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    BenQ Zowie XL2540

    If gaming is all about speed, this 240Hz monitor should be right up your street.
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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    "getting to over 150fps in these kinds of titles isn't too difficult for the Fury X, though such a monitor would be a better match for an upcoming, more powerful Vega card."

    This was exactly my first thought when I read that Freesync range. This needs Vega to make the most of it (although I suspect many esports gamers would happily drop the resolution to 720p where an RX 480 would probably do the job?). That said, I do wonder just how many esports gamers would be willing to drop the money on vega just so they can do 200fps+ at 1080p high IQ...

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    I wouldn't describe myself as a serious gamer but I do have to wonder at what point such high frame rates yield diminishing returns, visually. Personally I'd rather see a 120Hz panel that can pull more resolution per frame. 240Hz on such a mediocre resolution has limited appeal to me.
    Last edited by bitbucket; 10-03-2017 at 11:20 AM.

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    Quote Originally Posted by bitbucket View Post
    I wouldn't describe myself as a serious gamer but I do have to wonder at what point such high frame rates yield diminishing returns, visually. Personally I'd rather see a 120Hz panel that can push more resolution per frame. 240Hz on such a mediocre resolution has limited appeal to me.
    This. No way I'd buy anything more than 144Hz unless the rest of the package was what I purchased for. Unrealistic to be targeting those framerates unless you play CS:GO as if it's meant to look like a wireframe model at 720p low quality. Much prefer 1440p and high IQ.

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    Quote Originally Posted by bitbucket View Post
    ... I'd rather see a 120Hz panel that can push more resolution per frame. ...
    144Hz 1440p monitors are already available. 4k @ more than 60Hz will require HDMI 2.1 which has been announced, but not released. I wouldn't expect to see GPUs using HDMI 2.1 for another generation at least (unless AMD surprise us and include it - experimentally, at least, in Vega, I guess...?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozaron View Post
    ... Unrealistic to be targeting those framerates unless you play CS:GO as if it's meant to look like a wireframe model at 720p low quality. ...
    Well, that's kind of what esports gamers do. The review itself says this is a really niche product. The capability to do 1080p at 240Hz could potentially be a big boost for competitive esports gamers - I mean, it's not my thing, but I'd guess being able to have higher pixel counts and still maintain very high refresh rates would increase your accuracy? So Vega + this monitor could be an ideal solution...

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Well, that's kind of what esports gamers do. The review itself says this is a really niche product. The capability to do 1080p at 240Hz could potentially be a big boost for competitive esports gamers - I mean, it's not my thing, but I'd guess being able to have higher pixel counts and still maintain very high refresh rates would increase your accuracy? So Vega + this monitor could be an ideal solution...
    I meant more along the lines of getting in excess of 144 FPS @1080p w/ Free / G sync, bearing in mind that 130-144 FPS @1440p on the same screen size still with adaptive sync is probably a better choice. The reaction time difference for the human behind a 240Hz screen compared to a 144Hz screen is *so* negligible that I can't see the point in spending so many smackeroons on 1080p limited displays, even for a pro. Maybe I don't take them seriously enough, and I say this as someone with friends who do this.
    Last edited by Ozaron; 10-03-2017 at 11:43 AM. Reason: found the logic chain in my head again

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    Your more likely to be hitting a CPU, rather than a GPU, bottleneck in most games before getting close to 240Hz.

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    One other thing you might want to look into when using a 240hz monitor: Smooth Video Project. It takes a video and interpolates the frames to increase the frame rate, like some high-end televisions try and fail to do properly. It's okay for live TV, but it makes anything with animation look like ten years in the future. Stuff from the 80s looks like it's from the 90s, and modern stuff looks ridiculously good.

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    Re: BenQ Zowie XL2540

    I have the previous version of this monitor, the XL2430T, and the difference between 60Hz and 120/144Hz is night and day. I'll never go back to 60Hz gaming and if you are a serious gamer, especially FPS games, I highly recommend switching to a 100Hz+ monitor.

    Few things to be aware of:

    - Idle power useage of GPU doubles from 120Hz to 144Hz. For this reason I have my Monitors at 120Hz 24/7

    - With multiple monitor setups there are issues running monitors at different refesh rates. For this reason I replaced by second monitor with another XL2430T

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