Acer’s Predator gaming monitors come for your wallet

Three new monitors stand out from the crowd of Acer’s gaming gear at CES 2022. Not as planed as Alienware’s QD-OLED debut, but enough yes-I want-it-all for the gamer, who’s okay spending $1,799 or more for a speedy 32-inch 4K HDR monitor. Or $2,499 for a 48-inch OLED to pair with an Xbox Series X or PS5.

The veteran Predator X32 line welcomes two new members this year – Vail, the Predator X32 and the Predator X32 FP. They use the same IPS panel, a DisplayHDR-1000 certified 4K screen with peak brightness of 1,200 nits and full coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut and 1ms response time. A new 576-zone Mini LED backlight removes the older versions that had a lot of zones but also tended to generate a lot of heat. They also sport slim bezel design and minimal stand.

As the name might imply, however, they differ by some complementary characteristics. The $1,799 X32 FP uses FreeSync Pro for its variable refresh rate support, and has a maximum native refresh rate of 160Hz, or overclocked to 165Hz. The $1,999 X32 uses G-Sync Ultimate, which increases in price and offers support for Nvidia Reflex latency optimization technology, but G-Sync only works on DisplayPort.

It has a maximum refresh rate of 160Hz on DP, but it’s only 120Hz on HDMI. And while the specs I’m seeing are wrong, which is quite possible, the X32 only offers HDMI 2.0 connections (three of them) while the cheaper FreeSync models have four HDMI 2.1 connectors as well as a USB-C port. Has 90-watt power delivery.

The $2,499 Predator CG48 console monitor should offer all the usual benefits of OLED — a larger color gamut, higher contrast and faster pixel response — in 4K with a refresh rate of 138Hz. But it looks like it may make some sacrifices. For example, it’s not clear how well it will handle HDR: Acer sounds like a low peak brightness of 450 nits (and a native brightness of 135 nits, which is low) and says it’s capable of HDR 10. , which means it can decode streams but not necessarily display it well.

It has HDMI 2.1 connections as well as 3 HDMI 2.0 and a USB hub, though it’s odd that USB-C can only charge up to 65 watts.

All monitors will ship around October.

Acer also introduced refreshes for its Nitro 5, Triton 500 SE and Predator Helios 300, but nothing really sets them apart from the crowd on paper. All those minor tweaks have been made to tone down the gaming vibe (but just a little) and the Triton has become thinner. The Triton will be marketed as a manufacturer-focused laptop in some regions, hence the need for a more subtle style.

All receive the usual upgrades to the latest versions of the processors and graphics cards that they use. This means the Nitro gets the 12th-gen Intel Core H and AMD Ryzen 6000H models, plus all the benefits of the new platform like support for DDR5.

A new dinosaur has been discovered, which paleontologists say may have been a predator that roamed the water and mainly ate fish. The spinosaurid dinosaur lived more than 125 million years ago and had a crocodile-like skull, as well as a backbone.

Paleontologists in Cabo Espichal, Portugal, uncovered bones and teeth in 2020 from the Iberospinus natario dinosaur, which they say lived in the early Cretaceous period. Remains of ornithopods, turtles, pterosaurs and fish were recovered from the same site.

“Despite the fragmentary nature of its remains … it is currently one of the most complete spinosaurid specimens in the world,” Universidad Nova de Lisboa paleontologists and biologists Octavio Mateus and Darío Estraviz-López said in an article published Wednesday. . In PLOS One Journal.

The oldest confirmed spinosaurid dinosaurs are tracked back to Western Europe and Southeast Asia, and the creatures later appeared in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. Their evolutionary history is more difficult to track than that of other dinosaurs, the article said, pointing to a “ghost lineage” of 50 million years, through the Middle Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods, where “rare or disputed” fossils.

The lack of spinosaurid remains is partly due to their presence in aquatic environments, “either as specialized search aquatic predators in some cases or as heron-like wading-ambush predators.”

This makes the latest discovery significant, as it contains numerous bones including teeth, tooth fragments, a partial right scapula, dorsal nerve arch, dorsal vertebrae, vertebrae, rib fragments, a pubic peduncle, a pubis shaft, a heel bone and others. Relics are included. and a phalanx bone.

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