Edit: I've been informed that PCPer saying "I wouldn't be surprised to see that this FPGA alone makes up $500 of the final price point of these new displays, let alone the costly DDR4 memory" is speculation alone. The module might have been cheaper, but I can't confirm any of that. For now, we're going by PCPer's word.
NVIDIA is set to raise the bar so high on enthusiast gaming that it will be years before AMD can catch up, with their new 27-inch 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync displays right around the corner. But why is there such a high cost behind them? That would be thanks to a new G-Sync module.
Inside of the new ASUS and Acer 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming panels is a revised NVIDIA G-Sync module that costs $500 on its own, yes... $500 on its own. The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 monitors have a $500 premium on them because of the new NVIDIA G-Sync module, but it's for good reason - running 3840 x 2160 at 144FPS is mind blowing. It's almost unbelievable that they're here all of the sudden, because driving that many pixels isn't easy.
Inside of the new ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is an Intel Altera Arria 10 GX 480 FPGA module with 3GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, and costs $2000 on its own. NVIDIA is buying them in bulk for the new ASUS and Acer 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync displays, so they are paying $500 or so per G-Sync module.
I guess it would make sense: 4K panels are made most likely in orders of magnitudes greater than 1440p panels, but there are now new reports state we could be looking at 4K panels inside of our 1440p monitors.
German website Prad.de reports that it's cheaper to make a 27-inch 3840 x 2160 panel than it is for a 27-inch 2560 x 1440 panel, and because of this some companies have been using 4K panels inside of their 1440p monitors. Monitor manufacturers reportedly do this when panel supplies are low, or when monitor demand spikes.
If we're buying 1440p monitors that use 4K panels, can't we just increase the resolution and enjoy? Nope. The panel firmware will be flashed to a native 2560 x 1440 resolution. Some eagle-eyed monitor owners might notice if their 1440p monitor uses a 4K panel, where sharpness is lower, something that displays itself in on-screen text.
Computex 2018 - ASUS had more products being shown off, unveiled and teased at this year's Computex than ever before... including their new ROG Swift PG65.
NVIDIA is behind the new push for living room dominance with their Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) with the huge 65-inch panel rocking the glorious 4K resolution and even more glorious 120Hz refresh rate, with ultra-low latency thrown into the mix and an NVIDIA Shield built into the TV.
Funnily enough, Destiny 2 is the only game being shown off on it... so I need to spend some time with Overwatch, PUBG, and other games before I can pass judgement on it - until then... droooooool.
Acer has its Predator X27 gaming monitor up for pre-order for $1999, and now ASUS has joined the 4K 144Hz fray with pre-orders opening up for their upcoming ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is a 27-inch 4K monitor with the glorious 144Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-Sync technology, and DisplayHDR 1000 certification. ASUS uses the same AU Optronics panel, and is the first monitor of its kind to feature DisplayHDR 1000 certification, which provides true HDR support and full certification in terms of quality.
ASUS will have its native 3840 x 2160 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, G-Sync technology, 1000cd/m2 peak brightness, LED backlight that dynamically controls 384 zones, and factory color calibration. ASUS also has 99% of the Adobe RGB coverage, and 97% DCI-P3. ASUS uses Quantum Dot like technology, life-like luminance, and cool light effects that are projected onto the desktop itself, all with an adjustable stand.
ASUS is giving away its best gaming monitor ever made, with the company making it super simple to win the ROG Swift PG27UQ, the new 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitor that you'll cry tears of joy over.
All you have to do is sign into their website with your social media account (Facebook or Twitter) and then create a post about why you need a ROG Swift PG27UQ using the #ROGSWIFTPG27UQ hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. ASUS makes it easy by letting you upload text, images, or video that then needs to be uploaded to their campaign page for you to be in the draw to win the insane ROG Swift PG27UQ.
There are plenty of other ASUS gaming goodies being given away, with the top prize requiring 10,000 participants to unlock the ROG Swift PG27UQ. There are lucky draw prizes that are kick ass on their own, such as the ASUS Strix Flare gaming keyboard, Gladius gaming mouse and Fusion 500 gaming headset.
