CES 2015: ASUS 27-inch ROG Swift PG27AQ 4K Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC and IPS

Subject: Displays | January 7, 2015 - 03:17 AM |
Tagged: ROG Swift, ROG, monitor, ips, in plane switching, gaming monitor, g-sync, ces 2015, CES, asus

UPDATE: Hands on video with JJ from ASUS!

The new ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ features a 3840 x 2160-pixel 4K (UHD) resolution IPS panel for wide viewing angles and accurate color.

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The 27-inch LED-backlit display features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to synchronizes its refresh rates to the computer’s graphics-processing unit (GPU), eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter and input lag to deliver the smoothest gaming experience possible. The Swift PG27AQ also includes a five-way navigation joystick to navigate the on-screen display (why not, it’s a gaming monitor after all). The monitor stand features full tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment, as well as a “smart cable-management system”.

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The panel has a 1000:1 contrast ratio (without dynamic numbers in the millions this might look unimpressive, but it is typical for the native contrast on IPS) and 300 cd/m² brightness. The design also features a “super narrow” bezel which looks cool, but also makes multi-monitor setups more seamless (naturally you’ll want to buy at least two, right?).

No word on availability or pricing just yet.

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Source: ASUS

January 5, 2015 | 01:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What is the minumum refresh rate?

January 5, 2015 | 05:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It is 60hz confirmed.

January 7, 2015 | 01:41 PM - Posted by drallim

He asked about minimum refresh not maximum

January 5, 2015 | 01:34 PM - Posted by Mountainlifter

Ryan just posted a ces article about a 4k asus 27" Ips gsync gaming monitor.

He referred to it as the PG27RQ. Is this the same? Double post you guys?

January 5, 2015 | 01:34 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

And you thought the 1440p version was hard to find in stock...

This thing will be like trying to find the f'ing Holy Grail.

January 5, 2015 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Black Octagon (not verified)

Anonymous, the native refresh rate should most likely be 60Hz by now. 30Hz 4k monitors were an early-adopters' pain. Anything higher that 60Hz is something I don't think we're quite ready for yet.

January 5, 2015 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

60hz 4k is already quite demanding we are for sure not ready for 120hz 4k. My Buddy has been waiting for an Asus 4k Gsync and is going to get this ASAP. Me I am going to stick with my pg278q I'm a high refresh rate chap and the TN panel is beautiful better then most low to mid range Ips panels that I have seen.

January 7, 2015 | 11:38 AM - Posted by fade2blac

GPU framerates aside, 60Hz @4k is nearing the physical limit for DP 1.2, there is simply not enough bandwidth available to go much higher. 3840 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz signaling requires 12.54-14.26 Gbit/s out of a possible 17.28 Gbit/s according to wikipedia. DP 1.3 (max 25.92 Gbit/s) can barely accommodate up to 120Hz @4k.

April 14, 2015 | 11:05 AM - Posted by jacer (not verified)

My video cards are rendering 4k @ 100FPS in most games. 140FPS if I turn anti aliasing off. (BF4, BF Hardline)

I'm ready for the next iteration of display port so I can have 120hz+

January 5, 2015 | 08:03 PM - Posted by Dr_b_

Asus how about a 1440p IPS/VA panel with GSYNC?

January 6, 2015 | 12:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not sure if trolling...?

January 5, 2015 | 11:39 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

4k at 60 Hz..My old eyes would never be able to play on that!

January 5, 2015 | 11:39 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

4k at 60 Hz..My old eyes would never be able to play on that!

January 6, 2015 | 06:28 AM - Posted by Bakath

4k Needs to be 30"+ all the 24-28 seems silly

January 7, 2015 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I thought I was the only person who felt that way. lol.

January 6, 2015 | 03:25 PM - Posted by larsoncc

Any word on whether or not lower resolutions will support higher refresh, like 1080p @ 120hz?

January 7, 2015 | 09:18 AM - Posted by Stealthgyro

Why is this question never answered?

January 7, 2015 | 03:35 AM - Posted by Celmor (not verified)

Once you go up to 144 Hz you won't go back.
I've just bought the previous model and could give it back without loosing money but I will keep it, because I think 1440p/144Hz is the sweet point for competitive / FPS gaming.
Nice to see a new model though, really interested how the panel will turn out (true 8-bit or higher).

January 7, 2015 | 09:20 AM - Posted by Stealthgyro

PG278Q owner here, yep... yep... I may get a 4k 60hz Panel, but it's only going to be a second monitor and probably not a Gsync, more of just a random monitor as a workspace. My ROG Swift is where it's at for gaming.

January 7, 2015 | 06:41 AM - Posted by codo (not verified)

yeah, if you are that niche who has tri-titan z's or something go for this. otherwise the current 1440p swift is the way to go, as long as you luck into a working one. read the rog forums, so many nightmares, mine has held up now after a couple months or so though. you just cant go back from how smooth it is, I feel like more shots have gone my way in battlefield and such as well

January 7, 2015 | 06:59 AM - Posted by ChrisCk (not verified)

I just don't understand why people keep wanting an IPS monitor for gaming . I had one of the best and the IPS glow was a disaster . You can even see it in the video above .In the dark scenes of Farcry 4 you can't see anything . A good TN monitor with Gsync and high refresh rate is still the best gaming option .

January 7, 2015 | 07:17 AM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)

Because TN is absolute garbage. All TNs are basically for monitors what 2$ wallmart speakers are for audio equipment.

TN still costs so much only because kids who think they know what "pixel response time" means think they are MLG PROZ.

You got unlucky with your IPS. Big woop... should have changed it.

Now with 100+hz IPSs, TN garbage can finally die and rot in hell.

January 7, 2015 | 07:45 AM - Posted by ChrisCk (not verified)

You are talking to someone who changes a monitor almost every year . Last year i was gaming to one of the best IPS monitors and it had none problem , it was the well known IPS glow that exists in each and every IPS panel and low contrast which also exists in every IPS panel , even in LG's best TV sets . I am also gaming in a Panasonic 50VT30 plasma which is unbeatable in every regard and i still prefer my Acer TN monitor because it doesn't fall too behind in picture quality but Gsync is the one way to go . The technology to look at in the future is OLED . IPS is garbage for gaming and good only for professionals .

January 7, 2015 | 08:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You obviously have no clue when it comes to monitors other than HEY IPS HAS BEST COLORS.

IPS are shit for gaming

January 7, 2015 | 12:51 PM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

sorry but I have a 1440 IPS and I will never get anything but, has been an incredible gaming monitor.

January 7, 2015 | 08:24 AM - Posted by Rick (not verified)

im setting the over/under on price at $1300

January 29, 2015 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The new and old ROG require roughly the same amount of GPU horsepower to drive it at its max fps.

While the 4K model has 2.25 more pixel to render compared to the old ROG Swift, the FPS is capped at only 60. The old ROG is up to 2.4 times faster. Hence both require the same amount of GPU power to drive.

May 30, 2015 | 05:33 PM - Posted by Manolas (not verified)

Omg another faild from asus 27 inch at 4k monitor is sux and 60hz only pfffff...asus wake up dude gamers need 32 inch monitor with 144hz ips free sync or g sync...

June 19, 2015 | 10:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah, that doesn't exist. There isn't even one single 4k monitor that's faster than 60hz with *-sync and IPS. From any manufacturer.

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