What to look forward to: Asrock joins the list of PC hardware manufacturers with monitors in their portfolio. Several of the Taiwanese firm’s upcoming gaming displays expected to be part of its Phantom Gaming brand have been certified by the Korean counterpart of the FCC.
Asrock monitors have been cited by numerous sources of information @momomo_us and informed TechPowerUp. The first product continues the long tradition of memorable monitor names using the PG34WQ15R moniker. It is a 34″ curved VA panel display with a resolution of 3440×1440.
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The PG34WQ15R also supports FreeSync Premium and has a refresh rate of 48Hz to 165Hz via DisplayPort and 48Hz to 100Hz via HDMI, which suggests this won’t be one of the new HDMI 2.1 monitors. HDR support is also mentioned, so expect it to be expensive.
For those who prefer flat displays, there is the PG32QF. This 32-inch model has unknown specs but is believed to use 1440p resolution.
Asrock is also bringing a series of supposedly cheaper 27-inch 1080p IPS monitors to market. PC gamer notes that the PG27FF, which also supports HDR, is on the Digital Content Protection (DCP) list Web site with at least three options, so it will be interesting to see what different features they offer.
Finally, there is a listing for the PG42U, which is believed to be a 42-inch 4K screen. Massive gaming displays are getting more and more popular these days; The Gigabyte S55U monitor/TV hybrid was released earlier this month.
Asrock is best known for its extensive line of PC motherboards. With these displays, the company joins other monitor giants such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Corsair, the latter of which launched its first Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 monitor last year.
The monitor market is highly competitive, and the first half of the year was not the best time for the PC market. Corsair is forecasting losses of up to $11 million in the previous quarter due to economic headwinds, consumers shrinking their wallets and excess inventory.
The good news for Asrock is that Corsair and others believe the PC market will recover in the second half of the year – when monitors are expected – thanks to the launch of the RTX 4000 series, Radeon RX 7000 cards, Zen 4 processors and Raptor Lake. GPUs/CPUs should lead more people to look for new displays in addition to their upgraded rigs.