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Fastest or when 390 Hz is cheaper than 360 Hz. Review and test Acer Nitro XV252QF


More recently, in our tests went Monitor 360 Hz - the Acer the Predator the X25 . The model cost as much as 77 thousand rubles and was stuffed with the most I don't want: there were both light sensors, and NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer, and a full-fledged G-Sync module. Actually, this then prevented us from making an unambiguous conclusion about 360 Hz: too much money came out for every extra sneeze. Therefore, today we have a monitor that is 36% cheaper, but offers a faster matrix without all the frills. And, what is cool, this is also a monitor from Acer , which will allow us to compare how different the screens are in the models for 77 thousand and for 49 thousand.

First impressions

The Nitro XV252QF is delivered in a regular cardboard box, which also contains instructions and a complete set of cables: power, HDMI and Display Port. The monitor itself is packed unassembled, but assembled in a minute and a half. The panel is fastened to the rack with latches, and the support is screwed with a screw with a wide wing - you don't even need a screwdriver.


There are no questions about the appearance. Black panel, black stand, black back. From the decorations - only different types of grinding, an embossed Acer logo on the back and a red edging around the support. The main material is ordinary plastic. Both the display case and the table support are made of it. But the leg is metal and is adjustable in all axes, except for rotation along the vertical axis: if you want to turn the monitor towards you, you will have to move the entire structure. However, given the fact that the support here is on the turntable, and the leg itself is thin, this will not cause any inconvenience.

Let's say the same about connecting cables. All entrances look down into the table, but since the leg allows you to turn the matrix into a portrait position, it is not difficult to get to them. By the way, the set of ports itself is not bad: there are two HDMI 2.0 (maximum at 240 Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Power is supplied directly via a standard computer cable without any external units. It's comfortable.


The controls are the same as on the older model: there is a mini-joystick and four keys. One is responsible for food, the rest is for navigating the menu and calling quick functions that you can assign yourself. The logic of the menu raises no objections: all the items are clearly spelled out, plus there is a minimum of game settings. This is the response time, and the highlighting of the dark zones, and the fixed sight. The latter, however, is placed only in the center of the screen and is not adjustable by position, which means that it will not be convenient with it in all games.

The matrix

Now about the matrix. Apparently, the same module is used here as on the X25: it is a 24.5-inch IPS with a base frequency of 360 Hz. But, unlike the X25, here Acer added overclocking and raised the frequency right up to 390 Hz, announcing a delay of 0.5 ms on GTG. We can't check the last figure, but according to UFO tests, the MPRT fits into a very impressive 3.4 ms.

As for ghosting, flares and glow-effect, then everything is one-to-one like in the Predator X25. Highlights are quite small, but still there is on the bottom edge, and Glow is visible on both sides of the screen at the bottom: on the left - blue, on the right - yellowish. But I can't say that the effect is critical: during games it is almost invisible. The same with ghosting: there is a small loop on the UFO tests, but you don't pay attention to it in the dynamics of the game.

According to the capabilities of the matrix, the situation is as follows. First, it covers 97% sRGB and is calibrated to 0.24. Secondly, the matrix has an excellent contrast, which exceeds 1100: 1, and this makes life much easier in dark locations.

Now let's talk about frequency. For an expert assessment of 360 Hz, I invite you to Anton Lopushansky 's material on the Predator X25: he, as an e-sports specialist, described high hertz values ​​perfectly, and I have nothing to add to this. I will say that the monitor really holds the declared 390 Hz, and they are felt even against a background of 240 Hz. Not to say that the difference was catastrophic, but even when moving from 390 back to 240, you feel a little discomfort. And even when dropping to 144 Hz, it generally seems as if the game slows down.

Problems arise only in order to pull out the same 390 Hz from the computer. And this, believe me, is very difficult. In fact, I was able to achieve this only in three games: Valorant , CS: GO and Overwatch , and for this I had to transfer to the test bench, stick in the RTX 3080 Ti and fire the i9-9900K up to 5 GHz. And then there was no talk of complete stability even at the most minimal settings. In other games, I didn't get close to such indicators: even Warzone barely gives 230-250 fps. Of course, the presence of AMD FreeSync Premium saves a lot here, but it still doesn't add frames.

Therefore, the result will be like this. From a purely consumer point of view, the Nitro XV252QF is very clear: it is one of the most affordable displays at 360 Hz in stock and the only one at 390 Hz in overclocking. At the same time, the most remarkable thing is that it has exactly the same matrix as on the X25, but it costs 40% less. Yes, of course, at the same time we lose a heap of small chips, but I cannot say that personally I somehow suffered from this. Therefore, if you want yourself the fastest monitor on the market, then the XV252QF can definitely be considered as an option.

Specifications

Acer Nitro XV252QF
Diagonal: 24.5 inches
Resolution: 1920x1080 (16: 9)
Matrix type: IPS
Backlight: W-LED
Max. refresh rate: 360 to 390 Hz, FreeSync Premium support
Brightness: 400 cd / m²
Contrast: 1000: 1
Response time: 1 ms GtG Viewing
angles: 178 ° vertical, 178 ° horizontal
Number of colors: 16.7 million
Screen coverage: anti-glare
Connectors: 2x HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5 mm jack
Power supply: built-in
VESA mount: 100x100 mm
Dimensions:55.8x50.3x23.4 cm
Weight: 3.53 kg
Price for August 2021: $ 670

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