This week, Asus introduced a new monitor called the ROG Swift PG27AQ, the latest member in the company’s line of gaming panels. The big news with this release is that Asus crammed a 4K IPS panel together with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, providing extremely high-resolution and flicker-free gameplay for those with a GeForce GTX 980 GPU or higher. The drawback to this marriage is that the display costs a meaty $900. Ouch.
According to Asus, the company has squeezed a 3840×2160 resolution into a 27-inch panel with a pixel density of 163ppi. Other specifications include a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a max contrast ratio of 1000:1, 178 degree viewing angles, a 4ms (Gray to Gray) response time, and a color range of 1.07 billion distinct hues. There are also two built-in 2-watt speakers and a 5-way OSD navigation joystick.
Asus says that the new ROG Swift PG27AQ features a narrow bezel, making it a great choice if you want a multi-display setup. The screen also provides a number of connectivity options including an HDMI port, a DisplayPort 1.2 jack, two USB 3.0 ports for quick-charging devices, and an earphone jack. Smart cable management located on the back of the monitor’s stand helps keep your gaming area tidy.
The new monitor provides the Asus-exclusive GamePlus hotkey, which offers up in-game enhancements such as a crosshair overlay that consists of four crosshair options. GamePlus also includes an on-screen timer for keeping track of your gaming duration, and an FPS counter so that gamers can monitor how smoothly frames are flowing.
In addition to GamePlus, the panel also features the company’s GameVisual technology. Essentially, that means the panel provides six preset display modes for different types of content: RTS/RPG, FPS, sRGB, Scenery, Racing, and Cinema. GameVisual is accessed through a hotkey, or by jumping into the panel’s OSD settings menu.
As for other features, the monitor comes packed with a custom heatsink, promising to keep the panel cool during long gaming marathons, and utilizes a passive Smart Air Venting Design that generates airflow by using convective currents. The panel also sports ultra-low blue light technology so help protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light.
Finally, the addition of G-Sync technology means you shouldn’t see any stuttering or flickering while playing games with a compatible Nvidia GPU. With G-Sync, the monitor doesn’t display a frame until it’s provided by the GPU. In a typical non-G-Sync setup, the framerate offered by the GPU is different than the refresh rate of the monitor, which causes all that annoying screen tearing and lag.
While the specs of this new monitor look pretty, getting 4K frames at a steady 60 FPS takes some hardware meat, as the GPU must process around half a billion pixels per second, the company points out. Naturally, PC gamers wanting the highest resolution possible may want to check out the ROG Matrix 980 Ti card from Asus, which sports a GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU that’s clocked 23 percent faster than stock. There are also similar GPU solutions on the market, of course.
As previously stated, the new panel is available now for $900 at Newegg, and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.