Introducing The Acer Predator XB252Q
Today, we are looking at a gaming monitor from Acer with a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC support. The Acer Predator XB252Q gaming monitor speaks clearly to both media buffs and hardcore gamers who have a penchant for fluidity and triple-digit frame rates. This display offers a Full HD (1080p) native resolution and an ultra-quick 240Hz refresh rate to complement the uber-high frame rates possible with a modern, high performance gaming PC. Toss in an attractive set of connectivity options, ports, and a few other key bells and whistles and we have a formidable addition to any gamer's arsenal.AMD Freesync or NVIDIA G-SYNC as well. As you'll see in the spec sheet below, G-SYNC is one of many tricks this particular display has to offer. Take a look...
|Screen Size||24.5″ Twisted Nematic Film (TN Film) Panel|
|Maximum Resolution||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|
|Color Support||16.7 Million (8 bit)|
|Native Contrast Ratio||1000:01:00|
|Viewing Angles||170° horizontal/160° vertical|
|Refresh Rate||240Hz (NVIDIA G-SYNC Range 60Hz to 240Hz)|
|Response Time||1ms (Gray to Gray)|
|Input Port||DisplayPort 1.2a (up to 240Hz) and HDMI 2.0 (up to 240Hz)|
|Speakers||x2 Stereo Speakers|
|Stand||Height Adjustable, Pivot, Tilt and Swivel|
|Accessories||DisplayPort Cable, HDMI Cable Quick Start Guide, USB 3 Cable, Power Supply|
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TN or "Twisted Nematic" panel types can be more affordable and have quicker response times, often 1-2ms, which makes them great for high speed gaming titles and action movies. However, unlike IPS panels, TN panels typically lack the same level of color accuracy or contrast, and as we've mentioned, have reduced viewing angles. That's part of the reason this monitor's main focus is on blistering fast refresh rates and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
If your current GeForce GTX GPU can crank out frame rates in excess of 200 FPS in your favorite game, you can enhance your overall gaming experience with G-SYNC. G-SYNC allows the GPU and monitor to work in lock step to eliminate tearing and stutter, while simultaneously reducing lag. As the GPU pumps out a frame, the monitor is updated. In addition, speedy monitor refresh rates can improve your media experience as well, especially with sports-related content and fast-paced action movies. Animations and video appear smoother because there is virtually no screen tearing or ghosting.
Most traditional or non-gaming monitors feature a 60Hz max refresh rate. But a powerful GPU will often push frame rates (FPS) far beyond 60 FPS, resulting in screen tearing since the display can't keep up. Traditional V-Sync technology, which could resolve screen tearing, often causes input lag and / or stuttered gameplay that can be jarring and ruin the immersion. NVIDIA G-SYNC, much like AMD Freesync, is meant to offer the best of both worlds -- smooth, stutter-free gameply with no screen-tearing.
Before we get too deep into this display's performance, lets take a tour, and check out the calibration and OSD options on the Predator XB252Q, before moving on to both objective and subjective testing with our benchmarks, movies, and games...