Samsung Announces FreeSync 2 HDR Displays, includes C49HG90 49-in UltraWide!

Subject: Displays | June 9, 2017 - 11:24 AM |
Tagged: Samsung, hdr, freesync 2, freesync, CHG90, CHG70, amd

Samsung made a surprise announcement this morning, taking the wraps off of the first FreeSync 2 monitors to grace our pages, officially. These gaming displays come in three difference sizes, one of them incredibly unique, and all with HDR support and Quantum Dot Technology to go along with the variable refresh rate technology of FreeSync. 

All three displays utilize the QLED Quantum Dot tech first showcased in the QLED TV lineup launched just this past January at CES. It uses a new metal core and has some impressive color quality capabilities, going to 125% of the sRGB color space and 95% of the DCI-PE color space! I don't yet know what the peak luminance is, or how many backlight zones there might be for HDR support, but I have asked Samsung for clarification and will update here when I get feedback. All three displays use VA panels.

All three displays also become the first to pass certification with AMD for FreeSync 2, which we initially detailed WAY BACK in January of this year. FreeSync 2 should tell us that this display meets some minimum standards for latency, color quality, and low frame rate compensation. These are all great on paper, though I am still looking for details from AMD on what exactly the minimum standards have been set to. At the time, AMD would only tell me that FreeSync 2 displays "will require a doubling of the perceivable brightness and doubling of the viewable color volume based on the sRGB standards."

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The bad boy of the group, the Samsung CHG90 (part number C49HG90), is easily the most interesting. It comes in with a staggering screen size of 49-inches and a brand new 32:9 aspect ratio with an 1800R curvature. With a 3840x1080 resolution, I am eager to see this display in person and judge how the ultra-wide design impacts our gaming and our productivity capability. (They call this resolution DFHD, for double full HD.) The refresh rate peaks at 144 Hz and a four-channel scanner is in place to minimize any motion blur or ghosting. A 1ms rated response time also makes this monitor incredibly impressive, on paper. Price for the C49HG90 is set at $1499 with preorders starting today on Amazon.com. (Amazon lists a June 30th release date, but I am looking to clarify.)

Also on the docket is the CHG70, available in two sizes, a 32-in (C32HG70) and a 27-in (C27HG70) model. Both are 2560x1440 resolution screens with 16:9 aspect ratios, 1ms response times and FreeSync 2 integrations. That means the same 125% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3 color space support along with the Samsung Quantum Dot technology. Both will sport a 144 Hz refresh rate and an 1800R curvature. The specifications are essentially identical between all three models, making the selection process an easier choice based on price segment and screen real estate. The C27HG70 will be on preorder from Samsung.com exclusively for $599 while the C32HG70 will be on preorder at Newegg.com for $699, just $100 more.

All three displays will feature a Game Mode to optimize image settings for...gaming.

Samsung’s CHG90 extends the playing field for virtual competitors, with its 49-inch design representing the widest gaming monitor available. The monitor delivers a dramatic 1,800R curvature and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring that content is clearly visible from nearly any location within a given space. As a result, gamers no longer need to worry about the logistics, expenses, and bezel interference that occur when combining multiple smaller monitors together for an expanded view.

The new CHG90 monitor includes a height adjustable stand (HAS), allowing flexible height adjustment for improved viewing comfort. Designed for the most demanding games, the CHG70 monitor goes a step further with a dual-hinge stand that provides users more precise control over how the display panel is positioned.

In addition to Game Mode, a feature that optimizes image setting for playing games when connected to a PC or a game console, each of the new monitors include a game OSD dashboard, designed to blend seamlessly into game interfaces.

A full table of specifications is below and trust me on this one guys, I am already up in Samsung's and AMD's face to get these monitors in here for review!

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Now all we are missing is the power of a Radeon RX Vega card to push this high resolution, high refresh rate HDR goodness!!

