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Recommendation for curved 3440 x 1440 monitor and Tech Spec help.

akpuggy 338 60 November 5, 2015 at 10:02 PM
I am contemplating at replacing my old dual 24"(seemed pretty huge at one time) monitor setup with a brand new one 3440 x 1440 Curved display. Definitely not a cheap option but that's why I need some help to make the right decision.

Basically, I really am used to dual displays and need it for multi-tasking so the LG ones seem like a good choice because they offer the 4-Screen Split feature that comes with their monitors. Also, I think it's a good quality brand in general. I am looking at the LG 34UC87C-B and the LG E 34UC97-S, leaning more towards the more expensive second one. However, besides the nicer style and the thunderbolt ports (which I don't have a use for), I don't see much difference in description. Are there any technical differenced that justify the higher price? Feel free to suggest other monitors as well if there are better specs available.

Also, I guess with such a monitor, the standard video card may not be the best choice. I am not much of a gamer but would like a video card that would fully support all the features a new 3440 x 1440 monitor. Is there a recommendation for one or at least what I should look for in a card?

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LG 34UC87C-B | http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-...ed-monitor


LG E 34UC97-S | http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-...de-monitor
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Check this link [lifehacker.com]for some insight into Ultrawide vs Dual Monitor use.

Unless you really like the general aesthetic of the 97 and require thunderbolt, the 87 is a far better value:
  • Equal or superior performance to 97. Review [tweaktown.com].
  • Has an adjustable height stand
  • Has VESA mount capability built in (w/o having to call LG to get one for the 97)
  • Is cheaper (can be had for $740 new on ebay vs $800+ for 97)
Save the cash and skip the 97.


As to brand, there are software solutions available to split windows on any monitor. If LG is not a h/w split (aka button), I see no advantage to their solution vs any other one.


What do you consider a 'standard' video card? As with all video cards, they continue to evolve. If you can run (2) 1080p 24's on your current card, you can run (1) ultrawide 1440p with it too. If you game on (1) 24, you will likely have to reduce settings to game on (1) Ultrawide....or upgrade if you want to keep the same settings.


Anyway, hope that helps a bit. I am in a similar scenario w/ (2) 1200p 24's and looking at a single 1440p 21:9. I foresee my single gtx970 being sufficient to power most games at medium quality settings.
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What is your main use for the computer? How far do you sit away?
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Check this link [lifehacker.com]for some insight into Ultrawide vs Dual Monitor use.

Unless you really like the general aesthetic of the 97 and require thunderbolt, the 87 is a far better value:
  • Equal or superior performance to 97. Review [tweaktown.com].
  • Has an adjustable height stand
  • Has VESA mount capability built in (w/o having to call LG to get one for the 97)
  • Is cheaper (can be had for $740 new on ebay vs $800+ for 97)
Save the cash and skip the 97.


As to brand, there are software solutions available to split windows on any monitor. If LG is not a h/w split (aka button), I see no advantage to their solution vs any other one.


What do you consider a 'standard' video card? As with all video cards, they continue to evolve. If you can run (2) 1080p 24's on your current card, you can run (1) ultrawide 1440p with it too. If you game on (1) 24, you will likely have to reduce settings to game on (1) Ultrawide....or upgrade if you want to keep the same settings.


Anyway, hope that helps a bit. I am in a similar scenario w/ (2) 1200p 24's and looking at a single 1440p 21:9. I foresee my single gtx970 being sufficient to power most games at medium quality settings.
Oh nice, had no idea the 98 was a newer model to the 97 (Great articles). Also, I think adjustable stand will be very usefull. When I called LG the representative could not tell me this and only said that the 97 has a much better WQHD display vs the regular HD display on the 87, which did not make sense to me since they are the same size and resolution.

One thing I read in one of those or other article is that I will have to use a display port rather than an HDMI port to get the full 60Hz. IS that accurate?


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What is your main use for the computer? How far do you sit away?
I mainly use my PC for work and sit about 2-3 feet away from current display. So having multiple browsers/docs open side by side is very important. Also, I sometimes need to share one of my screens with a client so having one side shared and another just show internal files is very useful. I don't know if this will be possible with just one monitor and software split-screen but may be worth trying other techniques.
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Quote from akpuggy View Post :
Oh nice, had no idea the 98 was a newer model to the 97 (Great articles). Also, I think adjustable stand will be very usefull. When I called LG the representative could not tell me this and only said that the 97 has a much better WQHD display vs the regular HD display on the 87, which did not make sense to me since they are the same size and resolution.

One thing I read in one of those or other article is that I will have to use a display port rather than an HDMI port to get the full 60Hz. IS that accurate?



