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ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Monitor Review - NVIDIA G-Sync 165Hz Bliss (Page 1)

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

ASUS refreshes its incredible ROG Swift display with the PG279Q, cranking the refresh rate to 165Hz. This is the gaming monitor you want.

By Anthony Garreffa on Dec 21, 2015 10:10 pm CST
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASUS


I think most gamers will remember when ASUS released their ROG Swift PG278Q, as it was the best gaming monitor (by far) at the time. It had a native resolution of 2560x1440 when most gaming monitors were still hitting the 1920x1080 ceiling - and a huge 144Hz refresh rate. It did all of this with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology sprinkled on top, inside of a mean-looking display that deserved a place on your desk.


Since then, we've seen the competition (mostly Acer and LG) up their game, with IPS panels becoming the norm. Well, ASUS hasn't been twiddling its thumbs, as we now have the new ROG Swift PG279Q that continues the great name that ASUS built for itself with the PG278Q.

What has ASUS done this time around? We have an IPS panel for one, but secondly - it has a default refresh rate of 144Hz that can be overclocked in the monitor settings to a huge 165Hz. There aren't many times that you'll really tell the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz - but for twitch shooters like CS: GO and the like - the difference is considerable.

Quick Specs

ASUS has used the same 27-inch WQHD panel found in the first ROG Swift monitor, with the new PG279Q featuring a 2560x1440 native resolution, but it has been upgraded to an IPS panel. This provides far better color reproduction and image quality, with wide 178-degree viewing angles.

The 165Hz refresh rate is a world's first, and with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology to top it off, gaming on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q should be nothing short of absolute gaming bliss.

Availability & Price

With the Acer Predator X34 UltraWide monitor coming in at $1290, it's a little expensive for most gamers - but the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a chunk cheaper at $799 on Newegg (currently with $100 off from its original $899 price). There's none in stock right now, and it's not even listed on Amazon (as of publishing time, the monitor is on Amazon at the same price as Newegg). Your results may vary, so you'll need to check your e-tailer/retailers.

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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