Acer Predator XR341CK 34″ 144Hz G-SYNC ultrawide!

acer_xr341ck[1]For the first time, a “Better Than 60Hz” ultrawide is finally arriving! (TFTCentral)

The Acer Predator XR341CK 34″ ultra-wide 21:9 curved gaming screen with G-SYNC will be arriving Q2 2015, and will provide a new option for gamers who do not want to purchase multiple monitors for surround gaming.

The resolution is a whopping 3440×1440, which pushes the limits of DisplayPort 1.2. A lower resolution model is also rumored, with 2560×1080 resolution. No word on Ultra Low Motion Blur yet (ULMB) strobing yet.

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Monoprice 30″ 16:10 aspect IPS, 2560×1600……..at 120Hz!

Monoprice%20(6)_678x452[1]AnandTech visited Monoprice at CES, and they were demoing a 30″ IPS with 120Hz overclockability.

Many users have been using 1920×1200 monitors as the 16:10 aspect ratio has been excellent for computer applications, and have balked at 16:9 monitors even at 2560×1440. This monitor may make such users happy.

We’re looking forward to seeing such new options hit the market.

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How sharp 8K REALLY is

imageSeveral CES 2015 exhbitors were showcasing 8K prototype televisions. This is the future resolution upgrade after 4K, for the next decade.

Sharp was demonstrating this sharp (pun intended) 8K television. At 85″, it is higher dpi than a 24″ 1080p computer monitor. I had to get only four inches away to capture a photo of the six-point text at the very bottom of the screen.

See the gallery for a series of increasingly closer close-ups. The final photo is the smallest text at the bottom in the “eyechart” style of increasingly smaller text.

This will require a heck of a GPU-of-the-future to game on 8K.

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8K 120Hz video cable: SuperMHL

imageCan you imagine 7680×4320 resolution running at 120Hz?

At CES 2015, MHL’s booth showed off a new SuperMHL cable connection capable of 8K 120Hz. It is standardized over a USB Type C connector, with extra lanes of data traffic.

Smartphones were also playing 4K video over this cable to 4K HDTVs.

There was a also stunning Samsung 8K display showing a video loop, running over a single cable!

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Oculus Prototype Preview – 2560×1440 strobed OLED virtual relaity!

imageVisiting Oculus, the opportunity to experience some of the nearest Holodeck-like virtual reality I have experienced, viewing the Crescent Bay prototype!

My visual experience confirmed that it looks much better than the earlier DK2, and it was running 2560×1440 at 90Hz ultralow persistence (~1ms). No matter how fast I twisted my head around, I did not notice any lag or motion blur.

I put on the Crescent Bay prototype, and…

imageI witnessed a Tyannosarus Rex come chasing me, submarine interiors, standing at edge of the top of a skyscraper, and a mayhem scene in Brooklyn. This appears it can become a popular wahow we play games years from now, blowing away the best 144Hz monitor in immersion. Head tracking was superb. I could lean forward, tilt my head, turn my head. No nausea occured for me, tracking felt natural and lagless.

For best results most resembling a Holodeck, it will happily gobble up a powerful GPU setup! However, mid range cards will still benefit from the improved immersion!

Here is a poor-quality video of the Brooklyn pandemonium (taken blindly while I was wearing the oculus headset!) – this obviously needs to be experienced instead.

And here is a photo gallery of the Oculus booth. It was extremely busy, with people waiting over an hour to get a Crescent Bay demo. Fortunately, I made a reservation!

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Spherical Computer Monitor at CES 2015

imageIn between all the traditional computer monitors, an unexpected globe-shaped computer monitor at Ciroptic’s booth, was fascinating to see in action. It was touch sensitive, so I could pan and rotate imagery on it.

Not practial as a desktop monitor, it could be a good Google Maps monitor! It is a display useful for commercial purposes. This sidetrack was too shiny to not resist taking a video, so here is a video:

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AMD’s FreeSync showroom at CES 2015

imageI visited AMD’s FreeSync showroom at CES 2015, and took several photos of new displays including the brand new LG ultrawide FreeSync monitor, Samsung 4K FreeSync monitor, and others.

I’ve published a photo tour, and my initial FreeSync impressions in this post.

Go check it out!

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Mobile 120Hz IPS displays for smartphones!

