With ultra-wide monitors becoming more and more popular, display manufacturers have been working hard to increase things like resolution and refresh rate in order to get gamers interested. Now, we are finally at a point where 3440×1440 ultra-wide monitors with 144Hz refresh are a viable option and we should have two out this year.
While high refresh-rate 3440×1440 monitors have been around for a little while, they have been limited to 100Hz so far, which will change this year according to a report from tftcentral, which shows that AU Optronics (an off-shoot of Acer) will have a 30-inch and a 35-inch QHD ultra-wide monitor with 144Hz refresh rate available in 2016.
This would push things beyond the bandwidth limitations of DisplayPort 1.2, which also means we may be seeing DisplayPort 1.3 this year on monitors. Both panels will be based on VA technology and with a release in Q2 or Q3 this year though we don't have any pricing information at this time, unfortunately. Other specifications of the panel seem to include a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness a 2000R curvature and 172/178 degree viewing angles.
KitGuru Says: Ultra-wide monitors have become increasingly popular recently and while many gamers have been happy with the current 100Hz limitations, there will undoubtedly be some waiting for 3440×1440 models with a full 144Hz refresh rate. Are any of you planning on going ultra-wide this year? Will you be holding out for 144Hz 3440×1440 models?