Friday, May 23rd 2014

Acer Delivers World's First 4K Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

Acer announces the new Acer XB280HK gaming monitor as the world's first 4k2k display featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to provide stunning, ultra-smooth, tear-free imagery and rich colors for outstanding gaming experiences. It features Acer's flicker-less, low-dimming and ComfyView technologies that reduce strain on the eyes for smooth and comfortable extensive viewing.

Part of the new XB0 line of large gaming monitors, the Acer XB280HK is intended to be paired with enthusiast PCs for immersive, ultra high-end gaming. It features a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with 4k2k Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) that's four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD, and presents stunning high quality images for outstanding visual enjoyment.

With a GeForce GTX-powered PC, NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronizes the display's refresh rates to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag to deliver smoother, faster, more breathtaking gaming experiences. Scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper and more vibrant, and gameplay is more fluid and responsive providing gamers with significant performance advantages.

The Acer XB280HK builds in several features that take into consideration prolonged usage by heavy users such as programmers, writers, and graphic designers:
  • Flicker-less technology - stable power supply eliminates screen flicker particularly beneficial for heavy users by helping to reduce eye strain.
  • Low dimming technology - adjust to as low as 15 percent brightness in low light environments to make it easy on the eyes. Standard monitor settings start at 30 percent brightness level.
  • ComfyView technology - the non-glare panel reduces reflection from light source.
The Acer XB280HK features 170/170 degree viewing angles so that brilliantly-colored images can be seen from almost every angle. DisplayPort v1.2 transmits video signals and four USB 3.0 ports are conveniently located at the side and bottom of the display for connecting to keyboard, mouse or mobile devices.

The Acer XB280HK monitor is made with post-consumer recycled plastic and features a distinctive red ring on the base stand. The multi-functional ErgoStand allows the screen to tilt from -5° to 35° to ensure the best viewing angle; the base rotates 120° from left or right for easy screen sharing; the panel height can be raised by up to 150 mm for optimum comfort; and the screen pivots from horizontal to vertical for more viewing perspectives.

This eco-friendly monitor features a mercury- and arsenic-free panel, LED backlighting for reduced power consumption, and is ENERGY STAR qualified.

The Acer XB280HK starts shipping in Q2 in Pan America, EMEA, Japan, and Taiwan.
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63 Comments on Acer Delivers World's First 4K Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

#1
robert3892
Any idea what the price might be in the USA and Europe?
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#2
Roph
No profit-driven, vendor locked anti-competitive g-sync trash please.
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robert3892
by: Roph
No profit-driven, vendor locked anti-competitive g-sync trash please.
More vendors will follow but personally many gamers I have talked to are waiting for 120hertz capable 4K monitors.
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#4
repman244
by: robert3892
More vendors will follow but personally many gamers I have talked to are waiting for 120hertz capable 4K monitors.
They will wait longer for GPU's capable of driving that.
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#5
tehehe
by: robert3892
More vendors will follow but personally many gamers I have talked to are waiting for 120hertz capable 4K monitors.
While I share sentiment of having 120Hz display, 4k@120Hz will be ridiculously hard and expensive to drive. I mean it is really hard to drive 1080p@120Hz these days but 4 times that just seems impossible with current tech.
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#6
sgtspiff
hehe.

A year ago we complained over the fact that the 4k screens didn't come in desktop size for us to enjoy.
Now we realize and complain over the fact that we got the screens we've been waiting for.

But seriously. Is really 4k even close to gaming? Feels like atleast 2 generations of graphic cards is needed to make it anything else but top of the line.
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#7
robert3892
With TSMC having troubles with 20nm dies we will probably see much more horsepower next year.
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#8
Fluffmeister
Sweet, looking forward to see reviews of this badboy.
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#9
Prima.Vera
by: robert3892
Any idea what the price might be in the USA and Europe?
Imagine ASUS have a 1440p one with G-Spot for 1K....
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#10
Eroticus
by: Prima.Vera
Imagine ASUS have a 1440p one with G-Spot for 1K....
899$ :3

and this one going to be about 2~3k$ first one on his type.
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#11
robert3892
by: Eroticus
899$ :3

and this one going to be about 2~3k$ first one on his type.
I saw another article which puts the price at about 999 dollars but we'll see
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#12
Eroticus
by: robert3892
I saw another article which puts the price at about 999 dollars but we'll see
I Hope the monitor is 120hz and not just G-SYNC :)
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#13
robert3892
by: Eroticus
I Hope the monitor is 120hz and not just G-SYNC :)
If it's display port then it will be 60 hertz I would think.
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#14
lemonadesoda
by: tehehe
While I share sentiment of having 120Hz display, 4k@120Hz will be ridiculously hard and expensive to drive. I mean it is really hard to drive 1080p@120Hz these days but 4 times that just seems impossible with current tech.
A compromise is a 4K screen for desktop/productivity use, and a 4K screen operating at 1080p@120Hz or higher when gaming. So long as the screen is 120Hz and little to no lag on scaling, 4K screens at 120Hz are very useful for gamers even when not driven at native resolution.
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#15
natr0n
"The Acer XB280HK monitor is made with post-consumer recycled plastic"

