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Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Preview!

Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Preview!

Acer just introduced the Nitro QG241YP gaming monitor, which boasts a 165 Hz refresh rate with HDR10 support!

Here is what you need to know about the new Acer Nitro QG241Y gaming monitor!

 

Acer Nitro QG241YP : 165 Hz Gaming Monitor

The Acer Nitro QG241YP is a 23.8-inch gaming monitor, with a VA panel that supports up to 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms VRB response time.

It also features AMD FreeSync Premium technology for smooth, tear-free gaming; and HDR10 with Black Boost technology for greater immersion.

In addition, it comes with ComfyView, BlueLightShield and Low Dimming technologies to help reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.

The Nitro QG241YP has wide vertical and horizontal viewing angles, but can be tilted for a better viewing angle, or attached to monitor arms using its VEGA mount.

Acer Nitro QG241YP : Specifications

Specifications Acer Nitro QG241YP
Display Size 23.8-inch
Panel Type VA
Max. Resolution
+ Refresh Rate
HDMI : 1920 x 1080 @ 144 Hz
DP : 1920 x 1080 @ 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms VRB
Contrast Ratio 100 million : 1 max (ACM)
Max. Brightness 250 nits (cd/m²)
HDR Support HDR10
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium
Viewing Angle 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
Max. Colours 16.7 million (8-bit)
Colour Gamut 72% NTSC
Input Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x DisplayPort
VESA Mount Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speaker Optional (2 watt x 2)
Adjustments Tilt : -5° to 20°
Power
Consumption
Off : 0.4 W
Sleep : 0.5 W
On : 20 W

Acer Nitro QG241YP : Price + Launch Deal!

The Nitro QG241YP will retail for just RM 749 (about US$181 / £132 / A$237 / S$243), but Acer is offering it at just RM 699 for two days!

You can get this awesome deal even lower at just RM 653!

Here are purchase options in other countries (prices as of 14 April 2021) :

 

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Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deal!

Find out how much the new Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor costs in Malaysia and Singapore, and what awesome pre-order deals Samsung is offering right now!

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved display.

Like Samsung’s QLED TVs, it uses Quantum Dot technology with a DisplayHDR 1000-certified VA panel to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

It boasts an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD) resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels, and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 32:9. It has a peak brightness of 1000 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 features a sleek, futuristic-looking glossy white exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that has 52 colours and 5 lighting effects.

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Specifications

Specifications 49-inch Odyssey G9
Model LC49G95TSSEXXM
Display Size 49-inch
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 5120 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
+ NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 1000 nits maximum
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
88% NTSC 1976
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 1000
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -3° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : NA
Power Consumption Maximum : NA
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Dimensions 1147.6 mm wide
537.2 mm tall
416.4 mm deep
Weight 16.7 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deals!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is available for pre-order until 31 August 2020, with these SRP and freebies!

 

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Samsung Odyssey G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor with the world’s first 1000R curved display!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor!

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved display.

Like Samsung’s QLED TVs, it uses Quantum Dot technology with a DisplayHDR 1000-certified VA panel to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

It boasts an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD) resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels, and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 32:9. It has a peak brightness of 1000 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 features a sleek, futuristic-looking glossy white exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that has 52 colours and 5 lighting effects.

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Specifications

Specifications 49-inch Odyssey G9
Model LC49G95TSSEXXM
Display Size 49-inch
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 5120 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
+ NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 1000 nits maximum
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
88% NTSC 1976
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 1000
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -3° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : NA
Power Consumption Maximum : NA
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Dimensions 1147.6 mm wide
537.2 mm tall
416.4 mm deep
Weight 16.7 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is available with immediate effect, with these SRP :

  • United States : US$1,699.99
  • United Kingdom : £1,279
  • Australia : A$2,799
  • Singapore : S$2,899
  • Malaysia : RM 6,199

Here in Malaysia, it is available for pre-order up to 31 August 2020, with this freebie!

In Singapore, you will get this freebie with every purchase :

 

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Samsung Odyssey G7 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deals!

Find out how much the new Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors cost in Malaysia, and what pre-order deals Samsung is offering!

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : World’s 1st 1000R Gaming Monitors!

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is a new range of curved gaming monitors, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved displays.

Available in 32-inch and 27-inch display sizes, the Odyssey G7 is a QLED monitor that uses Quantum Dot technology to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

The display has an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and a DisplayHDR 600-certified VA panel with a peak brightness of 600 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 features a sleek, futuristic-looking matte black exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that can remain static, change colour, or even dim during gameplay.

