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BenQ XL2730Z Freesync Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Scramz, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Scramz

    Wise Guy

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    Hi guys.

    As this is the first Freesync monitor to be released and a direct competitor to the Asus G-Sync ROG Swift both sporting 1440p at 144hz, I believe it deserves its own thread.

    It would be a great idea to share user experiences and picture settings to get the most out of this monitor.

    As we know Freesync is due to be let loose in the next AMD driver update on the 19th March 2015 which was a bit disappointing to hear but hopefully it will be running flawless from the get go.

    So far I have been very impressed with the monitor and more so with the colours considering I have come from a IPS monitor.

    I will post my settings soon and will upload some pictures.

    There does not seem to be any reviews currently released which is most likely held back because of the lack of Freesync at the moment but I will be sure to post them here.

    Link to the monitor: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-113-BQ&groupid=17&catid=948

    ***144hz Screen flicker temporary fix***
     
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  2. Ayahuasca

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    At the moment I'm using the standard picture setting with gamma set to 5 and blur reduction enabled. This probably isn't anywhere near calibrated for good colour reproduction but it looks alright to me.
     
  3. Scramz

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    I wish my desk would fit the stand as it is lovely, for now I have it on one of my monitor arms.

    I have had a play with the settings and finding some good results but I am rubbish at calibrating monitors so more than likely this could be much better.

    The picture is very good, don't get me wrong it is no 1440p IPS picture but it is not far off it, with lovely 144hz (Well 120hz atm)
     
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  4. Scramz

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    Standard user with gamma 5 looks nice.

    I dont have a CD drive, is the drivers on the CD for the USB ports?

    Picture of the screen now https://i.imgur.com/Qi7ApGV.jpg

    The only way to currently fix the 144hz flicker is with ToasterX
     
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  5. andyr

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    Hi I don't have one yet but needs must and wondered what its like for gaming, and is anyone using a single R290X to drive this, just wondered what the frame rate would be like ?
     
  6. Scramz

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    Depends on which games. I am rocking a single 290 and my frames are perfectly fine.
     
  7. easyrider

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    could you post some pics of the monitor on your desks please? :)
     
  8. Scramz

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  9. easyrider

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    Cheers I'm in desperate need of a new monitor..Now do I get this or wait for the IPS freensync....hmmmm:D
     
  10. Scramz

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  11. cuke2u

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    If I was too get one of these monitors and as I assume my Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD isn't really capable of running freesync fully what gfx card would anyone suggest? I'm thinking a budget of up to around £500. Also, as I have a Dell U2913WM monitor, would I notice much of a difference moving away from IPS to TN?
     
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  12. Scramz

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    The really difference will be moving to 1440p and 120-144hz.

    I am not sure how much of a difference you will see going to 1440p from the Dell, there is will be difference but how much I am not sure but you will for sure see a difference with the 60hz to 144hz.

    TBH coming from the Dell to this you may be underwhelmed by the picture quality as high res ISP looks better compared to high res TN because you are spending £500 but the TN still looks very good. The real advantage for you will be the extra res and double the hertz and freesync if you have a compatible GPU.

    Your GPU does not support gaming with freesync but it support video play back with freesync. http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/faq/219
     
  13. CaptainRAVE

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    Fantastic picture quality on this now that I have dialled in the settings. Huge upgrade from my dell2408. AMD just need to sort out their drivers so that dying light doesn't flicker at 1440p on my 295x2 and 144hz on the desktop.
     
  14. Scramz

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    Can you share your settings please.
     
  15. CaptainRAVE

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    I will post them tomorrow once I get it up and running again...having cable issues (I hope!). :)
     
  16. Scramz

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    Cheers mate.
     
  17. cuke2u

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    Thanks for your answer, I may well wait until the summer then I think I might have the choice of ips freesync monitors and purchase one of the new r9 300's to go with it...
     
  18. Patrickman

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    who built the panel?
     
  19. Rroff

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    I believe they are au optronics (part of the BenQ group). Either M270Q002 or a slightly newer revision.

    (If the information I have is correct then unlike other 120/144Hz panels which basically worked off an existing TN design these started life as a spin off from AHVA development and started life closer to a HFFS design - the resulting panel however as used here is still very much a TN).
     
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  20. CaptainRAVE

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    Here you go:

    Blur reduction on
    Black eq 12
    Colour vibrancy 10
    Low blue light 0
    Instant mode on
    Auto game mode on
    Brightness 75
    Contrast 50
    Sharpness 8
    Gamma 5
    Colour temp normal
    Ama high

    Nearly there I think.