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Does anyone own one of these beauties? I run a 30" Dell 2560x1600 res at the moment with a GTX 770 4gb and interested to hear some opinions.

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Before you spend any more money on bigger/better monitors I recommend that you try and experience FSX/p3d on an Oculus Rift as I am sure that it will change your perception of the future of flight swimming. I have tried large screens, multi- screens and TrakIR and there is simply no comparison, but you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Does anyone own one of these beauties? I run a 30" Dell 2560x1600 res at the moment with a GTX 770 4gb and interested to hear some opinions.

I ditched my surround setup for one of these. Amazing display. The sound is weak so you probably still need real speakers or a speaker bar for it. Worth every penny.

 

Edit:some will argue a 4k TV would be a better choice for the price but not really. It will take a lot more powerful system to run on 4k then on this monitor

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I'm close to pulling the trigger on one of these monitors.  I had been consdiering 3 24" displays (currently using one 24" Dell Ultrasharp) but it just seems like a pain to get it all working correctly and I'm not sure the VC displays correctly from some of the pics/videos I have seen.  Would a monitor this size cause any distortion in the VC (I mostly fly the PMDG NGX)??

 

 

 

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Does anyone own one of these beauties? I run a 30" Dell 2560x1600 res at the moment with a GTX 770 4gb and interested to hear some opinions.

I bought mine last month.  It replaced a 30" Dell monitor 2560x1600 resolution.  I have a GTX780 card.  It looks great.  Quite a bit of discussion in the topic below - http://www.avsim.com/topic/471327-3-monitor-setup-research/.  After I bought mine last month BenQ decided to release a 35 inch curved monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate which is required if you ever want to try FSX/P3D or any other gaming application in 3D Vision mode.  It is slightly more at around $1000 - http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/benq-releases-xr3501-curved-monitor.html.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Best regards,

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I bought mine last month.  It replaced a 30" Dell monitor 2560x1600 resolution.  I have a GTX780 card.  It looks great.  Quite a bit of discussion in the topic below - http://www.avsim.com/topic/471327-3-monitor-setup-research/.  After I bought mine last month BenQ decided to release a 35 inch curved monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate which is required if you ever want to try FSX/P3D or any other gaming application in 3D Vision mode.  It is slightly more at around $1000 - http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/benq-releases-xr3501-curved-monitor.html.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Best regards,

Jim - I am comparing this monitor to the Samsung curved 34" and I'm concerned about the IPS bleed that seems to be an issue on the Dell. Have you noticed this? I fly a good bit at night so I'm wondering if that is going to be an issue. The Samsung does not have this problem....apparently.

 

Thanks!

 

Eric

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IPS bleed that seems to be an issue on the Dell. Have you noticed this?

 

If I would have seen any problems with the Dell 34" monitor I would have mentioned them.  There are some fantastic reviews of the Dell 34" monitor (calibration being one of the best ever) so I would be shocked if there was any IPS bleed.  I don't go looking for it and so far this is the best monitor I have ever owned.  The Dell 30" monitor I owned use to be the best.  I did do some research of the Samsung monitors as I like Samsung products.  As I recall I saw a bad review by one individual with the Dell monitor on the Amazon website that was selling the Samsung monitor.  He said he had both monitors in his house and the Samsung one stood out over the Dell Monitor.  I did not see any reviews where there were issues with the Dell Monitor and the IPS bleed in any professional review of this product.  I would hope you have a Source to the review where it shows there is an IPS bleed and you are not just making the accusation on the fly here.

 

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If I would have seen any problems with the Dell 34" monitor I would have mentioned them.  There are some fantastic reviews of the Dell 34" monitor (calibration being one of the best ever) so I would be shocked if there was any IPS bleed.  I don't go looking for it and so far this is the best monitor I have ever owned.  The Dell 30" monitor I owned use to be the best.  I did do some research of the Samsung monitors as I like Samsung products.  As I recall I saw a bad review by one individual with the Dell monitor on the Amazon website that was selling the Samsung monitor.  He said he had both monitors in his house and the Samsung one stood out over the Dell Monitor.  I did not see any reviews where there were issues with the Dell Monitor and the IPS bleed in any professional review of this product.  I would hope you have a Source to the review where it shows there is an IPS bleed and you are not just making the accusation on the fly here.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Jim- Thanks for the response. I certainly take the Amazon reviews with a grain of salt and assume most people haven't calibrated the monitor correctly. I have always owned Dell monitors (currently a 24" Ultrasharp) and have been happy with them so I will likely go with the Dell 34. I like the price better too!

