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ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ Review: 32:9 Gaming Goodness At 144Hz (Page 6)

By Anthony Garreffa from May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: ASUS

Gaming on the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ

Wow oh wow was gaming on the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ and awesome experience. I played through a bunch of different games but what had my attention and awe the most would definitely have to be The Division 2 and the recently-released RAGE 2. I played around 5-10 hours of each game and when it came to RAGE 2 -- that's something I was playing on right up until the second to last day with the monitor (as it needed to be returned) but RAGE 2 was so much damn fun in 32:9 on the display.

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The Division 2 was an absolute blast in 32:9 and ran on Ultra details with pretty smooth performance on our Core i9-9900K + Radeon VII combo at 3840x1080 but didn't reach 100FPS average. The thing is with games like The Division 2 is that you don't need 144FPS to excel, as 75-100FPS feels smooth enough for hectic RPG action.

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RAGE 2 on the other hand was sublime, running at 100FPS+ on the Radeon VII at maximum details and hot damn was it fluid and best of all -- fun. RAGE 2 is a recent release from id Software and Avalanche Studios, with an infusion of open-world gaming and a beautiful graphics engine in Avalanche's own in-house Apex Engine.

Using the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ to play RAGE 2 was another experience altogether, as it scales beautifully with the 32:9 aspect ratio and while it's not perfect, actually playing the game at that non-native resolution and aspect ratio was unbelievable amounts of fun.

We also tested out games like Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends, Mortal Kombat 11, and more and they were all an absolute joy to play on the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ. This is the entire reason you would buy the monitor as it is truly a kick ass experience for games that benefit, or support the 32:9 aspect ratio and 3840x1080 resolution.

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Mortal Kombat 11 was a huge surprise with some awesome super-ultra-wide gameplay that really pulls you into the fight.

Another bonus is the addition of AMD FreeSync 2 HDR technology.

I didn't bother much with the HDR side of the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ as I think HDR-based gaming is still a hot mess, but I did play with it enough in a few games like The Division 2 where it didn't work and I just didn't bother anymore.

I have 33MB of images from all of the games played on the final page, with some video on those same games coming very soon.

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