I bet it contains the finest CRT essences via the plastic.
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#16
robert3892
by: natr0n
"The Acer XB280HK monitor is made with post-consumer recycled plastic"

I bet it contains the finest CRT essences via the plastic.
All of the major companies are doing this now. Dell is another example.
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#17
Bytales
You dont have enough bandwith on display port 1.2 for 4k@120. So those who wait such a monitor will have to wiat up the new display port standard.
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#18
robert3892
by: Bytales
You dont have enough bandwith on display port 1.2 for 4k@120. So those who wait such a monitor will have to wiat up the new display port standard.
That's correct. Hopefully 60 hertz with g-sync should look pretty good though.
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#19
RadFX
by: lemonadesoda
A compromise is a 4K screen for desktop/productivity use, and a 4K screen operating at 1080p@120Hz or higher when gaming. So long as the screen is 120Hz and little to no lag on scaling, 4K screens at 120Hz are very useful for gamers even when not driven at native resolution.
After running 4k It will be extremely difficult to force yourself to play at 1080p again even at 120hz. 1080p just plain sucks compared even to 2560x1440/2560x1600.
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#20
robert3892
by: RadFX
After running 4k It will be extremely difficult to force yourself to play at 1080p again even at 120hz. 1080p just plain sucks compared even to 2560x1440/2560x1600.
I know what you mean as I play on a 2560 x 1440 IPS monitor
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#21
Octavean
by: Bytales
You dont have enough bandwith on display port 1.2 for 4k@120. So those who wait such a monitor will have to wiat up the new display port standard.
Good point but any update to the DisplayPort standard should also come with support for FreeSync which would in theory be a good thing,.....

I'm OK without G-Sync or FreeSync personally. I've been using monitors too long without either to get fired-up about either and I do more on a PC then just gaming.

I already have a Samsung U28D590 28" 4K monitor and really am pleased with it.
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#22
sweet
by: robert3892
That's correct. Hopefully 60 hertz with g-sync should look pretty good though.
As far as I know, for now Gsync only works on 3D 120Hz.
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#23
SaltyFish
by: sgtspiff
hehe.

A year ago we complained over the fact that the 4k screens didn't come in desktop size for us to enjoy.
Now we realize and complain over the fact that we got the screens we've been waiting for.

But seriously. Is really 4k even close to gaming? Feels like atleast 2 generations of graphic cards is needed to make it anything else but top of the line.
by: lemonadesoda
A compromise is a 4K screen for desktop/productivity use, and a 4K screen operating at 1080p@120Hz or higher when gaming. So long as the screen is 120Hz and little to no lag on scaling, 4K screens at 120Hz are very useful for gamers even when not driven at native resolution.
TPU is a gathering of enthusiasts. Everyone seems to want a monitor with a resolution greater than 1080p, 10-bit color, and 120 Hz or higher refresh rates without regards on how to drive such a thing in gaming (nevermind multi-monitor setups of such) just for the opportunity to bask in the presence of some sort of technological marvel or simply for good old-fashioned epeen. One actually exists (with better than CRT color reproduction too!) but it's nowhere near affordable. Maybe it's like lemonadesoda said and we just want a Swiss Army Knife monitor for the versatility. High resolution and accurate color reproduction for productivity, but low response time and low input lag and high refresh rate for gaming. But the monitor would still need all those features packed into it somehow.

G-Sync is a nice anti-tearing solution since it avoids the greater system demand from higher frame rates, but its proprietary nature runs the risk of it sharing the fate of PhysX. Sure G-Sync is more accessible, but FreeSync does something similar, isn't vendor-locked, and has been standardized (lowered price premium). Even if G-Sync does it better (subjectively or objectively), it doesn't mean it'll last. Creative dominated the computer gaming audio market a decade ago with its fancy (and somewhat pricey) sound processors but still let it die.

Personally, I'd take a 2560x1600 @ 120 or 144 Hz on a 24" or smaller monitor. They've managed to get 4K on a 28" screen yet 1600p is still confined to 30" screens. Computer monitors lag behind laptop and phone screens in pixel density so bad you have to wonder how difficult it'd be to take a screen from one of the latter for use in the former.

Also, in before @Hitman_Actual gushes about G-Sync. :)
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#24
Arjai
Blah, blah, 4K, blah 120 Hz, blah, blah, power? Blah, G-Sync, Blah, price, epeen, blah.

'bout covers it, right?:)
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#25
GhostRyder
Interesting, but its going to cost an arm, leg, and part of your body since its the first. Would be interesting to see how well this performs in person!
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