High Refresh Rate Panels and Displays

A Road-map and Round-up

Simon Baker, Updated 8 August 2019
(originally written
15 September 2016)


 

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Introduction and Why High Refresh Rate?

We get a lot of questions about high refresh rate panels of varying sizes and technologies and it’s a topic gamers are of course very interested in. We thought it might be useful to provide a round-up of some of the news we’ve brought you over the last few months in relation to panel roadmaps, and announced displays to help get this information all in one place. This will hopefully give you an idea of what is currently available in each technology now, as well as what is planned for the future and when to expect other options to arrive. As ever, keep in mind the increasing demands on PC’s and graphics cards with the increases in refresh rates, not to mention the push for higher resolutions at the same time. Also we’d like to make the distinction up-front between panel manufacturers and monitor manufacturers here. Where we are talking about panel roadmaps and production, keep in mind that there is usually a lag of a couple of months after the panel goes in to mass production before we see any news of displays which will feature the new panel. There’s normally then a 3 – 4 month delay before that screen is released and widely available, so keep that in mind when we talk about dates in this article.

So why high refresh rate? The refresh rate of an LCD display is directly linked to two key areas. Firstly frame rate support. The higher the refresh rate, the higher the number of frames per second it can display, if you've got a graphics card and system capable enough to generate them. So if you've got a top end gaming system and can generate 120 frames per second (fps) you'd see the benefit of that on a 120Hz capable display, whereas a 60Hz display would only offer support for up to 60fps. Secondly because of the way LCD's operate, the way the human eye perceives motion blur is directly impacted by the refresh rate as well. The higher the refresh rate, the less motion blur you will see, although past a certain point you start to reach the point of diminishing returns. There's certainly big improvements when you move from 60Hz to 120Hz, and a smaller but not insignificant jump if you then jump to something like 240Hz. Beyond that, you'd probably see smaller and smaller improvements, and for additional blur reduction you're probably going to want to consider a specific strobing blur reduction backlight system. The principles and operation of those are covered in our other article on Motion Blur Reduction Backlights.

Anyway, on to the panel and monitor roadmaps. Here are the highlights by technology:



IPS-type


Above: Some of the original high refresh rate IPS panels released. The Acer Predator XB270HU and Asus ROG Swift PG279Q with 27" 144Hz

The original high refresh rate 27" IPS panels

At the time of writing this article originally in September 2016 there was only one true high refresh rate option available in this technology, that being a 27” 2560 x 1440 panel provide by AU Optronics (their IPS-type AHVA technology). It is already used in a range of popular monitors such as the Acer Predator XB270HU, the updated XB271HU and the equivalent models from Asus in the form of the ROG Swift PG279Q, and also their Asus MG279Q. Many other

This is a flat format (not curved) panel which is available in standard (panel part M270DAN02.3) and borderless (part M270DAN02.6) varieties and offers a native 144Hz refresh rate. Where the panel is combined with a hardware G-sync module, manufacturers were also able to overclock the refresh rate a little to 165Hz on some of the displays. Blur reduction backlights have also been combined with this panel since the refresh rate support is high enough to make that a viable option for the first time from IPS screens. Some more recently announced screens such as the Asus TUF VG27AQE will even allow simultaneous use of the strobing blur reduction backlight and the variable refresh rate (G-sync/FreeSync), and are based on a 144Hz IPS panel (including small 155Hz overclock).

AU Optronics are currently developing these 2560 x 1440 resolution 27" IPS-type panels with a slightly boosted refresh rate up to a native 165Hz (not needing an overclock) along with wide gamut support. This also goes hand in hand with some advancements in response times they are developing to help speed up pixel transitions. There are a couple of versions of this 165Hz panel planned. The M270DAN06.6 is borderless and has a DCI-P3 gamut (compared with the original 144Hz panels which were sRGB only) and is expected to be in production now since June 2019. The M270DAN06.7 is listed as a normal panel (i.e. not borderless) and has an Adobe RGB gamut and support for HDR600. This version is expected to go in to production in September 2019.

 

The early overclocked high refresh rate Ultrawide screens

  
Above: Some of the original overclocked ultrawide IPS displays. The Acer Predator X34 and Asus ROG Swift PG348Q with 34" 100Hz panels

Apart from those 27” AU Optronics panels with 144Hz talked about above, there were no IPS-type panels available at the time of originally writing this article in September 2016 which natively support high refresh rates. In the larger display space, display manufacturers had some solid success in overclocking a curved 34” 3440 x 1440 resolution panel which has been around for quite some years, produced by LG.Display. This IPS panel is actually natively 60Hz, but when it is combined with a G-sync module it has been possible to overclock that refresh rate up to 100Hz successfully. Monitors like the Acer Predator X34 and Asus ROG Swift PG348Q were two very popular options based on this panel and overclocked  with a lot of success 3440 x 1440 @ 100Hz. They offered high refresh rate support and response times suitable to keep up the demands of the frame rate.

 

Ultrawide IPS panels with native high refresh rates

LG.Display were later than AUO to develop high refresh rate IPS-type panels, and their focus has been largely on ultrawide models so far. All the way back in late 2015 LG.Display did actually have a 27” module (panel part LM270WF8) in their road-map which would have been their first venture in to high refresh rate IPS tech. That was a planned 1920 x 1080 @ 144Hz module, but as far as we know it was dropped and never emerged. Thankfully LG.Display are now investing in other high refresh rate IPS options, including many in the ultrawide space:


Above: LG 34UC79G with 2560 x 1080 @ 144Hz LG.Display IPS panel

  • 34” curved ultra-wide with 2560 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate - production in August 2016 (panel part LM340WW2). This represented LG.Display’s first available native high refresh IPS panel. We have tested the LG 34UC79G which features this panel with FreeSync support. A G-sync module version was also produced since Jan 2017. Although not listed in the most recent roadmaps we've seen, LG.Display appear to have a slightly updated version of this panel in production during H1 2019 with the same 2560 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, but an increased brightness spec of 300 cd/m2 compared with the earlier 250 cd/m2 specs. That will be used in the LG 34GL750 expected to be available in August 2019.

