Dell Alienware AW2721D and AW3821DW Early Information Appears Online

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Some early information has appeared online about a couple of new models planned in Dell’s popular Alienware line-up for high end gaming. Information is limited at the moment but it looks like new models will include a new 27″ and a new 37.5″ sized model. Both with Fast IPS panels and high refresh rates.

AW2721D

27” in size and with a 2560 x 1440 resolution “Fast IPS” panel. This has a 1ms response time spec and a 240Hz refresh rate as well. There is a wide gamut with >95% DCI-P3 mentioned, a 4-side borderless design and height adjustable stand.

The initial information suggests that the screen will feature “G-sync Ultimate” certification, and there is a distinction with this model and others in the Alienware range that are listed specifically as “G-sync Compatible”. Those other models use VESA adaptive-sync to support VRR from both AMD and NVIDIA systems, but the new AW2721D looks like it will instead feature a hardware G-sync module. It is likely that this could still support AMD systems via the latest NVIDIA firmware, but could bring about benefits in terms of VRR performance and features like variable overdrive and super low input lag. G-sync Ultimate requires the v2 G-sync module, which is logical as that would be needed anyway to support the 1440p at 240Hz bandwidth. The current requirements for that certification also require the inclusion of ULMB for motion blur reduction, which seems likely given the gaming target market and 240HZ support. It also currently requires support for HDR, but to the HDR 1000 level. The information suggests this screen would feature HDR 600 certification so either NVIDIA are going to relax their “Ultimate” certification slightly, or it is also possible of course that it will instead just be a normal “G-sync” certified screen (still needing the v2 module), but with limited HDR support. This seems more likely. Pricing and launch date have yet to be confirmed but we wouldn’t expect it until sometime in 2021

AW3821DW

37.5” sized screen with a 3840 x 1600 resolution and “Fast IPS” panel. This has a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and Display HDR 600 certification. It also has a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. This model is also listed as “G-sync Ultimate” but again with HDR 600 level only as with the 27” model above. This looks to be their equivalent to the recently launched LG 38GN950. This model is apparently scheduled to go in to development as of Q3 2020 so could appear sooner than the 27” model. Pricing is again to be confirmed.

More official information when we get it.


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