Opinion

Monitors 4k @ 144Hz, with a lag of one and a half years, and without hardware and DisplayPort supported

4K @ 144Hz, G-Sync and HDR monitors have arrived on the market, with an extremely high price, with hardware that is not capable of reaching those refresh rates and with a DisplayPort port that cannot with 4K @ 144Hz either.

We always talk about computer components or peripherals, but little is said about the problem of monitors. We have been stuck in 1920 × 1080 resolution in FullHD for years, because the price of 4K monitors, even today, is around € 300, the most 'simple' models, if you are looking for something more advanced, we talk about more € 400, an amount of money unaffordable for most users. Now the 4K @ 144Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync and HDR monitors appear. They are very good, but they don't make sense.

Much noise but incompatible with current technology.

The 4K @ 144Hz monitors, NVIDIA G-Sync and HDR, are a high quality solution and that as these solutions advance and the manufacturing process is improved, they will give better performance and will have more logical prices, because $ 2.000 ($ 2.100 , approx, to change), is an illogical amount of money. But more illogical is to take into account that current hardware does not support 144Hz.

The first and easiest problem to solve is in connectivity. The DisplayPort 1.4 connector offers maximum support for 4K @ 120Hz and these monitors are based on this connector. It is true that with two cables, we could reach 144Hz, offering 72Hz for each of the cables. We face another setback and it is that the panels of these monitors reach 120Hz, and it is necessary to do a kind of overclocking to the monitor to reach 144Hz. Although this is the lesser evil.

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We are facing another important wall, hardware and more specifically, graphics cards. Right now there is no gaming graphics card that reaches 144FPS in 4K resolution and although the GTX 11 Series based on the Volta architecture promise much, it does not seem feasible, at the moment, that they reach 4K @ 144FPS. It is not only the limitation of the graphics cards, but also the limitation of the games themselves, which should be properly optimized to increase the frame rate.

Advancing technology is excellent, but in this case, we are talking about a component that comes to market a year and a half late and that arrives alone. A DisplayPort is missing to match and graphics cards with support for the new DisplayPort connector and for these monitors are missing. Hopefully they serve to lower the prices of 4K monitors, logical prices.

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Roberto Solé

Director of Contents and Writing of this same website, technician in renewable energy generation systems and low voltage electrical technician. I work in front of a PC, in my free time I am in front of a PC and when I leave the house I am glued to the screen of my smartphone. Every morning when I wake up I walk across the Stargate to make some coffee and start watching YouTube videos. I once saw a dragon ... or was it a Dragonite?

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