ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review

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Final Thoughts on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Display

ASUS ROG SWIFT

The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is hands down the best gaming monitor that we have had the opportunity to use so far this year. The difference with and without G-Sync is very pronounced on most of the game titles that we play on a regular basis and it is a major upgrade to a part of a PC that seldom sees big changes like this. Synchronizing the frames between the GPU and Display is certainly where the future of PC gaming is headed and monitors like the PG287Q are the first to be bringing this technology to gamers around the world. The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q has a TN panel. Is that a deal breaker? We feel it is unlikely to be an issue for those that play games and use the monitor for general use. If you aren’t worried about having an Adobe RGB calibrated monitor for professional work then you can easily ignore the fact that this monitor doesn’t use a higher-end IPS or IGZO-based panel. Other than the high refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync technologies we feel in love with the super thin bezels.  Having thin bezels is important to those that want to game on multiple monitors. We don’t have multiple G-Sync monitors here, but NVIDIA said that G-Sync Surround works, so you could get three PG278Q displays for one killer G-Sync Surround gaming setup. SLI GPU setups also work seamlessly with G-Sync displays, so those wanting to run multiple GPUs or monitors with G-Sync are in luck.

NVIDIA G-Sync Enabled Monitors Available To Purchase in October 2014: 

Acer XB280HK (28″ UHD, 60Hz) – $799.99 Shipped
Acer XB270HAbprz (27″ FHD, 144Hz) – $764.79 Shipped
ASUS PG278Q (27″ WQHD, 144Hz) – $799.99 Shipped
BenQ XL2420G (24″ FHD, 144Hz) – $649.99 Shipped
Philips 272G5DYEB (27″ FHD, 144Hz) – $599.99 Shipped

ASUS isn’t the only company out there with a G-Sync Monitor, but there are around five G-Sync monitors that you can go out and purchase this very second and they run between $599 and $799 with screen resolutions ranging from 1920 x 1080 (1080P) all the way up to 3840 x 2160 (4K). The ASUS PG278Q is without a doubt a feature rich monitor and most of the other brands 144 Hz gaming monitors are just Full HD (1920 x 1080). With all the features that the SWIFT PG278Q has over similar monitors it clearly stands out from the crowd and the extra cost is easily justifiable.

At the end of the day the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is a very nice gaming monitor and we really enjoyed being able to game with NVIDIA G-Sync.  The technology is pretty damn impressive and after using the PG278Q for a few days it makes you wonder why this technology took so long to come out. Having a variable refresh rate while gaming is nice and thanks to NVIDIA we can all experience it!

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: Displays haven’t changes much over the past decade, but NVIDIA brought gaming displays out of the stone ages with G-Sync and we can see this technology becoming the norm for gamers in the years to come. 

 

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  • huseyin murteza

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  • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

    Already sending my monitor back. For the price its not worth it.

  • Trent Foley

    I think high refresh rates benefit gamers more so than gsync, that’s why most gsync monitors are 120 hz. If a person has never experienced high refresh monitors buy into gsync they will believe that gsync is solely responsible for the improved experience, when in fact high refresh rates make the true substantial difference in experience. I gaurantee a 144hz monitor without gsync will feel almost identical to a high refresh rate monitor with gsync if you have the hardware to utilize high refresh rates. Nvidia truly are masters of marketing though, in live demos they reccomend testing vsync/non vsync at 60hz against gsync at 144 hz, it’s actually pretty shady.

    • Adam Anon

      “I think high refresh rates benefit gamers more so than gsync” – I don’t think you understand what GSYNC does.

      • Trent Foley

        I absolutely understand, maybe you don’t. Gaming is absolutely smooth as butter on my 144hz monitor, the only time gsync would be useful on a high refresh rate monitor is when the framerate drops below a certain threshold.

  • Honestly I don’t think this ASUS screen is worth your time or money, especially after what I went through with their Maximus VII Hero motherboard. Let’s just say I went down that road before and had to deal with it again. Stay Way from ASUS Products.

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    • Admir N

      What was wrong with your maximus hero 7?

  • weird resolution, kiddish design, small size. Really 144Hz is overrated, unless you’re playing FPS only. For other games it would look like soap opera. I still prefer 60Hz/60fps mode on a huge 49″ 4K display/TV. If not, 100hz on 1080P 37″ screen

    • Joe W.

      whats so weird about its resolution? It is a logical step up from 1080p at 16:9

      If you are a semi-hardcore gamer, especially FPS 120Hz+ is smooth as silk if you got the hardware to push it to 120+fps and assuming you can find one in stock, might be worth it.

      These where not designed for non hardcore non-fps types though still good for them.. not cost effective

    • Hoojaszczyk

      49″ 4K dTV is not a monitor. Too big to be used on an average desk. And name me a 1080p screen that does TRUE 100Hz at 37″, plus pixel density would be way too low for my liking. You must be one of those people that just can’t tell a difference or just don’t give a shit. I can tell a difference and I do care.

  • RadioactiveLobster

    At this point I am not entirely sure this monitor even exists since it’s never in stock anywhere.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Of all the times when new tech drops and needs me to get my hands on it I can not afford anything right now……!

      And like lobster said its never in stock anywhere.

      • John Patrick Hornauer

        You can get them on Amazon now,except they are over 1000$ a pop unfortunately