CES 2016: ViewSonic isn’t the first name you would associate with premium gaming monitors as their focus tends to remain on the mainstream market. However, this year, the company is launching a total of 8 new displays which target various price points. The most interesting models are the XG2401, XG2700-4K and XG2703-GS. The XG2401 features a 24-inch, 1920×1080 TN panel with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology. Priced at $404, this is a great choice for competitive gaming at 1080P, although competition in this field is quite fierce.
In contrast to this, the XG2700-4K is targeted more towards single player gamers wanting a 27-inch 3840×2160 panel with 178-degree viewing angles and superior colours via an IPS panel. The compromise to this is a 60Hz refresh rate, although FreeSync should help in this regard. In terms of pricing, the monitor will go on sale in late January for $913.
Finally, ViewSonic’s flagship product contains a 2560×1440 resolution, IPS panel and whopping 165Hz refresh rate. Not only that, the monitor supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync which many perceive as technically superior to AMD’s alternative in certain usage scenarios. As expected, this high-end specification comes at a fairly eye-watering price of $1217 and scheduled for a March release. In an interview with ViewSonic’s technical lead, I asked about the possibility of any 21:9 monitors entering their product range. Sadly, this doesn’t seem likely for some time due to the focus on making 16:9 displays and catering to a wider audience.
What’s the maximum you would pay for a gaming monitor?
NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology synchronizes a display’s refresh rate with an NVIDIA-powered graphics card to eliminate screen tearing and stutter caused by V-Sync. As you might expect, this is exclusive to NVIDIA GPUs and implemented in a proprietary manner. In contrast to this, AMD’s FreeSync employs an open standard and results in significantly cheaper pricing. For example, according to AMD’s press marketing, the average FreeSync monitor costs $617.93 while the competing solution retails at an average of $781. Furthermore, AMD has 7 partners supporting their variable refresh technology, while NVIDIA is lagging behind with just 5!
The documentation also outlines other intriguing statistics including panel type, quantity of displays on the market and unique selling points. Although some critics argue that the G-Sync system is superior and allows for a wider range. Here we can see the growth rate of FreeSync compared to G-Sync and main differences. In an ideal world, I’d like to see NVIDIA drop their proprietary variable refresh technology and work together with AMD to provide a single solution which puts the consumer first. Sadly, I can’t see this happening unless sales of G-Sync monitors hit rock bottom. This is very unlikely given the popularity of the ASUS ROG Swift.
Do you think NVIDIA’s G-Sync is worth the premium?
I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.
If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, but the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.
Today we have the gaming orientated AOC G2460PG G-Sync enabled monitor. One of the cheapest G-Sync enabled monitors on the market at approximately £300. While this still isn’t cheap, you have to pay for the quality and performance that G-Sync will bring to your gaming experience. This monitor packs in a great feature set, with an ultra low 1ms response time, 144Hz and a huge 80m:1 contrast ratio. This monitor also features Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which drastically reduces the blur on screen which can occur in some face paced games such as the racing genre. I will not be testing this feature as it can only be activated with G-Sync off.
Packaging and Features
The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.
AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker-free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.
Florida-based PC manufacturer Origin has built a laptop set to make the eyes of even the most ardent desktop gamer water; the EON17-SLX packs in either a single desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card or two 8GB GTX 980M cards in SLI, an Intel Core i7 processor, and 32GB of RAM [4 x 8GB DDR4-2133 sticks) into its compact case. Origin also promises that, in future, a 64GB (2400MHz) model will be available.
The customisable laptop can be seriously overpowered by integrating an Intel Core i7 6700K Quad-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz TurboBoost) and Dual 8GB NVIDIA GTX 980M with G-SYNC in SLI, and then taking advantage of Origin’s professional graphics card and processor overclocking service.
The EON17-SLX comes with a 17.3-inch IPS true 1080p, 16:9 display which utilises NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for tear-free gaming and support for up to three displays simultaneously.
Despite being packed to the gills, there is also space for two 2.5-inch HDD or SSD drives, plus two SATA m.2 SSDs, both of which can be configured into a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array.
As far as connectivity goes, the EON17-SLX offers built-in Dual Killer E2400 gigabit Ethernet, Intel PRO Wireless AC 7265 WiFi, SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 Type-C and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.
NVIDIA’s G-SYNC is a propriety module embedded into select monitors which directly synchronizes game performance with the monitor’s refresh rate. This creates a smooth experience and minimizes the stutter you would typically get from V-Sync. This also eliminates screen tearing and some users argue it’s a more seamless experience than AMD’s FreeSync technology. Evidently panels with G-SYNC incur a hefty price premium which means consumers have high expectations.
