Asus Has A 1440p NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Now

Asus Has A 1440p NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Now
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If you wanted NVIDIA’s G-Sync smoothing tech in your monitor when it was announced, you had about nil and buckleys chance of getting what you were after. Now that Computex 2014 is in full-swing, however, we’re finally getting some results with Asus bringing a compatible gaming monitor to the market.

It’s called the ROG Swift PG278Q, and it’s from Asus’ Republic Of Gamers arm (similar to Dell’s relationship with Alienware).

In a world of cheap, disposable monitors, the ROG Swift looks like the business.

It’s packing a 27-inch panel size with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz.

Asus is also letting you tweak that refresh rate at the touch of a button — located on the rear of the monitor — that changes it up from 60Hz to 120Hz, right up to its maximum refresh rate of 144Hz.

The ROG Swift is also packing NVIDIA’s new G-Sync technology for smoother gaming and less tearing.

G-Sync is a module inside the monitor that tells it how to display high frame-rate games according to what the graphics card instructs rather than just being a dumb panel. The monitor will start a refresh cycle after every frame the GPU renders so as to avoid tearing and stuttering while gaming. Check out more on G-Sync from our earlier feature on the new tech.

There are almost no G-Sync monitors on the market right now, with a few kits available to DIY your existing monitor into a compatible panel. It’s great to see Asus leading the way on better gaming monitors.

It’s expected to cost around $800 with a release date in the next few months.


    • Personally I can’t stand screen tareing and mouselag so if I was in your position and had a gpu that supported gsync then this monitor would be my choice. Either that or wait with fingers crossed for a 4k version

      • Yeah my current GPU supports Gsync, Also if I got the 4k Monitor I would need to buy a new card to drive games at that resolution.

        I am leaning towards the 1440p monitor.

        • Hey man, did you make a decision in the end? I ask because I’m in the same boat.

          I’ve been working long hours on my monitor and [email protected]″ just isn’t enough anymore. The only problem is I have a PC and an older Mac and I use both about the same amount, maybe the Mac a little more. The Mac does not support 4k natively but I don’t know if I’m ok with buying the ‘older’ standard instead of 4k, which looks to be big in the future.

          I’m kinda indecisive and stuck between the 4k Samsung U28D590D or the 1440p ASUS PB278Q.

          For work the Asus is IPS seems like a good idea, which I would benefit me when doing photo work, and gaming would be ‘achievable’ at 1440p with my current rig. BUT, at 27″ how is the ‘screendooring’?

          But I also do video work so 4k is appealing so I can have the 1080p source video in editor instead of 720p (Which is still decent).

          I myself am leaning towards the 1440p atm for IPS, lower requirements and being able to use with my older Mac, but I would like some input from someone in the same situation. I guess my question is:

          What did you go for in the end/ what are you leaning towards and why?
          If 1440p, hows the screendooring/ PPI?
          If 4k, how well does windows scale UI elements/ does it impact productivity that the scaling is so small in many cases? Is ‘early adopter’ support for 4k (Eg. the aforementioned scaling) as bad as people make out?

          • Im leaning towards the 2560×1440 27 as the technology isn’t quite there yet for 4k. I tried one at work the other day and the scaling isn’t very good on the windows side. Apple recently improved their support for 4k monitors but I think you need to have one of their supported models.

            If I were you I would try and wait a few more months and see what happens with 4k. The main thing that tipped me for 2560×1440 was the fact that I can get 120hz out of it.

          • Thank you for responding.

            I think I’ll be grabbing the 1440p IPS. It’s only 60hz, but IPS is pretty important for me. Either that or maybe see if I can wait for the ROG SWIFT PG278Q. Its 1440p, 120hz and has G-Sync. It’s not IPS though. But from memory I think it has a 8/10 bit panel… But it only has one input so… I’ll have to see lol.

            Edit: Unless I can wait for/ find an OLED 4k, but I don’t think that’ll be in my price range for a while lol.

            Thanks again!

          • Ok, so I just saw the price today at my trusted PC place. $1000 is a little steep for a TN panel :/

            For $100 more I can get a dedicated 24″ 1080p g-sync monitor for gaming and a 27″ 1440p IPS for working.

            Oh well, thanks anyways.

      • Good luck with that seeing as though no cable (display port, HDMI, DVI-D, etc) that can support 4K at anything above 60Hz, let alone 120Hz or 144Hz. To get the full 144Hz you’d need either 3 HDMI 2.0 cables, or 7 standard ones. Not anything near practical yet…

    • The amazing part is that 120+hz gaming is never the same as 60hz…… It’s so much better. Especially for twitch based anythings that is if your computer is able to attain a constant 120+FPS. G-Sync is just going to put the “butter” on top of what was already amazing by making it smoother and a bit prettier.

      I personally am going to take the 1440p route with 144hz+G-Sync because of the limited 60hz @ 4k.

      120+hz is amazing, but there’s nothing worse than when hardware support is not present! I recommend a free to play game “war thunder” to check out how your system is performing. It takes full advantage of multiple cards and has insane graphics settings and a built in benchmark mode.

      • I’m only NOW experiencing full 60fps games with no slowdown. I shudder to think what 120+ would be like…

    • If you’re a gamer and you play face paced games competitively then 120fps makes a huge difference I can immediately tell when a monitor is running at 60Hz now because I’m so used to 120. Also, you can buy a Qnix Qx2710 for $300 that will run at 1440p @ 120Hz and it uses a PLS (similar to IPS), this monitor probably has a TN panel which will produce terrible colour.

  • wow very tempting, the 4k monitors in this price range are usually the ones with TN panels. Having 1440p (which is still awesome) + 144hz (!!) + G-Sync, this is definitely on my list.

    • This monitor is a TN panel as well. From their site:

      Why is the display TN rather than IPS/PVA/MVA, etc?
      Not all TN’s are made the same: the premium panel used in the PG278Q is of very high quality. IPS panels (and their derivatives like PVA/MVA etc) are not suitable for a multitude of reasons: 1) the response rate is simply not fast enough to react to the active change in refresh rate and 2) Current panels available cannot reliably achieve >60Hz without significantly affecting the quality of the image. IGZO technology (and LTPS – low temperature polysilicon – likewise) – yields 100′s of times faster electron mobility versus standard amorphous silicon panels – and thus can provide a response rate comparable to TN (up to 60Hz currently), but, however desirable this technology is, it is still currently cost prohibitively for many PC gaming enthusiasts at this moment, which is why ROG has used a better price:performance, high quality TN panel.

  • your title reads “Asus Has A 1440p NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Now” .. only its not now .. i’ve known this screen was coming for some time with intentions of getting it and got all excited at reading that title .. most misleading.

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