IFA 2018 was all about 8K televisions with LG showing off their latest and greatest 88-inch 8K OLED TV at the show, as well as AU Optronics teasing an even better TV: 85-inch 8K 120Hz HDR... which would be mind blowing for gamers from the future.
Samsung didn't want to feel left out with the South Korean giant unveiling their first 8K QLED TV that is coming soon, with the Q900FN and its minimalistic design and great built-in features. It will sport the gorgeously detailed 7680x4320 native resolution but it'll also pack something interesting: AI upscaling. Samsung says that the 8K QLED will feature 4000 nits of peak brightness, HDR10+ and can optimize content on-the-fly.
The new Q900FN will feature a single optical cable that will take care of the power and video inputs, with Samsung throwing in ambient mode that will see the 8K TV blend into your wall. It can be a super-detailed wallpaper that will display photos, the weather, and current news all in 8K. Right now there's no ETA on the 8K QLED, but I'm sure we'll either hear or see more about it at CES 2019 which is creeping up reaaal fast.
LG just unveiled their huge 88-inch 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018 but AUO has trumped the South Korean giant with its own larger-than-life TV, with a huge 85-inch 8K 120Hz HDR TV. Yes you read that right... an 8K TV with a super-fast 120Hz refresh rate.
AU Optronics' new 85-inch 8K 120Hz HDR panel uses Quantum Dot technology which will provide a beautifully wide color gamut, 1200 nits peak luminance for a super-bright image (with HDR10 in tow) and a borderless panel that would be perfect for a triple 8K 120Hz HDR rig, right? Even two of NVIDIA's new Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards in NVLink wouldn't handle 8K 120Hz.
Even now I'm benchmarking GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp in SLI at 8K and can't hit 60FPS most of the time on medium detail, let alone ultra detail or with some form of AA (maybe NVIDIA's new DLSS technology), let alone at 120 freaking frames per second. AUO, you've just become my new hero of the TV market, I need this 85-inch 8K 120Hz HDR TV in my life, stat.
As someone who personally owns an 8K monitor (the Dell UP3218K) I can see the constant strive towards more and more pixels, with a huge difference in quality and sharpness between 4K and 8K (400% more pixels).
Now LG has teased the world's first 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018, rocking a native resolution of 7680x4320 and boasting over 33 million pixels. Brian Kwon, the president of LG Home Entertainment Company explains: "LG's first 8K OLED TV is the result of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology. 4K OLED has played a role in reshaping the TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same".
The 8K display and TV market are miniscule compared to 1080p and 4K, but LG is expecting the 8K TV market to pass 5 million units by 2022. The company said: "While the 8K TV market is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022 and LG is committed to leading the ultra-premium market with its 8K OLED TV technology". In regards to OLED technology, LG explains: "with OLED TV shipments in the market expected to double in 2018 and reach over nine million units by 2022, LG will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and drive large scale consumer adoption of OLED TVs".
NVIDIA had one of the more exciting products of the year with its Big Format Gaming Displays, but the company has now delayed the upcoming BFGDs according to HW.info and sources of theirs in the form of hardware partners during Gamescom 2018 last week. BFGDs are reportedly now expected to drop in Q1 2019 which is still a few months away.
As for the price, the 65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync BFGDs should be priced somewhere in the 4000-5000 EUR range which means we can expect a massive $4500-$6000. There's no exact pricing from NVIDIA or their monitor/TV partners on BFGD pricing, but that is very, very expensive.
However, a 65-inch 4K 120Hz panel wouldn't be cheap as all over 4K panels are maxing out at 60Hz. NVIDIA's upcoming Big Format Gaming Displays also feature a built-in NVIDIA Shield as well, but they're only worth a couple of hundred. The 4K 120Hz panel wouldn't be cheap, and I would say that the G-Sync module would be adding quite a lot to that price, it jacks the price of the new 27-inch 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync panels up by a reported $500... so I imagine a huge first-of-its-kind TV would only see that cost skyrocket.
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.