Recently, a software bug emerged which results in significant increases in the GPU’s power draw under idle circumstances. Bizarrely, the clock speeds ramp up too, but only at a significant amount on monitors with a 144Hz+ refresh rate. This notion was discussed by Ryan Shrout from PCPer and said:
“But the jump to 144Hz is much more dramatic – idle system power jumps from 76 watts to almost 134 watts – an increase of 57 watts! Monitor power only increased by 1 watt at that transition though. At 165Hz we see another small increase, bringing the system power up to 137.8 watts.”
“When running the monitor at 60Hz, 100Hz and even 120Hz, the GPU clock speed sits comfortably at 135MHz. When we increase from 120Hz to 144Hz though, the GPU clock spikes to 885MHz and stays there, even at the Windows desktop. According to GPU-Z the GPU is running at approximately 30% of the maximum TDP.”
NVIDIA have acknowledged the strange power draw issue and is currently working on a fix to be included in a driver revision. The NVIDIA response reads:
“We checked into the observation you highlighted with the newest 165Hz G-SYNC monitors.
Guess what? You were right! That new monitor (or you) exposed a bug in the way our GPU was managing clocks for GSYNC and very high refresh rates.
As a result of your findings, we are fixing the bug which will lower the operating point of our GPUs back to the same power level for other displays.
We’ll have this fixed in an upcoming driver.”
I’d love to hear from people who own a G-SYNC display. Do you feel the module is worth the added cost when selecting a monitor?
Acer recently unveiled the world’s first 34-inch curved IPS gaming monitor featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. The display utilizes a refresh rate of 60Hz and supports overclocking up to 100Hz to reduce motion blur. Furthermore, the panel’s 178-degree viewing angles and 3440×1440 resolution offers an immersive gaming experience. Other features include an adjustable stand which allows for height and tilt tweaks. The display also is capable of 100 percent sRGB coverage and opts for a brightness of 300 cd/m2. According to Acer America’s product manager, Charlotte Chen:
“We believe the Predator X34 offers one of the smoothest, most thrilling game experiences available today,”
“NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and up to 100Hz overclocking deliver extremely sharp moving pictures, while 14W stereo audio enhanced with DTS Sound enrich gameplay with powerful sound effects.”
In terms of connectivity, the monitor contains two 7W speakers, a HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports. Obviously, you will need to use the DisplayPort for G-Sync and high refresh rates at 3440×1440. The monitor also employs a zero-frame-design to maximize the viewing area. The Predator X34 is now available from leading retailers in the United States and priced at $1299.99.
Acer has officially unveiled the 35-inch 21:9 Z35 Predator gaming monitor which features a curved 2560×1080 VA panel and 144Hz native refresh rate. Apparently, the display is capable of being overlocked up to 200Hz and it’s interesting to see a manufacturer promoting this process. Previously, you had to choose between the remarkable gaming experience via 21:9 or a high refresh rate. Thankfully, Acer is tackling this conundrum head on and trying to produce the ultimate display for high-end gamers. As you might expect, the panel is curved with a rating of 2000R; this is a significant boost on existing curved panels and should offer a more enthralling experience.
Whether curved displays actually have a tangible benefit is still up for discussion, but it’s possible they make the extreme corners easier to see whilst glancing. The Predator Z35 also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and Ultra Low Motion Blur technology to create a seamless, and fluid motion. The panel’s response time is 4ms which is more than adequate for anyone who isn’t a professional gamer. IPS displays are visually rich and offer a better colour reproduction than VA, but can suffer from horrendous backlight bleed and poor response times. Although, recent models such as the Asus FreeSync MG278Q illustrates that IPS panels are becoming more responsive.
The X35 also contains a pair of 9W speakers with DTS sound and Acer’s in-house designed TrueHarmony technology. While, I doubt many people will use the integrated speakers, it’s handy to have them included as a failsafe. The Predator X35’s retail price is $1,199,99 and a significant investment. However, it’s important to remember, how often do you change your monitor? Choosing a high-quality monitor is always worth it in the long run, and should last for many years to come. Although, I don’t think the panel’s resolution offers a good value-for-money proposition. Ideally, any 35-inch screen should opt for a 3440×1440 display. Acer’s QA has received a degree of criticism so perhaps the X35 can restore faith in the company’s hardware.
AMD may win the adaptive refresh format wars based on what Intel is planning to do. Despite being arch rivals in the desktop x86 CPU segment, Intel appears to be backing the VESA Adaptive Sync protocol, more commonly known as AMD’s FreeSync. This could spell trouble for rival Nvidia’s proprietary G-Sync solution. Supporting Adaptive-Sync makes sense for Intel as their iGPUs are still relatively weak and could use the variable refresh rate to support smoother gameplay.
Chief Graphics Software Architect David Blythe noted that Intel was favorable towards standards-based solutions like FreeSync which has been adopted by VESA as Adaptive-Sync. Intel will eventually support Adaptive-Sync with their iGPUs but there is no timeframe yet for when this feature will roll out.
