I recently transitioned from 2x Samsung 32HG70 monitors (144hz max) to a pair of Gigabyte FI32Q’s (max 165hz; 170 hz OC). The transition was staggered as the one Samsung monitor that died (internal PSU blew) back in Dec was replaced under “in-store” product replacement warranty by my 1st FI32Q… and I opted to get the second FI32Q a few weeks ago after I noticed my last Samsung had some video corruption (after being turned off for a while) that disappeared after it had “warmed up”.
Point being, I retained using 144hz during the transition as it was what I was used to using, and I like to run things at the same speed for consistency. However, after replacing the last Samsung, I recalled a video review of the FI32Q’s where they mentioned “to reduce ghosting, set Overdrive= ‘picture quality’ at 120hz and lower, or Overdrive=‘balanced’ at 165hz and up”… so I thought now was a great time to move from 144hz to 165hz now that I had 2 monitors capable of it.
Almost right away, I noticed something wasn’t quite right with the desktop… it was as if the text (with shadow effect) of the desktop icons had a bit of a blur effect happening that almost created a bit of a bar or smear equal to the text height… and it wasn’t all the desktop icons, only certain ones.
The second way I noticed the issue was in a window mode “idle” game once I switched to it’s chat… the mainly brown text there had a bit of a blue-ish sheen that was sporatic… and changed as I moved the window of the game around… or remained stationary but appeared to move as I dragged the text away?
This issue completely resolves if I transition back to 144hz… but I’d like to hit 165hz if I can.
What I think I’ve figured out is that my (2-3MB JPG) wallpaper photos (different between the monitors) are somehow being overlayed with the text/shadow… like when your in an image program and add a layer that you blend (additive, XOR, etc) with base image. And I think the reason for the “intermittent” smears was that my wallpapers have different images incorporating the sky during the day or at dusk, with different amounts of cloud colour… so I think the overlay was either hidden/visible based on the background colour.
Things I’ve tried to troubleshoot are:
- swapping cables between the monitors (initially I thought only one F132Q had the issue, but learned it actually affects both)
- trying new monitor cables
- compositor enabled and disabled
xrandrto switch between Tearfree ‘auto’ (default) and ‘on’
- Kernel 5.15.26 and 5.16.14
Has anyone else experienced an issue like this, and come up with a solution? Part of me is thinking that there may be a setting cached somewhere (xorg/x11?) since I was @ 144hz for so long… but that’s just a guess.
Or maybe there is an extra step/setting I’m not aware of that required beyond 144hz?
System: Kernel: 5.15.28-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0 parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64 root=UUID=5d67a7c6-6cdf-446d-92f6-b7be1f0fb13d rw apparmor=1 security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 sysrq_always_enabled=1 Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.3 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: Micro-Star model: MEG X570 UNIFY (MS-7C35) v: 2.0 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: A.90 date: 05/17/2021 CPU: Info: model: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 3 family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x21 (33) stepping: 0 microcode: 0xA201009 Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache: L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 3 MiB desc: 6x512 KiB L3: 32 MiB desc: 1x32 MiB Speed (MHz): avg: 2678 high: 3465 min/max: 2200/4650 boost: enabled scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2413 2: 2869 3: 2398 4: 2599 5: 2874 6: 2346 7: 3465 8: 2791 9: 2879 10: 2238 11: 2391 12: 2880 bogomips: 88836 Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected Type: l1tf status: Not affected Type: mds status: Not affected Type: meltdown status: Not affected Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: always-on, RSB filling Type: srbds status: Not affected Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected Graphics: Device-1: AMD Navi 21 [Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT / 6900 XT] vendor: XFX Speedster MERC 319 driver: amdgpu v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: DP-1,DP-2 empty: DP-3,HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 2f:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:73bf class-ID: 0300 Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 188.8.131.52 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0 screens: 1 Screen-1: 0 s-res: 5120x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1354x381mm (53.31x15.00") s-diag: 1407mm (55.38") Monitor-1: DP-1 mapped: DisplayPort-0 pos: primary,right model: Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q serial: <filter> built: 2021 res: 2560x1440 dpi: 93 gamma: 1.2 size: 698x392mm (27.48x15.43") diag: 801mm (31.