ASUS' VA278Q: 27-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS Display Due Out This Yearby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 9, 2012 6:32 PM EST
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ASUS just showed me their first 27-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS panel (pictured above). Pricing and availability are both unknowns although I am hearing 2H 2012 may be likely for the display. There are VGA, DL-DVI, DP and HDMI inputs of course. The panel can be rotated 90 degrees as well.
We'll keep you posted as ASUS finalizes details on the VA278Q.
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ther00kie16 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - linkGreat, about time someone else entered the consumer high-res market other than Dell, HP, Apple. Samsung hasn't quite got it right and Gateway left that market so perhaps someone big like Asus can finally force the price down. HP's was ~$650 at launch at a couple of e-tailers but it's quickly ballooned to $900. High end 24" stay quite high (~$900) for awhile before influx of competitors brought the price down. here's hoping that I can get a 27" for ~$400 in a year.
8steve8 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - linkthis display uses led backlight
pip could be cool...
is it 120hz?
Haydon - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkNo it's not. There are still no 120 Hz IPS panels. At least not for sale that I've ever heard of.
Taft12 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - linkCan HDMI drive this resolution? I'm almost sure it can't, and we all know what a bad idea it is to run outside of an LCD's native rez...
twotwotwo - Monday, January 9, 2012 - linkHDMI 1.3+ can drive 2560×1600, according to Wikipedia. w00t!
jeremyshaw - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkUnfortuneately, except for the AMD HD7970, no consumer GPU (including the Intel IGPs) can drive more tha 1920x1200@60Hz over HDMI. Why? HDMI specs can be implemented in parts.
As a result, most, if not ALL 2560x1xxx monitors with HDMI inputs only accept 1920x1200@60Hz max, without modifing the EDID a bit to support higher resolutions (abheit, at much lower refresh rates, around 30Hz),
Penti - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkFor prosperities sake I like to point out it's simply to provide stuff like game consoles, blu-ray players and settopboxes the ability to use the display and those should be able to handle that the screens scale it. If you got a laptop you will need displayport in order to actually use the monitor productively. It's not HDMI 1.4a compatible. HDMI 1.3 is single link (TMDS same as DVI-SL). Which will always have those restrictions. The monitors won't support more then 340MHz bandwidth HDMI. They don't implement dual-link HDMI 1.3. If you would like to use it with a future HDMI 1.4a gpu in a notebook you would need still a DP-port on it or a HDMI to Dual-link DVI cable for the monitor/computer. It's actually different cables and connectors on HDMI 1.3 Dual-link/1.4a to accommodate the extra bandwidth. It's not same old HDMI.
We can safely say that all monitors implement single-link HDMI thus is limited to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz the same way they are with single link DVI. You need dual-link DVI or DisplayPort in order to drive it an any other screen with a higher resolution. Monitors don't have a reason to support HDMI 1.4a today if they are not some new 4k display for use with 7970. The limitation would still be the computer or source rather then what the monitor can show.
Penti - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkSorry not 340MHz, the monitors and graphics cards will only handle 165MHz single link signal of course. Which will mean what the above post says. They don't implement either dual-link HDMI or 340MHz single-link HDMI. You will have to wait for HDMI 1.4a monitors and common availability of HDMI 1.4a graphics (as 7970 is the only one).
claytontullos - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - linkMy 6950 has 1.4a hdmi.
Penti - Saturday, January 14, 2012 - linkWell it has 3D it doesn't support high-resolutions over HDMI. Neither does the monitor as said. Earlier just supports Stereoscopic 3D, xvYCC and deep color (10-bit or more). Look at AMD's specs for the 6000-series or Northern Islands and you will see max 1920x1200 resolution, over HDMI. It's not implemented fully as usual even if 4k support is included in HDMI 1.4a (and supported by AMD HD 7970). AMD's newer card also support 3GHz HDMI which basically is the feature these monitors will need to implement in order to be driven at high-res (and high/normal refresh rate or at least none-modified EDID). It would also probably need to support reduced blanking for monitor use.