Introduction, Quick Specs, and Availability & Price
In nearly all of my display reviews, I state that I'm a huge resolution and refresh rate fanatic, and it's true. But since the introduction of UltraWide monitors, I've yearned for one with a high enough refresh rate that I would use it as my daily driver and gaming monitor - instead of needing an UltraWide for work, and high refresh rate monitor for gaming.
Well, Acer is a huge step closer to that with the introduction of the Predator X34. Acer's new Predator X34 is backed by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, with the display rocking the usual 34-inch curved UltraWide panel with a native resolution of 3440x1440 and 75Hz refresh rate. But, and this is a big but - the Predator X34 can be 'overclocked' to 100Hz. Yes, 100Hz. Add that together with G-Sync, and we have a truly delicious UltraWide gaming monitor on our hands.
It wasn't too long ago that we were looking at the Acer XR341CK, which is nearly the same monitor but with AMD's FreeSync technology and a refresh rate of 75Hz. But the Predator X34 is that step above, and that's what we're here to see - can it top what Acer started with the XR341CK? Yes, yes it can.
The Acer Predator X34 features a curved 34-inch IPS panel with a native resolution of 3440x1440, rocking an aspect ratio of 21:9. Included is NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, which drives the panel at 75Hz, but it can be run at 100Hz in an 'overdrive' mode through 'overclocking' the LCD.
To run 3440x1440 at 100Hz, you're going to need a baller GPU setup - so I'd recommend a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X as a minimum, or GTX 970s in SLI. Of course, you can run less powerful GPUs, but you'll be turning details down in most games at this resolution if you want to maintain 100FPS or so.
Availability & Price
The Acer Predator X34 is $1290 on Amazon right now, but it's sold out. I wonder why. Oh, that's because it kicks ass. Unfortunately at the time of writing it's a bit hard to purchase, but there will be more stock coming very soon.
Packaging & Detailed Look
The box for the Predator X34 is slick as hell, from every single angle.
The front of the box.
The rear of the box, with a tease of the side of it, too.
On top of the box, we find out what the Predator X34 is capable of, including NVIDIA's G-Sync.
The side of the box has great handles, sturdy as hell for carrying it long distances, or to and from LAN parties.
Now, onto the monitor itself.
While the XR341CK looked great, the Predator X34 just looks insanely PC Master Race worthy. The Predator branding is front and center, showing Acer is serious about its gaming brand.
Around back, we have the various IO ports and the cable management hole that is colored red.
To the right, we have a Kensington lock port, USB 3.0 host port, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports.
On the left, we have DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity.
In the middle, the AC power port and headphone jack.
The aforementioned cable management hole, colored in lipstick red (I guess?).
Test System Configuration
For our monitor reviews, we're using a different PC to our VGA benching PC. We're using the latest Skylake-powered Core i7-6700K processor mixed with a GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard. We've got a bunch of Kingston and be quiet! hardware inside of the system too, with a kick-ass M.2-based SSD and super-quiet cooler and case rounding out an awesome gaming PC. The perfect system to test monitors on.
Anthony's Monitor Review Test System Specifications
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The Bottom Line: The new king of UltraWide gaming monitors, the Acer Predator X34. 3440x1440 + G-Sync + 100Hz refresh rate = absolutely amazing. Do not hesitate, just buy it!
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