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : Specifications

We created this table to better show you the differences between the 27-inch and 32-inch models :

Specifications 27-inch Odyssey G7 32-inch Odyssey G7
Model LC27G75TQSEXXM LC32G75TQSEXXM
Display Size 26.9-inch (68.4 cm) 31.5-inch (80.0 cm)
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro + NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 600 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 600
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -9° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : -2° to +92°
Power Consumption Maximum : 100 W
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Maximum : 140 W
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 614.6 mm wide
576.0 mm tall
305.9 mm deep
710.1 mm wide
594.5 mm tall
305.9 mm deep
Weight 7.2 kg 8.2 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G7 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deals

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors are available for pre-order until 31 August 2020, with these SRP and freebies!

 

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Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is a smaller variant of the XB273U GX, offering HDR gaming with a 240 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is a 24.5-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at up to 240 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 99% sRGB, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1. It also comes with these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the larger Predator XB273U GX, it doesn’t come with speakers built-in, but you can opt for two 2W speakers.

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare between this 24.5-inch monitor, and its 27-inch cousin, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB253Q GZ
Display Size 27-inch 24.5-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode) 400 nits (Native)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 99% sRGB
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB253Q GZ : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB253Q GZ is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : $429.99 (September 2020)
  • EMEA : EUR 439 (August 2020)
  • China : RMB 2,999 (July 2020)

We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB273U GS : 165Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is a cheaper variant of the XB273U GX, offering HDR gaming with a 165 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 2560 x 2160 pixels at up to 165 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 95% DCI-P3, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1. It also comes with these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the XB273U GX, it doesn’t come with speakers built-in, but you can opt for two 2W speakers.

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : Specifications

Confusingly, there are two XB273U models. To make it easy for you, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB273U GS
Display Size 27-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum) 165 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 95% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +20°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB273U GS : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB273U GS is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no known price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is a boosted variant of the XB273U GS, offering HDR gaming with a 240 Hz refresh rate!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : 240Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a QHD resolution of 2560 x 2160 pixels at up to 240 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 99% Adobe RGB, with an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1, as well as these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

Unlike the XB273U GS, the GX model comes with two 2W speakers built into the display.

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : Specifications

Confusingly, there are two XB273U models. To make it easy for you, we compare both models in this table.

Recommended : Acer Predator XB273U GS : 165Hz HDR Gaming Monitor!

Specifications Acer Predator
XB273U GX
Acer Predator
XB273U GS
Display Size 27-inch
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz (maximum) 165 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% Adobe RGB 95% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 2W speakers 2 x 2 W speakers (optional)
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +25°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : TBA
Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +20°
Swivel : -20° to +20°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB273U GX : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB273U GX is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no known price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The 2020 Predator XB323QK NV is Acer’s next-generation 4K HDR gaming monitor!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is a 31.5-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a 4H resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, at up to 144 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3, with 32-bit colour support, and an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1.

It comes with two 4W speakers built-in, and these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Specifications

Specifications Acer Predator XB323QK NV
Display Size 31.5-inch
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 144 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time TBA
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 90% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 4 watt speakers
Ports 2 x DP
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +35°
Swivel : -45° to +45°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no know price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The Dell S2721DGF is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with a QHD resolution and a 165 Hz refresh rate! Here are its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The new Dell S2721DGF combines a QHD display resolution with a 165 Hz refresh rate for a more immersive gaming experience. But that’s not all…

Rapid Response

The Dell S2721DGF delivers a 165 Hz refresh rate for the QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with a true 1 ms response time.

Tear-Free Gaming

To eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, the Dell S2721DGF supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

Brilliant Colour

To give you more vibrant colours and a HDR gaming experience, this monitor boasts a wide colour gamut of 98% DCI-P3, and is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

Game Comfortably

To let you game in comfort, it supports height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments.

Connectivity Options

The Dell S2721DGF comes with a bevy of connectivity options :

  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 4 x USB 3.0 downstream port + 1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
  • 1 x Headphone out jack
  • 1 x Audio line-out jack

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Specifications

Specifications Dell S2721DGF
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Active Display Area 596.74 mm x 335.66 mm
23.49 inch x 13.21 inch
Panel In-Fast IPS Nano Color
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 165 Hz (DisplayPort)
2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz (HDMI)
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 mm
HDR Certification VESA DisplayHDR 400
Brightness 400 cd/m2 typical
Colour Gamut 98% DCI-P3
Colour Depth 1.07 billion colours
Contrast Ratio 1000 : 1
Viewing Angles 178° vertical | 178° horizontal
Response Time 1 ms (G2G) in Extreme Mode
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0 downstream port
1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
1 x Headphone out jack
1 x Audio line-out jack
VESA Mount
Compatible
Yes
Adjustments Height : Up to 130 mm
Tilt : -5° / 21°
Swivel : -45° / 45°
Pivot : -90° / 90°
Power Input 100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption 90 W (maximum)
32 W (typical)
< 0.3 W (standby / sleep)
Panel Only Dimensions 363.6 mm x 611.6 mm x 67.8 mm
Panel + Stand
Dimensions (Max)
523.9 mm x 611.6 mm x 200.3 mm
Panel Only Weight 4.5 kg
Panel + Stand Weight 9.7 kg
Warranty 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service
+ Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721DGF is available only in the Accent Grey colour, with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 28 July 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$569.99 / ~£455 / ~A$821 / ~S$792 / ~RM 2,437.