 


Above: Dell Alienware AW3418DW and Asus ROG Swift PG349Q, with 34" ultrawide LG.Display IPS panel with 100Hz native, 120Hz overclocked

 

  • 34” curved ultra-wide with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 100Hz refresh rate - there is already a 3440 x 1440 resolution @ 100Hz IPS LM340UW4 panel available and used in some displays like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW for instance, where it is also paired with a G-sync module to offer an overclocked 120Hz refresh rate. There is also the Asus ROG Swift PG349Q which uses the new 100Hz native refresh rate panel and thanks to a G-sync module also allows a 120Hz overclock. This replaced the PG348Q which was a 60Hz panel overclocked to 100Hz.

    Other screens with FreeSync support are also available including the Acer Predator XR342CKP for example.



Above: LG 34GK950F/G with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate panel

  • 34” curved ultra-wide with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate - The 100Hz UW4 panel mentioned above has now been superseded by a higher refresh rate options, with 144Hz. There was originally a couple of new versions of the older LM340UW3 panel (which is already available as a 60Hz option) planned around late 2017 with 144Hz, but it looks like those have been scrapped and replaced by the LM340UW5 instead. This UW5 panel has been used in a couple of screens already including the LG 34GK950F and 34GK950G that we have reviewed in full. Where it has been combined with a G-sync module, so far this has required a down-clock to a maximum 120Hz because of the limitations with the G-sync v1 module. The FreeSync version of the screen can use the full 144Hz refresh rate without issue as long as you have a suitable graphics card and DisplayPort 1.4 output.

 

Larger Ultrawide IPS panel options
 


Above: LG 38UC99 with 37.5" LG.Display IPS panel and small overclocked 75Hz refresh rate

  • 37.5" curved ultra-wide development - LG.Display are also investing in even larger ultra-wide screens in the curved 37.5" space. We've seen the first of these appear in monitor form in September 2016 in the form of the LG 38UC99. These new panels offer a 24:10 aspect ratio and 3840 x 1600 resolution. The panel already in production and used in that LG screen is a maximum 75Hz refresh rate. We wouldn't call this a "high refresh rate" but we mention it for reference.


Above: LG 38GL950G with 37.5" 3840 x 1600 resolution panel and 144Hz

We know that LG.Display are now intending to produce a 144Hz compatible version. Originally touted for a Q4 2017 production, this slipped and was then expected to go in to mass production In Q2 2019. This will be the LM375QW2 panel which will offer the same resolution but a higher 144Hz refresh rate. The LG 38GL950G will be the first screen to make use of this new panel and also offers an overclock up to 175Hz thanks to the use of a G-sync v2 module as well. The last information we had from LG.Display suggested that this panel may have slipped to Q1 2020 production, although this is contrary to the expected availability dates from LG for the 38GL950G display which is still expected around September 2019.
 

  • 49" ultrawide with 5120 x 1440 and 144Hz - LG.Display are already producing a 32:9 aspect ratio 49" ultrawide panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and high 5120 x 1440 resolution. They also plan to produce a 144Hz refresh rate version although production is not expected until Q4 2019. No news of any screens featuring this panel yet.


AU Optronics don’t seem to have any ultra-wide high refresh rate IPS-type panels in their current roadmaps, so it seems that they are sticking to the typical 16:9 aspect ratio market, and leaving the 34”+ ultra-wide space to LG.Display for now. Samsung have so far not planned any high refresh rate PLS panels, which is their IPS-type technology. They seem to be more focused on their VA panels at the moment.

 

1080p IPS Panels with 144Hz


Above: LG 27GL650F with 1080p and 144Hz IPS panel

Perhaps counter-intuitively, it was 1440p resolution IPS panels that were first released with high refresh rates. The lower resolution 1080p models came a bit later. There is already a panel option available from LG.Display (LM270WF8) which is 27" in size and has a 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. We've seen some displays announced in recent times which look to be using this panel like the LG 27GL650F. The Philips 272M8 and AOC AGON AG27G2 also look to be another model announced in some regions using this panel.

AU Optronics are planning to produce 24.5" and 27" sized panel with this lower 1920 x 1080 resolution (Full HD) with 144Hz, presumably aimed at lower end systems where the full 1440p resolution might be a challenge. The 24.5" version (M250HAN01.6) should now be in mass production since June 2019 while the 27" panel (M270HAN03.2) was originally expected to go in to production in September 2018, but has more recently slipped quite a long way until around September 2019.
 

240Hz IPS Panels are coming!


Above: Acer Nitro XV273X with 240Hz IPS panel and 1080p

More interesting still are planned 240Hz IPS panels from AUO. These are planned initially with 1080p resolutions and in sizes of 24.5" (M250HAN01.3) and 27" (M270HAN03.0). The smaller version is planned for mass production since July 2019, and the larger version apparently being in production since May 2019. AUO will have to work to improve response times even further to be able to cope with the high frame rate demands of 240Hz which we expect is a large part of the delay from earlier roadmaps. The Acer Predator XV273X has been announced with the 27" 240Hz panel being used, although launch date has not yet been confirmed. This looks like it will be the first 240Hz IPS display available.

There is also some information about some other 240Hz IPS panels planned (part numbers TBC), this time with a higher 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution. These are further away of course, and unlikely to appear in any monitor until 2020. There are 27″ and 32″ sized versions scheduled to go in to mass production in Nov/Dec 2019 and Dec 19/Jan 20 respectively, which sound very interesting.

LG.Display are also planning to develop a 27" IPS panel (LM270WF9) with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. This will be combined with their new, lower 1ms G2G response time spec. Production is not expected until Q4 2019 at the moment so are likely to be a long way off.

 

New 27" and 31.5" IPS offerings from LG.Display

AUO had the monopoly on the high refresh rate 27" IPS panels to start with, but LG.Display are planning to release several options of their own - in sizes of 27" and 31.5".


Above: LG 27GL850 with 144Hz LG.Display IPS Panel

In the 27" space is the forthcoming LM270WQA panel, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz native refresh rate and with a DCI-P3 colour gamut. It's was originally expected to go in to production around December 2018 but then slipped back to Q2 2019. We expect some of the reason for the delay in their high refresh rate IPS panels is struggles with response times. AUO managed to do a good job boosting response times on their equivalent AHVA IPS-type technology, but LG.Display have had more trouble it seems. There is talk from LG.Display about improvements in their IPS response times in their latest roadmaps, reportedly trying to improve on the current 5ms G2G spec, pushing down down to 1ms G2G thanks to higher levels of overdrive. It remains to be seen how successful this is in practice, and how much overshoot gets introduced but an investment in driving response times to accommodate higher refresh rates properly is certainly welcome and needed. The forthcoming LG 27GL850 will feature this new panel and is expected to be available during August 2019. This screen was originally planned to feature a hardware G-sync module and therefore support a 165Hz overclock, but that was later dropped in favour of an adaptive-sync support and therefore limited to the native 144Hz.

