Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review - HotHardware

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

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There is a big push for various 3D technologies in the current market. Whether you're a fan or foe, the industry is pushing forward with 3D at a torrid pace. Recently, we had a chance to test 3D Vision Surround from NVIDIA and came away impressed by the experience. It was only a matter of time before we got our hands on more hardware featuring the technology though and Asus stepped up to the plate without missing a beat.

Today, we're checking out the latest 3D capable monitor to hit the market, the Asus VG236H. The VG236H display from Asus is a 23" widescreen panel that features a 120Hz refresh rate, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and an NVIDIA 3D Vision kit to get you on the road to stereoscopic 3D bliss. 23" monitors are currently the sweet spot for displays, so it makes sense for companies to introduce new products at this specific size. Do yourself a favor and give the specs a once over. Then, check out the rest of the review to find out what else the Asus VG236H has to offer.

Asus VG236H 23" LCD 120Hz Monitor
Specifications and Features
Display Size
23" Widescreen
1920 x 1080 (up to 120Hz)
Aspect Ratio           16 : 9
400 cd/m2
Intrinsic Contrast Ratio
Response Time
2 ms (Gray to Gray)
Viewing Angle
170º / 160º (Horizontal / Vertical)
Color Saturation (NTSC)
16.7 M
Dual-link DVI, HDMI, Component
Power Consumption
60W On / 2W Power Saving / 1W Off
+15° to -5° Tilt, Vesa Mounts (100mm x 100mm)
(with stand)
21.7" x 16.5" x 9.8". (WxHxD)
550 x 420 x 250 mm
15.4 lbs / 7 kg
Included Accessories

Support CD, Quick Start Guide, Power Cord, Dual-link DVI Cable, NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit, Warranty Card
3 Years Limited (Parts/Labor)

Within the box, is a bundle with all of the accessories you'll need to get the display set up quickly. It includes the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit, a dual-link DVI cable, power cord, quick start guides, a warranty card, and driver disks. We normally find monitors with only the basic essentials, but with 3D technology starting to take off, its great to see Asus include the 3D Vision kit with this monitor.

You don't need a powerful computer to run 3D Vision. The minimum requirements consist of Windows Vista or 7, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor, 1GB memory, 100MB of free disk space, and a GeForce 9600GT videocard (or better). Of course, more eye candy and higher frame rates will require beefier parts.

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That a little to much for a bulky monitor.

These High Definition 3D monitors are more than likely going to be the standard as early as next year. So I am sure they will be under the $200 range and have refresh rates hovering over 120Hz.

I agree that I would like to see more compatibility with other 3D systems before jumping on the bandwagon, and rushing to to get and expensive fad....only to have buyers remorse before the box gets thrown away.

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I'm just wondering when the PC market will finally get local dimming LED backlit LCD monitors???


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- That a little to much for a bulky monitor.

Ho there! This is not just a bulky monitor, it's a double-pumped 120hz flat panel. CRT zealots can finally recycle their old and washed out monitor (ok mine is still nice) for a supe rresponsive and smooth panel. Fast FPS games get much better with 120hz, well anything that moves faster than 60 pixels per second. Reviewers of these "3D" monitors find even desktop use a better experience: Smooth and responsive mouse cursor movement and smoother window animation.

If your FPS is variable, or you can get more than 60fps, 120hz is an improvement. V-sync tearing is almost gone. Much less sample-and-hold smearing, fourfold less RTC artifacts.

But there are a lot of second generation 120hz monitors that have glaring problems, like white halos around graphics (acer), way too much text sharpening (acer), blurry scrolling and cursor movement (alienware 23"), input lag (acer)

 If you wanto own people online at TF2, Quake, Unreal even fast RTS games you need a 120hz before them.





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^yep, 120Hz gaming is the way to go.  The "3D" fad on LCD monitors wouldn't have taken off IMO if it didn't have 120Hz mode when 3D vision is not turned on and future LCDs/LEDs are going this direction anyway so eventually all monitors will eventually be compatible with Nvidia's 3D Vision.

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If you need to look for more specs about this monitor go the company's website and check the specs. I got the monitor myself and I'm very satisfied with it, but the contrast ratio is wrong it's not 1000 : 1^^

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I've just bought one of these, and the 3d effect is very impresive. My Rig is nothing special

AMD Phenom II x4 3.6 4 GB ram 460 SE card Win 7 64 Ultimate and i am able to run 1080P @ 120hz without glitching on most of my games . The newer titles seem to work best.

BTW the contast ratio is Intrinsic ( True contrast) and not Dynamic which is a bit of B S used by marketing people to by because its stated a 30000:1 and peoble like to buy big numbers

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