I mainly use my PC for work and sit about 2-3 feet away from current display. So having multiple browsers/docs open side by side is very important. Also, I sometimes need to share one of my screens with a client so having one side shared and another just show internal files is very useful. I don't know if this will be possible with just one monitor and software split-screen but may be worth trying other techniques.
I think 2-3 ft away (about arms length) would be pretty close for a monitor of that size maybe I get the side to side thing as I have 2 monitors everywhere. However not sure how you would do the split screen on a webinar like that with 1 monitor. Doesn't the PC see it as only one monitor? I know that technique works with one.

Basically I think this is a pretty high premium price for the curved screen. I would rather have 2x 24-27" screens I think for about the same money or less depending on what you get.
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I currently sit about 30" from my monitors.

The big advantage of the single display is 'immersive' gaming and being able to leverage the horizontal real estate (Excel, Video editing, CAD, etc.)


Otherwise, dual screens should be cheaper and do have the easy min-max window placement.


S/w will allow for you to place and share windows on a single screen. I presume it may be a touch more hassle on an Ultrawide (KB combo shortcut?) vs Dual Screens (maximize, click window)
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Hmm, I am actually wondering now, since the monitor supports Dual Link Up, if it's possible to connect to that monitor twice from one video card and have the video card think it's two different monitors.
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Hmm, I am actually wondering now, since the monitor supports Dual Link Up, if it's possible to connect to that monitor twice from one video card and have the video card think it's two different monitors.
I could be wrong but I don't think so. That's to get the resolution over DVI.
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I guess the second option is to get two 2560 x 1440 display. Damn, I hate choices...

Assuming I wanted to go with one curved 3440 x 1440 display and a good price came along, would the 87 be the best option to go with at this time?
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I guess the second option is to get two 2560 x 1440 display. Damn, I hate choices...

Assuming I wanted to go with one curved 3440 x 1440 display and a good price came along, would the 87 be the best option to go with at this time?

Options are good, not bad.


The (2) 2560 panels may come out cheaper still, it will be close.


Do you want Ultrawide or more traditional?


If you haven't already, go to a store and play with an Ultrawide and see if you like the 'feel'.
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From a productivity standpoint, dual 2560x1440s or triple 1080p would provide considerably more real estate than a single ultrawide.

Those curved ultrawides sure look sweet though.

I've currently got dual 1080p monitors and have tossed around the idea of either switching to dual 2560x1440 or buying a single 2560x1440 and running it as the center monitor with my existing 1080s on either side.
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From what I've read, lg, Dell and Samsung 3440x1440 34" curved are similar. Some say dell is slightly better. These are all 60hz.
Then there's the Acer monitors which are 75hz and 100hz, but they seem to have problems.
If you have patience and flexibility, then wait for Asus to release their monitor which will feature 100hz and g-sync. Probably more reliable than acer.

For gpu, go for 980ti if you want nvidia. I really think you'll want 6gb or more of vram to future proof.
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From what I've read, lg, Dell and Samsung 3440x1440 34" curved are similar. Some say dell is slightly better. These are all 60hz.
Then there's the Acer monitors which are 75hz and 100hz, but they seem to have problems.
If you have patience and flexibility, then wait for Asus to release their monitor which will feature 100hz and g-sync. Probably more reliable than acer.

For gpu, go for 980ti if you want nvidia. I really think you'll want 6gb or more of vram to future proof.
Damn you, finally decided on getting the curved one as opposed to dual screen and you give me more choices...

...But, wow! just did some research and believe you are referring to this awesome looking monitor: PG348Q. Definitely nice but don't know if I should wait for a couple of reasons: 1) It will effectively be twice the price of the LG 87 considering the fact that I may miss a good black Friday deal on the 87 and I don't the Asus one will come out early enough to be on sale any time soon. 2) I never had a monitor over 60Hz anyway so don't really know what you are talking about all those extra hz (ignorance is bliss?). Watch a comparison between 60 and 120 Hrz and def do see a different but I since I never actually used one, I might not miss anything .
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The 34UC87 is $741.

The Acer XR341CK Freesync for $850 on ebay today.

The Asus PG348Q GSync will likely be $1000? $1300? $1500? at launch.

I wouldn't worry about higher refresh rates as the video card cost to drive a 3440x1440 monitor above 60Hz is going to be big bucks.

Freesync and GSync do help out at low frame rates (30-60Hz) which is where you likely will end up. Is it worth the extra cost and hassle of matching monitor and video card though?

So stick with the 87 and a solid video card and that's probably your cheapest curved option.

$100+ extra, an AMD card, and the Acer Freesync will buy you smoother gaming under 60Hz.

Gsync add another $200 to $400.
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I wouldn't worry about higher refresh rates as the video card cost to drive a 3440x1440 monitor above 60Hz is going to be big bucks.
This is good info. I actually was not planning on getting a card over $250 anyway since I am not much of a gamer. Is there a resource or a specific stat on a video card to check the Hz it will support for specific resolution?
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