ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift G-Sync Monitor Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review

Introduction 

ASUS aren't exactly new to the monitor world. In fact two of our favourite monitors of all time are ASUS models, including the very recently reviewed 4K screen that was extremely good value. However, we're not a website that lives on a golden pedestal with no understanding of an average user, and so it's obvious to us and you that whilst 4K screens are fantastic, having the hardware to run one is a different matter. So what if you wanted a high-end monitor but didn't necessarily have the graphical horsepower to run at 4K?

The obvious solution is to go for a 2560x1440 monitor, a resolution which we feel hits the sweet spot of current hardware. A 290X or GTX780Ti are capable of perfectly playable gaming at this resolution. Cool, so we have a resolution we want, a nice big monitor, and a wedge of cash burning a hole in our pocket. But what we really need is some flash and flair. Something special, something different to the norm.

How about a Republic of Gamers monitor? The first one ever. Knowing how cautious ASUS are at branding their ROG logo onto something, we can be certain that the PG278Q Swift has a trick up its sleeve, and what a trick it is. Equipped with nVidia's G-Sync technology that synchronises the refresh rate of the monitor with the display to ensure tear-free gaming no matter what the frame rate, as well as a very narrow bezel perfect for multi-display setups, the Swift has plenty to offer.

Technical Specifications

Understanding monitors are, to many people, a black art. With dot pitch, resolution, panel type, Grey to Grey response times and even refresh rates to consider, by and large most people go by price and resolution and then maybe, if there is a choice, a manufacturer. With the ROG PG278Q Swift the devil is most definitely in the details.

You must be familiar with 60Hz monitors, and 120Hz ones for 3D monitors, so casting your eye at the specifications for the Swift the 144Hz definitely stands out as something new. We'll get to how that helps in a couple of pages time, but first let's look at the Swift itself.

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review

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07-07-2014, 08:46:29

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...122029897l.JPG

The Worlds first monitor with Republic of Gamers branding is the PG278Q Swift, and we take a look at what it offers.


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07-07-2014, 09:03:03

Dicehunter
You now have ALL the Hz, It must "hurt" so good......

Great video, Acer are about to release their 4K 1ms monitor with G-Sync built in but only in 60Hz at 120 cheaper than this.

Will be interesting to see how it measures up to this one.

07-07-2014, 09:34:59

JR23
Strong review Tom it did come over better than the 4k review again the only thing which would of been nice is to see the live FPS during the benchmarks just to give an idea of what your seeing. Presumably it was sort of 90-110 area and not actually 144?


Also you've made my life EVEN harder, seriously gov right now call it, stay U2713 or go ROG Swift or LG/Dell 3440x1440 IPS or sit around waiting for better 4k stuff. Seeing this has convinced me I might not need IPS, it looks so good on the desk but I feel like I just want more real estate to work on.

JR

07-07-2014, 09:37:24

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
Strong review Tom it did come over better than the 4k review again the only thing which would of been nice is to see the live FPS during the benchmarks just to give an idea of what your seeing. Presumably it was sort of 90-110 area and not actually 144?


Also you've made my life EVEN harder, seriously gov right now call it, stay U2713 or go ROG Swift or 21:9 GL 34UM95. Seeing this has convinced me I might not need IPS, it looks so good on the desk but I feel like I just want more real estate to work on.

JR

At the moment you will be paying a premium for the ROG branding, Give it a few months and other vendors will bring out this exact screen but without the ROG theme for a lot less money.

07-07-2014, 09:37:42

MadShadow
Nice review, Tom
Is it just me or is there a lot of artifacting?

07-07-2014, 09:44:02

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
At the moment you will be paying a premium for the ROG branding, Give it a few months and other vendors will bring out this exact screen but without the ROG theme for a lot less money.
I would be happy to pay for it as my desk will look that good, that really doesn't come in to it. My question is sub 1k single monitor setup for a pair of 780's, gaming and CAD work, ROG swift, 4k competitor or 3440x1440 IPS but it must be a substantial upgrade over a U2713.