While a source has indicated that current hardware is not capable of Adaptive-Sync, that might still change. Adaptive-Sync is an optional addition to Display Port 1.2a, which Broadwell and Skylake should support. If Intel’s iGPU hardware is capable of supporting Adaptive-Sync, it is possible that a driver update will enable Adaptive-Sync in the future. Of course, if the hardware is lacking as the source says it is, then we will have to wait till after Skylake.
While both Adaptive-Sync and G-Sync require additional hardware for the monitor (frame scaler or GSync module), Adaptive-Sync is generally cheaper to implement and does not require vendor lock-in to Nvidia. Intel does have a commanding position in terms of total GPU market share and even if Intel doesn’t enforce Adaptive-Sync for say, Ultrabooks, it can still be a huge boon for the standard and AMD, potentially forcing Nvidia to support Adaptive-Sync too.
Thank you TechReport for providing us with this information
Acer has expanded its monitor line-up to include a FreeSync version of the XR341CKA. This new model doesn’t require a dedicated G-Sync module and expected to launch in late July with an MSRP of $1,099. In contrast to this, the G-sync variant is rumoured to cost $1,299 and both displays are backed with a 3 year warranty. The XR341CK features a 34-inch QHD (3440×1440) IPS panel on an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio and utilizes a 4ms response time. Thankfully, the screen adopts a subtle curvature which makes reading small details on extreme edges a more natural experience. Furthermore, the display outputs a 75Hz refresh rate and attains 100 percent sRGB coverage. The panel also uses an extremely thin bezel design which helps you to focus on the screen instead of the outer causing. Acer have yet to disclose the specific FreeSync range but I would expect a 25-75Hz ratio which takes advantage of the maximum refresh rate unlike the Asus MG279Q.
The bundled stand evokes a luxurious feel from the aluminum construction and distinctive aesthetic design with ergonomic tilt from 5 to 35 degrees and height adjustments up to 5 inches. In terms of connectivity, you can choose between HDMI v2.0 supporting MHL charging, DisplayPort, miniDisplay Port and DisplayPort out. A 4 port USB 3.0 hub on the rear is useful for connecting flash drives and other miscellaneous devices. Charlotte Chen, product manager of Acer America proudly announced,
“This killer new monitor makes game play incredibly realistic,”
While FreeSync is still in its infancy and has some teething problems, it’s impressive to see monitor prices with adaptive sync being driven down to exemplify how overpriced G-Sync alternatives are. This is a wonderful development for the consumer as there is a large quantity of FreeSync monitors being released from 1920×1080 144hz to 4k 60Hz. In comparison, there are only a few G-Sync models for sale and none which take advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio. Although Asus are planning to release a ROG 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor.
How do you feel about FreeSync vs G-Sync? Would you pay an extra $200 just to use NVIDIA’s implementation?
Computex 2015 – I have to be perfectly honest, I did not personally know of Auros before today. But I wished I did as they make some incredible portable systems that don’t leave many wishes open. Behind the name is a more familiar brand that we all know, and that is Gigabyte.
The systems range from 13-inch to 17-inch screen sizes and come with everything from SLI setups, high-pixel count displays, fast storage, and even with live streaming engines.
Computex 2015 – Late Sunday night, NVIDIA announced the latest in notebook gaming technology. These are the world’s first 4K, G-Sync enabled notebooks; perfect for the gamer on-the-go. These feature a 75hz panel and come equipped with at least a GTX 970m mobile GPU. The panels themselves pass through extreme scrutiny to be able to receive G-Sync certification and hold up to the highest of NVIDIA standards.
We look forward to reviewing these notebooks in the future. We will keep you updated with the rest of the news and events from Computex 2015.
NVIDIA, graphics giant has announced a new range of G-Sync enabled notebooks. This finally brings what desktop users have had to the mobile gaming market.
This might sound bizarre, but enabling G-Sync on notebooks was ‘a doddle’ considering how easy the implementation process is compared to a conventional desktop tower and monitor. The reason being, in a notebook, there is now scaler module. The scaler in traditional monitors is used to allow for different inputs with different input resolutions, i.e. a graphics card could natively want to display at 1080p, but another input source could want to display at 720p. Most users wouldn’t normally consider this as we can change the resolution while in the operating system to whatever we want up to the graphics card or monitor limit.
The panels used will only be those tested specifically by NVIDIA and given a pass mark; these will then be allowed to carry the G-Sync branding. They will always be synchronised due to a direct panel to GPU connection and they will feature a 75Hz refresh rate.
At the time of writing this article, there was only a small range of G-Sync notebooks available and we could see more during Computex. They will all feature at least a GTX 970M and have a resolution of up to 4K.
More information of these notebooks will be made available during Computex from each of the manufacturers.
During a press conference in May, NVIDIA released new information regarding G-Sync. As we all know, G-Sync is the amazing feature that almost all of the NVIDIA graphics card range offers that provides much better visual experience for the player.
