A long time coming
To say that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ has been a long time coming is a bit of an understatement. In the computer hardware world where we are generally lucky to know about a product for 6-months, the PG27UQ is a product that has been around in some form or another for at least 18 months.
Originally demonstrated at CES 2017, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ debuted alongside the Acer Predator X27 as the world's first G-SYNC displays supporting HDR. With promised brightness levels of 1000 nits, G-SYNC HDR was a surprising and aggressive announcement considering that HDR was just starting to pick up steam on TVs, and was unheard of for PC monitors. On top of the HDR support, these monitors were the first announced displays sporting a 144Hz refresh rate at 4K, due to their DisplayPort 1.4 connections.
However, delays lead to the PG27UQ being displayed yet again at CES this year, with a promised release date of Q1 2018. Even more slippages in release lead us to today, where the ASUS PG27UQ is available for pre-order for a staggering $2,000 and set to ship at some point this month.
In some ways, the launch of the PG27UQ very much mirrors the launch of the original G-SYNC display, the ROG Swift PG278Q. Both displays represented the launch of an oft waited technology, in a 27" form factor, and were seen as extremely expensive at their time of release.
Finally, we have our hands on a production model of the ASUS PG27UQ, the first monitor to support G-SYNC HDR, as well as 144Hz refresh rate at 4K. Can a PC monitor really be worth a $2,000 price tag?
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2018 - 12:02 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync, asus, acer, 4k, 144hz
Thanks to a listing that appeared on Newegg this morning, we seem to finally have an idea of what pricing will be like for the long-awaited 27" 4K HDR G-Sync displays in the US region.
For the amount of $2,000, you can now preorder the Acer Predator X27 monitor from Newegg, with a scheduled release date of June 1, 2018.
While $2,000 is a lot for a display, this pricing doesn't come as a surprise. After several rumors and leaked pricing from other territories, it became apparent that this would be a costly product.
Originally announced at CES 2017, G-SYNC HDR displays have been delayed several times, with the latest word being that they will be available by the end of the month.
We still have no word on pricing of the ASUS PG27UQ with the same specifications as the Predator X27, but I would expect it to be very similar if not nearly identical.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2018 - 04:35 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, velocity micro, qualcomm, Portal, Onyx Boox, nvidia, Netflix, microsoft, linux, K63, Intel, hyperx, google, evga, corsair, coolermaster, ChromeOS, bitfenix, arm, amd, 4k, video
PC Perspective Podcast #499 - 05/10/18
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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Dunia 2, far cry 5, 4k
Armed with a GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition and a 4k display, you venture forth into the advanced graphics settings of Ubisoft's latest Far Cry game. Inside you face a multitude of challenges, from volumetric fog through various species of anti-aliasing until finally facing the beast known as overall quality. [H]ard|OCP completed this quest and you can benefit from their experience, although no matter how long they searched they could not locate any sign of NVIDIA's Gameworks which appeared in the previous Far Cry. There were signs of rapid packed math enhancements, much to the rejoicing of those who have no concrete interest in Gameworks existence.
"We will be comparing Far Cry 5's Overall Quality, Shadows, Volumetric Fog, and Anti-Aliasing image quality. In addition, we will find out if we can improve IQ in the game by adding Anisotropic Filtering and forcing AA from the control panel. We’ve have a video showing you many IQ issues we found in Far Cry 5, and those are plentiful."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- 20-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon GPU Comparison For Rise of The Tomb Raider On Vulkan/Linux @ Phoronix
- AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - The Funky One @ Guru of 3D
- GTX 1070 Ti Overclocking Guide @ OCC
- Radeon Pro vs. Quadro: A Fresh Look At Workstation GPU Performance @ Techgage
- Download: MSI AfterBurner 4.5.0 @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Displays | April 18, 2018 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: benq, EL2870U, freesync, 4k, hdr10, TN
The BenQ EL2870U is a 27.9" 4K TN display that touts a 1ms gtg response time, supports HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.4, a FreeSync range of 40-60Hz and HDR 10 support. The proof is in the testing however, which Kitguru conducted in their review. The display suffers from an all too common flaw; it accepts HDR input but cannot properly display it so you should consider this a SDR display, more or less. The colour calibration is not good enough for professional usage but would certainly function perfectly for gaming. Check out the full details before considering a purchase.