 

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The Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor Review

Announced at CES 2018, the Dell S2719DM is finally here! It was not easy, but we finally got our grubby hands on one. Here is our in-depth review of the new Dell S2719DM ultra-thin FreeSync HDR monitor. Find out if this is the HDR monitor for you!

 

The 27″ Dell S-Series Monitor Line-Up For 2018

The Dell S-Series is the Studio series, designed to look great with a sleek design and thin bezels. Here is a comparison of the new Dell S2719DM, with the other 27″ monitors that are currently in the Dell S-Series.

SpecificationsDell S2719DMDell S2718DDell S2718HDell S2716DG
Tear-Free TechnologyAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NoneAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NVIDIA G-SYNC
30 Hz to 144 Hz
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10Yes, HDR10No
Viewable Size27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm
Resolution2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz
Panel TypeIPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)TN (Twisted Nematic)
Face Plate Coating3H anti-glare coating3H low-haze coating3H anti-glare coating3H anti-glare coating
BacklightLED Edge LightLED Edge LightLED Light BarLED Edge Light
Contrast Ratio1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
Brightness400 cd/m2 (typical)
600 cd/m2 (peak)
300 cd/m2 (typical)250 cd/m2 (typical)350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time8 ms (normal)
5 ms (fast)
8 ms (normal)
6 ms (fast)
6 ms (normal)3 ms (normal)
1 ms (fast)
Max. Viewing Angle178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal160° vertical / 170° horizontal
Colour Gamut>99% of sRGB; >85% of DCI-P399% of sRGB99% of sRGB82% (CIE1976), 72% (CIE 1931)
Connectivity2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-Out
1 x HDMI
1 x USB- C / DP 1.2
2 X USB 3.0 ports
1 x USB 3.1 input port
1 x Audio line-out
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-in
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Speaker port
1 x HDMI 1.4 connector
1 x DP 1.2 connector
4 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Headphone port
AdjustabilityTilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Tilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Height : 130 mm
Power Consumption29 W (Typical)
42 W (Maximum)
30 W (Typical)
35 W (Maximum)
24 W (Typical)
50 W (Maximum)
47 W (Typical)
90 W (Maximum)
Warranty3 years Advanced Exchange Service3-Year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Guarantee3 years Advanced Exchange Service3 years Advanced Exchange Service

While two other Dell S-Series monitors also support HDR, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is the only model to meet the minimum requirements for the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard. We will tell you more on this later in the article.

 

Dell S2719DM Price + Availability

The Dell S2719DM is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of RM 1,889 / US$499.99. If you are in the US, it’s currently on offer :

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Unboxing The Dell S2719DM

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) may be ultra-thin, but it comes in a large box that weighs just over 8 kg. Typical Dell packaging – designed to take the worst of abuse by delivery services.

Inside the large box, you will find the following items :

  • One Dell S2719DM monitor with stand
  • Dell S2719DM User Guide and Safety and Regulatory Information
  • One 45 W Dell compact power adaptor with power cable
  • One HDMI 2.0 cable (1.8 m)

Note that the HDMI 2.0 cable is no different from your usual HDMI cable, just certified to support 4K video at 60 Hz. You can also use regular HDMI 1.4 cables just fine. More on this later in the article!

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The Dell S2719DM Up Close!

In this review, we prepared two different videos. Our traditional hands-on look, and a more stylised feature overview. Do let us know which is better by liking the video you prefer!

In this video, we give you a quick look of the key features of the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor.

As you can see, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a very stylish ultra-thin monitor. Every aspect – from the sleek silver back to the gracefully curved stand – was designed with aesthetics in mind. This is not a monitor to be hidden in the back room!

 

The Dell S2719DM Key Features

In this video, we highlight the key features of the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor. Do let us know if you prefer this video, or the one above!

 

InfinitiEdge Display

Dell calls it an InfinitiEdge display. Its bezel is just 7.1 mm at the top and sides, and only 8.1 mm at the bottom.

Concealed into the lower right edge are Power and OSD (On-Screen Display) control buttons. From left to right, they are :

  • Preset Modes : Use this button to choose from a list of preset colour modes
  • Brightness / Contrast : Use this button to directly access the Brightness and Contrast bars.
  • Menu : Use this button to launch the On-Screen Display (OSD) and select the OSD menu
  • Exit : Use this button to go back to the OSD main menu, or to exit the OSD main menu.
  • Power : Use this button to turn the monitor On or Off.

