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Dell S2417DG 24" QHD 2560 x 1440 165Hz Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync- $329.99

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The price is $349.99 - USD $20 off w/ promo code EMCPWSE32 for a final price of $329.99 (plus tax if applicable based on shipping). Promo code is good for August 6th and expires Midnight mountain time (US).

Some features...
  • 2560 x 1440 (QHD)
  • 1ms Response Rate
  • 165hz response rate
  • G-sync
  • 1 HMDI/1 DP
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port - Upstream / 2 x USB 3.0 ports - Side / 2 x USB 3.0 ports - Bottom
Overall seems to be a very well reviewed monitor. Cons that I see (commonly) are banding in blacks and grays, but for gaming it should be less of an issue as that seems to only be noticeable in loading screens.

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BTW, I found this after the Rakuten Alienware slickdeal went dead so I went hunting for a good deal as I'm ready for a monitor.
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Looks good
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27" is better for 1440p?
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27" is better for 1440p?
Depends on your thoughts. The pixel density on a 24 inch 1440p monitor will be better (I think I read 122 ppi vs 109 ppi or somewhere around there), but also it depends how close you intend the monitor to be to your eyes. Further back, go bigger. Closer to you, go for more ppi.
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27" is better for 1440p?
Yes 24 inch for 1080p, 1440p for 27 inch, and anything bigger than 32 inch, go 4k
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I recently tried both the Dell S2417DG gsync (23.8" - 1440p @ 144hz) alongside the Dell Alienware AW2518Hf freesync (24.5" - 1080p @ 240hz). I wanted to try these monitors because I had never tried the HIGHER refresh rate monitors.

I was NOT able to get the overclocking up to 165hz to work on the S2417DG as it would just black screen. This is a common issue with this monitor if you google it. It also does a weird thing where it doesn't "wake up" after screen timeout on displayport input which is also another common issue with the model. The colors were also terrible on the S2417DG.

I wound up keeping the AW2518Hf as the color quality of the monitor is great, the blacks are deep, and the images are very sharp with a nice pixel density @ 24.5" (I use the RTS preset for all around gaming). Also, note that I used proper calibration and ICC profiles on both models. The 240hz was a noticeable benefit in competitive shooters (Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.) over the 144hz and the 1440p was not worth the drastic drop in image quality/speed. The (AW2518H) is the gysnc version of the same Alienware model if you desire stability at higher frames for more demanding games like Witcher 3, GTA IV, etc. (yes, even @ 1080p)

The PC I run is an i7-6700k w/ AORUS 1080ti. I found that gysnc was not necessary when running this monitor/pc combo as you will never see a screen tear at this refresh rate. Note, I also own an Asus VG278H@120hz, Acer X34 1440p ultrawide@75hz, and a 55" Samsung KS8000@60hz and the AW2518Hf is easily my favorite monitor to play competitive games on (I play the more controller/couch friendly games on the x34 and KS8000).

If you're looking for a new monitor or are wondering if the 240hz hype is real, the Alienware (AW2518Hf) and (AW2518H) models are great/affordable choices and go on sale pretty regularly. I paid $265 shipped for mine a few weeks ago brand new from Best Buy. I hope this helps and/or saves someone some time....or, if you're like me this will likely add to the list of considerations in choosing and make things more difficult Peace
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I recently tried both the Dell S2417DG gsync (23.8" - 1440p @ 144hz) alongside the Dell Alienware AW2518Hf freesync (24.5" - 1080p @ 240hz). I wanted to try these monitors because I had never tried the HIGHER refresh rate monitors.

I was NOT able to get the overclocking up to 165hz to work on the S2417DG as it would just black screen. This is a common issue with this monitor if you google it. It also does a weird thing where it doesn't "wake up" after screen timeout on displayport input which is also another common issue with the model. The colors were also terrible on the S2417DG.

