Alienware introduces cheaper QD OLED gaming monitor with FreeSync

The big picture: The omission of the G-Sync module could bring some advantages. In addition to the lower price, the new model may also do without active cooling, which completely eliminates the fan noise of the original. It also allows monitor manufacturers to add HDMI 2.1 support, but Alienware decided against it due to cost concerns.

Alienware just announced a cheaper variant of its QD OLED monitor that it launched earlier this year. The new AW3423DWF will likely confuse customers with its near-identical name, but costs $200 less by omitting the dedicated G-Sync module and G-Sync Ultimate certification.

Alienware’s AW3423DWF uses the same 34-inch ultrawide QD OLED panel with a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 and a 1800R curve. It has a peak SDR brightness of 250 nits, with HDR content pushing this up to 1,000 nits. The display has 10-bit color depth and covers 99.3% of the DCI-P3 color space, allowing it to receive VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification.

Interestingly, the maximum refresh rate has been dropped from 175Hz to 165Hz, although you probably won’t notice the difference. It’ll be interesting to see if you have to drop to 8-bit color when running above 144Hz, similar to its more expensive sibling. Additionally, the monitor swaps G-Sync Ultimate certification for VESA AdaptiveSync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, while remaining compatible with Nvidia graphics cards.

In terms of connectivity, the AW3423DWF has two DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0 port, a USB hub with four downstream 5Gbps ports and two 3.5mm ports for headphones and microphone. Alienware also includes a joystick on the bottom that should make navigating the OSD more painless.


The included stand offers the usual adjustments, including height, tilt, swivel and tilt, although users can swap it out thanks to VESA mount compatibility. The back of the monitor is all black, making it easy to tell apart from the (mostly) white G-Sync model.

Alienware’s AW3423DWF will ship later this fall for $1,099. While this isn’t cheap, it gives you one of the best gaming displays out there. Additionally, it’s backed by a 3-year warranty that also covers OLED burn-in. Alienware introduces cheaper QD OLED gaming monitor with FreeSync

Chris Barrese

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