NVIDIA only give the G-Sync branding to certain panels that meet the strict quality requirements set by NVIDIA. In a traditional monitor, the GPU has to talk to the monitor through the Scaler which up or downscales the incoming image to a usable resolution and then send that information to the panel. The problem with this is that monitors have a minimum refresh rate, generally around 38-48FPS. If the game is too demanding and the FPS drops below this threshold, the user will notice a visual defect such as stuttering or even ‘artifacting’.
When G-Sync is enabled with a G-Sync monitor, the resolution is fixed to whatever the users sets it to, but the refresh rate is also ‘fixed’ to an acceptable level. This is achieved by the GPU aiming for around double the minimum refresh rate of the monitor; so if any graphic intensive scenes do occur, the panel should still be above the minimum threshold.
When it comes to colours, a traditional monitor works perfectly fine until it comes to a graphical intensive or non-intensive scene. As an example, the colour grey is used. If in a scene, the game requires a change from Grey 1 to Grey 2, the monitor will aim for Grey 3. This will be fine normally, but what if at the same time you need to change the shade, all hell breaks loose and drops the FPS to lower than 30FPS (lower than the monitors refresh rate), you may notice ghosting.
When G-Sync is enabled with variable overdrive, the colour is almost ‘predicted’. Most of the time this works, but even sometimes is can cause minor issues with colour imperfections.
Even when G-Sync is enabled, there is little to no performance penalty.
A new feature explained to us was G-Sync ‘Windowed mode’. Normally G-Sync only worked during full-screen play, but as many MMORPG players will know; you often jump in and out of full-screen or even only play in windowed mode to access how-to guides or similar.
Towards the end of the presentation, a new range of G-Sync monitors was revealed. These are mainly aimed at the 4k resolution market and offering a rarely seen 60Hz refresh rate; now to find a graphics card set up that will deliver the required performance.
There are several big innovations happening in the world of digital displays right now, two of the biggest are curved displays and G-SYNC, so why not go for double the fun and create a monitor that sports both of these technologies! Acer has just announced its new 34″ curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, making it the first monitor in the world to support both a curved display and the impressive G-SYNC technology.
This is great news for gamers as the 21:9 ultra-wide form factor is excellent for providing extra immersion while gaming, G-Sync will provide you with tear-free performance should your frame-rate take a dive and 34-inch of screen real estate will be fantastic for productivity.
The panel supports a 3440×1440 resolution, an IPS panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, 100% of the sRGB colour gamut; so it certainly ticks all the right boxes for a great monitor.
“Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games.”
The monitor will also support a 6-axis colour adjustment, on-screen refresh rate readout, an adjustable stand, DisplayPort and HDMI input, built-in USB 3.0 hub and more. The downside? The monitor will take a chunk of $1299/1399 EUR out of your wallet. The new display is expected to launch in North America in September and Europe in August.
AMD has just updated their drivers to support FreeSync and Sapphire also demonstrated it during CeBIT 2015. This has once again sparked the discussion between the free and open AMD standard and Nvidia’s proprietary G-Sync technology, is Nvidia’s solution worth the extra costs? Forbes recently had an interesting talk with Tom Petersen, Distinguished Engineer at Nvidia, about the situation and why G-Sync is better.
First of all let’s get one thing clear, whether you use G-Sync or FreeSync, you’ll have a far better gaming experience than using none. The improvements are big and you will notice them, but there has to be a reason for the $200-250 premium on the G-Sync and according to Petersen there is.
The interview starts out as many do, someone dodging the actual question by pointing out some flaw in the way it’s asked. This is of course about the premium price on the G-Sync enabled monitors and the result is that people will pay the price if it’s worth it. True but moot as there isn’t any alternative for Nvidia graphics card owners. But okay, lets put that aside for now. It costs what it costs, the purchase is optional.
The reason why Nvidia’s G-Sync is better than AMD’s FreeSync is simply because they can control both sides of the signal, not just the output. There are a lot of different panels on the market and AMD is ‘speaking’ with them on a driver base while Nvidia tunes the module specifically for the monitor it’s built into. FreeSync is running great while operating at the panels sweet spot, but gets in trouble when get gets higher or lower; a problem Petersen says that G-Sync doesn’t have.
Tom Petersen: “There’s also a difference at the high frequency range. AMD really has 3 ranges of operation: in the zone, above the zone, and below the zone. When you’re above the zone they have a feature which I like (you can either leave V-Sync On or V-Sync Off), that we’re going to look at adding because some gamers may prefer that. The problem with high refresh rates is this thing called ghosting. You can actually see it with AMD’s own Windmill Demo or with our Pendulum Demo. Look at the trailing edge of those lines and you’ll see a secondary image following it.”
