After I had finished with my review on the Acer XR341CK, the new Acer Predator X34 arrived. It felt like fate, so I boxed up the FreeSync-based monitor, and took out the new Predator X34 for a spin. Well, I was quite impressed. I think I've found the best UltraWide monitor for gaming - and that's not an exaggeration.
I used the Predator X34 for around 10-14 days for the review, for hours per day during my usual work day, and for those gaming sessions throughout the day and night - don't kick me, I have an awesome job. The first thing I did when I turned the Predator X34 on was switch from 75Hz to 100Hz overdrive in the OSD, letting loose that liquid smooth 100Hz refresh rate and just oozing into a pool of high refresh rate drool on my desk. Acer, you owe me a new Corsair mouse pad, by the way.
As always, the 3440x1440 resolution is perfect for a single display - it provides much wider desktop real estate, which can be used for so many things. I use countless Google Chrome windows and tabs on my desktop, and with a native resolution of 3440x1440, I never run out of space. Most of the time I have them split 50/50 on the screen, as it feels like I have so much more desktop space than even two 1080p displays.
After hours upon hours of use, I didn't find my eyes burning while using the monitor - this is a testament to the IPS panel that Acer has used, but it also has something to do with the 100Hz refresh rate, too. Moving things around in Windows, right down to the mouse cursor, feels unbelievably smooth at 100Hz. I find it incredibly hard going back from my Acer XB270HU because of its 144Hz refresh rate.
I thought the 75Hz refresh rate on the XR341CK was impressive, but the 100Hz here on the Predator X34 is definitely a huge step up. It might not sound like much, but moving from 60Hz to 75Hz is a leap in itself, but the leap to 100Hz feels much bigger. NVIDIA's G-Sync technology comes into play with gaming, so let's jump right into that.
Gaming on the Acer Predator X34 with NVIDIA's G-Sync Technology
When the Acer Predator X34 arrived, I had only just finished reviewing the Acer XR341CK, which is virtually identical to the Predator X34. The big difference is that the Predator X34 can hit 100Hz, and that it features NVIDIA's G-Sync technology - versus the XR341CK which reaches 75Hz, with AMD's FreeSync technology.
Gaming at 3440x1440 at 75Hz was great, but reaching 100Hz is a completely different experience. At 100Hz and at 100FPS minimum, gaming is absolutely awesome - and then throw in G-Sync for added gaming domination.
At 3440x1440 and 100Hz, I was playing Battlefield 4 with a 105-degree field of view, and 100FPS minimum as I knocked down the in-game details to Medium. I was using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, so I had more than enough grunt, but dialed down to Medium so that I could hit 100FPS minimum. The results? Nothing short of amazing.
The Acer Predator X34 is the best UltraWide gaming monitor on the market, without a doubt. The issue I have here is that this is a premium display, and to push 100FPS at 3440x1440, you're going to need at least GTX 980s in SLI, a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X and in some games you will be forced to drop the settings down to maintain 100FPS.
NVIDIA's G-Sync technology helps considerably, so if your GPU isn't quite up to 100FPS constant, and you're hitting somewhere like 85-90FPS, G-Sync will do its job and you'll have a near-perfect gaming experience, even if you can't reach 100FPS.
This isn't an issue, as the Predator X34 isn't a casual gaming monitor - this is a hardcore UltraWide enthusiast's dream display. It's everything I've ever wanted; with the only jump I need to see now is up to 144Hz. I'm sure we'll see that in 2016.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Quick Specs, and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Packaging & Detailed Look]
- Page 3 [Test System Configuration]
- Page 4 [On-Screen Display]
- Page 5 [Everyday Use & Gaming]
- Page 6 [Viewing Angles & Glare]
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