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This is Dell's variant of the same screen 34" 3440x1440 curved display.

http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=hk&cs=hkbsd1&l=en&s=bsd&sku=210-AEBV

 

It's not up on the US site right now, but I'm sure it will be eventually.

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Finally back to g-sync news. Acer is releasing their version of the ASUS Swift.

27" 1440p, 144hz with a TN panel with g-sync and ULMB

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#acer_xb270hu

 

This should release in the next few weeks over in the UK and tftcentral might have reviews shortly after that.

It's nice to see more competition, however I'm curious as to just how Acer is going to get around the displayport 1.2 spec, if they overclock it like Swift they might run into the same problems. I'm also curious if they'll price it at the same level as the Swift or if they'll try to beat Asus on price, my gut tells me they'll just follow suit at $800.

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Some news from the other side of the aisle. AMD's Freesync finally has some displays coming soon. March 2015 Samsung will be shipping several different 4k displays with Freesync capability.

 

http://anandtech.com/show/8741/amd-announces-upcoming-samsung-freesync-displays

 

We'll have to wait and see about any comparisons, but I'm certainly curious about it.

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Although Tino mentioned this the other evening at dinner, here's the news regarding Acer's 1440p 144hz IPS g-sync display:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#acer_xb270hu_ips

 

Some things to remember. IPS type panels don't perform as well as TN with regards to response times, so unless some magical breakthrough happened, this might be a bit blurrier than a high refresh TN panel.

 

Much like Asus' swift monitor, this display is attempting to push 1440p at 144hz, which is not supported by current display port 1.2a. So either this display is ahead of the times and one of the first monitors with dp 1.3, or more likely they've opted to follow Asus and overclock the current 1.2a standard. 120hz is within spec at 1440p. Also even if the monitor has display port 1.3, there are no gpus that support this standard currently available for purchase.

 

Also Acer has not yet confirmed that this display with have ULMB or a similar technology, so it might not have the strobing tech that most other 120/144hz monitors have.

 

Of course I'm super excited because this is the display I was waiting for, but I'm interested in how much it will cost (my guess is ~$1000) and how well it performs.

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The battle for IPS g-sync monitors looks to be heating up. Here's some additional offerings coming out:

Asus is releasing two monitors. This model is 27" 4k IPS display with g-sync:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#asus_pg27aq

 

Here's the model I'm more interested in. Very similar to the Acer model I mentioned above.

27" 1440p IPS at 120hz The downside is there is no current listing for g-sync or free-sync on this model.

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#asus_mg279q

 

Finally there's an oddball release from BenQ

27" 1440p TN at 144hz. This model has Adaptive-Sync (Free-sync)

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#benq_xl2730z

 

None of these appear to be even remotely close to launch. My bet is 2Q2015 at the earliest but more likely 3Q or later.

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Some updates on the Asus 27" 1440p IPS at 120hz Model MG279Q

This display will support adaptive sync. One note is that any display with DP 1.2a+ can support adaptive sync.

It also appears to be releasing pretty soon. Estimates are Q2 2015 at $599.

 

I expect some of the other similar models to be somewhere above that price point and releasing around that time frame.

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Good News Everyone

Acer's 1440p 144hz IPS with G-sync display is currently available for pre-order... in Europe.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-077-AC&groupid=17&catid=948&campaign=affiliate/tag

 

€699 Which hopefully means we should be getting it for around $700 when it releases here.

That price isn't really final and my bet is it will go up.

 

Also production for this begins in February and should be available around April.

 

I really want to see a proper price and review for that thing.

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Well at the current exchange rates £574.99 ~ $870.53. That doesn't include international shipping on a big, heavy, delicate package. Even if it was free international shipping I sincerely doubt it's going to be cheaper buying it and shipping it over here.

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Malaphax posted about this yesterday but it was lost in the forum restore:

 

source - http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/acer-predator-xr341ck-34-curved-gaming-screen-with-g-sync.html

 

 

More news from Acer today as later this year they will launch a large curved 34" size, and 21:9 ultra-wide format monitor with G-Sync. The XR341CK which will likely get a 3440 x 1440 resolution. There is apparently going to be a 144Hz + G-sync and a non-G-sync option available.

 

There is no word just yet on the panel technology being used, product specs are still being finalized. There is suggestion from the information that we've seen that there will be a lower res 2560 x 1080 version as well, but again we're not sure of the details yet. More on these as we get them, but we're sure the thought of a 34" curved ultra-wide screen with 3440 x 1440, 144Hz refresh rate and G-sync is bound to be of interest to a lot of readers.

 

These screens are expected to go in to mass production in Q2 2015 so availability is yet to be confirmed. Pricing is TBA, via TFT central.

 

Very sexy. IPS?