The Power button also doubles as a power mode indicator. A white LED light indicates the monitor is turned On and fully functional. A glowing white LED light indicates the monitor is on the DPMS Power Save Mode.

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HDMI 2.0 Connectivity

If you need a plethora of connectivity options, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is NOT the monitor for you. To maintain its elegant design, and to keep costs low, there are only four ports – all centrally aligned right behind the stand.

For display input, you have only two HDMI 2.0 ports, so you will need adaptors if you have devices with DisplayPort or DVI output. Above these two HDMI ports are a 3.5 mm audio output port, and below them – the power port.

A HDMI 2.0 cable is included in the package. It is certified to support the higher 18 Gbits/s bandwidth necessary to support 4K video at 60 Hz. However, older HDMI 1.4 cables will work just fine because the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) only delivers 2560 x 1440 pixels at 60 Hz.

You may see new 48G HDMI cables being introduced. Those are only required to support HDMI 2.1 features, like increased bandwidth to support 10K video at 120 Hz and dynamic HDR. This monitor does not support those features, so there is no need to invest in the new, expensive 48G HDMI cables.

 

Ultra-Thin Design

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) was designed with aesthetics in mind. It has a very sleek design with ultra-thin edges that slope gently across the back. Even the stand uses the same elegant design language.

It thinnest at the sides – just 5.5 mm, and gently curves to 10 mm at the top midpoint, and 29 mm at the bottom. This clever design makes the S2719DM look exquisitely thin.

 

Fixed Hinged Stand

For what we believe are aesthetic reasons, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) comes with a fixed hinged stand. If you are planning to mount your monitor on the wall, or a multi-monitor stand, you will have to consider another monitor.

The fixed hinged stand can tilt downwards by 5°, and upwards by 21°. However, it cannot swivel, and does not allow height adjustments. That’s the price you pay for such a slim and elegant curved stand.

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Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate

Edge-lit LED displays use a light-guide plate (LGP) to distribute light uniformly throughout the panel, Usually they are made up from pure PMMA resin, but such polymer LGPs can warp and expand with changes in heat and humidity. They therefore require a wider bezel, greater thickness and an air gap to account for movement and expansion.

To keep it thin and reduce the bezel size, the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) features the Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate technology.

Because it’s made from glass, the Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate is rigid. This removes the need for an air gap, and a thicker backlight, greatly reducing the thickness of the display. Its dimensional stability also ensures reliable transmission of light from the LED edge lighting.

 

Extra-Bright QHD Panel

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a QHD panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 – a popular resolution for both gaming and work. That is nothing special, of course. What lifts it above the crowd though is its brighter panel.

Many monitors of its class have a typical brightness of 250 to 350 nits. The Dell S2719DM (Price Check) boasts a typical brightness of 400 nits, with a peak brightness of 600 nits.

The increased brightness is not only about a brighter panel. Higher brightness is a critical aspect of the monitor’s HDR performance.

 

DisplayHDR 400

Many HDR-ready monitors support the open HDR10 format, but this does not mean that they are necessarily “true” HDR monitors. This is where the VESA DisplayHDR program comes in. It is a set of standards that HDR monitors should comply with, so that consumers can be guaranteed of certain levels of HDR performance.

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified monitor, which means it has to meet or exceed these requirements :

  • Deliver true 8-bit image quality – on par with top 15% of PC displays today
  • Support global dimming for better dynamic contrast ratio
  • Have a peak luminance of 400 cd/m2 or better – up to 50% higher than typical SDR
  • Minimum requirements for color gamut and contrast exceed SDR (95% of sRGB)

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) exceeds those requirements with a peak luminance of 600 cd/m2, and a colour gamut of over 99% sRGB. However, it does not support local dimming, and is thus considered to be an entry-level HDR monitor.

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sRGB Colour Gamut

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) supports a colour gamut of over over 99% sRGB, and 85% DCI-P3. What’s the difference between the sRGB and DCI-P3 colour spaces? Take a look.

Don’t get confused by the two numbers. What they basically mean is that the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is essentially an sRGB monitor. It may offer an almost 100% sRGB coverage, which is better than many sRGB monitors, but you will need to look elsewhere if you need your monitor to support a wider colour gamut like Adobe RGB.

 

AMD FreeSync

Dell does not mention this, but the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) monitor supports AMD FreeSync. When used with AMD graphics cards and APUs, the monitor will dynamically adjust the refresh rate to prevent tearing and stuttering.

