[US] Wanted: BlackMagic eGPU Pro
I’m still double-minded about this enclosure since it’s way overpriced and the only reason I need it is to drive the LG UltraFine 5K. Still, I thought I’d take a look at what the community had to offer.
If any of you have one you’d be willing to sell, please drop your prices below!
If I’m not mistaken, you have an ultrawide monitor AND a 5K, correct? I’m pulling this info from your Razor X Chroma review, so it might be slightly dated.
In any case, which do you think is the better display for someone who reads and writes a lot more than he games? I’ve been leaning towards high res for crisper text, but truth be told, I’m not sure if ultrawide would make a bigger difference.
@ray Yes I have a couple monitors. The two at my testing station is Samsung CHG90 49″ [3840 x 1080 a 144 Hz] and HP Z27q 27″ [5120 x 2880 at 60 Hz]. The HP 5K monitor is much better for text viewing. The colors are much better too. It uses a pair of DisplayPort 1.2 to produce full 5K resolution. I bought it used more than a year ago for 1/3 the price of the LG UltraFine 5K monitor.
A nice compromise is LG ultra wide 5K2K, 34WK95U-W [5120 x 2160 at 60 Hz]. It has all the input ports for different uses. Personally I’d go with a triple 4K monitors for much more reliable implementation as well as lower cost. You can easily run three 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz monitors with any modern Radeon cards.
5K 16:9 displays usually (always?) have more pixels than Ultrawide displays.
I think Planar IX2790 should be used with a GPU that has DisplayPort 1.4. The other displays mentioned are dual cable (similar to LG Ultra Fine 5K dual link over Thunderbolt) and can work with older graphics cards that only support DisplayPort 1.2 (and have at least two DisplayPort ports). Dual link DisplayPort 1.2 has more bandwidth than DisplayPort 1.4, so those displays can support 30 bit color instead of just 24 bit color.
@ray I'd recommend looking for either Dell UP2715K, HP Z27Q, or Planar IX2790 on the used market. They are at least half the price the LG UltraFine 5K and work much easier with all eGPUs.
Do you have any experience with the comparative picture quality? I'm in love with my LG's panel but the connectivity is indeed troublesome.
@dennis_wander I have not had much screen time with the LG 5K UltraFine (in-store demo). I don’t like glossy screen so the HP Z27q looks better and more comfortable to my eyes. Its panel is full 10-bit and has a look-up table. I believe the LG 5K’s panel is 10-bit(8-bit + A-FRC).