Looking for a 23-25" high refreshrate display with G-Sync

DFenz

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I was working on my brothers PC last weekend because he needed it cleaned out (dust) and reimaged and I noticed his display had lines through it and a massive black spot in the center where the lines intersected so I assume the panel is on its way out. It is a VG236H from like 2010. I asked him how long its been like that and he said 2 years, like he didn't even care.

I'm looking to get him a new display this weekend since it is his birthday. Been looking at the 23-25" displays. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't want a much larger one because he really only plays competitive games like CS1.6, CS:GO, Starcraft, Dota 2.

Anyways I've been looking at these displays primary since they are available at my local Microcenter.

DELL S2417DG (24" 1440p G-Sync, 144hz, TN) $399
Acer XB241H (24" 1080p G-Sync, 180hz, TN) $349
Acer XB252Q (25" 1080p G-Sync, 240hz, TN) $429
Asus PG258Q (25" 1080p G-Sync, 240hz, TN) $559
Acer Predator XB241YU (24" 1440p, G-Sync, 144hz, TN) $449

Thinking about getting him the DELL since it is 1440p and gives slightly more pixel density than his 1080p display, it is also the 2nd cheapest, though cost doesn't matter. But not sure if I should pass on a 240hz display since he plays mainly competitive games. I honestly don't think he knows a thing about resolution or refreshrate. He didn't even have his display on 120hz, I changed it from 60hz. I know he is a top player in the games he plays, Grand Master in SC2, and like the rank below Global Elite in CS:GO, so hes a great player, just doesn't know anything about hardware and doesn't care.

His specs are:
4670k
Titan X (maxwell)
16gb DDR3 1600
 
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Krisium

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The Dell makes the most sense with what you described.

May want to turn on desktop scaling for that PPI.
 

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Proves that high refresh rate is mostly marketing, as-opposed to fast response times.

If he doesn't really care about 120 Hz, you can run any regular 1080p 60 Hz monitor at 75 Hz with the proper timing settings. That would drop you down below $150, even for 1ms displays. This one is $120 after rebate!

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236305

I think he cares, but just forgot about it over time. Or maybe did a driver update recently and just forgot about checking it. IDK but I was kind of shocked myself, I know he bought a 120hz display for a reason. I just don't know how he can live with lines going across his screen, when I can't even live with a dead pixel.
 

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I ended up buying him the DELL. He tested the display out in CS:GO and said he immediately noticed a difference going from his 120hz display and I educated him on how to properly set up framerates and syncing features like fast sync/v-sync and how they work with G-Sync and showed him the differences. Overall he's really happy with it.

From my personal observations, the viewing angles were actually really good for a TN, superior to my old PG278Q by a decent margin. Color accuracy was about the same as the Swift, though I didn't test it myself. I didn't test out 165hz on it yet, but I might give it a go, not sure if I want to overclock it because I want it to be reliable for him.
 

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Proves that high refresh rate is mostly marketing, as-opposed to fast response times.
get out of here with that shit, lol.
I ended up buying him the DELL. He tested the display out in CS:GO and said he immediately noticed a difference going from his 120hz display and I educated him on how to properly set up framerates and syncing features like fast sync/v-sync and how they work with G-Sync and showed him the differences. Overall he's really happy with it.

From my personal observations, the viewing angles were actually really good for a TN, superior to my old PG278Q by a decent margin. Color accuracy was about the same as the Swift, though I didn't test it myself. I didn't test out 165hz on it yet, but I might give it a go, not sure if I want to overclock it because I want it to be reliable for him.
good choice. personally, if money were no object, i would have gone with a 240 Hz screen as your brother's use-case is the exact scenario those are geared for. i'd nudge him towards either using ULMB for those games or simply using fixed refresh mode with an uncapped framerate as those are the two best modes for competitive games where high framerates are easy and consistent. also, is he using it with 100% scaling? i feel like that would be really hard to use.
 

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get out of here with that shit, lol.

good choice. personally, if money were no object, i would have gone with a 240 Hz screen as your brother's use-case is the exact scenario those are geared for. i'd nudge him towards either using ULMB for those games or simply using fixed refresh mode with an uncapped framerate as those are the two best modes for competitive games where high framerates are easy and consistent. also, is he using it with 100% scaling? i feel like that would be really hard to use.

I took a look at TFTcentral beforehand and the 240hz diplays response times were only like a half a frame difference from a 144hz display and the 27" version of the DELL was actually superior than a 240hz Asus in response time. The 24" DELL wasn't tested there. He is using 110% scaling in Windows and Firefox and is aware about UI adjustments in games if needed. Even at 100% 123PPI isn't that bad, but yea it is slightly out of the average persons comfort zone, including his. Personally I would probably use 100% scaling with how close someone like him sits to his monitor.
 
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