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Asus Reveals Limited Edition Ares III Card, G-SYNC Monitor

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On Tuesday, in addition to revealing motherboards and gaming PCs, Asus Republic of Gamers also unveiled a new water-cooled gaming graphics card and the ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor. The graphics card is a limited edition, while the monitor sports Nvidia's G-SYNC technology.

According to the company, the new Ares III is the world's fastest gaming graphics card, and because it's a limited edition, only 500 units will be made. The Radeon Hawaii XT GPUs are "hand-picked" and water-cooled, thus providing up to a 25 percent cooler performance when compared to the reference R9 295X designs. The card has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and a custom-designed EK water block and ROG design details.

In addition to the card, the company is showcasing the Swift PG278Q gaming monitor. Asus ROG indicates that this will be the world's first premium 27-inch monitor that supports Nvidia G-SYNC technology at refresh rates up to 144 Hz. Additional features include a resolution of 2560 x 1440, a fast response time of 1 ms, and a dedicated Turbo key. This key allows gamers to select 60 Hz, 120 Hz or 144 Hz on the fly without the need to dig into the monitor's on-screen display settings.

Additional information such as hard specs, pricing and availability should be revealed this week, so stay tuned.

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    ubercake , June 3, 2014 12:25 PM
    Finally my 2560x1440 G-sync monitor.... I'm hearing rumors of availability in July. Where can I pre-order?
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    weilin , June 3, 2014 12:38 PM
    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?
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    ubercake , June 3, 2014 12:44 PM
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    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?


    Good question. Does make you wonder why they'd call it a 'Turbo' button. Does this mean we're overdriving the normal panel refresh rate with no guarantees of operating 100% of the time at 120 or 144Hz like those 2560x1440 "120Hz" IPS panels already out?
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    CraigN , June 3, 2014 1:01 PM
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    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?


    Good question. Does make you wonder why they'd call it a 'Turbo' button. Does this mean we're overdriving the normal panel refresh rate with no guarantees of operating 100% of the time at 120 or 144Hz like those 2560x1440 "120Hz" IPS panels already out?


    Should be more than good enough to run 144Hz all the time. Likely they're calling it that for Marketing reasons.

    The nice part about being able to hot-switch the Refresh rate would be for using ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur, aka LightBoost) or 3D Vision (have to be at 120Hz for this) without having to go into the control panel. Also, some people may want to lock their framerate (GSync sets the Framerate cap based on your refresh rate) at 60 Hz for recording purposes perhaps, so this is also handy to have for that reason.
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    Evolution2001 , June 3, 2014 1:54 PM
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    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?

    Marketing? Or for the same reason my original PC's had a Turbo button to go from 8Mhz to 12Mhz or whatever it was? Of course, back then, occasionally to play some of the CGA games, you had to slow down the system otherwise the on-screen action was too fast to control. Ahhh, the good ol' days!
    Maybe there's some technical reason, such as those alluded to above. Kinda like how some LCD projectors have a "Bright" mode which makes the picture better, but reduces bulb life. Same principal in the monitor somehow (but not related to the bulb)? Dunno...
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    CraigN , June 3, 2014 2:50 PM
    Also - some games (Skyrim, I'm looking at you) misbehave horribly when run over 60 FPS. Since the monitor is G-sync enabled, if you're running on GSYNC and want to lock your FPS to 60 fps to keep those games from bugging out, it's a quick switch to do that instead of having to go into NVIDIA Control Panel, switch to 60 Hz, apply, screen flicker, say yes, etc.

    It's just a quick-switch feature for convenience with a marketing name thrown on top of it.
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    Durandul , June 3, 2014 5:11 PM
    Does anyone else find it ironic that they're showcasing an AMD card, with a NVIDIA powered display? Not that they don't work well together, but still.
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    DarkSable , June 3, 2014 9:55 PM
    Been waiting for this monitor since it was first announced, jeeze!
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    chimera201 , June 4, 2014 1:04 AM
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    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?


    Running at a lower refresh rate reduces power consumption and also leads to lower GPU temperatures. It's very useful for people living in countries where the room temperature hits 40 degrees Celsius like me
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    wtfxxxgp , June 10, 2014 12:25 AM
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    Does anyone else find it ironic that they're showcasing an AMD card, with a NVIDIA powered display? Not that they don't work well together, but still.


    I had a good LOL about that too. The irony of it was worth a mention
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    yogalD , June 19, 2014 7:22 AM
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    Why would you ever run that monitor at something other than 144Hz?

    If you can't reach 144fps in-game... if you use the backlight strobing (aka lightboost) but your frame rate is lower than refresh rate you'll get the double image effect. And if you're not using lightboost then that's a bit of a waste...
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    Urzu1000 , July 1, 2014 9:11 AM
    I've been drooling over this monitor for months. I hope the price is very affordable - as I would happily buy it at around $300.
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    CraigN , July 2, 2014 5:48 AM
    Not even close buddy.. The MSRP on it is $799.
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    Urzu1000 , July 2, 2014 8:13 AM
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    Not even close buddy.. The MSRP on it is $799.


    I think that's a little out of my price range for a QHD. If I was willing to spend that much, I would simply wait a year for 4ks to drop to that level. Still, this seems like a very good gaming monitor.
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    CraigN , July 2, 2014 8:49 AM
    The VG278HE is a $400 monitor with a 6-bit TN Panel, 2ms response time, and 144 Hz with 3D.

