TFTCentral’s June 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.

If you missed our first round-up piece last month for May, it’s available here. If you’ve spotted anything you think would be of interest that we’ve missed, let us know!

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Innolux Latest Panel Development Plans – June 2019

We have some updates from Innolux about their panel development plans. This is Innolux 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. Innolux make an increasingly large range portion of the IPS-type panels (their ‘AAS’ technology) along with some VA-type options. We’ve seen these IPS-type panels adopted in more gaming screens of late, including models from Acer, Philips and Gigabyte. They give an interesting alternative to more widespread AUO and LG.Display IPS equivalents.

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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DisplayPort 2.0 Announced with 3x Bandwidth Increase and Potential Support for 1000Hz Refresh Rates in the Future

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) yesterday announced that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort™ (DP) audio/video standard. DP 2.0 is the first major update to the DisplayPort standard since March 2016, and provides up to a 3X increase in data bandwidth performance compared to the previous version of DisplayPort (DP 1.4a), as well as new capabilities to address the future performance requirements of traditional displays. These include beyond 8K resolutions, higher refresh rates and high dynamic range (HDR) support at higher resolutions, improved support for multiple display configurations, as well as improved user experience with augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) displays, including support for 4K-and-beyond VR resolutions.

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Apple Pro Display XDR with 32″ 6K Display and High-end HDR – a Full Run Down

This monitor was announced a few weeks ago while we were on vacation, and we thought we’d write a belated news piece for those who might have missed it, and to get all the key information in to one place for those interested. The screen is 32″ in size and aimed very firmly at high end professional users, with a focus on HDR performance, colour accuracy and premium image quality. The price for the screen, and certainly the approach to the stand for it have attracted a lot of attention since it was announced! Apple market it as “the World’s best pro display” which will “transform the professional workflow”.

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Cooler Master Enter Monitor Market with GM219-30 and GM219-35 Gaming Displays

Cooler Master are a brand most known for their cooling solutions, fans, cases and accessories but it looks like they are going to soon be entering the desktop monitor market. They’ve recently announced and showcased at Computex 2019 two new gaming monitors, the GM219-30 and GM219-35. Thankfully the naming scheme is quite simple, with the GM219-30 being a 21:9 aspect ratio 30″ sized model, while the GM219-35 is a 21:9 aspect ratio 35″ model.

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ASUS ROG Previews World’s First Monitor with Display Stream Compression Technology at E3 2019

After a bit of holiday time and a busy week or so reviewing the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ we are just catching up on some interesting news pieces we missed in recent weeks. A couple of weeks back at the AMD “Next Horizon Gaming” event at E3 2019 Asus previewed a new 43-inch gaming monitor and the world’s first with Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology. Display Stream Compression technology is an industry-wide compression standard for transporting ultra-high definition video streams across a single interface at high speed with no perceptible loss of visual quality. This will allow Asus to deliver ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160) at a high 144Hz refresh rate over a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection, without the need to sacrifice colour depth or chroma.

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LG.Display Latest Panel Development Plans – June 2019

We have some updates from LG.Display about their panel development plans which is always interesting to see. This is LG.Display as a panel manufacturer, as opposed to LG the 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. LG.Display make a large portion of the IPS-type panels in the market which is always of interest. 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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Samsung C27RG50 Gaming Display with 240Hz Curved VA Panel

Samsung are the first manufacturer to announce the release of a monitor with a VA panel which is combined with a super-high 240Hz refresh rate. Their forthcoming C27RG50 is 27″ in size and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 240Hz native refresh rate and adaptive-sync support for variable refresh rates. It is also advertised as the world’s first 240Hz curved gaming monitor!

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Updated: LG 27GL850 27″ Gaming Display with 144Hz Nano IPS Panel and Adaptive-sync

Now updated 18 June 2019: LG have announced the release of a new 27″ display in their UltraGear line-up, aimed at gamers. The 27GL850 (previously announced as the 27GL850G) will use a Nano IPS panel and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The screen was originally expected to use a hardware G-sync module, but LG have now updated this model to instead be an Adaptive-sync supporting screen, including AMD FreeSync support and certified as “G-sync Compatible”. They’ve removed the “G” from the product name as well. Read on for an updated news piece about this screen.

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