While the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a vertical scan range of 48 Hz to 75 Hz, it is limited to 60 Hz at its native 2560 x 1440 resolution. As long as the frame rate of your games are 48 fps or higher, FreeSync will ensure that they are tear-free.

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Our Verdict

The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) is a work of art. It is not only incredibly thin, it is really sleek and sexy. Quite unlike the utilitarian design of the traditional Dell monitors. It was obviously designed to be proudly displayed in public, not hidden in an office.

In addition to its slim form factor, the S2719DM also has very thin bezels, qualifying it as an InfinityEdge display. This allows for a more immersive working or gaming experience, especially when you plan to use two or three of them together.

The Dell S2719DM has some gaming chops, even though it is not a gaming monitor. It supports AMD FreeSync, albeit with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz at its native resolution. It won’t match the high refresh rates and low response time of gaming monitors, but it will do just fine for gaming after a hard day’s work.

It is also a VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified monitor, although this is the most basic HDR certification. It lacks local dimming capability, which is necessary to deliver deeper blacks.

It is also important to point out that the Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) has a typical brightness of 400 nits, with a peak brightness of 600 nits. This is much brighter than typical WQHD monitors, which is not only important for HDR, but also allows for better image quality in bright environments.

Its sleek design comes with some disadvantages though. The fixed hinged stand, which looks great, does not allow for changes in the display height. Heck, it doesn’t even swivel. All it can do is tilt downwards by 5°, and upwards by 21°. This is the price you have to pay for such a sleek design.

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The other problem – its limited connectivity options. It only comes with two HDMI ports. While HDMI is, no doubt, common and supported by practically all computers and media players, a DisplayPort or a mini-DP port would have been most welcomed.

This is particularly important for those who intend to use two or more of these monitors – most graphics cards come with just one HDMI port, but two or more DisplayPorts. With only HDMI input, you will need a DP-to-HDMI converter for the second and third monitors.

But if you can live with these relatively minor disadvantages, you can literally have your cake and eat it too. The Dell S2719DM (Malaysia | US | UK) offers a great combination of features and capabilities in a beautiful package.

As such, we feel it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Great job on the S2719DM!

 

Dell S2719DM Specifications

SpecificationsDell S2719DMDell S2718DDell S2718HDell S2716DG
Tear-Free TechnologyAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NoneAMD FreeSync
48 Hz to 60 Hz
NVIDIA G-SYNC
30 Hz to 144 Hz
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10Yes, HDR10No
Viewable Size27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm27" / 68.6 cm
Resolution2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz
Panel TypeIPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)IPS (In-Plane Switching)TN (Twisted Nematic)
Face Plate Coating3H anti-glare coating3H low-haze coating3H anti-glare coating3H anti-glare coating
BacklightLED Edge LightLED Edge LightLED Light BarLED Edge Light
Contrast Ratio1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
8 million : 1 (DCR)
1000 : 1
Brightness400 cd/m2 (typical)
600 cd/m2 (peak)
300 cd/m2 (typical)250 cd/m2 (typical)350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time8 ms (normal)
5 ms (fast)
8 ms (normal)
6 ms (fast)
6 ms (normal)3 ms (normal)
1 ms (fast)
Max. Viewing Angle178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal178° vertical / 178° horizontal160° vertical / 170° horizontal
Colour Gamut>99% of sRGB; >85% of DCI-P399% of sRGB99% of sRGB82% (CIE1976), 72% (CIE 1931)
Connectivity2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-Out
1 x HDMI
1 x USB- C / DP 1.2
2 X USB 3.0 ports
1 x USB 3.1 input port
1 x Audio line-out
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Line-in
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Speaker port
1 x HDMI 1.4 connector
1 x DP 1.2 connector
4 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x Audio Line-out
1 x Headphone port
AdjustabilityTilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Tilt : 5° down, 21° upTilt : 5° down, 21° up
Swivel : 45° left, 45° right
Height : 130 mm
Power Consumption29 W (Typical)
42 W (Maximum)
30 W (Typical)
35 W (Maximum)
24 W (Typical)
50 W (Maximum)
47 W (Typical)
90 W (Maximum)
Warranty3 years Advanced Exchange Service3-Year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Guarantee3 years Advanced Exchange Service3 years Advanced Exchange Service

 

Dell S2719DM Price + Availability

The Dell S2719DM is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of RM 1,889 / US$499.99. If you are in the US, it’s currently on offer :

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The Acer Predator X27 G-SYNC HDR Monitor Up Close!

The Acer Predator X27 is finally here! Designed for serious gamers and professionals who want the best possible monitor, it offers 4K resolution at 144 Hz with HDR capability! Here is our preview of the new Acer Predator X27 monitor!

