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ASUS Announces Strix GeForce GTX 960

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 960, an all-new gaming graphics card packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II for cooler, quieter and faster performance for incredible action gaming, and 0dB fan technology for totally-silent light gameplay. The new card features feature exclusive ASUS Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and GPU Tweak with XSplit Gamecaster for overclocking and online streaming that's as simple as it is flexible. Strix GTX 960 comes equipped with a DisplayPort interface to support connections up to 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution.

Strix GTX 960 is factory-overclocked at 1291 MHz and has a 1317 MHz boost clock speed in OC Mode that delivers stunning gaming performance. Strix GTX 960 provides 12% faster gameplay in Assassin's Creed Unity and Battlefield 4, and runs the 3DMark 11 (Extreme) benchmark at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution 6.5% faster than reference designs. It is fitted with 2 GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory that races along at boosted speeds of up to 7200 MHz.

ViewSonic Introduces New Visual Display Technology Solutions at CES 2015

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, unveils its newest visual display technology solutions at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, at the Encore Hotel, January 6-9, 2015. The company's line-up of new products to be showcased at CES will include Ultra HD 4K monitors, newly redesigned and price-competitive digital projectors, comprehensive VDI endpoint solutions and commercial-grade digital signage. With the company's strong display product heritage, ViewSonic continues to lead the visual display industry with innovations such as touchscreen, interactivity, curved, and 5K displays as well as wireless connectivity, cloud and virtual-based technologies that meet today's demanding environments.

"At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, we'll introduce new commercial-grade solutions that demonstrate our strength and leadership in the professional and consumer display market," said Al Giazzon, vice president of marketing at ViewSonic Americas. "With new products like our new brighter and smarter LightStream projectors and feature-rich 4K monitors, our product lines continue to deliver the highest level of commercial-grade quality to meet the challenges of any computing environment."

Samsung Introduces New Monitors Featuring High Resolution Displays

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled its 2015 monitor lineup, a series of premium products that offer outstanding viewing experiences for consumers and professionals alike. The new consumer models include the SE790C Curved Monitor, which provides an unparalleled, immersive experience as the world's first 3000R curved monitor with Ultra-Wide QHD resolution (3440x1440) and the UE590, a UHD monitor with an HDMI 2.0 port and extraordinary color detail perfect for editing and consuming multimedia and ideal for 60Hz PC gaming. Samsung is also launching the UE850 UHD and ECO-Friendly PLS SE650 monitors for creative and enterprise users. The new monitors will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Samsung's booth, 11906 in Central Hall, from January 6-9, 2015.

"Samsung is a longstanding leader in display technology, constantly innovating to create exceptional desktop viewing experiences," said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "We're proud to continue that legacy of innovation with the 2015 monitor line which offers truly remarkable and immersive visual experiences for all types of users."

SanDisk Introduces New Affordable SSDs That Boost PC Performance

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, continues its momentum in the consumer SSD space by introducing two new offerings: the SanDisk SSD Plus, a 2.5" entry-level drive, and the SanDisk Ultra II mSATA SSD, a new form factor for the SanDisk Ultra II SSD product line. The SanDisk SSD Plus targets laptop and desktop PC users who want to significantly improve system performance. The SanDisk Ultra II mSATA SSD is for laptop and tablet users looking to increase the capacity and overall performance of their mSATA-enabled systems. The two new solutions are being unveiled at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

Building on SanDisk's impressive line-up of SSD offerings, these new drives are designed to bring all the benefits of flash memory technology-faster speeds, extended battery life and upgraded systems-to users at an affordable price. With speeds of up to 23x the performance of a typical hard drive, the SanDisk SSD Plus will deliver faster boot and load times as well as better overall system performance, eliminating the need to completely replace a slow laptop or desktop PC. The SanDisk Ultra II mSATA SSD delivers competitive performance, with read speeds of up to 550MB/s, while adding up to 512GB of capacity so users can get more out of their mSATA-enabled notebooks and tablets.

Acer Announces the XB270HU and XG270HU Gaming Monitors

Acer announces two new gaming monitors with some world first designs. The Acer XB270HU is the world's first NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor equipped with IPS technology, and the Acer XG270HU is the world's first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display. Both of these 27-inch displays come with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and a fast 144 Hz refresh rate to enhance in-gaming performance.

