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!!


April 18, 2013 | 09:00 PM - Posted by Kusanagi (not verified)

can you disable the 120hz and the luminance control?

April 18, 2013 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I don't know about the 120 Hz, didn't see a setting.

As for the luminance stuff, there is a setting, but it didn't seem to DO anything...

April 24, 2013 | 02:44 AM - Posted by Nater (not verified)

One thing to maybe look at is when the color is set to Dynamic Mode. Usually a lot of TV's sometimes turn off the Advanced Picture section when Dynamic Mode color mode is enabled.

Then you might get to 120hz motion settings.

May 13, 2013 | 04:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

did you try using the vga input on the tv directly from the computer, bypassing hdmi? Would this bypass the 30hz limitation? thanks

May 15, 2013 | 12:25 PM - Posted by beginner713 (not verified)

The picture tells the story itself, so good that it is useless to say any thing about the picture.keep it up.
personal statement editing service

May 13, 2013 | 07:22 PM - Posted by Kusanagi (not verified)

Damn. that bites.

April 18, 2013 | 09:01 PM - Posted by salesATbossrigsDOTcom (not verified)

Ryan, we sell this very same model for a bit less. Will have some stock here soon. Just saying.

April 18, 2013 | 09:07 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Hmmm, let me know!  Do you have a contact at the company as well?  I have some questions.

April 21, 2013 | 09:06 AM - Posted by Vern knight (not verified)

Is it possible you could let me know when yo have stock of this tv

Regards Vern

April 18, 2013 | 09:05 PM - Posted by AlexP (not verified)

Can you overclock the tv?

April 18, 2013 | 10:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So is better to wait for a new hdmi version to get 4K with 60fps?

April 18, 2013 | 10:21 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

That's going to be in 2014 I think...

April 19, 2013 | 02:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm pretty sure HDMI 2.0 is supposed to come out this year.

April 18, 2013 | 10:14 PM - Posted by Holyneo (not verified)

I could see some screen tearing, possible runt frames showing up as well. Hahahaha

April 18, 2013 | 10:21 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Tearing because we didn't have Vsync on initially, but yes, there may be some issues at this high resolutions!

April 19, 2013 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Holyneo (not verified)

Just teasing... I'm just jealous :)

April 18, 2013 | 10:40 PM - Posted by James Cho (not verified)

I ordered this monitor a couple days ago.

Which GeForce Video cards would be able to support 3840x2160 at 30 Hz over HDMI? In particular with the GTX 650 support this mode?

April 18, 2013 | 11:51 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I think anything in the GTX 600 series will work.

April 20, 2013 | 12:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


I'm getting confusing messages from NVidia support: First they said that 3840x2160 at 30 Hz is supported by:

* GTX 650 Ti
* GTX 650 Ti BOOST

They said that GTX 650 and the GTX 660 did not support this. I'm very confused. I just ordered a full CPU system for this monitor and will be disappointed if the video card does not work with this monitor.

April 23, 2013 | 03:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

He should try it with 2 7970's so we can see how screwy they are, what a hassle it is to setup, and how they constantly crash out and can't stretch to screen correctly, CF undoes itself and it's starts running in single card mode, he gets the corner mouse cursor bug, then the grey screen of death...

Yeah I'd love to see amd cf live setup... that would be entertaining.

April 18, 2013 | 10:52 PM - Posted by RoboGeoff (not verified)

This will be excellent for porn

April 18, 2013 | 11:51 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I dont know, surely there is a point where too much resolution is reached for that...

April 19, 2013 | 02:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't know some of us love them stretch marks. Takes the Barbie out of This Ain't Barbie XXX Parody.

April 18, 2013 | 11:31 PM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

What about porn? It's one monitor benchmark that always gets overlooked.

April 18, 2013 | 11:45 PM - Posted by marz40k (not verified)

the dimming of the screen is the LED back light i have the same thing going on with my Samsung 40" TV i only seem to see it more will playing fps games its like the 100HZ motion plus turns it self on but it is not on in the TV setings

April 18, 2013 | 11:52 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

That is kind of the impression I am getting right now as well.  I am hoping to find access to a service menu so I can try to turn that stuff all the way off and see what changes.

May 15, 2013 | 10:54 AM - Posted by hdantman (not verified)

Service Menu access: Press the Menu Key, then 0000. Be Careful.

April 19, 2013 | 12:08 AM - Posted by marz40k (not verified)

it could be in the advanced settings menu if it is like the Samsung in the video it was locked out put the TV to 1080p resolution it should let you in the menu then with my Samsung it would not let me in it using monitor resolutions hope that helps

April 19, 2013 | 03:53 AM - Posted by SetiroN

"many PC gamers are going to be excited about the possibility of using this as a gaming display"
really? people are looking forward to gaming at 30Hz?

April 20, 2013 | 04:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hdmi 2.0 will support over 30hz for 2160p, and it's coming out this year so...

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