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Mecer K3G3R 31.5" QHD (2560x1440) 144Hz Freesync Curved Gaming Monitor - REVIEW-

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I've been researching this monitor ever since the initial post and must admit I'm quite intrigued.. however in the interim I've had the opportunity to test G-SYNC compatibility on the LG 34UC79G-B.
Even though it reports as "G-SYNC compatible" I found that it most definitely is not the case.. at least not for me.

I've tried every possible combination of setting, including that of the monitor OSD itself and at best it felt like going back to 60hz (my current display is the Alienware 25" 240hz G-SYNC edition)
Clearly it doesn't have perfect G-SYNC compatibility, whether it was that particular panel or all of them in the range I cannot say, all I know is running 144hz without any form of adaptive sync was a much better experience.. the tearing however was absolute murder.

Could we perhaps get a head count of all Mecer owners and confirmation on whether GSYNC not only enables, but also works 100% on your panel?

I realise there's still a panel lottery at play so this might be a tall order, nevertheless I would greatly appreciate it :)
 

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I've been researching this monitor ever since the initial post and must admit I'm quite intrigued.. however in the interim I've had the opportunity to test G-SYNC compatibility on the LG 34UC79G-B.
Even though it reports as "G-SYNC compatible" I found that it most definitely is not the case.. at least not for me.

I've tried every possible combination of setting, including that of the monitor OSD itself and at best it felt like going back to 60hz (my current display is the Alienware 25" 240hz G-SYNC edition)
Clearly it doesn't have perfect G-SYNC compatibility, whether it was that particular panel or all of them in the range I cannot say, all I know is running 144hz without any form of adaptive sync was a much better experience.. the tearing however was absolute murder.

Could we perhaps get a head count of all Mecer owners and confirmation on whether GSYNC not only enables, but also works 100% on your panel?

I realise there's still a panel lottery at play so this might be a tall order, nevertheless I would greatly appreciate it :)
Well mine enables, but how can you test if it's actually working ?
 

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I didn't bother with the synthetic tests like the pendulum etc. I went straight for Battlefield 1, Quake 2, CS : GO, Quake Champions etc..
To be fair I've now been using a 240Hz monitor for a couple months and pretty much immediately notice anything sub par, so for me it was quite easy to see the difference.

The best example I can give is..
You will go from buttery smooth (tearing aside) to having it feel like 60hz with a cheap wireless mouse running @ 125hz polling rate.. in essence quite a perceivable difference.

For those lucky enough to either be rocking x2 gaming systems or having access to both Nvidia & Radeon cards.. it should give you the same experience on this monitor. I think that might be the only definitive way of telling whether G-SYNC works flawlessly on the Mecer or not.

.. OR if you have another G-SYNC monitor and the Mecer side by side for an A | B comparison.
 

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I didn't bother with the synthetic tests like the pendulum etc. I went straight for Battlefield 1, Quake 2, CS : GO, Quake Champions etc..
To be fair I've now been using a 240Hz monitor for a couple months and pretty much immediately notice anything sub par, so for me it was quite easy to see the difference.

The best example I can give is..
You will go from buttery smooth (tearing aside) to having it feel like 60hz with a cheap wireless mouse running @ 125hz polling rate.. in essence quite a perceivable difference.

For those lucky enough to either be rocking x2 gaming systems or having access to both Nvidia & Radeon cards.. it should give you the same experience on this monitor. I think that might be the only definitive way of telling whether G-SYNC works flawlessly on the Mecer or not.

.. OR if you have another G-SYNC monitor and the Mecer side by side for an A | B comparison.
sadly, that's hardly conclusive imo - would need a better way of testing.
 

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Despite my other complaints with the monitor, apart from some intermittent flickering under some conditions, the adaptive sync seems to be working very well (I say this from the perspective of previously running an RX580 on a 75Hz Freesync screen, which I am comparing this experience to).
 

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Not a great video, but my one gripe is this:


Terrible quality, sorry - But what I am referring to is the colour change in the text as I scroll.

Other than that, the other issue I am having is some flickering using sync, but I can't really see what the common denominator is (suspicions are older games / running sync in a borderless window).

