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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 144Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review (Page 4)

By Trace Hagan | Aug 11, 2014 12:15 pm CDT
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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Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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