So the issue lies more in the transition from the high frequencies to the low frequencies of FPS and back again, resulting in both flicker and ghosting – although far from the same extent as without. Another argument for G-Sync is the GPU compatibility ranging all the way back to the GTX 650Ti.
Nvidia paid special attention to dealing with the low end of refresh rates, so as a game transitions from 45fps to 25fps and back during intense game situations, the G-Sync technology module kicks in and helps to deliver a smooth experience, even outside the panels normal area of operation.
The video above is a demonstration of AMD’s FreeSync Windmill demo on different monitors. The stuttering is a result of recording at high speed and it’s the trailing lines or ghosting that one has to pay attention to.
Thanks to Forbes for providing us with this information
A new website, Made to Game, has been launched by NVIDIA to tease its upcoming project, a gaming platform, to be unveiled next week. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang writes on the site, “Please join me for a very special event on March 3rd. More than 5 years in the making, what I want to share with you will redefine the future of gaming.”
Though details of the reveal on Made to Game are scant, the source code of the site contains a hidden message, inviting people to join Huang at the special launch event on 3rd March for the unveiling of “a revolutionary new gaming platform.”
Though the most obvious product would be a gaming platform, NVIDIA’s project could well be a home entertainment system with advanced graphics, or even a virtual reality platform using G-Sync technology. We only have a matter of days to wait to find out.
Acer has announced two new monitors in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the stand-out being the XB270HU which boasts NVIDIA’s G-Sync variable refresh rate technology combines with an IPS panel.
All we know about the XB270HU, beyond the G-Sync and IPS inclusion, is that it is a 27-inch monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution and has an adjustable stand. More information may be forthcoming during CES.
Acer has released more information about the second monitor, though. The XG270HU is, according to the manufacturer, the “world’s first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display.” Like the previous monitor, the XG270HU has a 27-inch, 2560×1440 resolution display, with a 144Hz fixed refresh rate.
The unit also has DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, a flicker-free backlight, a low-glare panel, a blue light filter, and a “low-dimming technology that adjusts screen brightness when working in non-optimal lighting conditions.”
Both displays are due for release in March of this year. Prices for the two monitors have not yet been announced.
Gamers rejoice: Acer are releasing a QHD (2,560×1,440) monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync to compete with the ASUS ROG Swift, currently the only NVIDIA G-Sync capable monitor. The Acer XB270HU is set to be part of the company’s Predator gaming range, which includes a series of “extreme gaming” desktop PCs.
The XB270HU is rumoured to be using an AU Optronics ‘M270Q002’ panel, the same screen plate as the ASUS ROG Swift, so should also feature its rival’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) capacity. The screen also features 16.7 million colours, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, W-LED backlight, 170/160-degree viewing angles, and 250 nits of brightness.
The monitor is set to feature four USB 3.0 ports, full tilt range, height adjustment of up to 150mm, and 100mm x 100mm VESA support included for mounting.
The Acer XB270HU is set for release in early 2015. The price is yet to be announced.
Samsung announced at the AMD Future of Compute event that, as of 2015, every one of their Ultra HD monitors will support AMD’s adaptive frame rate system FreeSync, becoming the first company to officially support the technology. FreeSync works by synchronising the refresh rate of a monitor with that of the graphics card, reducing latency and stuttering on higher resolution displays.
Samsung’s announcement followed the reveal of five new Ultra HD monitors – the UE590, with two variations sized 23.6-inches and 28-inches, and the UE850, available in 23.6-inches, 27-inches, and 31.5-inches – for release in 2015, all of which will support FreeSync. FreeSync was first announced at CES 2014 as AMD’s open and non-proprietary alternative to NVIDIA’s G-Sync, and is supported by all AMD graphics cards with a GCN 1.1 GPU or higher, such as the Radeon R9 290 or Radeon R9 290X.
Today is a great day for gaming fans as Philips have revealed their new premium grade gaming monitor; the 272G5DYEB. The monitor may not have the slickest name ever, but its specifications and features speak for themselves; the new monitor is the latest display to feature Nvidia G-SYNC technology and is backed up with an impressive 144Hz refresh rate to provide ultra smooth performance.
The high refresh rate is a welcome bonus and will no doubt look incredible on the monitors 27-inch panel. The 272G5DYEB comes equipped with a full-HD 1920 x 1080 panel, a super quick 1ms GTG response time and promises superior image reproduction.
Nvidia G-SYNC technology and a 144Hz refresh rate, combined with a 1ms refresh rate, make this an ideal choice for competitive gamers; these technologies should prevent screen tearing and improve image quality even when games are moving at high-speeds, something that can have big benefits for your gaming performance, as well as improving your viewing experience. The monitor comes equipped with DisplayPort technology for G-Sync and also features USB 3.0 ports for added connectivity.
