Thursday, March 1st 2018

LG Releases the 38WK95C Monitor: 37", 3840x1600, 24:10, Ultrawide, FreeSync

LG has released a behemoth of a new monitor that aims to deliver the same image quality as a standard 4K panel in a much, much wider package. The 38WK95C is a 37" monitor with a staggeringly wide 24:10 ratio, which delivers its 3840x1600 pixels in an ultrawide field of view that's sure to be a powerhouse of a working environment. There's even FreeSync support, as is the case for many LG monitors, so that users who want to try and catch some gaming can do so at a buttery-smooth frame rate - if they can find some games that get around the ultrawide aspect ratio and can actually play with no distracting graphical glitches, that is.

The panel is an IPS affair with 5 ms gray-to-gray response time and 75 Hz refresh rate - somewhat adequate to the resolution this monitor will be used at. LG does seem to be back at their misleading HDR badges, though, as they claim HDR10 support, despite the fact that brightness is set at a pretty low 300 cd/m² brightness. The bare minimum that AMD considers for an entry-level HDR-capable display is 400 nits of brightness, so LG seems to be merely quoting support for HDR inputs - there's likely no real HDR image quality enhancement at play here. The panel is being quoted as being 10 bit (8-bit+FRC) color capable. As for inputs, there are 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x USB Type-C connectors; the monitor includes 2x 10 W speakers, a headphone jack and 2x USB 3.0 ports, and will enter the market at a $1,499 asking price.
Source: Overclock 3D
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19 Comments on LG Releases the 38WK95C Monitor: 37", 3840x1600, 24:10, Ultrawide, FreeSync

#1
CrAsHnBuRnXp
God damn it! why couldnt it have been gsync? Ive been waiting for something like this.
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TheLostSwede
CrAsHnBuRnXp said:
God damn it! why couldnt it have been gsync? Ive been waiting for something like this.
Because it'd be another $500 with G-Sync? Nvidia really needs to bring down the cost of G-Sync or adopt standards.
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nickbaldwin86
TheLostSwede said:
Because it'd be another $500 with G-Sync? Nvidia really needs to bring down the cost of G-Sync or adopt standards.
Gsync is a standard... for Gsync monitors ;) haha. Yeah they need to bring down the price but no on the other part. I love LOVE G-Sync, I have a hard time playing without it now.

and no this monitor wouldn't be another $500 if it was Gsync.

I have a 34" Gsync monitor that I picked up for $650 so by your math I could have paid $150 for the panel if it was FreeSync? :kookoo:
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#5
ShurikN
Premium for GSYNC is around 150USD
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#6
TheLostSwede
Well, where I live most G-Sync monitors have about a $500 price premium. Not everyone gets nice cheap US prices...
Obviously it's hard to compare, as there are no straight comparisons, since there are G-Sync and Freesync/AdaptiveSync versions of the same screen.

The cheapest Asus G-Sync screen here is about $510, which is a 24" 1080p model.
The cheapest Asus Freesync screen on the other hand is $170 for a 24" 1080p model.
Admittedly the G-Sync is 144Hz vs 75Hz for the Freesync model, so it's not an entirely fair comparison, although both use TN panels.

Other brands are very similar, bug again, it's impossible to compare apples to apples, as there are too many feature differences.
Ok, so the difference isn't $500, but a good $300. Higher-end models tend to have a higher price difference though.

My Asus PG27AQ goes for an insane $950, although I bought it off a friend who was moving country, so I got it a significant discount, or there's no way I would've bought it.

I guess the closest comparison would be the XG35VQ which is a 3,440x1,440 35" Freesync/AdaptiveSync screen and the PG348Q which is a 3,440x1,440 34" G-Sync screen. Obviously the panels and screen curvature differs a bit, but it's close enough.
The Freesync model costs $950 whereas the G-Sync model is $1,360, although it did initially sell for $1,600.
So this is what I'm basing my $500 increase in cost of this LG screen was G-Sync rather than Freesync on.
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#7
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Id sell my Acer Predator x34 for a monitor with gsync @ 3840x1600 and just pay the difference. 4K ultrawide!