The XB270HU is the first NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled gaming monitor to feature IPS technology, which provides consistently clear images from up to 178 degree wide viewing angles. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology ensures every frame rendered by the GPU is perfectly portrayed by synchronizing the monitor's refresh rates to the GPU in a GeForce GTX-powered PC. This breakthrough technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes display stutter and input lag to deliver a smooth, fast and dynamic gaming experience for all the latest PC game titles. Scenes appear instantly, objects are visually sharp, and gameplay is more responsive to provide faster reaction times, giving gamers an advantage. Even in multi-monitor setups, the Acer XB270HU delivers crisp images from wide viewing angles to provide an excellent in-game experience. Furthermore, its multi-functional ErgoStand allows users to tilt, swivel and adjust the height to the most comfortable viewing position.

LG To Introduce World's First 21:9 Gaming Monitor With AMD FreeSync At CES 2015

LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to introduce the world's first 21:9 "UltraWide" gaming monitor compatible with AMD FreeSync technology for fluid motion during fast gameplay.

The new monitor headlines LG's expanded lineup being unveiled next week at the 2015 International CES and further solidifies the company's leadership in the growing 21:9 segment, which caters to the digital imaging, business professional and gaming markets. Based on IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, LG is the world sales leader in this monitor segment over the last seven fiscal quarters (as of the third quarter of 2014) with a market share of 77.3 percent of the world's 21:9 monitors.

Samsung Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduces its newest and most advanced curved monitor, model SE790C, delivering an enhanced immersive and comfortable viewing experience for multi-media entertainment and multi-tasking. Alongside an optimized curvature design, ultra-wide quad high definition (ULTRA-WQHD) resolution and a superior contrast ratio, the new 34-inch curved monitor SE790C offers enhanced productivity and entertainment functionality within a sophisticated and ergonomic design.

"All curves are not created equal. Samsung's SE790C offers an industry-leading and award-winning curvature for a truly immersive, comfortable and differentiating viewing experience," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. "Combined with superior picture quality, productivity and entertainment-enhancing technology features, and design sophistication, our latest curved monitor delivers on our brand promise to push the limits of what display solutions and innovative technology can deliver."

Razer Debuts Seiren Digital Microphone with Studio-Grade Recording Quality

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Seirēn (stylized as "Seirēn" and pronounced "Sigh-ren"), a plug-and-play digital microphone designed for studio-grade recording and streaming.

The Razer Seirēn features a versatile multi-pattern USB digital connection capable of four different recording pattern configurations with three custom-tuned 14 mm condenser capsules. This makes the Razer Seirēn digital microphone ideal for the needs of professional musicians, streamers and YouTubers who demand superior clarity. With plug-and-play simplicity this microphone is simple to use at the studio or at home.

Dell to Price its 27-inch 5K Monitor Under $2,000

Dell plans to launch the first consumer 5K monitor some time in December 2014, priced at just under $2,000 a pop. This comes in the wake of Apple launching the first consumer product with a 5K display, its latest iMac Retina all-in-one desktop. Dell's UltraSharp UP2715K is a 27-inch display with 5K (5120 x 2880 pixels) native resolution, which lends it a staggering 218 ppi of pixel density. Compare that to the 157 ppi of 28-inch Ultra HD monitors. 5K is four times as many pixels as WQHD.

The UltraSharp UP2715K features a 10-bit IPS panel, with 99 percent Adobe RGB and 100 percent sRGB palette coverage, and a 12-bit LUT. It offers viewing angles of 178°/178°, 8 ms response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1000:1 static contrast-ratio, with dynamic mega-contrast. The display needs two DisplayPort connections for sufficient bandwidth, to beam those many pixels at 60 Hz. There's also a mini-DisplayPort, but using that would either cap resolution at 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, or drop refresh-rate at the native resolution.


Source: TFT Central

NEC Display Launches MultiSync EA Series with SpectraView II Bundles

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today several affordable product bundles with SpectraViewII calibration software to help pro-sumers, entry-level photographers and desktop power users manage color accuracy.

The SpectraViewII EA Kit, which includes SpectraView software and a Spyder color calibration sensor, is now available as a separate option or bundled with the 24-inch MultiSync EA244UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution), 27-inch EA274WMi (2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution), and 30-inch EA304WMi (2560 x 1600 WQXGA resolution) displays.

Samsung Announces Gaming Bundle with UD590 Monitor or 850 PRO Series SSD

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today a bundle deal with Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft, which will include a download of Assassin's Creed Unity with the purchase of the Samsung U28D590D (UD590) monitor or the Samsung 850 PRO solid state drive (SSD). The UD590 is an optimal monitor for PC gaming, with an ultra-high definition screen, one millisecond response rate and one billion color gamut, while the award-winning 850 PRO SSD offers the lag-free performance and blazing-fast load times gamers need. Paired with Assassin's Creed Unity, these products offer gamers the ultimate gaming package.

"Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay," said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin's Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We're happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers."

LG Releases the 31MU97 'Digital Cinema 4K Monitor'

LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its new 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) for global rollout starting this week. The cutting-edge LG 31MU97 mates Digital Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution with a 31-inch IPS monitor to create an ultra-sharp high-end monitor that meets the standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). The LG 31MU97 is especially well suited for professionals who demand the sharpest possible images for either work or leisure.

The monitor's ultra-high quality 4K resolution and life-like colors are ideal for photographers, video editors and graphic artists and its incredible picture quality allows for detailed and accurate retouching of any image. With the monitor's rich and vibrant colors and impressive 10-bit color, visual arts professionals will greatly appreciate the model's high color accuracy.

Iiyama Rolls Out ProLite XB3070WQS 30-inch Monitor

Japanese display maker Iiyama rolled out the ProLite XB3070WQS, a 30-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor, for graphics professionals. The display features an AH-IPS panel, with 2560 x 1600 pixels native resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), and offers 99 percent coverage of Adobe RGB palette, and 146 percent of sRGB. Other vital specs include 5 ms response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1,000:1 contrast-ratio, with dynamic mega-contrast. The LED brightness is controlled by rheostat instead of PWM, and so it doesn't flicker at lower brightness settings. Display inputs include dual-link DVI, D-Sub, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4 (runs the display at lower refresh rates). The stand offers basic tilt and swivel functions. The displays started selling in Japan.

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Philips 272G5DYEB 27-Inch G-SYNC Monitor Arriving This Month

MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a superb new monitor for true gaming fans: the 27-inch Philips 272G5DYEB display with NVIDIA G-SYNC. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, this display updates the screen content nearly two and a half times more often than a standard monitor. By letting the GPU control the refresh, it delivers ultra-smooth image motion that includes the critical images that are otherwise missing on displays with standard refresh rates. So players can target objects more accurately - and level up their game.

NVIDIA G-SYNC - groundbreaking display technology
One drawback of gaming with a standard monitor, at least for serious gamers, is the lower refresh rate, which can make objects appear to jump suddenly from one spot to another on the display. The NVIDIA G-SYNC chipset is designed for gamers who are looking for a display that can game just as hard and fast as they can. The Philips 272G5DYEB NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor, with its advanced graphics support, is more than a match for the sharp, fast responses of experienced gamers. It redraws the screen image up to 144 times per second, making objects less likely to jump around and easier to target accurately.

BenQ Outs the XL2430T Gaming PC Monitor

BenQ rolled out the XL2430T gaming PC monitor. This 24-inch monitor features a TN-film panel, with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 1 ms (GTG) response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast. Its selling point is a feature-called GROM (gaming refresh-rate optimization management), which adjusts refresh-rates between steps of 75 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, and 144 Hz, depending on the content's frame-rate, to minimize stuttering or page-tearing. The monitor features BenQ's signature black+red color-scheme, with controls along the stand, so you don't have to reach out to tacky buttons along the panel. Display inputs include dual-link DVI, DisplayPort (both of which are required for GROM and >75 Hz refresh rates), two HDMI and one D-Sub (refresh-rate is capped at 75 Hz). Other features include headphone and microphone jacks. BenQ didn't announce pricing.

LG 34UC97 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor Now Available in the US

LG Electronics today begins selling its 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) in the United States. The world's first monitor to incorporate a curved In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch (32.7-inches measured diagonally) class display provides remarkable picture quality, professional functionality and a range of convenient connectivity options. LG's 34UC97 is available nationwide for $1,299.

With LG's IPS technology, the LG Curved UltraWide Monitor delivers immersive wide viewing angles that allow users to view the screen clearly without distortion at virtually any angle. The LED backlighting delivers deep black levels and rich colors for an amazing contrast and color detail, and its Ultra Quad High Definition (UQHD) picture quality with 3440 x 1440 pixels make movies, games and sports come to life.

Samsung Introduces SD590C 27-inch Curved LED Monitor

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a world leader in display technology, today announced the SD590C curved monitor. Architected as the ultimate entertainment display, it delivers a completely immersive viewing experience, while its super narrow bezel seamlessly allow for multi-screen extension. Stereo speakers built directly into the monitor's curve complete the package with high-quality surround sound, while a specialized mode optimizes the monitor for gaming with just one click.

