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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

What's Hot

 

165Hz - The Next Frontier: If you're a CS: GO gamer, the 165Hz refresh rate is going to make you feel like a king. Even in games like Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield 4, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is absolutely kick ass.

 

 

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ASUS ROG Design: The ROG Swift PG278Q was a great looking monitor, but ASUS have sprinkled some more beauty onto the PG279Q. It stands on its own as a mean-looking, insane-performing gaming monitor that any gamer would be jealous of.

 

1440p > 4K: 27/28-inch monitors are still too small for 4K gaming, so the 2560x1440 native resolution on the ROG Swift PG279Q is perfect. Not only that but driving 4K @ minimum 120FPS+ would be next to impossible on today's GPUs.

 

NVIDIA's G-Sync Technology: I can't game on a display these days that's under 100Hz (the Acer Predator X34 hitting 3440x1440 @ 100Hz is beautiful). But, if you can't quite hit 165FPS in your games, NVIDIA's G-Sync technology goes a long way into not pushing those visual eyesores into your retina.

 

Not Too Badly Priced: At $799, it's not too badly priced. Considering the 34-inch Acer Predator X34 is $1290, you could get the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q for $799 and a decent GPU like the GTX 980 Ti and spend around the same, or a little bit more than the Predator X34.

 

What's Not

 

Requires Huge GPU Horsepower for 165FPS: This is a display that is for the hardcore PC enthusiasts who have the GPU horsepower to maintain 165FPS (or close to) in their games. Not all games can hit 165FPS, and not all hardware can push that in certain games. It's not like you're going to have a bad time at 80-120FPS on this display, but it was made for 165FPS.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

After my time with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, I came to fall in love with it completely. I was a huge, huge fan of the original ROG Swift PG278Q, but the PG279Q fixes all my faults with the PG278Q (and it's not like that list was huge).

 

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I really wanted to see an IPS-based ROG Swift, so here we are. The 144Hz refresh rate has been lifted to 165Hz, and we still have the inclusion of G-Sync from NVIDIA. The entire display has received a slight facelift, with the glowing ROG eye on the base of the display looking menacing on those late night gaming sessions.

 

As for the gaming performance, there's nothing that comes close to this. While most people won't tell the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz, this is the most insane gaming monitor you can buy. I'm glad we didn't see ASUS drop down to 1920x1080 at 165Hz, which would've been a deal-breaker. But at the QHD resolution, 165Hz really excels. First-person shooters benefit greatly from the 165Hz refresh rate, especially twitch shooters like CS: GO and games like Team Fortress 2 feel incredibly fluid. Battlefield 4 and similar shooters still feel great, and even titles like Just Cause 3 feel super-smooth on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q.

 

At the end of the day, this is a no holds barred gaming monitor that is worthy of your money. But you'll have to be prepared to have the GPU power behind you to drive 2560x1440 at close to, or at 165FPS constant. This isn't easy, and this is probably the biggest hurdle to the ROG Swift PG279Q (and any 144Hz+ monitor). But, if you've got the GPU chops and the money, then you will not regret the ROG Swift PG279Q.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance100%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: ASUS has built the best gaming monitor money can buy in the QHD resolution of 2560x1440. The 165Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync is absolutely insane for FPS games. This is the monitor you need to ask Santa for these holidays.

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