Acer’s Predator X32 FP Drives 4K Gaming Monitors to 165 Hz
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Acer is no stranger to the gaming monitor arena, as witnessed by highly-rated (by us) offerings like the Predator XB273U and the Predator X25. However, with CES 2022 upon us, the company unleashed two new beasts upon gamers in the form of the new Predator X32 series which can hit up to 165 Hz and so, by specs alone, could be headed for our best gaming monitors list.
The X32 and X32 FP are 32-inch class monitors that feature a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2160) IPS panel. Specs are impressive across-the-board for the X32, which can hit up to a 120 Hz refresh rate over HDMI 2.0. However, what makes the X32 stand out is its ability to achieve up to 160 Hz using a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, entering new territory for 4K monitors (which typically max out at 144 Hz at 4K resolution).
The X32 covers 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and claims VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and support for Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate. Acer lists maximum native SDR brightness of 400 nits, which pumps to 1,000 nits in HDR mode. It has a respectable port layout with three HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4 and a four-port USB 3.0 hub.
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However, where things really get interesting is with the X32 FP. It has the same basic design as the X32 but ramps performance up to the next level. In this case, you’ll still be able to achieve 160 Hz at 4K in “normal mode,” but overclocking lets you crank the dial to 165 Hz. As Acer claims, those specs make it the fastest 4K gaming monitor on the planet, which will definitely be intriguing to enthusiasts out there.
Acer also beefed up the X32 FP with four true HDMI 2.1 ports instead of HDMI 2.0, making it a much better monitor for current-gen consoles. One other addition is a USB Type-C port with 90-watt power delivery. There’s also AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support to further enhance the low-latency gaming experience.
According to Acer, the Predator X32 will arrive stateside in Q3 2022 with a price tag of $1,999, a pretty penny for a 32-inch 4K monitor. However, if the Predator X32 FP is more up to your speed, it will be available earlier (Q2 2022), priced at an even heftier $2,499. Needless to say, we’ll be eager to get our hands on both new monitors in the new year to test them and see just how they advance the 4K gaming experience.
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My post got deleted along with the saved draft for no reason, and I’m too lazy to retype everything so let me just briefly share some key points and issues
There’s a detailed review in Japanese make sure to check that out, I’ll reference some videos from it
I got the monitor in Taiwan for about $1200
Firmware and the provided OSD app are very buggy
Overdrive is poorly tuned, there’s massive amount of overshoot for the default setting
HDR performance is great thanks to 576 zones of MiniLED and a peak brightness of 1233 cd/m2
Blooming effect might catch your eye especially in dark grey background
Local dimming can affect the brightness of light objects in dark scenes
Gamut coverage is superb, 100% sRGB，100% Adobe RGB，96% DCI-P3, accuracy is average
Full speed HDMI 2. 1 * 4, which is good if you have a lot of new consoles
KVM function is not useful since it doesn’t switch USB automatically with current video input
Some stuff that I measured myself, I’m too lazy to re-upload all the pics again, so here’s the text version
Stock gamut coverage measured with DisplayCal is 99.9% sRGB, 99.7% Adobe RGB, 95.1% DCI P3 White point is 7917K, cold, accuracy is average
sRGB mode clamped the coverage to 97.4% sRGB, 68.4% Adobe RGB, 71.0% DCI P3
White point is 6802K, slightly cold, Gamma is slightly off to 2.1, accuracy is good
Measured contrast ratio is 1200:1, which is pretty good for an IPS panel
Uniformity is average, there’s vignetting effect around the edges and the corners, and there’s cyan tint along top edge for my unit
Overdrive tuning is bad, especially at 60Hz, below are the videos from the review
The overshoot amount is massive, I can see the texts turn to cyan and return to black while scrolling web pages. This cause issues because when you switch the monitor to HDR mode it defaults to OD:Normal which causes massive overshoot
Local dimming test
In short, it’s a massive improvement compared to my LG 27GP950-B, there are some issues though: White brightness change
This issue may affect HDR gaming when you’re in a dark scene, the brightness of your HUD elements and subtitles may be decreased
HDR gaming impressions
I tested RDR2, Cyberpunk 2077, Elden Ring, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Ori 2.
