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GIGABYTE has launched the S55U, a relatively massive 54.6-inch gaming monitor that leverages a UHD quantum dot display with full-array local dimming that comprises 132 zones. The S55U features an “esports-grade” 120 Hz refresh rate, 2 ms GtG response time, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, and HDMI 2.1 (48 Gbps) connectivity, enabling support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and other enhanced gaming features. Users will also find a variety of built-in apps, including YouTube, Netflix, and Chromecast for streaming, with it being an Android-powered display. GIGABYTE didn’t share a price for the S55U in its press release, but the display has already been listed at select retailers such Newegg for $1,099.99. GIGABYTE’s next biggest 4K gaming monitor is the FO48U, which features a 48-inch OLED panel with 120 Hz refresh rate.

With more higher resolution game contents have been created, it is time for you to invest a 4K display! GIGABYTE 4K Monitors deliver crisp, detailed visual and offer you a more true-to-life viewing experience! This 54.6” UHD resoultion with a 120Hz refresh rate provides fluid gameplays and visual impact on a big screen.

With Quantum Dot technology, it offers a more vibrant display with 96% of DCI-P3 color space and greater brightness and HDR effects, offering the richer variety of color graduations and greater accuracy.

Local dimming technology can increase the contrast ratio to provide a better image by dimming the area on the screen that is needed and meanwhile keeping the bright side of the screen bright. With array of 132 zones, you can get the best images and the intense highlights possible with HDR content.

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14 comments

  1. Wow... I clicked on that expecting a FAR higher price. Will be interesting to see some reviews. But considering I'm less than 3 feet from my monitors... too big for me. But if that were an UW.... hummm...
  2. So, just minus the external tuner, speakers, and other perks, the S55U is a full-on TV. It even has the awful ugly TV stands on each side, like a centered adjustable stand with height markers (tilt, etc.) would have not been welcomed (especial for families that have children) to customize each user different view.
  3. My only question: Does this tech screen burn?
    It's LCD with a quantum dot filter. Same as their NEO QLED TV's. So, no, it won't burn in unless you leave it on a static image for a really long time. Even then they use pixel shift to minimize it. It would probably take weeks.
  4. I dont really see much hardware difference between a TV and a Display - or I guess a better way -I think- is to look at it as a panel and it's firmware/connectors.

    It seems like most of the processing and "junky' code in a regular tv has been left out - so no need to go into game mode and lose access to half the features. The panel seems ok, I'd like to see a review though.

    Based on price it looks decent and certainly better then some. I just wish they had packaged in a display port.
  5. And in the corner, unheard by all the surrounding monsters, the 9th level Necromancer quietly casts Animate Dead.

    Anyone have any hands on with one of these yet? If so, How's the color, brightness, etc

    I have a bonus in 2 weeks and a yearly 'Make me Happy' allotment from work to spend and 2-3 of these could be nice.
  6. Wow... I clicked on that expecting a FAR higher price. Will be interesting to see some reviews. But considering I'm less than 3 feet from my monitors... too big for me. But if that were an UW.... hummm...
    It's because of this:

    "full-array local dimming that comprises 132 zones."

    That's a fairly minimal amount of zones for HDR. In my experience upwards of 1000 is the sweet spot for optimal HDR quality. I know that this isn't OLED but I've seen how bad things can get when a display doesn't have enough. Here's an interesting read on it with some general info.

    https://www.hellotech.com/blog/what-is-full-array-local-dimming-tv

    I'm not saying one of these couldn't look good but for now, I'd be skeptical about its HDR gaming performance. That's why many TVs are better at it than gaming monitors. That's also why I jumped ship back to LG from the CRG9 I was using as I do a lot of gaming that uses HDR. I think a bunch of the bad rap that PC HDR gaming gets is due to the displays their rigs are hooked up to but not denying there is also some lackluster effort from developers as well. You see it on a good OLED display, or great quality LCD (things are still impressive on my Sony Z9D 65" (648 dimming zones with over 1000 nits), and it's a whole new world for many games. The size of the panel definitely affects how many they can cram in there but still 132 is a bit low. I'd guess that for 55" it should be closer to 300-500.

    Edit: Here's a thread on AVS forum with people discussing the different sizes of Z9Ds back in the day along with how they had a different amount of dimming zones per size, and even release region.

    https://www.avsforum.com/threads/inches-versus-zones.2948556/
  7. I don't know at that size I'd kinda want the curved display... And really i'd prefer an UW as opposed to the huge *** 4k tv/monitor.
    Ya I like curved too, my current 4k tv's used as monitors are curved and I like it. The 56" could be brighter though.
    It's because of this:

    "full-array local dimming that comprises 132 zones."

    That's a fairly minimal amount of zones for HDR. In my experience upwards of 1000 is the sweet spot for optimal HDR quality. I know that this isn't OLED but I've seen how bad things can get when a display doesn't have enough. Here's an interesting read on it with some general info.

    https://www.hellotech.com/blog/what-is-full-array-local-dimming-tv

    I'm not saying one of these couldn't look good but for now, I'd be skeptical about its HDR gaming performance. That's why many TVs are better at it than gaming monitors. That's also why I jumped ship back to LG from the CRG9 I was using as I do a lot of gaming that uses HDR. I think a bunch of the bad rap that PC HDR gaming gets is due to the displays their rigs are hooked up to but not denying there is also some lackluster effort from developers as well. You see it on a good OLED display, or great quality LCD (things are still impressive on my Sony Z9D 65" (648 dimming zones with over 1000 nits), and it's a whole new world for many games. The size of the panel definitely affects how many they can cram in there but still 132 is a bit low. I'd guess that for 55" it should be closer to 300-500.

    Edit: Here's a thread on AVS forum with people discussing the different sizes of Z9Ds back in the day along with how they had a different amount of dimming zones per size, and even release region.

    https://www.avsforum.com/threads/inches-versus-zones.2948556/
    Interesting, I am not as knowledgably about Zones etc. I do see your point.

    My research did indicate that hdmi 2.1 has better bandwidth then DP 1.4 which has me less concerned about no DP,

    Hmmmmmm....... back to the drawing board.
  8. I'm not saying one of these couldn't look good but for now, I'd be skeptical about its HDR gaming performance.
    I agree with you here. I'm not looking for a new display, but this was interesting until I seen the size and the specifications.
  9. My research did indicate that hdmi 2.1 has better bandwidth
    Yeah, HDMI 2.1 is awesome. It essentially gets HDMI bandwidth to the point where PC gaming on a TV isn't just doable it's actually on par with monitor specs as long as you're happy with 120 Hz. I've got displays in the house ranging from 144-200 Hz and I'm happy with 120 Hz since I don't do esports or any of that kind of stuff. The bigger trick is having a rig that can render games at 4K/120 Hz. The only other thing I strongly recommend is that people research are color depths. It's still all over the map and that's also one of the reasons I've been happy with the C9 and C2 LGs. On both the C9 and C2, with the right cable(this is another big one for HDMI 2.1-a lot of crap ones out there), I can do G-Sync/12-bit full RGB/HDR/4K(including 4096x2160)/120 Hz. There are panels out there that cap at 8 or 10 bit and 60 Hz regardless of them having HDMI 2.1. It can be really tricky finding a TV that can support it all w/o issues but once you find one it's a nice ride.

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