JR

07-07-2014, 10:07:32

ShaunB-91
The monitor looks sexy (shame all the detail is on the back). I'd still go 4K over this though provided I had the grunt to power it. Unfortunately it's not time for a monitor so maybe next year.

07-07-2014, 10:19:02

SuB
thread title is 287q should be 278q
(and the review url and title bud)

Edit: all fixed, you're welcome
Edit2: And the links, you're doubly welcome

07-07-2014, 10:49:39

dhoom
I want them both!

The ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K screen i already got one.
But i also want the new ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift to stand on my desktop.

07-07-2014, 11:02:00

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhoom View Post
I want them both!

The ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K screen i already got one.
But i also want the new ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift to stand on my desktop.
Wow, send me your wage packet please.

07-07-2014, 11:10:32

Tredien
Nice review.

I just have one question.

What is the length of the included displayport cable? They seem somewhat rare around here.

Thank you!

07-07-2014, 11:46:04

fz2011
Hi Tom,

First of all thanks for doing this review, i have been dying to take a look at the monitor up close specially i wanted to see the glow effect of the ring base. Awesome stuff explaining the color on the ring.

Now on to the main stuff, i am actually confused at something. You enabled V-Sync ON on sleeping dogs. This confused me as i know that what V-Sync does is that it brings the frame rate down to 60Hz using software. I thought G-Sync would not require enabling V-Sync since without V-Sync the graphics card throws everything at the monitor. And if we enable G-Sync ON from the NVIDIA console the monitor will auto adjust the frames, since one frame might be at 30Hz and the other might be 100Hz, thus G-Sync on will dynamically calibrate the monitor. I am not sure if i am right, but can you clarify on this mate.

I am sorry i am gonna boar you, but i am gonna buy this. So i am also confused on the part where you had to increase the monitor refresh to 144Hz manually, shouldn't it do that automatically?

If you can clarify these questions, cheers to ya mate!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
You now have ALL the Hz, It must "hurt" so good......

Great video, Acer are about to release their 4K 1ms monitor with G-Sync built in but only in 60Hz at 120 cheaper than this.

Will be interesting to see how it measures up to this one.
Awesome! though i didn't experience G-Sync shouldn't higher refresh rate be the whole point since motion gives rise to more frames and more tearing, just to be clear games in really good Cards have frame rates of more than 60. What will happen when a frame of around 80 hits the monitor. Will it give rise to tearing, think about it!

07-07-2014, 11:59:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by fz2011 View Post
Hi Tom,

First of all thanks for doing this review, i have been dying to take a look at the monitor up close specially i wanted to see the glow effect of the ring base. Awesome stuff explaining the color on the ring.

Now on to the main stuff, i am actually confused at something. You enabled V-Sync ON on sleeping dogs. This confused me as i know that what V-Sync does is that it brings the frame rate down to 60Hz using software. I thought G-Sync would not require enabling V-Sync since without V-Sync the graphics card throws everything at the monitor. And if we enable G-Sync ON from the NVIDIA console the monitor will auto adjust the frames, since one frame might be at 30Hz and the other might be 100Hz, thus G-Sync on will dynamically calibrate the monitor. I am not sure if i am right, but can you clarify on this mate.

I am sorry i am gonna boar you, but i am gonna buy this. So i am also confused on the part where you had to increase the monitor refresh to 144Hz manually, shouldn't it do that automatically?

If you can clarify these questions, cheers to ya mate!
You need Vsync on in the games to enable G-sync.