I wound up keeping the AW2518Hf as the color quality of the monitor is great, the blacks are deep, and the images are very sharp with a nice pixel density @ 24.5" (I use the RTS preset for all around gaming). Also, note that I used proper calibration and ICC profiles on both models. The 240hz was a noticeable benefit in competitive shooters (Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.) over the 144hz and the 1440p was not worth the drastic drop in image quality/speed. The (AW2518H) is the gysnc version of the same Alienware model if you desire stability at higher frames for more demanding games like Witcher 3, GTA IV, etc. (yes, even @ 1080p)

The PC I run is an i7-6700k w/ AORUS 1080ti. I found that gysnc was not necessary when running this monitor/pc combo as you will never see a screen tear at this refresh rate. Note, I also own an Asus VG278H@120hz, Acer X34 1440p ultrawide@75hz, and a 55" Samsung KS8000@60hz and the AW2518Hf is easily my favorite monitor to play competitive games on (I play the more controller/couch friendly games on the x34 and KS8000).

If you're looking for a new monitor or are wondering if the 240hz hype is real, the Alienware (AW2518Hf) and (AW2518H) models are great/affordable choices and go on sale pretty regularly. I paid $265 shipped for mine a few weeks ago brand new from Best Buy. I hope this helps and/or saves someone some time....or, if you're like me this will likely add to the list of considerations in choosing and make things more difficult Peace
Does 240hz make that big of a difference compared to 144 Hz? Seems like it would be hard to maintain high fps during the fights on Overwatch. Plus, I don't think modern titles can be run at 240 fps on high either. Seems like 1440p (27") would be a better bang for buck if you can maintain 144fps and get good image quality at the same time.
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What the eff is this new trend this year with small monitors having higher resolutions? 24" with 2k resolutions or 27" and 28" with 4K resolutions. This is madness.
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What the eff is this new trend this year with small monitors having higher resolutions? 24" with 2k resolutions or 27" and 28" with 4K resolutions. This is madness.
Looking crystal clear. I'm ok with it hahaha.
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I recently tried both the Dell S2417DG gsync (23.8" - 1440p @ 144hz) alongside the Dell Alienware AW2518Hf freesync (24.5" - 1080p @ 240hz). I wanted to try these monitors because I had never tried the HIGHER refresh rate monitors.

I was NOT able to get the overclocking up to 165hz to work on the S2417DG as it would just black screen. This is a common issue with this monitor if you google it. It also does a weird thing where it doesn't "wake up" after screen timeout on displayport input which is also another common issue with the model. The colors were also terrible on the S2417DG.

I wound up keeping the AW2518Hf as the color quality of the monitor is great, the blacks are deep, and the images are very sharp with a nice pixel density @ 24.5" (I use the RTS preset for all around gaming). Also, note that I used proper calibration and ICC profiles on both models. The 240hz was a noticeable benefit in competitive shooters (Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.) over the 144hz and the 1440p was not worth the drastic drop in image quality/speed. The (AW2518H) is the gysnc version of the same Alienware model if you desire stability at higher frames for more demanding games like Witcher 3, GTA IV, etc. (yes, even @ 1080p)

The PC I run is an i7-6700k w/ AORUS 1080ti. I found that gysnc was not necessary when running this monitor/pc combo as you will never see a screen tear at this refresh rate. Note, I also own an Asus VG278H@120hz, Acer X34 1440p ultrawide@75hz, and a 55" Samsung KS8000@60hz and the AW2518Hf is easily my favorite monitor to play competitive games on (I play the more controller/couch friendly games on the x34 and KS8000).

If you're looking for a new monitor or are wondering if the 240hz hype is real, the Alienware (AW2518Hf) and (AW2518H) models are great/affordable choices and go on sale pretty regularly. I paid $265 shipped for mine a few weeks ago brand new from Best Buy. I hope this helps and/or saves someone some time....or, if you're like me this will likely add to the list of considerations in choosing and make things more difficult Peace
To "wake" the monitor, go into the settings and disable Deep Sleep.