The downside to all this performance is the cost, the monitor will set you back $699/€699/£499, which is higher than some of the more affordable 4K displays that are currently available. The 272G5DYEB is already available for pre-order from most major retailers and will start shipping next month.
Thank you Phillips for providing us with this information.
There have been rumours going around the internet the last couple of days, that the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 970 might support Adaptive Sync. Those rumours have been shut finally down after the Chinese technology page Expreview reached out to Nvidia for a comment. Nvidia made it clear in their reply that they want to focus on their own G-sync. This isn’t very surprising, especially with the long range of compatible monitors hitting the market from Acer, Asus, AOC and other companies.
The Adaptive Sync is a royalty free and open standard developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and supported by AMD. The technology does about the same as Nvidia’s own G-Sync, but without any additional hardware. Both technologies let the GPU and monitor keep the display refresh rate in sync with the GPU frame-rates. The end-result is a more fluent picture and an overall smoother result.
The rumour itself should never really have started, but once something like this takes off, it gets around. The two new Nvidia GeForce cards in question only have a DisplayPort 1.2 according to their specifications, and DisplayPort 1.2a is needed for the Adaptive Sync technology. AMD’s current R7 and R9 Radeon cards all feature the DisplayPort 1.2a and thereby already support the Adaptive Sync technology.
This might have been a very deliberate move from Nvidia to boost their own technology. When we look at the new cards, they have the newest of technology everywhere, including the HDMI 2.0 port. Using an older DisplayPort version effectively forces owners of the cards to use Nvidia’s own G-Sync technology, if they want their frame-rate synced.
I honestly have to say, I haven’t seen the two technologies side by side. So I can’t say if one is better than the other. I have however seen both demonstrated separate next to a non-synced setup, and there is a distinct difference.
After having received some comments on this article, I’d like to clarify it a bit more. AMD FreeSync, that is part of the new VESA Adaptive Sync standard, is still a prototype system. There aren’t any actual products for it yet.
The base and support for it is there in the DisplayPort 1.2a on the graphics cards, but it requires the monitors to support it too, thus FreeSync isn’t an actual product yet. FreeSync has been demoed and it will come, but G-Sync is here today.
Thank you Expreview for providing us with this information
To celebrate the launch of their brand new GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards Nvidia hosted a global event called “Game24”. Game24 started on September 18th at 6pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) in Los Angeles and ended 24 hours later. The idea behind the Game24 event is to be a global celebration of PC gaming and so Nvidia hosted parties at 7 major cities across the world where they gave away free Nvidia goodies, showed fans some of the latest PC gaming titles and gave demonstrations of things Nvidia are doing for PC gaming. We went along to a Game24 event to see what all the fuss was about.
During that 24 hour period each of 7 cities got their opportunity to have some of the limelight and host the event for a few hours. London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Taipei and Tokyo all took part. Being a London-based journalist I took the time to head on down to the Nvidia Game24 London event. Nvidia’s venue was pretty hard to miss as they had taken over the Old Truman Brewery situated at 91 on London’s infamous Brick Lane. We turned up at 6:30pm and the queue was pretty hard to miss: a lot of dedicated gamers had arrived for the show. Interestingly, I couldn’t see many people in AMD Red, it seemed that AMD’s PR campaign to get people to where red actually resulted in less people wearing red than normal. Typically I’d expect to find quite a few people wearing red just as a random variation of clothing choice but honestly I could see less than 10 people during the whole night who wore red clothing.
Upon entering the venue it felt a little like a nerdy night club but the most obvious thing that struck you was that “wow this is busy!”. Gamers had turned up in significant numbers to what was only a fairly small venue and event.
Nvidia didn’t waste any opportunities to put their branding up over every bit of available wall space, I’d imagine most people left this event with a sudden urge to buy an Nvidia graphics card!
At the centre stage Nvidia had brought in a DJ and put up a massive screen. Throughout the night they did some giveaways here chucking freebies into the excited crowd. Towards the end they also gave away a Nvidia Shield Tablet to one lucky winner.
It wouldn’t be a Game24 event without some games right? Dotted around each corner of the room were booths where Gamers had a chance to play around on some current gaming titles.
One of those was the hugely popular World of Tanks MMO where the PCs were running it with all the settings cranked up to the max on Nvidia graphics cards, of course.
Another one of the booth areas was running Dying Light which is a first-person action survival horror game. Most of the Gamers on these booths seemed to stick around for a bit longer than most and given the great visuals I’m not surprised.
The overall event had significant support from Nvidia’s partners. Names on the support list that stand out to me include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Overclockers and PC Specialist – brands we’ve worked closely with on numerous occasions.
At one of the two entrances a custom-built Parvum Systems machine greeted Gamers. There weren’t any specifications on display here but we can see it was using a Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard with an Intel Core CPU (probably the Core i7 4790K), a Corsair H80i and Nvidia’s latest Maxwell GTX 980 graphics card.