07-07-2014, 12:35:36

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by fz2011 View Post
Awesome! though i didn't experience G-Sync shouldn't higher refresh rate be the whole point since motion gives rise to more frames and more tearing, just to be clear games in really good Cards have frame rates of more than 60. What will happen when a frame of around 80 hits the monitor. Will it give rise to tearing, think about it!
Tearing is the display of part of a frame caused by the graphics card pushing frames at a different rate to which the monitor can accept them. It's particularly noticeable when panning the field of view because the part of the new frame being displayed at the top does not align with the old frame below. Hence V-sync, 'vertical' synchronization is used to prevent this from occurring, very simply it ensures that only whole frames are sent to the monitor. But in order to achieve this V-sync matches the GPU output to the monitor input, consequently you may well be creating more frames than are displayed and if the same frame is displayed twice this can be perceived as stuttering.

This is where G-sync varies as it matches the monitor input to the GPU output, meaning you always see the same amount of frames as you are rendering. Tearing is still eliminated in the same way as only whole frames are sent but the GPU influences the rate instead of the monitor. This is useful for both high and low FPS scenario's as no frames are wasted and no stuttering should be introduced.

JR

07-07-2014, 12:41:54

Amr0d
If I want to switch from a Dell U2312HM to the ROG Swift, is there any big difference in the Panel? I am using IPS for a long time now and I am curios if the Swift will be better or at least the same quality. The monitor really fullfills any of my needs, like USB 3, 1440p and small bezel but the only thing for me to worry was the TN panel.

07-07-2014, 12:45:46

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amr0d View Post
If I want to switch from a Dell U2312HM to the ROG Swift, is there any big difference in the Panel? I am using IPS for a long time now and I am curios if the Swift will be better or at least the same quality. The monitor really fullfills any of my needs, like USB 3, 1440p and small bezel but the only thing for me to worry was the TN panel.
IPS will always look better than TN - but obviously this has size and a higher resolution so you cant really compare them like for like.

07-07-2014, 12:59:05

QuietOne
I should've kept my pre-order. Still not too late but I will wait a month or two. I still like my PB278Q though.

07-07-2014, 13:04:58

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuietOne View Post
I should've kept my pre-order. Still not too late but I will wait a month or two. I still like my PB278Q though.
The last batch has sold out at OCUK and the next one comes in at the end if august FYI.

07-07-2014, 13:07:42

QuietOne
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
The last batch has sold out at OCUK and the next one comes in at the end if august FYI.
Cheers for the heads up, Dice. High demand for 'em then.

07-07-2014, 13:34:48

Mysterae
Another good review Tom, yet people aren't listening about 4k. Some people are going to get hardware butt-hurt and or ruin their eyesight when using that resolution in such a small screen. Yes, 27" is too small for 4k, fact. Yeah you can change text size, but that defeats the purpose somewhat.

One thing I would have liked to have seen you do is what Nvidia did - have two screens of the same resolution side by side displaying the same feed - one screen G-Sync and the other not with V-sync turned off. Run a demo of something that shows a wide range of frames per second, from the low 20's to over 100. Then record this with your camera but don't upload it to youtube as they fubar it as you say; instead put the file in your downloads section for us to view offline.

Regarding the screen, as fz2011 has already asked, why does the refresh rate have to be manually selected? Sounds a bit counter-intuitive, unless the panel forsakes something else for that high frequency.

Another video where I notice Valley is artifacting - and it's not just your system! I've been testing recently and I'm getting the same, even at stock clocks. Unigine Valley is borked, whether it be drivers, SLI or that time of the month, some thing's gone awry.

07-07-2014, 13:56:49

Deadtroopers
Proprietry tech premium, Applesque brand name premium. I'll pass. Not that I won't buy ROG; if the product makes it on the tech; I'll have it and if two products are on a par and not too dissimilar in price; I'll take the ASUS generally. The NVIDIA cards that would drive this are overpriced compared to their AMD equivalents. DirectCU II, 30% mark-up for a 7% performance difference? So if you think like me you'll be running AMD and have to shell out 1200+ plus fo the privelige of running this; which makes it even less sensible. I'll wait for FreeSync Tah Very Much.

07-07-2014, 14:13:15

Amr0d
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
IPS will always look better than TN - but obviously this has size and a higher resolution so you cant really compare them like for like.
I think I'll give it a chance then. Looks really promising to me.

