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Acer's New 4K Display Packs Nvidia G-Sync for Gamers

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Acer is releasing this gaming-oriented monitor sometime this quarter.

Acer announced on Thursday the upcoming release of the XB280HK, a 4K display sporting Nvidia's G-Sync technology. The panel will be made available sometime this quarter in EMEA, Japan, Taiwan and the Americas for an unknown price. Customers will need a GeForce GTX GPU in order to take advantage of Nvidia's tech.

The G-Sync hardware is embedded in the display, and "perfectly" syncs the monitor's refresh rate with the GPU in a GeForce GTX-powered PC. That means no annoying and distracting screen tearing, lower display stuttering and lower input lag. The tech was announced back in October 2013, and is just now starting to appear in third-party displays.

"Our commitment to create a pure gaming experience led us to G-Sync," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GeForce business unit at Nvidia. "This revolutionary technology eliminates artifacts that have long stood between gamers and the game. Once you play on a G-Sync monitor, you'll never want to go back."

As for the hardware specs of the monitor, the LED-lit screen measures 28 inches and provides a default resolution of 3840 x 2160. The display also has 170 degree viewing angles, DisplayPort 1.2 input, and four USB 3.0 ports on the side and bottom for connecting peripherals.

The panel also sports Acer's low dimming technology, allowing users to adjust the brightness down to 15 percent (default is 30 percent) in low-light environments. The panel's "ErgoStand" also allows users to adjust the tilt between -5 degrees and 35 degrees, and the panel to be raised by up to 5.90 inches.

"The Acer XB280HK monitor is made with post-consumer recycled plastic and features a distinctive red ring on the base stand," states the PR. "This eco-friendly monitor features a mercury- and arsenic-free panel, LED backlighting for reduced power consumption, and is ENERGY STAR qualified."

The upcoming XB280HK is actually part of a new line of large gaming monitors from Acer, the XB0 series.

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    Amdlova , May 22, 2014 1:28 PM
    how much (ms) have these displays !?
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    StarBound , May 22, 2014 2:06 PM
    Whats the refresh rate? And is it TN or IPS?
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    Adroid , May 22, 2014 2:35 PM
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    Whats the refresh rate? And is it TN or IPS?


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    My question too... I'm hoping IPS but from a 170° angle, probably not.
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    wysiwygbill , May 22, 2014 2:40 PM
    I think it has to be 144Hz refresh rate doesn't it? I remember that "just" 120Hz was insufficient for g sync.

    At any rate I'm glad that there are finally monitors larger than 24" and with resolution higher than 1920x1080 coming out some time in the near future.

    Edit: Blur Busters shows 60Hz?
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    Eximo , May 22, 2014 2:59 PM
    Also, isn't it a GTX600 series or higher for G-Sync?
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    trogdor796 , May 22, 2014 3:00 PM
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    I think it has to be 144Hz refresh rate doesn't it? I remember that "just" 120Hz was insufficient for g sync.

    At any rate I'm glad that there are finally monitors larger than 24" and with resolution higher than 1920x1080 coming out some time in the near future.

    Edit: Blur Busters shows 60Hz?

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    Adroid , May 22, 2014 3:02 PM
    Honestly I'm more excited about the perfect 24" 1920x1200 gaming monitor coming out, as opposed to a bigger, uglier, 27"+ monitor coming out. 1920x1200 is pretty sufficient, and looks way bigger than a 24" in 1080p. Not to mention the 4k monitor requiring much strong GPU(s).

    I think Dell's Ultrasharp series are still the best thing going right now, but if they could get the IPS technology down to 2-4ms panels with little to no input lag and no ghosting, 24" 1200p would be awesome, G-sync is bonus... Beyond 1200p requires substantially faster PC hardware to push - the technology, or more accurately my wallet, is not quite there yet. Give the GPU market another few years and the 300$-500$ single GPU solutions should be adequate to push 4k screens, without paying the price of 2 GTX 780tis in sli...
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    Bondfc11 , May 22, 2014 3:02 PM
    It will most likely be the same panel that is in the 28" Sammy - TN.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 22, 2014 4:15 PM
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    Whats the refresh rate? And is it TN or IPS?

    Seeing how it's a 28" panel, it's likely TN. All the 28" 4K monitors thus far have been TN.

    And I'm assuming it's 60Hz, given its target market and G-Sync integration.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 22, 2014 4:18 PM
    Quote:
    I think it has to be 144Hz refresh rate doesn't it? I remember that "just" 120Hz was insufficient for g sync.

    At any rate I'm glad that there are finally monitors larger than 24" and with resolution higher than 1920x1080 coming out some time in the near future.

    Edit: Blur Busters shows 60Hz?

    How is 120Hz insufficient for G-Sync? And how could there be a greater than 60Hz 4K monitor right now, given the limitations of DP?
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    soldier44 , May 22, 2014 4:51 PM
    Quote:
    I think it has to be 144Hz refresh rate doesn't it? I remember that "just" 120Hz was insufficient for g sync.