There is also a 31.5" size LM315WQ1 panel which was expected to go in to production in December 2018 as well, but has likely slipped in to mid 2019 now (although not confirmed). This larger panel will offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution with 165Hz refresh rate as well.

 

4K resolution IPS panels with high refresh rate


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 with 27" 4K @ 144Hz IPS-type panels and FALD HDR support

In the “4K" Ultra HD resolution space, AU Optronics have produced a flat 3840 x 2160 IPS-type module (M270QAN02) with 144Hz refresh rate which was showcased at Computex all the way back in June 2016 in the form of an Asus monitor prototype. There will be two flavours of this panel, a "normal" panel and then one that supports high end HDR.

The arguably more exciting M270QAN02.2 offers an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, but also has full HDR support and a full-array local dimming (FALD) 384-zone backlight. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ that we have reviewed in full was the first model announced featuring this new panel, offering a really impressive feature set even beyond the 3840 x 2160 resolution @ 144Hz which is exciting enough. See the linked review for more information but the other specs are focused on delivering high end HDR and support for NVIDIA G-sync variable refresh rates. Acer have already released a competing model, their Predator X27 while AOC also have plans to release one in 2019 with their AGON AG273UG. There is also the Acer ConteptD CP7271K P which is a more uniquely designed alternative coming soon.

Given that the Asus and Acer models only appeared around July/August 2018, that's over 2 years since the prototype was shown off at Computex! It's apparently been a massive challenge to get the FALD backlight working properly with the variable refresh rate G-sync module, and at suitable performance for fast gaming content.

A borderless version of the same 4K @ 144HZ with 384-zone FALD panel is expected to go in to production in Q3 2018 as well which could signal the next development phase for those high end HDR gaming screens. Although there are also developments with Mini LED backlights which are discussed below which offer more dimming zones, and may be the logical update to those screens already available.


Above: Acer Nitro XV273K with 4K @ 144Hz IPS panel, but no HDR

If you don't want or need the HDR FALD support, the normal version of this 4K @ 144Hz panel is the M270QAN02.3 with specs in line with typical panels. Without the HDR FALD backlight, it significantly brings the retail cost of the monitors down. There's been a lot of complaints about the very high retail price of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 monitors mentioned above, but that is largely due to the FALD HDR backlight production. If you just want an Ultra HD 144Hz IPS gaming panel without the added HDR capability, this alternative panel option might present some good, lower cost choices. We have recently reviewed the first screen that uses this panel which is the Acer Nitro XV273K. This features AMD FreeSync support as well, while an NVIDIA G-Sync alternative is planned in the near future in the form of the Acer Predator XB273K. There has also been the uniquely designed Acer ConteptD CP3271K P announced which is the same 27" size and features the 4K resolution at 144Hz, but without a FALD HDR backlight.
 

AU Optronics are also planning a 32" equivalent of these Ultra HD @ 144Hz panel (part number TBC). There will again be an HDR version with a 384-zone FALD, and a "normal" version without. Panel production was originally expected around Q3 2018 but more recent information suggests this slipped back first to Q1 2019, then disappeared from roadmaps, only to re-appear with an expected production of Q4 2019. Presumably because of the delays and challenges with the 27" versions. It will not be until 2020 before any monitors featuring those panels we expect right now.

LG.Display are also now planning on getting involved with the 4K @ 144Hz market, with a 27" panel (LM270WR8) of their own now planned with 3840 x 2160 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. This will give an alternative option to the AU Optronics panel currently used in screens like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 which will be interesting. This is listed with HDR600 support suggesting that some kind of edge-lit local dimming will be offered, but not a FALD like the AU Optronics offerings. Production is was originally planned for Q4 2019 but this more recently slipped to H2 2020! So LG.Display will be very late to the party here!

 

Mini LED backlights with more zones


Above: Mini LED promotional display showcased at Computex 2018 (not expected to be high refresh model)

AU Optronics also have plans to develop further HDR-capable panels with a new "mini LED" technology that will offer improvements in HDR local dimming capability over current Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlights. Mini LED offers much smaller chip sizes than normal LED and so can allow AUO to offer far more local dimming zones than even the current/planned FALD backlights that we've seen so far. Those FALD backlights have been limited to around 384 dimming zones on already announced 27" and 32" sized panels discussed above, certainly offering improvements in dimming capability compared with say, edge-lit panels.


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQX with 144Hz, 4K resolution and Mini LED backlight

The new mini LED backlight systems will support more zones with the first gaming option with high refresh expected to be a 27" upgrade to the FALD version used for the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and co. The updated Mini LED version will increase the zones from 384 to 576, and Asus have already announced their updated ROG Swift PG27UQX display. Acer are also expected to have an updated version of their Predator X27 around the same time, although no official information has been released yet. The new Mini LED panel is expected to go in to production around October 2019 so don't expect release of the new screens until probably early 2020 at the best.

There is a also planned 32" panel from AUO with Mini LED which will offer an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, 600 cd/m2 brightness (1000 cd/m2 peak), 10-bit colour depth, 99% Adobe RGB gamut and is expected to have two refresh rate options - a 60Hz version and the one we are interested in here for this article, a planned 144Hz version (with 8-bit colour depth on the 144Hz option we believe). Given the recent roadmaps seem to talk about their use for professional displays it is possible that the 144Hz version will come quite a bit later. The panel production is listed as Q1 2019 but that could well be for the 60Hz version only. Only time will tell, but we expect this larger 32" gaming option to be some way off, especially as we've still not seen the FALD version released!

In the future, expect to see even smaller "micro LED" production to offer even more zones and direct backlighting for HDR displays. There are no dates or expectations from AUO on the use of micro LED yet though.

 

Innolux and other manufacturers also producing high refresh rate IPS-type panels


Above: Acer Nitro XV272U and Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD with 27" Innolux 1440p panel at 144Hz

We have more recently seen Innolux start to invest in high refresh rate IPS-type panels as well it seems with their AAS panel technology. There is a 27" flat panel produced by them and in production since Dec 2018 (M270KCJ-K7B) which offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. We have seen the Acer Nitro XV272U and VG271U  released as well as new models from lesser known manufacturers like the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD which we have reviewed.

