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Acer announces first Nvidia G-Sync-packing 4K gaming monitor


May 27, 2014

Acer is yet to reveal the design of its Nvidia G-Sync packing monitor

Acer is yet to reveal the design of its Nvidia G-Sync packing monitor

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Acer has announced the catchily-named XB280HK, its latest and greatest PC monitor offering for gamers. Not only does the display feature a much-coveted 4K resolution, it also packs Nvidia’s G-Sync chip for smoother gaming, and a range of other technologies that make it ideally suited to prolonged use.

The 28-inch monitor has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, giving it a healthy 157 pixels per inch. The panel features 170-degree viewing angles and incorporates a DisplayPort v1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports, located on the bottom and side for easier access.

Looking past the basic specs, Acer has been a little more thoughtful with the new display, including a number of features designed for prolonged usage. The monitor features a more stable power supply that reportedly eliminates flickering, as well as a dimming technology for low-light viewing that allows the brightness to be taken down to 15 percent (most monitors only go as low as 30 percent). The display also features the company’s ComfyView anti-glare technology.

Though the above are certainly welcome features, particularly for a gaming display, it’s the Nvidia G-Sync technology that really sets the new hardware apart. The technology tackles VSync – an issue wherein the output of a GPU and the refresh rate of a monitor conflict, leading to screen tearing.

Unlike more traditional solutions, the built in G-Sync card adjusts the refresh rate of the monitor to meet the output of the graphics card, rather than the other way around. This should lead to a smoother and more responsive gaming experience. We've seen the tech in monitors from other companies such as ASUS, but the XB280HK is the first to pack it into a 4K display.

With Acer declining to reveal its design ahead of the Q2 launch, we’re yet to see what the display actually looks like. That said, we do know that it will be made from recycled plastic and features a distinctive red ring on its base. Based on the company’s other recent high-end monitors, it’s likely to be fairly eye-catching.

The design of the high-end display isn’t the only thing Acer is keeping under wraps, there’s currently no word on how much it will cost. We do know when we’ll see it however, with the panel arriving in the Americas, EMEA, Japan and Taiwan in Q2 2014.

Source: Acer

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1 Comment

"G-Sync card adjusts the refresh rate of the monitor to meet the output of the graphics card, rather than the other way around."

That feature only works with nVidia cards but it could still be useful. One of the problems with vsync is it works in halves, so if your monitor supports 60 Hz and your GPU will push a game at 59 FPS it drops to 30 FPS to synchronize with the monitor. If your GPU is at 29 it drops to 15 (which is terrible).

Sort of on topic is a comparison of PS4 and Xbone resolutions I found: http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_vs._Xbox_One_Native_Resolutions_and_Framerates

The new "next gen" consoles use vsync but they have to reduce resolution with a couple of games to stay at native refresh rates. An example of this is Watch Dogs that runs at 792p on Xbox so it can sustain 30 FPS. If it ran at 1080p it would need to be 15 FPS.

Most people generally consider about 60 FPS/Hz "good enough"

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