It may surprise you to learn: It is likely that every PC monitor and TV you’ve ever seen has been designed around picture reproduction standards over 70 years old. These standards, referred to as Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), were intended for black-and-white TVs. Monitors and TVs have come a long way since then, and it’s time the standards caught up.
That’s already happening: High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a 21st-century display technology for gamers and cinephiles that care deeply about picture quality. Based on the incredible capabilities of the human eye, HDR dramatically expands the range of colors and contrast ratios that can be shown by compatible displays. HDR-ready games and movies played on an HDR display appear strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid, with enhanced contrast and sophisticated nuance compared to even the most stunning SDR content.
Going HDR? Many Radeon™ GPUs are already compatible.1
An HDR display can faithfully reproduce up to 1 billion huesâ€”especially difficult shades like gold, cyan, or redâ€”with high accuracy and stunning vibrance. That’s 1000x more colors than an ordinary display, encompassing 75% of the human visual system. The extra colors create smoother gradients, too.
Imagine if the darkest scenes in your favorite game or movie were as nuanced and detailed as the daytime. The secret lies in contrast ratios, or the difference between the brightest and darkest aspects of a scene. HDR displays employ state-of-the-art pixel and lighting technologies to deliver up to 6400% wider and more precise contrast ratios to recreate deep shadows and bright highlights without compromise to either.
Driving displays towards realistic colors and contrast also requires better backlight control. HDR LCDs have powerful backlights to recreate crisp and vibrant highlights or reflections, while HDR OLED displays are capable of breathtakingly inky black levels.
Radeon™ is Ready for HDR
Many Radeon™ GPUs, including the new Radeon™ RX 400 Series, are ready to support HDR displays via DisplayPort™ or HDMI®.1 Refer to this matrix to see the maximum refresh rate supported across the three most common display resolutions.