Price tags for G-Sync HDR displays pop up at European retailers

Asus' ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer's Predator X27 could be the holy grails of gaming monitors with their 4K IPS panels, 144-Hz refresh rates, and G-Sync HDR support. We've seen plenty of these monitors in press releases and trade show displays over the past year and change, but actual shipping versions of those displays—and sticker prices for them—have been elusive.

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

That may be set to change soon, though. TechPowerUp noticed those monitors now have price tags at some European retailers. The PG27UQ runs the gamut from €2442.20 to €2919 at price-comparison site Geizhals, while the Predator X27 has a price tag of 18,495 Danish krone at retailer Komplett—about $3067 at today's exchange rates, or $2,422.93 excluding VAT. The retailers polled by Geizhals suggest that shipments of the PG27UQ will begin in about three weeks, while Komplett doesn't provide a projection of when it'll have the Predator X27 in stock.

Acer Predator X27

Nobody would have bet that the PG27UQ and Predator X27 would be affordable, but it seems like getting either one of these displays will require some abyssal pockets. That's before we consider the prices of the GTX 1080 Tis, Titan Xps, or Titan Vs one will need to do these high-resolution, high-refresh-rate beauties justice. If you've been waiting for a shot at one of these displays, though, it seems like you'll soon have your chance.

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    • End User
    • 2 years ago

    I’ll stick with my 2016 Predator XB271HU.

    • wingless
    • 2 years ago

    I came here expecting an absurd price….. I was not disappointed.

    I’m a G-Sync user. This makes me want to switch to a Vega or Navi and go with Freesync monitors and TVs. I’d really like G-Sync and HDR but could never justify this price. A high-end, large Samsung 4K HDR TV costs the same.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      There are zero 4K 144Hz HDR FreeSync2 displays. You’re paying for the cutting edge panel, not the GSync module.

    • Tristan
    • 2 years ago

    cry and play

    these prices are ridiculous. I assume that 2000$ is clear profit, there si nothing that can validate such price.

    • psuedonymous
    • 2 years ago

    I’m going to bet that – AUO panel delays aside – the big blocker for these monitors was getting a FALD backlight to operate at 144Hz while maintaining a 1000nit peak luminance AND not resulting in smearing due to a sub-144Hz update rate. And if it needs to operate in ULMB mode while still providing HDR at 144Hz then that’s another whole kettle of fish on top of THAT.

      • Tristan
      • 2 years ago

      FALD do not operate at 144 Hz

    • hungarianhc
    • 2 years ago

    For those of us with money to spend, but not THAT much money, I think it’s only good news…
    1) Gaming at a native 4K resolution still isn’t where it needs to be yet. Give it another 12 months.
    2) These monitors will spark competition, and eventually the price will come down. I’ll try to get a gently used one in a year.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      The GPU power won’t be available in a year to use these anywhere near their refresh rates. 4K is a fools’ trap.

    • superjawes
    • 2 years ago

    On some level I want to let enthusiasts enjoy their toys, but an HTC Vive Pro for $800, and adding the accessories is $300, making a complete package at $1,100.

    So maybe these offer G-Sync and higher resolution and HDR and 144Hz, but you can get arguably the best VR setup for less than half the price, AND you’ll be able to play new (or different) games.

    • Tristan
    • 2 years ago

    Does Pascal support GSync HDR ? If not it will be for next gen Geforce.

    • MEATLOAF2
    • 2 years ago

    I’ll be sticking with my 144hz HDR 1440p Samsung monitor with freesync ($450), even with a 1080. The G-Sync tax is honestly not even funny any more.

    I’m hoping AMD has some worthwhile offerings when it comes time to upgrade, want to play with freesync a little bit. But honestly, the 1080 is the best card I’ve had to date, and I don’t even mean performance; few problems, nice experience.

    • brucethemoose
    • 2 years ago

    $2.5k for a 27″ LCD? In 2018?

    Nuh uh, not in a million years. MAYBE if they were emmisive displays, but that price would still be insane compared to 55″ OLED screens (which are already very pricey).

