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30" Monoprice IPS CrystalPro 2560x1600 LED Monitor EXPIRED

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Promoted 05-02-2013 at 02:56 PM View Original Post
Update: Back in stock for $597.10 after coupon code slickdeals10. Shipping starts at $17 and varies depending on zip code. Thanks yuugotserved [discuss]

Monoprice has 30" Monoprice IPS CrystalPro 2560x1600 LED Monitor with Dual-Link DVI-D port only for $648.25 - 10% off with coupon code slickdeals10 = $583.42. Shipping starts at $17 and varies depending on zip code.

Specs:
  • Resolution: 2560x1600
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000:1 (DCR 1,000,000:1)
  • Response Time: 6ms
  • Inputs
    • Dual Link DVI-D

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Edited May 2, 2013 at 04:34 PM by widgit
30" IPS CrystalPro Monitor WQHD 2560x1600 Display Port|HDMI|DVI|Component w/Adjustable stand [monoprice.com]

30" IPS Pro Monitor WQHD 2560x1600 DVI w/Adjustable stand [monoprice.com]

27" IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor WQHD 2560x1440 [monoprice.com]

3 models above, one has all inputs and the other is just a barebones DVI. 27inch is also in stock now!(Edit: OOS again =(

Insane price for a 30inch IPS, and the panel inside is from a "LOWER GRADE" Apple Cinema/HP/Dell. These are grade A-/A panels while Apple/Dell/HP All have A/A+ panels. Get them while they're hot as the 27 inch is already sold out.

Use coupon catalog12 to lower the price noted on the top.

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#286
Quote from xtwister161 View Post :
ps, having two 30" monitors is really too much, at first its cool, but after a couple months you end up using only 1 90% of the time. Its better to have a 30" and a 23" rotated 90 degrees next to it.
Agreed. Until about a week ago, I'd been using a 30" flanked by a portrait 22" at work and it worked great. Work on the big screen, reference/documentation/email on the other. Recently I had the opportunity to upgrade the 22" to a 24", and even that's starting to be too much (my desk height also went up a bit though). To my eye, widescreens seem to stretch out once rotated to portrait, and a 30-incher in portrait is tall.

I might also mention that my rule of thumb (for smaller screens) has been to try and keep the top of the monitor at about eye level, and a fully outstretched arm's length away. For the bigger screen, I can't get the height right with my current desk and chair, unfortunately.
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#287
Quote from goonx View Post :
These are the panels that Apple and Dell uses. The difference is in the grading and pixel quality. NOT technology

A+ vs A vs A-

If you don't want to pay a thousand for an apple/dell, these are great alternatives. They might be not be "pixel perfect" but at 1/2 the cost, that's a smart buy.

The grading are a bit of a ploy as well. The factory can "only" produce 1000 grade A+ panels per month. Even though a panel might be A+, they'll drop it down to A to preserve the "exclusivity" of the club (apple, dell). The difference in quality can be minimum. Ofcourse, some will be much worse.

Lots of apple/dell fanboys out there. 90% of buyers of these LG panels will be very happy. Quality comes with a price but how much "more" will you pay for that apple/dell monitor?
HP has one of the best Warranties out there, no questions asked I had my ZR30W develop steaks and lines across the screen. they sent one day shipping a new ZR30W to my door and paid for postage to send back the broken one all i did was drop it off at a fedex and the rest was done.

Look on the overclock.net forums about the korean monitors users post comments on their monitors so far about over 30% of them have problems that the user has to "not care about" Stuck pixels even on pixel perfect guarantee. a lot of backlight bleed problems, no blue ray support Via HDCP, some not all of the korean brands have terrible flimsy stands, a few are not compatible with PS3.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.p...3&page=181

Im not sure how RMA/return policy is on ebay items but it is probably a bigger pain in the ass compared to apple/dell/hp

http://www.overclock.net/t/123249...ub/5100_30

Text problems, tinting problems

I rather have my piece of mind going with dell/apple/HP and as well as english speaking support.
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#288
Skip this and get the 27". Not worth the extra money. Also, if you play games, your video card will thank you. The minimum graphic card for 1440p or higher is really a GTX670 or HD7950. You can run lower cards, but the compromise will be great and ability to play future games meager. Already my 670 can barely push 40fps on Tomb Raider and that's not even with the hair on or any AA.
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#289
rep for anyone that can help me out here (source would be nice).

Someone said early in this thread that this monitor is overclockable to 120hz. Spare me the 120hz vs 60hz, it's my prerogative as the customer. If it's overclockable, I'd like to get one, get my fps to 120, and see if there's a difference. Numerous people swear by a huge difference that I would like to see.

