I’m still not sure that 4K is the route I’d personally take when looking for a new display, but the allure of that much real-estate on a single display is hard to ignore. For gamers, that allure can be even stronger, since at 4K, games will look crisper than ever – we’re talking a staggering 8.3 megapixels, or 4x 1080p.
The biggest deterrent gamers have had to deal with when considering a 4K display – outside of the mammoth amount of GPU power required to handle games at that resolution – is that most of them released up to this point have been limited to 30Hz. For what I’m sure are obvious reasons, 60Hz is far preferred – it’s been a standard for a while, and for good reason. The problem, of course, is that 4K/60Hz displays have been crazy expensive. Until now, that is, thanks to the release of Samsung’s UD590.
As far as I’m aware, the UD590 is the first 4K display which supports 60Hz at native resolution to be released for under $1,000, much less for well under $1,000: Its SRP is $799. At the moment, the display can be found for that price at Amazon, whereas Newegg is currently pegging a $70 premium to it.
For 60Hz, a DisplayPort 1.2 connection will need to be used; if any other is used, the display will operate at 30Hz. Outside of that fun stuff, the UD590 sports a TN panel, which is to be expected given its price-range. Its brightness is spec’d at 370cd/m2, its response time at 1ms, and its contrast ratio at 1:1000. 2x HDMI ports are included with the DisplayPort, along with a single audio connection, for headphone use.
For Samsung to bring such a display to market with a sub-$1000 price-point, compromises had to be made, but quite honestly, this display is still undoubtedly impressive specs-wise. What’s most interesting to me, is that for $2,400, you could purchase three of these for a surround experience – that’s nearly half the price that a decent 4K display was going for a year ago.