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itsage
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The Z27q is amazing. Its display clarity is better than the LG 4K panels sitting next to it. I prefer matte screen so this would be the perfect monitor for many if pricing and availability were within reach.

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Posted by: itsage
The Z27q is amazing. Its display clarity is better than the LG 4K panels sitting next to it. I prefer matte screen so this would be the perfect monitor for many if pricing and availability were within reach.

 

@itsage - I think HP stopped making them. When they were available, they weren't cheap, but they were not horribly expensive and competitive with good 4K screens. Mine cost 848$ off Amazon. Which was actually cheaper than the 31" 4096x2160 LG that it replaced.
Now we are left with either the LG or Dell options, both of which are closer to 1,500 USD than to 900 USD.

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Matthew Wearne
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@itsage, is the PSU in the AGA replaceable with any normal sized ATX PSU?

You mention the fan is rather noisy...

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Alright, the 5K run in Valley/Heaven works, but for some reason the attach option in the forum isn't working for me right now. I'll forward you my results.

Overall, you need to set it to "system" resolution and tick it to full screen with the 5K set as the main monitor, otherwise it indeed seems to max out at 4096 pixels across.

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@yukikaze Thank you for the instruction on getting Valley and Heaven to run at 5K resolution. I was able to replicate it. The table is now completed. Maybe 8K is where there's no difference.  😀

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Matthew Wearne
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@yukikaze @itsage can you guys confirm if the internal GPU should be switching off once the AGA is connected?

In my case, my 17 R5 1070 stays on as well as my 1080ti in the AGA, 1070 is idling at 50'c causing unneeded heat/fans, I was under the impression that it switches off? I have a screen attached to the AGA.

If I disable Gsync it still stays on and if I disable the 1070 in Device Manager I can't control screen brightness on the laptop screen and the iGPU seems to stay idle/off.

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Wesley Deng
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@itsage

You said that the "performance difference between the Graphics Amplifier vs Thunderbolt 3 is similar to that of internal PCIe slot vs TB3" while linking this post:
https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/a-call-for-measurements-isolating-the-thunderbolt-effect/paged/5/#post-14987

So does that mean the AGA performs like an x4 PCIE 3.0 on a desktop motherboard from this table? Seeing you did this on an alienware 15 r3, I hope they preserved the same connection quality into my alienware m15 that I just ordered.

Can you do a quick benchmark of AGA paired with AW 15 r3 vs desktop on x4 PCIE 3.0? That'd be awesome

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@wesley_deng I could but it won't be identical in terms of the CPU.

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Nick Ha (TheAntiFanboy)
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Has anyone figured out which host computers are best for the AGA?

I'm using an Alienware 17 R3 and mine hovers around ~2600 MiB/s when idle, but drops to ~2300 MiB/s under load.

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itsage
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@nick_ha_theantifanboy Can you take a screen capture of the AGA attachment with HWiNFO64? We want to see how it's routed.

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