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It seems like a great time to buy a shiny new monitor for a gaming PC. FreeSync 2-certified monitors are plentiful on the open market and multiple companies are actively pushing them out the door to fight for your hard-earned dollars. Since NVIDIA started supporting FreeSync earlier this year, both GeForce and Radeon owners can take full advantage of variable refresh rate goodness without paying the price premiums associated with buying certain displays with G-Sync modules inside. If you haven't already, the time is right to start shopping for a high-refresh-rate FreeSync display -- the affect on smoothness and tearing is stark and make modern gaming monitors a worthwhile investment.... Read more...
AOC is a well-known name when it comes to high performing gaming monitors, and the company is back at it again with the new Agon AG271FZ2 and AG251FZ2, which measure 27 inches and 24.5 inches respectively. The big claim to fame with both of these monitors is an incredibly fast 0.5ms response time. But it doesn't stop there; we're looking at a maximum 240Hz refresh rate for both monitors along with a AMD FreeSync (dynamic refresh rates supported from 48Hz to 240Hz over both DisplayPort and HDMI connections). Other features include a maximum brightness rating of 400 nits and horizontal/vertical viewing angles of 170 degrees and 160 degrees respectively. And in case you were wondering, both TN panels... Read more...
Microsoft added a lot of handy new features to its latest major refresh of its Windows 10 operating system: the May 2019 Update. One thing that the company didn't highlight when originally promoting the Windows 10 May 2019 Update was the addition of a new Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) toggle switch that is located within Graphics Settings. If you need to be brought up to speed, VRR technology is currently in use by both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards to sync the FPS of the game you're currently playing to the refresh rate of your display. In practice, it's supposed to result in a smoother gameplay experience and fewer dropped frames. NVIDIA calls its technology G-SYNC, while AMD's... Read more...
Samsung announced that the 2019 models of its 4K and 8K QLED Smart TVs are now available for purchase. In addition to their high resolution, these TVs also feature a number of other improvements to help enhance image processing and picture quality. "Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design," said Andrew Sivori, VP, TV Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. "This year's lineup represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly groundbreaking viewing experience and unprecedented value." In total... Read more...
AOC has launched a big and fast gaming monitor that looks to be a good candidate for esports, driving simulations, and twitch-style gameplay in general. That's because it has a 144Hz refresh rate to go along with a 1-millesecond moving picture response time (MPRT). Support for AMD's first-generation FreeSync technology is part of the package as well. The new CQ32G1, which AOC announced in September, is a 31.5-inch "frameless" monitor with a curved (1800R) VA panel and a 2560x1440 resolution, otherwise known as quad HD (QHD). If you're unfamiliar with the various panel types, VA screens sit between lower quality twisted nematic (TN) and higher-quality in-plane switching (IPS) displays. AOC rates... Read more...
Earlier this month at CES, NVIDIA announced new hardware including mobile versions of the GeForce RTX family and the desktop-oriented GeForce RTX 2060. Although it didn't garner nearly as much attention, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced that GeForce graphics cards would soon support non-G-SYNC, adaptive sync monitors. Up until this point, GeForce cards have only supported NVIDIA's own proprietary adaptive sync monitors, i.e. G-SYNC. However, NVIDIA has been validating AMD FreeSync-compatible monitors for use on its graphics hardware. When first announced, Huang said that 12 of the hundreds of FreeSync monitors on that market had been validated for proper operation on its GeForce hardware.... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up just a few days ago, and while some years it is relatively tame in the tech space, the convention did not disappoint this time around. There were new product announcements, technology previews, and even a bit of back and forth between NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang and AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, For her part, Dr. Su refrained from slinging mud at the competition, though she did address NVIDIA's decision to finally embrace adaptive sync. AMD's full implementation of adaptive sync is better known as FreeSync, which is essentially the company's marketing term for that particular variable refresh rate technology, and how it's utilized within AMD's own hardware... Read more...