 

The New Acer Predator Gaming Monitors

Acer not only introduced the Acer Predator X27 (Price Check), they also introduced the Acer Nitro VG240Y (Price Check) and Acer Nitro VG270 gaming monitors, as well as the Acer Predator Z312QU curved gaming monitor, and the Acer XZ321Q curved gaming monitor.

You can read more about these and other new 2018 Acer products in our article – 2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The Acer Predator X27 Monitor

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is the ultimate gaming and professional monitor combined. it features Quantum Dot technology, with the new NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology, and boasts the ability to deliver 4K resolution at an amazing 144 Hz refresh rate!

Professional users will love its 99% Adobe RGB colour gamut and the Delta E (ΔE) of less than 1. It also comes with a Predator Shield with reduces glare and incident lighting from your surroundings, and a 3-year on-site warranty.

Tear-Free, Blur-Free

With a 144 Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology, you can enjoy a smooth, tear-free gaming experience even at the full 4K resolution. Its fast 4 ms response time also eliminates motion blur and visual artifacts.

Professional Colour

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The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is rated with a wide colour gamut of 99% Adobe RGB, which is far wider than the typical sRGB colour gamut. In addition, it has an excellent colour accuracy with a Delta E (ΔE) of less than 1 .

384 HDR Lighting Zones

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) delivers a HDR (High Dynamic Range) experience with 384 LED local dimming zones. These are individually-controlled, allowing darker areas to appear darker, while brighter areas can appear brighter.

Acer Predator GameView

With Acer Predator GameView, the Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) can be tweaked and saved in three custom modes that you can easily switch between while gaming.

In addition to Standard, ECO, Graphic and Movie modes, there are three special game modes, including Action, Racing and Sports, which can be accessed through a hotkey or On-Screen Display (OSD) menu.

You can also define your own custom profile and program each mode according to your preferences.

 

Acer Predator X27 Monitor Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator X27 Gaming Monitor
Screen Size27" (68.6 cm)
Backlight TechnologyLED
Tear-Free TechnologyNVIDIA G-SYNC HDR
Panel TypeIn-Plane Switching (IPS)
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Colour Depth10-bit
Contrast Ratio1,000 : 1
Maximum Brightness600 cd/m²
Response Time4 ms GTG (Grey-to-Grey)
Colour Gamut99% Adobe RGB
Colour AccuracyDelta E (ΔE)
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Tilt CapableYes, -5° to 25°
Swivel CapableYes, 20°
Height Adjustment130 mm
Viewing Angle178° (Horizontal and Vertical)
Built-In SpeakersTwo
Available Ports1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-in
1 x audio out
Display Dimensions629 mm wide
374.7 mm tall
86.5 mm thick
Display Weight4.77 kg
Dimensions With Stand629 mm wide
575 mm tall
374.7 mm deep
Weight With Stand12.30 kg
ColourBlack only
Warranty3 Years On-Site Warranty

 

Acer Predator X27 Monitor Price + Availability

The Acer Predator X27 gaming monitor will be available for purchase from the middle of July 2018 onwards. It will be priced at RM 9,999 / US$ 1,999, with a 3-year on-site warranty. Here are some purchase links :

 

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NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) Preview

On January 8, 2018 at CES 2018, NVIDIA introduced what they call the NVIDIA BFGD – the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, the NVIDIA BFGD integrates a high-end 65-inch, 4K HDR 120 Hz display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology together with NVIDIA SHIELD, to deliver a smooth gaming and streaming experience on a giant screen.

We had our first preview of the NVIDIA BFGD at the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, and the main NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference with Jensen Huang. Check out the details!

 

The NVIDIA BFGD Revealed!

G-SYNC HDR

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

The NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors will boast high refresh rates, higher brightness levels, greater contrast ratios, and a wider colour gamut. The NVIDIA BFGD will be no different, driving a 4K display at 120 Hz, and 1000 nits of brightness with DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Ultra-Low Latency Gaming

Nothing is more important to gamers than responsive gameplay. The NVIDIA BFGD will have ultra-low input latency, just like gaming monitors, for the most fluid and responsive big screen gaming experience.

Big Screen Streaming

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The integration of the Android TV-based SHIELD into NVIDIA BFGD will allow gamers to easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment. The bundled SHIELD remote and game controller allow for easy navigation and access to all of the world’s biggest streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Hulu.

With support for the Google Assistant, the entire experience can be controlled simply by using your voice. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native framerates, including popular 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats. This matches the screen’s refresh rate to the video source’s actual frame rate, eliminating interpolation and presenting the video content as it was intended to be viewed by the director.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Up Close!

After the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, we had the opportunity to take a close look at the NVIDIA BFGD monitor. This one appears to be an ASUS ROG model.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Availability

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed that the BFGD monitors will be available at “the end of summer“.

