Whereas NVIDIA's upcoming ultra-premium G-Sync HDR screens have been within the public eye for a while now, the schedule slips have turn into one thing of a sticking level, prompting the corporate in March to state that 27” 4K 144 Hz fashions can be delivery and in the marketplace in April. Evidently, these shows are but to launch, although preorders for the Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ had been listed in Europe in mid-April.
Placing some quantity of hypothesis to relaxation, NVIDIA has indicated the top of Could for delivery and e-tail availability of the Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ, although in the end this choice is within the fingers of Acer and ASUS. On that word, Acer acknowledged that they’d no updates on availability presently. Each fashions had been first showcased as reference prototypes throughout CES 2017, and as a part of the bigger G-Sync HDR lineup, the Predator X27 and PG27UQ would be the first screens in the marketplace.
|NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR 2018 Monitor Lineup|
ROG Swift PG27UQ
ROG Swift PG35VQ
ROG Swift PG65
OMEN X 65 BFGD
|Panel||27" IPS-type (AHVA)||35" VA|
|Decision||3840 &instances; 2160||3440 &instances; 1440 (21:9)||3840 &instances; 2160|
|Pixel Density||163 PPI||103 PPI||68 PPI|
|Max Refresh Charges||OC|
(four:2:2 chroma subsampling)
|Variable Refresh||NVIDIA G-Sync HDR Scaler/Module||NVIDIA G-Sync HDR Scaler/Module||NVIDIA G-Sync HDR Scaler/Module|
|Response Time||four ms||four ms?||Unknown|
|Brightness||1000 cd/m²||1000 cd/m²||1000 cd/m²|
|Backlighting||FALD (384 zones)||FALD (512 zones)||FALD|
|HDR Normal||HDR10 Assist||HDR10 Assist||HDR10 Assist|
|Inputs||2 &instances; DisplayPort 1.four|
1 &instances; HDMI 2.zero
|Availability||Could/June 2018||This fall 2018?||Summer time 2018?||Fall 2018|
NVIDIA didn’t point out the comparable 27" and 35" AOC fashions (AGON AG273UG, AGON AG353UCG) weren’t talked about however are presumably working on an analogous launch timeline. There was additionally no point out of Acer's Predator XB272-HDR.
Whereas the 27” 4K 144 Hz fashions had been initially slated for a late 2017 launch, Acer and ASUS made a stunning announcement final August on delaying their G-Sync HDR flagships to Q1 2018. Even with NVIDIA’s present end-of-Could evaluation, ASUS remarked offhand June launch was extra doubtless, as firmware and different growth work was nonetheless ongoing. Not that these had been the one G-Sync HDR shows introduced – at Computex 2017, Acer and ASUS unveiled 35” curved ultrawide 200 Hz G-Sync HDR shows initially for a This fall 2017 launch. In the meantime, at CES 2018 NVIDIA had already pushed ahead with revealing 65-inch sensible TV esque G-Sync HDR screens with built-in SHIELDs, dubbing them “Massive Format Gaming Shows” (BFGDs). No replace was supplied on the schedule for the 35” and BFGDs, solely that they had been as a result of come later this 12 months.
Regardless of the launch on the horizon, full specs and pricing have but to be printed. The options and specs stay the identical as now we have recognized earlier: using AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel, the 27” G-Sync HDR screens convey 3840&instances;2160 resolutions with as much as 144 Hz refresh price (at half chroma) and quantum dot movie, and providing DCI-P3 colour gamut and HDR10 assist, a peak brightness of 1000 nits brightness, and full array native dimming (FALD) performance with a 384 zone direct LED backlighting system. On high of that, Acer and ASUS embrace their very own monitor options and OSDs; for the actively cooled ROG Swift PG27UQ, this contains Tobii eye-tracking and ultra-low movement blur (ULMB).
For the few refresh price asterisks, the quantity of bandwidth wanted for HDR at 10-bit 4Kp144 with four:four:four chroma subsampling exceeds DisplayPort 1.four's functionality, and so setting the refresh price above 98 Hz could have the monitor drop to four:2:2 chroma and use dithering with 8bit and body price management (FRC). Although this bandwidth bottleneck is essentially out of ASUS/Acer and NVIDIA’s fingers, with DisplayPort 1.5 and even HDMI 2.1 very a lot too new to be integrated in these fashions.
That being mentioned, a straight conversion of European preorder costs sans VAT places the worth vary at $2500 to $3000, although this doesn’t straight implicate US pricing. As G-Sync HDR flagship gaming screens, they’ve basically each characteristic of ultra-high-end client/gaming screens. However moreover, the AU Optronics AHVA panel is pricier as it is just bought as mixed LCD and backlight unit, and with the price of the upgraded G-Sync HDR scaler and module, provides a value premium that’s handed onto shoppers.
In the end, the HDR scenario itself can also be just a little murky. Outdoors of HDR10 assist, NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR certification mandates and necessities are stored between them and the producers, and so the precise dynamic vary of G-Sync HDR isn’t clear. Presumably there are quantized public tips with minimal peak brightness, localized dimming functionality, minimal share protection of DCI-P3 gamut, and the like. In different phrases, very like VESA’s open DisplayHDR 400, 600, and 1000 requirements which are each straight linked to numerical efficiency metrics but additionally might be independently verified by shoppers themselves with VESA’s open check instruments and check benchmarks.
On the time, NVIDIA didn’t categorical any standardized HDR specs outdoors of their G-Sync HDR certification course of, reiterating that G-Sync HDR represented a premium gaming expertise and anticipating OEMs and monitor producers to checklist any HDR specs related to their fashions. In any case, these 27” screens adhere and thus carry the UHD Alliance’s Extremely HD Premium brand, which is 4K particular. For the publicly-announced G-Sync HDR shows, it seems that solely three kinds of AU Optronics panels are concerned, and so capabilities and featuresets will naturally align intently. NVIDIA additionally acknowledged that G-Sync HDR had no specific deal with Home windows HDR assist.
As HDR screens are a burgeoning market phase, NVIDIA introduced up the necessity for client training on the broad spectrum of HDR efficiency. For shoppers in search of a high-end variable refresh price monitor with HDR, an HDR model not strictly connected to efficiency parameters isn’t fairly as elucidating as "4K", "IPS", "144 Hz refresh price", or "4ms response time". As new panel applied sciences are developed and mature, will probably be fascinating to see how these modifications can be conveyed via the “G-Sync HDR” model.