ASUS has created quite the powerhouse with its ROG Swift PG27UQ gaming monitor, offering up native 4K at a huge 144Hz with gloriously beautiful HDR and super-smooth G-Sync technology. It's the perfect storm of a gaming monitor with its perfect partner in crime being a new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
You will need to have the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti if you want to get close to 4K at 144FPS in today's games, with games like Overwatch - that aren't overly detailed or require crazy high-end $1200 graphics cards, just to run 3840x2160 at 144FPS. It's not an easy task, so keep that in mind when buying the monitor. Newer, higher-detailed games like Battlefield V or the upcoming Metro Exodus will NOT run at 4K on high/ultra details at 144FPS, there's just no way.
This monitor with its native 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate is almost like a monitor from the future: there are no graphics cards out capable of driving 4K 144FPS on a single-GPU solution right now. Sure, you can run GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards in NVLink, but SLI-capable games are few and far between so you can't make any guarantees buying two high-end graphics cards for $2400 and then another $1800 for the ASUS ROG Swiftg PG27UQ without guaranteeing 4K 144FPS.
But, if you play specific games like Rocket League, Overwatch, or even PUBG - you'll have no issues hitting 144FPS at 4K. In games like Battlefield, I was getting closer to 90-100FPS minimum with some tweaks to in-game visual settings, dropping them to a mix of medium and high. I don't run any form of anti-aliasing (AA) at 4K, which always helps with performance.
HDR content looks out-of-this-world on the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ, with Battlefield V running at 4K with HDR on this monitor being some of the best visuals I've ever seen on the PC. Looking at movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice running at native 4K with HDR looked absolutely incredible. Towards the second half of the movie when Superman goes to fight Batman and he has all the traps setup, the 50-cal hits that Superman is taking are absolutely insanely bright.
So bright that it makes you squint, as ASUS isn't messing around on the ROG Swift PG27UQ. The explosions after that scene are almost turn-away bright, as is the mega battle with Doomsday in the final moments of the film. Superman flies towards Doomsday blasting him with his heat vision, and Doomsday fights back with a bigger blast of heat vision... all of this is beyond amazing to see in person.
All-in-all, ASUS has built one of the best gaming monitors ever made. The ROG Swift PG27UQ is a work of art that compliments the blazing fast GeForce RTX 2080 Ti perfectly.
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The Bottom Line: ASUS knocks it out of the park with the ROG Swift PG27UQ, offering up 4K at 144FPS with HDR and G-Sync if you've got the right hardware. Mix it with NVIDIA's awesome GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and you're gaming from the future. 4K 144FPS gaming is like nothing else.
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