Moving around to another booth and we found systems running the latest Metro title, Redux. These systems were kitted out with pretty significant hardware because as everyone knows the Metro series of games are not kind to your graphics cards!
Nvidia may be big on PC Gaming but let’s not forgot the Shield Tablet. While this is primarily geared as an Android gaming platform you can stream PC games to it from your PC using Nvidia’s GameStream technology.
Nvidia’s G-Sync is one of the main reasons why they changed the display output configuration of their Maxwell GPUs. For those who don’t know, the GTX 980 offers three DisplayPort outputs because each G-Sync monitor needs a DisplayPort output. If you want to run G-Sync surround you therefore need three DisplayPorts. At Game24 London there was a G-Sync demo on offer for passing Gamers to give them a visual representation of what G-Sync does. The strange thing about G-Sync is that you have to see it in person to experience it, you can’t really benchmark or record it.
Nvidia were also giving other tech demos of new features with their Maxwell GPUs such as VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination), DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) and MFAA (Multi-Frame Sampled AA). We wrote more about these new features in our GTX 980 review which you can see here.
On a large screen we found a ‘Scan Computers‘ systems running Project Cars, this was one of the most popular games on offer with a huge queue to have a go at it.
The system that was driving Project Cars on the big screen was equally as impressive as the game itself: Tri-SLI GTX 980 graphics cards on an ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme with an Intel Core i7 5960X and some quad channel DDR4 memory.
The PC Specialist system was running two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an 8 core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Kingston’s high performance HyperX Predator 3000MHz memory. That was all housed in a Corsair Carbide Air 540 chassis.
Overclockers UK had an equally impressive system sporting two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Corsair’s premium Dominator Platinum memory. This was all housed inside Phantek’s Enthoo Primo White Edition case. From what I can tell this system was running a single player demo of Watchdogs.
The final noteworthy part of the night was Nvidia’s goodie bag giveaways at the end. Every gamer who attended received an Nvidia T-Shirt, mousemat and lanyard. Okay so it isn’t the best bundle in the world but remember this was a free-entry event for everyone that attended.
Did you get a chance to make it along to Game24 London? If so, what did you think of it?
The newest member to the Acer family is finally available, the Acer XB280HK gaming monitor. It is the world’s first 4k2k display featuring Nvidia’s G-Sync technology that provides stunning, ultra-smooth and tear-free imagery, and the best gaming experiences.
It has a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with a 4k2k Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies should give you one of the best gaming experiences around. After all, you’ll need a really good display to take advantage of the new powerhouse from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 980.
When coupled with a GeForce powered PC, the G-SYNC technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rates to the GPU, effectively eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter and input lag. The result is a more fluent and enjoyable gameplay.
The Acer XB280HK features 170/160 degree viewing angles for optimal viewing. The ErgoStand allows the screen to tilt from -5° to 35° and the base to rotate 120° from left or right. The monitor can also be raised by up to 150 mm to give you just the right viewing angle. If that still isn’t the right setup for you, it allows for both horizontal and vertical pivot for even more viewing perspectives.
Connectivity isn’t the strongest point of this monitor as it only has one DisplayPort for the video signal. It does however have four USB 3.0 ports located at the side and bottom of the display for your keyboard, mouse and other devices.
This isn’t just a great gaming monitor, it’s also eco-friendly. The LED panel is mercury- and arsenic-free and the LED back-lighting has been reduced for lower power consumption. The plastic used is post-consumer recycled.
Priced at just £499.99 inc VAT at our friends from Overclockers UK, this might be just the monitor you need to show off what your brand new GeForce GTX 980 can do.
It has been a long wait since January when Asus first presented us with this new monitor, and now the time has arrived. The brand new Asus ROG PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ G-Sync 144Hz widescreen gaming monitor will be available from tomorrow.
The monitor is being praised as “Quite possibly the best gaming monitor ever made” and is ideally suited to NVIDIA graphics cards with 3D Vision 2.0 and G-Sync technology. This monitor runs at a staggering 2560×1440 resolution with 144Hz technology and a 1ms response time, and that using the latest in TN technology. The refresh rate can be switched between 60, 120 and 144 Hz via on-screen buttons.
The 27″ monitor only features one display port as input, but it does have a two-port USB 3.0 hub as well. The monitor offers 16million colours and has a brightness of 350cd/m². The viewing angle is 170/160 degrees horizontal/vertical. It’s a non-glossy panel and the bezel is only 6mm. It also allows for tilt, swivel and pivot and of course has vesa mounts (100×100 mm).
Overclockers UK is ready as usual and has it listed with an ETA tomorrow and at a price of £695.99 inc VAT. A hefty pricetag for a monitor, but also a great one. Personally I would have liked more input options on a monitor of this grade.
