Oh, if you're not running the management client on this machine, why do you even need a GPU? Surely it'll be headless, or you just plug any old screen and any old GPU you have lying around in to handle the BIOS interface and any local CLI stuff that you don't/can't do remotely.
As for screens, VA is just a different wide-angle tech. IPS is the king of colour accuracy when we're talking about very expensive, pro-level hardware and delta-E colour accuracy of <1.0 but at the consumer level, VA and IPS are basically the same. IPS is generally faster for gaming and movies which is why it seems more popular than VA, but VA has much deeper blacks and therefore better contrast ratios 3-4x better than IPS panels. VA screens sold today are fast enough for all but the twitchiest gamer. If you're buying a 144Hz monitor I'd stick to TN or IPS but all the recent VA panels are perfectly capable of smear-free gaming at 60Hz.
IPS and VA differ in their off-angle behaviour, and with a flat
ultrawide that matters because even if you're sitting directly in front of it, it's so wide that you'll be looking at the edges anything up to 40° off-angle.
Off-angle, most IPS screens lose contrast, because the backlight starts to bleed through, raising the black to a grey. This is even more severe when looking at diagonals so the typical phrase used to describe this effect is "IPS corner glow". You can get more expensive monitors that come with dual polarising filters to reduce this effect, but those monitors are usually double/triple the cost of the entry-level IPS screens so it wrecks their value proposition.
VA is different when viewed off-angle. Generally the contrast is very stable across the screen from all angles, but once you get to about 45° there's a noticeable shift to a different colour and it depends on the subpixel matrix layout. It's usually a yellow or green tinge combined with a drop in saturation of all colours but unlike IPS which exhibits corner glow at relatively low angles, it doesn't seem to kick in for most VA panels until you're way off center, so for someone sitting directly in front of a screen, VA has no colour-shift or contrast drawbacks at all. You're basically deciding between faster pixel changes of IPS or deeper and more uniform black levels of VA. Also, IPS screens can't be built curved. The tightest radius IPS screen I've seen is R3000 (the radius in mm, so that's curvature with a 10ft radius at best, usually R4000 so 13ft instead. VA curved screens usually come in R1800 or R2000, so a much tighter 6ft radius.
The 32" VA Samsung I mentioned actually comes in other monitors too, I think it's good for non-windows/mac work because it has a sensible dpi and lots of console/unix work just utterly fails on high-dpi panels - you want to stick as closely to the expected 96dpi as possible:
- Acer B326HUL
- ASUS PB328Q
- BenQ BL3200PT
- Philips BDM3270
- Samsung S32D850T
To the best of my knowledge, they all use a 2560x1440 AMVA+ panel made by AUO with 3000:1 native contrast ratio and good colour accuracy up to around 45° off-center and a G2G pixel response of 4ms (claimed) 12ms (measured). That means it's going to start smearing at around 80Hz, which is irrelevant since it's a 60Hz panel.
Doctor Venture wrote:
I had contemplated one of those samsung designo's since they have that blue light (or filter), to help reduce eye strain. I'm getting older, and sometimes I work with my home office lights off at night, so I don't disturb the rest of my family, and anything that'll help keep my eyesight from getting worse is always welcome. I'm not about to pay the price Samsung is charging, though.
Ugh, I've used those blue-light filter monitors. They might be good for your eyes, but they look awful because whites are all yellow. Increased risk of macular degeneration when you get older through overexposure to blue light from LEDs is something that still needs a lot of research. There's no "proof" yet and it's in about the same level of hand waving as "mobile phones cause brain tumours". There are lots of people in their elder years who have spent all day, 5 days a week staring at WLED-lit screens and there' still no tangible evidence linking LED light to macular degeneration. There's also no tangible evidence ruling out LED light as a cause of macular degeneration, so I feel it's like getting any other disease - there are minor potential attributing factors, but otherwise it seems mostly genetics or random lifestyle choices. You hear of lifelong 40-a-day smokers living to their 90's and people who are fit and healthy who never smoked dying of lung cancer at 60....