Asus has been crushing it with their gaming products; NVidia today announced a slight refresh to their G-Sync spec, bringing it on par to AMD’s FreeSync 2.0.
The G-Sync spec now supports HDR, and ASUS’s new ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the first monitors to use the new G-Sync spec; not only that, but it’s also one of the world’s first 4K monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz.
ASUS is using the very-new quantum dot technology for the display; Samsung has been making quite a fuss about that lately.
At 27-inch, the screen size isn’t bad too; at 4K, that puts the display at a comfortable 163 PPI.
Since this is a 4K 144Hz monitor, ASUS didn’t have a lot of options to choose from when it came to connectivity – after all, very few standards support these high-end specifications.
The monitor comes with HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4; but the HDMI 2.0 spec only has enough bandwidth for 4K at 60Hz. You will, therefore, need to use DisplayPort to utilize the monitor’s capabilities properly.
As mentioned, the monitor comes with NVidia’s new G-Sync HDR spec; the new spec adds support for HDR10, allowing monitors to deliver a darker darks and brighter whites while balancing the brightness accurately. Of course, couple this with G-Sync’s existing features that remove tearing, etc. and you have something amazing to gawk at.
AMD’s recently announced FreeSync 2.0 does pretty much the same thing; though, that will take a bit longer to hit the market.
In addition to HDR, ASUS has built 384 individual zones for LED backlight in this beast. These LEDs are controlled dynamically, resulting in better contrast for dark screens as well as some power saving as they turn off when not in use.
Asus, with all this tech built into this monitor, stands in a unique position; it’s a gaming monitor, but it the DCI-P3 color gamut standard, which is mostly used for digital cinema. It’s very rare to find a gaming monitor that’s also great at color reproduction.
Pricing & Availability
Asus says the display will hit the stores sometime in the second quarter of 2017; here comes the price: $1,199.
That’s quite a lot of money for a monitor, but it perhaps deserves it – there’s an incredible amount of technology built into this thing.