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Asus Announces G-Sync Enhanced VG248QE Monitor

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Asus' new range of gaming monitors will be offered in 1H 2014 and incorporate Nvidia's G-Sync Technology.

Asus has announced that it will be integrating Nvidia's new G-Sync Technology into its next-generation of gaming monitors and revealed that the company has been working with Nvidia over the past year to bring the video synchronization technology to the market.

The first in Asus's new family of G-Sync Enhanced displays will be an updated version of the VG248QE, which featured a W-LED backlit 24-inch TN Panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, a 1 ms GTG response time and 144 Hz refresh rate.

"Asus strives to provide the best possible gaming experience by being at the forefront of technology and innovation. We are excited to be first to support and embrace Nvidia’s new G-Sync technology in upcoming Asus gaming monitors. Gamers are certain to be impressed with its incredible step-up in smoothness and visual quality." - Vincent Chou, Associate Vice President of Display Business Unit

The G-Sync Enhanced version of the Asus VG248QE is expected to arrive on store shelves in the first half of 2014 with a price of $399 in North America.

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    DelightfulDucklings , October 24, 2013 11:33 AM
    $400? Bit pricey for a 1080p monitor, I mean if G-sync works that well then maybe but definitely waiting for reviews before throwing money at something that may or may not work.
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    jimmysmitty , October 24, 2013 11:43 AM
    Love my current Asus VS284H-P monitors but wish the GSync also worked with non-NVidia cards as it seems like a great idea.
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    mr grim , October 24, 2013 11:47 AM
    It's not that bad for 1080p and 144 Hz refresh rate, I would love to use this monitor instead of using v-sync on my 60 Hz monitor, I will be waiting till I get my next GPU upgrade though, sadly my GTX580 doesn't support G-Sync, maybe by then the price will have come down a little.
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    warezme , October 24, 2013 11:58 AM
    G-sync doesn't make sense on a 1920x1080 panel maybe a higher resolution panel like 2560x1440. A fast card will do more for your frame rates than a G-synced monitor. If your card is fast it can usually push more frames than your monitor is set to at 60hz and you are not likely to notice any tearing or sync issues. Even at 120hz with a pair of fast cards it is rarely an issue.
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    Yuka , October 24, 2013 12:01 PM
    I can get a second 7970 for that price and use V-Sync all the time in my S23A700 (Samsung, 120Hz), lol.

    Cheers!
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    mr grim , October 24, 2013 12:10 PM
    @ warezme you obviously have no idea what your talking about, 1920x1080 is perfect for G-Sync as is any resolution, G-sync is the only way to get the most from your monitor and GPU as they are both working together perfectly, no need to force v-sync and have 60fps that stutters and drops to 30fps when the game dips below 60, and no screen tearing if you have v-sync turned off, personally I have always used v-sync because I hate screen tearing and my monitor is only 60hz anyway so it wont display more then 60fps, so what that means is I am not getting the best performance possible either way without using G-Sync.
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    darkchazz , October 24, 2013 12:31 PM
    $400 for a 1080p TN panel ?
    While G-sync is nice and all. There's no way I'm going to leave IPS and go back to TN.
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    JamesSneed , October 24, 2013 12:36 PM
    The idea of g-sync is great the fact its proprietary is not. I wish Nvidia would make it an open standard so Intel and AMD can update GPU's to use it. They make the chip to sell to monitor vendors you would think that would be enough profit instead of making it a closed system. Hell I suspect Nvidia would make more money by opening up the GPU side hence pull in more monitor vendors.
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    boogalooelectric , October 24, 2013 12:44 PM
    I will never buy another ASUS monitor. They are horrible quality.
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    bochica , October 24, 2013 12:50 PM
    G-sync will eventually be available for the others, but Nvidia has the opportunity to get their share of the pie. It will be just like the PhysX support.

    @booga, what the hell are you smoking? ASUS, Samsung, NEC, and Viewsonic are all up in the top 5.
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    boogalooelectric , October 24, 2013 1:00 PM
    @bochica,

    I am smoking ASUS craptastic monitors, I HAD ONE, it was total junk, personal testimony here, not reading stats off of a website.

    The thing only lasted a year, it was grainy, the colors were off and the panel was so cheap that once I had to turn it off while moving furniture and when I turned it back on the switch panel got stuck and forced the panel controls to cycle continuously.

