ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift G-Sync Monitor Review

Refresh Rate

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review

Refresh Rate

Regular readers will have often heard us wax lyrically about a graphics cards ability to output a rock solid 60FPS average, because it allows us to enable vsync without switching from 30 frames per second to 60 intermittently. With vsync on the monitor always sticks to 60/30/20/15 FPS scheme so if you dip to 59FPS you get 30 to ensure a complete frame is output in sync with the refresh. And 30FPS isn't why you brought your shiny new graphics card. Unfortunately vsync stops screen tearing, which is the bane of our existence, so you kinda have to have it on all the time. What the nVidia G-Sync does is tie the monitors refresh rate to your graphic cards output, giving you the benefit of the non-tearing vsync mode, without the drop to 30FPS when things get busy. 

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review     ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review  

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review     ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review  

The really cool thing about the PG278Q Swift is that it can go all the way up to 144Hz, so if your GPU is capable of putting out that many frames per second then you're going to see every last one of them. On regular monitors any frames above 60FPS are wasted, because your monitor can only refresh 60 times a second. So in short, you get more out of your investment and there is a visible difference too.

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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.Quote

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.

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07-07-2014, 09:37:24

Dicehunter
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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.Quote

07-07-2014, 09:37:42

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

07-07-2014, 09:44:02

JR23
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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.

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