Cooler Master is set to launch a new gaming monitor with a 576-zone Mini LED backlight for the utmost in contrast. The Cooler Master Tempest GP2711 succeeds last year’s popular Tempest GP27Q, replacing the old IPS-type panel with a VA-type panel, for higher native contrast to go along with the boost in dynamic contrast provided by the multi-zone backlight.
Cooler Master hopes this panel will make the Tempest GP2711 — announced at Computex 2023 — stand out from the crowd. Its Mini LED technology means that whole areas of the screen can dim to complete darkness – not the washed-out grey that counts for darkness on most LCDs – for a huge dynamic contrast of 3,000,000:1 in HDR content. These many LEDs also enable a peak brightness of 1,500nits for truly blinding HDR – most non-HDR monitors generally top out at 400-600nits.
The 27-inch screen has a QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate, alongside a 4ms G2G and 1ms MPRT response time, along with AMD Freesync Premium Pro support. Those are solid basic specs, though the choice of a VA LCD panel – which traditionally has the slowest response time – will mean this display is much more of a movie and cinematic games display than one for the latest eSports titles like CS2.
We’ll be sure to get Cooler Master’s latest display in for a review but in the mean time, check out our guide to the best gaming monitor to see our recommendations for a range of budgets and resolutions.
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