ASUS PB287Q 4K Display Update – The 4K Ultra HD Monitor Gamers Have Been Waiting For?

ASUS showed off the PB287Q 28-inch display with a 4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution at CES 2014 got some pretty good buzz going when they told the media that it would be out in Q2 for $799 or less. That isn’t really a bad price for a 3840×2160 display with a TN panel, blazing fast 1ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate. We recently got a chance to see this display in person and we still find ourselves impressed with what ASUS has done with this monitor. The ASUS PB287Q should work great as a PC gaming monitor, but we have a feeling that many other business users and prosumers are going to be interested in this display. We love the fact that this display can use a single DisplayPort cable and get 60Hz refresh rates (single stream transport) as it really reduces the tearing you get when gaming.

ASUS PB287 4K Display

We were able to run several Ultra HD videos on the display and it looked superb when you were sitting right in front of it and even off at a fairly decent angle. ASUS wouldn’t give us any additional details when we were shown the display, but we know from CES 2014 that it has a 350cd/m2 brightness, built-in 2W stereo speakers, headphone jack, Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture support, SplendidPlus Video Intelligence technology and HDMI and DisplayPort video inputs.

GRID 2 on ASUS PB287 4K Gaming

We were able to fire up GRID 2 and see the ASUS PB287Q and see the monitor strut it’s stuff with a 1ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate.  The new display will be able to swivel, tilt, pivot and the usual height adjustment feature. We aren’t sure if there is a VESA mount or not as the back of this panel was not using the finalized housing.

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Here is a quick look at the pop up menu and as you can see we were running on a single DisplayPort cable in standard mode at 3840×2160 with a 60Hz refresh rate. You can also see  ASUS’s exclusive Splendid Plus viewing technology is also present.

This week, Samsung released the 28-inch U28D590D panel, that is interesting due to its relatively low price tag of $699.99 shipped and the fact that it too is a 4K@60Hz display that uses single stream transport (SST). This means that no tiling! It looks like the scaler vendors are finally ready for 4K/60 SST displays and we most certainly are. The auto-stitching MST tiles on the Sharp PN-K321 and ASUS PQ321Q 4K panels were finicky to say the least and we can’t wait to move over to one of these less expensive displays for gaming even though they use TN panels. ASUS didn’t confirm what panel or scaler that they are using on the PB287Q, but if we had to take an educated guess, we’d go with a Novatek scaler and a Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) panel. We also think they will be price competitive with the Samsung U28D590D, so we can’t wait to see what final pricing will be.

ASUS informed us that the PB287Q is still on schedule and will be released very soon. We can’t wait to get this panel to give it a try in our labs!

 

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  • Dannie S.

    what the hell were you watching? Surgery videos. gross!

  • Tgirgis

    Now all we need is 120hz and Dolby HDR

  • Tgirgis

    So, if they can do 60hz without tiling, is it possible to do 120hz with tiling (or even without if possible) for 4k?

    • basroil

      No, displayport 1.2a maxes out at 4k 60Hz (physically impossible to send enough data with 1.2a specs) and drivers won’t support it too. Only way to get that to work would be to have tiling supported on two x displayport 1.2a or to use alternate frame output on two 1.2a (in which case 120Hz would be possible ). Drivers don’t support either, and most graphics cards don’t have either too. Not to mention 120Hz 4K requires 3gbps connection and no less than 256mb of buffer space (assuming display latency is the same as other 4K devices)

      • Tgirgis

        Well ty, that was very informative actually lol.

        But, what about HDMI 2.0, how come we haven’t seen it on any monitor so far?

      • RekiDeki

        very soon we are going to see new displayport standard which will be able to support 8k but i m not sure about 120hz.

        • basroil

          That’s Displayport 1.3, and it supports 4K at 120Hz on a physical level since it has 32gbps per cable. 8K is limited to 30Hz, and all numbers are assuming no compression (which 1.3 supports).

      • RekiDeki
        • basroil

          “I just found this tv 4k with 120hz, why cant they make pc monitors with 120hz?”
          You fell to the same stupid argument a lot of people do, just because the panel refreshes at that rate doesn’t mean the screen does. Displayport 1.2a supports 4K@60Hz only when using all four links of a cable, meaning you would need TWO cables for 120Hz (the equivalent to four HDMI cables.

          And in case you didn’t see, that TV (not monitor) HAS NO DISPLAYPORT! It physically can’t handle 4K at anything above 30Hz because it only uses HDMI 1.4 and only has three cables which are independent and can’t be used for tiling.

        • Ben Young

          Half of those refreshes are actually only showing you a solid white rectangle between each of your actual 60 frames per second. Similarly, Plasma screen TV’s rated at 600Hz are not actually showing you 600 different frames of whatever you happen to be watching per second.

  • Steven Kean

    Nice to see that Asus is doing more with the monitor. The Samsung UD590 has a fixed stand, no height or rotate adjustment. With the Asus one, I can see dual 4k screens in portrait mode :)