It needs HDR too.
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#8
Chaitanya
TheLostSwede said:
Because it'd be another $500 with G-Sync? Nvidia really needs to bring down the cost of G-Sync or adopt standards.
Not $500 but the nvidia tax for Gsync is somewhere between $150-$250(in India atleast) these days. Also where are Amd gpus with so many freesync monitors in wild.

Also on another note, would like to see what Asus and other 3rd party manufacturers offer using this panel from LG. Which will be certainly better built than this LG monitor itself.
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nickbaldwin86
CrAsHnBuRnXp said:
Id sell my Acer Predator x34 for a monitor with gsync @ 3840x1600 and just pay the difference. 4K ultrawide!

It needs HDR too.
It would need at least 100hz also.

G-Sync and 100hz+ is a must now... my current is 166hz and G-sync and it is pretty amazing!
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#10
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Interesting monitor. I have been waiting to update my 2560 x 1600 Dell monitor and this could be a possibility. I wish it had G-sync though as others have stated...
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#11
Vlada011
What's difference between this 38WK95 and LG 38UC99-W, only 21:10 vs 21:9.
21:10 are better for me. 21:9 was to wide.
That model is one of monitor I plan to decide what to buy after GPU Upgrade.
But LG 43UD79 is still maybe better choice. 3840x2160.

I will see some of these three, price is very important factor.
38UC99-W could be find for 1000 euro.
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#12
Camm
That aspect ratio is interesting, and might go a long way back to restoring some of the vertical lost with 21:9, although I'm loathe to think what support for that aspect ratio would be like.

As for Gsync, Nvidia will need to support VESA and HDMI AdaptiveSync by the end of the year, or they risk losing compliance (as the spec is becoming compulsory).
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#13
Fluffmeister
Very nice, but with Vega miner tax G-sync tax doesn't seem so taxing.
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#14
Prima.Vera
CrAsHnBuRnXp said:
Id sell my Acer Predator x34 for a monitor with gsync @ 3840x1600 and just pay the difference. 4K ultrawide!

It needs HDR too.
I would do the same except I need to upgrade to a 4K capable Video Card. Maybe the next 2080 Ti ? ;)
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
Prima.Vera said:
I would do the same except I need to upgrade to a 4K capable Video Card. Maybe the next 2080 Ti ? ;)
Im sure while the 2080 will underperform the 1080Ti (which it should) it will still be very capable of 4K. The 1080 was close to 60 FPS on a near consistent basis @4K. I dont see why the 2080 cant.

FTR, I still think it's dumb nVIDIA are skipping 11xx-19xx and going straight to 20xx.
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#16
nickbaldwin86
CrAsHnBuRnXp said:
Im sure while the 2080 will underperform the 1080Ti (which it should) it will still be very capable of 4K. The 1080 was close to 60 FPS on a near consistent basis @4K. I dont see why the 2080 cant.

FTR, I still think it's dumb nVIDIA are skipping 11xx-19xx and going straight to 20xx.
I hope that AMD puts a foot forward with a new GPU and forces NVidia to progress. I think the 2080 should leave the 1080Ti in the dust. Why would a last gen card out perform the newest gen cards? because no competition! step it up AMD!

I love the progression that CPUs are taking because of AMD pushing Intel. I wish the GPU market would do the same. but for the foreseeable future we get what we get coming from NV.
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#17
nik.louis
I would truly want to know what's the difference between
LG 38WK95 and LG 38UC99-W

maybe the refresh rate? There is a comparison here https://www.displayspecifications.com/en/comparison/577846382

it seems strange to me that there's almost $500 difference between the 2 models without fully understand the differences!

Can anybody help me? i'm looking for my next monitor!!! Many thanks!
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#18
CrAsHnBuRnXp
one has HDR 10, the other doesnt, avg response times are different, display area is different.
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#19
Xzibit
Frame color & Stand. LG has them at $200 difference

38UC99-W supports FreeSync with DisplayPort
38WK95C-W supports it on both HDMI & DisplayPort

38WK95C-W is newer, it just might be newer internals with cosmetic updates to support more features like HDR 10 and HDMI freesync
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