SEIKI SE50UY04 50-in 4K 3840x2160 TV Unboxing and Preview

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Displays | April 18, 2013 - 08:52 PM |
Tagged: video, seiki, se50UY04, hdtv, hdmi 1.4, displays, 4k, 3840x2160

This just in!  We have a 4K TV in the PC Perspective Offices!

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While we are still working on the ability to test graphics card performance at this resolution with our Frame Rating capture system, we decided to do a live stream earlier today as we unboxed, almost dropped and then eventually configured our new 4K TV. 

The TV in question?  A brand new SEIKI SE50UY04 50-in 3840x2160 ready display.  Haven't heard of it?  Neither have we.  I picked it up over the weekend from TigerDirect for $1299, though it actually a bit higher now at $1499.

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The TV itself is pretty unassuming and other than looking for the 4K label on the box you'd be hard pressed to discern it from other displays.  It DID come with a blue, braided UHD-ready HDMI cable, so there's that.

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One point worth noting is that the stand on the TV is pretty flimsy; there was definitely wobble after installation and setup.

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Connecting the TV to our test system was pretty easy - only a single HDMI cable was required and the GeForce GTX 680s in SLI we happened to have on our test bed recognized it as a 3840x2160 capable display.  Keep in mind that you are limited to a refresh rate of 30 Hz though due to current limitations of HDMI 1.4.  The desktop was clear and sharper and if you like screen real estate...this has it. 

The first thing we wanted to try was some 4K video playback and we tried YouTube videos, some downloaded clips we found scattered across the Internet and a couple of specific examples I had been saving.  Isn't that puppy cute?  It was by far the best picture I had seen on a TV that close up - no other way to say it.

We did have issues with video playback in some cases due to high bit rates.  In one case we had a YUV uncompressed file that was hitting our SSD so hard on read speeds that we saw choppiness.  H.265 save us!

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And of course we demoed some games as well - Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Skyrim and Tomb Raider.  Each was able to run at 3840x2160 without any complaints or INI hacks.  They all looked BEAUTIFUL when in a still position but we did notice some flickering on the TV that might be the result of the 120 Hz interpolation and possibly the "dynamic luminance control" feature that SEIKI has. 

We'll definitely test some more on this in the coming days to see if we can find a solution as I know many PC gamers are going to be excited about the possibility of using this as a gaming display!  We are working on a collection of benchmarks on some of the higher end graphics solutions like the GeForce TITAN, GTX 680s, HD 7990 and HD 7970s!

If you want to check out the full experience of our unboxing and first testing, check out the full live stream archived below!!

CES: 2013 TCL Shows Off Massive 110" 4K China Star 3D LCD Television

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2013 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: ultra hdtv, UHD, tcl, ces 2013, CES, 4k

Ultra HD televisions were a popular item at CES 2013, and Chinese manufacturer TCL was not about to be left out of the party. It showed off a massive 110” China Star 3D 4K LCD television that will be featured in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3 film. The 110” Ultra HD TV features a 4K resolution LED backlit-LCD display, active 3D technology, dynamic backlighting, and an 800 nits brightness rating. Reportedly, the TV also has mutli-touch input which likely means that it has support for applications.

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Engadget managed to snap a photo of this massive 4K television

At 110” the China Star TV would be impressive for a 1080p panel, but with its 4K resolution it is sure to make explosions and car chases look amazing! Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing, or if it will ever come to the United States. This seems to be more of a proof-of-concept TV where the experience and technologies used to develop it will be rolled out into future generations of TVs that will actually be available to consumers. It is one stepping stone on the way to affordable 4K (eventually), and that's a good thing. You can find TCL's full press release here.

Read more about Ultra HDTVs including NHK's 145" 8K plasma TV at PC Perspective.

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Source: Engadget

CES 2013 Podcast Day 4 - AMD's upcoming APUs, 4K displays, WD Hybrid Drives and more!

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 01:16 AM |
Tagged: WD, video, sshd, podcast, nvidia, gigabyte, ces 2013, CES, APU, amd, 4k

CES 2013 Podcast Day 4 - 01/09/2013

Ready for even more podcast fun at CES?  Join us as we talk about our final of the show including more details on AMD's upcoming APUs, 4K displays, WD Hybrid Drives and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano and Ken Addison

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CES 2013 Video: Gigabyte Shows 4K Display Support and Thin Mini-ITX Boards

Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Displays, Systems | January 9, 2013 - 09:38 PM |
Tagged: video, thunderbolt, thin itx, mini ITX, ces 2013, CES, 4k

One of our final stops at CES this year was to visit with our friends at Gigabyte to see what they had to show off.  Right off the bat we found an impressive 4K display configuration with four 1080p monitors.  Running off of Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UP5TH dual-Thunderbolt motherboard, each of the ports was split using a Lenovo adapter, each connecting to a pair of the monitors on the quad-display stand.  The result is a stunning 3840x2160 display configuration running completely off of the Intel HD 4000 graphics and the Core i7 processor.

