It is, its a 10-bit panel from AU optronics (same as the more expensive ROG Swift) that still has the best response times by far for any gaming panel. Glad you trusted your gut and decided to check it out for yourself instead of listening to the arm chair experts that immediately discount it bc "TN". TOTAL
Even if you could put up with the typical TN issues, I can't believe you people are buying it when you know it's going to have banding problems.
So I think I'm gonna go pick one of these up for my daughter today to replace the catleap2b that I have had over clocked to 100 Hz for the last few years. It's starting to go and even though this is tn and that's ips I was hoping this would be a good replacement for her. I'm using the 34" Alienware ultrawide I just got.
That's really hard to say. Each revision of the monitor (currently 7) behaves a little differently and can look a little different. Not to mention no one panel is the exact same so thats another variable. For me, to get pretty vibrant colors on my A07 revision all I did was turn up the digital vibrancy in the nvidia control panel to 65%. I'm afraid to tweak anything else tbh because I think the colors are pretty good now. Everything kinda pops, but I can tell skin tone is a little too vibrant at time. I'm not too bothered by it though.Is there a known good calibrated ICC profile available anywhere? Like I'm using the ICC profile from tftcentral for my 34"Alienware and then tweaked it a bit from there and I'm very happy with how it looks. Anything similar I can get for this panel?
Fair enough. I will mess with it when we get it. Ordered one today.That's really hard to say. Each revision of the monitor (currently 7) behaves a little differently and can look a little different. Not to mention no one panel is the exact same so thats another variable. For me, to get pretty vibrant colors on my A07 revision all I did was turn up the digital vibrancy in the nvidia control panel to 65%. I'm afraid to tweak anything else tbh because I think the colors are pretty good now. Everything kinda pops, but I can tell skin tone is a little too vibrant at time. I'm not too bothered by it though.
So i just got the monitor and need to know what to do to test for issues? I am a graphic designer so I did the win10 color calibration.
No I didnt get this for twtich gaming, I got this to upgrade my gaming monitor from a 22" Asus 144hz 1080o to a nicer bigger 2k Sync display which has better color anyways.
I am waiting to get a big bad 34" Wide Screen 120hz+ 1ms IPS Gsync.
This was just way cheap enough...
if it were IPS it would be a bargain, it's a TN so it's actually expensive
Yea... TN panel. I can't go back to TN after I made the move to IPS.
Anyways. I went out and picked this monitor up today. If you look at overclock.net or reddit you'll see a METRIC FUCK TON of threads, comments and debates surrounding the monitor. I'll break it down without getting too long winded (i hope).
You wont find another 27inch 1440p 144hz Gsync monitor for anywhere close to this price. Dell make good quality monitors and the anti-glare coating on these and their Ultrashap lines is freaking awesome. Its not glossy but it not grainy like most other coatings. While it is a TN, it does have very good color reproduction with a little calibration. Each monitor is different and needs calibrated in different ways but ther are plenty of guides to use as a baseline for this monitor. The one I just picked up today actually looked 100% better than the previous one I tried. The only setting I changed so far was digital vibrancy in the NCP. I set it 65% and am quite happy with it.
The biggest flaw in this monitor and it can be a doozy, is color banding. You can dive pretty deep into the previously mentioned topics on other sites and even in the display section here on HARD but what it comes down to is for some reason the factory set gamma is out of wack and there isn't an OSD menu option for gamma. Also apparently nvidia drivers do something weird with dithering or lack of dithering making banding more pronounced. I returned my first attempt at this monitor because banding was indeed bad.
Dell has a number of revisions of this monitor that are noted by an A0x number. The most recent revision is A07 which is what I managed to get today. Banding is a lot less noticeable for my particular display; much less so than the one I tried a few weeks ago which was an A04 revision.
You can go IPS but they are usually 600+ have questionable build quality and you risk playing the IPS lottery. So long as you aren't into photo editing and either don't watch a lot of content with dark scenes or don't care about blocky blacks, this is a fantastic buy if you're looking for buttery smooth PC gaming.
A little wordier than I hoped, but I hope that helps.
GAH, can't believe I missed the deal.I have to tell ya guys. I have this on the the desk right behind my desk which has the new Alienware 34"UW ips I just got a few weeks ago which I absolutely love and of course the Alienware looks better ips and all. That said this screen when sitting in front of it is no slouch tn and all. For the price I'm impressed. It's a dam fine gaming screen. Crisp clear sharp colors pop and fast. My daughter loves it and every time I walk in and see her playing overwatch or whatever I can't help but say to myself dam that looks nice. I'm serious.