There is blooming effect especially in dark grey background, it’s more noticeable in a dark room but not much in a normally lit room, but it’s there, demo
The HDR experience overall is great, highlights really stand out and dark scenes are really dimmed instead of leaking backlight. I compared to 55C1 in my living room and while dark scenes still look better on C1 since it don’t have blooming, the highlights actually look better on X32 thanks to its higher peak brightness.
The display is noticeably warmer when enabling monitor HDR mode and Windows HDR, which I don’t know why, because it actually looks noticeably colder when doing the same thing on my 27GP950-B
HDR mode needs to be toggled on the monitor itself separately, it doesn’t automatically kicks in along with Windows HDR compared to my 27GP950-B. Settings inside HDR mode such as OD and Super Sharpness do not persist so you need to manually disable them every time you toggle HDR
Adaptive dimming needs to be manually enabled, the setting persist across different picture modes so you can’t automatically have it disabled in SDR picture mode but enabled in HDR mode
Changing color space reset most of the settings, and each space has it pre-defined brightness value, so you’ll need to manually change those back every time
Color space settings cannot be saved to game profiles, which is used for copying settings from user profile
Enabling VRR locks OD to Normal according to user manual, but lucky for us it’s bugged so you can actually disable VRR, disable OD, then re-enable VRR so you got VRR with OD:off. Note that toggling HDR mode also resets OD to normal so you’ll need to manually switch that off everytime you use HDR.
DCI color space has a strong green tint, not sure if it’s normal or not, looks very off to me
There’s an Auto Source function which is supposed to automatically detect video input, but it works by cycling through each possible inputs one by one, so it’s very slow
KVM function is not thought well since you need to manually choose USB upstream port in OSD instead of making it follow video inputs automatically. M32U has way better implementation.
USBC output charges my Macbook Pro late 2020 normally, but it’s limited to 4k 60Hz for some reason, my 27GP950-B with disabled DSC can accept 4k 120Hz signal normally
You can disable DSC in OSD, but it locks the refresh rate to 60Hz, but it should be able to output 120Hz by DP1.4 spec
Color settings are somehow separated in each video inputs, but other settings are shared, so it’s counter intuitive
DDC/CI opens up very few settings and the app also don’t support all the OSD settings, so currently the only way to toggle local dimming is by OSD
Color space other than Standard locks most of the OSD settings except Super Sharpnes, OD, and VRR, but since it reset itself every time you switch, it’s very hard to use
There’s three buttons on the monitor you can use to customize shortcuts, sadly you cannot assign local dimming toggle to it. Also the buttons requires double press, the first press brings up the main menu, the second brings up the actual shortcut menu you set, dumb
When using DP, the monitor doesn’t wake from idle after screen timeout, it just shows no signal and freezes the whole system, the only way is reboot. It does wake from sleep though, so the current workaround is to set screen and sleep timeout to the same value
There’s some other issues I met when hooking up dual 4k 144Hz monitor, which I’ll list them anyway
Under certain configuration you cannot output HDR+VRR at the same time on the main monitor, such as HDMI 2.1 => main, DP => second
When hooked up main monitor with HDMI 2.1, the monitor is unable to wake from sleep or at boot, there’s a video for that
When hooked up both monitor with DP and use 160Hz, the second monitor flashes black screen intermittently
How to properly toggle HDR for this monitor
To turn on HDR:
Use the app to switch the monitor to HDR mode
Open Advanced Settings and set OD to off, don’t press anything else other than that or it will revert the setting
Enable Windows HDR
Use the OSD to enable Adaptive Dimming, although the Super Sharpness setting will reset to On every time, it doesn’t really do anything unless you specifically turn it off and on, then you get over-sharpened image
To turn off:
When you do above step 2, it actually set the OSD profile to User, which causes the HDR setting carries over to your SDR profile if you simply select it, so you’ll need to switch to HDR mode again before switching back to your SDR profile
Disable Windows HDR
Use the OSD to disable Adaptive Dimming
Because of this complexity, I filmed a video here to demonstrate how to
Since this is a wide gamut monitor, everything looks over saturated by default. The built in sRGB mode works but it resets settings every time, so you can use a program called novideo_srgb to clamp for NVIDIA cards. For AMD card you can just use the driver setting
The panel itself is great, however the firmware is very buggy, especially for the HDR toggling and the default overdrive setting.
