Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Cooler Master’s new quantum dot mini-LED gaming monitors look incredible

The Taiwanese computer hardware brand Cooler Master has announced its latest Tempest series gaming monitors, which feature mini-LED HDR displays at affordable prices.

The two monitors will both sell for under $1,000 when they go on sale later this year, with the Tempest GP27U standing as the option with the more detailed display. It is a 27-inch 4K (UHD) resolution panel with a 160Hz refresh rate, and a 0.5ms response time. The Tempest GP27Q has a display that can put in more active performance, with a 27-inch 2K (WQHD) resolution panel, 165Hz refresh rate, and 0.5 ms response time.

Cooler Master 27-inch Tempest gaming monitors stand next to each other.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

As said, both monitors feature mini-LED displays that also support Quantum Dot technology and up to 1200 nits of peak brightness in HDR mode. They include 576 local dimming zones to ensure ideal brightness, darkness, and contrast where needed. Both monitors have a wide-color gamut that spans up to 99% of Adobe RGB and 98% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum.

The Tempest GP27U will be available in October with a price of $700, while the Tempest GP27Q will be available in November and has a price of $1,000.

This Cooler Master launch follows the announcement of the brand’s GP27-FQS gaming monitor model in February. Much like both the Tempest GP27U and Tempest GP27Q, the GP27-FQS is a 27-inch display. It features a quantum dot mini-LED QHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of up to 165Hz. While its price might have been higher during its original launch period, the GP27-FQS currently sells for $350.

Other monitors released this year that feature quantum dot technology, which aids in improving color accuracy, include the MSI MPG Artymis 273CQR-QD and MPG Artymis 273CQRX-QD monitors. They are also 27-inch displays, both VA panels with WQHD 1440p resolutions, 1ms MPRT, and 1000R curvature. The former, however, has a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, while the latter has a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz.

Editors' Recommendations

Fionna Agomuoh
Fionna Agomuoh is a technology journalist with over a decade of experience writing about various consumer electronics topics…
Why Alienware remains the undisputed champ of OLED gaming monitors
Alienware 27-inch QD-OLED 360Hz 2024 model.

It's no secret that Alienware makes some of the best gaming monitors, but it's not alone. After it shook up the market with the Alienware 34 QD-OLED two years ago, a slew of competing monitors popped up from brands like Asus, LG, MSI, Samsung, and countless others. Two years and a generation of OLED monitors later, though, Alienware still remains the champ of OLED gaming monitors.

A lot of that comes down to the big fear new buyers have when picking up an OLED monitor: burn-in. The risk of burn-in is real, even if it's not as a big of a deal as some would make it out to be, and most buyers naturally want some peace of mind. And that's where Alienware has a big lead over the competition.
Market-leading warranty

Read more
Anything is possible in this new era of gaming monitors
A gaming monitor playing Hot Wheels Unleashed.

Sometimes, you get everything you've wanted. We probably won't see much innovation from gaming monitors over the next couple of years. We're on the heels of CES 2024, and we saw some exciting gaming monitor announcements -- the first 4K QD-OLED displays, a 480Hz OLED monitor, and even some experimentation with glasses-free 3D.

After several years of innovation only applying to the most expensive of expensive gaming monitors, displays are finally providing a leap forward for gamers. Gaming monitors have hit a new mountaintop peak -- time to enjoy the view and imagine the possibilities of what comes next.
The peak

Read more
LG’s new OLED monitor does 4K — and so much more
LG's dual refresh rate monitor at CES 2024.

Gamers -- myself included -- have been begging for a 4K OLED gaming monitor for the past year and a half. And at CES 2024, we got exactly what we've been looking for. LG is pushing the 4K OLED gaming monitor further with its UltraGear 32GS95UE.

It's a 4K OLED gaming monitor with a speedy refresh rate of 240Hz. The big change is LG's dual refresh rate feature, which allows you to switch to 1080p at 480Hz with a single button. It delivers on a couple of counts -- you get resolution when you want it, and refresh rate when you need it. And after playing with the display for a bit at CES, it's clear how important that is.

Read more