Recently I finished the last part of my computer upgrade project. Having built the new box last spring, I still needed (or wanted) to upgrade my video capabilities. I wanted to upgrade to an actual gaming monitor, one with higher refresh rates than 60 Hz, which is what my old 32" 1080p monitor would do. I wanted to take advantage of the new G-Sync technology in the nVidia GPUs that syncs the GPU with the monitor, if they're both capable. Lastly, I wanted higher resolution, and no downgrade in physical size, from my old 32" TV.
Over the months it's become apparent that ASUS has been making some really nice gaming monitors that have as much as 144 Hz refresh rates, and they're made specifically for gaming (the "ROG" series, "Republic of Gaming"). But it's been almost impossible to find anything bigger than 27" in that series, and I didn't want to reduce the size below what I had before. A few months ago, they came out with a 34" curved IPS screen, capable of 100 Hz, which is a decent frame rate for gaming: PG348Q I did not fully understand until recently the data throughput needed is a function of both the resolution and the refresh rate combined, which is why is was so hard finding a monitor larger than 27". This new monitor has higher resolution than what I had ("2K": 3440 x 1440), and also a better refresh rate, and G-Sync capable. Of course it's monstrously expensive; but I realized that what I was asking is not going to be cheap for a very long time, if ever. So I bit the bullet and ponied up for the $1,250.00 it costed, and also a new nVidia 1080 GPU by MSI to drive it.
Once I received everything, I installed the new GPU and connected it to the new monitor via the Display Port cable, which is a requirement to be able to use the G-Sync feature, and also for anything higher than 60 Hz. (HDMI would not work, although it does have an input for it).
The new monitor would not work. I could see the boot up screens, but once it tried to show the desktop, it was simply black. After messing around I finally figured out that the longer Display Port cable I had bought that could reach to where my computer was positioned, simply had too much loss to support the data required, even at 60 Hz, let alone 100 Hz. So I grabbed the 6 ft cable that had come with the monitor, and everything immediately started working.
That brought up a big problem for me. I was going to have to get my computer box much closer to the new monitor, and re-cable everything I had in order to make this thing work reliably. After sleeping on it, I realized that my corner desk had enough room directly behind the new monitor, and everything else would be able to connect directly to the computer without using any extension cables, as I had before, and that was a nice benefit. Here is where the case ended up:
Here is the new monitor, in the place the old one used to be:
Then I got the bright idea to keep using my old 32", 1080p TV too, as a map display from my second machine, and a backup. Smaller screens are kind of worthless for displaying maps, since all the map details are too small to really see well. I thought hey, I could put this thing overhead! But I would need a VESA mount for that so it could be at a comfortable viewing angle; so I ordered what looked like a good one, and it finally arrived a day or two ago, and I installed it today:
It worked out well, here is what the entire rig looks like:
Here's the view from the hot seat:
The new monitor has a frame rate counter built into it, and with the resolution at 3440 x 1440, and G-Sync enabled, the GTX 1080 GPU runs RoF at 100 FPS, solid as a rock; that reading never budges from 100, no matter what I do or set. Gotta be happy with that! Thumbs up to ASUS so far