Acer Announces A 200Hz Ultrawide Displayby Brandon Chester on September 2, 2015 2:05 PM EST
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Today at IFA Acer has announced a number of new products relating to gaming. Among the product launches was a new display aimed firmly at gamers. It's a very large curved 35" panel with a native refresh rate of 144Hz. BenQ has actually already released a gaming monitor with these specs. What makes the Acer Predator Z35 stand out is Acer's claim that it can be overclocked to 200Hz. You can check out all of the Predator Z35's known specs in the chart below.
|Acer Predator Z35|
|Refresh Rate||144Hz native, 200Hz overclock|
|Response Time||12ms, 4ms (G2G)|
|Viewing Angle (H/V)||178° / 178°|
|Color Depth||16.7 million colors (8bit)|
As 35" with a resolution of 2560x1080, the Predator Z35 isn't as sharp as the 34" 3440x1440 curved displays on the market. Its refresh rate makes it clear that it's first and foremost a monitor for gaming. Like I noted above, the native refresh rate of the panel is 144Hz, with Acer claiming it can be overclocked up to 200Hz. It's not clear whether Acer expects a large number of panels to reach this figure, or if the overclocking procedure voids your warranty, but like most other overclocking I would assume that it does. As a gaming display, the Predator Z35 comes with support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC adaptive refresh rate as well as NVIDIA's Ultra low Motion Blur backlight strobing feature.
Something else worth noting is that this is an AMVA panel from AU Optronics. While the viewing angle for AMVA panels is still advertised as 178 x 178 degrees like an IPS panel, they're still known to have a greater shift in contrast than modern IPS displays. For gamers this isn't likely to pose an issue, but it would for any sort of color critical work. On that note, Acer advertises the Predator Z35 as covering 100% of the sRGB gamut. While this is probably true, it's worth noting that covering sRGB doesn't guarantee any level of accuracy when rendering the colors inside the gamut. All that being said, the AMVA panel is still going to be miles ahead of the TN panels that used to be inside essentially every single display with a native refresh rate above 60Hz.
The Acer Predator Z35 gaming monitor will be coming to North America in December with a price of 1199.99 USD. It will be launching in the EMEA region at the same time with a price starting at €1,099.
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nathanddrews - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkIt's like the CRT days all over again! You can't hear me, but I'm laughing maniacally.
Buk Lau - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkI thought AUO's IPS equivalent is called AHVA not AMVA
neo_1221 - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkThey make both, although they have been more focused on AHVA in recent years.
Brandon Chester - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkAHVA is an IPS competitor despite what the name sounds like. AMVA is still a type of VA panel. I'm surprised they still exist too.
MrCommunistGen - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkI've got a buddy who has the BenQ BL3200PT and the incredible native contrast ratio (~2500:1) makes me want an AMVA panel in my next display. I'd just like something with a higher refresh rate than 60Hz.
fokka - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - linkdo people really care about framerates above 120/144hz?
also i would like to know what the minimum framerate is on this thing.
Valantar - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - linkYou'd be surprised what kind of silly, non-noticeable features enthusiasts of all ilks are willing to pay huge premiums for. 200Hz computer displays, "600Hz" TVs, all kinds of audiophile BS gear. Heck, I know bike entusiasts willing to double or triple the price of their bike to lighten the frame by a pound or so. People do love to pay for the placebo effect.
edzieba - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - link"non-noticeable"
The panel is 825mm wide. For an object moving from the left edge to the right edge in one second:
at 60Hz: 13.75mm jump per screen refresh
at 144Hz: 5.73mm jump per screen refresh
at 200Hz: 4.13mm jump per screen refresh
Or in terms of pixels moved:
60Hz: 42.7 pixels per refresh
144Hz: 17.8 pixels per refresh
200Hz: 12.8 pixels per refresh
You can get even higher apparent object velocities when turning your view at high speeds (from left to right edge in well under a second). So no, higher refresh rates are DEFINITELY noticeable, at well above 144Hz.
joex4444 - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - linkYou're neglecting what humans are capable of perceiving. I don't think anyone is saying that a 200Hz display wouldn't display a smoother motion of, say, an object moving from the left edge to the right edge in one second. The question is whether that *appears* smoother to *humans* than 120Hz or 144Hz. I think trying to argue that we can tell the difference between a 4.13mm jump every 5ms vs a 5.73mm jump every 7ms is beyond the capability of your average human vision acquisition system.
JewsOfHazard - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - linkHumans do not see quantitatively. We see motion. The government has done test with fighter pilots to test that they can notice a different frame at nearly 250 frames per second. Now, I am not saying we have the vision of a fighter pilot but the smoother a video appears, the more realistic it appears. That is the same reason why the Oculus Rift recommends a higher end graphics card so that the video can play at a speed fast enough that we have a hard time noticing sluggishness. Also, higher FPS increases response time for videogames like CS:GO where professionals need really high fps for flickshots and other things.