    Yeah, they make GREAT stuff /sarcasm off

    Replaced it with a Viewsonic and have never had an issue.
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    joebob2000 , October 24, 2013 1:03 PM
    The big advantage in G-sync is that the screen can update the instant the next frame is ready to go. By the time a 60hz frame is done drawing, the data used to draw it is already 16ms old, which means there 16ms of lag introduced even before the refresh speed of the lcd panel comes into the equation. If the frame can be shown the instant it is done drawing, the gpu and panel speed become the only limit (aside from internet speed if the game happens to be played via a remote server).
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    boogalooelectric , October 24, 2013 1:14 PM
    Sorry for double postage
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    redeemer , October 24, 2013 1:35 PM
    I will keep my IPS thanks you
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    Serpent of Heaven , October 24, 2013 1:36 PM
    Samsung can easily come up with it's own niche that serves as a Monitor Refresh Regulator or frame buffer just like the G-Sync Tech. The G-Sync Chip is a leftover Tegra4 chip with three Hynix memory modules... G-Sync, all it really does is regulates the refresh rate, and possibly stores a frame or two from the Primary Card. Problem is it could lag out itself if it stores frames. If something like a middle man is telling the Monitor the refresh rates from the graphic card, for fames A, B, C, D, E, etc... are coming somewhere between 12.6 ms to 16.68 ms, for each window-time of display, it could easily send frames to each window at the correct frame times, for each individual frame. NVidia isn't being bright. If it's only going to focus on NVidia users, it will only focus on the money-pie that supports it's base, and it may not even be 100% of the base. If Samsung made a similar gimmick, sold to both bases, that would increase profit revenue returns. Samsung would make more money than NVidia because 1, it could sell to NVidia consumers that don't equal to 100% + the AMD base... NVidia will stop making it proprietary when other Monitor Manufacturers start doing it. Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, Hansen, the Japanese monitor companies, Dell, LG. These companies isn't apart of the Asus-NVidia-G Sync clique... Samsung could easily use it's own processors, from it's own forge, to dominate this little, new nich in the monitor market.
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    bochica , November 1, 2013 3:50 PM
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    @bochica,

    I am smoking ASUS craptastic monitors, I HAD ONE, it was total junk, personal testimony here, not reading stats off of a website.

    The thing only lasted a year, it was grainy, the colors were off and the panel was so cheap that once I had to turn it off while moving furniture and when I turned it back on the switch panel got stuck and forced the panel controls to cycle continuously.

    Yeah, they make GREAT stuff /sarcasm off

    Replaced it with a Viewsonic and have never had an issue.


    So you either had a lemon, knock off, or you abused your monitor. You had ONE monitor out of hundreds of thousands of other ASUS monitors out there that somehow had the quality of a $50 TV. I'm not reading stats either aside of from global rankings. I've used ASUS (various models) both at work and at home (used Samsung's before that). We even have Planar, Acer, Viewsonic, HP, Samsung, Dell, and other monitors here at work. Everyone would rather have an ASUS, Viewsonic, or Acer over the others. ASUS's monitors are pretty far up there in quality. If it was only a year, you should have submitted for warranty work (covered for 3 years on ASUS).

    Also most LCD monitors don't constantly cycle through inputs if the button were to get stuck. About 75% of the monitors I have used will show that it attempts to LOCK the button if held down. The buttons are part of the frame/bezel, no the panel. Panels are made by companies such as LG/Samsung, and most monitor manufacturers buy the panels from them to build their monitors.
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    gmax9000 , November 7, 2013 8:45 PM
    Asus is not the only manufacturer making G Sync enabled monitors. So far Ben-Q, View Sonic, and one other company is on board, I don't remember the name.

    There is an extensive explanation of how the system works and a brief mention of the manufactures involved

    Check it out.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtYqG7Xl-SU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    rk0629 , November 17, 2013 10:59 PM
    User comments on this article prove one thing: NVIDIA isn't doing a very good job of clearly explaining what G-Sync is or why it's important.

    Attention general public: Search YouTube for LinusTechTips' video wherein Linus interviews Tim Sweeney and John Carmack at an NVIDIA press event where G-Sync was shown to developers.
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    Duckhunt , November 18, 2013 5:03 PM
    I have ASUS and Yamakasi ( perfect pixel) and Hyundai and HP and others. None have been lemons. The monitor that really gets me excited is the Eizo FORIS FG2421 23.5" 240Hz Turbo Gaming Monitor. I can sit with this baby for hours and i don't get the eye strain I use to have. I almost bought 144hz but found this instead.
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    youssef 2010 , December 30, 2013 9:38 AM
    I wonder what AMD is going to do about this? Let's hope ATi's engineers save the day one more time.
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