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DisplayPort 1.4 is now official, with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) publishing their new DP1.4 standard. DisplayPort 1.4 allows for huge advantages over DP1.3, with higher resolutions and refresh rates supported.
DP1.4 will also make use of USB Type-C and Thunderbolt connectivity, which will allow smaller devices like laptops to make great use of the higher resolutions. DP1.4 includes 32.4GB/sec of bandwidth, which opens the flood gates to 8K @ 60Hz (with HDR Deep Color), and 4K @ 120Hz (with HDR Deep Color) as well as many other technologies. These include:
- Forward Error Correction - FEC, which overlays the DSC 1.2 transport, addresses the transport error resiliency needed for compressed video transport to external displays.
- HDR meta transport - HDR meta transport uses the "secondary data packet" transport inherent in the DisplayPort standard to provide support for the current CTA 861.3 standard, which is useful for DP to HDMI 2.0a protocol conversion, among other examples. It also offers a flexible metadata packet transport to support future dynamic HDR standards.
- Expanded audio transport - This spec extension covers capabilities such as 32 audio channels, 1536kHz sample rate, and inclusion of all known audio formats.
What does this mean for gamers? Well, AMD's upcoming Polaris architecture supports DisplayPort 1.3 - allowing for 8K resolution support at 60FPS, as well as 4K @ 120Hz with HDR enabled (and 4K @ 240Hz). NVIDIA will unveil their new Pascal-based architecture next month at their GPU Technology Conference.
Acer has a number of awesome gaming monitors under their belt, with the 27-inch 4K monitor in the form of the XB280HK, as well as my personal favorite and current workstation and gaming display - the Predator X34 (34-inch 3440x1440 w/NVIDIA G-Sync).
Well, Acer has done it again by unveiling their new Predator XB321HK, a new 32-inch 4K gaming monitor. The new Predator XB321HK features a 32-inch 4K panel with 100% sRGB coverage, 178-degree viewing angles, 10-bit color and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Acer also notes that the Predator XB321HK features 4ms response time, 350 cd/2 maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio.
Acer also has its EyeProtect feature which reduces blue light emissions, and its GameView technology which dynamically adjusts the display to the type of game you're playing. The Acer Predator XB321HK has DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI connectivity as well as a USB 3.0 hub and is priced at $1299.
Samsung has just unveiled its new monitors, with support for AMD's FreeSync over HDMI - which until now, has required DisplayPort connectivity. The new monitors provide FreeSync over HDMI, which allows many more consumers to use their existing HDMI-based devices, and cables.
The company unveiled three new models, all with 1920x1080 native resolutions and 60Hz refresh rates - but with FreeSync over HDMI support. All three models use VA LCD panels, with brightness and contrast of 250 nits and 3000:1, respectively. The three new models unveiled by Samsung are all curved displays, with an 1800R (1800mm radius) curve, which is a pretty big curved compared to 2700R and 3000R curves.
Now, we have the CF591 which is a 27-inch model, the CF390 which arrives in a 23.5-inch, and a 27-inch variant. The differences between the CF591 and CF390 series is that the CF591 includes 117% of the sRGB color space, dual HDMI ports, a DisplayPort port, and built-in 5W speakers. The CF390 series only offers HDMI and VGA connectivity.
As for availability and pricing, Samsung will launch the monitors this month in the US, Europe and Asian markets - with other markets to follow in April. No pricing is available just yet.
The star, of course, is the XG-2700-4K, a 27" 2160P, UHD, monitor that packs FreeSync compatibility with a 60Hz refresh rate. Around back it has a DisplayPort 1.2a connection, mini DP as well as one HDMI 2.0 and 2 HDMI 1.4a inputs FreeSync is only supported via DisplayPort, but with the announcement of FreeSync over HDMI, it's possible to provide that functionality with a firmware update. Beyond that, ViewSonic has their SmartSync technology that seems to a platform agnostic, scalar-integrated, method of keeping the best refresh rate based on what's being input. It does sound a lot like AdaptiveSync, however.
