TFTCentral’s May Monthly Round-up

This is something new we thought we would try, for those who perhaps can’t keep up with all the news and information on a regular basis. We will try and provide a round-up of some of the key things going on in the monitor world each month. If you want to keep up to date but on a less regular basis, this should be all you need! There is also some information about possible future reviews and content included.

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NVIDIA Release Results from G-sync Compatible Testing – Only 5% Passed

Thanks to a recent article published by NVIDIA, we can take a look behind the scenes of their “G-sync Compatible” testing of Adaptive-sync screens. The first phase of their testing has now been completed with 503 VRR monitors checked in their lab. Only 28 (5.56%) have received the official G-sync Compatible certification, meaning 475 failed. Read on to understand why.

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New Gigabyte Aorus KD25F, CV27Q and CV27F Gaming Displays Announced

Last week we brought you the early news of an expected new screen from Gigabyte in their Aorus lineup of monitors. The KD25F had started to appear on some third party websites including AMD’s FreeSync monitor list, although at the time very little official information was known. Gigabyte have now released information on their website about 3 new monitors in fact with a range of different specs and features available. These are the CV27Q, CV27F and KD25F and extend their range of displays alongside the popular AD27QD we tested in April.

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AU Optronics Latest Panel Development Plans – May 2019

We have some updates from AU Optronics about their panel development plans which is always interesting to see. Our last update was October 2018. This is AUO as a panel manufacturer, as opposed to any specific monitor/display manufacturer, but it gives an indication of where monitors are likely to go in the future by looking ahead at the panel production plans. AUO make a large portion of the IPS-type panels (their ‘AHVA’ technology) in the market which is always of interest along with a range of interesting TN Film options. Please keep in mind that the production dates are not set in stone and may change, and there is then also a lag of several months before a panel is produced, then used in a display and launched to market. We have updated our panel parts database with all the new information we have as well as best we can. Here are the highlights.

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New Screens Certified Under the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ Scheme

Back in January NVIDIA shocked the World by opening up support for its G-sync Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology from normal FreeSync/AdaptiveSync displays. This suddenly gave NVIDIA graphics card users a whole new set of possibilities when selecting a display if they wanted support for the all important VRR, helping to avoid tearing and lag associated with older Vsync off/on methods. You can use G-sync on pretty much any AdaptiveSync display, but many will have varying results and success. Only a small selection of these screens were officially tested and verified by NVIDIA under their ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme. At the time only 12 monitors made the cut, but the list is growing and now new screens have been certified. Read on for the latest information.

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Asus ROG Swift PG27UQX with 4K, 144Hz Refresh and 576-zone Mini LED Backlight

At this year’s Computex event in Taiwan NVIDIA and Asus announced the forthcoming ROG Swift PG27UQX display, the successor to the very high end PG27UQ we reviewed last year. That was one of the first displays with a 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate combined and was available in 27″ size. It also featured NVIDIA G-sync and a 384-zone FALD backlight for VESA DisplayHDR 1000 support. The new PG27UQX model will update that screen and will make use of a 576-zone Mini LED backlight unit instead. More zones make it possible to illuminate smaller objects without bright light bleeding all over dark scenes. Since that’s one of the main critiques leveled against today’s best displays capable of full-array local dimming, the PG27UQX represents a big step forward in bettering the LED LCD category as a whole.

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Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQE with 27″ 155Hz IPS Panel and ELMB-Sync

A couple of weeks ago we brought you the news of the World’s first gaming display to feature simultaneous Blur Reduction and Variable Refresh Rate, which was the Asus TUF Gaming VG32VQ. This was a 32″ sized curved display with a VA technology panel and 144Hz. It featured Asus’ new ‘ELMB-Sync’ technology allowing a strobing backlight to work at the same time as G-sync/FreeSync. Offering users the chance to use both technologies at the same time, for the first time. Asus are also planning to release another model with this ELMB-Sync technology, in the form of the 27″ flat screen, IPS-technology TUF Gaming VG27AQE.

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MSI Optix MPG341CQR with 34″ Ultrawide VA Panel and 144Hz Refresh

MSI are soon to release a new flagship model in their gaming monitor lineup, this time a 34″ ultrawide format model. It is also expected to be showcased at Computex this week. The Optix MPG341CQR uses a VA technology panel and offers some interesting modern specs including a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, motion blur reduction backlight and FreeSync/G-sync support.

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An Interesting Look Behind the Scenes at NVIDIA and Their G-sync Development

There’s a really fascinating video published recently by LinusTechTips, which looks at the inner workings of NVIDIA’s G-sync production, which we would recommend you watch if you have chance. It was filmed at NVIDIA’s gaming lab and looks at various aspects of their G-sync development, testing and validation procedures.

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