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Asus Unveils Two New ROG Swift Displays With G-Sync Support

At ROG Unleashed, Asus announced two new members of the ROG Swift family, featuring Nvidia's G-Sync technology.

With these new displays, Asus is seeking to expand upon the success it had with the Asus ROG PG278Q display that was released some time ago. It was one of the first G-Sync enabled displays, and it featured a fast 144 Hz refresh rate and a WQHD resolution, which made it a hit with gamers.

Both of these new displays are similar to the PG278Q, as they are G-Sync enabled 27" displays, but they attempt to improve on the PG278Q in at least one aspect. The ROG Swift PG279Q uses the same 2560 x 1440 resolution as the older display, but it enables up to a 165 Hz refresh rate. As this display uses an IPS panel instead of a TN panel, this refresh rate is rather impressive. The display gains a few benefits of being an IPS panel that the older display lacks such as a wider viewing angle, but it also features a slower 4 ms response time, which may drive some gamers away.

The ROG Swift PG27AQ takes a different tactic and features a much higher 3840 x 2160 resolution, but at the expense of dropping to a 60 Hz refresh rate and a 4 ms response time.

A slight negative aspect about both of these displays is that they lack support for HDMI 2.0. Although this would be a serious issue on most displays, G-Sync is only capable of running through a DisplayPort connection. Because the G-Sync displays carry a heavy premium, and this feature is the main reason for someone to buy one of these displays over cheaper alternatives, it is unlikely that users would use the HDMI connection anyway.

Asus New ROG Swift Displays
ModelROG Swift PG279QROG Swift PG27AQ
DisplayPanel Size27" (68.6 cm) wide screen (16:9)27" (68.6 cm) wide screen (16:9)
Display Viewing Area596.74 x 335.66 mm596.74 x 335.66 mm
Panel Backlight/TypeWLED/IPSWLED/IPS
Color Saturation100 percent sRGB100 percent sRGB
True Resolution (refresh rate)DP: 2560x1440 (up to 165 Hz)HDMI: 2560x1440 (60 Hz)DP: 3840 x 2160 (up to 60 Hz)HDMI: 3840x2160 (24 Hz) / 1920x1080 (60 Hz)
Pixel Pitch0.233 mm (109 PPI)0.155 mm (163 PPI)
Brightness (Max)350 cd/m2300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Max)1,000:11,000:1
Viewing Angle (CR ≥ 10) 178° (H) / 178° (V)178° (H) / 178° (V)
Display Colors16.7M (8-bit)1.07 billion (10-bit)
Response Time4 ms (gray to gray)4 ms (gray to gray)
Video FeaturesNvidia TechnologyG-Sync technologyUltra Low Motion BlurG-Sync technology
Trace Free TechnologyYesYes
Color Temperature4 modes4 modes
HDCPYesYes
Game VisualYes (FPS, RTS/RPG, racing, sRGB, cinema, standard modes)Yes (FPS, RTS/RPG, racing, sRGB, cinema, standard modes)
GamePlusYes (crosshair, timer, FPS counter)Yes (crosshair, timer, FPS counter)
Audio FeaturesStereo Speakers2W x 2 stereo, RMS2W x 2 stereo, RMS
Gaming Hotkeys5-way OSD navigation joystickGamePlus60 Hz/120 Hz/165 Hz Turbo 5-way OSD navigation joystickGamePlusGameVisual
Input/OutputDisplayPort 1.2HDMI 1.42x USB 3.0Earphone jackDisplayPort 1.2HDMI 1.42x USB 3.0Earphone jack
Signal FrequencyDigital Signal FrequencyDP: 34 ~ 209 kHz (H) / 30 ~ 165 Hz (V)HDMI: 30 ~ 140 kHz (H) / 24 ~ 60 Hz (V)DP: 50 ~ 133 kHz (H) / 30 ~ 60 Hz (V)HDMI: 30 ~ 140 kHz (H) / 24 ~ 60 Hz (V)
PowerPower ConsumptionPower on < 90 W (ES 6.0)Power saving/off < 0.5 WPower on < 90 W (ES 6.0)Power saving/off < 0.5 W
Voltage100-240 V, 50/60 Hz100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Mechanical DesignChassis ColorsMatte blackMatte black
Tilt (angle)+20° ~ -5°+20° ~ -5°
Swivel (angle)+60° ~ -60°+60° ~ -60°
Pivot (angle, direction)90° (clockwise)90° (clockwise)
Height adjustment (mm)0 ~ 120 mm0 ~ 120 mm
VESA wall mounting (mm)100 x 100 mm100 x 100 mm
SecurityKensington LockYesYes
DimensionsPhysical (W x H x D)619.77 x 552.53 x 237.9 mm619.77 x 362.96 x 65.98 mm (without stand)619.77 x 552.53 x 237.9 mm619.77 x 362.96 x 65.98 mm (without stand)
Box (W x H x D)756 x 456 x 300 mm756 x 456 x 300 mm
Weight(kg)7.2 kg (net), 10.7 kg (gross)7.2 kg
Warranty1-year ZBD warranty3-year system warranty3-year panel warranty (in specific countries)Free service hotline (in specific countries)Free pick-up service (in specific countries)1-year ZBD warranty3-year system warranty3-year panel warranty (in specific countries)Free service hotline (in specific countries)Free pick-up service (in specific countries)
Accessories90 W power adapter, power cord, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 cable, warranty card, quick start guide, support CD90 W power adapter, power cord, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 cable, warranty card, quick start guide, support CD
Regulation ApprovalsEnergy Star®, UL/cUL, CB, CE, ErP, FCC, CCC, BSMI, CU C-Tick, VCCI, PSI, CEL Level 1, J-MOSS, RoHS, WEEE, Windows 7.8.1/10 WHQL, KCC, E-STANDBY, TUV-Flicker Free, TUV-Low Blue LightEnergy Star®, UL/cUL, CB, CE, ErP, FCC, CCC, BSMI, CU C-Tick, VCCI, PSI, CEL Level 1, J-MOSS, RoHS, WEEE, Windows 7.8.1/10 WHQL, KCC, E-STANDBY, TUV-Flicker Free, TUV-Low Blue Light

There is currently no word on pricing or availability. 

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