I really hope Acer take a look into these issues before the monitor is more widely available since this can potentially be a very good all around monitor.
Let me know your thoughts, I’ll try to answer all your questions.
Test & Review: Acer Predator X32 FP — Mini-LED, 160Hz, UHD & HDR 1000 Gaming Display
The race for the best gaming monitor continues. Now Acer has released a new Predator X32 FP model that offers potential buyers a wide range of features. The UHD display promises a compelling HDR immersion thanks to mini-LED backlighting. But gamers are not forgotten either: the Predator monitor supports a 160Hz refresh rate and FreeSync Premium Pro technology. Let’s see how convincing the 2022 monitor proves to be in our tests. nine0004
The monitor market has also experienced delays in recent months. As for the Acer Predator X32 FP display, which was presented at CES 2022, but has not yet appeared on sale. But even nine months after the announcement, the equipment remains very modern, although more models with a similar set of functions appear on the market, and OLED panels are just around the corner.
Anyway, this is a high-end gaming display. It features a 32-inch Agile Splendor IPS panel with UHD resolution. Therefore, you can count on excellent detail, although the video card must be powerful enough to «pull» the native resolution. Acer has opted for a mini-LED backlight spread across 576 zones, so the subjective contrast ratio for HDR output should be substantially higher than with classic local dimming solutions. The backlight can be turned off in areas where it is not needed, so the halo effects will not be as noticeable. Add to this a maximum brightness of 1,200 cd/m² in HDR mode, which also affects the perception of a wide dynamic range. The layer of quantum dots expands the color gamut, which also improves immersion. nine0005
Of course, the Predator display is geared towards gaming. And here Acer did their best. The maximum refresh rate is 160 Hz — more with UHD resolution and modern DisplayPort standards simply cannot be provided. Unlike many mini-LED monitors on the market, the Acer Predator X32 FP is not G-Sync Ultimate certified. Instead, FreeSync Premium Pro support is offered. The response time is claimed to be 0.7 ms. Of course, the OSD has various options for gamers. Not without a KVM switch, which allows you to connect multiple systems at the same time. nine0005
Acer Predator X32 FP is not yet in retail, the recommended price is €1.599. Acer will also offer a G-Sync Ultimate variant for €1,899.
Subscribe to the Hardwareluxx VKontakte group and our Telegram channel (@hardwareluxxrussia). Acer Predator X32 FP0022
|Retail price:||1.600 euros|
|Panel:||Agile Splendor IPS|
|Look up Table:||10 bit|
|Approval:||3.840 x 2.160 pixels|
|Brightness:|| SDR: 400 cd/m²
HDR: 1.200 cd/m²
|Pixel response time:||0.7 ms|
|Refresh rate:||160 Hz|
|Viewing angles:|| Horizontal: 178°
|Interfaces:|| 1x DisplayPort
1x Type C (90W PD)
5x USB 3. 0 (1up, 3 down)
1x 3.5mm audio
|Dimensions (W x H x D):||727 x 636 x 263 mm|
|Ergonomics:|| Panel height: 130 mm
Panel tilt: -5° — 35°
Swivel: -30° — 30°
|Wall mount:||100 x 100 mm|
|Optional:||AMD FreeSync Premium Pro KVM Switch 90W USB-C Power Delivery|
Case and workmanship
Predator X32 FP is a modern high-end display for gamers in the interpretation of Acer. The 32-inch panel offers not only a full range of features, but also a stylish look familiar from other Predator models. No wonder it won the IF Design Award. nine0005
The case does not seem to catch the eye, yet Acer has chosen a borderless edge-to-edge panel on three sides, except that the bottom bezel is slightly wider. In the center is the Predator logo. Traditionally for mini-LED devices, the body is quite thick. But in practice, we did not find any problems.
