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Asus ROG Swift PG278Q LCD Monitor Packs Nvidia G-Sync

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Asus brought the newest addition to its ROG portfolio to CES.

CES doesn't officially start until tomorrow, but Asus is getting in a little early with the unveiling of its latest monitor. This one is a gaming monitor, so it falls under Asus' Republic of Gamers (ROG) branding. 

The ROG Swift PG278Q packs a 27-inch WQHD panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a super narrow bezel and a 120 Hz refresh. Brightness is 350cd/m2 and response time is 1 ms (GTG). The monitor also incorporates Nvidia's G-SYNC module to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stutter and input lag for GTX-based machines. Connectivity is provided via DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports. It also has stereo speakers and a headphone jack.

For those wondering, it's got the usual tilt (approximately +20 degrees and -5 degrees), swivel (+/- roughly 60 degrees), pivot (90 degrees clockwise), and height adjustment (120 mm).

Availability is slated for Q2 at an MSRP of $799.

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    noid4u , January 6, 2014 12:37 PM
    i really need this to be 3d vision ready.
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    BigMack70 , January 6, 2014 12:45 PM
    Looks like it's probably a TN panel, which is an epic fail in my opinion. No TN panel is worth $800 in 2014.
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    chumly , January 6, 2014 12:49 PM
    About. Damn. Time.

    I'd take this over any 4K panel right now.
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    chumly , January 6, 2014 12:52 PM
    Quote:
    Looks like it's probably a TN panel, which is an epic fail in my opinion. No TN panel is worth $800 in 2014.


    It's a 1440p 120 Hz Panel. There aren't any of these that you don't have to overclock at this point. It also has a GSync PCB, so the frame rate will adapt to your GPU. I don't see ANY other panel competing with this for gaming,
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    BigMack70 , January 6, 2014 12:54 PM
    A 60 Hz IPS panel delivers a better gaming experience for all but the very very best gamers, and even then I doubt the monitor really matters.

    Unless you need 120 Hz to avoid motion sickness, the idea that 120 Hz is automatically better for gaming is a farce.

    The color shifting on a 28" TN panel is epic fugly.
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    balister , January 6, 2014 1:01 PM
    Quote:
    Looks like it's probably a TN panel, which is an epic fail in my opinion. No TN panel is worth $800 in 2014.


    Not everyone values color over reaction. While IPS panels have really dropped in price, in order to get 120Hz+ without overclocking your monitor, you have to look at TN since they can do 120 Hz+ without overclocking. Personally, I love my 120Hz TN because movement is far more fluid in games than an IPS would be running at 60 Hz and color capabilities of my 120 Hz TN is enough for me.

    That being said, the price is a little on the high side and could probably stand to have $150 to $200 knocked off as it does offer QHD along with the 120Hz refresh.
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    balister , January 6, 2014 1:04 PM
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    A 60 Hz IPS panel delivers a better gaming experience for all but the very very best gamers, and even then I doubt the monitor really matters.

    Unless you need 120 Hz to avoid motion sickness, the idea that 120 Hz is automatically better for gaming is a farce.

    The color shifting on a 28" TN panel is epic fugly.


    That's your opinion, personally, it's night and day for me playing on 120Hz vs 60Hz, 120Hz is far more fluid. I can't go back to 60Hz and play any games now after having my 120Hz monitor for a couple years.

    As to color, again, that's your opinion, I find the color levels for my 120Hz to be fine as to me, fluidity of movement trumps color saturation.
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    BulkZerker , January 6, 2014 1:13 PM
    Damn that's a nice spec sheet. TN though, and I'd need to drop $500-600 on top of that for a GPU that'd be able to drive it properly.

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    dgingeri , January 6, 2014 1:31 PM
    This is my next monitor.
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    TheMentalist , January 6, 2014 1:37 PM
    Just awesome, a little bit pricy though
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    chumly , January 6, 2014 1:42 PM
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    Damn that's a nice spec sheet. TN though, and I'd need to drop $500-600 on top of that for a GPU that'd be able to drive it properly.



