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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 144Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

By: Trace Hagan | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 5:15 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Battlefield 4

 

I spent a bunch of time playing Battlefield 4 when this monitor first showed up, and I was stunned by how much I loved this monitor. The 144Hz refresh rate really kicks ass on this monitor.

 

I played around with G-Sync, and to my dismay, I didn't see much of a difference. At really high frame rates, it prevented tearing seemingly without introducing lag. At low frame rates (60 FPS or less), it probably made the game play a bit smoother, but almost insignificantly.

 

In the middle range (where I normally aim to play), there really didn't seem to be a difference between G-Sync on or off. I didn't have a need for the on-screen crosshairs, but I flipped them on and found that they could be useful for games without crosshairs (hardcore BF4, COD).

 

 

Battlefield 3 (3D)

 

Since, as I discussed before, 3D Vision isn't supported by many games, I went ahead and fired up the older Battlefield 3 to see just what all the fuss is about. Much to my surprise, it worked quite flawlessly. I was surprised because I had difficulty in getting it set up, and NVIDIA's own demo apps were giving errors.

 

While cool, the graphics seemed to blur when making a quick turn, making it hard to see. I found I played worse with 3D on, but it could be useful for slower games. It's also available for 3D pictures and Blu-rays, so these uses are definitely nice. I'm not sold on the 3D gaming aspect, at least not for first-person shooters.

 

Overall, I am in love with the gaming performance of the PG278Q. It's buttery smooth at 1ms and 144Hz and provides one hell of a gaming experience. I'm about to go buy my own.

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