    • Eggrenade
    • 2 years ago

    I was prepared to drop a pretty penny on one of these (or the FreeSync 2 equivalent) and have it last maybe a decade. Even if I don’t have a GPU to fully drive it today, it should still be good for movies and desktop use (a friend told me Windows scaling is perfectly usable on his 4k, but if not, it should be soon).

    But [i<]man[/i<] that's a lot of very shinny pennies. Now I'm leaning toward buying a 1440p and waiting until these go down under $1k or so--a lot cheaper over all than buying one now.

      • brucethemoose
      • 2 years ago

      Thing is, displays ~5 years from now are going to blow this one out of the water (in terms of gaming performance, that is. Peak brightness and color will probably be comparable, but motion clarity and blacks will not).

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        Too true. OLED and NanoLED are right around the corner.

          • Eggrenade
          • 2 years ago

          It seems like OLED has been right around the corner since CRTs went out of style.

            • DPete27
            • 2 years ago

            Well at least now there’s multiple vendors that sell OLED TVs and, while they’re a premium product, they’re not insanely priced.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 2 years ago

            LG 55″ 4K OLED TVs start at $1600 MSRP. That’s higher than LCD TVs, but it’s half the price of these G-Sync monitors and offers four times the screen area.

            • Andrew Lauritzen
            • 2 years ago

            As an owner, I also pleasantly discovered that they can do 1080p@120Hz (w/ HDR) happily in addition to 4k@60Hz, so I imagine the only real thing preventing them from doing 4k HDR@120Hz is a faster interface/cable right now. As noted, you can buy two of these 55″ OLED TVs for the price of a single one of these 27″ monitors and while IPS is nicer than TN, it’s hard to argue its better than a good OLED.

            I love both my 1440p Gsync and Freesync IPS displays (Asus and Acer respectively) and while I didn’t enjoy paying double the cost of a regular monitor, I don’t really have any regrets.

            $3000+ is complete insanity though… they’ve lost the plot here IMO. 4k is an almost entirely pointless waste of processing power for gaming, especially on a 27″ monitor, so that’s entirely for the desktop. But at these prices you could buy *several, nice* additional monitors just for the desktop, and stick with a far more affordable and equally good 1440p HDR, 120+Hz one for gaming. It just doesn’t make any sense at these prices.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    These are idiot traps. Even my 1080Ti will struggle mightily to break 60FPS in many games at 4K and pretty settings, let alone 144FPS. Unless Volta is a HUGE leap forward in performance, people would be paying for 4K 144Hz and using a fraction of the same.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the GSync lineup is languishing. I still can’t purchase a good GSync/1440P/27″ ULMB solution (everything available right now is either too dim or slow MVA), and my 2015 UWS monitor is within nipping distance of the best 21:9 solution available today. Add in HDR support, and the selection is embarrassing.

    What I would want from my next gaming monitor:
    -27″-32″ (big enough to enjoy, but not big enough where you have to lean back)
    -2560×1440 (clear details; sane resolution where 120+FPS is achievable)
    -200 nits of brightness in ULMB mode (making ULMB pleasant)
    -GSync (good for games where ULMB is just not feasible – e.g. poorly-optimized titles)
    -Average G2G transition <5ms; highest G2G transition <15ms (death to motion blur!)
    -144+Hz (more interested in response times than refresh rate)
    -HDR (why not?)

    This should all be available with today’s tech, but we’re still seeing the same 2015-2016 SKUs being pushed as GSync flagships. Newer models are switching over to MVA tech, which is a sidegrade from IPS predecessors. If someone got GSync and ULMB working together simultaneously, I would stuff crisp dollar bills down their throat.

    Instead we get giant GSync TVs and $3K monitors that will require 2021’s GPUs to enjoy.

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      Volta?! Surely you meant Navi! [tongue firmly in cheek].

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        I don’t care if the box says “Matrox” if it works with my monitor and brings the performance I need. Still, I’ll be amortizing my 1080Ti out for quite some time.

          • cynan
          • 2 years ago

          That’s what I was planning to do when I picked up my 1080 Ti last fall and they announced all of these G-SYNC HDR monitors last year… …that still haven’t come out yet… …and look to be starting at prices approaching 2x the price of a modest gaming rig.

