Acer and ASUS unveiled their prototype 27” 4K 144 Hz displays, featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology, at last year’s CES, with promises to release them sometime later in 2017. Both monitors relied on a reference design developed by NVIDIA and had similar specifications, albeit with some minor differences. Eventually, both companies had to delay commercial launches of their new products to 2018, missing the important holiday sales season. This week at GDC, NVIDIA has stated that it is confident that the G-Sync HDR-compatible displays will hit the market this April. 

Both the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ are implementations of NVIDIA’s reference design for G-Sync HDR displays: they offer 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 color gamut. The monitors announced last year were to be based on AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel, which was the only one to support the combination of features that NVIDIA wanted for G-Sync HDR displays.

Neither Acer, nor ASUS, disclosed the reasons why they had to delay their ultra-premium gaming monitors from late 2017 to 2018, but given a rather unique feature-set of both displays, a lot of possibilities come to mind: starting from a panel delay by AUO to reference design changes by NVIDIA.

At GDC, NVIDIA has said that G-Sync HDR-supporting displays will finally ship in Q1, but noted that by Q1 it means its fiscal quarter, not calendar quarter. NVIDIA’s Q1 FY2019 (2019 because NV's fiscal year is one year ahead) ends on April 29, 2018, so it is logical to assume that the monitors will ship next month. What remains to be seen is the pricing as well as the final set of features and technologies.

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Source: NVIDIA

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  • imaheadcase - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    Yes they did, see my link i posted. Reply
  • edzieba - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    Those are different monitors entirely you have linked to. Reply
  • Sttm - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - link

    But what about the 35 inch 200hz HDR monitor? Ive got $1500 sitting in my savings waiting for it! Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    scheduled for the next quarter unless AUO blows another schedule milestone. OTOH I suspect the 384/512 zone backlighting for HDR was the most likely thing to slow down all of their scheduled panels; so hopefully now that the first ones are coming out it'll be smooth sailing for the rest of them. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    Will it be IPS? Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    Hardly important for gaming. Reply
  • Spunjji - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    Yes, because I want to spend $2000 on a screen and only use it for one thing. :|

    Also some of us do give a rat's ass about colour quality even when playing games.
    Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    If a rat`s ass is all you give, TN will be far, far cheaper. Reply
  • willis936 - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    The article clearly states that it's AHVA.

    "AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel"
    Reply
  • TristanSDX - Thursday, March 22, 2018 - link

    IPS name is trademarked for LG, so other must use diffrent names for the same tech Reply

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