Dell delivered a first at CES 2017 by showcasing world's first 32-inch computer screen with a 8K resolution. Called the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD, this display sports a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, a 60Hz refresh rate and a 178-degrees viewing angle. The panel features a 9.7mm thick bezel and features an aluminium cover.
Availability is slated for March 23, 2017 with a price tag of $4,999. Dell says the screen is primarily intended for architects, content creators and scientists. For gamers it's not practical yet because current video cards aren't powerful enough to deliver a smooth 8K gaming experience. Dell hints this will change with the arrival of AMD's Vega and NVIDIA' Volta.
“[8K] is not practical, not yet,” said Michael Turner, product launch manager for displays at Dell.
Dell’s new 8K monitor may be tempting for gamers, but it may be wiser to save up and wait for better 8K technology. The UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD showed brilliant pixels but took a long time to re-draw images on screen.
That’s because GPUs aren’t ready for 8K yet, and Dell had to work with Nvidia until the last second to tweak drivers to support 8K.
“When the next round of graphics cards refresh, they’ll get to the point where 8K is mass consumable,” Turner said.