I'm just not sure if it actually IS overclockable.

Also, would a single Evga GTX 670 SC+ 4gb be able to run this at 120 fraps alone? I'm assuming not.

Much thanks!
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#290
Quote from hikkymemo View Post :
No. Supposedly minidp with HD4000 + active adapter to DVI-D can handle it, but HDMI cannot, even HDMI 1.4, the signalling is different.
Sucks that, as below, that adapter is 100 bucks or so just about anywhere, even the cheap knockoffs of the apple part are 70-80 last i looked.

Quote from Daemon_EA View Post :
There are some reports that it works on a mac if you use the $100 apple Apple mini-display -> dual link DVI adaptor.

Apparently the monoprice equivalent cable does not work with the macs on this monitor.

http://store.apple.com/us/product...vi-adapter

I'm still waiting for more reports before I drop it on my 2012 MacMini.
As the above, you need an active adapter and even the "knockoffs" are 80 bucks. You're really better off paying the extra for a monitor with a DP input in most cases.
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#291
Quote from xtwister161 View Post :
I bought one of these 2560x1600 30" about 5 years ago and it's still going strong. At this point, I think there is no point of paying the couple hundred more for a high end models.
If anyone doesn't have one of these 30" yet, get one of these and in 2 years or so, you can get the next technology one, probable an led. Cause if you get a high end one now and pay $1k+, you'll feel really bad when its time to upgrade in 2 years.

ps, having two 30" monitors is really too much, at first its cool, but after a couple months you end up using only 1 90% of the time. Its better to have a 30" and a 23" rotated 90 degrees next to it.
I have 2 27" 2560x1440 displays and I use both pretty thoroughly. I can't imagine having 160 more vertical pixels would make any difference in that. I use one display for an application or document that I'm currently focused on and the other for system monitors, chat applications, browser sessions, and running processes that I'm monitoring.

Dual-screen or nothing.
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#292
Quote from alany611 View Post :
rep for anyone that can help me out here (source would be nice).

Someone said early in this thread that this monitor is overclockable to 120hz. Spare me the 120hz vs 60hz, it's my prerogative as the customer. If it's overclockable, I'd like to get one, get my fps to 120, and see if there's a difference. Numerous people swear by a huge difference that I would like to see.

I'm just not sure if it actually IS overclockable.

Also, would a single Evga GTX 670 SC+ 4gb be able to run this at 120 fraps alone? I'm assuming not.

Much thanks!
The only way you could ever get any sort of realistic answer is to say which games you're trying to run. Yeah, you can pull 120+fps on Counter-Strike 1.6 but good luck doing the same with something like Skyrim maxed out. My GTX 680 FTW 4GB + i7 3770K was running Skyrim with every possible graphics enhancement I could find at around 50-65fps.

Also CPU has a significant impact on framerate on some games. In League of Legends I went from an average of 180fps using my GTX 680 with a first gen i7 860. When I built my new system with the i7 3770K, 2400mhz RAM, and the GTX 680, my framerate went up to 300-340, peaking at 407fps.
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#293
Quote from werewasslw View Post :
The thing about these large monitors for gaming is that if you get something with a really high resolution like 2560 and you play your games up close to enjoy the fine details of the increased resolution, the monitor was still be limited to 60 Hz refresh rate which means you will suffer eyestrain when you're up close with such a low refresh rate. This is why really want to see 120 Hz monitors in the size of 30 inches or above come down in price and be more common. People don't realize the difference that 120 Hz and 60 Hz makes not only on the aesthetics of the game graphics, but also the comfortability of the eyes.

So that you will be forced to sit or stand farther away from your monitor, but that eliminates the advantage of getting a high-resolution monitor. In this case you would be fine with a 1366 720 P monitor because you won't be able to tell the differences in pixel density when you are that far away. I'm talking like 5 feet away or father.

So one day I will buy one of these monitors when they are cheaper in price but also when one of these feature a 120 Hz native refresh rate that you can game on without input lag. I'm not talking about the cheap interpellation that's found on TV sets which will give you 120 Hz at the expense of unplayable input lag for gamers.

Oh and not to mention if you're sitting up close then motion blur/ghosting is an issue so if you get an IPS screen the lowest is 5 ms which for me still is not enough compared to the smoothness of plasma, CRT, or 2 ms TN panels.
Strain your eyes? WRONG.

Refresh rate simply means max frames you can get per second (pssst. a hertz is an inverse second).