Source: Samsung

HardwareCanucks on a Computex HDR vs SDR Demo

Subject: Graphics Cards, Displays | June 6, 2017 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: hdr, sdr, nvidia, computex

Dmitry Novoselov of Hardware Canucks saw an NVIDIA SDR vs HDR demo, presumably at Computex based on timing and the intro bumper, and noticed that the SDR monitor looked flat. According to his post in the YouTube comments, he asked NVIDIA to gain access to the monitor settings, and they let him... and he found that the brightness, contrast, and gamma settings were way off. He then performed a factory reset, to test how the manufacturer defaults hold up in the comparison, and did his video based on those results.

I should note that video footage of HDR monitors will not correctly describe what you can see in person. Not only is the camera not HDR, and thus not capable of showing the full range of what the monitor is displaying, but also who knows what the camera’s (and later video processing) exposure and color grading will actually correspond to. That said, he was there and saw it in person, so his eyewitness testimony is definitely valid, but it may or may not focus on qualities that you care about.

Anywho, the test was Mass Effect: Andromeda, which has a native HDR profile. To his taste, he apparently prefers the SDR content in a lot of ways, particularly how the blown out areas behave. He claims that he’s concerned about game-to-game quality, because there will be inconsistency between how one color grading professional chooses to process a scene versus another, but I take issue with that. Even in standard color range, there will always be an art director that decides what looks good and what doesn’t.

They are now given another knob, and it’s an adjustment that the industry is still learning how to deal with, but that’s not a downside to HDR.

Computex 2017: The ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ Is an UltraWide, 200Hz Display With HDR and G-Sync

Subject: Displays | May 31, 2017 - 04:36 AM |
Tagged: ultrawide, hdr, gaming monitor, g-sync, computex 2017, ASUS ROG, asus

After first teasing HDR monitors earlier this year at CES, ASUS is using Computex to announce a new high-end gaming monitor that incorporates nearly all of the latest display technologies into one impressive package. The ROG Swift PG35VQ is a 35-inch curved UltraWide display with a 3440x1440 resolution, HDR support, a 200Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-Sync technology.

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ASUS is using Quantum Dot technology to power the PG35VQ, which results in a display that handles the DCI-P3 color space, conforms to the HDR10 standard, and can reach a "retina-searing" 1000 nits maximum brightness. Thanks to an array of 512 individual LED backlights, the PG35VQ can also utilize local dimming for significantly better black levels than you'll find on previous generation displays. This is the same approach ASUS utilized on the 27-inch PG27UQ that it announced back at CES, there are just more LEDs to accommodate the larger screen area of the PG35VQ.

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Fans of RGB lighting will happy to hear that the PG35VQ also offers support for the ROG Aura lighting platform, allowing users to control and sync RGB lighting effects between all of their compatible devices. Want the RGB lights on your new UltraWide monitor to pulse in sync with your keyboard, motherboard, and headset? ASUS has you covered.

ASUS has not yet provided an official release date, but a blog post over at NVIDIA's website claims that the PG35VQ will hit retailers in the fourth quarter. As for pricing, don't expect this flagship display to come cheap. ASUS's current high-end UltraWide gaming monitor, the ROG PG348Q, retails for about $1200, but is an inch smaller diagonally, has half the refresh rate (100Hz), and lacks local dimming and HDR support. So plan accordingly and expect to pay a premium for these cutting edge features.

Source: ASUS

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

Samsung's other QD ... the CF791 quantum dot display

Subject: Displays | April 26, 2017 - 06:33 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, quantum dots, freesync, CF791

Over the past several years we have discussed the technology behind quantum dots, the new display technology which will provide greatly improved colour representation and gamuts on the next generation of displays.  Samsung are one of the first to deliver to market with their CF791 and Kitguru were given the opportunity to review the display.  The display is ultrawide, allowing a resolution of 3440x1440 on its 34" screen which has a 1500R curvature.  The monitors response time may be unremarkable at 4ms however the refresh rate can reach 100Hz and it is FreeSync compatible.  Their testing showed the monitor capable of 100% of sRGB and 84% of AdobeRGB, so this monitor could be effective for either gaming or content creation.  Drop by to see the full story.

