I recently bought this monitor and am trying to figure out what the best calibration is.
I'd like to play my games in HDR (when possible) but noticed that (at least out of the box) the screen looks grayish and washed out when set to HDR mode in Windows 10.
I've tinkered with NVIDIA control settings and got it somewhat decent, but it is still not great.
My current settings are :
Brightness 50 %
Digital Vibrance 70%
Hue 0 degrees
I've read that Windows 10 HDR settings still don't work well and may want to consider going back to SDR.
Can anyone give me tips to make the screen look the best it can be?
Thank you for replying.I actually don't have the 144Hz function enabled. As you said, it prevents G-Sync and HDR. So now I am running at 3840*2160 (native) at 120Hz. I have turned on the HDR function on the monitor and also in Windows display setting. By default, it looked grayish and washed out a bit. I read about changing the NVIDIA control panel settings. (running a RTX 2080 Super). I've been tinkering with the settings above, but even though the screen is vibrant, the dark colors are not dark at all. I guess I've never really changed the default settings in Nvidia before as my previous monitors didn't really require it. I know it's in the eye of the beholder, but what would you recommend that the settings should be in overall? Should I go to 144Hz and disregard HDR and G-Sync?
Thank you TSMichaelBThat makes sense, even though it sounds ridiculous on Microsoft's end. You'd figure that they'd find a solution for that. I will keep HDR turned off in Windows unless I will view HDR content. I guess games nowadays have settings to turn HDR on within games. You're absolutely right about the ambient lighting. My computer is near a large window, which the sunlight would directly beam in the mornings. I like your idea to make a few profiles. Looks like this monitor can save these profiles. I'll give that a shot.I went to the Micro center store today and asked them about color calibration. They stated I should buy this color calibrator and download software for it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055MBQOW?tag=georiot-us-default-20&th=1&psc=1&ascsubtag=dcw-us-6106266316775397000-20#ace-6003953244I don't know if it is worth to buy this unless one is a graphic designer or something. Wonder if there is an easier way. I will check out the RTINGS site you provided.Thanks again for your input.
The settings I posted were through the NVIDIA control panel
@BrutalBipedal Should be under color in the OSD.You can find the manual here: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support-product/8138?b=1Also, Acer does provide a color calibration tool. This is really for desktop apps, but I'll link it: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/color-calibrator
User mode (monitor) Black Boost= 1 Gamma 2.2 Normal Brightness 100
HDR 1000 mode (monitor and Windows) SDR/HDR brightness balance 50
Some games DO NOT enable HDR in-game
FYI this is preference, but if you want to get rid of the black smears etc you need to be close to the displays native refresh rate (120). Trust me, it took a while for me to get that 60fps does not necessarily mean smooth, crisp graphics. If you get a lot of smearing, ghosting etc, do what I have done and set the monitor at 1440p. At least for games. The smoothness trumps any extra detail you see when standing still. I have been using it as 1440p only for desktop as well and its nice not having to scale anything.
Want to see something cool? Set Nvidia settings to default (50, 50, 1, 50). Put monitor in STANDARD mode and change the COLOR SPACE to DCI.
The most decent HDR settings I have found so far are:
HDR 1000 mode, HDR on in Windows, SDR/HDR brightness balance 100.
Make sure when playing a game that you are in true FULLSCREEN mode (NOTE a lot of times if you ctrl alt del out and switch back to the game it switches out of FULLSCREEN mode, and sometimes it still says FULLSCREEN in the game options.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I feel when you pay good money for a monitor you shouldn't have to settle and anything I can do to help someone else like me who isn't an expert but knows it doesn't look right as is. This monitor is DEFINITELY for the enthusiast. There are many ways to make it look decent. My latest SDR settings are the closest to looking correct :
Monitor HDR 1000 mode, NO HDR mode in windows
NVIDIA set to B50 C77 G1.0 DV50
Monitor Brightness 100
NO HDR mode in windows
NVIDIA set to B50 C77 G1.0 DV50 (note NOT reference mode)
Monitor USER mode (can save as different modes later)
Monitor Brightness 100 (or to taste)
Monitor Contrast 50
Monitor Black Boost 5
Monitor Color Normal to taste
Monitor Gamma 2.2
NOTE: Sometimes Nvidia color profile switches to windows default and you have to check Override to desktop reference, then uncheck it, then apply to get the colors to go back right.
Anyway good luck to all! Hopefully my next post about a monitor will be about a slightly smaller OLED (though the 43" has grown on me)
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