SDC Launches World's First 4K 165Hz Nano-IPS Monitor With DisplayPort 2.0 For $415

SDC Launches World's First 4K 165Hz Nano-IPS Monitor With DisplayPort 2.0 For $415

Recently in China, SDC (Super Display Co) unveiled a 1080p, 500 Hz gaming monitor, which has garnered favorable reviews since its release at 2499 RMB (about $345). Additionally, SDC introduced the SDC 27X1U, a 27-inch 4K 165Hz monitor priced in the $400-500 price range with various standout features, such as DisplayPort 2.0 support.

Gaming monitors with DP 2.0 support are very rare in the market. Those that have been announced are either unavailable or out of reach for many gamers. Despite being officially released by VESA in June 2019, adoption of DP 2.0 has been slow. Nearly four years later, DP 2.0 monitors remain extremely rare, despite updates to the 2.1 specification.

There is finally progress in this area with the more affordable SDC 27X1U monitor, which has already received some reviews. It features a flat 27-inch 4K Nano-IPS panel from LG (LM270WR8), which is used in LG's latest gaming monitors. The SDC monitor supports 10-bit colors and HDR600, with a measured peak brightness of around 680 nits in HDR mode. It also offers variable refresh rate (VRR), compatible with VESA VRR, AMD FreeSync, and NVIDIA G-Sync, with VRR functionality up to PlayStation 5 (from 48 to 120Hz).

In terms of DisplayPort 2.0 support, it's important to highlight which GPUs currently adhere to the standard. Currently, only Intel Arc and Radeon RX 7000 cards offer support for DP 2.0/2.1. However, it is worth noting that only Radeon RX 7000 supports UHBR13.5 transmission rate, while Radeon PRO 7000 models exclusively support UHBR20 mode. Intel Arc GPUs support UHBR10 mode, which, as noted in these reviews, may not fully meet the needs of this monitor. The same limitation applies to NVIDIA RTX 40 series GPUs, which lack DP 2.0 support entirely.

World's first DP2.0 4K 165Hz GamingMontior SDC 27X1U2

UHBR13.5 mode, found in RDNA3 desktop GPUs, facilitates a 4K 165Hz experience without the need for Display Stream Compression (DSC). GeForce RTX 40 users should use DSC for the full experience, while Arch users can limit the refresh rate to 120 Hz without requiring DSC. It's worth noting that the 165Hz specs are achieved through overclock settings, as the panel itself defaults to 144Hz.

The monitor features a custom SDC X1 mainboard, which also enables HDMI 2.1 support at 48 Gbps. For DisplayPort connectivity, the company recommends using DP 2.1 cables for best performance. Interestingly, all the accessories, including the power supply, come in white. Additionally, the monitor supports KVM functionality and USB Type-C charging up to 96W.

SDC 4k 165hz AMD support

In terms of pricing, the monitor starts at 2999 RMB (~$415), with the stand sold separately. Two stand options are offered: a more affordable option that connects via a VESA mount, priced at 199 RMB, and a premium version made of CNC aluminum, priced at 999 RMB. Both stands offer pivot and height adjustment capabilities.

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