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"Quantum is one of those technology words that seems to generally be associated with good things in computing – like “fuzzy logic” used to be with washing machines. But where the Samsung CF791 is concerned, quantum means something. This is the first screen we have seen with “quantum dot” technology, which is an improvement on regular LCD technology that promises better colour."

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Source: Kitguru

Is 240 Hertz SWIFT enough for you? The new ASUS ROG gaming monitor

Subject: Displays | March 20, 2017 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: tn monitor, SWIFT PG258Q, gsync, ASUS ROG, 1080p

As we wait for connectivity and GPU horsepower to catch up to the new technology available in monitors, those who are upgrading face a choice.  If you want incredibly high refresh rates then you have to sacrifice resolution, whereas if 4K is your need then you will have to be satisfied with lower refresh rate ranges.  The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q is one of the former, offering 1080p resolution but with G-SYNC capable of a refresh rate reaching 240Hz.  That extremely high refresh rate also requires the use of a TN panel, so if you prefer 4k IPS then this display is not the one you are looking for. 

Kitguru provides a full review of the monitor here, including a look at the new style of asymmetrical ROG stand which can tilt farther than you might think at first glance.

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"Gaming monitors are clearly going through a bit of a growth spurt, and ASUS is a company particularly focusing on this area. The ROG SWIFT PG258Q is a 24.5in screen with a whopping 240Hz top refresh and NVIDIA G-Sync, plus a host of other features specifically tailored for serious gamers."

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Source: Kitguru

LG 32UD99: FreeSync, 4K, and HDR (95% DCI-P3) for $999

Subject: Displays | March 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM |
Tagged: LG, hdr10, hdr

There’s a lot of interesting elements to this monitor. Apart from the refresh rate, which I believe is 60 Hz, it checks off basically every nice-to-have that I can think of... at least for AMD users. It is borderless on all four sides. It has 95% coverage of DCI-P3, which might even be factory-calibrated (if I understand the “Color Calibrated” specification correctly). It also has FreeSync to make gaming at 4K slightly more smooth if you’re just a bit below 60 FPS.

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And, according to B&H Photo (via The Verge), it will be coming on the 28th for $999.

It even includes a $100 B&H Gift Card at that price, too!

If you are into printed content production, then you might want to verify its Adobe RGB compatibility before making your purchase. DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB are both fairly large color spaces, but they deviate from each other. (Apparently, DCI-P3 covers more of the red end, while Adobe RGB covers more of the green.) Adobe RGB, if I understand correctly, extended sRGB into a space that printers could be calibrated into, while DCI-P3 is more for HDR video.

Personally, I find 60 Hz mouse pointers to be very noticeable and distracting. As such, the low refresh rate might be a deal-breaker for someone like me, but pretty much everything else looks like a win -- including the ever-important price and availability.

Source: LG

Yes Acer was the company that released the XR382CQK bmijqphuzx Display

Subject: Displays | February 2, 2017 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: ultra-widescreen, freesync, adaptive sync

Yes, this is the product Ryan mentioned, a curved 37.5" IPS adaptive sync display from Acer.  As opposed to yesterday, today Quad HD refers to a 3840x1600 2300R curve ultra wide screen resolution, making shopping for a monitor even easier, before you even try to type in the model number.  It supports Adaptive Sync, with a refresh rate that tops out at 75Hz; sorry G-SYNC fans.

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As with yesterdays model it has as slimmed down bezel, called ZeroFrame in this case.  It supports HDMI 1.3 10-bit colour, or at least states it offers 1.07 billion colours as well as a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 nit brightness.  The monitor also includes DTS Sound speakers and has a USB 3.0 Type-C port.  You can read a bit more about it here.