    At any rate I'm glad that there are finally monitors larger than 24" and with resolution higher than 1920x1080 coming out some time in the near future.

    Uhm there have been displays out with higher res and bigger than 24" for years now. I have one thats a 30 inch 2560 x 1600 you too can get one for the low price of around $1200. Worth every cent too.

    Edit: Blur Busters shows 60Hz?

    Quote:
    I think it has to be 144Hz refresh rate doesn't it? I remember that "just" 120Hz was insufficient for g sync.

    At any rate I'm glad that there are finally monitors larger than 24" and with resolution higher than 1920x1080 coming out some time in the near future.

    Edit: Blur Busters shows 60Hz?

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    airborne11b , May 22, 2014 8:15 PM
    It's most likely...
    60hz (because of hardware limitations with 4k).
    TN panel (because this is a gaming monitor and high response time IPS panels suck for twitch gaming).

    Frankly I'm still going to go with the ROG swift, since 2560 x 1440 on a 27" screen is way more than enough PPI, and it has 1ms response, Gsync and 144hz to boot.

    Not to mention it's probably half the price of this monitor.
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    Adroid , May 22, 2014 8:30 PM
    Quote:
    It's most likely...
    60hz (because of hardware limitations with 4k).
    TN panel (because this is a gaming monitor and high response time IPS panels suck for twitch gaming).

    Frankly I'm still going to go with the ROG swift, since 2560 x 1440 on a 27" screen is way more than enough PPI, and it has 1ms response, Gsync and 144hz to boot.

    Not to mention it's probably half the price of this monitor.


    IPS Panels suck for twitch gaming huh? Spoken like someone who has never owned one. I have no problems popping heads on CS:GO. Some IPS panels are slow, but not all of them.
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    airborne11b , May 22, 2014 10:45 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    It's most likely...
    60hz (because of hardware limitations with 4k).
    TN panel (because this is a gaming monitor and high response time IPS panels suck for twitch gaming).

    Frankly I'm still going to go with the ROG swift, since 2560 x 1440 on a 27" screen is way more than enough PPI, and it has 1ms response, Gsync and 144hz to boot.

    Not to mention it's probably half the price of this monitor.


    IPS Panels suck for twitch gaming huh? Spoken like someone who has never owned one. I have no problems popping heads on CS:GO. Some IPS panels are slow, but not all of them.


    I've owned a dell U2711 prior to my VG278H and my wife currently owns a U3014. The IPS monitors I've used don't even close in terms of ghosting, input latency and response time. I still use my U2711 for work, but I can't stand to game on it anymore now that I've seen what 1ms response, lightboost mod and 120hz can do for your games.

    Sure, if you're a pretty casual person and you don't mind how sluggish an IPS panel is, it's probably not a huge deal and IPS do have slightly better color accuracy and viewing angles.

    But if you're competitive, there's no way you'd settle for for an IPS panel right now. They're just not up to snuff when it comes to games.

    Even if you're not worried about your KDR or being ultra-competitive, the 120 / 144hz, 1ms response monitors simply feel better to play on. Whenever I go back to 60hz, slow response time monitors I instantly notice the difference to the point where it bothers me.

    I guess once you've experienced a good gaming monitor, you can't go back.

    Don't get me wrong though, once they have an IPS panel that can keep up with high end gaming monitors that are currently out, I'll probably purchase one.

    Call me when we get one please.
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    trogdor796 , May 23, 2014 12:15 AM
    It's going to be 60hz, I'm sure of it. A 120hz 4K monitor isn't possible first of all, as they are still working on getting all cards to support 60hz at 4k. Second, it would be a stupid and pointless feature. There is barely any card configurations out there that can push 60hz at 4k. Like SLI 780ti or Crossfire 290x can barely manage it. And people want 120hz 4k...why? There is NOTHING that can run it. Not for now, in a year or two maybe, but not now.
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    photonboy , May 23, 2014 1:07 AM
    Not pointless...

    4K is awesome for regular screen usage (nor is "small text" an issue since you can scale up).

    GAMING on a 4K screen does not have to be at 3840x2160. You can still game at 1920x1080.

    So you get the best of BOTH worlds, 4K desktop usage and G-Sync gaming at 1920x1080 or even 2560x1440.
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    knowom , May 23, 2014 3:37 AM
    As if 4k wasn't expensive enough.
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    falchard , May 23, 2014 3:33 PM
    Of course its a TN display, this is Acer. No one is going to buy a $10k Acer monitor.
    Pretty useless because there is no guarantee someone will use a NVidia GPU for the time they will be with this monitor.
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    airborne11b , May 27, 2014 10:51 PM
    I'm either going to buy the ROG Swift or this monitor, depending on the price. ROG swift is aiming for about a $700 price range. Anyone know if this monitor will be comparable in price or is this beast going to be super pricey?
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    trogdor796 , May 28, 2014 11:42 AM
    I'm betting it will be more than the SWIFT(which is rumored for $800 last I heard, not $700). I just have a feeling this will be closer to $1000. Asus just announced a 4K TN panel priced at $650, so I don't see this one going for around that with G-SYNC included.
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