Monday, August 19th 2019

Alienware's 55", 4K, 120 Hz OLED Monitor AW5520QF to Release September 30th for $3,999

Remember that awe-inducing Alienware OLED monitor that we introduced you to back in CES 2019? Well, new information has been made known in regards to that particular 55", 4K, 120 Hz OLED panel. In essence, it will be releasing for avid, deep-pocket gamers' hands everywhere on September 30th, for the low, low price of $3,999. Add to that an impressive 0.5 ms response time and FreeSync support, and this will be a giddying piece of hardware.

The Alienware AW5520QF sports a 130,000:1 contrast ratio (due to OLED's pure blacks that are the hallmark of the technology), achieved with a mere 400 nits of brightness (which denies HDR support), as well as coverage of 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 3x HDMI 2.0 ports, 4x USB ports, 1xS/PDIF audio line-out and 1x headphone jack round out the monitor's connectivity. There's also RGB lighting on the back of the monitor. If only it was something akin to Philips' Ambilight tech...
Source: Tom's Hardware
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35 Comments on Alienware's 55", 4K, 120 Hz OLED Monitor AW5520QF to Release September 30th for $3,999

#1
xkm1948
4k 120hz. You gonna need more than RTX Titan to drive that!
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#2
zo0lykas
where the hell i should work to afford things like this?
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#3
Vayra86
So, I guess Alienware's 8K version will cost...... 8K?
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#4
lynx29
Windows 10 Start Menu burn in after 6 months!!! come on folks line up, drop $4 grand every 6 months, ALienware loves ya!

zo0lykas
where the hell i should work to afford things like this?
I have friends that are nurses in AMerica, graduate with RN at age 22 and make 65 grand a year starting, 70k a year with over time.
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#5
xkm1948
lynx29
Windows 10 Start Menu burn in after 6 months!!! come on folks line up, drop $4 grand every 6 months, ALienware loves ya!



I have friends that are nurses in AMerica, graduate with RN at age 22 and make 65 grand a year starting, 70k a year with over time.
Don't they have some sort of protective mechanism now for OLED burn in? I thought that was only a problem for the very first gen of OLED display

Also 65k~70k aint nothing depends on where you live

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/06/26/hud-117000-low-income-san-mateo-san-francisco-marin/

All those damn bills add up really fast, not to mention you better pray your body gonna stay in good shape after 40 or all your income will end up at hospital very fast.
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#6
Metroid
Better to buy the lg tv oled for just $1000 - 2000. It accepts vrr now.

LG's 2019 OLED TVs Come with Variable Refresh Rate

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/e9-oled

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Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate : 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate: HDMI Forum VRR
VRR Supported Connectors: HDMI

The LG E9 has a native 120Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, it only supports HDMI Forum's new HDMI-VRR format, which is not compatible with FreeSync or G-SYNC. Xbox One is currently the only device on the market that supports HDMI-VRR, but it isn't possible to determine the VRR range with an Xbox One. We were only able to confirm that it does work.
It's unlikely that HDMI-VRR will remain an Xbox exclusive format. If updated drivers or new graphics cards are released that support it, we will retest the TV to determine the VRR range."

Sadly it does not support 4k 120hz yet,
"1440p @ 120 Hz: 6.9 ms"
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#7
Chomiq
So... what's the point of grabbing this over B9 or C9 from LG? Since it's pretty much using the same panel. Addition of DP? That's it?
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#8
fynxer
U got the spec right?

running 4K, 120 Hz on DisplayPort 1.2 ...

Good luck with that!
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#9
Prince Valiant
Another premium priced monitor that can't reach listed max refresh without compression. I don't understand why they'd use DP 1.2 instead of 1.4, that's gotta be a typo.

fynxer
U got the spec right?

running 4K, 120 Hz on DisplayPort 1.2 ...

Good luck with that!
You beat me to it. If it's not a typo someone needs to be fired.
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Metroid
Chomiq
So... what's the point of grabbing this over B9 or C9 from LG? Since it's pretty much using the same panel. Addition of DP? That's it?
I guess the 120hz and good vrr support, vrr on the e9 lg oled tv is only xbox at moment and 4k is capped at 60hz yet, review link last post.

But for $4k, that is too much money. I would wait for maximum of $2k or so. If you buy the 4k for 4k 120hz then next time will be $8k for 8k 120hz hehe

Any high end tv monitor product without hdmi 2.1 support is fail.
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#11
atomicus
Metroid
I guess the 120hz and good vrr support, vrr on the e9 lg oled tv is only xbox at moment and 4k is capped at 60hz yet, review link last post.

