These displays have been coming along nicely.
I initially purchased one of the Asus-branded models and noticed a lot of problems from the beginning. It was inconsistent with the advertised refresh rate. Some games would not see the full 144 hz capability. It didn’t support anything over 60hz on the Linux driver (not even 120 hz) with any type of cable.
After only 10 months, it failed and started to flicker. It also produced 2 permanent lines across the entire bottom of the screen. I assume it was a 72 hz panel being run at double refresh rate by offloading to either the Intel or Nvidia GPU…? I have no idea. I just remember seeing the same problems with previous hardware/software solutions which were meant to utilize multiple GPU brands. Needless to say, I sent it in for RMA repair and replaced it with a higher quality piece of hardware from ViewSonic.
The new ViewSonic display supports FreeSync. I haven’t tested it on Linux yet, but I shall as soon as I am done rebuilding the Linux box.
So far on Windows 10 with the exact same hardware as before, I am seeing a cap of 120 hz in Fallout 4 as opposed to 72 hz on the previous display. Doom runs better than ever. I don’t see the frame dips I did before. I don’t see any screen tearing while streaming. Everything feels as it should. I can’t remember enjoying FPS this much since high refresh CRT days.
The colors are a lot more vibrant than the previous panel as well which is a nice bonus but not necessary for me. I am personally going to hold off from the 240 hz panels until 1440p and 4k are the norm. I am more of a fan of performance and functionality. I game for hand-eye coordination exercise.
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