Innolux are also working on some exciting 31.5" sized panel options with '4K' 3840 x 2160 resolution and 144Hz refresh rates. There are three different panel options planned with varying backlight options. The simplest is the "normal" SDR capable panel with a regular backlight (i.e. no local dimming) but with 144Hz refresh rate, 90% DCI-P3 gamut. A prototype is planned for Q3 2019 but this is not expected to go in to mass production until Q2 2020 at the moment (3 quarters after prototype).

A step up from that is a Mini LED backlit version again with 144Hz but this time offering >10,000 dimming zones for HDR, and certainly beyond the current FALD and even early Mini LED options we've discussed above from AU Optronics. This is listed with an even wider 95% BT 2020 colour gamut as well. Mass production is currently unknown although a prototype is expected around Q4 2019, so current estimates for production are Q3 2020 based on the logic from the SDR version above.

Finally there is a "Megazone" backlit version (panel part M315DCM-E70) with over 1 million dimming zones! This is VESA HDR1000 compliant and with a >90% DCI-P3 gamut. The prototype for this one was expected during Q2 2019 so it's possible this panel could enter mass production in H1 2020 although that is not confirmed at this stage.

No news of any displays using any of these three new 31.5" Innolux IPS panels yet. For more info on those panels you can read our news piece here.

As well as the 31.5″ sized panels above, Innolux are also developing a 28″ sized IPS-type panel with 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate (likely 144Hz again with an overclock). It doesn’t offer any local dimming or HDR, but has a >90% DCI-P3 gamut. The panel (M280DCA-E7B) is planned for production from August 2019.


Above: Wasabi Mango UHD430 display with 43" IPS panel and 120Hz

There is also a 43" sized panel which is being used in the Korean branded Wasabi Mango UHD430 display. We are not sure who the panel manufacturer is for this screen but it is an IPS-type panel and offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. This screen lacks any variable refresh rate technology but comes at a very low price.


Above: Acer Nitro VG240Y P with 23.8" 1080p panel and 144Hz

A few smaller 23.8" sized screens have also started to appear recently, with a 144Hz refresh rate IPS technology panel and 1080p resolution. The Acer Nitro VG240Y P and Philips 242M8 for instance have appeared in some regions. We believe this will be based on a panel from lesser-known manufacturer Panda who have a matching panel which went in to production in Q1 2019 (panel part LC238LF1F).

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IPS-type panel options summary (in size order)

Manufacturer

Size

Aspect Ratio

Resolution

Refresh Rate

Panel mass production expected from

Example Monitors, not exhaustive

Panda

23.8" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

Q1 2019

 Acer Nitro VG240Y P, Philips 242M8

AU Optronics

24.5" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

February 2019

 

AU Optronics

24.5" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

July 2019

 

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

Sept 2019

 

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

May 2019

Acer Predator XV273X

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz (165Hz overclocked for some)

2015

Acer Predator XB270HU, XB271HU, Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, Asus MG279Q etc

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

165Hz

June / Sept 2019

 

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

240Hz

Nov/Dec 2019

 

AU Optronics

27" flat

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

June 2018

Acer Nitro XV273K, Acer Predator XB273K, Acer ConteptD CP3271K P

AU Optronics

27" flat (HDR 384 zones)

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q1 2018

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, Acer Predator X27, AOC AGON AG273UG, Acer ConteptD CP7271KP

AU Optronics

27" flat (HDR 384 zones) borderless

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q3 2018

 

AU Optronics

27" flat (Mini LED 576 zones)

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Oct 2019

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQX

LG.Display

27" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

2019 ?

LG 27GL650F, Philips 272M8, AOC AGON AG27G2

LG.Display

27" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Q4 2019

 

LG.Display

27" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz

Q2 2019

LG 27GL850

LG.Display

27" flat

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q4 2019

 

Innolux

27" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz

Dec 2018

Acer Nitro XV272U and VG271U, Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD

Innolux

28" flat

16:9

3840 x 2160

120/144Hz

Aug 2019

 

Innolux

31.5" flat (SDR version)

16:9

3840 x 2160

120/144Hz

Q2 2020

 

Innolux

31.5" flat (Mini LED, 10,000 zone version)

16:9

3840 x 2160

120/144Hz

Q3 2020

 

Innolux

31.5" flat (Megazone, 1 million zones version)

16:9

3840 x 2160

120/144Hz

H1 2020

 

LG.Display

31.5" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

165Hz

Mid 2019 likely

 

AU Optronics

32" flat

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q1 2019

 

AU Optronics

32" flat (HDR)

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q4 2019

 

AU Optronics

32" flat (Mini LED HDR)

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q1 2019 ?

 

AU Optronics

32" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

240Hz

Dec 19 / Jan 20

 

LG.Display

34" curved 3800R

21:9

2560 x 1080

144Hz

Aug 16 plus H1 2019 update?

LG 34UC79G, LG 34GL750

LG.Display

34" curved 3800R

21:9

3440 x 1440

60Hz native, 100Hz overclocked

2015

Acer Predator X34 and Asus ROG Swift PG348Q

LG.Display

34" curved 1900R

21:9

3440 x 1440

100Hz native, 120Hz overclocked in some cases

Q3 2017

Dell Alienware AW3418DW, Acer Predator XR342CKP, Asus ROG Swift PG349Q

LG.Display

34" curved 1900R

21:9

3440 x 1440

144Hz

May 2018

LG 34GK950F and 34GK950G

LG.Display

37.5" curved 2300R

24:10

3840 x 1600

144Hz (175Hz overclock)

Q2 2019 ?

LG 38GL950G

Unknown

43" flat

16:9

3840 x 2160

120Hz

2018

Wasabi Mango UHD430

LG.Display

49" curved

32:9

5120 x 1440

144Hz

Q4 2019

 

 


VA-type


Above: Eizo FORIS FG2421 with 23.5" Sharp VA panel and 120Hz

At the time of originally writing this article, there had only been a couple of high refresh rate VA panels released and used in mainstream monitors. Back in 2013 we saw a flat 23.5” panel emerge from Sharp, who aren’t really a big manufacturer of LCD panels for desktop monitors. Their 120Hz capable 1920 x 1080 VA panel was used in the very popular Eizo Foris FG2421. This was the first real venture in to high refresh rate VA panels and showed what was possible from that technology when response times and refresh rate were handled well.