The pedestal draws attention with its filigree metal construction. It does a great job and we didn’t encounter any vibration in our tests. Acer does not have complicated lighting solutions, such as projecting a logo onto a table top. Of course, it’s a bit odd to get a modern gaming monitor without RGB backlighting. nine0005
If the monitor will not stand close to the wall, then it will look much more impressive from behind than from the front. In particular, the large swivel cylinder attracts attention. There’s a carrying handle, as well as the obligatory Predator logo.
The workmanship is good, but the quality of the plastic could be better, especially considering the price.
nine0002 Acer has added KVM switch functionality to the Predator X32 FP, which can be seen on the interface panel. There are four HDMI inputs and one DisplayPort, which allows you to connect quite a lot of signal sources. You can connect a laptop via USB Type C, and power supply up to 90 W is supported thanks to PowerDelivery. All this allows you to turn your gaming monitor into a docking station.
In addition, four USB Type A ports are available for connecting peripherals, which Acer has distributed over two areas. Two ports are added to the main interface panel, two more are placed on the left side of the display. Many manufacturers set the side ports too deep, but Acer did not do this, the ports are located directly on the left side, they can be easily reached. nine0005
<>Test & Review: Acer Predator X32 FP — Mini-LED Gaming Display, 160Hz, UHD & HDR 1000
Ergonomics and Power Consumption
9″ Acer Predator X32
1 Main Specs & Description
Are you interested in the Acer Predator X32 monitor (Acer Predator X32), manufacturer marking Acer?0005
This is a 31.9″ model with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p). The type of matrix is IPS with Mini LED backlight. The maximum brightness is 400 cd/m2, and the viewing angles are 178 degrees horizontally and 178 degrees vertically
The static contrast ratio achievable within one frame is 1000:1 This is important
If you are buying a monitor for gaming, pay attention to the maximum refresh rate at maximum resolution. 160 Hz
Price in Russia
Want to buy Acer Predator X32 cheap? Look at the list of stores that already sell the monitor in your city.
|Company/Brand/Manufacturer The name of the manufacturing company. You can also view all products by clicking on the name.||Acer|
|Model The name under which the device appears in stores.||Predator X32|
|Alternate name Often, a manufacturer provides detailed labeling for their products.||No data|
|Year of manufacture||2022|
Matrix size and type
|LCD panel Model of the panel used in the display.||N/A|
|Size / class One of the main characteristics by which the size is determined is indicated in inches. It affects the size and quality of the image. Click on a value to search for monitors of the same size. nine0040||31.9″|
|Radius of Curvature Concave screens are becoming fashionable. According to manufacturers, this improves user immersion and improves comfort when working with a large screen. The smaller the specified radius, the more curved the screen is.||N/A|
|Matrix Diagonal For convenience, given in different length units (millimeters, centimeters, inches and feet)|| 812.87 mm
|Matrix width For convenience, it is given in different length units (millimeters, centimeters, inches and feet).|| 708.48 mm
|Resolution One of the main characteristics that together with the diagonal affects the image quality. With a large diagonal and low resolution at the same time, the picture on the screen will be of poor quality, the fonts will be loose, and large pixels will be noticeable. With a small diagonal and high resolution, the quality increases, but the size of elements and fonts decreases, which requires that scaling be enabled on the computer. Directly affects the demands on the video card. Click on a value to search for monitors with the same resolution. nine0040||3840×2160 Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p|
|Aspect Ratio The horizontal to vertical aspect ratio of the display. The most popular value is 16:9, 4:3 screens are becoming a thing of the past, ultra-wide 21:9 are gradually coming into fashion. Unexpectedly convenient for work can be 16:10.||16:9|
|Matrix type An important characteristic. There are 3 main types of matrices: TN, IPS, VA and their variations. Also, some manufacturers give their names, for example, PLS. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, choose according to your requirements. Click to find monitors with a similar matrix. nine0040||IPS|
