Monday, July 9th 2018

BenQ EX3203R Monitor Achieves VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD FreeSync 2 Certification

BenQ, leading global innovator of displays, today announced its latest milestone in visual technology, earning VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD FreeSync 2 certifications for the EX3203R entertainment monitor. Featuring dazzling HDR performance with stunning gaming capabilities, the curved 32" display delivers immersive viewing and gaming experiences protected by BenQ Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I. +) eye-care technology.

"EX3203R ingeniously blends HDR image quality together with B.I. +, guaranteeing dark details remain crystal clear even in dim environments while softening bright images," said Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation. "With FreeSync 2 for ultimate gameplay, EX3203R provides endless personal entertainment in absolute health and comfort safeguarded by BenQ Eye Care."
Keeping pace with entertainment content encoded with HDR, which significantly increases the dynamic luminosity range for vivid, realistic video quality, VESA DisplayHDR certification is the world's first public qualification testing protocol for HDR monitor performance. VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification assures consumers that EX3203R can flawlessly render HDR content with brilliant peak brightness and contrast, deeper blacks and clear dark details, and intensely saturated colors for naturally realistic video and gaming quality.

"The BenQ EX3203R FreeSync 2 display features stunning color, contrast, and detail in every pixel and is an exceptional addition to the FreeSync 2 family," said Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "The past three years have been very exciting for AMD's FreeSync technology and we're thrilled to bring even more choice to PC and console gamers with BenQ's latest monitor. Gamers can experience fluid, artifact-free gameplay as well as high-brightness pixels, excellent black levels, and a wide color gamut for HDR content, all without compromising on price."

In addition to eliminating image tearing, broken frames, and choppy gameplay, FreeSync 2 raises the bar for PC and console gaming displays by requiring panel characteristics such as a large dynamic refresh rate range and low latency for exceptional HDR viewing experiences. Correspondingly, EX3203R's exceptional color reproduction, together with superb contrast performance and ultrafine detail rendition ideally equip it as the perfect HDR video and gaming display platform. Combining HDR with Brightness Intelligence Plus eye-care technology, EX3203R provides long-term eye comfort for extended gaming or video watching sessions while delivering spectacular HDR images to preserve dark detail clarity for human eyes to perceive easily, even in dim environments:

Brightness Intelligence Plus detects ambient color temperature and brightness to automatically adjust display brightness and color temperature for the most comfortable and accurate viewing experience, avoiding overexposure in bright scenes while preserving subtle details in dark scenes.

Flicker-Free Technology provides immediate relief from eyestrain by eliminating the 200+ times per second flickering that plagues conventional LCD screens.
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20 Comments on BenQ EX3203R Monitor Achieves VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD FreeSync 2 Certification

#1
Mistral
The important piece of information missing here:
2560 x 1440 VA panel

This could be pretty good, is the price is sane.
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#2
jabbadap
I thought AMD tightened Freesync2 specs to having at least displayhdr600 to get the badge? Or is there now two freesync2 specs? One with hdr and one without, I'm seriously confused now :confused:
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#3
sweet
If only I could buy a Vega at sane price...
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#4
Fluffmeister
"jabbadap said:
I thought AMD tightened Freesync2 specs to having at least displayhdr600 to get the badge? Or is there now two freesync2 specs? One with hdr and one without, I'm seriously confused now :confused:
FreeSync 2 HDR is the minimum to support HDR 600 support, so this monitor is FreeSync 2 with HDR 400 support minus the minimum support for FreeSync 2 HDR.

It's very clear.
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#6
RH92
"Fluffmeister said:
FreeSync 2 HDR is the minimum to support HDR 600 support, so this monitor is FreeSync 2 with HDR 400 support minus the minimum support for FreeSync 2 HDR.

It's very clear.
Im sory but this is far from being clear !

If i try to understand you , you are basicaly saying that there are two FreeSync 2 standards :

1) FreeSync 2 HDR : HDR600 certification .

2) FreeSync 2 : Everything else that does't meet HDR600 certification .

Confusing non the less ....

"TheOne said:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014632
At that price this monitor is a big JOKE !
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#7
Fluffmeister
"RH92 said:
Im sory but this is far from being clear !

If i try to understand you , you are basicaly saying that there are two FreeSync 2 standards :

1) FreeSync 2 HDR : HDR600 certification .

2) FreeSync 2 : Everything else that does't meet HDR600 certification .

Confusing non the less ....
Bingo! I'd freely admit when I said it was very clear my tongue was firmly in my cheek.
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#10
GoFigureItOut
Currently, I have an outdated BenQ gaming monitor; its RL-something which I love, and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg, either. Based on the heavy criticism on most of the BenQ monitors, it seems like the majority of replies indicate that they are overpriced. People are paying for a name rather than well-designed monitor that doesn't outperform the competition
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#11
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
This is probably the reason why AMD put that statement out about DisplayHDR 400 and FreeSync 2. Monitor doesn't meet FreeSync 2 HDR (DisplayHDR 600) requirements.
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#12
las
HDR400 aka useless for HDR.

