Stick with my awesome CRT or take the plunge for an IPS or 120hz monitor for FPS gaming?
November 24, 2011 12:42 PM Subscribe
Gaming Monitors: Should I upgrade from my awesome Viewsonic P220f CRT to a Dell u2711 or Samsung S27A950D? Do I really have to choose between quality/resolution and speed? Trying to make a Black Friday decision.
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I have a Viewsonic P220f professional series CRT from 2005. Right now I'm running it at 1600x1200 @ 85hz and it is great and incredibly smooth for gaming (I get headaches on CRTs lower than 85hz). I primarily play FPS like BF3.
However it's only 22", and not widescreen. I've been reading TONS of reviews on many gaming monitors, and it looks like the top-end choices now for 27" screens (with price not being an issue) are the Dell u2711 Ultrasharp, and the Samsung Syncmaster S27a950d.
+Super high resolution (2560 x 1440)
-Slow response time
-Reports of noticeable input lag for FPS
-Reports of tearing
+Capable of 120hz in 2D (I wouldn't really use it for 3D, just the extra smoothness in 2D)
+Higher end TN display so assumedly better color than most which is typically the biggest issue
-Limited to 1080p resolution
-Doesn't support my Nvidia 3D capabilities yet
A couple things to get out of the way here...
1. I have a god box (Origin PC, hex core processors, 3x nvidia 580's in SLI, etc. I can max out any game at over 100FPS)
2. Money is not a factor in this decision
3. Only interested in 27" displays right now. 24" is too much of a loss of vertical screen real estate coming from my Viewsonic since it is a 4:3 aspect ratio
I'm so torn. I hear gaming in 120hz in 2D is fantastic for FPS, but the big thing holding me back right now is that my current CRT does a super high resolution, color looks great, and CRTs have ZERO input lag, ghosting, tearing, etc. due to how they operate. It feels like I have to sacrifice quality for speed in some regards where my current CRT offers both, just at a limited size, and at an undesirable aspect ratio.
Oh, and to add some pressure, I am hoping to make this decision tomorrow to capitalize on Black Friday deals as there are coupons/sales for both of these I believe.
Am I nuts for wanting to switch? Or should I just cave and go one or the other? If so, which would you go? Any input from folks who have done either for FPS gaming would be really appreciated.