    The PG278QE has a better 8-bit TN Panel, 1 ms response time, 144 Hz with 3D at 1440p, and +$200 for the GSYNC module.
    So take that $400 monitor, add +$200 for GSYNC, +$200 for a better quality panel with higher resolution AND faster response time... not to mention ROG branding and styling...easily runs up to $800.

    If you want to buy a cheap Korean 1440p panel and overclock it go for it. But for all of those features? It's the only monitor in the market with all of them.
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    ubercake , July 3, 2014 5:48 AM
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    The VG278HE is a $400 monitor with a 6-bit TN Panel, 2ms response time, and 144 Hz with 3D.

    The PG278QE has a better 8-bit TN Panel, 1 ms response time, 144 Hz with 3D at 1440p, and +$200 for the GSYNC module.
    So take that $400 monitor, add +$200 for GSYNC, +$200 for a better quality panel with higher resolution AND faster response time... not to mention ROG branding and styling...easily runs up to $800.

    If you want to buy a cheap Korean 1440p panel and overclock it go for it. But for all of those features? It's the only monitor in the market with all of them.


    The cheap Korean panels also give you junk for contrast. This is definitely not good for gaming when your enemies are hiding in shadows and all your monitor shows you is a dark gray or black blob. The best example I saw of this lack of contrast was when I tried one of the 1440p korean panels and could no longer easily see enemies in the containers by the Kharg Island warehouse in BF3. This was compared to my trusty 120Hz Acer HN274H 1080p I still use today by which I don't miss a beat.

    IPS monitors are made for photography/video/print/graphic design because of resolution, color accuracy and viewing angles. Only really good IPS monitors have really good contrast which is also necessary when working with print and other production. You also pay a much higher cost for those IPS monitors really worth purchasing for their intended purposes. In general, slower response times (increasing blur) and inherent input lag make these less desirable for gaming. Add to that the poor contrast on the sub-$800 models and it's a tough sell for a gaming monitor let alone the 60Hz limit which leads to increased perceivable tearing or if using v-sync, even more input lag.

    This is what is really going to set these G-sync monitors apart. They will give us the resolution only the IPS monitors have had for years while giving us all of the gaming benefits of the high refresh rate TN monitor plus no tearing.
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    CraigN , July 16, 2014 5:42 AM
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    The VG278HE is a $400 monitor with a 6-bit TN Panel, 2ms response time, and 144 Hz with 3D.

    The PG278QE has a better 8-bit TN Panel, 1 ms response time, 144 Hz with 3D at 1440p, and +$200 for the GSYNC module.
    So take that $400 monitor, add +$200 for GSYNC, +$200 for a better quality panel with higher resolution AND faster response time... not to mention ROG branding and styling...easily runs up to $800.

    If you want to buy a cheap Korean 1440p panel and overclock it go for it. But for all of those features? It's the only monitor in the market with all of them.


    The cheap Korean panels also give you junk for contrast. This is definitely not good for gaming when your enemies are hiding in shadows and all your monitor shows you is a dark gray or black blob. The best example I saw of this lack of contrast was when I tried one of the 1440p korean panels and could no longer easily see enemies in the containers by the Kharg Island warehouse in BF3. This was compared to my trusty 120Hz Acer HN274H 1080p I still use today by which I don't miss a beat.

    IPS monitors are made for photography/video/print/graphic design because of resolution, color accuracy and viewing angles. Only really good IPS monitors have really good contrast which is also necessary when working with print and other production. You also pay a much higher cost for those IPS monitors really worth purchasing for their intended purposes. In general, slower response times (increasing blur) and inherent input lag make these less desirable for gaming. Add to that the poor contrast on the sub-$800 models and it's a tough sell for a gaming monitor let alone the 60Hz limit which leads to increased perceivable tearing or if using v-sync, even more input lag.

    This is what is really going to set these G-sync monitors apart. They will give us the resolution only the IPS monitors have had for years while giving us all of the gaming benefits of the high refresh rate TN monitor plus no tearing.


    Fully agree with you there. Not sure if you were supporting my argument or thinking I was seriously suggesting a korean panel, but after owning GSYNC on my VG248QE, I'm a believer in the tech, and will absolutely be throwing down for one of these monitors.

    If it would ever release, that is. I heard rumblings on the ROG forums that the US shipment may be delayed to August.
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    heydan , July 21, 2014 7:23 AM
    Do you guys are able to run 144fps on 2560x1440? are you using the 880 SLI or the R9 390x CF? why you guys so exited I don´t think with the actual hardware you can´t run those pixels at that refresh rate
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    DarkSable , July 21, 2014 11:24 AM
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    Do you guys are able to run 144fps on 2560x1440? are you using the 880 SLI or the R9 390x CF? why you guys so exited I don´t think with the actual hardware you can´t run those pixels at that refresh rate


    No, but the monitor has G-Sync. That means it doesn't matter if you can't get all the way up to 144fps with it right now, you can run it at what your computer can do, and it will run beautifully. Then in the future, you can upgrade your computer and make full use of the monitor.
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    CraigN , July 21, 2014 2:09 PM
    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gtx_780_ti_sli_geforce_review,17.html

    Two 780 Tis play close to 100 FPS on BF4 *just* fine.

    With G-SYNC, if you have a frame dip, you won't notice any stuttering or tears either. Being we don't need either of the cards you mentioned that don't currently exist to get that current performance level, yes, you can run that level with the actual hardware out now.
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