Computex 2014: Acer XB280HK Is 28-inch 4K with G-Sync

Subject: General Tech, Displays, Shows and Expos | June 2, 2014 - 12:27 PM |
Tagged: XB280HK, g-sync, computex 2014, computex, acer, 4k

Speaking of G-Sync monitors, Acer has announced a 4K monitor ahead of Computex with NVIDIA's adaptive refresh rate technology. While they do not ever say that it is 60Hz, I believe that it is. It also seems to be based on a TN panel. It, being G-Sync, connects with DisplayPort 1.2 and also includes four USB 3.0 ports. It, however, does not seem to support the competing AMD's FreeSync, integrated into VESA's DisplayPort 1.2a standard.

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4K could be where we really start seeing benefits for G-Sync. At that resolution, it is very difficult to get a system, regardless of how many GPUs are inside it, which can play the most modern of games without dipping below 60 FPS. Once you miss your 16.67 millisecond window, your game starts hitching between images living 33.33ms and 16.67ms, when each frame is supposed to be presented at a constant rate.

As for pricing and availability: Q2 (early May to end of July). That's all we know.

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Source: Acer
June 2, 2014 | 12:42 PM - Posted by NVIDIA FTW As always! (not verified)

as always AMD

you get what you put into it.

June 2, 2014 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If this is the same panel as the ASUS and Samsung, then I'm gonna say this won't be over $899 MSRP. Acer is usually on the low end for stuff, so hopefully it's closer to $799.

My wishlist for the perfect monitor:

24-30"
DisplayPort 1.3
10-bit native (so likely not TN)
4K @ 120Hz (as well as all subsequent resolutions)
G-Sync and Adaptive Sync
Under $1,000

June 2, 2014 | 02:21 PM - Posted by Anoneimus (not verified)

The thing is, if there would be no 120hz monitor available or as popular you would not know that you want 120hz refresh.

Same can be said for widescreen aspect ratios. 21:9 has been growing rapidly in share because it is so much more immersive than 16:9 and it even replaces your need for eyefinity. Now thats some good price/performance.

So, as far as wishlists for nonexistent monitors go...
Give me...
10bit native OLED with gsync
@ 120hz
@ 5000x2000
This would still leave a nice overhead in DP1.3

June 2, 2014 | 04:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What are you talking about? 120Hz is a compromise, we should be at 240Hz by now. Before LCD monitors, gamers could buy 200Hz CRT monitors with extraordinary contrast, color, and no latency. The past 15 years of LCD technology have been a pathetic step backward in terms of resolution, image quality, and refresh rates. Only now are LCDs catching up to (and exceeding) CRT resolutions and starting to be competitive with refresh rates and image quality. They'll never reach CRTs for latency. LCDs are thin, light, and sharper at native res, those are the only real positives.

While I like 21:9 displays (especially in 4K), they have to be really big in order to provide the same vertical screen space that a 16:10/9 monitor does.

June 3, 2014 | 02:15 AM - Posted by Annoneimus (not verified)

Well, you cant have everything.

Oled will allow us to have more than 144hz displays and have native 10bit color.

So, lets say we make a native 10bit Oled @ 240hz with gsync.
The max resolution you can have on that without exceeding the DP1.3 bandwidth is 3000x1200.

Yes, it has to be widescreen, cuz 16:9 will be the new 4:3 soon. And honestly that 3000x1200 is the same amount of pixels as a current 1440p and will be enough, especially considering it has beautiful colors, gsync and 240hz.

THAT @ 31" is the most perfect monitor the bandwidth allows now. Or, lol, DP1.3 isnt still released even.

August 3, 2014 | 04:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It has been awhile now since this monitor was announced. I am starting to wonder what's up. I also want to see how this compares to the Asus ROG SWIFT. I'm curious to see if it's worth trading resolution for refresh rate.

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