We’ve been hearing about 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors with 144Hz panels ever since CES 2017. At the time, both ASUS and Acer announced monitors that adhered to NVIDIA’s announced specs. 2017 came to a close and CES 2018 came and went with no sign of these mythical G-SYNC HDR monitors.
However, NVIDIA is now saying that the time has come to unleash the beast, so to speak. The first 27-inch 144Hz monitors supporting G-SYNC HDR will launch in by the end of this month, or early June at the latest. All of these monitors will of course feature a 4K resolution (3840×2160) with virtually zero input lag. A next generation G-SYNC controller is incorporated, while the panel itself will have cover the DCI-P3 color spectrum and have a minimum brightness rating of 1,000 nits. You’ll also find Quantum Dots and a 384-zone full array backlight.
NVIDIA acknowledged that it encountered some production difficulties with this new G-SYNC HDR hardware, which explains the year and a half long wait for these first products to arrive on the market. With those production wrinkles ironed out, the first two monitors that will be available to the public will be the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27, which just so happen to be the two monitors that were first shown off at CES 2017.
That brings us to pricing, which could be a sticking point for some gamers. It has been reported that these monitors will be priced “over $1,000.” That’s a lot of money to spend for a 27-inch monitor, but it will be up to gamers to decide if 4K + 144Hz + HDR + G-SYNC is worth the premium over more mainstream panels.