We love high performance gaming monitors here at HotHardware, so we're always on the looking for new entries from popular player in this space. So, Acer's new XZ1 series definitely caught our eyes when it was officially announced this month. Available in both 27- and 31.5-inch screen sizes, these XZ1 monitors offer plenty of features with the performance to back them up. Both monitors feature a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, and rock 144Hz VA panels with a 1ms response time (it should be noted that 144Hz refresh rates are supported with both DisplayPort and HDMI). Both support HDR10, but we're only looking at maximum brightness of 250 and 300 cd/m2 respectively for the XZ271U and... Read more...
When it comes to gaming monitors, AOC is always at the forefront, ready to deliver quality products at reasonable prices. The company's new G1 series is no different, offering curved gaming monitors ranging in size from 24 inches to 32 inches with prices starting at $229.99. The monitors that AOC has announced include the following: C24G1 --    24 inches C27G1 --    27 inches C32G1 --    32 inches CQ32G1 -- 32 inches The C24G1, C27G1, and C32G1 all feature Full HD (1920x1080) displays, while the CQ32G1 ups the stakes with a QHD (2560x1440) display. Three of the four displays feature an 1800R curvature, with the exception being the C24G1... Read more...
AMD and NVIDIA both support game smoothing technologies that, in simple terms, match the refresh rate of a monitor with the GPU so that frames stay in sync. The former supports FreeSync, an open standard, and the latter promotes its own G-Sync solution. Normally you can't mix and match technologies, though in some circumstances, you can. If you're reading this, you probably know already that to use G-Sync, you need a G-Sync monitor paired with a GeForce graphics card or mobile GeForce GPU. Likewise, enabling FreeSync requires a supported a monitor and a Radeon graphics card or GPU. The lack of interoperability means going all-in with either technology. Over on Reddit, however, user "survfate"... Read more...
Philips is cranking out a truly high-end display in the form of the Momentum 43-inch gaming monitor. Besides its rather mammoth (for a gaming display) screen size, the Momentum is notable for its support for the DisplayHDR 1000 standard. Up until now, the VESA standards organization has recognized DisplayHDR 400 and DisplayHDR 600 certified displays, which have brightness ratings of 400 nits and 600 nits respectively. However, given the DisplayHDR 1000 rating, the new Philips Momentum boasts a brightness rating of 1,000 nits. The display supports 4K resolutions (3840x2160) and 10-bit color input.  In addition, it is able to cover 97.6 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. Other features... Read more...
We reported last week that 144Hz 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors from ASUS and Acer would soon be hitting the marketplace, but ASUS today is announcing a tasty treat for gamers that don't require GPU-punishing UHD resolutions for gaming. The ASUS VG258Q is a 24.5-inch monitor that features a TN panel and a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. However, the important spec for gamers is that the panel offers a 144Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync adaptive refresh rate technology. A range of 40Hz to 144Hz is supported via DisplayPort, while 50Hz to 144Hz is support with an HDMI connection. ASUS also claims 1ms response times (gray to gray), while the VG258Q includes Extreme Low Motion Blur technology... Read more...
Microsoft dropped some big news during the season premiere of its 'Xbox Inside' show, which it streamed online over the weekend. Towards the end of the show, Larry Hryb (Major Nelson), programming director for Xbox Live, announced that Microsoft was bringing FreeSync support to Xbox One S and Xbox One X game consoles, which will ultimately deliver smooth visuals to gamers. FreeSync is similar to NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, in that it helps reduce or eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and artifacting that is often observed even on the highest end systems. It does this by synchronizing the refresh rate of your monitor with your GPU to smooth things out. FreeSync (like G-Sync) is something that... Read more...
Someone must have told LG to 'go big or go home' and it clearly opted for the former. The company's new 38WK95C display is a massive 38-inch class (read: 37.5-inch) ultrawide monitor that first showed up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, and is now finally available to preorder. You will need an equally big budget, however, as this monitor will set you back $1,500. LG's new display uses an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a 3840x1600 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. IPS panels tend to offer superior color accuracy compared to cheaper TN panels. That seems to be the case here, with LG advertising 99 percent coverage of the sRGB color spectrum. Assuming... Read more...
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