 

I think that res is appropriate for that size because this is how it compares to a 27" 16:9 ratio = http://www.comparetvsizes.com/?tv1=27&a1=169&tv2=34&a2=219

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Yea it's a ridiculous monitor, and considering most of the curved 21:9 displays are IPS I imagine this will also be IPS. The real issue is that this thing will probably cost $1500+

Here's a "regular" 21:9 34" display for comparison:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005733

That runs $1,300 and considering they'll be adding a higher refresh rate and g-sync I expect a pretty hefty price premium.

 

I also made mention of the drawbacks that 21:9 displays face. Not all games support ultra-wide resolutions and sadly I'm not expecting this to change much. Anyone considering buying a display like this might have to resign themselves to playing certain games with black bars in 16:9. You can blame crappy ports and lazy developers for this.

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Zomg...thats my dream monitor. Luckily all the games I currently play support 21:9 resolution as they are easily resizeable. I can't wait...

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So the Acer 1440p IPS with gsync was just reviewed by tftcentral.

tl;dr This puts the Swift to shame. If you want to see something utterly ridiculous you should look at this graph:

 

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http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/acer_xb270hu.htm

 

Currently it's priced (at overclockers.net in UK) £574.99 ex VAT. Rough conversion rate is - $888, or more realistically $900.

 

I'll be honest, when this hits our shores, I might just go nuts and get it.

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Pretty much better than the Swift in every metric.

 

I'm pretty happy with my BenQ XL2720Z at the moment so I'm not looking to upgrade but if I was, this would be at the very top of the list.

 

I'm still very curious what that Acer XR341CK curved screen will bring to the table.

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Well it's here... but it's out of stock everywhere that I can find. Several people yesterday ordered and quite a few received back-order notices from acer.

http://store.acer.com/store/aceramer/en_US/pd/ThemeID.35703000/productID.314151300

People mentioned this 10% coupon worked for the acer site: SeizeTheIdea

 

Alternative retailer:

http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi?action=thispage&thispage=01100100U011_BZH2471P.shtml&order_id=!ORDERID!

 

I'll be checking around. So far the price looks confirmed at ~$800.

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So I bought the Acer XB270HU, and it arrived today. I did a quick test on battlefield, it looks buttery smooth. I'll mess around with more games as the week goes on, but so far I'm impressed.

 

My biggest problem now is setting up my additional monitors and the desktop space in an efficient way.

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I have some unfortunate news with regards to the ultrawide + curved panels:

Acer is releasing two versions (1 freesync and 1 gsync). But neither version will go above 75hz.

 

The other interesting bit of news is that the gsync version will offer an hdmi 1.4 connector. Supposedly this is part of gsync v2. I'm taking this with large doses of salt.

Launch date supposedly in July with a price of £999 for the gsync version. We'll see just how big of a panel lottery this will be.

 

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/33.htm#acer_xr341ck

 

Side note: I sent my acer in for RMA because it had a rather large patch of dead pixels. I've seen a rough estimate of 40% defective panels from an unofficial survey (about 60 participants). I've seen pictures of a few panels worse than mine and a few with defects that I would have probably accepted. I'm still waiting on acer support but supposedly it's "under repair" which I assume is because they're waiting for another batch so they can ship me a new monitor.

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Darn, I was hoping that will be coming because that would fit all my requirements for a perfect monitor.

 

Ultrawide + IPS + G-Sync + 144 Hz.

 

If it had all that then I'm sold. I'll just have to wait to see if it would ever come....

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Yeah, that limit is a bit disappointing. Bandwidth limitation on the gsync controller?

 

I went back to *shock* actually read the news item and it's explained right there:

 

source - http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/33.htm#acer_xr341ck

 

They are based on IPS panel technology and given we are only aware of LG.Display producing IPS-type panels in this sector, they are likely to be AH-IPS from LG.Display. The screens have a 3440 x 1440 resolution and support refresh rates up to 75Hz. Some people may be disappointed that there is not support for 120 - 144Hz but that is not possible at the moment from current IPS-type panels of this size and format.

 

The limitation is the panels.

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Yes, although currently we know there are at least some limitations built in to displayport 1.2 and hdmi 1.4. Keep in mind that article also mentions an hdmi 2.0 connection, which might be capable of handling higher refresh rates, but I'm not sure of the exact spec on that either (I'm confident it can at least support 1080p at 120hz). This is why technically all the 144hz 1440p displays are out of spec (the swift in particular). So while I don't doubt the display also has built in limitations, I'm fairly certain that's not the only factor that would need to be overcome.

Also remember most 4k panels until recently were actually programmed as 2 separate displays, there are plenty of design hurdles and bandwidth limitations to overcome in the display market.

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