Tuesday, July 21st 2020

LG Announces UltraGear 27GN950 4K UHD Gaming Monitor

LG Electronics (LG) is bringing new meaning to immersive gaming with its new UltraGear (model 27GN950), the world's first 4K IPS 1 millisecond Gray-to-Gray (GTG) gaming monitor. A 2020 CES Innovation Award and Red Dot Design Award winner, the 27-inch model more than lives up to UltraGear's name and reputation for gaming excellence and is a worthy successor to the brand's first 1 ms GTG IPS gaming monitor (model 27GL850) introduced last year. Featuring advanced IPS displays, LG UltraGear monitors achieve stunning speed without compromising picture quality, contributing to the brand being named the top gaming-designed monitor in the United States.

The new UltraGear monitor builds on the fast, accurate colors of its predecessor to deliver 4K resolution for maximum gaming impact. A combination of speed, high resolution and 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space gives gamers a total sense of immersion. And thanks to VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology, the 27GN950 can deliver virtually lossless 4K UHD images in 10-bit color with a 144 Hz refresh rate via just a single DisplayPort cable.
LG's one-of-a-kind monitor supports hardware calibration enabling the company's proprietary Nano IPS display to offer the most precise color reproduction possible. And with VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification, the UltraGear 27GN950 guarantees a certain level of quality in the form of outstanding color accuracy, dynamic contrast, high luminance and a wide color gamut. NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible and support for HDR ensures enhanced image quality with reduced screen tearing and minimized stutter that works seamlessly with VESA DSC for an incredibly realistic and exhilarating gaming experience.

"We are excited to bring NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible support to LG's most advanced UltraGear model yet," said Kaustubh Sanghani, vice president and general manager, GeForce OEM at NVIDIA. "Gamers will be blown away by the responsiveness and the lifelike visuals when playing the latest PC games that feature real-time ray-tracing powered by GeForce technology."

LG's new UltraGear is the ideal all-in-one solution for those who livestream their gaming sessions thanks to its expansive 4K-resolution screen. The generously proportioned display can also be a big advantage for creative professionals when editing high-resolution files or accessing multiple applications simultaneously. What's more, support for 10-bit color depth and hardware calibration gives the monitor the level of color accuracy needed for professional-level video production work.

"Our latest gaming monitor delivers the unrivalled performance consumers have come to expect from LG UltraGear," said Jang Ik-hwan, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company. "UltraGear monitors will continue to push the boundaries of monitor technology, leveraging our advanced IPS 1 ms GTG display technology to take gaming to even greater heights."

The 27GN950 will be the first LG UltraGear monitor to sport the new "wings" emblem designed specifically with victory in gaming in mind. Fans can expect to see the new LG UltraGear starting today in key markets of Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Check local retailers for price and exact date of availability.

Key Specifications:
  • Display Type: Nano IPS
  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
  • Brightness: 400 nits (Typical)
  • Color Gamut: DCI-P3 98 percent
  • Color Bit: 1.07B
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1 ms GTG
  • HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 600
  • Adaptive Sync: NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
  • Stand: Height Adjustable / Pivot / Tilt
  • Connectivity: HDMI x 2 / DP x 1 / USB 3.0 / H/P out (Maxx Audio)
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27 Comments on LG Announces UltraGear 27GN950 4K UHD Gaming Monitor

#1
robert3892
Any word concerning pricing of this monitor?
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#3
Chomiq
They could at least start releasing hdmi 2.1 units in advance, especially considering LG's history of paper launches with limited availability.

PS.
This is dp 1.2a unit with dsc. About 900€ in EU.
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#5
TheLostSwede
Chomiq
They could at least start releasing hdmi 2.1 units in advance, especially considering LG's history of paper launches with limited availability.

PS.
This is dp 1.2a unit with dsc. About 900€ in EU.
Spec page disagrees with you.
DP Version 1.4
www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gn950-b-gaming-monitor
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#6
okbuddy
beware no hami 2.1 no future (proof
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#7
Chomiq
TheLostSwede
Spec page disagrees with you.

www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gn950-b-gaming-monitor
They listed 1.2a back in December when it was announced. Meanwhile Polish LG site lists only "Hdmi yes, dp yes" in full specs. Local retailers only list number of ports without any extra details.
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#8
R-T-B
okbuddy
beware no hami 2.1 no future (proof
Who cares? It's a monitor. Displayport 1.2 already more than has it covered.

If you want HDMI 2.1, go buy one of their OLED TVs.
Chomiq
This is dp 1.2a unit with dsc
I thought DSC was a displayport 1.4 thing.
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#9
Chomiq

Review from Polish retailer. Includes most of the usual tests. Edge lit local dimming, contrast ca. 1000:1. Reviewer was using 1080 ti so he was limited to 4K 95hz with full chroma. Claims there are no compatible cables for dsc out yet, so display feels rushed to the market.

Retail units expected on 8.20.
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#10
TheLostSwede
R-T-B
I thought DSC was a displayport 1.4 thing.
Correct and is required to hit 144Hz at 4K.
Chomiq

Review from Polish retailer. Includes most of the usual tests. Edge lit local dimming, contrast ca. 1000:1. Reviewer was using 1080 ti so he was limited to 4K 95hz with full chroma. Claims there are no compatible cables for dsc out yet, so display feels rushed to the market.

