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ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Monitor Review - NVIDIA G-Sync 165Hz Bliss

By: Anthony Garreffa | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 22, 2015 4:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASUS

Everyday Use

 

I used the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q as my main display for around a week to get a decent handle on it, and it was awesome. I moved from a 3440x1440 34-inch UltraWide monitor to the 27-inch 2560x1440 panel, and while it took a little adjusting, it was a great move. The 165Hz refresh rate is beautiful to work with, with my mouse feeling like it's gliding on air as I move my cursor frantically around the screen all day, every day.

 

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We've discussed 2560x1440 before, as I think it's a great resolution. It allows for much more desktop real estate than 1920x1080, but it doesn't make your pixels so small that the screen becomes unusable like 4K does on a 27/28-inch display.

 

 

I think ASUS has nailed the gaming display for everyday work, as the ROG Swift PG279Q is mainly a gaming display that can be used as a normal monitor - when you're not gaming, obviously. The IPS panel goes a very long way compared to the TN panel used in the predecessor, pulling ASUS up to the same level as Acer and its XB280HK - a 2560x1440 gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.

 

 

Gaming on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q NVIDIA's G-Sync Technology

 

This is what you've been waiting for: to know how the ROG Swift PG279Q performs in a gaming environment. Well, I tested out Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2 and even some Just Cause 3 out on the latest monitor from ASUS with some awesome results.

 

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Team Fortress 2 is incredibly fluid at 165Hz, as it's a game that you can easily achieve 165FPS in if you drop your details down a bit (on a GPU that can't quite hit 165FPS at 1440p). We were using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, which was more than powerful enough to hit 165FPS in Team Fortress 2, and the experience was nothing less than amazing.

 

Moving over to Battlefield 4, where I game on the Medium preset at the native resolution of 2560x1440 so that I can achieve closer to 165Hz. I noticed that the Titan X was sometimes dropping to 120-130FPS at 1440p, even on the Medium preset, but thanks to the inclusion of NVIDIA's G-Sync variable refresh technology, it didn't feel like I was being hit by the FPS drop.

 

Battlefield 4 was beautifully smooth, allowing for even tighter gunfights and madness to unfold on the ROG Swift PG279Q. Hitting 165FPS (or, at least, close, something I found to be around 130/140FPS) and you're as good as gold.

 

Towards the end of my time with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, I purchased and downloaded Just Cause 3. With everything up on high details and FXAA disabled, I was hitting somewhere around the 80-90FPS mark, and it still felt smooth. I think this comes down to Just Cause 3 being a third-person game, versus an FPS where the frame rate is absolutely key.

 

Just Cause 3 still felt great to play, so if you're in the market for the 165Hz display from ASUS, don't worry about the benefits being limited to first-person twitch shooters like CS: GO.

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