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Acer XB271HU is getting dimmer. Is replacing the panel worth it?

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Okay. I'm a dumbass. Electricity cut out the other day and my Alienware's settings reset and it was sitting at 100%. When I lowered it to 70% the difference is nowhere near as stark as it was until now. I will mark this as a solution and hide somewhere to stew in my shame.

I've owned the XB271HU since 2016 and slowly but surely it seems to have gotten dimmer. I've noticed that especially when I bought a second and a third monitor and it looks quite a lot dimmer than both my Alienware and Samsung to the point where  at 100% brightness it's basically as bright as the other two monitors at 65%. I'm not sure how much of its original brightness it has lost considering it's 350nits compared to the other two at 400 but I don't think those 50nits difference account for 35% brightness delta.

Anyways I'm just debating on whether or not I should even bother replacing the panel because it's difficult to find trustworthy sellers on websites like aliexpress and alibaba and I might get stuck with a second hand panel after waiting for  40-60 days just to get the same result. I've asked for a quote from one of the main display distributors but I'm guessing they won't be too happy with selling a quantity of 1 as they work with large orders most of the time.

At what price is the panel just not worth it and is there even a point in reinvesting in the monitor or should I just bin it and buy a new one?

Ampere is worse than Fermi, change my mind.

System:

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  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
  • Motherboard
    ASUS X570 TUF
  • RAM
    2X16GB HyperX Predator 3200mhz
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
  • Case
    Thermaltake Urban R31
  • Storage
    1x Kingston A2000 256GB NVME 1X A-Data SX8200 Pro 1TB 3x Kingston UV500 240GB
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650x
  • Display(s)
    Main:Alienware AW2521HF 1080p 240hz
    Secondary: Acer Predator XB271HU 1440p 165hz
    Third: Samsung C34F791 UltraWide 1440p 100hz
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 7
  • Mouse
    Razer Deathadder V2
  • Sound
    Logitech Z906 / HyperX Cloud 2 / Rode NT-USB
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

 

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buy mine lol

 

is there any way for you to test it and compare directly to other xb271hus? 

topics i need help on:

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my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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Just now, VeganJoy said:

buy mine lol

 

is there any way for you to test it and compare directly to other xb271hus? 

If there was I wouldn't even be posting this topic. Tech stores don't have expensive monitors on display where I live and I don't know anyone else with the same monitor. That's the ridiculous part - I'm not even sure it's not as bright as it's actually supposed to be. Maybe someone on here with that model can give their input on the overall monitor brightness.

Ampere is worse than Fermi, change my mind.

System:

Spoiler
  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
  • Motherboard
    ASUS X570 TUF
  • RAM
    2X16GB HyperX Predator 3200mhz
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
  • Case
    Thermaltake Urban R31
  • Storage
    1x Kingston A2000 256GB NVME 1X A-Data SX8200 Pro 1TB 3x Kingston UV500 240GB
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650x
  • Display(s)
    Main:Alienware AW2521HF 1080p 240hz
    Secondary: Acer Predator XB271HU 1440p 165hz
    Third: Samsung C34F791 UltraWide 1440p 100hz
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 7
  • Mouse
    Razer Deathadder V2
  • Sound
    Logitech Z906 / HyperX Cloud 2 / Rode NT-USB
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

 

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Just now, Tanaz said:

If there was I wouldn't even be posting this topic. Tech stores don't have expensive monitors on display where I live and I don't know anyone else with the same monitor. That's the ridiculous part - I'm not even sure it's not as bright as it's actually supposed to be. Maybe someone on here with that model can give their input on the overall monitor brightness.

fair enough, i keep mine really low cause its really fuckin bright lol. like 15% maybe. but i do that with every monitor, its pretty normal for brightness. acer's warranty is only 3 years, right?

topics i need help on:

Spoiler

 

 

my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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Just now, VeganJoy said:

fair enough, i keep mine really low cause its really fuckin bright lol. like 15% maybe. but i do that with every monitor, its pretty normal for brightness. acer's warranty is only 3 years, right?

Oh it's out of warranty 100%. The panel itself has never been particularly impressive. Numerous people including me have had issues with temporary image retention and other weird shit. I have a feeling I'm going to get a quote for ~250$ and import tax + delivery will be another ~120$ and at that point I might as well save up for a new one

Ampere is worse than Fermi, change my mind.

System:

Spoiler
  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
  • Motherboard
    ASUS X570 TUF
  • RAM
    2X16GB HyperX Predator 3200mhz
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
  • Case
    Thermaltake Urban R31
  • Storage
    1x Kingston A2000 256GB NVME 1X A-Data SX8200 Pro 1TB 3x Kingston UV500 240GB
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650x
  • Display(s)
    Main:Alienware AW2521HF 1080p 240hz
    Secondary: Acer Predator XB271HU 1440p 165hz
    Third: Samsung C34F791 UltraWide 1440p 100hz
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 7
  • Mouse
    Razer Deathadder V2
  • Sound
    Logitech Z906 / HyperX Cloud 2 / Rode NT-USB
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

 

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1 minute ago, Tanaz said:

Oh it's out of warranty 100%. The panel itself has never been particularly impressive. Numerous people including me have had issues with temporary image retention and other weird shit. I have a feeling I'm going to get a quote for ~250$ and import tax + delivery will be another ~120$ and at that point I might as well save up for a new one

yeah thats like half the cost of the monitor, if it was 100 bucks and a guaranteed fix thatd be about where i'd draw the line. as for the panel itself, i havent noticed any problems with mine. if it wasnt for the strictly gsync thing i'd be keeping it for a while 

topics i need help on:

Spoiler

 

 

my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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Okay. I'm a dumbass. Electricity cut out the other day and my Alienware's settings reset and it was sitting at 100%. When I lowered it to 70% the difference is nowhere near as stark as it was until now. I will mark this as a solution and hide somewhere to stew in my shame.

Ampere is worse than Fermi, change my mind.

System:

Spoiler
  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
  • Motherboard
    ASUS X570 TUF
  • RAM
    2X16GB HyperX Predator 3200mhz
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
  • Case
    Thermaltake Urban R31
  • Storage
    1x Kingston A2000 256GB NVME 1X A-Data SX8200 Pro 1TB 3x Kingston UV500 240GB
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650x
  • Display(s)
    Main:Alienware AW2521HF 1080p 240hz
    Secondary: Acer Predator XB271HU 1440p 165hz
    Third: Samsung C34F791 UltraWide 1440p 100hz
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 7
  • Mouse
    Razer Deathadder V2
  • Sound
    Logitech Z906 / HyperX Cloud 2 / Rode NT-USB
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

 

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