Retail units expected on 8.20.
Sorry, but what does cables have to do with DSC? It's a setting. DP 1.4 cables would be suitable, but I guess he used a DP 1.2 cable.
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#11
R-T-B
TheLostSwede
Correct and is required to hit 144Hz at 4K.
Misread specs as 1440p@144hz. Must be early...
TheLostSwede
DP 1.4 cables would be suitable
Yeah, they would. I literally have 4 of them in a box here. No cables? Wut?
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#13
TheLostSwede
From the LG manual.
[DisplayPort Version] - Please set the [DisplayPort Version] to match the version of the connected external device ([1.4(DSC)], [1.4], and [1.2]).
To display 144 Hz or over on [1.4(DSC)], make sure to use the graphics card that supports DSC (Display Stream Compression).
If you want to use the HDR, select the [DisplayPort Version] to [1.4(DSC)] or [1.4].
manuals.coolblue.nl/81/lg-ultragear-27gn950.pdf
CrAsHnBuRnXp
I hate that stand.
Have you seen their older stands? That's an improvement, amazingly enough...
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#14
Chomiq
CrAsHnBuRnXp
I hate that stand.
That stand is fine compared to anemic ones on some displays. Sure, feet are too wide but at least it offers a wide range of adjustments.
TheLostSwede
Sorry, but what does cables have to do with DSC? It's a setting. DP 1.4 cables would be suitable, but I guess he used a DP 1.2 cable.
Yeah my bad. Basically he said that up to 95 Hz is supported natively on 1080 Ti, higher refresh rate required reduced chroma. With DSC-capable video card the display goes up to 144 Hz with DSC. The cable thing was related to DSC being a workaround for higher refresh rate at 4K.
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#16
Valantar
No HDMI 2.1? Guess that works for people who would never ever connect anything but a PC to this, but for me it's DOA.
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#17
er557
which is 99% of monitor market buyers, For other purposes just get a tv, they're cheaper and more suitable for stuff like consoles, set top boxes or what have you.
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#18
Valantar
er557
which is 99% of monitor market buyers, For other purposes just get a tv, they're cheaper and more suitable for stuff like consoles, set top boxes or what have you.
Sure, it's the vast majority of the monitor market, but even there 2.1 would be a reasonable addition for future proofing seeing how TVs are already out, consoles will be arriving this fall/winter, and 2.1-capable GPUs likely even before that. As for getting a TV - I don't much want a 48"... thing on my desk, sorry. And that's the smallest <60Hz TV out there. I want a do-it-all solution for my home office/gaming room, which will have both PCs and (likely all) consoles in it. Two monitors would be okay, but there are currently zero options for HDMI 2.1 monitors, with the only one even announced being the one from EVE (which comes with their history of dubious delivery promises).
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#19
DDking
TheLostSwede
www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gn950-b-gaming-monitor
Thanks for the link.

Although they say: H/W Calibration (True Color Pro) Yes
It cannot be calibrated internally in a proper way. Latest version of True Color Pro, 4.4.0 July 2020, does not support this monitor backlight. Acually True Color Pro never supported widegamut backlights properly.
So if someone wants this monitor for this feature, you are not going to make it work properly.
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#20
Searing
Valantar
Sure, it's the vast majority of the monitor market, but even there 2.1 would be a reasonable addition for future proofing seeing how TVs are already out, consoles will be arriving this fall/winter, and 2.1-capable GPUs likely even before that. As for getting a TV - I don't much want a 48"... thing on my desk, sorry. And that's the smallest <60Hz TV out there. I want a do-it-all solution for my home office/gaming room, which will have both PCs and (likely all) consoles in it. Two monitors would be okay, but there are currently zero options for HDMI 2.1 monitors, with the only one even announced being the one from EVE (which comes with their history of dubious delivery promises).
Like many I want an affordable 4k 144hz 32" monitor with HDMI 2.1 also. That would compel me to spend $1000.
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#21
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Searing
Like many I want an affordable 4k 144hz 32" monitor with HDMI 2.1 also. That would compel me to spend $1000.
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#22
Valantar
CrAsHnBuRnXp
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G-sync Ultimate = no FreeSync and no HDMI 2.1 as Nvidia's display driver/controller chips don't support it. As such it completely fails to deliver what is requested. Switch out the driver board with one supporting FreeSync and HDMI 2.1 VRR and we'd be talking though.
Searing
Like many I want an affordable 4k 144hz 32" monitor with HDMI 2.1 also. That would compel me to spend $1000.
Yep, that is exactly what I want too.
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#23
boidsonly
I learned more about this monitor's capabilities/shortcomings in the thread than in the article. Thanks!
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#24
Caring1
boidsonly
I learned more about this monitor's capabilities/shortcomings in the thread than in the article. Thanks!
Easiest way to get an answer to a question is to post the wrong answer and somebody will correct you, followed by a lengthy debate between "experts" over who is correct and why.
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