G-Sync is nothing new and now that FreeSync screens have become more common, there are plenty of choices for users seeking an adaptive-refresh display. But for those craving the highest possible speed there is nothing that can compete with the Asus PG279Q.
Of course one wonders just how useful is that 165Hz coupled with QHD resolution? Even with our Titan X-equipped system we were unable to max out the Swift's speed without turning detail down to unacceptable levels. The display you're buying here is definitely ahead of its time. But then it's important to consider the future.
There is certainly value in equipping a system with components that will last through multiple upgrades. Chipsets come and go and what's fastest today will be merely average tomorrow. But a monitor represents a more long-term investment. Users of Ultra HD screens are experiencing that right now. Even the most powerful graphics boards can barely run at decent framerates in a modern first-person title when pushing more than eight million pixels around the screen.
QHD is a more realistic resolution and can work well with less-expensive hardware. And it will be ready for the day a Titan X or its equivalent costs $200. It may seem illogical to spend $700 on a display for a $1200 computer, but that system can continue to see performance improvements while the PG279Q remains its worthy anchor.
At this point in time we haven't declared a winner in the G-Sync versus FreeSync debate nor are we likely to. Both technologies accomplish the same thing in pretty much the same way. The only difference is in price. G-Sync requires additional hardware and license fees paid to Nvidia and adds about $200 to the price of a monitor. FreeSync costs the manufacturer nothing and merely requires enabling the feature in a DisplayPort 1.2 interface. In practice though, the monitors do cost a little more than their 60Hz counterparts.
We expect the main market for the PG279Q to be gamers who want to build high-end systems using high-end components. But for those who balk at the cost, remember: all bleeding-edge technology finds its way to lower price points eventually.
It's hard not to recommend this newest ROG product simply because it's a very well-polished effort. Aside from a few calibration challenges there are no flaws here that would prevent one from having an outstanding gaming experience. And when work needs to get done, the Swift functions very well as a productivity tool.
For its unique qualities, excellent build and top-shelf gaming performance, we're giving the Asus PG279Q our Editor Recommended Award.