But for $4k, that is too much money. I would wait for maximum of $2k or so. If you buy the 4k for 4k 120hz then next time will be $8k for 8k 120hz hehe

Any high end tv monitor product without hdmi 2.1 support is fail.
Only you can't use HDMI 2.1 yet... and probably won't be able to for a solid year until GPUs have them. It's completely dead and pointless tech TODAY. They know this, so why would they spend money on including it (and make the product more expensive) when it can't be used? By the time GPUs have it, better monitors/TVs will be available. People shouldn't even be thinking about HDMI 2.1 yet until it can actually be used. I'm utterly baffled why I see comments like yours all the time, asking for expensive tech that's literally useless, and will remain so for at least a year.
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Metroid
atomicus
Only you can't use HDMI 2.1 yet... and probably won't be able to for a solid year until GPUs have them. It's completely dead and pointless tech TODAY. They know this, so why would they spend money on including it when it can't be used?
More money than sense I suppose.
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atomicus
Metroid
More money than sense I suppose.
I'm all for HDMI 2.1 to become utilised, but we need GPUs to include it first... until then, it literally is pointless, and I don't want to pay for something that I can't use for the foreseeable future... and when I CAN use it, I will likely need to spend four figures on a GPU to do so.
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#14
efikkan
xkm1948
Don't they have some sort of protective mechanism now for OLED burn in? I thought that was only a problem for the very first gen of OLED display
Actual burn-in is something that happened with the CRT technology if the phosphorus were statically exposed too long. OLED and plasma technologies don't have actual burn-in, but they have a problem people commonly confuse with burn-in; uneven wear. The distinction between this and burn-in is very important, both to judge if it is a problem for your use case, and to prevent issues for those who end up buying these screens.

All current OLED displays suffer from this problem, ranging from mobile devices, to laptops and televisions. The problem is causes by some pixels being more worn than others, caused by a usage pattern where certain portions of the screen is on average significantly lighter than the others. It has nothing with pictures being static or not, but whether your usage pattern is uneven enough. You can use your phone or television all day and have no static pictures over time, but if your usage patterns continue to be uneven, it will cause what people mistakenly call "burn-in" to gradually get worse. And the other way; if your average brightness is fairly stable, you can have completely static pictures for hours every day without any problem, because it has nothing to do with them being static or not, so let's end that myth right now.

The good news is that OLED is more robust to wear when the brightness is not very high compared to plasma, which means you can have things like GUI elements on your gaming screen all day, and as long as they are not much brighter than the screen average, you will have no problems with "burned-in" patterns. Bright static or moving patterns should concern you, but not because they are static or not, but because they are brighter than the rest of the screen over time.

So would I personally buy a OLED monitor/TV? Well it depends on how I would use the screen. I wouldn't buy one for kids to use without supervision, and I wouldn't go with OLED for a screen that displays TV-content all day, and I wouldn't go for OLED for a monitor displaying bright web pages all day either. But for a living room "TV" setup for movies and gaming I would certainly go for the superior picture quality of OLED. A well "cared for" OLED (or plasma) will of course have minor imperfections in the panels after several years of usage, but not even close to what every LCD panel already have from the factory, so I wouldn't worry if the usage is right.

When it comes to "protective" mechanisms in televisions, these are pretty much the same for OLED as for plasma; pixel shifting and some dimming for very bright screens over time. These may help with sharp uneven wear for edges of patterns, but not for the overall "problem".
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#16
bug
Add to that an impressive 0.5 ms response time
Impressive for an LCD maybe, not for OLED.
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#17
Metroid
atomicus
I'm all for HDMI 2.1 to become utilised, but we need GPUs to include it first... until then, it literally is pointless, and I don't want to pay for something that I can't use for the foreseeable future... and when I CAN use it, I will likely need to spend four figures on a GPU to do so.
I guess they will not lose a golden opportunity like that, i mean to price it 4 figures on it and say is marvelous.
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#19
net2007
Here's a good example of a company that's out of touch with reality. IF we had HDMI 2.1 to DISPLAYPORT 1.4 adapters.. The 9th GEN 4k 120hz OLEDs would come flying off the shelf for $1-2000. I suspect Dell is rushing this out before that happens.
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#21
lexluthermiester
Interesting variety of opinions in this thread. I think this is a nice display and a solid step forward for anyone's highend system.
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#22
yotano211
lynx29
Windows 10 Start Menu burn in after 6 months!!! come on folks line up, drop $4 grand every 6 months, ALienware loves ya!



I have friends that are nurses in AMerica, graduate with RN at age 22 and make 65 grand a year starting, 70k a year with over time.
My sister is an RN and he makes way more than that with overtime, nurses usually get so much overtime for the ones that want to work them.

MrAMD
I'll take 2!
I'll put then in the toilet room, who knew taking a dump while gaming in 4k would be so much fun.
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#23
Ravenmaster
400 nits on an OLED? I don't fucking think so! And Displayport 1.2 and HDMI 2.0? Guess again... wow talk about fake news
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#24
Fatalfury
i think they rename lv oled tv to monitor..

need between 27-35 inch oled gaming monitor...
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#25
noel_fs
4k pixels 4k$ nice joke i see you alienwere
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