Where can you buy 120 Hz monitors
Monitors with HDMI 2.1 - 4K @ 120 Hz via HDMI cable
HDMI 2.1 comes into play, especially when gaming with high resolutions in connection with high refresh rates (e.g. 4K @ 120 Hz).
The new "Ampere" graphics cards from Nvidia, just like the "Big Navi" graphics cards from AMD, have the HDMI 2.1 interface on board.
Game consoles such as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also have HDMI 2.1 - and some consoles prefer a console monitor instead of a TV set to play around with.
The problem is, however, finding an HDMI 2.1 monitor remains difficult.
The first TV sets with HDMI 2.1 are already available, but many monitor manufacturers are not (yet) ready. The first monitors are only slowly being registered.
I started with this little monitor guide shortly before Christmas 2020 - just in time for the release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
At that time it looked really bad with monitors.
It's slowly getting started (finally): HDMI 2.1 monitors are arriving and are being listed at the first retailers.
I have already added the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U, two large-format high-end gaming monitors with an HDMI 2.1 interface.
I have also updated a list of other announced monitors. Recently there were announcements from Samsung and AOC.
Other monitors with HDMI 2.1 from this list should also be listed shortly, which I will then add as soon as possible.
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Overview - HDMI 2.1 monitors
ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ (43 inch 4K gaming monitor)
The ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ has proud dimensions: With a 43-inch screen diagonal, the gaming monitor (depending on your taste) has the dimensions of a living room TV.
The price is high, but the equipment is great: VA panel with 4K resolution, HDR (certifications: HDR10, DisplayHDR 1000), max. 144 Hz refresh rate and variable synchronization using Adaptive Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro are in the data sheet.
The monitor bolide has another unusual delicacy: The ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ comes with a remote control.
So in the end it is also clear that this monitor bolide should not be found on the desk for PC gaming, but is also intended for the living room and in conjunction with current consoles such as the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X.
Living room monitor, gaming monitor, console monitor - the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ could be given several labels 🙂
Gigabyte AORUS FV43U (43 inch 4K gaming monitor)
The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is also a large-format gaming monitor that is practically the same size as a TV.
Gigabyte also includes a remote control with the HDMI 2.1 monitor - this monitor can therefore be viewed as a multimedia center for the living room.
The VA panel with Quantum Dot has 4K resolution with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, HDR certification (HDR10, DisplayHDR 1000) as well as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync Compatible.
On top of that there is an integrated KVM switch as well as USB-C including USB-C PD for the power supply of e.g. mobile devices.
HP U27 - 27 inch 4K Monitor with HDMI 2.1?
At first I was able to find exactly one monitor with HDMI 2.1 - that is the HP U27.
The monitor is primarily advertised as a wireless monitor, because if desired, the connection can be established without any cables - via WiFi Direct.
Alternatively, according to the data sheet, the connection is via DisplayPort (no surprise here; version 1.2) or HDMI (surprise; version 2.1).
Image: Screenshot with excerpt from the data sheet of the HP U27
The HP U27 would be the only HDMI 2.1 monitor I know that has been available for some time.
Except for the wireless function, the 4K monitor with IPS panel is relatively straightforward - Adaptive Sync or AMD FreeSync, 60 Hz refresh rate, no HDR.
In other words: The HP U27 would have HDMI 2.1, but it would not be necessary.
Ultimately, 4K @ 60 Hz is also possible with HDMI 2.0.
Why do I actually use the subjunctive? I don't want to certify that the linked data sheet is correct. Some online shops also specify HDMI 2.0 as the interface for the HP U27.
If the monitor actually has HDMI 2.1, it would have been the first available monitor with an HDMI 2.1 connection without any major announcement.
The HP U27 has HDMI 2.1 in the data sheet - but rather surprising. The 4K monitor is actually marketed as a wireless monitor.
Other monitors with HDMI 2.1 (list)
So far, I don't know of any other monitors with HDMI 2.1 that are already listed - but there are some announcements that will appear in the next few months.
And that's where things get interesting.
Announced HDMI 2.1 monitors should use e.g. 4K @ 120 Hz, HDR as well as functions such as ALLM, QFT and VRR - and thus exploit the new graphics interface.
This is the list of monitors I came across during my research:
Acer Nitro XB282KKVList of announced gaming monitors with HDMI 2.1, source: own research
(28 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium)
Acer Predator XB323QKNV
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz)
Acer Predator X32
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / G-Sync Ultimate)
AOC Agon AG274UXP
(27 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium)
AOC Agon AG324UX
(32 inch / 4K / 144 Hz / KVM switch)
ASUS TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A
(28 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium Pro)
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQ
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium Pro)
ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ
(43 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium Pro)
Gigabyte AORUS FI32U
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz)
Gigabyte AORUS FV43U
(43 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / Quantum Dot / FreeSync Premium Pro)
Gigabyte AORUS FO48U
(48 inch / 4K / HDR / 120 Hz)
(28 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / KVM switch / FreeSync Premium Pro)
LG Ultragear 27GP950
(27 inch / 4K / HDR / 160 Hz (overclocked) / FreeSync Premium)
Philips Momentum 328M1R
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 120 Hz)
Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG700
(28 inch / 4K / 144 Hz / Freesync Premium Pro)
Viewsonic Elite XG320U
(32 inch / 4K / HDR / 144 Hz / FreeSync Premium Pro)
In addition to the announced gaming monitors, HDMI 2.1 is slowly making its way into other monitor segments. For example, the following are announced:
ASUS ProArt PA32UCGList of announced further monitors with HDMI 2.1, source: own research
(for image processing - 32 inch / 120 Hz / IPS with mini LED / Adobe RGB)
It took a while for manufacturers to (finally) integrate HDMI 2.1 into monitors.