07-07-2014, 14:21:40

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuietOne View Post
Cheers for the heads up, Dice. High demand for 'em then.
Yes and no kind of, They didn't get a huge amount of them in and Asus are always slow with new ROG products hence the wait until august for the 2nd batch.

07-07-2014, 14:23:22

fz2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
Tearing is the display of part of a frame caused by the graphics card pushing frames at a different rate to which the monitor can accept them. It's particularly noticeable when panning the field of view because the part of the new frame being displayed at the top does not align with the old frame below. Hence V-sync, 'vertical' synchronization is used to prevent this from occurring, very simply it ensures that only whole frames are sent to the monitor. But in order to achieve this V-sync matches the GPU output to the monitor input, consequently you may well be creating more frames than are displayed and if the same frame is displayed twice this can be perceived as stuttering.

This is where G-sync varies as it matches the monitor input to the GPU output, meaning you always see the same amount of frames as you are rendering. Tearing is still eliminated in the same way as only whole frames are sent but the GPU influences the rate instead of the monitor. This is useful for both high and low FPS scenario's as no frames are wasted and no stuttering should be introduced.

JR
I knew all that, however i will quote your sentence. "you always see the same amount of frames as you are rendering". if a monitor has max 60Hz refresh rate what will happen when the GPU creates frames at a higher rate. What i imagine is that it will try and sync up with the monitor and thus there will be a lag.

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Originally Posted by Mysterae View Post
Another good review Tom, yet people aren't listening about 4k. Some people are going to get hardware butt-hurt and or ruin their eyesight when using that resolution in such a small screen. Yes, 27" is too small for 4k, fact. Yeah you can change text size, but that defeats the purpose somewhat.

One thing I would have liked to have seen you do is what Nvidia did - have two screens of the same resolution side by side displaying the same feed - one screen G-Sync and the other not with V-sync turned off. Run a demo of something that shows a wide range of frames per second, from the low 20's to over 100. Then record this with your camera but don't upload it to youtube as they fubar it as you say; instead put the file in your downloads section for us to view offline.

Regarding the screen, as fz2011 has already asked, why does the refresh rate have to be manually selected? Sounds a bit counter-intuitive, unless the panel forsakes something else for that high frequency.

Another video where I notice Valley is artifacting - and it's not just your system! I've been testing recently and I'm getting the same, even at stock clocks. Unigine Valley is borked, whether it be drivers, SLI or that time of the month, some thing's gone awry.
Though this is not the camera point of view for the rog swift monitor. But found this video of V-Sync & G-Sync comparison. Its actually very nice, might be useful to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_uhrLySk64

07-07-2014, 14:42:56

Timo
Size Vs resolution Vs PPI Vs image quality. Hmm.

TN is "crap" according to all the "experts".

BenQ VA panel looks great. However, there are complaints about streaks and quality control.

LG Ultra wide? All I have read about larger IPS/PLS is "Bleed" (and now, today Monday, I've seen it. The backlight at the corners is not good, so that is actually true).

I've saved-up a few hundred quid for a big screen. Now I'm more lost than ever.

Help me Obi Wan. Etc.

07-07-2014, 14:47:40

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by fz2011 View Post
I knew all that, however i will quote your sentence. "you always see the same amount of frames as you are rendering". if a monitor has max 60Hz refresh rate what will happen when the GPU creates frames at a higher rate. What i imagine is that it will try and sync up with the monitor and thus there will be a lag.
I would imagine it would just start running conventional V-sync and start wasting frames with potential stuttering if you were exceeding the refresh rate of the monitor but I can't see that happening with either 1440p at 144hz or 4k at 60hz. I think the idea in order to get the most from G-sync is to run a higher spec monitor than your GPU can output. Obviously its far more gray than that statement and if you were running a g-sync setup you would crank up the settings more than if you were running v-sync and trying to keep it 'above 60' at all times.