35" Ultrawide Panels from  AU Optronics


Above: Acer Predator Z35 with 35" ultrawide VA panel and 200Hz overclocked refresh rate

A couple of years later on in late 2015 we saw AU Optronics release a curved 35” ultra-wide AMVA panel (M350DVR01.0) with 2560 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, which was used in various monitors including the BenQ XR3501 and Acer Predator Z35 for instance. That relatively low resolution allowed the refresh rate of 144Hz to be supported over DisplayPort 1.2 video interfaces as a full 3440 x 1440 wouldn't be possible. In some cases, like with the Acer Predator Z35, the panel has been combined with a G-sync module and this allows overclocking of the refresh rate up to 200Hz. Although from our tests, the pixel response times are not really adequate to keep up with the frame rate and 120Hz is about the sensible limit for that panel. Response times are certainly the main challenge when trying to achieve high refresh rates on VA panels, particularly where often there are slow transitions from black > grey shades.

AU Optronics have a native 200Hz version of this curved 35” panel that went in to production in June 2016 (M350DVR01.2) and was adopted first in the AOC AGON AG352QCX.


Above: Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ with 35" ultrawide VA panel and 100Hz native refresh rate

In the higher resolution ultra-wide space AU Optronics have AMVA panels in production with 3440 x 1440 resolution and high native refresh rates. There is the curved 35” M350QVR01.0 panel which went in to production in Sept 2016 which offers a native 100Hz refresh rate, allowing AMVA panels to rival the alternative IPS panels of the same resolution and refresh rate. There is also a borderless version in production since September at 100Hz (M350QVR01.1) which we've seen used in monitors like the Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ and BenQ EX3501R which we have reviewed. The 100Hz refresh rate will be possible using the current widespread DisplayPort 1.2 video interface. The first screens to be announced based on these 100Hz VA panels at 3440 x 1440 were the HP Omen X35 and AOC AGON AG352UCG (which we have reviewed). Some later models like the AOC AGON AG352UCG6 for instance used the same 3440 x 1440 @ 100Hz panels but combined it with a G-sync module to offer a small overclock to 120Hz.

AU Optronics have also developed a 3440 x 1440 VA panel in 35" size which has a slightly higher native 120Hz refresh rate. There are available in normal and borderless versions (M350QVR01.3 and M350QVR01.5) and were expected to go in to production in July 2019 (delayed considerably from original expectation of January and then July 2018).

 

35" VA panels with 200Hz and FALD HDR


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ and Acer Predator X35 with 35" ultrawide VA panels and 200Hz refresh rate, with FALD HDR backlight

AUO have also developed another 35" panel which supports an even higher 200Hz at 3440 x 1440. This has now gone in to mass production in Q3 2018 (delayed from original Q3 2017) and we've already reviewed the first monitor to appear with this new panel. It's a very high end and expensive panel option since it also features a 512-zone FALD backlight for HDR.

There's the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ (reviewed) and Acer Predator X35 already available in most regions using this panel. There is also an AOC equivalent planned which we had chance to see first hand in April 20199 at a press event that could end up being a little more affordable. The AOC AGON AG353UCG is expected to be released around September 2019.

 

AU Optronics - Other Sizes of 27", 30", 31.5"


Above: LG 32GK850G with 31.5" AUO VA panel and 165Hz overclocked refresh rate

A couple of curved 27” 16:9 aspect ratio panels are in production or planned. The first offers 2560 x 1440 @ 144Hz. There's also a lower resolution 1920 x 1080 curved version (M270HVR01.0) with 165Hz refresh rate support which went in to production around July 2017. A new 200Hz version of this 1080p panel (the M270HVR01.2) was originally expected to go in to production in Q4 2018 but this slipped to May 2019.

AU Optronics have also produced a curved 30” ultra-wide panel (M300DVR01.0) with 2560 x 1080 resolution and a 200Hz refresh rate that's already in mass production. It remains to be seen whether they have managed to reliably drive response times low enough to make this 200Hz practical, as the overclocked options so far have not been great. The Acer Predator Z301C meets these same specs but according to the Acer spec page that model is 144Hz natively, and 200Hz with an overclock. That may be more down to the G-sync module than the panel though and looks probable that it is using this particular AUO panel.

They also have a curved 30” ultrawide panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate which went in to production during Q3 2016.

As well as the ultra-wide market, AU Optronics are also already producing a curved 31.5” 16:9 aspect ratio panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 165Hz refresh rate (M315DVR01.0). This has been in production since around April 2017. There is also a flat version of this 31.5" panel available (M315DVR01.?) which went in to production some time during early 2018 and has already been adopted in the LG 32GK850G which we have reviewed for instance. This is a 144Hz flat format panel, but thanks to the presence of a G-sync module has also been overclocked to 165Hz on that LG screen.

A new curved 1920 x 1080 resolution panel in 31.5" is also now planned, but with a 200Hz refresh rate. This is expected to go in to production during Q1 2019.

 

240Hz VA Panels Coming!

AUO are also planned to develop VA technology with an even higher 240Hz refresh rate. A 31.5″ sized curved VA panel is planned (part number TBC) with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 240Hz, and is currently expected to go in to mass production around Sept 2019. No displays announced that we've seen yet featuring this panel.


Above: Samsung C27RG50 with 240Hz VA panel

A smaller 27″ sized curved 2560 x 1440 VA panel is also mentioned although not likely to be until Q1 2020 at this time. AUO are going to need to work wonders to improve response times on this technology to make 240Hz viable and usable especially across typically slower black > grey transitions. The 27" Samsung C27RG50 monitor has been announced already which will feature a 1080p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, so looks likely that it will be using this new AUO panel - unless Samsung themselves are also developing 240Hz VA panels, but we've not had any information about that yet. 

 

Very large size and 'Big Format Gaming Display' panels


Above: Asus ROG Strix XG438Q with 43.4" 4K panel and 120Hz

Of other interest are a couple of planned new 43.4" sized panels based on VA technology. This will be a new panel sector for AUO as sizes for gaming displays start to grow and grow. Two panels of this size are planned both with an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and a flat format instead of curved.


Above: Acer Predator CG437K P with 43.4" 4K panel and 144Hz

The first is the M430QVN02.2 which has HDR 1000 certification and 144Hz refresh rate. That should be in mass production now as of H1 2019. The second is the M430QVN02.1 which has a slightly lower HDR 600 spec and 120Hz refresh rate, and should also be in production now as of May 2019. It looks likely that the first of these to appear will be the HDR 600 / 120Hz version which has been used in the Asus ROG Strix XG438Q and is expected Aug/Sept 2019. The HDR 1000 / 144Hz version of the panel has been incorporated in to the forthcoming Acer Predator CG437K P which is expected to be available in September 2019.