That is not surprising.
A monitor is mainly used on the PC and DisplayPort is the most common video interface there.
With DisplayPort 1.4 there are already some monitor models that are available. With this, e.g. 4K @ 120 Hz can be realized.
However, it is to be expected that more HDMI 2.1 monitors will appear in the future.
First of all, the drivers are the latest graphics cards:
- AMD "Big Navi": Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800
- Nvidia "Ampere": GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070
These graphics cards all have HDMI 2.1 in addition to DisplayPort 1.4a - the only thing missing is the right monitors for the latter connection.
Another driver are the game consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X).
Many of the announced gaming monitors are explicitly marketed as "console monitors" that are supposed to harmonize well with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
New console monitors for PlayStation 5 (PS5) or Xbox Series X (XBSX) with HDMI 2.1 connection are on the way
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were released at the end of 2020 and have an HDMI 2.1 connection.
On the one hand, this is interesting for gaming in high resolutions. 4K @ 120 FPS is no longer a dream of the future.
On the other hand, new HDMI functions such as ALLM, QFT, VRR (see below) are supported for the first time.
If you want to benefit from it, you have to connect via HDMI 2.1.
However, the problem is as described: Monitors with HDMI 2.1 connection are still in short supply, while TV sets with HDMI 2.1 connection are already available.
Of course, there is no need to use HDMI 2.1. Because the HDMI standard is downward compatible.
If you fall back on HDMI 2.0, you can only use the bandwidth and functions of this HDMI version.
In terms of resolution and refresh rate, the limit is a maximum of 4K @ 60 Hz.
So if you want to use 4K @ 120 Hz or even higher resolutions such as 5K or 8K in the future, you need HDMI 2.1.
In addition, the new gaming functions such as ALLM, QFT, VRR are only available when using an HDMI 2.1 connection.
Even if the first monitors with a new HDMI version appear - of course you have more choice if you also look at HDMI 2.0 monitors.
Owners of a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X can therefore also consider whether it has to be HDMI 2.1.
What innovations does HDMI 2.1 bring?
4K @ 120 Hz
HDMI 2.1 creates 4K resolution with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz for the first time.
On request with 10-bit color depth and 4: 4: 4 chroma subsampling.
For comparison: HDMI 2.0 ended at 4K @ 60 Hz.
This is particularly interesting for gaming monitors.
Gaming monitors with the corresponding key data are already available, but previously you had to use DisplayPort 1.4 for 4K with a high refresh rate.
It doesn't really matter on the PC, because graphics cards have a DisplayPort connection in addition to HDMI.
However, consoles such as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X only have an HDMI connection.
Also new to HDMI 2.1 is ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), which is supposed to ensure a low input delay when gaming.
QFT (Quick Frame Transporting) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) are other new HDMI functions for gamers.
Another application scenario is high resolutions up to 8K.
An 8K monitor has been available for a long time, but the mega-resolution does not yet play a real role.
The first monitor with 8K resolution is the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K, which, despite DisplayPort 1.4, has to be connected via dual DisplayPort with two cables.
This is because DSC (Display Stream Compression) is not used.
In the future, HDMI 2.1 with just one cable would be an alternative. Up to 60 Hz are possible.
So far, however, 8K monitors with HDMI 2.1 are still a dream of the future.
Dynamic HDR, ALLM and other innovations in HDMI 2.1
HDMI 2.1 provides support not only for high resolutions and refresh rates such as 4K @ 120 Hz or 8K @ 60 Hz.
There are also one or the other new function.
Dynamic HDR is supported for the first time.
I have already mentioned ALLM for gaming monitors.
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) are also interesting for gamers - the HDMI specification includes:
- Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
- Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
- Quick Media Switching (QMS)
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
The first point is worth a separate consideration.
If you want to use all the new features of HDMI 2.1, you need a corresponding cable.
Support of the latest HDMI version is only guaranteed with a suitable Ultra High Speed HDMI cable.
In contrast to monitors, the corresponding cables are already available.
Image: Tech Junkies / Patrick Woessner
Release of additional monitors with HDMI 2.1
A lot has happened on the hardware market just in time for Christmas.
First of all, these are the high-end graphics cards "Big Navi" from AMD and "Ampere" from Nvidia.
The console manufacturers are also preparing for the gift season. The release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X should be mentioned here.
But what was still missing: A selection of HDMI 2.1 monitors.
At first I could only find the HP U27, but in the end I am not so sure about this monitor. HDMI 2.1 is only mentioned in the depths of the data sheet.
However, it is already certain that the list of HDMI 2.1 monitors will be longer in the future.
Because the release of monitors with HDMI 2.1 connection has already been announced.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U have already been listed. Other models are likely to follow soon.
Is It Worth Waiting?
At the moment, you don't necessarily need the new HDMI version in many cases.
Because the newly supported resolution-refresh rate pairs are currently not too widespread.
I'm Patrick and here I blog on various topics related to technology, gadgets and more. I used to have several blogs on the same topic. Tech junkies are now the focus.
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