JR

07-07-2014, 14:58:37

Timo
Perhaps - and I'm thinking aloud here, this tech will really make a difference in 32 inch or larger screens? The update rate on large screens is embarrassing. Like a slow left to right paint in gaming. Not a slideshow, but something looks wrong with big screens.

Fz - Interesting vid. So little difference. Thanks.

07-07-2014, 15:35:47

Mysterae
Quote:
Originally Posted by fz2011 View Post
Though this is not the camera point of view for the rog swift monitor. But found this video of V-Sync & G-Sync comparison. Its actually very nice, might be useful to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_uhrLySk64
Cheers for the video, shows the stuttering that can be witnessed! I was actually meaning something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDNywwLa-tA

Quote:
Originally Posted by Timo View Post
Perhaps - and I'm thinking aloud here, this tech will really make a difference in 32 inch or larger screens? The update rate on large screens is embarrassing. Like a slow left to right paint in gaming. Not a slideshow, but something looks wrong with big screens.

Fz - Interesting vid. So little difference. Thanks.
Let's hope so! It's not quite as bad as you describe on my 30" Dell, but it could be better. At this size v-sync is mandatory as tearing is so much more noticeable.

07-07-2014, 15:56:30

Timo
OK. I examined that video and yes, I see an improvement. Now we have to launch the debate. (See my other post).

PPI vs Resolution. Text size vs screen size. Colour vs contrast.

Ehh. The list is endless. I'll start a new thread.

07-07-2014, 16:02:32

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timo View Post
OK. I examined that video and yes, I see an improvement. Now we have to launch the debate. (See my other post).

PPI vs Resolution. Text size vs screen size. Colour vs contrast.

Ehh. The list is endless. I'll start a new thread.
Isn't it more a case of Colour, Contrast and Viewing Angles vs. Refresh Rate, Response Time and Input Lag. Once you have chosen your size based on your physical requirements/viewing scenario and resolution based on graphics setup. There are a lot of difficult to balance qualities I agree but everyone has certain preferences from the start and there aren't actually that many products to choose from when it comes down to it.

But for the record you forget, Aspect Ratio, Viewing Angle, Bezel Size and Refresh Rate in the list of poorly paired trade-offs which make no logical sense.

JR

07-07-2014, 16:32:06

Timo

08-07-2014, 03:47:28

modemfreaker
Is the emitter embedded in the Screen, or do i need 2 attach the USB Emitter to enable 3D Vision 2.0?

08-07-2014, 03:53:10

ShaunB-91
I'm looking for a desk now, can't handle all these monitors coming out and I have to use a 360 controller on a 1080 TV. Got to get it sorted!

08-07-2014, 08:25:35

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Acer are about to release their 4K 1ms monitor with G-Sync built in but only in 60Hz at 120 cheaper than this.

Will be interesting to see how it measures up to this one.
Once the reviews for this come out I'll make decision as what one to get but TTL's comments regarding 4K have put me off getting a 4K screen a bit so I may get the Swift...

08-07-2014, 09:18:42

notcool
Good review, showed everything that was important. Just saying you could also take photos of the monitor switched on for the written review too (viewing angles etc), they'd be probably clearer than on Youtube after all the compression and what not, just a thought.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boonstick View Post
Once the reviews for this come out I'll make decision as what one to get but TTL's comments regarding 4K have put me off getting a 4K screen a bit so I may get the Swift...
Asus do do a bigger 4K screen, 32", if you've got 2 grand or so spare...

08-07-2014, 09:29:21

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by notcool View Post
Asus do do a bigger 4K screen, 32", if you've got 2 grand or so spare...
Seeing as I was talking about a 28" 600 monitor I'll keep this 32" 2k+ one in mind.