Asus also look like they will release a second model at a later date, using the HDR 1000 / 144Hz panel this time. The model name is not yet known, but it was announced in June as part of their announcement of the World's first screen to use Display Stream Compression (DSC). This will allow higher refresh rates like 144Hz along with 4K resolutions, without needing to sacrifice colour depth or chroma levels, as today's equivalent monitors require. The Acer Predator CG437K P mentioned above with 4K @ 144Hz will require some kind of colour compression to reach the maximum 144Hz incidentally as it does not use DSC.

 


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG65 Big Format Gaming Display with 65" VA Panel and 144Hz

A very large 65" VA panel in a flat format is also planned and looks very interesting from a spec point of view. This panel was expected to go in to production in Q4 2018 as well and will have a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Models from Asus, Acer and HP were announced all the way back in January 2018 and are expected to be available in the first half of 2019 now. These are expected to feature a FALD HDR backlight as well. The HP Omen X Emperium 65 looks like it will be the first to be available, around February 2019.


AU Optronics VA Panel Options Summary

Size

Aspect Ratio

Resolution

Refresh Rate

Panel mass Production from

Example Monitors, not exhaustive

27" curved

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz

TBC

 

27" curved

16:9

1920 x 1080

165Hz

July 2017

 

27" curved

16:9

1920 x 1080

200Hz

Q4 2018

 

27" curved

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Q1 2020

Samsung C27RG50 ?

30" curved 1800R

21:9

2560 x 1080

200Hz

2016

Acer Predator Z301C (?)

30" curved 2000R

21:9

3440 x 1440

144Hz

Q3 2016

 

31.5" curved

16:9

1920x 1080

200Hz

Q1 2019

 

31".5 curved 1800R

16:9

2560 x 1440

165Hz

April 17

 

31.5" flat

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz (165Hz overclock)

2018

LG 32GK850G

31.5" curved

16:9

2560 x 1440

240Hz

Sept 2019

 

35" curved 2000R

21:9

2560 x 1080

144 (200Hz overclocked)

2015

BenQ XR3501, Acer Predator Z35

35" curved 2000R

21:9

2560 x 1080

200Hz native

June 2016

AOC AGON AG352QCX

35" curved 1800R

21:9

3440 x 1440

100Hz (120Hz with overclock)

Sept 16

HP Omen X35, AOC AGON AG352UCG, Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ, AOC AGON AG352UCG6 (120Hz), BenQ EX3501R

35" curved 1800R

21:9

3440 x 1440

120Hz

July 19

Acer Predator CG437K P

35" curved with 512-zone FALD HDR

21:9

3440 x 1440

200Hz

Q3 2018

Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ, Acer Predator X35, AOC AGON AG353UCG

43.4" flat (HDR 600)

16:9

3840 x 2160

120Hz

May 2019

Asus ROG Strix XG438Q

43.4" flat  (HDR 1000)

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

H1 2019

Acer Predator CG437K P

65" flat with 384-zone FALD HDR

16:9

3840 x 2160

144Hz

Q4 2018

Asus ROG Swift PG65, Acer Predator BFGD and HP Omen X Emperium 65

 

Samsung SVA - sizes of 23.6", 27" and 31.5"


Above: Samsung C27FG70 and Acer Predator Z271 with 27" curved VA panels and 144Hz

Samsung are also investing in the high refresh rate VA market with their equivalent technology, now commonly referred to by them as SVA. They have a curved 23.6” VA panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate in production since July 2016 (LSM236HP02). The Samsung C24FG70 gaming display was the first to make use of this new panel which was released in October 2016.

There is also a curved 27” version with the same 1920 x 1080 @ 144Hz (LTM270HP02) which went in to production in May 2016. The Samsung C27FG70 and Acer Predator Z271 (the latter we have reviewed) are examples of screens which use this Samsung 27” VA panel with 1920 x 1080 @ 144Hz.

Samsung also have a 27" panel with a higher 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz in production since Q2 2017. This has been used in some displays already, for instance the AOC AGON AG273QCX. Samsung are now planning to offer an update to this panel with a boosted 165Hz refresh rate, and this panel was expected to go in to production in Q1 2019.
 


Above: Samsung C32HG70 with 31.5" Samsung VA panel and 144Hz

They also have a couple of curved 31.5” sized panels planned with a 144Hz refresh rate. The LTM315HP01 went in to production in September 2017 and offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, while another LSM315DP01 is also already in production with a higher 2560 x 1440 resolution. The latter has been used in screens like the Samsung C32HG70 and AOC AGON AG322QC4, both of which we have reviewed, and models like the Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR. Samsung are planning to offer an update to this panel with a boosted 165Hz refresh rate, and this panel is expected to go in to production in Q1 2019.
 

4K Ultra HD Resolution VA panels

Originally expected for production around July 2018 but now delayed quite a long way until Q2 2019, Samsung will also start to produce a 31.5" curved VA panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution. This panel will support a 120Hz refresh rate. We've not seen any monitors announced featuring this panel, but it could be an interesting alternative to the 4K @ 144Hz IPS models already available like the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, Acer Predator X27 and Acer Nitro XV273K we talked about earlier. Don't expect to see any displays until the second half of 2019 at best.


Samsung Ultrawide VA options - 29", 34", 49"


Above: Philips 349X7FJEW with 34" ultrawide Samsung SVA panel and 100Hz

Samsung are also investing in the ultra-wide space with a curved 29” mega-wide 32:9 aspect ratio panel offering 3840 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate (LSM290DP01) which is in production already.

Perhaps of most interest is a curved 34” ultra-wide panel to rival those being developed by LG.Display in their IPS technology. The LTM340YP03 offers a curved format, 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 100Hz native refresh rate. This first appeared in the Samsung C34F791 display and has appeared in other monitors including the Philips 349X7FJEW (reviewed).

Samsung will also offer a 144Hz refresh rate version of this panel with the same 3440 x 1440 resolution, with production expected in Q3 2018 when we last had an update. The recently announced MSI Optix MPG341CQR looks to use this new Samsung 34" ultrawide panel, and is expected to be available during Summer 2019.


