Dell’s groundbreaking 8k monitor the last time i checked out one of these, was on a crowded show floor and to say that that one was a little pre-production, would be an understatement. But, Dell has been hard at work for months on their aptly named UP321 8K and the finished product is now in our hands for evaluation as a content creation device, a content consumption device, and last but not least, we uh might fire up some games on it Synergy is the software that lets you share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. Check it out now at the link in the video desciption. Wait for it *waauughh, waugh, wau* *more inaudible noises* PWAaatch goh- I’m going too early Here we go, it’s alive 8k resolution at 60 Hertz.
Everything about the ultra-sharp UP321 is either state of the art like the aluminium built quality, hyper thin infinity edge key embezzles and glass front OR it makes state of the art look like an antique. The specs of this thing are absolutely unreal. It comes tuned out of the box with an individual calibration report that promises Delta E values of less than 2 and full yes, one-hundred percent coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace. It’s got 400 nit-peak brightness, which is rock solid for a non-HDR panel, though a little more on that later.
And a static contrast ratio of thirteen-hundred to one; which is outstanding for an IPS panel type. But that ignores the most obvious calling card of this utterly unique product.The 8K resolution 10 bit, 60 Hertz panel. I mean, this is so far out ahead of the curve, that we don’t even have a display interface that can handle it yet. Like, early 4K displays with display port 1.1 input it needs 2 connections to the computer to run at its maximum 60 Hertz refresh rate, but there’s a big difference; these are display port 1.4 ports.
Well hold on a minute Linus, DP1.2 can handle 4K 60 Hertz no problem, and 1.4 has about double that bandwidth. Why do we need 2 of those? Aaahahhh hahah; because 8K is more than twice as many pixels as 5K 4 times as many as 4K, and a whopping 16 times the pixel count of 10 ADP. We’re talking thirty-three megapixels, 60 times per second. And until video card makers implement DSC or Display Stream Compression, the only way to push this many pixels is gonna be to add more cords. I have some good news too, though.
Dell has a lot of experience building high-end displays and it really shows, unlike early dual-input 4K monitors there’s no flakiness, where half of the display looks a little different from the other half, or where one side will refuse to turn on sometimes. In fact, you can even just yank out one of the cables and the only effect that you’ll see is that the entire display will now be running at 30 Hertz instead of 60; and from what I’ve seen plugging it back in is an equally seamless transition. And all of this experience carries over to the physical design as well. In spite of the panel’s weight, heat, and power consumption characteristics they managed an internal power supply with passive cooling and all the creature comforts that creatives are used to.