At CES 2015, I visited MediaTek at CES 2015, and talked to product marketing Ervin Lai about their 120Hz mobile display.

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As a previous post at AnandTech says, the display only uses ten percent more power during active use than a 60Hz display. Presumably, when idling (refresh throttled back automatically to save power in idle moments), it likely will not need additional power. For those concerned about battery, this could be a power management setting.

I did not have a chance yet to run TestUFO motion tests, however, I saw the motion on the 120Hz smartphone was much, much, much smoother. I visually confirmed that it is an IPS LCD with good viewing angles, and not a TN LCD with poor viewing angles!

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Blur Busters at CES 2015

imageChief Blur Buster Mark Rejhon is at CES 2015 Jan 8th and Jan 9th. We’re going to report on all the “Better Than 60Hz” technologies at the showrooms and booths.

If you have additional booths you would like him to check out, post now in the comments or the forum!

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ASUS announces MG279Q, an IPS 120Hz monitor!

imageASUS has announced a 27″ IPS 120Hz monitor with 2560x1440p resolution!

The ASUS MG279Q is a IPS LCD panel, with better colors and viewing angles than most 120Hz+ TN monitors!

The announced 5ms GtG rating may, however, prevent the ability to use LightBoost-style motion blur reduction modes. That said, it is exciting to see 120Hz+ finally officially arrive to many IPS panels!

UPDATE: This monitor supports FreeSync!

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BENQ confirms 144Hz FreeSync!

imageMore good news keep coming on the flood of CES 2015 announcements.

Another 144Hz FreeSync monitor has now been announced, as the BENQ 2730Z. AMD said on twitter that this is an IPS panel, but this is not yet confirmed by BENQ. Being a 1ms spec, this may be TN. This monitor includes BENQ Blur Reduction 2.0!

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BREAKING NEWS — IPS 144Hz Coming!

XG270HU-02Acer just announced two 1440p monitors capable of 144Hz.

ACER XB270HU
… 2560 x 1440
… 144Hz IPS with G-SYNC
… There will be no ULMB

ACER XG270HU
…  2560×1440
… 144Hz TN without G-SYNC
… Blur reduction is probably included (TBA)

Sources tell me that a blur reduction strobe backlight is not available for the XB270HU IPS panel at current refresh rate. IPS pixel transitions are not yet fast enough for strobing. See high speed videos of LCDs to see why IPS does not yet include LightBoost/ULMB.

UPDATE: NVIDIA has confirmed that ULMB is available, after all! This IPS panel has an extremely quick 4ms GtG, which is just barely sufficient for good strobong. This is the first desktop strobed IPS monitor, as a result.

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Blur Busters Forums — Input Lag Talk!

bbforumsThe popular Input Lag discussion area in Blur Busters Forums is abuzz with incredibly interesting debate. Join in and reply!

CS:GO — Does 2 milliseconds matter?
flood’s input lag measurements
External framerate caps adds lag. Use in-game framerate cap.

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First AMD FreeSync monitor now available: 4K 60Hz for $500

imageThe first AMD FreeSync monitor is now available as the Iilyama ProLite 4K 60Hz display for only $500 USD (£325 UK, no VAT for North Americans).

Not altogether a shabby price for a 3840×2160 60Hz panel, but this one has motion-smoothing, stutter-eliminating, tearing-eliminating variable refresh rate technology (AMD FreeSync, an open competitor to NVIDIA GSYNC).

Currently, NVIDIA’s GSYNC technology has a huge head start and several models are available in 120Hz+ refresh rates, and is still recommended for the “Better Than 60Hz” experience for competitive gamers. However, the extra options for both red and green (AMD and NVIDIA) are good for consumers in year 2015!

UPDATE: TechReport is saying Iiyama is saying they may not provide a FreeSync upgrade to this monitor. More news will be updated when available.

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Ultrawide 34″ 1440p monitor with 3000:1 contrast

Samsung announced the SE790C, a new 34″ ultra widescreen monitor, 21:9 aspect ratio with 3440×1440 resolution, a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, with a VESA standard mount, and a gaming mode.

Currently, it does not have “Better Than 60Hz” features such as GSYNC or 120Hz+. Response is 4ms GtG, however, a non-strobed 60Hz monitor will have at least 16.7ms persistence (1/60sec). An exciting display, with a sweet view, however.

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