Colin also showed us Gigabyte's push into the world of DIY and OEM All-in-One designs with a couple of motherboards based on the thin mini-ITX standard.  These boards are the same X/Y dimensions with a lower Z-height and very specific layout rules so that enclosures, cooling and components can be standardized. 

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GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt Motherboards Debut 4K Resolution on Intel Collage Technology at CES 2013

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2013 - 11:20 PM |
Tagged: thunderbolt, Intel, gigabyte, dual thunderbolt, collage technology, ces 2013, CES, 4k

Intel has found a way to emulate 4k display resolution using its on chip graphics and Gigabyte's Dual Thunderbolt technology.  The display at CES demonstrated Dual Thunderbolt connectors splitting a 4k signal onto four different 1920 x 1200 displays and successfully displaying every pixel of content as if it was on a single 4k monitor, barring bezels of course.  Gigabyte expects to have drivers available for owners of Z77X-UP5 TH or Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards by the end of the month so you will be able to try this for yourself in the very near future.  There is one big difference between this technology and NVIDIA Surround and EyeFinity, since the graphics are provided by the HD4000 GPU you are not going to be able to effectively play the majority games at these resolutions, though it is still nice to see Intel present a solution for HTPCs and similarly purposed systems.

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Las Vegas, NV, January 7th, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced support for 4k display resolutions using multiple standard 1080p displays with Intel Collage display technology. The new collage feature is available from an Intel graphics driver update that needs to be individually implemented by motherboard companies before it is available to the user.

Using only the Intel HD4000 Graphics of any 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, GIGABYTE dual Thunderbolt motherboards with the new 4K Collage Graphics driver can power an Ultra HD 4k resolution video stream across four regular displays. Intel Collage display technology is simple to setup, using dual Thunderbolt ports that can be split into a total of four digital streams giving an incredible combined Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels.

“Our implementation of Intel’s new Collage display technology means that GIGABYTE’s exclusive dual Thunderbolt motherboards are first to power the very latest Ultra HD resolutions across four of today’s standard displays”, commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. ”Offering a wealth of possibilities in commercial markets that include digital signage, surveillance, medical and more, we’re also excited to offer PC DIY customers the opportunity to enjoy 4K resolution support with a simple driver update on their existing hardware, and without a VGA card!”

“We are excited about our collage display feature in our Intel platforms with 3rd generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors using Intel HD Graphics”, said Zane Ball, Intel’s General Manager for Desktop platform. “GIGABYTE’s implementation of two Thunderbolt ports enable consumers to connect four monitors via splitters to a single system and experience UltraHD resolution and is a great example of the innovation enabled on these GIGABYTE Z77 motherboards with Thunderbolt.”

Intel Collage Technology
Vertical Collage Mode Setup using a total resolution of 3840*2400

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Monitor1:1920*1200 and vertically a crossed two displays (1920*1200)*2=>3840*2400

Two DisplayPort to Dual-DisplayPort adaptors were used in GIGABYTE’s testing and implementation of the Intel Collage Display feature.

The new graphics driver is expected to be available for download from the GIGABYTE website by the end of January, 2013. You can find more detailed information including a setup guide and component compatibility list on the GIGABYTE website here: http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/323/4k.html. More pictures are available in a photo album on the GIGABYTE Motherboard Tech Column facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTEmotherboards/photos_albums

You can also find a short video introducing GIGABYTE 4K display support and Intel Collage display technology here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdTMDfh0Hnk

GIGABYTE Motherboard’s Dual Thunderbolt Ports
As the first motherboards to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, GIGABYTE’s ‘TH’ models offer up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds from each port; this means you can transfer industry-leading HD graphics and data simultaneously. Each Thunderbolt port complies with the Display Port 1.1 standard (with support for 2K resolutions from each port), and therefore provide a combined throughput of up to 4K for the ultimate in display future-proofing.

For more information about GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards please visit the GIGABYTE Thunderbolt website: http://www.gigabyte.us/microsite/312/images/thunderbolt.html.

GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt Models Dual Thunderbolt Ports are featured on the following GIGABYTE motherboard models:

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Source: Gigabyte

CES 2013: Vizio Teases 4K XVT-Series LED Televisions

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2013 - 10:22 AM |
Tagged: vizio xvt series, vizio, ultra hdtv, UHD, led, edge-lit led, ces 2013, CES, 4k, 3d tv

Vizio is bringing out all the stops for CES this year with new products in all of its major areas of manufacturing. They are showing off new phones, tablets, computers, and now televisions. Specifically, the company will be teasing invited CES attendees at the Wynn Hotel ballroom with several new 4K Ultra HDTV televisions.