Unless you're running crossfire 7970's or SLI 680's you won't get above 60 fps with many games @ 1600p.

I have an OC'd 7950 that outperforms 7970's and I get about 30-40fps at 1600p

Please don't go full potato anymore
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#294
Quote from Zephon13 View Post :
I have 2 27" 2560x1440 displays and I use both pretty thoroughly. I can't imagine having 160 more vertical pixels would make any difference in that. I use one display for an application or document that I'm currently focused on and the other for system monitors, chat applications, browser sessions, and running processes that I'm monitoring.

Dual-screen or nothing.
what video card do you need to run that setup? I'm currently running dual screens (2150x1150 each) but have no idea how these "dual link" monitors work. I would love the extra real estate, since I view these things in portrait orientation, so 1150 is kind of limiting.
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#295
Quote from cdog90260 View Post :
what video card do you need to run that setup? I'm currently running dual screens (2150x1150 each) but have no idea how these "dual link" monitors work. I would love the extra real estate, since I view these things in portrait orientation, so 1150 is kind of limiting.
I use a GTX 680 4GB FTW. If all you're trying to do is run it though, you can get away with a GTX 650 or maybe even a GT 640, just don't expect to do any gaming. If you want to game, you'll want at least a 670 if you want to actually play at any respectable settings. Dual-Link DVI is just the interface being used. You'll want a graphics card that has 2x Dual-Link DVI ports on it. Single-Link will NOT work. So no ATI unless you're willing to spend a little more for the one with multiple inputs (HDMI, DP).
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#296
I have a 4gb GTX 670 but am thinking I would need to get another one to game at this res.
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#297
Quote from Zephon13 View Post :
I use a GTX 680 4GB FTW. If all you're trying to do is run it though, you can get away with a GTX 650 or maybe even a GT 640, just don't expect to do any gaming. If you want to game, you'll want at least a 670 if you want to actually play at any respectable settings. Dual-Link DVI is just the interface being used. You'll want a graphics card that has 2x Dual-Link DVI ports on it. Single-Link will NOT work. So no ATI unless you're willing to spend a little more for the one with multiple inputs (HDMI, DP).
thanks, great info. It's only for photo/video/software development. I run portrait orientation, so not much can be used for gaming.
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#298
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
Here, educate yourselves.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig..._Interface
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig..._Interface
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayPort

I really hope DisplayPort takes over the market so we do not have to keep paying the extortion tax of HDMI. (Read the article to see what I am speaking of. Particularly the part about Cost [wikipedia.org].)
Replying to my old post since some here need to read the references.

DVI-D is the absolute standard of professional monitors. But it is being phased out in favor of DisplayPort. This is a good thing though, except that DisplayPort does not usually use locking connectors with ferromagnetic loops to screen stray electrons and noise.

HDMI may be more popular, but so is junk of all types. HDMI charges money for any device to have the port. Nothing else charges. Just HDMI. That is a sign of doom for HDMI. DisplayPort does everything HDMI does and does it better without fees.

Check the details on the Wikipedia links to see for yourself about HDMI charging for each and every device. Good day everyone. May your port of choice be available on a great monitor for a great deal soon.
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#299
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
Replying to my old post since some here need to read the references.

DVI-D is the absolute standard of professional monitors. But it is being phased out in favor of DisplayPort. This is a good thing though, except that DisplayPort does not usually use locking connectors with ferromagnetic loops to screen stray electrons and noise.

HDMI may be more popular, but so is junk of all types. HDMI charges money for any device to have the port. Nothing else charges. Just HDMI. That is a sign of doom for HDMI. DisplayPort does everything HDMI does and does it better without fees.

Check the details on the Wikipedia links to see for yourself about HDMI charging for each and every device. Good day everyone. May your port of choice be available on a great monitor for a great deal soon.
DVI-D is still my favorite. I'm not opposed to DisplayPort, though. HDMI always annoyed be because no matter what, it just doesn't seem to fit on the display I'm using by default. Not sure why this is but I'm usually too lazy to mess around with the settings to make it fit better. Not sure what you guys have experienced before, but that's my gripe with it.
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#300
Quote from Jinru View Post :
All 30" IPS monitors made to date have been LCD CCFL until just recently as Dell announced their new U3014 LED IPS display (which hasn't released in the U.S. yet). All the korean monitors are LCD despite some claiming they're LED. I highly doubt Monoprice is using the A- Dell U3014 binned panels.
CCFL has less of an issue with PWM flicker and sometimes has better uniformity. People act as if LED is superior by default, but the details can matter.
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