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The more I hear and see videos of these 34"+ curved monitors I really think these are the perfect solution for a VC along with a smaller monitor (24") for a 2D instrument panel. However, I'm thinking with TrackIR 5 on a monitor that size the 3D panel would be large enough to allow me to use a second monitor for a large outside view of the aircraft and maybe the GPS. I'm just wondering if a GTX 980 and a I7 4770K @ 4.5Ghz would be be even close to powering those two. I currently use this setup along with 16GB 2133Mhz Ram and with some of the scenery I have installed and all the scenery details to the Max (DX10) I'm often struggling to reach 30fps.

Does anyone witn a similar setup also have FPS problems? I know I need to update my NI config, but i can't see that improving things much? Has anyone found that a optimised Nvidia Inspector config has improved FPS significantly?

I bought mine last month.  It replaced a 30" Dell monitor 2560x1600 resolution.  I have a GTX780 card.  It looks great.

 

I know I've discussed this with you before Jim, but i was wondering what FPSs you're getting with all your add-ons? I know you intend to update to a Skylake CPU and a 980 TI I think, but have you had to sacrifice much in the way of settings currently to get it running at a respectable rate? Also, if you don't mind, have you any screenshots of it running? No probs if you don't, thanks.

I ditched my surround setup for one of these. Amazing display.

 

Hey Slayer, I was wondering if you're running all your add-ons, PlanG, etc. on the same PC or do you you use a networked PC. Goddamm, I want one of those 34" curved beauties! But with the way the Euro is at the moment, its' gonna be at least 2016 until I can find any real value in the market, and hopefully by then the various VR and AR headsets will have monitor manufacturers pricing their products more competively.

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Well, I broke down and ordered the Dell 34" curved last night on Amazon. Should be here tomorrow....my wife thinks I'm crazy! I'm curious as to how my system will handle the higher resolution. I'm coming from a Dell 24"at 1920 x 1200. I bought that one 2 years ago and regret not going with at least a 27 or 30 back then. I recall Jim saying in one of the threads that he did not notice any FPS difference coming from his 30". I have a GTX 970 so I hope it will do the trick. I'm not planning to run any additional monitors.

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I know I've discussed this with you before Jim, but i was wondering what FPSs you're getting with all your add-ons? I know you intend to update to a Skylake CPU and a 980 TI I think, but have you had to sacrifice much in the way of settings currently to get it running at a respectable rate? Also, if you don't mind, have you any screenshots of it running? No probs if you don't, thanks.

 

In FSX, around Taxi2Gate's KSEA, MSE v2 Washington State photoscenery, ASN, PMDG 737, I am getting between 20-30 fps in full screen mode.  In Windowed Mode, 30-45 fps.  I'm telling you about KSEA as this is one of the most fps unfriendly place in the world.  My video card settings are exactly as shown in the AVSIM FSX Configuration Guide and the fsx settings too except I have LOD_Radius set at 6.5 and Texture_Max_Load at 4096.  No tweaks other than those two settings.  I have some pictures taken around the Seattle area but the max size I upload to my Oz (my image hosting site) is 4MB's.  I got it down to 6 MB's changing from .jpg to .png so need to cut down 2 more mb's somehow.  I want to post the screen size - 3440 x 1440 and I don't want to reduce the pixels.  If I can get it cut down, I'll post an image.

 

I am not totally sure now if I will upgrade my Haswell setup to Skylake.  I'm going to wait at least until I see more favorable news.  Right now, most experts are only recommending upgrading if you have a Sandy Bridge or below setup right now.  Yet it has a lot of new technology on the MB's.  I will wait at least until next year.