08-07-2014, 09:49:58

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boonstick View Post
Seeing as I was talking about a 28" 600 monitor I'll keep this 32" 2k+ one in mind.
/sarcasm

08-07-2014, 09:55:45

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
/sarcasm
Soz :-)

09-07-2014, 07:28:08

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
The last batch has sold out at OCUK and the next one comes in at the end if august FYI.
I asked them yesterday, albeit on FB and they said they were expecting stock on the 28th July? Perhaps there all sold I was just confused at how you knew more than the OCUK guy.

JR

09-07-2014, 07:33:50

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
I asked them yesterday, albeit on FB and they said they were expecting stock on the 28th July? Perhaps there all sold I was just confused at how you knew more than the OCUK guy.

JR
It's also about 50 cheaper at Scan. I did email OCUK about price matching and they said they can't lower the price.

09-07-2014, 07:39:32

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
I asked them yesterday, albeit on FB and they said they were expecting stock on the 28th July? Perhaps there all sold I was just confused at how you knew more than the OCUK guy.

JR
The pre-orders are incoming on the 28th and if you didn't already pre-order 1 then you will have to wait for the 2nd shipment in late august.

09-07-2014, 08:47:39

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boonstick View Post
It's also about 50 cheaper at Scan. I did email OCUK about price matching and they said they can't lower the price.
While I appreciate having 50 it's nice to be able to walk back into OCUK's store and say this is poop gimme my money or give me another unlike Scam who take 3 weeks and about 10 phone calls to sort out a Faulty on arrival product, either they or their system is pathetic.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
The pre-orders are incoming on the 28th and if you didn't already pre-order 1 then you will have to wait for the 2nd shipment in late august.
Sounds fair thanks for confirming that, i'd sooner impulse buy when they have stock than ponder over a pre-order for weeks. Who knows their prices might fall in line with scam too.

JR

09-07-2014, 08:52:52

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
While I appreciate having 50 it's nice to be able to walk back into OCUK's store and say this is poop gimme my money or give me another unlike Scam who take 3 weeks and about 10 phone calls to sort out a Faulty on arrival product, either they or their system is pathetic.
Yeah I've stopped ordering from them for the same reason.

09-07-2014, 09:22:37

Dicehunter
Same here I haven't ordered from scan for a good year now due to the appalling handling of my RMA.

I bought a keyboard from them and within the warranty it failed *Razer* and I shipped it back to them and they said they never got it even though a scan employee signed the DPD drivers electronic gizmo.

I even asked the driver for a description and he said it was a man in a scan uniform inside the loading dock.

Then they said they couldn't find it, The bullshit coming from their mouths was amazing.

All in all it took around 3 months to sort it out and because they took so long the warranty had run out but they did find a replacement for me eventually after I hounded them with legal action for trying to con me.

And that's why I don't shop with scan, That's 1 company I hope goes out of business, They are utter shit.

10-07-2014, 09:02:47

metalgun2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mysterae View Post
Another video where I notice Valley is artifacting - and it's not just your system! I've been testing recently and I'm getting the same, even at stock clocks. Unigine Valley is borked, whether it be drivers, SLI or that time of the month, some thing's gone awry.
It's the drivers. Ever since I moved from the previous to 337.88, the artifacting has been in unigine valley only during certain scenes.

Thanks again Tom. I've been waiting for this panel ever since I heard about it last year. There's is one thing that concerns me but it's minor in the grand scheme of things, can you disable the red LED in the base? It wouldn't tie in very well with the green and black of my G1 rig. I went through a lot of effort to get everything to match. Either way it's definitely going to be mine and I don't think I'm getting rid of the PB278Q either.

15-07-2014, 13:57:02

giggleooza
How is the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q ? I've read it's the only 1440 p monitor available right now for gsync http://toptenmonitors.hubpages.com/hub/G-sync-monitors

08-08-2014, 03:31:00

Warchild
To Quote McDonald's about now..

I'm Loving it!

Pricy but I think was a worthy investment. I'll be using this for a long time.

08-08-2014, 03:34:33

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
To Quote McDonald's about now..

I'm Loving it!

