While it may have a confusing name, Philips’ newest 27” monitor will boast a 144Hz refresh rate and compatibility with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology.
NVIDIA’s game changing G-SYNC technology and the visual differences it can bring to the table have caused a huge amount of excitement in PC gaming circles. Hardware Canucks covered the technology in-depth last month and the results were at times astonishing, even with a pre-production monitor. However, other than the modified ASUS VG248QE units making their way around press circles, information about G-SYNC compatible monitors was slim to none.
Now with CES in full swing, NVIDIA and Philips have announced a new contender: the 272G5DYEB. While 1440P alternatives have already been announced by other players, Philips has decided to stick to the 1080P, 144Hz, 27” TN panel equation to ensure their latest gamer-oriented monitor remains moderately affordable. With an MSRP of $649 it is certainly not inexpensive but you’ll have to pay a lot more for the 2560×1440 G-SYNC monitors from their competitors which will have a significantly higher price.
The rest of the 272G5DYEB’s specs are what we’ve come to expect from enthusiast-oriented gaming monitors. A 1ms grey to grey response time, 300cd/cm2 brightness, 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, and support for up to 16.7M colors are the typical highlights. Due to the current limitations of the G-SYNC module, this monitor will only have a single DisplayPort connector.
As with most G-SYNC monitors, it will be broadly available in Q2 2014.