Acer Announces Predator X27 Gaming Monitor: 4K and HDR at 144 Hz

Subject: Displays | April 28, 2017 - 07:25 PM |
Tagged: acer, Predator, Predator X27, monitor, display, hdr, 4k, UHD, 144 Hz, g-sync, nvidia

Acer announced a number of products at their next@acer press event in New York yesterday, but this new monitor might take the cake: a 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Predator X27 combined just about every conceivable feature for a gaming monitor and combines it into one product, but don't expect this 27-inch monitor be released at a budget price (pricing has not been announced).

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"Acer’s Predator X27 portrays astonishingly vibrant visuals without motion blur thanks to a high 4K (3840x2160) resolution at a 144 Hz refresh rate, a fast 4 ms response time and a 1,000 nit peak brightness. Featuring Acer HDR Ultra technology, it offers the best possible contrast quality of the high dynamic range with advanced LED local dimming in 384 individually-controlled zones that shine light only when and where it is required. It not only delivers a broader, more deeply saturated color gamut, but a luminance range several times greater than that of traditional dynamic range monitors. By dimming the backlight behind parts of the screen displaying black, blacks appear deeper and darker on those parts of the panel, a significant bonus for people who play games with darker scenes."

Acer has posted a video about the Predator X27, imbedded below:

Acer also announced a new curved gaming monitor with the Predator Z271UV, which offers a 1800R curve from its 27-inch display, but for HDR you'll need to stick to the X27. Quantum dot technology is incorporated into both display for wide color, and both feature NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh-rate tech featuring ULMB (ultra-low motion blur) along with with Tobii eye-tracking.

"Acer’s Predator Z271UV provides WQHD (2560x1440) resolution on a curved 1800R panel that puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the gamer’s eyes – this creates more immersive gameplay with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision. It features a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design perfect for use in multi-monitor setups, and provides spectacular color breadth covering 125% of the sRGB color space. It’s extremely fast with up to a 1 ms (3 ms native) response time that nearly eliminates motion blur and supports overclocking up to 165 Hz."

We await pricing and availability information for both monitors.

Source: Acer

April 28, 2017 | 08:38 PM - Posted by StephanS

G-Sync ? pass

To bad because it check every other box I was looking for...

May 1, 2017 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Godrilla

Most people are turned off by price and 27 inch size even more so.
So it's definitely not a perfect monitor in those regards, besides the horsepower you'll need to take advantage of it and the cost related to that horsepower.

April 28, 2017 | 11:27 PM - Posted by Shadowarez

Yeah found gsync useless as it is doesn't do jack for smoothing frames duel Titan X didn't help either maybe I'll sell these Titans go for Vega and freesync 2. Maybe it'll hold it's promise better then gsync has.

April 29, 2017 | 03:34 PM - Posted by gloomfrost

HUH? run that by me again. I have never even seen Gsync or freesync in person but i thought Gsync was a better but more expensive form or Variable refresh rate. How is Gsync worse then freesync?

May 1, 2017 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Not sure where you're coming from there, but Freesync and G-Sync are basically identical at this point, save some overdrive differences where Freesync panels tend to not be as stringently tuned as the G-Sync panels.

May 3, 2017 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Batismul

Here you go ignorant AMD fanboy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVNRNOcLUuA

April 29, 2017 | 01:29 AM - Posted by Mutation666

Yep dont want gsync, if it was freesync 2.0 I would but this in a heart beat its pretty much exactly what I want.

April 29, 2017 | 05:27 AM - Posted by Shadowarez

Maybe they'll​release a freesync 2 version once freesync 2 gets 100% HDR compliment. Once vega us outa the cooker freesync 2 will get a proper rollout with HDR support.

April 30, 2017 | 09:18 PM - Posted by Godrilla

Who remembers the price of 1st 4k monitors and the 1st Gen Titans it took to run games at those settings.
It will cost you $6000 minimum take take advantage of this monitor in it's full glory currently everyone is hyped about this technology, although Asus was the 1st to show off their prototypes at past ces and will be the 1st to the market 1 quarter sooner scheduled​.
I'm personally waiting for some HDR ultrawide 3440 x1440p monitors at 144hz and adaptive sync capable for a more palatable price. Hopefully freesync 2.0 and Vega will put some fearce competition in terms of quality and pricing as well.

May 1, 2017 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Dark_wizzie

Acer gets better panels and tends to cost less.

Your $6000 figure is made up and I don't understand why 'taking full advantage' must be achieved for all games. Don't need 144fps 4k Crysis to like FALD.

May 1, 2017 | 06:30 AM - Posted by Godrilla

Maybe$6k is steep but 2 non reference 1080ti plus or minus water cooling, 32 gigs ddr4 memory, a CPU that can handle 144hz 4k without bottleneck, a decent power supply a decent case with added noctua fans to get some silent most efficient cooling, radiator closed loop CPU cooling as well or custom loop and a enthusiast motherboard to glue everything together plus nvme ssds if you want the current storage standard will cost you more than 4k
And then we have this 4k monitor for $2000.

Anyway have you ran any modern games like deus ex you'll be lucky to hit 60 fps at 4k with 1080tis oc in sli.
I mean if you are paying $6k plus who wants compromise obviously no anti aliasing needed but everything else dialed to max.

These are for the ultra enthusiast but limited to 27 inches.
FYI next year you'll be able to purchase a successor monitor at a fraction of the cost as well as 2 Volta based gpus GTX 2070s in sli similar performance at a fraction of the cost, the cost will be roughly half just one year later to run games 4k at 144 hz waiting is an option.

May 1, 2017 | 07:11 PM - Posted by Dark_wizzie

I hope the price will drop. I'm not sure it will though. The 1440p 27in gsync IPS 144hz displays are the same cost more or less, right?

May 1, 2017 | 09:53 PM - Posted by Godrilla

No they are currently selling for 1/3 the cost, the top of the line 3440x1440p IPS 100hz gsync are about half currently$1050 on sale via Amazon.

May 1, 2017 | 10:18 PM - Posted by Dark_wizzie

I'm talking about this: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236660

...Which is still MSRP 17 months after debut.

May 2, 2017 | 10:55 PM - Posted by Photonboy

Uh, you do NOT have to run a game at 4K, nor do you have to run it at 144FPS. In fact, the POINT of GSync is that you can run at variable frame times.

Deus Ex MD can be enjoyed very nicely with a single GTX1070 and tweak the game settings so you average maybe 50FPS.

I run most games at 60FPS with minor tweaks were necessary (GTX1080) but quality is usually close to what the highest ULTRA settings do anyway.

*Also, you're messing with multi-GPU which is problematic in itself. The BEST system you can build right now would be with a SINGLE GTX1080Ti, and a good GSYNC monitor.

I'm a little SAD that people throw good money away, constantly chasing the dream of the perfect gaming system when a little more knowledge could give a BETTER experience for cheaper.

Other:
This monitor is also using the new Quantum Dot to provide much deeper blacks. It's really the BEST monitor (AFAIK) that you will be able to buy when available.

FREESYNC HDR is likely going to be nearly identical go GSYNC HDR in terms of performance, but rumor is AMD may LICENSE and with the added work (it's not trivial) sorting out HDR with Freesync I suspect prices won't be that different on average.

(though XBOX ONE SCORPIO is going to support Freesync HDR. If that's an interest for HDTV, or MONITOR keep an eye on that.)