 

 

 


I'm coming from a Dell 24"at 1920 x 1200. I bought that one 2 years ago and regret not going with at least a 27 or 30 back then.

 

I have the Dell 24" monitor too and use it as a secondary monitor but not with FSX or P3D.  Multi-monitors require more resources.  I'll use it to enable ASN, ProATC-X and I have a link to my FSX.cfg, scenery.cfg, fsuipc.log, p3d.cfg, Nvidia Inspector, PMDG Ops Center, GEX Interface, UTX Setup, AISmooth, DX10 Scenery Fixer, and REX4 - Texture Direct apps.  I am very happy to hear you are moving up to a 34 inch monitor.  I would not be concerned with fps.  Even occasional fps at 10 are okay.  Anything above 15 is better and above 20 is great.  Even at 40 fps, you will see occasional stuttering or some blurries as it takes time to render textures no matter what the resolution.  The key is IMHO the resolution and screen size.  The immersion with a 30 or 34 inch monitor is hard to describe.  Just awesome.  You can also change the resolution on the 34 inch monitor to 1920 x 1200 but I would not recommend it.  The quality will not be as good.  I just think everyone would enjoy learning how to fly, using ILS's, VOR's, etc., setting up a FMC if they would not worry so much about FPS.  They will definitely go low at times but mostly you will see smooth transitions and fps. 

 

I'll try to post an image of a recent flight once I have the size of the file cut down.

 

Best regards,

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Here are three images from a flight around Seattle, Washington.  The images give you an idea of what can be seen on one screen in 3440x1440 resolution.  Plus some frame rates in Windowed Mode.  The images were originally at 18 MB in size and I got them cut down just below 4 MB but the resolution and scope of the view is still there.

 

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I had the LG 34" Ultrawide curved 2 weeks ago...it was sweet...but it's been replaced.

 

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_30548J7500/Samsung-UN48JU7500.html

I'm a big fan of the 3860x2160 :)  3D works in P3D (so literal) also with my dual GTX970 setup. It's damn immersive if I say so myself. The 3D is really something. It's kind of crazy NVidia is just like "Pssshhh, whatever, we'll just make anything 3D."

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The images give you an idea of what can be seen on one screen in 3440x1440 resolution.

 

Wow, just wow Jim, that monitor must have transferred your swimming experience not nothing else! The resolution just makes the cockpit look completely real, with such intricate detai, and the outside view is just spectacular as well.

That's me convinced! My next major purchase is definitively going to be one of these 34" curved monitors. I know I will be absolutely blown away by one. And thanks to your feedback regarding how your rig is handling it, it doesn't look like I'll have to worry about any system upgrades for it either. Thanks so much for those photos Jim, they've really given me a post- Christmas present to look forward to! In the meantime I can actually just focus on learning to fly properly!

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The more I hear and see videos of these 34"+ curved monitors I really think these are the perfect solution for a VC along with a smaller monitor (24") for a 2D instrument panel. However, I'm thinking with TrackIR 5 on a monitor that size the 3D panel would be large enough to allow me to use a second monitor for a large outside view of the aircraft and maybe the GPS. I'm just wondering if a GTX 980 and a I7 4770K @ 4.5Ghz would be be even close to powering those two. I currently use this setup along with 16GB 2133Mhz Ram and with some of the scenery I have installed and all the scenery details to the Max (DX10) I'm often struggling to reach 30fps.

Does anyone witn a similar setup also have FPS problems? I know I need to update my NI config, but i can't see that improving things much? Has anyone found that a optimised Nvidia Inspector config has improved FPS significantly?

I know I've discussed this with you before Jim, but i was wondering what FPSs you're getting with all your add-ons? I know you intend to update to a Skylake CPU and a 980 TI I think, but have you had to sacrifice much in the way of settings currently to get it running at a respectable rate? Also, if you don't mind, have you any screenshots of it running? No probs if you don't, thanks.