Above: Asus VG49V with 49" ultrawide Samsung SVA panel and 144Hz

Samsung have also produced a massive 49" sized panel (LSM490YP01), with a curved 32:9 mega-wide (Samsung are referring to these as "Grand Circle") aspect ratio and "Double Full HD" resolution of 3840 x 1080. This offers a 144Hz refresh rate and went in to production in Sept 2017. The Samsung C49HG90 was the first display to be based on this panel and there have been others announced since like the Asus VG49V, Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ and Acer EI491CR for instance.

There is also a new 49" sized VA panel scheduled for production around November 2018, slipping a bit from the original expectation of September (LSM490YP02)which will offer a higher 5120 x 1440 resolution (DQHD = Dual quad HD resolution) and will have the same 3-side frameless design, 1800R curvature and support for 120Hz refresh rate. Slightly lower refresh rate but a much higher resolution. The Samsung C49RG90 has been released now after it was announced in January 2019 and is the first screen to make use of this new higher resolution panel.

There's also the slightly smaller 43.4" sized VA panel (LSM434YP01), being positioned by Samsung as "dual 24.7 inch" in size and offering a 3840 x 1200 resolution. There will be a 144Hz version of this panel which should now be in mass production since around September 2018 (after slipping from originally forecast Sept 2017). The Lenovo Legion Y44w announced in January 2019 looks to be the first screen to use this 43.4" curved ultrawide VA panel, with 144Hz refresh rate.
 

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Samsung VA Panel Options Summary

Size

Aspect Ratio

Resolution

Refresh Rate

Panel mass Production from

Example Monitors, not exhaustive

23.6" curved 1800R

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

July 2016

Samsung C24FG70

27" curved 1800R

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

May 2016

Samsung C27FG70, Acer Predator Z271

27" curved 1800R

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz

Q2 2017

AOC AGON AG273QCX

27" curved 1800R

16:9

2560 x 1440

165Hz

Q1 2019

 

29" curved 1800R

32:9

3840 x 1080

144Hz

2015?

 

31.5" curved 1800R

16:9

1920 x 1080

144Hz

April 2016

 

31.5" curved 1800R

16:9

2560 x 1440

144Hz

April 2016

Samsung C32HG70, Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR, AOC AGON AG322QC4

31.5" curved 1800R

16:9

2560 x 1440

165Hz

Q1 2019

 

31.5" curved 1800R

16:9

3840 x 2160

120Hz

Q2 2019

 

34" curved 1800R

21:9

3440 x 1440

100Hz

Sept 2016

Samsung C34F791, Philips 349X7FJEW

34" curved 1800R

21:9

3440 x 1440

144Hz

Q3 2018

MSI Optix MPG341CQR

43.4" curved 1800R

29:9

3840 x 1200

144Hz

Sept 2018

Lenovo Legion Y44w

49" curved 1800R

32:9

3840 x 1080

144Hz

Sept 2017

Samsung C49HG90, Asus VG49V, Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ, Acer EI491CR

49" curved 1800R

32:9

5120 x 1440

120Hz

Nov 2018

Samsung C49RG90

 


TN Film

TN Film panels have been available for many years with high refresh rates of 120Hz and 144Hz. We won't try and cover those in this article. They were the first to be offered as the technology allows for fast response times and suitable pixel performance to keep up with the frame rate and refresh rate demands. So high refresh rate TN Film panels are certainly nothing new, and widely available already in many sizes.


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG248Q and Dell S2417DG with boosted refresh rates, a little more than common 120 - 144Hz

Over the last few years there has begun a push to extend the refresh rates even further. Some native 144Hz panels have been overclocked a little, such as the flat 24” panel featured in the Asus ROG Swift PG248Q, which was boosted to 180Hz thanks to the addition of a G-sync module. There is also the flat 23.8” Dell S2417DG which has a slightly boosted refresh rate from 144Hz to 165Hz. The real changes in the TN Film market with regards to refresh rate has come through the increase of the native refresh rate even higher.

240Hz Refresh Rate Panels from AU Optronics - 24.5" and 27"


Above: Asus ROG Swift PG258Q with 24.5" 240Hz TN Film panel

We’ve seen a couple of panels produced by AU Optronics with a slightly higher native 165Hz refresh rate. More interestingly, they now have panels with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a native 240Hz refresh rate as well which marks a significant increase in native refresh rate support. The first generation are already available in flat 24.5” (M250HTN01.0 and M250HTN01.3) and flat 27” (M270HTN02.0 and M270HTN02.3) sizes initially with 1920 x 1080 resolutions.

Mass production saw the 24.5" panel going in to production in October 2016, and the 27" version in October/November 2016. We’ve seen quite a few monitors released already by key gaming manufacturers which make use of the 24.5" panel. There are the Acer Predator XB251HQT, Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (reviewed and pictured above), BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 and AOC AGON AG251FZ (also reviewed) for instance.


Above: LG 27GK750F with 27" 240Hz TN Film panel

The 27” panel with 240Hz refresh rate was a little behind the 24.5" version so there are fewer displays announced using that panel but we do know that the Acer Predator XB272 features this spec as does the LG 27GK750F we've reviewed and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2740 for example.


Above: MSI Oculux NXG251 and Acer Nitro XF252Q with 24.5" 240Hz TN Film panel (gen 2)

Updates to the first generation of 24.5" and 27" panels are now in production too with gen 2, pushing the response time performance a little bit and offering the new 3ms ISO response time spec and 0.5ms G2G target. Those panels are sticking with largely the same spec as before including the FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The 24.5" update (available as the M250HTN01.7, 1.8 and 1.9 panels) went in to production around November 2018 (originally planned for August 2018), while the 27" update (M270HTN02.7 panel) was expected to go in to production in December 2018 but slipped to May 2019.

The forthcoming MSI Oculux NXG251 could well be the first display to use the new 24.5" 240Hz panel with 0.5ms response time, although that remains to be confirmed. Other screens we've seen announced or released include the Acer Nitro XF252Q (reviewed) and AOC AGON AG251FZ2 for instance. Look out for response time specs of 0.5ms G2G or less which probably indicates the use of the second generation of 240Hz TN Film panel. There has been less news about use of the 27" gen 2 panel, but the Acer Nitro XF272 X looks like it will be the first to use it.


AU Optronics plan to develop these 240Hz refresh rate TN Film panels further in 2018 and 2019, with plans to develop a 25" curved version with 1920 x 1080 resolution in Q3 2018. No news on any screens using that yet that we've seen.
 

