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There’s finally a new 8K monitor on the way, with DisplayPort 2.1 included

Another stepping stone for 8K
Last Updated on April 17, 2024
There's finally a new 8K monitor on the way, with DisplayPort 2.1 included
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We’ve been waiting quite a while for a new 8K monitor to hit the market, and ASUS is making that a reality, no doubt spurred on by the existence of DisplayPort 2.1 which has yet to be widely adopted by manufacturers. If you’re looking for the best 8K monitor at the moment, you are generally limited to Dell’s UP3218K that released quite a few years back, as it remains as one of the only displays at this resolution you can easily find. Outside of that, the 8K space has been pretty quiet for a while.

This brand-new monitor is of course designed for professionals and is called the ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX. It is billed as the world’s first 32-inch 8K monitor to feature DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity. A real future contender for the best video editing monitor.

ASUS ProArt PA32KCX gets some key specs announced

Screen size32″
Resolution7680 x 4320 (8K)
Panel technologyMini-LED, 4,096 backlight zones
Color gamut97% DCI-P3
Color depthTrue 10-bit
HDR supportHDR10
Peak brightness1,200 nits
Sustained brightness (full screen)1,000 nits
ConnectivityDisplayPort 2.1, HDMI 2.1, Thunderbolt 4 (power delivery up to 96W)

ASUS has first shown off this new monitor at the NAB Show in Las Vegas and Vincent Teoh gives us a sneak peek at the display, revealing a rather comprehensive list of specs. A couple of specs have been left out such as the refresh rate and response time, though we can expect to see 60Hz at this resolution and equally-basic response time. Nothing to compete with a gaming monitor, but that’s not what this ProArt display is all about. DisplayPort 2.1 should offer plenty of bandwidth to drive this high resolution with no compression; the lack of Dolby Vision support is a downside though.

Aside from what we’ve listed above, ASUS also boast a built-in motorized colorimeter for easy self or auto calibration, ideal for editing professionals. There’s also ‘LuxPixel’ technology which encompasses anti-glare, minimal reflections, and eye care features – this is complimented by a monitor hood to help reduce reflections.

Photo of a white cockatoo displayed on a new 8K monitor, with vibrant green bokeh in the background.
Image source: Vincent Teoh

When does it come out? And how much will it cost?

Unfortunately, no release date has been announced just yet, so that’s up in the air for the time being. Technically, this monitor’s predecessor is the PA32UCXR, a mini-LED 4K monitor designed for professionals that will cost you $3,000. With that in mind, the PA32KCX will certainly cost more and the preliminary price has been quoted as $8,000, obviously.

At PC Guide, Jack is mostly responsible for reporting on hardware deals. He also specializes in monitors, TVs, and headsets and can be found putting his findings together in a review or best-of guide.