Hey Slayer, I was wondering if you're running all your add-ons, PlanG, etc. on the same PC or do you you use a networked PC. Goddamm, I want one of those 34" curved beauties! But with the way the Euro is at the moment, its' gonna be at least 2016 until I can find any real value in the market, and hopefully by then the various VR and AR headsets will have monitor manufacturers pricing their products more competively.

I have an ancient 15" flat panel I use as a second display for teamspeak and utilities , I also have an old laptop that I sometimes use for EFB.  Although VR is great would you use it as a 24/7 display for your desktop and everything? I will also get one of the VR devices as well but I don't want it for web browsing etc. My family would think I've totally lost it if I had one of those on the whole time.....

 

Edit : as far as FPS -  on my system there is a tipping point where the FPS drops with 3 monitors and that size seems to happily coincide just with the rez of the 34" monitor so generally the FPS is quite stable with this setup compared to nvidia surround.

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Very interesting and useful discussion as I am about to embark on my research to pick a 34" UltraWide monitor and so far the Dell is high on my list. Here is my list of existing (or soon to exist) monitors. Can anyone think of any others I may be missing?

 

  1. Dell U3415W - 3440x1440
  2. LG 34UC97-S  - 3440x1440
  3. Samsung  S34E790C - 3440x1440
  4. Asus 3800R - 3440x1440
  5. HP Z34c and Envy 34c - 3440x1440
  6. AOC  U3477PQU - 3440x1440
  7. BENQ XR3501 - 2560x1080
  8. Acer X34 (XR341CKA) - 3440x1440

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Wow, just wow Jim, that monitor must have transferred your swimming experience not nothing else! The resolution just makes the cockpit look completely real

 

Thanks!  Remember the view you are seeing spreads completely across the 34 inch screen (you knew that).  Much of it is indeed very stunning.  Here's a new one I just took of the new Carenado Phenom 300 sitting on the KSEA runway....

 

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My Dell 34" curved monitor came today and I got it set up in no time at all.  I loaded an NGX scenario that I had done last night to compare and......WOW!!!!  This resolution really is perfect for VC flying.  I had zero FPS impact coming from my 24" Dell Ultrasharp screen.  Thanks Jim for the input on this monitor....I can concur it is  absolutely stunning!!

 

Eric

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My Dell 34" curved monitor came today and I got it set up in no time at all.  I loaded an NGX scenario that I had done last night to compare and......WOW!!!!  This resolution really is perfect for VC flying.  I had zero FPS impact coming from my 24" Dell Ultrasharp screen.  Thanks Jim for the input on this monitor....I can concur it is  absolutely stunning!

Congrats on your purchase Flic. I was delighted to hear that you haven't experienced any FPS impact coming from a 24" monitor, as this is exactly what I intend to do.

 


Thanks!  Remember the view you are seeing spreads completely across the 34 inch screen (you knew that).  Much of it is indeed very stunning.  Here's a new one I just took of the new Carenado Phenom 300 sitting on the KSEA runway....

Yet another stunning screenshot Jim, the extra resolution just does so much justice to the Phenom and Carenado planes will certainly all benefit from the extra resolution. Thankfully I've learned my lesson from too many impulsive buys to wait until we see some sort of price drop. And there's constantly new models appearing on the market- The Philips 34" BDM3490UC curved display looks like a beauty- It's a IPS panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 5ms G2G response time and 60Hz refresh rate also sporting an extremely impressive 1000:1 contrast ratio. No official price on it yet, but I know it's gonna be wait out of my league. Good that these monitors are selling though. Have fun with your new monitor Flic- just out of interest, do either you or Jim play other games or watch movies on it?

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Thanks Jim for the input on this monitor....I can concur it is absolutely stunning!!

 

I'm glad you like the monitor too Eric.  Thanks for the update and enjoy!

 

 

 


he Philips 34" BDM3490UC curved display looks like a beauty- It's a IPS panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 5ms G2G response time and 60Hz refresh rate also sporting an extremely impressive 1000:1 contrast ratio.

 

That's looks like a nice monitor too and has the same connections as the Dell 34".  Samsung will have some too.  It's great to see the new technology being developed and released.  It does make this hobby a bit more fun.

