ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Launched: 1440p 144Hz panel with G-Syncby Ian Cutress on June 2, 2014 11:37 PM EST
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Monitor talk is crazy. In this modern era we have a choice between 4K panels, cheap Korean 1440p monitors, panels that cover wide gamuts those that refresh at 30 Hz, 60 Hz, 120 Hz and 144 Hz, as well as TN/VA/IPS panels with all the variants therein. The issue comes when putting as many of these features together - typically IPS panels at higher refresh rates are hard to come by, whereas TN panels can lack the wide viewing angles and color reproduction. So by saying that ASUS are paring a 27” 2560x1440 display with a high refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync, we open our arms to this kind of evolution.
Anand reviewed G-Sync last year, and while it is the closest adaptive refresh technology to market, it does have its competitors. The ROG Swift PG278Q is going to be available from July, and should bring more G-Sync into the market. While other specifications are thin on the ground from the press release, we are inquiring into a more detailed list of data points for the monitor. The PG278Q also comes with a dedicated Turbo Key to allow users to adjust refresh rates on the fly from 60 Hz to 120 Hz to 144 Hz with one button, rather than adjusting the on-screen display. ASUS is quoting a 1ms GTG response time, with a 6mm bezel, VESA wall mount, a large range of stand adjustment, 1 DP port, two USB 3.0 ports and a 5-way joystick for the OSD.
ASUS expects the PG278Q to be in the $800 region, with a full release in late July.
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Sttm - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkI worry the picture quality would look terrible next to my Dell. It has to be TN right?
GameLifter - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkYep, it's TN.
rms141 - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - linkIt's an 8-bit TN panel. Should have better colors than the typical 6-bit TN panel, though it still won't exactly be IPS level.
GameLifter - Monday, June 2, 2014 - linkI'm excited for this monitor! I have a Dell Ultrasharp and while it's picture quality is stunning, the motion blur kills me some time.
TheMan876 - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - linkBeen waiting for this thing since CES. Now I just need to get an nVidia card... >_<
The Von Matrices - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - linkIf NVidia gets G-Sync working with Surround monitors, then ASUS will have my business. I would definitely like to upgrade from 1920x1080@60Hz.
landerf - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - linkFor $800 I would hope for something more innovative, like doing this with IPS, but I guess it's a bit much to expect them to R&D the circuitry that can drive it. FYI they've found overclocked IPS panels that DON'T frame skip, but they do suffer losses in color details due to a lack of bandwidth. This can be fixed, but nobody seems to think there's a demand for a perfect monitor.
zmhaha - Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - linkEverybody wants a 120hz/144hz on an IPS. But IPS tech itself is too much of a bottleneck for refresh rate. Indeed, there are those Korean IPS panels that could be overclocked to a higher refresh rate(usually around 90hz-110hz), but again, it is overclocked so there are plenty of risks and potential issues, otherwise those manufactures would just do that refresh rate by factory default.
I think every major manufacturers out there are well aware of the demand of a 120hz/144hz IPS. But the only question is: Do the demand outweigh the risk of investment into something like that?
With 4k coming into the mainstream, it seems more people are demanding a higher pixel density rather than a higher refresh rate on one particular type of panel, IPS, that is so hard to do.
zmhaha - Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - linkBtw, the ROG PG278Q is a 27'' 8-bit TN panel G-Sync runs natively at 2560x1440 @ 144hz.
Lets look at the competitors' spec:
Mostly 1080P, Mostly 24'', Mostly 6-bit TN, None has G-Sync, a few 144hz.
DIYEyal - Monday, June 16, 2014 - linkThe korean displays overclock to 120Hz drop frames, I was able to push it to 120Hz because the controller had no problem with it, but it dropped frames because the panel couldn't keep up with it. IPS is just not fast enough.. The highest I could get it to run without this issue was 87Hz and I'm ok with it, Although I'm keeping an eye on that ROG swift, I don't think I would buy it for $800 but if it goes on sale or something I would pick it out (assuming it has a VESA mount)...