Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 with 27″ 1440p VA Panel and 576-zone Mini LED Backlight

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Cooler Master are planning to release three new monitors in their range in the near future. The GP2711 is aimed at gamers and visual creators and will follow in the footsteps of the company’s GP27Q monitor released towards the end of 2022. It offers the same 27″ sized screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. It will also offer high-end HDR capabilities with a 576-zone Mini LED backlight as well, but unlike the previous model the GP2711 will be built around a VA technology panel.

Related news of the other new Cooler Master monitors announced:

Mini LED with a VA technology panel

What makes this new screen different to the GP27Q is that it is based on a VA technology panel, as opposed to the IPS-type panel of the older model. This means a higher static contrast ratio and less glow on darker content than the IPS panel could offer. VA is also well-suited to HDR content, including local dimming backlights like this where the technology can offer stronger contrast and sometimes results in less blooming and halos too. VA does of course have its own challenges, especially when it comes to response times in darker content so we will look forward to seeing how the panel can perform when it is released.

The Mini LED backlight has 576 local dimming zones, offering far better HDR performance than most so-called HDR monitors on the market which tend to have a very limited number of edge lit dimming zones. Thanks to the Mini LED backlight the screen conforms to the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification tier and will offer a peak HDR brightness of 1500 nits according to the Cooler Master spec (10% APL window size). It can also deliver a 3 million:1 contrast ratio thanks to the local dimming.

Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 Specs

The screen is 27″ in size and offers a flat format panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. There is a <4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 600 cd/m2 brightness (SDR), 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 95% of the DCI-P3 reference space as well as 93.5% of Adobe RGB. This is made possible by the use of a Quantum Dot coating. The screen also comes factory calibrated with a dE <2.

The screen has a 165Hz refresh rate which is supported by adaptive-sync for VRR from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems, and should conform to the AMD ‘FreeSync Premium Pro’ certification tier. A 1ms MPRT spec also suggests the availability of a strobing blur reduction backlight mode.

Connectivity Options

For connectivity there are 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x USB type-C (with DP Alt mode and 15W power delivery) available. There are also 2x USB 3.0 data ports and an audio output available. The screen also includes KVM functionality and there are some basic integrated 2x 2W speakers too. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

Optimised Cooling Design

Featuring Cooler Master’s unique heatsink and a thermal back cover design, the GP2711 ensures enhanced cooling without the need for fans. This reduces the main chip’s temperature by 5℃, extending product durability by 30% the company says, which has also allowed them to extend their warranty period to 4 years for this new screen.

Pricing and Availability

The GP2711 has an RRP of $449 USD, or £429 GBP in the UK and is expected to be released in early Q1 2024. Note that the UK price is also impacted by shipping costs, exchange rates and VAT as is always the case. We hope to feature a review of this new screen in the near future.

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