AOC U2868PQU 4K Monitor

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    Has anybody bought the new AOC U2868PQU 4K Monitor and used it with a 2013 Mac Pro? Does it have tearing issues at 60Hz like other monitors (with the D700s?
     
  2. coevolve macrumors newbie

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    I just received the AOC U2868PQU 4K monitor today and I am very pleased. I picked it up for about £250 (less than 400 USD). The text is a bit small, but I have the monitor quite close to me on my desk so this is not a major issue for me as the text is so very clear. The screen real estate is amazing for productivity. I am using it with a GTX 660 SC on a Mac Pro 2008. Feels great to transform my old Mac Pro into an awesome machine. The monitor works great at 60hz using display port 1.2. The 4K video it is amazing.

    I think I will scale the text to make it a bit larger (not too much larger, just a bit would be perfect).

    As for your tearing question, I have performed a couple of tests and have not noticed anything of note yet (just using 4K video from a movie trailer). Do you know of a good screen tearing test software for Mac I could use?
     
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    I think the tearing issue has been resolved - no longer happening.
     
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    Big Update: My love for the monitor declined quickly (almost as fast as it rose initially). I ended up returning the device for three reasons. It had a vertical line that appeared down the centre, it was faint but once I noticed it there was no going back. I suspect it was damaged in travel. The second issue was the general lack of content as I do not have a 4K video camera yet. The third reason is that the OS X top menu is too small (at this point it appears it cannot be changed) and having a monitor that close to my eyes is unreasonable and appeared to cause eye strain. I could use hiDPI settings but that seems to defeat the purpose of having a high resolution monitor to begin with.

    My hope is that Yosemite menu size improvements, 4K monitors advancements and more 4K content will improve over the next year. Until then, I am happy with my 1080p :)
     
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    The truth is that Sony and Apple and others launched 4K production / content apparatus WAY prematurely. I bought a Sony 4K camera last year and have yet to use if very much because 1) it creates gigantic files, 2) hardly any computers can process it or even play it back, 3) the quality isn't there yet - it's very "dry" or "flat" visually, 4) the Mac Pro has no native 4K monitor - WTF?
     
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    Yes, it is quite disappointing. Hopefully things will change over the next year. I am not sure, but streaming 4K could be a possibility for those with high speed connections (heard that netflix or amazon was trying it). As for editing 4K footage, I have not tried it yet. I will need to research the workflow to see if there is an efficient way with Final Cut Pro. This weekend I will have some 4K GoPro video to try to edit. Probably render it as 1080p though. I wonder if a super-sized RAM Disk would make the process easier.
     
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    The weirdest thing about editing 4K in FCPX is that it exports files like SIX times the size, depending on the export format you choose. But for master file it exponentially increases the file size.
     
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    That does sound strange. I edited some short 4K clips for the first time yesterday. It was not as terrible as I thought it would be. I rendered it to 1080p
    which seemed fine. It is a concern if the master exponentially increases in size though (I have not checked if this is the case, but a lot of space was taken by the FCPX folder). I needed to move my folder / files to a second hard drive and do cache / rendering on my SSD, otherwise I would soon fill it. Not sure if this will be sustainable if I move to larger 4K files. Perhaps I will store the 4K externally, but make 1080p renders to store locally. Hard to say the most efficient strategy.
     
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    Sounds like you're doing it all right - if you export 1080p then it keep the files nice and small but it defeats the purpose of shooting 4K to begin with. I'm doing the same thing keeping it on external RAID, but all the 4K gigs are adding up. Also my internet connection isn't very fast so takes days to upload 5-10 gig 4K files.

    Seems like none of the infrastructure is up to par - need fibre broadband at least, specced-out Mac Pro, many Terabytes of storage, and an acceptable monitor. Not impossible, but expensive and still barely adequate. Was weary about becoming an early adopter. Oh well.
     

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