|Finish Available in matt and glossy finishes. Gloss is usually more saturated color and high contrast, but glare in bright light, you can see your reflection in the monitor. Matte displays have an anti-reflective coating that makes colors less saturated. Choose according to your lighting.||Matte/Anti-Glare (3H)|
|Monitor Effective Area A cosmetic parameter calculated from the ratio of the bezel to the display matrix. It is worth paying attention to if you are a fan of thin frames or the space on your computer desk is very limited. nine0040||N/A|
|Additional information||Local dimming zones — 576|
|Pixel pitch A term applied to modern LED displays. The distance between adjacent pixels is measured in millimeters, it affects the graininess of the screen, the looseness of the font and the optimal distance from a person to the display.||0.185 mm|
|Pixel Density The number of pixels per square inch of the sensor. Affects the graininess of the screen, the looseness of the font and the optimal distance from the person to the display. nine0040||137 ppi|
|Matrix color depth An important parameter for those who work with color, for example, process photos. The most widely used monitors with 8-bit matrices. Displays with greater color depth and bit depth are significantly more expensive.||8 bit|
|FRC (Frame rate control) Technology that increases the color depth of the matrix. During operation, quickly switches pixels between color shades, due to which the user sees an intermediate shade. Please note that some people are vulnerable to such flickering, their eyes get tired quickly, there is a feeling of dryness. However, most people do not feel any discomfort, and the vast majority of monitors come with FRC. nine0040||Mini LED|
Eye-safe monitors without PWM
Manufacturers who care about your eyesight do not use PWM (pulse-width modulation) backlight brightness control, the principle of which is to turn on and turning off the backlight LEDs at a high frequency, which leads to eye fatigue. Please note that many monitor models provide adequate brightness control only up to some limit, below which PWM comes into play. Look for a review in which the absence of PWM at any brightness is confirmed by measurements. nine0040
|Brightness Maximum display brightness. All modern monitors produce sufficient maximum brightness. When buying, it is worth checking the minimum so that your eyes are comfortable in low light.||400 cd/m2|
|Static contrast A value that determines how much contrast the monitor can produce simultaneously on a single frame.||1000:1|
|Dynamic Contrast Mostly marketing and advertising. This indicates the difference between the maximum possible bright and dark color on the display, which is almost impossible in real use. Pay attention to static contrast. nine0040||N/A|
|Viewing angles (horizontal/vertical) Viewing angles at which the manufacturer believes the image will remain within acceptable quality. Be prepared for noticeable color distortion.||178 / 178 °|
|Maximum vertical refresh rate An important value for gamers. Shows how many times per second the image on the matrix is updated. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother and more comfortable the game. The simplest monitors give out 60 Hz, budget gaming 120 Hz, the top-end ones — 240 Hz. An intermediate version of 144 Hz is gaining more and more popularity. It is important to choose a video card that consistently produces a number of frames equal to the monitor frequency, otherwise you will not feel any improvement. nine0040||160Hz|
|Minimum Vertical Refresh Rate||1Hz|
|Maximum Horizontal Frequency The maximum horizontal scan rate, indicating the number of horizontal lines drawn by the screen per second.||n/a|
|Minimum horizontal scan rate The minimum horizontal scan rate, indicating the number of horizontal lines drawn by the screen per second. nine0040||N/A|
|Minimum response time GtG (Grey to Gray) High response time sensors will delight you with loops in action-packed movie scenes with games. GtG — the time during which the matrix switches the brightness on gray from minimum to almost maximum. Considering that all colors are displayed in games, it poorly reflects the real performance, but it is stubbornly indicated by manufacturers in promotional materials. Modern monitors have overclocking technologies in which the response time is reduced, but image artifacts appear. Overclocking functions vary among manufacturers, some really help, some do nothing but damage the picture. nine0040||1ms|
