G-SYNC HDR 4K 144Hz Monitors Available Now From Acer and ASUS

By Andrew Burnes on August 01, 2018

PC displays have rapidly improved since the introduction of our G-SYNC variable rate refresh technology in 2013, which eliminated screen tearing and greatly improved every user’s gaming experience. Following G-SYNC’s launch, we partnered with panel manufacturers and leading hardware companies to raise refresh rates to 120Hz and higher, to improve panel quality, to increase display resolutions, to introduce ultrawide options, and to bring G-SYNC to laptops for the smoothest, most-detailed picture possible whether gaming at home, or on the go.

Now, we’re raised the bar for displays once again with the launch of 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR monitors. Featuring peak brightness of 1,000 nits, these new monitors deliver stunning, vivid visuals with bold saturated colors; tremendous contrast for richer, more natural dark scenes; and a gamut of colors 25% wider than those found on sRGB displays. The result is the best gaming experience to date, but don’t just take our word for it:

PCPerspective Review, Gold Award: “The ASUS PG27UQ is the best gaming monitor we have ever laid eyes on. The color and the brightness that lead to the best HDR implementation to date, along with the variable refresh rate capability of G-SYNC, not to mention the 4K resolution, create a truly awe-inspiring combination. Gaming on the panel was unlike anything else, and we still sit around the office and just stare at it when idling at a game screen.”

TechRadar Review, 4.5/5: “The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the best gaming monitors on the market, thanks to its combination of 4K resolution and G-SYNC HDR technology, which delivers astounding visual fidelity and high frame rates. If you want the very best gaming graphical experience, then this monitor will be a worthy investment. You will be absolutely blown away by the image quality this monitor brings to your favorite PC games.”

Hot Hardware Review, Recommended: “Playing games in HDR at 4K is a sublime experience on the PG27UQ. If you are not a believer in HDR, this monitor will quickly change your mind. The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ delivers everything we have been waiting for in a monitor. In doing so, it addresses the shortcomings and compromises that come with owning a 4K display, namely having to settle for a lower refresh rate. For gamers, the pre-calibration and wide color gamut are simply bonuses on top of this panel's 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive refresh technology.”

In Destiny 2 and Final Fantasy XV, colors and special effects pop and gain increased intensity and realism, with truer depictions of color and light that were previously impossible to render, while in Resident Evil 7 nights and dark, creepy corners have true blacks, punctuated by the occasional flash of blinding light from your trusty torch.

It’s not something you can accurately demonstrate on a non-HDR display, but the comparison image below gives you an idea of just how huge of a leap forward G-SYNC HDR is.

Click here to view the interactive comparison of images in fullscreen; images are simulated to show, on a standard dynamic range display being used to view them, the difference between HDR and SDR. Actual images may appear different on HDR-compatible displays.

Created in partnership with AU Optronics, Acer and ASUS, the 27” 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR displays shipping today operate on the cutting edge. Each features the very latest technologies, each tuned for the specific requirements of PC gaming, ensuring stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal motion blur, and near-zero input latency.

The key to good HDR is high peak brightness, because our eyes believe something brighter is more colorful and more detailed (check out the “Hunt Effect” and the “Stevens Effect” for the science). For an example, look at Mark D. Fairchild’s eye examination chart and color pattern below; all that changes is the brightness of the scene, yet each successive image appears sharper and more colorful.

On G-SYNC HDR monitors, we can eclipse the ~200 nit uniform brightness of SDR monitors with peak brightness of 1,000 nits, and an ultra-low minimum brightness, making HDR games look and feel more realistic during both a game’s day and night. And through the use of a 384-zone controllable backlight, the brightness of any section of the display can be dynamically adjusted at any time, enabling you to more realistically view a dark night sky in an illuminated town, or a sun in deep space.

The other major advantage of HDR is its ability to display more colors, achieved through the use of improved backlighting and a Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF), which creates deep saturated reds and greens out of the blue light produced by the 384 controllable LED backlight zones. The result is the DCI-P3 standard color gamut used in the best digital cinemas, which is a color space 25% larger than that found on SDR sRGB monitors.

More color makes the content on-screen better match what you’re using to seeing day to day in reality, meaning everything appears more realistic and more appealing. And with more color, developers can create more visually-striking and interesting scenes, further enhancing the latest games.

Bear in mind, however, that not all HDR displays are born equal – many only attain peak brightness of 400 or 600 nits, the majority lack Quantum Dot Enhancement Film, almost all lack 384-zone controllable backlights, and very few reach or exceed the HDR 10 standard adopted on PC, or the Ultra HD Alliance’s UHD Premium certification.

Rest assured though, the Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ do tick all those boxes, and more, thanks to our rigorous G-SYNC certification process, and the development work of our partners.

With these monitors you get 4K display resolutions at up to 144Hz, 1,000 nits of peak brightness, DCI P3- color, 384-zone controllable backlights, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, Quantum Dot Enhancement Film, and of course, G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology.

If you wish to experience the latest leap in visual fidelity, everything’s ready and waiting for you – 30+ games are available with HDR, and many more are in development; Windows RS4 has new HDR tools and options that make consuming HDR and SDR content on a HDR monitor a cinch; our Game Ready drivers deliver the best HDR experience possible in every compatible game; GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs, such as the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, support HDR out of the box; and with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti you’ll have the performance to enjoy games at 4K at high levels of detail.

The Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR monitors, available now.

Without doubt, GeForce GTX GPUs and G-SYNC HDR monitors deliver the definitive PC HDR experience thanks to superior technology, superior support, and rigorous development, testing and certification that ensures every moment of every HDR game is at its very best.  To buy one of these game-changing G-SYNC HDR monitors, head here and select your region and a stockist. And for news of 35” G-SYNC HDR monitors, and other new GeForce products, stay tuned to GeForce.com.