Acer have announced for this year’s CES event their new 32″ Predator X32 display featuring a very high end spec and cutting edge technology. The X32 offers a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution IPS-type panel and 144Hz refresh rate, and is supported by NVIDIA G-sync Ultimate with a Native G-sync hardware module for variable refresh rates. This may well of course also feature the latest firmware allowing use of VRR from non-NVIDIA graphics cards although that is not yet confirmed. The screen uses a Mini LED backlight with 1,152 local dimming zones for high end HDR capability, and taking it a step beyond current FALD backlight options. This allows it to support the latest VESA DisplayHDR 1400 standard as well.
The VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification means that the screen can reach peak brightness of >1400 cd/m2 (1440 cd/m1 in fact listed in the press release). There is also 10-bit colour depth support, and a wide colour gamut offering a very high 89.5% Rec.2020 coverage (99% Adobe RGB also quoted). The screen also comes factory calibrated to achieve a dE of <1.
The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.4 and 3x HDMI 2.0 connections offered along with 4x USB 3.0. This suggests that the screen will not offer a dual-DisplayPort solution to supporting the res/refresh rate like some previous Acer screens, which means it will either need to support Display Stream Compression (DSC) or traditional chroma/bit depth compression to allow 4K @ 144Hz. DSC is not listed in the press release, but it remains to be seen how it supports 4K @ 144Hz using just the single DisplayPort 1.4 connection. Additionally the availability of 3x HDMI suggests that maybe the NVIDIA G-sync v2 module has been updated a little as it was previously limited to 1x DP and 1x HDMI 2.0. As a final note, the screen also includes 2x 4W stereo speakers.
According to the press release the Predator X32 gaming monitor will be available in North America in Q2, starting at a whopping USD $3,599; and in EMEA in Q2 starting at EUR 3,299. The latest AU Optronics panel information we had recently suggested that the 32″ IPS-type panel being used for this screen would not go in to mass production until Q2 2020 so the release of these screens could well slip until later in H2 we believe.
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