Friday, December 21st 2018

IO Data Announces GigaCrysta Monitors: 24" TN, 240 Hz @ 1080p, 0.6 ms, HDR10 Support

Japanese company IO Data has announced a pair of monitors with a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate and a sub-1 ms response time. Part of the reason the response time is so low is the usage of TN (Twisted Nematic) panels on the design, which have historically presented faster response times than other mainstream panel technologies. These are available in a 24" size with varying specs according to the refresh rate: there are 60 Hz, 144 Hz, and 240 Hz panels, each with a maximum brightness of 250, 350, and 400 cd/m². Response times vary in 0.8, 0.7, and 0.6 ms, respectively. It's unclear which technology was used to achieve these response times - either some sort of strobe-based lighting, or an impressive overdrive function.

IO Data only makes its monitors available to their domestic market of Japan, so it's likely these won't be available for the global market. However, since these panels aren't manufactured in-house, but are purchased from a supplier (the amount of companies that have the capability to produce their own LCD panels is thin, to say the least), other companies are bound to introduce products based on these panels. IO Data's GigaCrysta-series displays with a sub-1 ms response time are currently available for $142 (60Hz), $265 (144 Hz) and $380 (240 Hz) on Amazon japan.
Sources: PC Watch, via AnandTech
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15 Comments on IO Data Announces GigaCrysta Monitors: 24" TN, 240 Hz @ 1080p, 0.6 ms, HDR10 Support

#2
nuwb
I wonder if these are made with the AUO 0.5ms panels that have been eagerly awaited by high refresh rate enthusiasts.
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Tomorrow
nuwb
I wonder if these are made with the AUO 0.5ms panels that have been eagerly awaited by high refresh rate enthusiasts.
Im pretty sure they are. Expect more known manufacturers to announce their models at CES.
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kastriot
Durvelle27
HDR at 1080p
HDR don't care about resolution, only about levels of brightness, 0.05-1000 cd/m^2 is reference and idealy would be 16 bit per channel ie 48 bit so we would have 65535 levels of brightness, atm 99% is 8 bit ie only 255 levels and 10 bit 1024 levels and that's not enough for true HDR but one day..
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#7
yakk
This panel will probably also find a place besides my 1440 gaming screen. Will see which other companies will be picking it up.
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#8
Manu_PT
New panels, msi,asus,etc will also release their models soon. I have an asus xg248q 240hz. Wake me up when there's a curved VA screen. 0,5ms will be almost irrelevant compared with 1ms on a good overdrived monitor.
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#9
lynx29
monoprice has a 240hz 1080p gaming monitor on sale for $202 free ship no tax at the moment, just have to checkout with amazonpay and use the promo code listed on the site page. less than half price of these other 240hz monitors, and they are all the same panels lol
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Vya Domus
HDR on a TN panel ? Ugh.
First thing that popped into my mind as well.
But as I read on, I realized this is (yet again) just HDR10 support with no DisplayHDR to go with it. So, just like countless monitors before, it just means these will just accept HDR10 input. Which will then be crushed back into SDR space.
Next, please.
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#11
Vayra86
Aaand another hideous TN costing twice what it should...
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#12
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Vayra86
Aaand another hideous TN costing twice what it should...
Well, it is 240Hz which, if done right, could be worth the money.
And it's also a Japan-only deal, which means it doesn't affect any of us in the least ;)
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#13
Tsukiyomi91
HDR & TN? I thought those 2 don't mix well?? o.O
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#14
Vayra86
bug
Well, it is 240Hz which, if done right, could be worth the money.
And it's also a Japan-only deal, which means it doesn't affect any of us in the least ;)
I suppose 240hz beauty is in the eye of the beholder... I'm not seeing it. There are good specs and there are useless ones. This falls into the last category for me... not in the last place because its barely useable. Also anyone claiming 1ms > 0.6ms is winning them games, needs to get their head examined.
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Vayra86
I suppose 240hz beauty is in the eye of the beholder... I'm not seeing it. There are good specs and there are useless ones. This falls into the last category for me... not in the last place because its barely useable. Also anyone claiming 1ms > 0.6ms is winning them games, needs to get their head examined.
I don't disagree with that. I was just thinking it may be worth its money from a purely engineering point of view: making panels that fast can't be dirt cheap.
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