          With the way high-end G-SYNC monitor options are shaping up so far, as soon as AMD comes out with a competitive line of high-end gaming GPUs (has to happen eventually), Nvidia will have no choice but to adopt Freesync if they don’t put a little more pressure on cleaning up this mess.

            • Kretschmer
            • 2 years ago

            I doubt it. NVidia has a massive gaming market share, with AMD’s recent missteps and GPU mining diverting many of their cards from actual..ya’know…games. It would take more than a monitor premium to twist their arm (sadly).

            • DPete27
            • 2 years ago

            FYI, it sounds like Volta won’t be produced as a consumer GPU. Ampere will be next, coming this fall.

            • Kretschmer
            • 2 years ago

            Man, this 1080Ti is looking better and better with time

    • cynan
    • 2 years ago

    I Spent ~$900 for my 3007wfp back in 2009. Then replaced with a u3011. Still gaming on the u3011 and it does a pretty good job. Really appreciate the CCFL backlighting for colors.

    Sure, HDR and G-SYNC and 144Hz are nice, but how can anyone justify paying 3x LCD prices of almost decade ago for these – let’s be honest, at least for HDR and G-SYNC, anyway – “fluff” features? Insanity.

    • sweatshopking
    • 2 years ago

    All I need to do is sell my car and one of these babies can be mine! Of course, I’ll have to walk the 25km to town…

      • superjawes
      • 2 years ago

      Just call it part of your fitness plan!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Why haven’t you bought fc5 yet. Check your steam message.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 2 years ago

    Premium pricing is one of the primary ways that G-Sync VRR marketing is differentiated from FreeSync/VESA VRR. NVidia and their partners are making certain that these monitors are differentiated with luxury pricing compared to the competition.

    • Bauxite
    • 2 years ago

    More than a year delayed and priced even higher than the previously reported insane msrp of 2k.

    Set sail for fail. Meanwhile 4k TVs are going to get VRR and the nice ones have had 120hz hardware native panels for at least 3 years, just not a good enough video input to use it directly.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Man, I’ll take a Freesync2 Samsung OLED 4K-HDR1000 certified TV at that price, thanks. They should be out soon.

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      But they’ll only be 120Hz!

        • Fieryphoenix
        • 2 years ago

        Exactly my minimum spec for this level of product. Lucky me.

      • psuedonymous
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]at that price[/quote<] You're off by a few multiples there.

    • invinciblegod
    • 2 years ago

    How does it compare to European gsync 2.5k and freesync 4k hdr displays (just to be sure this is not European only prices)?

      • psuedonymous
      • 2 years ago

      UK price for the Acer Predator X34P is £1000 RRP, looks to be ~$1000 on Newegg US. Amazon .de has it for 1099 EUR, so expect price conversion from EU-US to pretty much just be lopping off one currency symbol and slapping on another.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        X34P looks like a modest upgrade from the X34. Still no ULMB, which is quite unfortunate in 2018.

    • cmrcmk
    • 2 years ago

    Reading article about nVidia-exclusive tech; sees example image similar to old ATI Ruby mascot.

      • Wilko
      • 2 years ago

      Paragon’s been cancelled, so that character will fade into obscurity much like ATI’s old mascot.

        • LostCat
        • 2 years ago

        Paragons assets are now free for other UE4 developers.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 2 years ago

    The way you’re meant to be played.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    HOW MUCH

      • ggaky00
      • 2 years ago

      ONLY €2.4K. It’s a steal !

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    O_O That cost 4 times the price of my video card and 3 times that of my 4K HDR TV. DOA?

      • EndlessWaves
      • 2 years ago

      An €800 TV doesn’t have much in the way of HDR support though. A couple of thousand more contrast, and only in favourable scenes where the content lines up with the backlight zones.

      These are supposed to have hundreds of dimming zones like a high end TV, and could potentially exceed 10,000:1 contrast in the majority of scenes.

        • JosiahBradley
        • 2 years ago

        I was going with the US value of 2400$ so my 800$ TV has pretty good HDR and contrast see: [url<]https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/vizio/m-series-2016[/url<] I mean 800$ isn't a lot but this is really expensive for what is most likely diminishing returns.

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