"As a leader in the display industry, Samsung is committed to pushing the envelope on both monitor design and technology to offer consumers the best experience possible," said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The SD590C represents that vision, with a curved design that was carefully engineered to draw you into the display and truly make you feel a part of the content."

Acer Brings 4K2K Displays With NVIDIA G-SYNC to North America

Acer America is bringing its new XBO series gaming displays featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to gaming enthusiasts in North America. This cutting-edge line delivers significant performance advantages that infuse gaming with incredibly smooth, realistic and responsive visuals, elevating game play to a new level of stunning realism.

The two XBO series display models for North America include the Acer XB280HK boasting a 28-inch 4K2K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display with a @ 60Hz refresh rate and the Acer XB270H with a 27-inch screen and a maximum Full HD 1080p @ 144Hz resolution. Both models provide a quick 1ms response time, further enhancing in-game performance. They also feature revolutionary NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, comfortable ergonomics and excellent connectivity.

Industry's Biggest Scaler Vendors Pledge Support for AMD's Project FreeSync

Today, AMD announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and AMD's Project FreeSync by year end.

"Since the dawn of hardware-accelerated graphics, gamers dreamed of liquid smooth gameplay free of stuttering and tearing," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "AMD's Project FreeSync is aimed at realizing that vision with an open, standardized and license-free approach that will encourage lower prices and wider adoption."

Worldwide PC Monitor Shipments Down By 2.9% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 32.5 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-over-year decline of -2.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 107 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, there was a strong quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 11% in the United States and a slight increase in PC Monitor shipments in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). In addition, the shipment totals were stronger than forecast by 4%," said Keerthi Maganti, Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Monitor Trackers at IDC.

Samsung Unveils the S27D590C 27-inch Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduced the 27-inch S27D590C Full HD Curved Monitor designed to enhance visually compelling entertainment content. The advanced display creates a more immersive viewing experience through its curved design and innovative features.

"Our new, 27-inch curved monitor takes movie watching and gaming to new heights from the monitor's unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "The S27D590C embodies our singular focus to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience."

EIZO Announces the DuraVision FDF2305W 23-Inch Monitor

EIZO Corporation announced the release of the DuraVision FDF2305W, a 23-inch full HD monitor for security and surveillance equipped with EIZO's Smart Insight visibility-enhancing technology. The DuraVision FDF2305W is equipped with DVI-D 24 pin and D-Sub mini 15 pin inputs for digital and analog signal support respectively. It also has two HDMI inputs which support both PC and AV signals and can be connected to video cameras, recorders, and other AV devices.

The 1920 x 1080 full HD native resolution allows it to display images taken with a full HD camera pixel-by-pixel for viewing content in high detail.

AOC's New Anti-Blue Light Technology Helps Protect Eyes While at the PC

AOC, a worldwide leader in display technology, is rolling out an innovative and patent-pending, solution called Anti-Blue Light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. Like Ultra-Violet light waves (UV) from the sun, extended overexposure to shortwave blue light (380-450 nm) from LED-backlit devices can be a contributor to vision impairments.

The new technology, Anti-Blue-Light (ABL), enables users to enjoy a quality picture, brightness and color fidelity without subjecting their eyes to the prolonged detrimental impact of shortwave blue light exposure. The technology will be incorporated into new AOC 76V Series Anti-Blue Light displays announced this year.

VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3 Standard, 4K at 120 Hz

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 audio / video (A/V) standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1 Gbps/lane-a 50% increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4 Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data.

The increased bandwidth enables higher resolution monitors, including recently announced 5K monitors (with pixel resolutions of 5120 x 2880) using a single DisplayPort cable without the use of compression. It will also enable higher resolutions when driving multiple monitors through a single connection using DisplayPort's Multi-Stream feature, such as the use of two 4K UHD monitors, each with a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2160, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing.

ViewSonic Introduces 24-inch 16:10 Ergonomic Desktop Display

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces the VG2438Sm 16:10 desktop monitor to its line of award-winning displays. The combination of premium SuperClear panel technology that provides wide viewing angles, as well as a 16:10 aspect ratio, ensures that the VG2438Sm 24-inch display offers an excellent screen experience for demanding computing usage from commercial to enterprise environments and more.

With 1920x1200 resolution, the ViewSonic VG2438Sm's additional vertical space and boosted pixels provide better resolution over standard Full HD monitors, making it ideal for productivity-based tasks from editing and designing to engineering applications. It also features a DisplayPort connection and built in USB hub for more adaptable and flexible connectivity.
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