    GTX 780's are popping up under $500 now, and 7970 GHz is on Amazon for $420. I got lucky and found a rev. 2 Gigabyte 780 new with 90-day return on eBay for $460.

    Not quite as expensive as you think :) 
    Competition is good right now.
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    redeemer , January 6, 2014 1:57 PM
    1440p 120hz IPS..it better not be TN!
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    Nolonar , January 6, 2014 1:59 PM
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    Unless you need 120 Hz to avoid motion sickness, the idea that 120 Hz is automatically better for gaming is a farce.

    You forgot to consider people who want to play in stereoscopic 3D. Last time I checked, 3D was only supported on panels with 120 Hz refresh rate or faster.

    Also, people are not born equal. Some people can't see the difference between 60 FPS and 30 FPS, and some can see the difference between 60 FPS and 120 FPS. Please, don't think everybody's like you; we are obviously not all born equal.

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    The color shifting on a 28" TN panel is epic fugly.

    I believe the color shifting of TN panels are awful, regardless of their size, resolution or speed.
    Still, you'll be staring at your screen from the front most of the time, especially while gaming; not the top, or bottom, or side, or back; the front. That is assuming you're playing on a desktop computer; it would be a completely different matter, if you were playing on a portable device, like a notebook, tablet or smartphone, however.
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    Bondfc11 , January 6, 2014 2:05 PM
    What about Lightboost and strobing effects? Some people may have to crank the brightness to get over the headaches this screen may cause them. Also, what about those people who buy it and have big rig-egos, but not the rig to run it? Is it native 120hz? If so, there will be plenty of low end cards that just won't push that sucker - about 3.7 million pixels.

    TN? No thanks and no way. Ugly panel, bad color repro - IPS 1440 GSYNC 120Hz is coming and at a lower price point. Just wait it is going to happen this year.
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    NJChester , January 6, 2014 2:26 PM
    I'll wait for the reviews first, Lenovo's new 28" 4K panel is similarly priced and due to be launched in April.
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    NJChester , January 6, 2014 2:26 PM
    I'll wait for the reviews first, Lenovo's new 28" 4K panel is similarly priced and due to be launched in April.
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    Christopher Shaffer , January 6, 2014 2:28 PM
    @Bondfc11

    1) It's Lightboost strobing OR G-Sync, not both. G-Sync is a better option as it doesn't use the backlight to achieve the fluidity. Strobing is still a non-official function, anyway.

    2) Lightboost on it's own refers ONLY in 3D situations. In that case, you're talking apples to oranges.

    3) An IPS panel with equivalent functions and size to a TN panel at a LOWER price point? Let me know when that happens.

    IPS is overrated for those that are okay with the colors they see on their large screen TV, whether it's a plasma or LED. Unless you're doing editing of video or images of some kind, or design that requires color accuracy, an IPS is far too much money for the crowd this panel is aimed at: gamers.

    Besides, 120Hz/144Hz panels won't do much for someone using Photoshop, nor will the mild boost in color accuracy from an IPS do much for a gamer playing 120FPS shooters.

    If anything, you're likely to see a G-Sync enabled 60Hz IPS panel for easily twice the price of an equivalent TN panel.
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    10tacle , January 6, 2014 2:33 PM
    TN panel? Even if it has G-Sync, sorry, no $ale. Not at that price. I'll wait.
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    ccarroz , January 6, 2014 2:58 PM
    This is exactly what I will be looking for... When it gets around $600.
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    BigMack70 , January 6, 2014 3:26 PM
    I see the difference between 60 and 120 fps just fine. 120 fps is significantly smoother. But when the colors look like a pile of dog poo, it doesn't matter. The (significant) boost in smoothness is not worth the downside of fugly color shift / junk viewing angles.

    And it IS more significant on a 28" screen unless you sit far away (3 feet+), because the viewing angles at the edges of the screen are more extreme than on a 23-24" screen. It makes the color shift much more noticeable and much more annoying.
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