Computex 2018 is right around the corner, and now we know what will be the big show off in the future of gaming monitors: NVIDIA's upcoming 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming displays.
Acer's upcoming Predator X27 gaming monitor is now on pre-order at Newegg, where it will cost a hefty $1999. What exactly do you get for $1999? Acer's new Predator X27 is a 27-inch 4K 144Hz monitor with both HDR and G-Sync technology slapped on top. ASUS is using an AU Optronics IPS panel with Quantum Dot technology and 384 LED backlighting zones, so it'll look freaking beautiful as well as buttery smooth at 144Hz.
The problem here is that you'll need to be able to not just run your games at 4K, but you'll need to pump it out at 144FPS to truly enjoy the Acer Predator X27, and any other 4K 144Hz monitor. It will instantly become the hottest gaming monitor on the market when it arrives, which isn't too far away: June 1.
Samsung is going to dominate the monitor market once again this year, with a brief tease of a new 49-inch 5120x1440 display with a refresh rate of 120Hz... but what about 4K?
We're already expecting both ASUS and Acer to release 4K 120Hz gaming displays in the coming months, but from what we've seen and heard so far they'll be relatively small at just 27 inches. Samsung's purported 4K 120Hz gaming display is a much larger 31.5-inch panel, which is suited to 3840x2160 much better than can-you-even-see-it 27 inches at 4K.
Samsung won't be the first with a 4K 120Hz monitor, as that will go to Wasabi Mango and the UHD430 which is a gloriously huge 43-inch 4K 120Hz monitor that currently sells on eBay for $1399. I'd expect Samsung's 31.5-inch 4K 120Hz monitor to be more expensive, but we won't know exact pricing until next month where I'm sure the company will show it off during Computex 2018 with an expected July 2018 release.
Samsung is making what could be one of the beastiest gaming displays ever made, with TFT Central reporting that the company is doubling down on UltraWide monitors, powering them with their own Quantum Dot technology.
We should expect Samsung to unveil a new 49-inch 1800R-curved 32:9 display with a resolution that will massage your retinas at 5120x1440, with a 120Hz refresh rate to match. Samsung already dominates the super-ultra-wide market with their 49-inch CHG90 (which I'm using right this very moment) but the native 3840x1080 is a let down, especially when compared to the 5120x1440 which has 77% more pixels.
Samsung is reportedly also working on a 43.4-inch panel with a native 3840x1200 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, while 3440x1440 displays will be bumped up to 144Hz in the very near future.
Microsoft has just announced its new Surface Hub 2, something that will launch next year for companies, educational users, and board meeting use.
The new Surface Hub 2 has secret insides for now, with the previous-gen unit packing an Intel Core i7 in the huge 84-inch version, while the 55-inch Surface Hub was powered by a Core i5 processor. The new Surface Hub 2 only comes in a 50.5-inch variant, with an unknown processor at this point.
Microsoft is keeping the 3840 x 2160 native resolution, with its camera also shooting 4K as well. The big selling point here is that the new Surface Hub 2 rocks an awesome hinge that will let people move it into landscape or portrait, depending on their needs. As for pricing, Microsoft has decided to keep Surface Hub 2 real cheap with it selling for $5000 or so, down from the holy-crap price of $22,000 for the original Surface Hub.
Another cool feature of the improved Surface Hub 2 is that you can join a bunch of them together, turning them into a super-powered display with each of them rocking 4K.
The holy grail of gaming monitors would definitely have to be 4K 120Hz and while the closest we've got officially is the tease of 4K 144Hz G-Sync monitors from NVIDIA, ASUS, and Acer... it looks like it has early competition from Wasabi Mango.
Wasabi Mango is a Korean display manufacturer that have released their new UHD430 monitor that has a native 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The monitor requires dual DP 1.4 ports to hit 4K at 120Hz, buti you'll also get HDR goodness for that as well. There are also 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 x Toslink optical audio output, and a USB port.
The delicious Wasabi Mango UHD430 is available on eBay right now for $1399.