Games look as good as their monitors can display them, so when Nvidia announced its beast for monitors that have 4K resolution with 144Hz refresh rate with HDR and Nvidia’s own G-Sync technology, people’s jaws dropped to the floor. Nvidia’s announcement of the monitors at CES 2017 was followed by Acer and Asus showcasing the monitors with said technology as well.
But when time came for the launch which was set to summer of 2017, Nvidia delayed the launch for unspecified reasons. And now, in an interview with Anandtech at Game Developers Conference 2018, Nvidia has said that we can expect to see the 4K monitors with 144Hz display, HDR and G-Sync hit the shelves by Q1 of 2019. Nvidia’s Q1 of 2019 ends on April 29, 2018 due to the company being a year ahead, which makes it highly probable that the companies making the displays will come out with some details soon.
The two monitors announced till now, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 have identical specs. The monitors come with AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel, 3840×2160 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1,000 nits of brightness, direct LED backlighting in 384 zones, and DCI-P3 color gamut produced by the coverage of a quantum dot film for HDR10 and of course Nvidia’s G-Sync technology to tackle all the frame tears.
We don’t know right now what caused the delay, or if future displays with the same technology would have to adhere to this same standard to feature Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. But what we do realize is that these monitors would need a beast of a PC to use them to their fullest extent. And even though one 1080i can handle a 4K screen at 144Hz, it may face some snags with HDR on. It all needs to be seen once the screens reach the customers.