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ASUS announces the world's first HDMI 2.1 4K gaming monitors

The new HDMI 2.1 monitors come in 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes. (Image Source: Asus)
The new HDMI 2.1 monitors come in 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes. (Image Source: Asus)
The new 4K Asus ROG gaming monitors come in 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes, plus they offer full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 connections, unlike some TV brands that limit speeds to 40 Gbps. VRR up to 120 Hz and ALLM are also included, together with HDR. Pricing info is still unknown.

The next gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft launching later this year are supposed to make 120 Hz console gaming a thing through the HDMI 2.1 standard, but, without screens that can take advantage of the increased bandwidth, gamers will not be able to enjoy all the benefits. Right now, if you are looking to buy an HDMI 2.1 screen, you need to dish out ~US$1,500 for a 48-inch TV. Luckily, this may not be the case in a few weeks when Asus will begin shipping the world’s first gaming monitors with HDMI 2.1 certification, which also come in smaller sizes.

The new HDMI 2.1 monitors will be launched as part of the Asus ROG brand and will include 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes. Thanks to the full 48 Gbps bandwidth coming with the HDMI 2.1 certification, the latest Asus ROG monitors support 4K resolutions with variable refresh rates of up to 120 Hz (over FreeSync and hopefully G-Sync). Additionally, the Auto Low Latency mode allows game consoles to directly access the processing hardware of the display in order to prioritize lower latencies in fast paced games.

Allion Labs, one of the most prominent companies that specialize in product testing, ensured that the Asus monitors can deliver the full 48 Gbps bandwidth via a series of stringent Fixed Rate Link (FRL) tests, including FRL Electrical, FRL Pixel Decoding and FRL Protocol.

Unfortunately the press release does not reference any panel specs or price points. Presumably, the latest monitors will integrate LED-backlit VA LCD panels with 125% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color gamuts, making them HDR-compatible, as well. Prices should not exceed US$1,000 for the 43-inch version.

(Image Source: Asus)
(Image Source: Asus)
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-08- 5 (Update: 2020-08- 5)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.