 

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Of course, after considering things and doing some measuring, I'm now unsure whether I am prepared to lose the height that I enjoy with my 30" Dell.

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I have a 40" LG 4K monitor I picked up last fall for about $800 CDN.  I'm running a 4790K with a 780 GTX in 4K mode and frame rates are tolerable.  What advantage would a 34" curved screen have, other than perhaps improved FPS ?

 

Lon Duncombe

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I have a 40" LG 4K monitor I picked up last fall for about $800 CDN.  I'm running a 4790K with a 780 GTX in 4K mode and frame rates are tolerable.  What advantage would a 34" curved screen have, other than perhaps improved FPS ?

 

Lon Duncombe

Hi Lon,

 

When I read your post, the first thing that popped into my mind was that he is referring to "the curve" so apologize if I was wrong.  There are a lot of naysayers thinking this is just a gimmick by the manufacturers, etc., and curved makes it more expensive (not the Dell!!).  I am not going to dispute the naysayers (monitor experts know much more than I do) but I will say there are some who were naysayers and now think the idea is not as bad as they thought - http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/06/25/curved-monitors-gaming/

 

I did a lot of research before I bought the Dell U3415W.  All of the expert reviews I read said the slight curve was "not a gimmick for gaming and actually made it more immersive". This from PC Magazine.  PC Monitors' reviewers said the following:

 

"We also feel that the curve added just a bit of extra depth to the already engrossing game playing and movie watching experience. As we’ve mentioned earlier on, it also slightly reduced the perceived ‘IPS glow’ – a nice bonus. It certainly doesn’t eliminate it, though, and our sample was ‘blessed’ with backlight bleed that sort of overshadowed that a bit in some cases. We found the curve absolutely fine for general productivity tasks, including browsing the internet (which can sometimes be less productive) and editing documents and spreadsheets. We could understand how those with a keen eye that are used to indulging in creative passions such as design work and photo editing may find the curve a little different. But we would suggest people see this for themselves and judge rather than ruling it out based on what may not turn out to be a complete non-issue for them."

 

And, Tom's Hardware said, "By curving the screen just a little, the extra width fits better into the user’s peripheral vision, and reduces the amount of head-turning necessary to see the entire desktop. Product photos seem to exaggerate the curve somewhat. In reality, it’s fairly subtle — the image is not distorted in any way."  They also stated the calibration of the Dell Monitor was the most accurate they had seen.

 

The Dell is currently running around $800 and that makes this monitor an even better purchase IMHO.  Most of the others cost over $1000. 

 

The 40" LG 4K Monitor (LG 40UB8000 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV) is not a monitor but a 4K LED TV.  The 4K does not work and it is doubtful it will ever make prime time for the gaming industry.  It does not have a "true" HDMI 2.0 port or DisplayPort support whereas the Dell monitor does (and all of the other curved monitors).  That's one major difference.  I have heard a lot of members who have complained about the resolution in HDTV's.  Sure, the screen is huge and provides for better immersion but it is NOT a monitor.  I think it would have been better to have bought one of the $400 and less 4K HDTV's as there is little difference.  If the Dell monitor had cost more than $1000 (or over $1500 Dell was charging for their 32 inch monitors), I would not have purchased it.  Probably would have gone the route you and many others took.  But for now this is the best monitor I have ever purchased.

 

Best regards, 

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I have been the happy owner of 3 x Sony 17" Monitors hooked up to a Triple Head 2 Go for about 8 years now. The resolution is 3840 x 1024 but I must say that these 34" curved Monitors have got me interested. I have had to get used to 2 1 inch bezels where the Monitors meet and I bet not having that would increase the immersion factor coupled with the higher resolution on a smaller desktop space, though I wonder if I would miss the width, probably not.

 

I suppose I need to find one to have a look and make a decision. Do you think the framerates might be slightly higher using one large monitor over 3 seperate ones?

 

Interesting times ahead.

 

 

Hamish.

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I have the 34" Dell. Excellent monitor. There is some light bleed on a pitch black screen. How often do we use pitch black? Overall, great purchase.

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