Pricy but I think was a worthy investment. I'll be using this for a long time.
I was tempted but to be honest the whole G-Sync thing put me off, I don't like the idea of being locked into 1 GPU vendor.

Now a 1440P panel with 144Hz minus G-Sync then yes but after trying G-sync for myself at a mates house I'm really not sold on it.

And by the way can I have some of your internetz please, You surely don't need 500MB

08-08-2014, 03:49:57

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I was tempted but to be honest the whole G-Sync thing put me off, I don't like the idea of being locked into 1 GPU vendor.

Now a 1440P panel with 144Hz minus G-Sync then yes but after trying G-sync for myself at a mates house I'm really not sold on it.

And by the way can I have some of your internetz please, You surely don't need 500MB
Yeah I understand what you mean. Personally (and you can call me fan boy whatever...) I always said I would never go back to AMD after such a bad series of cards that I purchased for myself and my gf. Local store were great in helping us change them for different models. But kept running into driver problems and artifacts. I know, I know.. drivers are great now, but when I have rarely had problems with Nvidia, why change right? Over the past years I went from GTX 260SLI, 680SLI, 780SLI.. so im not really upgrading often. Got the 780s purely because of second hand purchased from a guy who bought the 290X and regretted it

And thanks for reminding me. My company upgraded my speed a little more. Perks of the job when you work for them.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/3675954376.png

10-08-2014, 10:03:07

Amr0d
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I was tempted but to be honest the whole G-Sync thing put me off, I don't like the idea of being locked into 1 GPU vendor.

Now a 1440P panel with 144Hz minus G-Sync then yes but after trying G-sync for myself at a mates house I'm really not sold on it.

And by the way can I have some of your internetz please, You surely don't need 500MB
Why do you want to remove one of the best features from something just because you don't like it? Simply don't use it. Or just get an AMD graphics card and you have your monitor minus G-Sync and finally you can see all this tearing again

And if you don't like the idea of being locked into one GPU vendor you should think about Mantle, Tress FX, PhysX etc. You won't have all features in one rig.

10-08-2014, 10:57:48

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Amr0d View Post

And if you don't like the idea of being locked into one GPU vendor you should think about Mantle, Tress FX, PhysX etc. You won't have all features in one rig.
Those are nothing like G sync. Gsync means you have to actually chuck out more money (i.e. a g sync monitor/module) to get one and if you decide to get an AMD card you're stuck with an expensive, not fully usuable monitor.
I'm fine with not getting a product that doesn't let me go for what I want. If the next gen of AMD card is a real cracker it'd be a shame for me not to be able to get one. It'd be the same if AMD did that.

If they both take up freesync (which is supposed to be a standard now) then I'll be happy.

10-08-2014, 16:36:20

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Amr0d View Post
Why do you want to remove one of the best features from something just because you don't like it? Simply don't use it. Or just get an AMD graphics card and you have your monitor minus G-Sync and finally you can see all this tearing again

And if you don't like the idea of being locked into one GPU vendor you should think about Mantle, Tress FX, PhysX etc. You won't have all features in one rig.
I never said I wanted to remove G-Sync, No idea where you got that idea from, Your missing the point.

I just wouldn't pay extra to have a piece of my monitor that can only be used with Nvidia GPU's.

I always buy the best single GPU on the market and just say next round the best GPU is AMD then if I bought this swift monitor I would be left with a monitor I paid +200 over a normal monitor because of G-Sync and couldn't use G-Sync.

I'm waiting for a universal type of G-Sync/Free-Sync.

Anyway,

One thing I find quite annoying about this monitor is the price in the UK, In the UK it is 695.99p.

Asus announced that in the US it will cost $799.99 which if you convert using the current exchange rates comes out to 476.26

Quite a difference, If I end up wanting one I might ask my cousin in New York to buy 1 and send it over, Will still cost less after shipping etc...than the UK price.

11-08-2014, 03:43:57

Damien c
The price is the only thing putting me off this monitor at the moment.