If you can't find it, respond and I will tell you where it's nested when I am home.
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Does 240hz make that big of a difference compared to 144 Hz? Seems like it would be hard to maintain high fps during the fights on Overwatch. Plus, I don't think modern titles can be run at 240 fps on high either. Seems like 1440p (27") would be a better bang for buck if you can maintain 144fps and get good image quality at the same time.
You're not too far off. I'm on the AORUS 1080ti and the only games that can maintain 200hz+ have been Overwatch and Fortnite. I don't play them, but I'm sure DOTA, CSGO, HotS will be fine as well. There's just no way with other games, however, I still felt a difference above the 144hz. I only play competitive shooters on the AW2518Hf, so I would likely recommend the gsync version (AW2518H) if it's going to be your only monitor and used for all types of games. (AND you're looking to play at max settings. Esp if you're under a 1080/1080ti.)

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What the eff is this new trend this year with small monitors having higher resolutions? 24" with 2k resolutions or 27" and 28" with 4K resolutions. This is madness.
The pixel density is a noticeable/worthwhile trade off for me. I had 27" 1080p for so long and now realize it's really too big to be sharp at that resolution. Plus, the thin bezels make me forget it's "so small" at 24.5" I heard about the small monitors for years and rolled my eyes before finally trying these. My mind is completely changed.

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To "wake" the monitor, go into the settings and disable Deep Sleep.

If you can't find it, respond and I will tell you where it's nested when I am home.
I disabled deep sleep and it still wouldn't resume :/ Either way, I returned the Dell and got the Alienware AW2518Hf as it was just better quality for me. Thanks for reaching out though.
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I recently tried both the Dell S2417DG gsync (23.8" - 1440p @ 144hz) alongside the Dell Alienware AW2518Hf freesync (24.5" - 1080p @ 240hz). I wanted to try these monitors because I had never tried the HIGHER refresh rate monitors.

I was NOT able to get the overclocking up to 165hz to work on the S2417DG as it would just black screen. This is a common issue with this monitor if you google it. It also does a weird thing where it doesn't "wake up" after screen timeout on displayport input which is also another common issue with the model. The colors were also terrible on the S2417DG.

I wound up keeping the AW2518Hf as the color quality of the monitor is great, the blacks are deep, and the images are very sharp with a nice pixel density @ 24.5" (I use the RTS preset for all around gaming). Also, note that I used proper calibration and ICC profiles on both models. The 240hz was a noticeable benefit in competitive shooters (Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.) over the 144hz and the 1440p was not worth the drastic drop in image quality/speed. The (AW2518H) is the gysnc version of the same Alienware model if you desire stability at higher frames for more demanding games like Witcher 3, GTA IV, etc. (yes, even @ 1080p)

The PC I run is an i7-6700k w/ AORUS 1080ti. I found that gysnc was not necessary when running this monitor/pc combo as you will never see a screen tear at this refresh rate. Note, I also own an Asus VG278H@120hz, Acer X34 1440p ultrawide@75hz, and a 55" Samsung KS8000@60hz and the AW2518Hf is easily my favorite monitor to play competitive games on (I play the more controller/couch friendly games on the x34 and KS8000).

If you're looking for a new monitor or are wondering if the 240hz hype is real, the Alienware (AW2518Hf) and (AW2518H) models are great/affordable choices and go on sale pretty regularly. I paid $265 shipped for mine a few weeks ago brand new from Best Buy. I hope this helps and/or saves someone some time....or, if you're like me this will likely add to the list of considerations in choosing and make things more difficult Peace
Thanks for the run down, good info here. I have the 1080ti also and have been wanting to try the AW2518H. Only reason I would get the g-sync version (and not the cheaper f-sync) is you can do ULMB strobbed backlight at a full 240hz on the Alien gsync version only. Damn that must be awesome!
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