that do.

    BTW, there’s no black bars on the majority of movies. The black bars on top and bottom of a movie on a traditional screen are gone with an ultrawide on a scope screen movie (probably 80% of modern movie content (excluding nature documentaries and Pixar films)
     
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  23. tempertantrum

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    The self-importance is strong with this one...

    Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it's not a problem for other people - especially when you're shelling out $800+ dollars for it. Most movies (especially streamed, which is how most of us get our movies and other content) is 16:9, not 21:9. Maybe that will change, but for now, msot of us aren't cool with paying $1k (which is what this typically goes for) or even $800 to have this kind of experience. If you look at the reviews they've pulled in, the most popular negative review *starts* with the game issue... so... I'm not alone in my thinking and feelings about this, regardless of whether or not you feel that way.
     
  24. ShepsCrook

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    I have this monitor and it looks great, works very well, and I get 120hz.
     
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  25. Sycraft

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    No, sadly it is 27" pretty much all you can get for that for the moment. Even then, it can be a crapshoot with panel quality. There are some in the pipeline so maybe we'll see some in the next year.
     
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    Actually a lot of movies (even those that are streamed) aren't exactly 16:9. Super 35, anamorphic, etc.
     
  27. BladeDancer314

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    This is $769.99 on Newegg thru eBay right now.....
     
  28. mbakalski

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    Thanks for the heads up. I have some ebay GCs now which would make the monitor about $680 delivered. If I sell my 3415w i should be able to only net about $300-350 out of pocket.

    Very tempting.
     
  29. Furious_Styles

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    I wouldn't hold out for anything changing in the next year. The top notch panels from asus and acer (pg279q and xb271hu) are 165hz 1440p 27" and pretty much haven't changed much in the past few years. I've loved mine and think it's one of the best upgrades I made in a long time. The only thing you can really be watching out for is the 4K variants of those monitors and really the price is what's tough to justify.
     
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    Nvidia branded 43" BFGD displays are supposed to come out later this year, but then again their 65" displays were supposed to come out in 2018. If they do ever come out I would bet they'll easily be in the >$3k range.
     
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    Absolutely love mine.
     
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    The Omen 65” one comes out in Feb and is ... $5000!
     
  33. Accursed

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    Amazon has it for $799, had Microcenter price match.

    I'm 90% happy with it, 10% is that gsync sometimes faulters a bit. I have it overclocked but still in some cases you see screen tearing. I used the gsync pendulum program and it has a bar that slides across the screen. When first loads up for a second it tears and then it's smooth. Not sure what's up. Think I can live with it. Maybe just a setting. Will call Dell this weekend on it.

    Edit: So many typos when typing on cell phone :(
     
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  34. Archaea

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    Lower your overclock and see if it does it at 100hz.
     
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    If your frame rate is at or higher then your screen hz then that's your problem. You dont want to be at 120 fps at 120hz. It will turn off g-sync. You want to somehow cap the frame rate at 2-3 frames lower. So 117-118 fps cap at 120hz.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, Unfortunately it was doing it at it's stock 100hz, I then bumped it up to 120hz to see if it helped. It did help some, but the problem is still there. I think it's something I can weed out.
     
  37. chizow

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    Yep, as others stated there are different settings in the NVCP to control this behavior at max refresh rate, you can Vsync to prevent tearing at 120Hz/120FPS, you can uncap (no input lag, but tearing), or you can frame cap just below max refresh. Frame capping requires 3rd party tool like RTSS/Afterburner.

    Love the monitor btw, thanks for all those who endorsed it!!!!!
     
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    I think this would work. In fact after reflecting a little on your post I think there's a problem with how things are communicating within the drivers and the monitor. While playing Destiny I think it told me I was over 200 FPS, but in reality my non widescreen monitor (1440p 144hz) was only able to pull down about 100 fps (all Ultra settings). So I think I need to get that sorted out and get the driver FPS counter to match the onscreen one.

    Appreciate the input!
     
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    I thought the point of G-Sync was that regardless of what FPS you're actually capable of pulling, G-Sync would match the displayed FPS with your refresh rate? Just wondering why is 120fps at 120hz a problem? Curious, as this is what I run, and don't really see any issues (granted, all i really play these days is COD4 Blackout and Overwatch).