I've been waiting so long for a larger-than-life 43-inch 4K 120Hz gaming monitor to fall into my lap, so I put the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q through its paces with 10s of hours of gaming in two of my favorite games -- Apex Legends and Overwatch. I also dialed up every graphical knob that I could in one of the best-looking games ever made -- Control, and enjoyed every single minute of it.
I played 30-40 hours of Apex Legends over the course of over a month on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q -- falling in love in the first few seconds of firing up EA and Respawn's addictive battle royale game, I was in love. Hell, even the menus in games on the 43-inch 4K monitor look great.
I found that I needed a graphics card faster than my MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, as it could not keep up with Apex Legends at 4K and getting anywhere near 120FPS on the highest in-game detail settings. I reduced virtually everything to low or medium and was keeping much better 100FPS or so averages, making the entire experience buttery smooth on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q.
Sliding down the sides of hills and mountains in Apex Legends has never felt better, with the only thing coming close to this being a 21:9 UltraWide gaming monitor. ASUS has you covered and so do I with a review on the ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ -- a 35-inch 3440x1440 @ 200Hz G-SYNC ULTIMATE gaming monitor. I came to love the larger 43-inch panel with its higher-res at 4K and didn't mind the 120Hz over 200Hz. 200Hz is absolutely ridiculous and hard to drive, too.
Overwatch is a favorite game of mine, where I spend my time battling it out as a Mercy main that will also play Moira more these days, but man do I love playing D.va sometimes and on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q it has never felt better.
The 43-inch panel really is a game changer and draws you into the game much more, and thanks to Blizzard not implementing (proper) 21:9 UltraWide support, gaming on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q in Overwatch is even better than the higher-end ROG Swift PG35VQ. Overwatch looks sublime at 4K and is super-sharp, and almost even sharper on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q.
I was easily hitting 120FPS minimum with a mix of low/medium/high detail levels in Overwatch at 4K, which once again felt so super smooth to play.
Another great-looking game that looks even better on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is Control, but even with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti powering my AMD Ryzen 7 3700X gaming PC, I couldn't hit anywhere near close to 120FPS. But, Control is a game that isn't about FPS and is more about visuals -- something that looked truly amazing on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q.
Enabling all of the RTX effects capable on the RTX 2080 Ti, Control looked out of this world on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q. At a razor sharp 4K and all RTX bells and whistles enabled, Control was easily the best-looking game I had the pleasure of playing on the monitor.
Last updated: Dec 2, 2019 at 10:51 am CST
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