Generally though, very happy with the monitor (2K + 144Hz is really quite something compared to my previous 1080p 75Hz).
Try changing the response time on the monitor , that's usually the problem with text changing color while scrolling.
 

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Try changing the response time on the monitor , that's usually the problem with text changing color while scrolling.
One of the issues I am having is that the response times options appear to do absolutely nothing at all. Is it subtle / do I not know what I am looking for, or is it broken? I don't know how to tell.

For what it's worth, I've tried every combination of settings I can think of. The only sensible next step I can take is to hook it up to someone else's PC, so I can at least eliminate it being a problem prior to the monitor itself. I plan to do this, but I don't have many options, and it's a big damned thing to lug around, so getting this set up is taking some time. I was also hoping for a more useful response from the retailer in the meantime, which, frankly, I've not received.
 

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One of the issues I am having is that the response times options appear to do absolutely nothing at all. Is it subtle / do I not know what I am looking for, or is it broken? I don't know how to tell.
Subtle. Except for highest. Everything should be followed by a creepy overshoot shadow.

Do you have Rocket League? Its really noticeable spinning the car in the menu at both the ball and the goal.
 

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I didn't bother with the synthetic tests like the pendulum etc. I went straight for Battlefield 1, Quake 2, CS : GO, Quake Champions etc..
To be fair I've now been using a 240Hz monitor for a couple months and pretty much immediately notice anything sub par, so for me it was quite easy to see the difference.

The best example I can give is..
You will go from buttery smooth (tearing aside) to having it feel like 60hz with a cheap wireless mouse running @ 125hz polling rate.. in essence quite a perceivable difference.

For those lucky enough to either be rocking x2 gaming systems or having access to both Nvidia & Radeon cards.. it should give you the same experience on this monitor. I think that might be the only definitive way of telling whether G-SYNC works flawlessly on the Mecer or not.

.. OR if you have another G-SYNC monitor and the Mecer side by side for an A | B comparison.
I remember watching a YouTube video recently where the guy compares G-Sync compatible to FreeSync. He found that you have to ensure V-Sync is turned off and that you under lock the refresh rate to 144Hz when turning G-Sync compatible on in Nvidia Control panel. Something about the compatibility will output at 60Hz if you have the refresh set to 144Hz as it doesn't actually allow the G-Sync to kick in. Try this and see if it works.

Apparently G-Sync compatible from his testing proves to be successful but it is a lot less effective than Radeon card and FreeSync which is understandable.
 

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Thanks for the feedback SynicalFox SynicalFox
Just found this video which explains why some panels might experience flickering or weird artifacts when using an Nvidia card on a Freesync monitor:

Seems you have to use the Custom Resolution Utility to ensure your ranges are correct.
 
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Thanks for the feedback SynicalFox SynicalFox
Just found this video which explains why some panels might experience flickering or weird artifacts when using an Nvidia card on a Freesync monitor:

Seems you have to use the Custom Resolution utility to ensure you're ranges are correct.
Yeah. I think that's pretty much all you have to do. It still works well enough but it is about 20 fps worse in some things than considered to Radeon with FreeSync.

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Subtle. Except for highest. Everything should be followed by a creepy overshoot shadow.

Do you have Rocket League? Its really noticeable spinning the car in the menu at both the ball and the goal.
I do not, but whenever I encounter a situation where the ghosting is noticeable, I fiddle with the settings to see if I can notice any change, which I cannot, at all.
 

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Thanks for the feedback SynicalFox SynicalFox
Just found this video which explains why some panels might experience flickering or weird artifacts when using an Nvidia card on a Freesync monitor:

Seems you have to use the Custom Resolution Utility to ensure your ranges are correct.
Thanks for this - I will experiment with my ranges to see if I can fix the flickering issues I've had.
 

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i will run the pendulum demo tonight ( if possible record it as well ) and give feedback.
 

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I'm wondering if VA panels are just not to my liking. If my monitor would be worth 6K to someone, I'd consider selling it (and if there's a real issue, it's only about a month old, and under warranty).
 
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