Even though it has taken manufacturers quite some time to bring 4K monitors to 144Hz refresh rates, this is going to become a reality soon with the release of new monitors coming in 2018. At last year’s CES, both Asus and Acer showcased 4K HDR gaming monitors based upon reference designs from Nvidia, both of which were supposed to be out by sometime late 2017. That obviously did not happen, but at this week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Nvidia stated that it was confident these displays would hit the market this April.
Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ: Specifications and Features
Till now, only Acer and ASUS have announced gaming displays powered by the M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel from AUO – supporting 4K 144 Hz with a 1,000 nits brightness, quantum dots, and HDR10. Both the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ are based on reference design put together by Nvidia for 4K gaming display panels. Both these monitors even feature most of the same build and internal specifications, other than a few minor changes here and there.
Nvidia’s reference design is essentially a G-Sync HDR ready display with a 3840×2160 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 1000-nits brightness, a direct LED backlighting system with 384 zones, and feature a quantum dot film to enable HDR10 and coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. By contrast, most other 4K monitors can only handle refresh rates of up to 60Hz, meaning they can only push out 60 FPS regardless of the GPU’s capabilities.
Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ: Price, Availability
Acer and Asus have not been vocal regarding the reasons for the delay in releasing these monitors. We can only speculate perhaps there was a delay by AUO, or maybe there were last-minute reference design changes by Nvidia. Either way, given the low market demand for 4K gaming displays and difficulty for GPUs to even render at these resolutions, there isn’t much urgency for the companies to contend with.
Neither of the companies have commented further on Nvidia’s statement about the release of their monitors. But the manner of Nvidia’s announcement assures us that the release is imminent. We should also clarify that Nvidia mentioned that the G-Sync HDR-supporting displays would ship in Q1. Nvidia’s first fiscal quarter ends on April 29, 2018, so we can expect the monitors to start shipping next month.
Unfortunately, the companies have yet to announce pricing details of these products. We will have to just wait until the release of these monitors get closer to see exactly how much they are going to hurt our pockets. Current estimates and rumours expect these monitors to be priced anywhere between Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 1,40,000. We won’t be surprised to see such pricing considering how much other 4K displays sell for these days.
Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ: Who are these monitors for?
You do have to understand that the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ are meant to be top of the line monitors and will not be a practical option for many. Also, having a 144Hz 4K UHD monitor will definitely not be a necessity for high-end gaming. These monitors will admittedly produce breathtaking visual especially with HDR; that is if a gaming machine is actually powerful enough to output at those resolutions. It is already a very demanding task for current generation GPU’s to output 4K graphics at 60fps. Having to push out 4K HDR content at 144Hz will be a challenge even with a multiple GPU configuration. However, these two monitors could most definitely provide stunning visual performance with high frame rates even if the images are rendered and upscaled from 1440p or 1080p.