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Asus 4K 31.5-inch monitor available for pre-order, ships July 16

By Jesse
Jul 2, 2013
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  1. Asus has opened pre-orders for their new 31.5-inch 4k monitor. This pixel-dense beast of a monitor goes by the markedly unremarkable name of PQ321Q, and will run you $3,500—quite a high barrier for entry for average consumers.

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  2. But, can it display crysis at full resolution.
     
  3. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    But will the resolution difference be noticeable at that screen size? If there is enough 4k consumer content to even warrant buying such a thing.
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,498   +306

    I think, you'd need at least a 780 to run original crysis at its native resolution xD
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +546

    Just 1 month ago it's price was announced at $3799, and now for the actual sale day they drop it to $3499. I'd wager this product will fall below $3000 before the end of September.

    Come September, there will be a number of similar but cheaper products announced, with support for DisplayPort 2 and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, making this PQ321Q obsolete.

    By the way, HDMI 2.0 is coming out before the end of July. And Thunderbolt 2 official product lunch is in September, just before Apple's announcement of the new Mac Pro + Macbook Pro line that use Thunderbolt 2.

    Good things to those who wait...
     
  6. Yes and all webpage is thin line in middle of screen, the rest 80% is background or nothing on 22" fullHD monitor, especially Techspot cca. 60% content but 40% grey background.
     
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,469   +622

    There's no content, games aren't made for this (HUD scaling issues etc), you need 3-4 GPU's to run any games, DPI scaling in Windows sucks.

    tl;dr - keep moving folks, nothing to see here.
     
  8. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Disappointing its 16:9 will wait a year or so and see who else brings these out. I'm still happy with my HP ZR30 mentioned in the article. Using a 2560 x 1600 has been sweet the last few years and can wait another to upgrade to 4K. Hopefully using 16:10 mode as I like the extra height even though its not a huge difference. I have a big bias against those cheap 1080p models they churn out to the masses.
     
  9. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 375   +69

    Can the cable even support these high resolutions on direct x? I'm sure we will see some one on youtube unbox it.
     
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,469   +622

  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,977   +908

    Way too expensive. Also, you need 4 Titans in order to get 80 FPS on ultra on games like Crysis 3 according to a recent benchmark I saw.
     
     
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +546

    I saw 4K as an overpriced gimmick that will remain that way until the rest of hardware and content start pulling it together, which won't happen in a foreseeable future. It is a major strain on GPU to support such resolution, and not usable in games, unless you go for a 3/4-way SLI setup of Titan-s or so. Considering it all for a while I went and purchased DELL U3014 in April, and quite happy about the product. I believe you will happily get not less than another year out of yours before finding a viable 4K option ;)
     
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +546

    Among other things, the fate of products like this one hinges on the High DPI improvements that Windows 8.1 brings.
     
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +175

    First of all, yes, there is a noticable difference. Particularly the closer you are to the screen obviously.

    And another reason why online distribution is the way forward because it takes the distribution and accessibility out of the equation and just leaves base content production cost. The raw content is already captured in 4K for a start.

    An aside, this is the chicken vs egg problem - no point producing content when no-one has a device to view it. No point buying a device without content. Just like IPv6, people are just going to have to take the plunge. There isn't the same reason to upgrade from a 1080p flatscreen compared to going to a SD CRT to 1080p.
     
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  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,551   +97

    I've love this for photo editing. Being able to view RAW files at closer to 1:1 full screen would be very welcome (although my camera output is still 4912 x 3264 vs this 3840 x 2160). Outside of video, photo, graphic work I don't see this being of much use to the mainstream home user.
     
  16. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Rookie Posts: 45   +6

    Cute little toy, but faaar too expensive for casual user at the moment. Like with classic LCDs (first 4:3 and then 16:10/9) price will come down sharply the moment there is enough of content which requires/supports that kind of display.

    For now, with that kind of price tag, I can see PQ321Q in medical research, nuclear engineering, astronomy etc. For standard user (gamer) quote from Martin Luther King is in order: "I have a dream..."
     
  17. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,085   +715

    Yeah, but it's the first step. The product for a new technology is always way overpriced and hard to utilize. 12 years ago the first plasma TV's were $10,000 and front and center at electronics stores because they were so much cooler looking than the huge projection TVs. Now it's a technology that's falling into obscurity.

    This isn't a product to run out and buy, but it is a door being opened.
     
  18. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +175

    The same reason iPhones went to massive DPI. Because it looks awesome next to the worse (current screen) DPI. Desktop real estate is another plus. 1080p on a 15" screen is noticeably grainy to me.

    I don't do video, photo or graphic work but my 1440p screen is the best computer part investment I've made (arguably apart from an SSD) in the last 8+ years. And that is a 27" display which would be pretty close to the DPI of a 31.5" 4K.
     
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  19. Anyone know what the refresh rate is on this thing? Aren't some 4k monitors/tvs stuck with 30Hz?
     
  20. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +546


    30Hz on a single HDMI, 60Hz on dual HDMI or DisplayPort 1.2
     
  21. I think Apple is about to surprise us with a 30 inch retina aluminum display. 6000 x 4000 resolution. Can see your sony 77 pix in full resolution. Nah. But at least 4000x2000 resolution since the 5000 series video supports that. Or their tunder bolt 2.0
     
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  22. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 191   +13

    Nice. Um can I have this?
     
  23. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,664   +86

    Yeah but you can get TV/HDMI/VGA right now in 24 and up too 32-inch for $199, just have to make sure it supports 1920x1080p @ 60Hz in VGA mode also which most do already. 27-inch computer monitor goes for $249 at wholesale.
     
  24. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Some of us like to spend more than lunch money on our displays thanks.
     
  25. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,977   +908

    It is just too pricey IMO.
     


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