Details of the upcoming XB0 series monitor from Acer have slipped through the net. Known as the XB270HAbprz, the new monitor will be part of their high-end range and will come equipped with gaming focused features such as Nvidia G-sync to help provide a silky smooth picture.
The monitor clocks in at a very respectable 27″, will feature a TN-film panel and a 144 Hz refresh rate, making it capable of pushing 3D content at up to 72 Hz per plane. The monitor will have a swift response time of just 1ms, 300cd/M2 maximum brightness, 1000:1 static contrast ratio with dynamic mega-contrast and a viewing angle of 60° V, 170° H.
Connectivity is handled by a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, dual-link DVI and it will feature a 4 port USB 3.0 hub.
Prices are unknown at this time, but you an expect it to leave a big dent in your wallet given the specifications and screen size. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
In a press release, Acer Announces Full Line of 4K2K and WQHD Resolution Monitors – Bigger screens, sharper images plus smart colour control and eye protection technologies to provide comfortable viewing. The comprehensive line-up of high resolution monitors with screens up to 32 inches and sharper images in 4K2K and WQHD resolutions come with features such as Acer ColorPlus and Acer EyeProtect for a more immersive and comfortable visual experience. Acer will also be the world’s first to launch the 4K2K monitor in 32-inch screen size.
Acer has three high resolution monitor series designed for individual, SMB, or corporate professionals who specialize in visual and gaming or work with complex data.
Acer B6 specialty series designed for the commercial market with up to a 32-inch screen, features an ergonomic stand that allows the display to tilt -5 to 35 degrees and swivel 60 degrees to the left or right for maximum user comfort.
Acer CB0 series for the prosumer market includes SMB and home offices, and features Acer EyeProtect and ColorPlus technologies to improve work productivity.
Acer XB0 series for avid gamers; when used with a GeForce® GTX-powered PC, NVIDIA® G-SYNC display technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes display stutter and input lag to deliver smoother, faster, and more responsive gaming.
The new high resolution monitors with 27-32-inch screens offer more real estate to display expansive content. They display sharper images in 2560 x 1440 pixels WQHD and 3840 x 2160 pixels 4K2K, presenting stunning high quality images for outstanding visual enjoyment. On the 21:9 aspect ratio models, users can view dual screens in landscape mode for convenient multi-tasking, or switch to portrait mode for viewing lengthy webpages or data with less page scrolling.
Acer ColorPlus is a set of technologies that ensures real and consistent colour output in addition to sharper and clearer visuals. Built-in 100% sRGB color correction technology delivers high colour accuracy and colour space reproduction, while the wide colour gamut provides rich, natural colours desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts. A 6-axis colour independent adjustment permits precise colour and saturation control for customized settings. The 178 degrees wide viewing angle preserves image clarity and prime colours without shift or image distortion. In addition, super sharpness technology optimizes images from a lower resolution for clearer image quality, for example, optimizing a 1080p photo on a high resolution monitor.
Acer EyeProtect incorporates several features that take into consideration prolonged usage by heavy users such as programmers, writers, and graphic designers to reduce eye strain. It includes flicker-less technology that eliminates screen flicker for comfortable viewing through a stable supply of power; the ComfyView display reduces reflection from light sources on the non-glare panel; and low-dimming technology enables brightness settings down to 15 percent in darker environments to reduce eye fatigue, while working in non-optimal lighting conditions.
The Acer B6 Specialty, CB0 and XB0 series high resolution monitors have started shipping worldwide and retailers are taking orders. In Germany the XBo series with G-SYNC is available at cyberport for €599 and in the UK it’s available at Overclockers UK for £499.99 incl. VAT. Estimated time of arrival is the 5th September.
Thank you Acer for providing us with this information.
ZOTAC has silences the powerful ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 graphics card with a new passive cooled ZONE Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition graphics card combines the gaming prowess of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 GPU with a zero noise cooling system to deliver a quiet PC gaming experience with class-leading features.
“The PC is the only system where you can truly experience next-generation gaming with unrivalled visual fidelity and smoothness. Our new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition gives gamers the performance and stunning graphics they crave while operating silently to focus on the game and not fan noise,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.
Silencing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition is an exclusive dual slot fan-less heatsink that ensures the card operates at optimal temperatures for long gaming sessions. The heatsink consists of two copper heat-pipes and aluminium fins to leverage the excellent heat transfer qualities of copper and the outstanding heat dissipation abilities of aluminium.
Game-changing features such as NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay and GeForce Experience enhance the gaming experience with the new card. NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay enables it to record and broadcast game-play to Twitch for the world to watch while GeForce Experience ensures drivers are up to date and games are optimized for the best smoothness and eye-candy for the graphics card.
NVIDIA G-Sync readiness enables it to connect to compatible displays and deliver unprecedented framerate fluidity for an amazing gaming experience. It’s time to play quietly with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition!
Thank you ZOTAC for providing us with this information.