Cooler Master announced that it will launch its first assault of gaming monitors at Computex 2019 for release within the same year. The brand is most popular for its amazing PC cases, followed by parts and accessories such as power supplies and RGB fans. Cooler Master also ventured into peripherals which is now lead by its very popular Cooler Master MM711 lightweight gaming mouse.
The Cooler Master GM34-CW is the first and most attractive of the pioneering releases with its 34-inch QHD ultrawide screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. The brand doesn’t have a category page for monitors yet, but this link shows the product’s information indicating that its availability is drawing closer. Cooler Master pegged the GM34-CW at $999 when it’s released, but we expect it to drop to so the product can be competitive with the likes of the AOC CU34G2X.
Cooler Master GM34-CW Specifications
- Screen Size: 34 Inches
- Resolution: 3440 x 1440 UW-QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 21:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 3 Watts)
- Stand: Height -Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot– No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (75 x 75)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort x 2, DisplayPort Cable 1.4 x 1, HDMI 1.4x 1, 3.5mm Audio Jack
Cooler Master GM34-CW Overview
The specs for the Cooler Master GM34-CW are already listed at its official product page, but there are few missing details. For example, the list mentions a DisplayPort 1.4 cable, but there are two DP slots mentioned above, but it isn’t specified if both run version 1.4. Most 144Hz QHD ultrawides run DP 1.4 to handle the bandwidth required, so it’s safe to assume at least one has it.
The most important part of the Cooler Master GM34-CW is its 34-inch screen which has a sharper 1500r curve to go with its QHD 144Hz output. Cooler Master also mentioned that this model’s Quantum Dot treated VA panel has a wide gamut coverage equating to 125% sRGB or around 95% DCI-P3. That isn’t impossible for today’s monitors, but not a lot of models in this price range can reach the spec.
Its also advertised that the Cooler Master GM34-CW will be HDR400 compliant, so compatible games can have an improved look. VA panels are fully capable of such, but the benefits of HDR400 are, at times, too little to notice. The 1ms MPRT specification means that the GM34-CW will have a strobing feature to help with motion handling which is the main weakness of VA panels.
The Cooler Master GM34-CW is a FreeSync 2 gaming monitor, but it is not mentioned if the device will also release with G-Sync compatibility certification. It looks like it won’t at this point, but there is no reason to think that it won’t run Nvidia’s VRR tech after a few updates.
The Cooler Master GM34-CW does have LED lights for ambient effects, but it glows only in purple instead of RGB like the brand’s other parts and peripherals. You also get a flexible stand that has a base shaped in the brand’s logo with this model, but its replaceable with 75 x 75 VESA mounts.
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.