Nvidia’s screen-smoothing G-Sync tech has dominated the high-end gaming monitor space for several years. But AMD’s competing FreeSync 2 tech looks to be making a strong showing here at CES 2019.
Asus’ new Strix XG monitor lineup is made up of a trio of premium panels, all sporting AMD’s screen-smoothing tech (with a generous variable refresh window of 48-120/144Hz), along with HDR support (HDR 600 for the top-end 43-inch model and HDR 400 for for the other two), and a top refresh rate of 144Hz. They’re also all VA panels.
In case it wasn’t obvious, these are high-end gaming screens. Asus isn’t talking pricing yet, but the top-end XG438Q is a massive 43 inches, with 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh and support for 90 percent of of the DCI-P3 gamut.
The Strix XG49VQ is even wider (though narrower) at 49 inches diagonally and a 3840x1080 resolution paired with 144Hz refresh. It can display three inputs simultaneously and also supports 90 percent of DCI-P3.
Lastly, the Strix XG32VQR is a 32-inch, 1800R curved display with 2560x1440 resolution and an even better 94-percent DCI-P3 coverage. All three displays have a 4ms response rating, and the 43-inch sports 10-watt speakers, the 49-inch model has a pair of 5-watt speakers and the 32-inch XG32VQR lacks speakers completely.
|Row 0 - Cell 0||XG438Q||XG49VQ||XG32VQR|
|Panel Size (Diagonal)||43" (16:9)||49" (32:9)||31.5" (16:9)|
|Panel Type||VA panel||VA panel||VA panel|
|Color Gamut||DCI-P3 90%||DCI-P3 90%||DCI-P3 94%|
|Brightness||450cd/m2 (typical)||450cd/m2 (typical)||450cd/m2 (typical)|
|Response Time||4ms (GTG)||4ms (GTG)||4ms (GTG)|
|Resolution/ Refresh Rate||3840x2160 @ 120Hz||3840x1080 @ 144Hz||2560x1440 @144Hz|
|HDR Support||Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR||Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR||Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR|
|DisplayHDR 600 compliant||DisplayHDR 400 compliant||DisplayHDR 400 compliant|
|Stereo Speaker||2x 10W||2x 5W||X|
|I/O Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI (v2.0), USB 3.0 (1x upstream, 2x downstream), Audio input, Earphone jack||2x HDMI (v2.0), 1x DisplayPort (HDMI & DP support Adaptive-Sync/ FreeSync 2 HDR), Earphone Jack, USD 3.0 ports||2x HDMI (v2.0)x2, DisplayPort (v1.2) x1 (HDMI & DP support Adaptive-Sync/ FreeSync 2 HDR), Earphone Jack, USB 3.0 ports|
While we’ll have to wait for pricing and put these screens through our tests before passing final judgement, these Strix screens look to take AMD’s FreeSync further into the ultra-premium monitor space. And if they can significantly undercut Nvidia’s pricing (which they should, as G-Sync panels usually demand a stiff premium over the competition), Asus and AMD could have a compelling lineup here.
We should know more important details soon, as Asus says the 49- and 32-inch models will be available in January, while the top-end 43-inch 4K XG438Q should land sometime later this spring.
oled/micro led (a must!)
hdmi 2.1 (full support, no comprise here)
hdr (min 1,000 nits)
dci-p3 wide-gamut (90% for hd premium)
...call when ready (5 years)