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    Asus brings 4K to your desktop with massive 31.5" 3840×2160 monitor

    It's great to finally see some progress made with PC monitors. Although it will be expensive (some estimate ~$5,000), it won't take long for prices to drop once we see more competition from other manufacturers.

    To play the latest games on a 4K monitor at acceptable frame-rates will require two GTX Titan graphics cards in SLI. Not really an issue if you can afford a monitor like this.

    Source: Asus (via Ars Technica)

    Asus has just announced the cure for the common 20-something-inch 1080p display: a small TV-sized 31.5-inch monitor with a massive resolution of 3840×2160. Engadget reports that the Asus PQ321 display, which uses IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) technology to reduce energy usage and thickness, includes DisplayPort and dual-HDMI input, integrated speakers, and an adjustable stand.

    Not just any graphics hardware will be able to drive such a high-resolution display, however, and we'd like to clear up some of the misinformation out there that Asus' announcement has prompted. Most midrange and high-end cards from Nvidia's GeForce 600 family and AMD Radeon HD 6000 and 7000 series should support 4K resolutions over HDMI and DisplayPort, at least, owing to their support of HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2. Both of these interfaces should provide sufficient bandwidth to drive a 4K display, though in some cases at a refresh rate of only 30Hz rather than the more common 60Hz.

    Integrated graphics are a bit more complicated. Intel's current HD 4000 graphics can support 4K output with the most recent graphics drivers, but only on laptops and motherboards with a pair of DisplayPort outputs (a relative rarity in systems that rely on integrated graphics). AMD's Trinity APUs should theoretically be able to push these high-res displays, but AnandTech reports that they support neither 4K video decoding nor 4K video output. As such, you'll likely have to wait for the next generation of integrated GPUs to get good 4K support—the GPUs paired with Intel's Haswell CPUs will offer DisplayPort 1.2 support, and Intel is pushing its 4K prowess hard in its marketing materials.

    This time next year, we ought to see 4K monitors (and the hardware and software needed to support them) become more mainstream, but as of right now Asus' TV-turned-monitor is out there on the bleeding edge. This monitor, along with a 39-inch model, will be shown off at Computex next month and is expected to be available in North America toward the end of June. Pricing information is not yet available.
    Gamers that want the ultimate experience on a 4K display or TV will want to own a GTX 690 or better yet, a pair of GTX Titan cards running in SLI (Source)









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    That looks awesome but given that a 1440p 30" monitor costs about a grand I suspect it'll be a case of if you have to ask how much then you can't afford it.

    A large monitor at that resolution would be EPIC though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    I suspect it'll be a case of if you have to ask how much then you can't afford it.
    It's only $4,000 (£3,132.96 inc. VAT), so $1,000 less than estimated. I wonder how long it will take to halve in price?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    A large monitor at that resolution would be EPIC though.
    It would be perfect for graphics and video editing too.





    There's also a 39" model too! I reckon this would be overkill for a desktop PC however.


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    Wonder if my boss will let me get a couple for my desk?

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