LG’s new ultrawide gaming monitors have up to 144Hz refresh rates

LG announced a new line of gaming monitors this week at IFA in Berlin. These UltraGear 34-inch monitors have IPS displays with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution. The new UltraGear monitors are pretty standard for top-of-line gaming displays, as they sport specs similar to Alienware and Acer offerings. But these screens do mark LG’s latest update in the gaming monitor market, support both Nvidia and AMD GPU display tech, and offer an even wider resolution than previous models.

There are two monitors being introduced in the new line. The 34GK950G and 34GK950F are pretty similar, except that the G model has Nvidia G-Sync and a slower refresh rate (120Hz when overclocked) than the F model with Radeon FreeSync 2 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. The G-Sync model also has LG’s Sphere Lighting system, meaning RBG fans might prefer it over the other.

Both monitors have borderless bezels and a 1,900R curvature with anti-glare. You can tilt and swivel the monitor to adjust it to the optimal viewing position. As for ports, they come with one DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a DC power input connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

There are no details on pricing or availability yet.

Acer teases its dual Intel Xeon-powered Predator X desktop for this winter

Acer has started to tease its upcoming Predator X gaming desktop at IFA 2018, showing off some early hardware along with some new information about the upcoming tower that looks to bring the power of enterprise-level hardware to gaming.

In person, the Predator X looks like, well, a gaming tower, with the usual assortment of grills, vents, LEDs, and a massive Predator logo on the side. But it’s what’s inside the Predator X that’s far more interesting: two Intel Xeon processors, and up to 12 ECC DIMM slots for RAM. Taken together, that’s a huge amount of firepower that the Predator X will in theory be able to offer.

As for who’d actually want or need that sort of thing? Acer envisions the Predator X as a high-performance machine for users who do a lot rendering, game development, or other multitasking workloads, with a special emphasis on streamers, who often need to run a whole suite of editing and streaming software alongside their games.

Like many of Acer’s announcements this year at IFA, there’s no price, release date, or even any word on what specs the Predator X will offer — although the company is promising that it’ll hit stores this winter.