Gigabyte has a new gaming monitor your GPU might struggle with, Gigabyte has unveiled a 55-inch gaming monitor that packs a 4K 120Hz quantum dot display, but you’ll want to double-check your graphics card specs before buying
Gigabyte just launched its largest 4K gaming monitor yet, but there’s a huge caveat that could cause some GPU concerns. For whatever reason, this 55-inch beast lacks Displayport, opting instead to include just HDMI ports.
In a press release, Gigabyte shares details relating to its S55U 4K gaming monitor, including screen specs and additional features. The display looks like a living room TV due to its 55-inch size, but its 120Hz panel sets it apart from a conventional set. That said, you don’t technically need to plug a gaming PC in to use the screen, as build-in android capabilities help it double as a standalone smart device.
Speaking of plugging things in, ditching Displayport is likely to cause a few headaches. While the company says the monitor includes “industry-leading HDMI 2.1 support,” you’ll need a current-gen GPU to enjoy 4K 120Hz. Even the best graphics cards from the previous generation, like the RTX 2080, rely on Displayport 1.4 to achieve such output heights, so you could say the company is jumping the gun with cutting support.
Monitor port woes aside, the Gigabyte S55U’s panel packs quantum dot tech and full-array local dimming, something that’ll help boost its HDR10+ capabilities. In addition to 120Hz support, it also boasts a 2ms response time that caters to competitive players and e-sports enthusiasts.
The Gigabyte S55U is currently listed on Newegg, and it’s apparently already out of stock. Whether we’ll see more stockists pop up remains to be seen, but you should probably consider some of the other best gaming monitor options out there if you’re rocking a slightly older GPU.
Gigabyte S55U Specs
|Specs||Gigabyte S55U Gaming Monitor|
|Screen basics||54.6-inch diagonal, 3840 x 2160 pixels, VA panel with wide viewing angles, 500 cd/m2(TYP), 1500cd/m2 (PEAK) brightness, 5000:1 contrast, Anti-glare (Haze 3%) coating|
|Performance||2ms GTG(min.)/ 5ms GTG(avg.), 120 Hz, FreeSync Preium|
|Image quality||1.07bn colors, Quantum Dot Color, Dolby Vision / HDR10 / HDR10+ / HLG, 96% DCI-P3 / 140% sRGB, 132 local dimming zones|
|Audio||10W x 2, Dolby Atmos/ DTS HD, headphone jack, optical fiber out. Modes: Standard / Movie / Sports / Music / Speech / Late Night|
|Connectivity||2 x HDMI 2.1 (48G, eARC), 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Downstream ports, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Upstream port, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Earphone Jack, 1 x Ethernet, Wireless 802.11ac 2.4GHz/5GHz, Bluetooth|
|Other features||Android TV features, Game modes (mentioned above, plus 6-axis color control, HDMI CEC, Noise reduction, Parental controls.|
|Physical||1232 x 749 x 309mm including stand, can be VESA mounted (400 x 300 mm), 18.1kg weight, 5.2kg without stand, 83W max power consumption|
Gigabyte S55U Price
GIGABYTE didn’t share a price for the S55U in its press release, but the display has already been listed at select retailers such as Newegg for $1,099.99. GIGABYTE’s next biggest 4K gaming monitor is the FO48U, which features a 48-inch OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. GIGABYTE S55U The LARGEST 4K Gaming Monitor Ever.