ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review

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ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor ReviewBefore we dive in and show you the brand-new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync enabled monitor, we have a confession to make: We are ecstatic that there is finally some innovation happening in the monitor market. For years, 30” panels with native resolutions of 2560x1600 and paltry 60Hz refresh rates remained the pinnacle of desktop displays, while the rest of the market filled up with cheap, less-than-stellar 1080p panels. As much as we all loved our 30” panels around here, it got a little boring staring at the same screen for years on end, especially when all of the hardware around it was evolving at a breakneck pace.

Thankfully, this past year has seen the arrival of 4K displays, with much higher resolutions and pixel densities, and NVIDIA G-Sync enabled displays that offer high refresh rates that are well beyond mainstream displays. The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is one of the latter, but along with G-Sync support it also packs in some other desirable features that may make this the ultimate monitor for hardcore gamers. At least for now...

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review

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Tom replied on Wed, Aug 13 2014 4:42 PM

From what I've seen this is the only G-Sync monitor out right now, but there are many more to come. After using G-Sync it's supposed to be hard to go back to V-Sync. It's awesome to see G-Sync as well as AMD's FreeSync coming out for an even better PC gaming experience than what is available today. Obviously the price is a little steep at the moment, but similar to 4k I'm sure the price will drop eventually.

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Aug 14 2014 10:15 AM

I'm guessing that the only input is a displayport because not other inputs support that high a refresh rate @ that resolution yet. For example for anything over 60hz @ 4K resolution you need HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 supports up to 60hz @ 4K resolution I think.

Definitely a step in the right direction.

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KOwen replied on Thu, Aug 14 2014 10:56 AM

good review. this monitor has been garnering critical acclaim all over the place. I want one so bad but I recently dropped 400 on an IPS monitor with the same resolution. As much as it pains me, I will wait for the 4K IPS version. Hopefully such a thing is in the pipeline!

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Tom replied on Thu, Aug 14 2014 1:06 PM

I'm not a huge fan of 4k monitors for gaming. Speed and performance are very important to me, rather than having more pixels. Way to expensive to keep a steady framerate just for the extra pixels. I can see myself upgrading to a 1440p monitor though, as it only has a drop of about 20-30 fps in games. However, I am a huge fan of 4k TVs I've been waiting for a solid price drop for a long time. 

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realneil replied on Tue, Aug 19 2014 3:25 PM

I want one of these, but I can't get one of them until I win it here on HotHardware,................

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Tom replied on Tue, Aug 19 2014 3:43 PM

*Hint* *Hint*

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realneil replied on Tue, Aug 19 2014 6:16 PM

Yup

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Darthlik replied on Tue, Oct 7 2014 11:13 AM

That is a beautiful monitor. That's going on my wishlist.

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