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4K Resolution Not Enough? Dell Has a New Monster of an 8K Monitor, And No it’s Not Cheap

by on March 24, 2017

Stephan Jukic – March 24, 2017

Dell’s 32 inch UP3218K 8K monitor has been made for people who are very serious about taking their PC resolution to the extreme maximum and of course it’s not even close to cheap either, so these types of consumers had better have deep pockets as well.

Dell has now placed its monster of an 8K monitor up for sale for a truly hefty price of $5000. The new display, called the UP3218K 8K monitor, was first unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this year and even back then Dell promised to start shipping it as of March 23. This didn’t quite come to pass but as of yesterday, the UP3218K is available for preorder at the price mentioned above. It’s expected to ship as of April 17th. Consumers who wait to buy this new whopper of an 8K monitor after its shipping date could probably manage to find it at a slight discount from the massive pre-order price we’re seeing right now but don’t expect any major savings any time soon. This machine will be pricey for a while yet, if it even sells all that much.


With its 8K resolution, the UP3218K offers four times the pixel count of an 4K PC display and a whopping 16 times the resolution of your average 1080p HD monitor. Its measurement sits at 7680 x 4320 pixels (as opposed to the 3840 x 2160) pixels of 4K ultra HD resolution). You might wonder what point there is to putting so many pixels into a mere 32 inch display but it’s worth bearing in mind that 4K smartphones are already a thing and their PPI is even denser than that of this monitor. and in addition to insane pixel count, the UP3218K delivers some other robust display specs. These include 100% AdobeRGB color space coverage, over 100% of sRGB color coverage and some completely cutting-edge connectivity specs which include DisplayPort 1.4, which will very much be necessary to run a beast like this.

Now you’re almost certainly also wondering just what the hell kind of PC you’d need to even run this many pixels and their associated color support. Even 4K monitors can make some PCs stumble so 8K is definitely a bit of a different ball game. In Dell’s own demonstration of the UP3218K at work, we could see a whole 4K video running in just a quarter of the screen’s space and we do know that Dell has been working with NVIDIA, the famous high-end graphics technology maker, on the drivers for the UP3218K. Thus, just to run ordinary video applications on this machine, you’ll need some serious graphics processing horsepower. Using the UP3218K for 8K gaming or upscaled 4K gaming would be even more difficult, with even some of the best 4K GPUs today probably choking up on their frame rate output during gaming with this display.

Yes, the UP3218K, can be adjusted vertically as well.

Yes, the UP3218K, can be adjusted vertically as well.

Furthermore, current owners of 1080p monitors and recent buyers of 4K monitors need not start despairing that their display hardware is already out of date. Even 4K PC display is just getting a solid foothold in the PC market and the vast majority of today’s consumers still have 1080p or 1440p monitors for their gaming and video needs.

The bottom line here: The Dell UP3218K 8K monitor is pretty much just an extreme niche product designed more for very serious professionals and maybe people who just want to show off on owning the world’s only consumer 8K single-screen display.

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  • David Senesac
    April 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    As an old landscape photographer that makes large images using multi column row stitch blending of focus stacked frames, for the purpose of exhibition, 4k is simply too small. Many top end digital cameras create images with far more resolution than can be shown on a 4k monitor. I am one that believes the future of exhibiting work for pros is not the traditional large framed prints because that cost is huge and for someone like me with a large body of large work one would need a moving van even to lug around a modest number of framed prints.

    However 8k while not enough to adequately display many of my larger images, is far better than 4k. Note I have a Dell Ultrasharp 15.6 inch display on my XPS 15 9550 as well as a 24 inch Ultrasharp that is about 196 RGB pixels per inch or similar to that the minimum for fine art prints. Displaying at greater dot pitch densities does not add much visually even at close distances. My 24 inch display is considerable more enjoyable to view at close range than the 19 inch. But as one displays on increasingly larger monitors, 28 inch to 32 inch, the loss of close range visual sharpness becomes noticeable. And note a 24 inch dpi 4k monitor display at 100% pixels is always going to look much more impressive than even if printed at 300 ppi much less 200 ppi with our finest printers simply because the latter is reflective while the former is transmissive. Thus there is a sweet spot and IMO that is about 200 dpi. A 32 inch 8k monitor displays at 275 RGB dots per inch that is also within maximum fine print range however practically a 48 inch 8k monitor displaying near 200 dpi will look more impressive to anyone at close distance even though one might notice a very slight difference in sharpness.

    It is understandable Dell is first coming out with only a 32 inch 8k monitor because hardware including connectors and cabling to use it is at this point still also in development. The industry needs something in the below $10k market to test this next generation of product hardware with. But as a user with a purpose, I am waiting for phase 2 when an 8k monitor size is near 50 inches. And some company is going to make a killing with photographers while all their marketers have been blubbering about the last few years is the video market. And as someone that has also worked in Silicon Valley hardware engineering 4 plus decades, I am one of the few that can also make this happen.



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