HDR on PC is a huge joke. Console master race.
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#13
bug
"Fluffmeister said:
FreeSync 2 HDR is the minimum to support HDR 600 support, so this monitor is FreeSync 2 with HDR 400 support minus the minimum support for FreeSync 2 HDR.

It's very clear.
"We're clarifying that a display that meets the requirements for DisplayHDR 600, or higher, could meet the color gamut, max brightness and contrast ratio requirements of FreeSync 2 HDR."

AMD elaborated on this, saying it's entirely possible for a FreeSync 2 HDR display to fall short of the DisplayHDR 600 certification.
Freesync 2 HDR is somewhere between HDR400 and HDR600.

In other news, this is the same tired (and curved) panel used by all others HDR400 certified monitors.
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#14
PrEzi
"bug said:
Freesync 2 HDR is somewhere between HDR400 and HDR600.

In other news, this is the same tired (and curved) panel used by all others HDR400 certified monitors.
Actually in order to pass for Freesync 2 HDR certification it is required to have a color gamut that unfortunately was not disclosed plus you need to have HDR600 specs.
Here is a pretty good interview about Freesync 2 HDR :
<div class="youtube-embed" data-id="5mZov5zQddA"><img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5mZov5zQddA/hqdefault.jpg" /><div class="youtube-play"></div><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mZov5zQddA" target="_blank" class="youtube-title"></a></div>
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#15
bug
"PrEzi said:
Actually in order to pass for Freesync 2 HDR certification it is required to have a color gamut that unfortunately was not disclosed plus you need to have HDR600 specs.
Here is a pretty good interview about Freesync 2 HDR :
<div class="youtube-embed" data-id="5mZov5zQddA"><img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5mZov5zQddA/hqdefault.jpg" /><div class="youtube-play"></div><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mZov5zQddA" target="_blank" class="youtube-title"></a></div>
Yes, if you ignore that AMD themselves have confirmed Freesyc 2 HDR falls somewhere between HDR 400 and HDR 600, then yes, HDR 600 is "required" :wtf:
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#16
PrEzi
"bug said:
Yes, if you ignore that AMD themselves have confirmed Freesyc 2 HDR falls somewhere between HDR 400 and HDR 600, then yes, HDR 600 is "required" :wtf:
Yeah, right.... Antal Tungler, AMD Senior Manager Technology Marketing is enough I hope?
FS2HDR : HDR600 (and not "somewhere in between" 400 and 600):
<div class="youtube-embed" data-id="5mZov5zQddA:1081"><img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5mZov5zQddA:1081/hqdefault.jpg" /><div class="youtube-play"></div><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mZov5zQddA:1081" target="_blank" class="youtube-title"></a></div>
And at least a few more times a minute or two afterwards.

For me it is enough material to say that FS2HDR displays must meet the HDR600 requirements.
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#17
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
"bug said:
Freesync 2 HDR is somewhere between HDR400 and HDR600.
DisplayHDR 400
FreeSync 2
DisplayHDR 600/FreeSync 2 HDR

FreeSync 2 HDR changes the contrast and color requirements to match DisplayHDR 600 so as far as color/contrast is concerned, they're one in the same.

This monitor matches the old FreeSync 2 definition and because the FreeSync 2 definition exceeds DisplayHDR 400, they slap the DisplayHDR 400 sticker on there too.
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#18
bug
"FordGT90Concept said:
DisplayHDR 400
FreeSync 2
DisplayHDR 600/FreeSync 2 HDR

FreeSync 2 HDR changes the contrast and color requirements to match DisplayHDR 600 so as far as color/contrast is concerned, they're one in the same.

This monitor matches the old FreeSync 2 definition and because the FreeSync 2 definition exceeds DisplayHDR 400, they slap the DisplayHDR 400 sticker on there too.
And again:
AMD elaborated on this, saying it's entirely possible for a FreeSync 2 HDR display to fall short of the DisplayHDR 600 certification.
This will be easy to settle once we have more monitors to look at (pun intended).
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#19
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
There's literally nothing on AMD's website about FreeSync 2 HDR so everything we have available is second hand. That said, this article confirms what I said:
https://wccftech.com/amd-adding-hdr-to-freesync-2-rebrand-now-titled-freesync-2-hdr-and-increases-minimum-hdr-requirement/
The AMD rep in question further clarified on what specifications are required for a monitor to receive FreeSync 2 HDR certification: support for at least HDR600, coverage of 99 percent of BT.709 and 90 percent of the DCI P3 color spectrum.
There's no reason for AMD to maintain a separate specification for HDR when VESA now has a standard.


Here's another monitor that didn't qualify for FreeSync 2 HDR so it only got FreeSync 2 + DisplayHDR 400 branding:
https://www.techpowerup.com/243460/aoc-announces-agon-ag322qc4-gaming-monitor-with-freesync-2-and-displayhdr-400
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#20
bug
Eh, we haven't even started with HDR and the mess is already there :(
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