The panel they're using is what they've termed a SuperClear IPS panel that has a light anti-glare coating on top. It's likely an 8-bit + FRC LG panel. Input lag is supposedly very low allowing for the FreeSync to have a much more pronounced effect, even with it "only" being 60Hz. ViewSonic is also touting their Black level stabilization technology, which controls the contrast and makes darker scenes more easily visible. And what else is there?
LG has been teasing its Super Bowl 2016 ad, but we now have the full thing to check out - starring none other than Taken star Liam Neeson. Check it out, below:
Neeson stars as a "man from the future", saying that he has knowledge of a world that is completely dominated by OLED screens. The ad was produced by Hollywood director Ridley Scott, and directed by his son Jake Scott. LG is expected to push their new Signature range of 4K OLED TVs during the Super Bowl, something we saw at CES 2016 and promptly had our jaws on the floor over. If you're in the market for a new TV and can afford it, LG has the best TVs money can buy.
I'm a huge UltraWide enthusiast, so when I read news that Samsung will be releasing not one, but two 3440x1440 displays this year - my interest is piqued. More so, when I hear that both of the displays will be powered by the beautifully smooth 144Hz refresh rate. Awww yeah.
3440x1440 @ 144Hz isn't easy, as DisplayPort 1.2 can't handle the bandwidth - which is where DisplayPort 1.3 steps in, as DP 1.3 an handle 3440x1440 at all the way up to 195Hz, and even 4K @ 120Hz and 1080p @ 240Hz. Both of Samsung's new 3440x1440 @ 144Hz monitors will be VA panels, but other than that we don't know what else to expect. We should see NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync technology gracing these screens, which could be the reason why there's two of them in development.
As soon we hear more, you'll be the first to know.
When you think of gaming monitors, ASUS would be a brand that lights up like a neon sign in your head. Well, it should come as no surprise that ASUS holds a huge 40% of the gaming monitor market worldwide.
The news is coming from unnamed supply chain sources talking with DigiTimes, with the source estimating that worldwide monitor shipments hit 800,000+ units in 2015. Out of these 800,000+ units, ASUS accounted for 40% of them, with strong sales throughout the United States, Europe and Taiwan.
ASUS makes some incredible gaming monitors, with the ROG Swift PG279Q being the latest example. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q rocks a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, but cranks along at 165Hz with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology backing it up. It all started with the original ROG Swift PG278Q, which had the same QHD panel, but 'only' 144Hz. This year, we can expect the new ROG Swift PG348Q - a new 34-inch UltraWide monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution, 100Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-Sync technology, later this year.
LG is pushing its incredible OLED TVs as we steamroll into 2016, with a tease of its upcoming "The Future is Here" commercial for Super Bowl 50, starring Taken star Liam Neeson.
In the commercial, Neeson stars as the "Man from the Future" in LG's first-ever Big Game commercial, with LG to soon tease more behind the scenes bits and pieces, and new trailers before the Big Show next month. LG is also giving away a huge grand prize on February 7, so make sure you enter the #OLEDisHere sweepstakes - which you can do, here.
ASUS is making a smaller, cheaper version of its ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync display. It doesn't even have a product number or full specs yet, but we can say it will be 1080p and 24'' (as opposed to 2560 x 1440 resolution and 27''), and sports a fast response rate TN panel. And while it will, on the whole, be a downgrade, the refresh rate should be higher. Currently, it's employing a 144Hz refresh rate, but ASUS says it wants the release model to go to 165Hz.
The new model should launch sometime this year. We'll keep you posted on the final specs and price.
I've had a couple of months attached to my 65-inch 4K OLED TV from LG, and I just cannot look at another TV without noticing how much ass OLED kicks in comparison. Well, LG has a new advertisement for OLED, showcasing the northern lights in Iceland.
One night back in 2006, the people of Reykjavik, Iceland turned off their lights. Once they were off, darkness took over the city, and something amazing happened - you could see the beautiful colors of the northern lights. The depth of the darkness was the key to the colors looking so vivid, and it's a perfect way to advertise OLED technology. LG is quite smart in using this example, as it really is like that when you look at an OLED TV.
Just wait until the HDR-enabled 4K OLED TVs begin rolling out later this year, as we were left with our jaws on the floor in LG's suite at CES 2016 earlier this month.