"On paper, the BenQ EL2870U initially seems like the ideal entertainment and productivity monitor. It’s a stylish, flicker-free 28in 4K UHD display with a 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync and HDR 10 support, to list but a few of the highlights."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 vs NVIDIA G-Sync @ [H]ard|OCP
- Philips Brilliance 328P6AUBREB 31.5in QHD Monitor @ Kitguru
- EIZO FlexScan EV2785 @ TechPowerUp
- Acer ProDesigner PE320QK @ Kitguru
- Buying Guide: 4K TVs You Can Use As A Monitor @ Techgage
Subject: Displays | March 12, 2018 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 1080p, 1440p, 4k, 21:9, g-sync, freesync
Today is perhaps not the best day to buy a new monitor, FreeSync 2 should be arriving soon, as should high refresh rate UHD models, and well, the HDR standard is a wee bit more dynamic than we want right now. There are some out there who will feel the need to upgrade or to replace a veteran panel which has hit retirement age, so check out TechSpot's current recommendations. They have spilt their displays into four categories, 1080p, 1440p, 4K, Ultrawide aka 21:9 and a budget category. For the most part, they chose G-SYNC as NVIDIA holds the largest marketshare but they did include a few FreeSync alternatives.
"With the gaming monitor market expanding to all sorts of display types and technologies, it's time we had a dedicated Best Of feature dedicated to them. Today we'll provide you with 5-10 key monitor recommendations across a variety of popular categories."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AOC G2790PX 144Hz Freesync Monitor @ Kitguru
- Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ @ Techspot
- Acer Predator Z35P 100Hz G-Sync Monitor @ Kitguru
- AOC Q3279VWF FreeSync 31.5in @ Kitguru
Quirks, Savings, and Conclusions
Welcome back to the third and final chapter in our recent cord cutting saga, in which the crew here at the PC Perspective office take a fresh look at dumping traditional cable and satellite sources for online and over-the-air content. We previously planned our cord cutting adventure with a look at the devices, software, and services that will replace our cable and satellite subscriptions, and then put that plan to action by deploying an NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Plex, and an HDTV tuner with antenna.
Now, several weeks into this experiment, we wanted to take a step back to evaluate how the process went in practice, including a look at some of the challenges we failed to initially anticipate, projections of the increased Internet bandwidth usage that accompanies cord cutting (especially important for the many of you with home broadband usage caps), and finally a calculation of the initial and ongoing costs associated with cord cutting in order to determine if this whole process actually saves us any money.
Ultimate Cord Cutting Guide - Part 2: Installation & Configuration
We're back with Part 2 of our cord cutting series, documenting our experience with dumping traditional cable and satellite providers in exchange for cheaper and more flexible online and over-the-air content. In Part 1 we looked at the devices that could serve as our cord-cutting hub, the types of subscription content that would be available, and the options for free OTA and online media.
In the end, we selected the NVIDIA SHIELD as our central media device due to its power, capabilities, and flexibility. Now in Part 2 we'll walk through setting up the SHIELD, adding our channels and services, configuring Plex, and more!
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2017 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, gaming, destiny 2, amd, 4k, 1440p
In their testing of the new PC port of Destiny 2, The Guru of 3D made some interesting discoveries. The first is that at 1080p, the game's performance can be somewhat limited by your CPU, but not at 1440p or higher resolutions. The second finding is the impressive showing of AMD's Vega 64 and 56 at 1440p and 4K, which both outperform the GTX 1080. It may be that NVIDIA will release an optimized driver and repeat the improvements seen in Forza 7 but for now AMD is in the lead.
"We test that PC enhanced Destiny 2 for Windows relative towards graphics card performance with the latest AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers. Multiple graphics cards are being tested and benchmarked. We have a look at performance with the newest graphics cards and technologies."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Winter’s Steam sales approacheth on these dates @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Returning to Second Life @ Ars Technica
- Humble Day of the Devs 2017 Bundle
- Stronghold HD: Free with every meninist fever-dream @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- The best short games on PC @ PC Gamer
- Hitman GOTY Edition announced by IO Interactve @ HEXUS
- Here are Wolfenstein 2’s system requirements @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Stardock CEO talks Star Control: Origins’ player crafting and upcoming beta @ Ars Technica
- Wot I Think: Destiny 2 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - DX12 & Vulkan Short Analysis @ OCC
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2017 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, RX VEGA 64, 4k
[H]ard|OCP updated their benchmarking suite with several new games and have published a review of AMD's Vega 64 focusing on 4K performance. The race between the GTX 1080 and Vega 64 is quite close, with many benchmarks showing less than a 10% difference in performance. Neither card came close to touching the GTX 1080 Ti, that card is still the only one that can truly handle 4K gaming with graphics options on high or ultra. For 1440p performance, the GTX 1080 is better overall but the Vega is still a very strong contender.
Pop over for a look at the detailed results.
"Does the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 play games well at 4K resolution? What game settings work best at 4K, and how does it compare to GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti? Ten games are tested, new and old, DX11, DX12, and Vulkan at playable game settings and pushed to the max in this all out 4K brawl."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio @ Guru3D
- ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Poseidon @ Guru3D
- Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared @ TechSpot
- EKWB and Bykski Water Blocks tested on Asus GTX 1080 Ti Strix @ TechPowerUp