Best UltraWide gaming monitor

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  • #42889

    The AOC AG352UCG is advertised by the manufacturer as a gaming display and should therefore also deliver a top performance. But in this area, the device can not convince fully. Although the G-Sync module delivers top performance, the response time of the colored pixels ensures that a slightly blurred image, especially in 60 Hz mode, is displayed. This improves with full overdrive and 100 Hz, but then one is confronted with strong image errors, which are ultimately the lesser evil. However, the high overall latency with a value of 27.9 ms is quite serious. Such a delay is unacceptable for a gaming display and will frighten friends of fast first-person shooters.

    PCM2, do you find this passage to be true/close to the truth about this monitor?

    I read this and it creeps me out so much that the thought of canceling the order is strong 🙁

    #42890

    PRAD have proven themselves completely unreliable on input lag testing recently. Funny how they don’t mention how they measured that value, either. That’s completely at odds with not only what TFT Central and ourselves measured, but also what I clearly felt when using the monitor. Such latency is unheard of on any G-SYNC display.

    #42891

    Oh I see. They indeed “destroyed” the monitor quite a bit with those statements. It seems that the average response times are great, like 6/7ms. But all of this if we don’t consider those strange spikes of 40 45ms that I honestly don’t know how will feel practically when gaming.
    And of that i mean that I will ultimately have to them see myself to understand how “unpleasant” they will be.

    #42893

    I suggest you wait and see for yourself rather than paying too much attention to… “Fake news” and misleading reviews ;). Okay that might be a biit harsh as the points about pixel responsiveness still stand, but the effect is better highlighted with visible examples and subjective testing over a much broader range of pixel transitions. As per our review. Indeed it will all become clear to you shortly, but I suggest you avoid the negative mindset and try to enjoy the positive attributes instead.

    #42894

    I do completely agree 🙂
    Thanks.

    #43095

    I sort of skirted over how the VA and IPS options compare and focussed more on how the VA options compare to one another here. This post should prove helpful for those who can’t decide between the two display technologies in their UltraWide – https://pcmonitors.info/others/ips-vs-va-100hz-ultrawides/.

    #43096

    Sweet!
    Thanks, i’ll read it right away!

    #43102

    I read your new UW post. AUO VA panel’s poor viewing angle is noticeable issue?
    When i used C34F791(SVA), it’s not bad to me.

    #43103

    I was quite explicit in what I said regarding colour consistency, although will make it a bit clearer that the Samsung panel models are stronger in this respect. Issues still exist and that is further explored in detail in relevant reviews. Not everyone would find it problematic, as I said.

    #43268

    Some thoughts on how the Samsung C34F791 and ASUS MX34VQ compare, taken from another thread which I’ve now redirected here. Written whilst I was reviewing the C34F791 so comparing ‘it’ to the ASUS:

    – Really enjoyable monitor to use overall. Really quite similar to the ASUS MX34VQ in many respects (not a bad thing).

    – Pixel responsiveness is quite similar to the ASUS and I actually find using the ‘Standard’ setting optimal. Even the ‘Faster’ setting introduces a bit of extra overshoot, but does little to really improve pixel responsiveness over ‘Standard’. The pixel overdrive is quite well tuned – similar to the ASUS using TraceFree 60. Maybe slightly weaker for some transitions, but nothing most users would notice even in a side by side comparison.

    – Input lag is actually a bit higher than the ASUS (around 18ms). Most users who have tested the monitor would find this surprising. That’s because most users would not find that level of input lag bothersome, but would still feel great benefit from 100Hz coming from a 60Hz monitor. With FreeSync active the input lag supposedly reduces, although I can’t accurately measure that with my equipment.

    – Colours are a bit more vibrant than on the ASUS. I found the ASUS decent in that respect anyway, but the ‘Quantum Dot’ backlight does expand the colour gamut a bit. It is a nice level of saturation, not overblown like a wide gamut model (~Adobe RGB) displaying normal sRGB content like games.

    – The extra curvature compared to the ASUS is not really noticeable. Perhaps a slight bit of extra depth, but I quickly got used to it. In some ways that’s good as it feels completely natural to me now. I almost find using normal ‘flat’ monitors weird now I’m used to the 1500R curve – it’s a funny thing, your eyes happily adjust either way.

    – Contrast is very similar to the ASUS, but the uniformity of my review sample was better than the ASUS review sample we had. Possibly the ‘Quantum Dot’ backlight arrangement improves this a bit, or perhaps it is just a good unit. Either way it’s impressive in that department.

    – Default colour setup is excellent. On our unit it was really just a case of decreasing brightness, everything else was fine. We also reduced sharpness a bit according to preferences as we found the default of ’60’ overly sharp. It’s certainly nice to see these new SVA panels move away from the issue of looking slightly too soft as the S34E790C did.

    – I didn’t actually have any particular issues with flickering on FreeSync beyond what I’ve seen on other monitors. It flickered readily between about 45 – 53Hz or 45 – 53 fps in the game (even if it didn’t, mind, I’d personally hate such low frame rates). I tested a range of titles including BF1, Hitman, Elder Scrolls Online and some others. I’ll also be testing a few more if I get my system sorted. Some titles may indeed flicker at other refresh rates or in-game frame rates, but that isn’t an issue isolated to the Samsung and is really an AMD driver issue. It’s an issue shared with other models, including the ASUS.

    #43276

    https://www.asus.com/Monitors/ROG-SWIFT-PG35VQ/
    If it’s under $2000, it’s probably the one I’ll be going for as it seems to have everything and I’ve been saving up for a while now for something like this.

    Also, was it the Acer X34 or the ASUS PG348Q that had better QC & less return rates (among people who used the Amazon links here)?

    #43279

    Hi there snore,

    Indeed that is a very exciting product. So much so that I’ve done something I rarely do and published a news piece without complete information on specifications being available – https://pcmonitors.info/asus/asus-pg35vq-200hz-3440-x-1440-ultrawide-with-g-sync-hdr/. I hope they do manage to just undercut $2000 as that would be a big win, but I’m not entirely sure. At least not with the intial pricing. I also expect this model to be several months away still.

    As for the Acer X34 vs. ASUS PG348Q – https://forum.pcmonitors.info/topic/best-ultrawide-gaming-monitor/#post-41871. It’s the PG348Q that has the better QC record from what I’ve seen.

    #43283

    Ahh got it, thanks. Acer announced their own version, the X35 (same exact specs and features). I’ll probably be going with ASUS though (assuming they’re similarly priced) if they have a better record of QC, and my current ASUS VG248QE monitor has been perfect for the last 2+ years except just a month ago I’ve started noticing glowing all around the edges on dark colors (only obvious when looking at my plain black desktop background).

    Looks like they’re both expected for a Q4 release: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-g-sync-hdr-35-inch-curved-monitor

    Good times ahead for people who’ve been patiently waiting and saving up for that perfect monitor.

    #43284

    Yeah, my ASUS contacts confirmed a Q4 release date is the goal. I see now why Acer confusingly decided to call their recent model the Z35P instead of changing it to ‘X35’ now. 😉

    #43286

    I hope 35inch HDR panel will be improved viewing angle, ghosting than z35p panel.

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