ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift G-Sync Monitor Review

Conclusion

ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift Monitor Review

Conclusion

Reviewing monitors is, as we've said before, difficult. After all you're looking at this on whatever you currently own, so even if we had a perfect fidelity reproduction it will never look as it should because of the limitations in your display. The best 4K Television advert on earth wont look any better on a black and white portable television.

So largely you have to rely upon what we say, and we say that you should stop whatever you are doing and go and seek out an ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift monitor to see for yourself the difference that it makes.

Having all those extra frames makes a considerable different to the smoothness of your gaming experience. Let's see if we can make a comparison. You know how when you first went to Youtube it all looked fine because online video was always blocky and terrible? Then later on with a fast connection and HD videos on Youtube you got so used those that when you find an old video recorded on a potato it's so bad it's unwatchable? Now it's maybe not quite as extreme but the difference between a regular monitor and the G-Sync equipped PG278Q is very similar to that difference. You just didn't realise what you were missing, and when you go back afterwards what was once acceptable has suddenly become a, relatively, jerky mess. It's spectacular.

Colour is fantastic too. This might be a TN panel in the specifications, but if it is it's one of the best we've ever seen. Incredible colour reproduction and even the blackness, or what is usually greyness, is outstanding for a panel of this type. That thin bezel only emphasises how much screen there is here. It is barely noticeable at all. We love the stand too, and the benefits of a fully adjustable stand cannot be overstated given how much of our lives is now spent in front of a screen. Especially gamers hardcore enough to need, and be able to do justice to, a screen of this capability and price.

There are, of course, some caveats. That G-Sync module has to be built into the monitor and that doesn't come cheap, which is a large part of the reason why the PG278Q is a fair chunk more expensive than a normal 1440P monitor. You also need the graphical heft to make the most of it. Frame rates above 60FPS are where the PG278Q really shines and as all video is below that then it's gaming where you're going to get the benefit. Gaming at 1440P and going above 60FPS takes some serious graphical horsepower, so those with a value GPU need not apply. Although if you've got £700 spare and plan on buying a monitor we'd expect you to be in the GTX780/R9 290X bracket at least.

It's at times like this that we wish we could take OC3D on tour and show you all how this ROG PG278Q Swift really breathes new life into a monster gaming rig. ASUS were wise to apply the ROG logo to this particular model, which has everything you could require from a big single display. It's fantastic and worthy of our OC3D Performance Award.

      

Thanks to ASUS for supplying the ROG PG278Q Swift for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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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