In a little bit of a stunning transfer, Acer final week introduced that its 4K HDR Predator X27 gaming show could be delayed to Q1 2018, lacking the essential vacation gross sales season. The monitor, based mostly round an NVIDIA reference design for a G-Sync HDR show that was in flip revealed again at CES 2017, has been eagerly anticipated, and till now was anticipated by the top of this 12 months. In the meantime, ASUS's ROG Swift PG27UQ, which options just about the identical specs, has additionally been delayed to 2018.

The Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ are based mostly on AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel, which presents a 3840&occasions;2160 decision and might attain a 144 Hz refresh fee. Mixed with a direct LED backlighting system with 384 zones, and screens based mostly on the M270QAN02.2 panel have been shaping as much as be the gaming screens to get, as they’d provide a second-to-none function set checklist.

Up to now, solely Acer and ASUS have introduced shows based mostly on this panel, with each being pretty easy implementations of NVIDIA’s reference design. Neither Acer nor ASUS have disclosed the rationale for the delay, however two particular prospects come to thoughts: both the reference design must be additional polished, or mass manufacturing of the panel was delayed by AUO. The latter was anticipated to start out quantity manufacturing of the M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel in July, nevertheless it's uncommon that we ever see public affirmation of panel mass manufacturing.

Sadly for NVIDIA, this in the end serves as a de-facto delay for his or her G-Sync HDR platform, as these shows are the flagship of the road. No different G-Sync HDR shows have been introduced, and there are treasured few panels set to be launched this 12 months that might even meet NVIDIA's wants. In any other case, within the opposing AMD camp, whereas none of AMD's companions have introduced related FreeSync shows, any potential merchandise utilizing the AUO panel must be equally impacted. So FreeSync customers on the lookout for a flagship-quality FreeSync 2 HDR show will discover themselves ready into 2018 as effectively.

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Associated Studying:

  • ASUS Demonstrates ROG Swift PG27UQ: 4K, 144 Hz, HDR, DCI-P3 and G-Sync
  • Acer Publicizes Predator X27 Monitor: 4K@144 Hz with DCI-P3, HDR10, & G-Sync
  • Samsung Publicizes First Freesync 2 Screens: CHG70 & CHG90 – Quantum Dots, As much as 49”, 144 Hz, DCI-P3

Sources: Acer, PCGamer.