[PLUS] 18 UHD monitors for gamers in a comparison test

[PLUS] 18 UHD monitors for gamers in a comparison test

Finally 4K?

Graphics cards are finally affordable again – at least some of them. On the one hand, the mining crisis has slowed down the GPU evolution somewhat, so that 4K gaming has still not arrived in the mainstream. On the other hand, there are now powerful new graphics cards – however, it has now become normal for these to cost four digits. Everyone expected the Geforce RTX 4090 to be expensive. But the fact that the RTX 4080 16GB is hardly available for less than 1,500 euros is disappointing. We hardly dare guess where an RTX 4070 will step in. AMD, on the other hand, offers a small ray of hope with the new top model Radeon RX 7900 XTX at an RRP of $999. We expect RRPs between 1,200 and 1,250 euros in this country. The officially only $ 100 cheaper model below, the RX 7900 XT, is now expected to cost 1,100 euros. The availability will decide how high the real market price will be.

A hint of evolution can also be felt in monitors, while in LCDs it happens rather gradually anyway. A color depth of 10 bits is widespread in most mid-range models, even if “only” with 8 bits and frame rate control (FRC). This means that the panel displays 8-bit, i.e. 256 color gradations natively and displays the others up to 1,024 gradations with a quick change of two gradations. The quotation marks next to “only” are intentional, because on the one hand the difference to real, native 10 bits is hardly visible, on the other hand almost everything happens in 8 bits in practice. The practical advantage is therefore limited, as is the difference between 120 and 144 Hz. We “only” find 120 on televisions, while 144 Hz is better marketed among gaming monitors.

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You will find the following products in the test:

  • Acer Predator XB323QK
  • AOC Porsche PD32M
  • AOC U28G2XU
  • Asus ROG Strix XG27UQR
  • Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ
  • Asus TUF VG28UQL1A
  • Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144
  • Gigabyte M28U
  • Gigabyte M32U
  • Gigabyte Aorus FO48U
  • Gigabyte S55U
  • LC Power LC-M27-4K-UHD-144
  • LG 27GN950-B
  • MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD
  • Philips Momentum 329M1
  • Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70
  • Sony Inzone M9 U27M90
  • Viewsonic Elite XG320U

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