I do want to get either a 144hz or a 4k monitor, and after looking at the review of this I am leaning more towards this but the price is rediculous.

15-08-2014, 15:28:06

Iken
Yes, the price is to high.

20-09-2014, 11:32:54

BARRYWB
TTL.
Great review was impressed with the monitor. Now I know its a games monitor but I would like to know how it handles blueray movies and basic window stuff i.e. word/excel.
Any information?
Keep up the good work
Barry

21-09-2014, 06:42:50

JR23
As I expressed on the forums a while ago I was having great difficulty deciding what monitor to go with from my Dell U2713H, deciding between the LG 34UM95, a 4k panel and this was not easy. This review really helped and I ended up purchasing one last week, having just got it set up properly yesterday I have to say I am massively impressed.

Straight away I loved how it came fully assembled in the box and the whole assembly feels and looks like some serious quality. Turning it on for the first time I was concerned that I was going to really notice it was a TN going backwards from IPS but I was massively surprised by the uniformity, blacks and colour reproduction. While the whites are slightly tinted the blacks look beautiful and flat. The overall static picture quality is definitely on par with my Dell, i'm sure you would notice side by side but as a gamer or general user they genuinely have negated the usual TN problems very well.

All I have done with it so far is watch Heaven and Valley but the advantages of G-Sync and the added refresh rate are immediately obvious. The transitions between scenes and the inherent frame drop that comes are dealt with amazingly making the huge FPS range of 50-140 all look super smooth. It's not the shear refresh rate that impresses the most but just the refinement that comes with G-Sync, teamed with nVidia cards the overall package is magnificently slick and worth the added cost IMO. I'm not trying to disagree with Barnsley's sentiment that it should be available for everybody, it really should, PC gaming genuinely needs the experience as I think it would genuinely change peoples perception of rigs high or low end.


Not trying to recommend this to death or anything but just wanted to share my impressions and thank Tom for the review.

JR

24-09-2014, 01:46:32

Izotope
Nice review. A friend of mine recently purchased this monitor and said it's performance is amazing. I would love to get one later on once price goes down.

24-09-2014, 03:10:18

Warchild
I stand by JR on this one. Ok the price was steep, but I feel that the Swift exceeds my expectations greatly. Even if i disregard the Gsync feature, the quality of the picture including black/grey is excellent.

10-11-2014, 02:35:52

dipzy
Reveiw was good. After a long consideration, i have decided to drop my Asus 29" ultrawide and the ROG Swift. I cannot wait, also give me reason to upgrade lol
I cannot wait to experience 144hz and Gsync

01-12-2014, 16:23:35

Mullet
After RMAing my U2713HM Dell panel I had to weigh up a number of considerations. (No laughing at the first)...

1 - KVM switch compatibility to enable me to switch between my gaming rig (Project Up people!) and my Dell work laptop docking station.
2 - The need for great gaming.... I spend a good few hours a week shooting at things so wanted a panel that was good at this
3 - Looked good and coordinated well with my rig (kidding)
4 - Offered good warranty

OK.... so I am still working on point 1.

The panel arrives tomorrow.... so I will share thoughts once I have it set up....

06-12-2014, 03:56:35

DamianThorg
I got the ROG Swift the other day and I am loving it.

I do see a crazy brightness flicker on loads in game..... I have been told this is normal

Many others seeing the flicker? How bad are people finding it?

06-12-2014, 05:11:35

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by DamianThorg View Post
I got the ROG Swift the other day and I am loving it.

I do see a crazy brightness flicker on loads in game..... I have been told this is normal

Many others seeing the flicker? How bad are people finding it?
Apparently it is an issue with G-Sync.

Not sure if it is only happening on the Swift or on all G-Sync monitors, but I have the Acer XB270HA G-Sync monitor and I haven't noticed any flickering in any games.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Editori...lay-Flickering

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujgRjsmwtgY

06-12-2014, 06:55:38

DamianThorg
Thanks for the info

06-12-2014, 15:19:20

Mullet
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