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Old 08-12-12, 08:15 PM
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ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 Monitor Review

Fancy taking the plunge to something beyond HD? We look at the ASUS PB278Q, and also the performance hit you'll take with 2560x1440 pixels.





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Old 08-12-12, 08:18 PM
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Very nice monitor looks well worth the money if you need the pure real estate it gives
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Old 09-12-12, 12:15 AM
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I agree about the triple screens in gaming. In FPS games the side screens are pretty useless. Certain games however, like Assassins Creed I do find the side screens used a little more.
I get what you mean in things like Dirt3 when there's just too much going on at the sides but I do kind of feel that adds to the immersiveness of the game. Obviously if it puts you off, it's not a good thing, but I do think it just makes everything more realistic.

Aside from that though, I do find three screens a lot better to work on in windows, whether it's just word or general use like internet/music etc... and obviously video editing spread out across 3 screens has its benefits.

I probably agree that if you're just gaming, you'd be better off getting one of these over 3x 1080 screens - but there's such a price difference between it, I find it hard to justify the cost. I mean, you can get 3x 23inch Dell IPS screens for around £70 cheaper than one of these. It's obviously going to depend on the user at the end of the day - but at the present moment in time, until these come down in price, I think I'd still choose far cheaper 1080 screens.
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Old 09-12-12, 03:52 AM
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Well no wonder this panel is so good it's a PLS panel which if I read things correctly is Samsung's answer to LG's IPS technology so that's probably why everything looks so lush it's not just an N panel.
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Old 09-12-12, 11:33 AM
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ohh man, finally a reason to update my Asus EAH6970 2GB vid card

Thanks Tom about opening my eyes to club3d cards. been doing some reading and research and their cards are badass

Looking to get the 7990 or the 7970 royalace ghz edition
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Old 09-12-12, 12:00 PM
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Thanks for your review Tom!

I have a quick question for you and the community:

I was a bit worried when you said cards that are paired in SLi / XFire do not share memory between the cards.

I have recently bought *two* Dell U2412Ms (1920x1600) to run as dual screens running side by side.

To power the screens I was planning on using *two* NVIDIA 660Tis in SLi. In my mind, because *one* U2412M monitor is being plugged into *one* 660Ti card, then in this case the full 4GB of VRAM should be used?

Would I be correct in this assumption? If not, then would you suggest getting one high end graphics card (670/7970/680)?


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Old 09-12-12, 12:02 PM
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I've been thinking about getting one of these for a while. Now that it got a OC3D gold award I think i'll pick one up in the coming weeks, my Acer S243HL looks awesome but it's a TN panel and I think the PB278Q would be a very nice upgrade with its better panel and the extra resolution, especially when I'll have to do a lot of CAD work for university next year.
Until the next generation of cpus and gpus comes out and I upgrade my rig, I'll have to turn the settings in BF3 down so that my 6970 can cope with the 2560x1440 res.

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Thanks for your review Tom!

I have a quick question for you and the community:

I was a bit worried when you said cards that are paired in SLi / XFire do not share memory between the cards.

I have recently bought *two* Dell U2412Ms (1920x1600) to run as dual screens running side by side.

To power the screens I was planning on using *two* NVIDIA 660Tis in SLi. In my mind, because *one* U2412M monitor is being plugged into *one* 660Ti card, then in this case the full 4GB of VRAM should be used?

Would I be correct in this assumption? If not, then would you suggest getting one high end graphics card (670/7970/680)?


Many thanks,

np.
You can't game on 2 screens anyways, so you won't need much v-ram, as far as I know you'll always have only the memory of one card regardless where you plug the screens in
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To power the screens I was planning on using *two* NVIDIA 660Tis in SLi. In my mind, because *one* U2412M monitor is being plugged into *one* 660Ti card, then in this case the full 4GB of VRAM should be used?
The info for how ever many screens you have (makes no difference) is loaded into both cards and in games it basicaly alternates what card is rendering each frame, so frame 1,3,5,7,9 ect are on card 1 and frames 2,4,6,8 ect are rendered on card 2...

or if you have 3 cards its #1 = 1,4,7 #2 = 2,5,8 #3 = 3,5,9 ect

Not all games handle multiple cards very well so overall performance is pretty much never over 90% extra per card added and after 2 cards the average performance gain per card drops dramatically.
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