I didn't use the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q on the desktop as much as I had liked, as ASUS only had a 2-week loan on the monitor - but in my brief time using it, I wouldn't recommend it for the desktop. Pure gaming monitor with desktop use on the side? Great. Gaming monitor on the side with a permanent second monitor? Even better.
ASUS didn't build the ROG Swift PG258Q for desktop use, so the 240Hz refresh rate is absolutely wasted. I'm not going to give it negative marks for that, though - as it's built as a hardcore gaming display. Tuning the colors, brightness, and profiles did improve things - but it doesn't compare to a proper IPS panel, or higher 1440p/21:9 display for desktop use.
ASUS has crafted one of the most balls-to-the-wall gaming displays I've ever used, simply because it has a 240Hz refresh rate. If you're a competitive, or super-serious FPS gamer, then the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q could be for you.
It has some serious speed behind it, but you need to be equipped with a graphics card capable of keeping up. Anything less than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, or GTX 1070/1080, and you're fooling yourself.
This monitor is for the top breed GPUs and nothing else. Driving 240FPS in games like Overwatch might sound easy, but it's not. Some games don't even scale up to 240FPS, they might have 60/100FPS limits - meaning you're stuck with a far more capable display, limited by software.
CS:GO/Overwatch/FPS-style speed freaks: ASUS has built your monitor. The only thing that could get better is the resolution - moving up to 2560x1440, and the screen size to 28-inch would be absolute gaming perfection. 240FPS at 2560x1440 requires an even beefier graphics card, something doesn't exist yet, I'm afraid.
Don't even get me started on 4K at 240FPS. You'll be waiting for the GeForce GTX 3080 Ti or the Radeon Navi graphics card. Until then, the new ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is a premium 1080p gaming monitor with a mind-boggling 240Hz refresh rate.
If you're happy with 1080p gaming, and you want nothing but the fastest frames on the market, you know what to do.
Last updated: Sep 22, 2019 at 03:05 pm CDT
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