That means these massive monitors from Acer, ASUS and HP will be shipping sometime in Q4 2018around September 2018.

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NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Technology Explained!

NVIDIA has been talking about the G-SYNC HDR technology for more than a year now. But now, they are finally ready to deliver the promise with actual G-SYNC HDR monitors! So here is a refresher’s course on NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR!

 

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Explained

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

Higher Brightness

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will have greatly increased brightness, with the ability to express deep saturated colours at a high brightness level. They will have the ability to produce at least 1000 nits of peak brightness, with support for the HDR10 format.

Greater Contrast

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will have a full array direct backlight, with at least 384 local dimming zones. This allows them to product contrast ratios of over 10,000:1. Traditional LCD panels with a global dimming backlight, in contrast, can only deliver contrast ratios of 1000:1 to 2000:1.

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Wider Colour Gamut

The traditional sRGB colour space covers only about 35% of the colours the human eye can perceive. Hence, NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will support the DCI-P3 colour space that offers 26% greater coverage of the visual spectrum than sRGB.

High Refresh Rate

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR displays will support a high refresh rate using DisplayPort 1.4 with the High.Bit Rate 3 (HBR3) link. They will have the ability to display 4K at 144 Hz, instead of the usual 60 Hz for traditional 4K monitors.

 

The First G-SYNC HDR Displays

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, and the follow-up GeForce tech briefing, NVIDIA showed off the first two G-SYNC HDR displays. They are both 27″ displays with what appears to be the same panel and key specifications. They both have a full array direct backlight, with 384 local dimming zones.

Acer Predator X27

The Acer Predator X27 (Price Check) is a 27″ 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz IPS panel, with a GTG (grey-to-grey) response time of 4 ms. It has a launch price of US$ 1,999.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is a very similar 27″ 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz IPS panel, with a GTG (grey-to-grey) response time of 4 ms. It has a 1000 nits peak brightness level, and a HDR contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1.

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NVIDIA Computex 2018 – GeForce Updates + Demos

Right after the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, they gave us a private briefing on the latest GeForce updates, as well as demos of real-time ray tracing with NVIDIA DGX Station, the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), and NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR.

Again, if you are looking for news on NVIDIA Turing, we will have to disappoint you. As NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang mentioned in his Q&A session, “it’s a long time from now” before Ampere is released. Still, there are a number of interesting GeForce-related technologies to check out…

 

NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce Updates

The session kicked off with a 34-minute long briefing on the latest GeForce updates.

Here’s a summary of the key points :

  • Since the latest Intel Coffee Lake mobile CPUs were introduced, there are now 85 new gaming laptops with GeForce GTX GPUs.
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  • The Hunt Effect – increasing brightness increases the perceived colourfulness.
  • The Stevens Effect – increasing brightness increases apparent spatial resolution.
  • sRGB and DCI-P3 cannot display all of the colours in nature (represented by Pointer’s Gamut). Ultimately, the best possible colour gamut is Rec. 2020.
  • The first two NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors are the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG27UQ, and feature 4K HDR panels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, that can be overclocked to 144 Hz.
  • Both G-SYNC HDR monitors have a panel with 384-zone full-array direct backlight capable of 1000 nits brightness, with a DCI-P3 colour gamut with Quantum Dots.

 

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR Demo + Comparison

Here is a demo and comparison of the Acer Predator X27 G-SYNC HDR monitor, with a “regular” Acer Predator XP1 G-SYNC monitor.

 

Real-Time Ray Tracing On NVIDIA DGX Station

NVIDIA also showed off real-time ray tracing on an NVIDIA DGX Station.

 

The NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display)

We also had the opportunity to check out the 65″ NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display, which also features G-SYNC HDR.

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The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD is going to expand their royalty-free FreeSync technology this year with the introduction of Radeon FreeSync 2. If you have already read our FreeSync 2 tech briefing earlier, you know that FreeSync 2 promises to offer HDR gaming with minimal input lag.

While waiting for AMD to finalise Radeon FreeSync 2 and its certification program for their partners, let’s share with you our Q&A session with the two key AMD engineers in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2 project – David Glen and Syed Athar Hussain.

 

The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD Senior Fellow Architect David Glen and AMD Display Domain Fellow Syed Athar Hussain are  the main guys heading the Radeon FreeSync 2 project. In this informal Q&A session held on the last day of the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, they give us more details on FreeSync 2.

An interesting point in this Q&A session is how the wide colour gamuts that many monitors support these days are not being utilised at all. Hope you enjoy it. Sorry about the noise though. There seemed to be some interference from nearby devices.