240Hz TN Film panels with 1440p resolution

They are also planning to push the resolution of the 27" panel up to 2560 x 1440 with production expected from November 2018 (originally expected July 2018. The new 27" 2560 x 1440 @ 240Hz panel (M270DTN02.7) will also offer a 3ms response time (ISO figure without overdrive, down from the typical 5ms limit for TN Film), 400 cd/m2 brightness and even an extended gamut offering 90% DCI-P3 coverage. That 3ms response time spec is AUO pushing the overall responsiveness of the panel, and they rate that as being able to offer <1ms G2G response times with overdrive used, and in fact their target is achieving 0.5ms. The Lenovo Legion Y27gq announced in January 2019 looks to be the first screen to make use of this new 27" 1440p, 240Hz panel.

Smaller 23.8" sized screens


Above: Asus ROG Strix XG248Q with 23.8" 240Hz TN Film panel

Finally we have seen a 23.8" sized monitor announced in June 2018 by Asus, the ROG Strix XG248Q which has a 240Hz native refresh rate TN Film panel. This looks like it will be using a new 240Hz TN Film panel from Innolux, who have entered the high refresh rate TN Film market now as well (panel M238HHJ-K70).
 

AU Optronics TN Film Panel Options Summary

Manufacturer

Size

Aspect Ratio

Resolution

Refresh Rate

Panel mass Production from

Example Monitors, not exhaustive

Innolux

23.8" flat

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

2018 ?

Asus ROG Strix XG248Q?

AU Optronics

24.5" flat (gen 1)

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Oct 2016

Acer Predator XB251HQT, Asus ROG Swift PG258Q, BenQ ZOWIE XL2540, AOC AGON AG251FZ etc

AU Optronics

24.5" flat (gen 2 with 0.5ms response time)

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Nov 2018

MSI Oculux NXG251?, Acer Nitro XF252Q, AOC AGON AG251FZ2

AU Optronics

25" curved (24.5"?)

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Q3 2018

 

AU Optronics

27" flat (gen 1)

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Oct/Nov 2016

Acer Predator XB272, BenQ Zowie XL2740, LG 27GK750F

AU Optronics

27" flat (gen 2 with 0.5ms response time)

16:9

1920 x 1080

240Hz

Dec 2018

Acer Nitro XF272 X

AU Optronics

27" flat (1440p)

16:9

2560 x 1440

240Hz

Nov 2018

Lenovo Legion Y27gq

 

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Change Log for Article

Article Change Log - Update 8/8/19

  • Big update with all the latest news and monitor announcements. Including updates for 240Hz IPS, VA and TN Film panels, new model links and new panel developments from Innolux, AUO and LG.Display

Article Change Log - Update 9/1/19

  • Updated after CES 2019 news. Added Asus ROG Strix XG438Q (large format VA), Lenovo Legion Y27gq (27" 1440p, 240Hz TN Film panel), Lenovo Legion Y44w (43.4" ultrawide VA panel with 144Hz), HP Omen X Emperium 65 (BFGD with VA panel).

Article Change Log - Update 4/1/19

  • Added Samsung CRG49 (with 49" VA panel), LG 27GL850G (27" IPS panel) and corrected LG 38GK950G refresh rate spec to 175Hz overclockable

Article Change Log - Update 3/1/19

  • Massive update to all sections with latest panel and monitor insight

Article Change Log - Update 8/6/18

  • Massive update to the article overall

Article Change Log - Update 9/10/17

  • Updates to timelines for 34" and 37.5" IPS panels

  • Updated timeline for production of 27" 4K @ 144Hz IPS panels

  • 32" IPS panel with 4K resolution and 144Hz added to IPS section

  • Update to timelines of Samsung SVA panels in various sizes

  • Updates to 240Hz TN Film panels with new curved and higher res options

Article Change Log - Update 22/6/17

  • Updated details for Acer Predator X27 - 27" IPS with 144Hz Ultra HD res panel

  • Added Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ and Acer Predator X35 to 35" VA panels roadmap with 200Hz support

  • Added Samsung C49HG90 to 49" mega-wide VA panels with 144Hz refresh rate

Article Change Log - Update 31/3/17

  • Added Samsung 49" 32:9 aspect ratio VA panel at 144Hz and 44" 29:9 aspect ratio VA  at 144Hz

  • Added 35" curved VA panel from AUO with 3440 x 1440 @ 200Hz

  • Added 27" 3840 x 2160 @ 144Hz IPS-type panel from AUO and updated HDR version info

  • Added summary tables in each section to help keep things simple

Article Change Log - Update 30/3/17

  • Added Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator XB272-HDR to 4K IPS at 144Hz with date expectations

  • Added links to the Acer Predator Z271 (27" 1080p, VA, 144Hz), Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (24", 1080p, 240Hz, TN Film) and AOC AGON AG352UCG (35", 3440 x 1440, 100Hz, VA) reviews

Article Change Log - Update 13/3/17

  • Added AOC AGON AG352QCX to 35" 2560 x 1440 res VA technology models at 200Hz

Article Change Log - Update 25/1/17

  • Added HP Omen X35 and AOC AGON AG325UCG to the roadmap of 35" 3440 x 1440 res VA screens with 100Hz native refresh rate

  • Added link to AOC AGON AG251FZ review, now completed. Asus ROG Swift PG258Q review coming soon

Article Change Log - Update 15/12/16

  • Added AOC AGON AG251FZ to the list of forthcoming 24.5" 240Hz TN Film models - review coming soon

  • Added BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 to the list of forthcoming 24.5" 240Hz TN Film models

  • Updated details of the 34" 144Hz native 2560 x 1080 IPS panel from LG.Display used in the LG 34UC79G (review now available).

Article Change Log - Update 20/10/16

  • Updated status of 34" IPS Ultra-wide panel with 3440 x 1440 res @ 144Hz. Planned production delayed from Q1 to Q3 2017.

  • Added new detail of planned 37.5" IPS panels with 3840 x 2160 @ 144Hz

  • Correction to panel part numbers for 24.5" TN Film panels at 240Hz

  • Updated mass production dates for 240Hz TN Film panels. 24.5" now in mass production from Oct, and 27" from Nov 2016.

  • Updated mass production date for 27" 240Hz TN Film panels, Oct/Nov 2016. Panel part numbers also updated

  • Update to 35" 3440 x 1440 VA panels from AUO. 100Hz versions mass production delayed from June/July to Sept 2016. 200Hz version no longer listed (now 100Hz).

  • Update panel part for AUO 31.5" VA panel with 2560 x 1440 @ 144Hz. Mass production expectation of January 2017.

 

 

 

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