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C J Jul 19, 2012, 08:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LED Backlit IPS Panels or LED Backlit TN. Which technology would be better for gaming? especially in a 3 monitor set up. Please advise.


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Ddanz Jul 19, 2013, 06:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Monitors for Gaming. Please help
Try this site! It might be of some help

http://pcpartpicker.com/

john albrich Jul 20, 2013, 06:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Monitors for Gaming. Please help
C J said:
LED Backlit IPS Panels or LED Backlit TN. Which technology would be better for gaming? especially in a 3 monitor set up. Please advise.

IPS panels are designed to provide substantially better wide-angle viewing than TN displays. Since you're using 3 displays which will be spread out over what I would expect to be a fairly wide viewing angle, it suggests that IPS will be more suitable to your physical configuration. However, that can also depend on how far you are sitting from the displays. In general, the closer one is to the displays, the more one needs/wants a wider viewing angle or the colors begin to shift and parts of the image on a given screen may even be difficult to see.

Thus, if you sit fairly distant from the displays, the response time may be much more important to you than the viewing angle and cheaper TN displays may be acceptable for YOUR situation.

However, every display has it's pro's and con's, and wider angle of view isn't the only consideration. For example, TN displays are generally faster than IPS displays in the approximately "comparable" price ballpark. Fast response can be critical to some people in game playing, videos, etc. It's also said that IPS displays (also in the "comparable" TN price ballpark) also don't handle 3D very well or it is only acceptable quality on more expensive IPS displays.

I'd examine the reviews of the specific displays in which you have an interest due to things like cost, size, frame/border size, viewing position distance, etc. and take those into consideration as well as the technical issues.

And as one reviewer stated, don't rely on the specs alone. Manufacturers play fast and loose with them, sometimes setting up test conditions that favor their display and may not conform exactly to international/industry standards. Two parameters that really suffer in this area is response time and contrast. One manufacturer's "2ms" or "10,000:1" ratio claim may be complete garbage or defined in the "small-print" in a way that is far different from industry standards, making it seem like it's better than it really is.

Here are some specific links of interest on these issues:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWXcNlh85Ps
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/62518-3-versus-monitor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPS_panel
http://reviews.cnet.com/monitor-buying-guide/


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