For those who prefer a summary of what they discussed and answered, here are the key takeaways :
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is an AMD proprietary standard, but they will eventually push for it to be an open standard.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is not an AMD Vega-specific technology. It is a backward-compatible technology.
  • All GPUs that support FreeSync will support FreeSync 2, via a driver update.
  • FreeSync 2 will not be part of the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. It will only be introduced in the following Radeon Software edition.
  • FreeSync 2 will support the FP16 and 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats, that current AMD Radeon Software drivers already support.
  • The AMD FreeSync 2 API will allow developers to quickly add FreeSync 2 capability to their games and game engines.
  • Games that do not integrate the AMD FreeSync 2 API, or use game engines that support it, will not be able to automatically switch to HDR mode, or use the FreeSync 2 transport.

  • The AMD FreeSync 2 monitor certification program will include stringent requirements for low latency (for native and scaled resolutions) and colour space, with an AMD lab to ensure that those monitors meet the minimum requirements.
  • FreeSync 2 will not deliver the colour space of HDR10 or Dolby Vision, but it’s designed to greatly expand the colour space with minimal input lag.

  • The input lag as specified in the AMD FreeSync 2 specifications is defined as the lag from the display flip to when photons are emitted.
  • There will be two-way communications between the monitor and the graphics card. The monitor’s capabilities are conveyed to the graphics subsystem, and the graphics subsystem will instruct the monitor to go into its “native operation mode” to make full use of its native colour space.
  • FreeSync 2 will support both active (two-dimensional) backlights and global illuminating backlights.

MORE : You can read more about Radeon FreeSync 2 in our article – The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report.

 

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report

We were fortunate to be amongst the few invited to the AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from December 7-9, 2016. Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the third major technology update from the AMD Tech Summit – Radeon FreeSync 2. AMD also revealed a major feature upgrade to the current FreeSync technology. Get the full details below!

Updated @ 2017-02-06 : Added the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing video.

Originally posted @ 2017-01-03

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

Fullscreen Borderless Windowed Mode Is Here!

AMD fans who have been clamouring for FreeSync to work in windowed mode will be ecstatic to learn that their request has been heard and answered. FreeSync will now work in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode!

So watch out for a driver update to start playing your games in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode very soon!

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HDR Gaming

The big story though is Radeon FreeSync 2 and the next killer feature it enables – HDR gaming.

Current monitors are mostly built around the sRGB colour space, which limits the richness and vibrancy of the scene. Colours look dull and washed out, and details are lost in the shadows and highlights.

New HDR transport technologies like HDR10 and Dolby Vision aim to solve this limitation, offering 8X or better perceivable range of the sRGB colour space. They also make much better use of the display’s maximum brightness levels, which are left unused in sRGB mode.

There is a problem with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision though – they are not optimised for gaming. The tone mapping performed by these displays has a long input lag.

This input lag is not a problem for cinematic movies or video clips that render at 24 to 30 fps. However, it will be a problem for gamers who want high frame rates of 60 fps or better. AMD attempts to address both problems through Radeon FreeSync 2.

Next Page > Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2, Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing and Demo Videos

 

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Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2

Optimised for HDR gaming, Radeon FreeSync 2 is a compromise between the wider colour gamut of HDR10 / Dolby Vision, and the low input lag of sRGB.

It offers a limited HDR colour gamut that is over 2X the perceivable brightness and colour volume of sRGB. The FreeSync 2 game can then tone-map to the display’s native colour space. This allows the monitor to skip the tone mapping step, which greatly reduces the input lag.

For this to work, both the monitor and the game must support FreeSync 2. Here are some characteristics of a FreeSync 2 monitor :

  • Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) is mandatory
  • Low Latency is mandatory
  • The monitor will provide its native characteristics to the game through the FreeSync 2 Transport

For game support, AMD will provide a FreeSync 2 API that will :

  • support the FP16, 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats
  • automatically switch between sRGB and FreeSync 2 native modes (when a FreeSync 2 game loads)

All AMD Radeon GPUs will support FreeSync 2 via a new driver. However, it won’t be in the recently launched Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition.

 

When Will FreeSync 2 Be Available?

AMD will launch Radeon FreeSync 2 in 2017. They are aiming to get it out by the first half of 2017, but there is no firm date yet.

 

Will FreeSync 2 Replace FreeSync?

No, Radeon FreeSync 2 will exist in parallel with FreeSync. FreeSync 2 will merely be a higher standard that offers HDR gaming, on top of stutter- and tear-free gaming.

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing

AMD Senior Fellow David Glen is the man in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2. This was his full presentation on Radeon FreeSync 2 at the AMD Tech Summit. Enjoy!

 Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

The FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming & Video Demos

AMD also showed off some HDR gaming and HDR video demos at the AMD Tech Summit. Check them out below :

Next Page > The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

 

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The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

If you have not had enough, here are David Glen’s Radeon FreeSync 2 presentation slides for your perusal.

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

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