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400 Monitor-2: DP-2 mapped: DisplayPort-1 pos: primary,left model: Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q serial: <filter> built: 2021 res: 2560x1440 dpi: 93 gamma: 1.2 size: 698x392mm (27.48x15.43") diag: 801mm (31.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400 OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (SIENNA_CICHLID DRM 3.42.0 5.15.28-1-MANJARO LLVM 13.0.1) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.3.7 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: AMD Navi 21 HDMI Audio [Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT / 6900 XT] driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 2f:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:ab28 class-ID: 0403 Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 31:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487 class-ID: 0403 Device-3: Corsair VIRTUOSO SE USB Gaming Headset type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 3-4:3 chip-ID: 1b1c:0a3d class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter> Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.28-1-MANJARO running: yes Sound Server-2: sndio v: N/A running: no Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8125 2.5GbE vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: f000 bus-ID: 27:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8125 class-ID: 0200 IF: enp39s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Bluetooth: Device-1: Intel AX200 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-4:2 chip-ID: 8087:0029 class-ID: e001 Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: see --recommends RAID: Supported mdraid levels: raid1 Device-1: md0 maj-min: 9:0 type: mdraid level: mirror status: active size: 16.37 TiB Info: report: 2/2 UU blocks: 17578189824 chunk-size: N/A super-blocks: 1.2 Components: Online: 0: sda1 maj-min: 8:1 size: 16.37 TiB 1: sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 16.37 TiB Device-2: md127 maj-min: 9:127 type: mdraid level: mirror status: active size: 7.28 TiB Info: report: 2/2 UU blocks: 7813893120 chunk-size: N/A super-blocks: 1.2 Components: Online: 0: sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 size: 7.28 TiB 1: sdd1 maj-min: 8:49 size: 7.28 TiB Drives: Local Storage: total: raw: 51.85 TiB usable: 28.2 TiB used: 15.74 TiB (55.8%) SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital model: WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 613200WD temp: 38.9 C scheme: GPT ID-2: /dev/nvme1n1 maj-min: 259:5 vendor: Western Digital model: WDS100T3X0C-00SJG0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 102000WD temp: 35.9 C scheme: GPT ID-3: /dev/nvme2n1 maj-min: 259:1 vendor: Western Digital model: WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 613200WD temp: 40.9 C scheme: GPT ID-4: /dev/nvme3n1 maj-min: 259:7 vendor: Western Digital model: WDS200T2B0C-00PXH0 size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 21705000 temp: 30.9 C scheme: GPT ID-5: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Seagate model: ST18000NE000-2YY101 size: 16.37 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: EN01 scheme: GPT ID-6: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST18000NE000-2YY101 size: 16.37 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: EN01 scheme: GPT ID-7: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EFAX-68KNBN0 size: 7.28 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 0A81 scheme: GPT ID-8: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EFAX-68KNBN0 size: 7.28 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 0A81 scheme: GPT Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 931.22 GiB size: 915.53 GiB (98.32%) used: 487.37 GiB (53.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme2n1p2 maj-min: 259:4 ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) used: 288 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme2n1p1 maj-min: 259:3 Swap: Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache-pressure: 75 (default 100) ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 38 GiB used: 1.8 MiB (0.0%) priority: -2 file: /swapfile Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 33.0 C mobo: 31.0 C gpu: amdgpu temp: 51.0 C mem: 48.0 C Fan Speeds (RPM): fan-1: 1341 fan-2: 1217 fan-3: 1194 fan-4: 1156 fan-5: 1171 fan-6: 1237 fan-7: 3488 gpu: amdgpu fan: 0 Info: Processes: 375 Uptime: 15h 2m wakeups: 0 Memory: 31.33 GiB used: 6.19 GiB (19.8%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 clang: 13.0.1 Packages: pacman: 1477 lib: 410 flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.14