Asus's new 4K PC monitor can run 207 instances of Minesweeper

Owning a desktop display that supports HD resolutions is officially passe for hardcore hardware junkies; the next level is getting one that has support for 4K resolutions. One of them is the Asus PQ321Q, which will become available later in July.

The Asus PQ321Q has a top resolution of 3840x2160 inside its large 31.5 inch display. But sometimes pure numbers just don't give an idea of just how much content the monitor can display at once. In that case, the picture on the Asus Facebook page truly shows how the monitor can be used in a weird, but cool way. The monitor is shown running 207 instances of the classic game Minesweeper at the same time.

You might be asking yourself, "Yeah, but why would I run 207 instances of Minesweeper at the same time?" Of course, that's not quite the point. The point is that, well, it's just cool to be able to have the capability to do something as wild as that.

Of course, buying a 4K monitor is not for the cash strapped PC user. Asus is taking pre-orders for the PQ321Q display right now for shipment on July 16th, but it will cost a whopping $3,499 to have the privilage to run 207 Minesweeper games.

Source: Asus on Facebook | Image via Asus

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A more useful setup to do a comparison would've been to show 4 full-HD movies in a 2x2 grid.

Or a 3x3 grid of 9 RDP windows, each sized 1280x720.

Even better, if you are running Windows 8, then you can run one Metro app at a time in super high resolution! A full screen calculator app running at 3840x2160? Yes please!

TRC said,
Even better, if you are running Windows 8, then you can run one Metro app at a time in super high resolution! A full screen calculator app running at 3840x2160? Yes please!

Count me in for some of that calc action

I was all excited by these new 4K panels, then I saw the price, then I was depressed, but then I saw the new one from Sharp that also has 10-point capacitive multi-touch and pen input and was excited again!

But then I saw the price again and went back to being depressed at not being able to afford one.

207 Windows XP versions of Minesweeper, that's pretty sad, and it's easy too. Why not post a useful metric, like Windows 7 instances of Expert minesweeper?

it has a 10-bit panel so definitely built to be premium, but i can't find any real information on these IGZO panels. How do they compare to IPS?

Hopefully by next year prices will have dropped enough for normal human beings to be able to afford one. I would probably not game much on this - current-gen video cards are just too weak for 4K -, but for productivity and reading text this will be awesome.

Well, technically only 176 of them are actually playable as the rest are not showing the full screen (are cut off).

Ha that is nothing The Tardis can run 4 Gallifreyian instances of Astriods No not the game Real life Astriods 4 instances of that Earth #s equals 5.6 Trillion instances all at one time in the same Dimension Time and space so Asus has nothing on the Tardis


There is nothing the Tardis cant do

notuptome2004 said,
The Tardis can run 4 Gallifreyian instances of Astriods

It may be able to RUN that many but the on-topic issue here is how many it can DISPLAY at once.
Obviously, if Tardis is using a far-in-the-future version of Windows then its UI will only be allowed to display one instance at a time.

Exaggeration!! It is only displaying 22*8 = 176 complete usable fully visible instances ;-)
(Conceded the PC driving it is running more - at least 207, maybe more!).

It's really impressive than a monitor can run 207 instances of minesweeper.

Which cpu is inside that monitor ? Cause i swear a monitor usually display an instance of something and doesn't run it.

Was intrigued until that last line. $3500 for a monitor is crazy, I'll wait for the tech to get cheaper