|Medium Response Time BWB (Black-White-Black), BtB (Black to Back) High response time sensors will delight you with trails in action-packed movie scenes with games. Average response time — the time during which the matrix switches from black to white and vice versa. Modern monitors have overclocking technologies in which the response time is reduced, but image artifacts appear. Overclocking functions vary among manufacturers, some really help, some do nothing but damage the picture. nine0040||No data|
|Input lag (input-lag) Another important parameter for gamers. The delay between the signal from the computer to the monitor and the display of the picture on the screen. At high values, you will experience a delay between your actions and the display on the screen.||n/a|
| 3D technology support Information about whether the monitor supports virtual reality. The technology depends on the manufacturer and type of screen. nine0250
|built-in alarm. . There are various formats supported by digital, analog and cable tuners.||No|
Networking and device connectivity
|Network technologies Network standards that allow you to connect to the Internet and home networks via wireless and wired connections.||No data|
|Peripheral connection ports Memory card slots, USB ports, audio/video connectors and other interfaces that allow you to connect a variety of devices.|| 4 x USB 3.0 (Type-A; downstream)
1 x USB 3.0 (Type-B; upstream)
3 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x 3.5 mm Audio Out
SoC and OS
|CPU Central processing unit.||n.a.|
|Number of CPU cores||n.a.|
|CPU frequency Maximum CPU frequency.||n/a|
|GPU Graphic processor.||N/A|
|Number of GPU cores||No data|
|RAM Random access memory.||n.a.|
|Number of RAM channels||n.a.||n/a|
|OS Operating system.||N/A|
Supported media formats
|Video file formats List of video formats supported by the device. You can directly connect an external hard drive or transfer the file over the network and open it if supported. nine0040||N/A|
|Graphics file formats List of graphics formats supported by the device. You can directly connect an external hard drive or transfer the file over the network and open it if supported.||N/A|
|Audio file formats List of audio formats supported by the device. You can directly connect an external hard drive or transfer the file over the network and open it if supported.||No data|
Power supply and energy consumption
|110 V network Ability to work in a network with a voltage of 110 volts and allowable voltage spread at which the manufacturer guarantees performance.||100 V — 120 V|
|Mains 220 V Ability to work in a network with a voltage of 220 volts and allowable voltage spread at which the manufacturer guarantees performance.||220 V — 240 V|
|Frequency Permissible AC frequency range at which the manufacturer guarantees operation.||50 Hz — 60 Hz|
|power consumption in the off state, which is consumed by the device after disconnect||No data|
|Energy consuming in the mode of sleep, which consumes the device. the sleep or standby mode that most monitors enter when there is an extended period of no signal. nine0040||0.5 W|
|Power consumption in ECO mode||n.a.||N/A|
|Energy Efficiency Class An EU standard that indicates the energy consumption of devices. The classification includes the following values: A+++, A++, A+, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. A+++ are the most energy efficient devices. nine0040||N/A|
|VESA mount The VESA mount standard allows you to choose a mount or bracket to easily mount your monitor. There are both simple fixed wall mounts and expensive 3-DOF brackets that allow you to mount your monitor at the desired angle.||Yes|
|VESA standard Depending on the size and weight of the device, different mounts are available.||100 x 100 mm|
|Detachable stand Possibility to remove the stand, otherwise the «leg» of the monitor. It will be useful if you want to fix it on the wall.||Yes|
|Height adjustment (up / down) The ability to adjust the height of the monitor stand by raising and lowering it above the surface. Allows you to set the screen exactly at eye level.||No|
|Portrait Rotation Ability to rotate 90° or more. nine0040||No|
| Horizontal rotation (left / right) Possibility to rotate the device horizontally around its own axis.