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Source: Acer

I can't believe its not bezel! AOC's Frameless Q2781PQ display

Subject: Displays | February 1, 2017 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: AOC, Q2781PQ, ips display, 1440p

Ignoring the creative marketing terms used in the PR, which describe the Q2781PQ as a Quad HD 4-sided “frameless” AH-IPS panel, the new monitor does have its good points.  It is a 27" 1440p Advanced High Performance IPS with a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 5ms response time.  While there certainly is a bezel, it appears to be quite slim and the stand will not block off a large portion of your desk.  The MSRP of $499 is not unreasonable for this product although if you want to go all out you can get the Swarovski crystal encrusted Q2781PS for an extra $100.  Gamers may be less enamoured of this panel as it lacks adaptive sync technology but for watching or creating media it is certainly worth a peek. 

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Fremont, Calif. – January 31, 2017 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the 27-inch Quad HD Ultra Slim Frameless IPS Monitor (Q2781PQ). AOC’s Q2781PQ sports an ultra slim design and asymmetric stand, along with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a new 4-sided “frameless” AH-IPS panel. It features a modern AH-IPS panel that allows for wide viewing angles of 178°, ensuring brilliant colors and Clear Vision, the image performance engine that can upscale Standard Definition (SD) sources to High Definition (HD) for sharper, more vivid viewing. The display also features Full sRGB color for the best color uniformity from any perspective. With excellent picture quality and features such as Flicker-FREE technology, the monitor meets the needs of style conscious home users and professionals alike. The AOC Q2781PQ is available now at Amazon.com for an MSRP of $499. AOC is also launching the Q2781PS, which sports the same features as the Q2781PQ, along with a Rose Gold base and edge and a luxury back panel adorned with crystals from Swarovski. It will be available on Amazon.com in the coming months for $599.

The Q2781PQ comes with an upgraded design and improved image quality that is certain to impress design-conscious users of all types. Alongside its ultra slim appearance and stylish asymmetric stand, the display comes in a new 4-sided “frameless” design with minimal black borders around the screen. The stand is also compact and saves space on the desk. Inside its elegant design, the display boasts the latest technology providing you with a first-class viewing experience. It features a modern AH-IPS panel that allows for wide viewing angles of 178°, ensuring brilliant colors with Full sRGB consistency and best color uniformity from any perspective. The AOC Q2781PQ comes with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and over 3.6 million pixels. Users interested in image or video editing will benefit from crisp and vivid visuals that impress with detail.

Modern features such as Flicker-FREE technology and multiple video inputs turn the AOC Q2781PQ into a functional and pleasant companion at home or in the office. Users who frequently spend long hours in front of a display will benefit from AOC Flicker-FREE technology, which regulates the monitor’s brightness through a DC (direct current) backlight system and thus reduces the unpleasant flickering that so frequently causes eye discomfort and fatigue. A range of up-to-date inputs allow users to connect the monitor up with their gaming consoles, Blu-ray players or portable devices such as laptops. These include a DisplayPort, two HDMI inputs and D-Sub.

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Source: AOC

OLED OLED OLED OLED! OLED! OLED!

Subject: Displays | January 12, 2017 - 04:50 PM |
Tagged: oled

2017 is going to be, among other things, the year of the monitor.  We will start to see HDR products, with quantum dot, OLED and other display technology become far more common and hopefully more affordable.  This leaves many questions about the display technology that you should be shopping for; what advantages will an OLED panel give over a QD display and vice versa?  Ars Technica recently delved into details of OLED displays and how they differ from the LED panels and other display types such as plasma. 

If you are curious about how OLED overcomes blur issues or want to nit-pick about brightness levels and what exactly qualifies a display for a Ultra HD Premium certification sticker then click and read the full article here.

... and for those uncultured people who don't get the reference.

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"In many ways, the same can be said about the other major TV standard that we're seeing more lately: OLED, which stands for organic light emitting diode. It's being called the future of TV tech, promising deeper blacks, less motion blur, and sexier colors."

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Source: Ars Technica