 

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Vizio's 80-inch M-series television. The XVT series will have a similar industrial design.

Vizio has not yet released detailed specifications, but the company has stated that the UHD televisions will be similar in form factor and design to the upcoming M-series (set to release later this year). An industrial design with thin bezel and up to 80” display are hinted at. The new XVT series will have resolutions of 4K x 2K which qualifies for the lower-tier UHD standard (with the top end being 8K). Vizio will be using edge-lit LED technology, which is likely the result of compromises necessary to facilitate the thin bezel. While full array LED with local dimming would be ideal, the company’s edge-lit technology is decent second-choice.

Further, at least some models will support 3D input and Vizio’s Theater 3D tech along with refresh rates up to 240Hz. That figure is interesting as it could mean 120Hz refresh rates per player in a multiplayer game should the TVs support the necessary glasses technology.

Naturally, Vizio is not yet talking pricing or availability. The company has only stated that it will talk about such things once the XVT series is “closer to commercial availability.” In essence, that means they will be fairly pricey and not coming anytime soon.

Even though the event is invite only and the TVs are still a ways off from an official release, it is exciting to see Vizio step into the 4K TV game in a big way. Here’s hoping they come out by next year so that Ryan can buy all of the staff one from Christmas (then maybe we would stop dying on the multiplayer after-podcast games... it’s worth a shot!)

You can find more pictures and the full press release over at Engadget as well as read more about 4K and the Ultra High Definition TV standard at PC Perspective.

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Source: Engadget

LG Launches 84” 4K 3D Television

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2012 - 04:00 PM |
Tagged: UHD, tv, LG, 4k, 3dtv

Ryan’s next PC gaming monitor? Perhaps not, but this 84-inch 4K UHDTV from LG is drool worthy nonetheless. The LG 84LM9600 is a promising advancement of TV technology.

Consumer electronics manufacturer LG has taken the wraps off of a new 4K television set to be available next month. The 84LM9600 is the company’s largest Ultra High Definition (UHD) television at 84.” It features a “4K” resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and displays eight million pixels each frame. The television also includes the company’s Smart TV and Cinema 3D technologies for both television apps and displaying 3D content. Further, it comes with an integrated 2.2 speaker system with two 10W speakers and two 15W sub-woofers.

Unfortunately, the press release is rather sparse with details beyond that. Namely, there is no mention of what underlying display technology they are using, what backlight, or what refresh rate it is using.

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This television is nowhere near the 8K resolution of the 145" Panasonic UHDTV shown off earlier this year, but it’s cheaper and likely weights a lot less (heh, when you live three floors up that’s an important spec). Not to mention that 4K content is few and far between–much less 8K content. Still, even 4K televisions are very much in “early adopter” territory, and as such has the price to go along with it. Coming in September to worldwide markets (including Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America), the 84-inch, 4K LG television has an MSRP of $22,105.

Speaking of high-end monitors, Ken recently reviewed the approximately $300 27" Achieva monitor with a resolution of 2560x1440. Now if only 4K monitors were that cheap!

Source: LG

The EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 is a 4k x 2k Display, and We Want It

Subject: Displays | December 18, 2011 - 11:44 PM |
Tagged: eizo, 4k, FDH3601

I have to admit to you all, there isn't much in the world of computer hardware that I really really want at any given time.  Sure, there are new graphics cards like the pending AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and new CPUs like Intel's Sandy Bridge-E, but in truth, after more than a decade of seeing hardware releases, I pretty much know what to expect.

Imagine my surprise (and my wife's disappointment) when I found an incredibly gorgeous monitor that I simply must have, but is sadled with a ~$30,000  price tag. 

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You are looking at the EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 - a monitor with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with a diagonal length of 36-in.  That equates to a pixel density of 128.6 PPI (pixels per inch) compared to your standard 24-in 1080p monitor with a PPI of 91.7. 

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At a recent event I got to have some hands on time with one of these badass monitors and I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the image quality it provided.  It was running Dirt 3 at the native 4096x2160 resolution and the game has never looked as crisp as it did then.  While it didn't eliminate it, this kind of resolution would really make a dent in the need for higher quality AA algorithms. 

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Here you can see Windows 7 running at the same resolution...

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To connect this monitor to any modern graphics hardware on your PC it requires a pair of dual-link DVI connections or a pair of DisplayPort connections in order to have enough bandwidth for peak refresh rates.  The monitor is definitely not a thin device but for being one of the first 4K displays available to consumers, we'll gladly accept the depth. 

If you want drool over these specs as well, you can head over to the EIZO website.  Alternatively, if you would like to purchase one as a holiday gift for me, just send me an email and I'll give you my address!!

Source: EIZO