CES 2017: Hands-on with the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ HDR Monitor

Subject: Displays | January 6, 2017 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: swift, ROG, PG27UQ, monitor, high dynamic range, hdr, display, CES 2017, CES, asus

While the announcement of a new 27-inch HDR display from ASUS leaked a bit early, the ROG Swift PG27UQ is now official, and Ryan spent some quality time with this impressive display at CES:

There is no shortage of lust-worthy specifications from the PG27UQ, with a 144 Hz refresh rate from its 4K panel, NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR with 384-zone local dimming from its direct LED backlighting system, 1000 nit peak brightness, and quantum dot technology for a wide color gamut.

Here are the specifications for the ROG Swift PG27UQ from ASUS:

  • Display Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Panel type: 27in (16:9) IPS panel
  • Backlight Type: Direct LED; dynamically controlled across 384 zones
  • High Dynamic Range: Yes, HDR 10
  • Refresh rate: Up to 144Hz
  • Brightness: 1,000cd/m² (peak)
  • Quantum Dot Technology: Yes
  • Input: DisplayPort 1.4 x2, HDMI x1

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No specifics on pricing or availably have been announced yet.

(Update -- Scott Michaud @ January 6th, 11pm EST: ASUS has published a blog post claiming that the monitor will be available in Q3. OC3D claims that the price will be $1199, although that doesn't seem right and our anonymous sources have it closer to $1500.)

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January 6, 2017 | 12:37 PM - Posted by Kommando Kodiak (not verified)

Hey Allyn looks like that 240hz 1440P monitor might happen this year after all! Hopefully we find out before computex

January 6, 2017 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

past 144hz is pointless. diminishing returns. better to step up to 4k

January 6, 2017 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


January 10, 2017 | 04:41 AM - Posted by Mike D (not verified)

Agreed. No GPU today can pump that much fps from all the current AAA games, let alone above 4K.

I say 1440p for 27" is the right spot. 4K or higher should have bigger size monitors.

January 6, 2017 | 12:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol last week i was saying that this is what it would take to make me upgrade from xb270hu. Looks like 2017 will be an expensive year. Looking forward to seeing what kind of fps we can expect from high end graphics cards at 4k max eye candy.

January 10, 2017 | 04:44 AM - Posted by Mike D (not verified)

Actually, you buying that has secured yourself for 3-4 years till your GPU (provided you keep updating it) can finally surpass the max HZ on AAA games.

January 6, 2017 | 01:02 PM - Posted by mLocke

is the other PG27s are any indication of how this will be released, don't expect to get it for six months after initial release date as every shipment will be bought out before they can even get them off the pallet.

January 6, 2017 | 02:02 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

delays are nothing. What's should be foremost on everyone's mind is the QC. Or has everyone forgotten about the shitty QC that ACER and ASUS both had on their monitors?

January 7, 2017 | 06:47 PM - Posted by Moyeni (not verified)


January 8, 2017 | 12:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

my thoughts exactly

January 9, 2017 | 01:13 PM - Posted by Vladmir (not verified)

+ 50
It is a shame that we find it acceptable to pay near 1000€ and have to play monitor lottery.

I wish Alan or Ryan would confront them (Acer and Asus) on this issue. Or anyone from youtube reviewer community for that matter. I'm curious what they would have to say.

I would love Dell to take this part of market seriously, and make a perfect 150+Hz IPS 2560x1440. Even if it was 100€ more, I would buy it instantly.

January 6, 2017 | 01:39 PM - Posted by MR SHEHZAAN M ABDULLA (not verified)

Currently more tempted by the similarly specced less bezel intensive Acer equivalent.

January 6, 2017 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Any word on response times. These are gaming monitors so hopefully under 5ms would be super happy if in the 1-2ms range.

January 6, 2017 | 03:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The technology is still so limited, at best you're looking at 5ms gtg, but far higher for full white - "black" (dark gray) - full white.

January 6, 2017 | 02:26 PM - Posted by Ss3trnks2

Have you guys seen any 2k 120hz+ HDR monitors being shown?

January 7, 2017 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Gzoni (not verified)


A 2k HDR would be insta buy for me, As long it does not suffer from bleeding issues.

January 9, 2017 | 01:08 PM - Posted by Vladmir (not verified)

Prerequisite for HDR specification is at least UHD resolution. There will never be a HDR monitor with the resolution less than 3840x2160

Maybe HDR-like, but not HDR

January 6, 2017 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Geforcepat (not verified)

I wish TN could do hdr

January 6, 2017 | 02:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

G-Sync HDR(High Denominations Required)! Now get those Benjamins ready, lots of them!

January 6, 2017 | 03:09 PM - Posted by CNote

If you run this at less than 4k does the HDR still work?

January 6, 2017 | 03:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Haha, gsync's days are seriously numbered now that HDMI is officially building in its own variable refresh technology into HDMI 2.1. Finally no more of the this proprietary bullspit.

Anyone that buys a gsync panel after that announcement has officially gone full retard. Let it die.

January 7, 2017 | 04:20 AM - Posted by Grigor (not verified)

What? Do you mean the buildin Freesync? LOL

January 6, 2017 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Enjoy your CPU bottlenecks even my 5960x shows sighn at 1440/165hz in CPU demanding games like BF1 pushing over 100 plus fps good luck with that with 4k

January 6, 2017 | 04:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

plus you are at mercy of SLI

January 6, 2017 | 05:18 PM - Posted by Cptphoenix (not verified)

Look I'm all for open standards but the first generation of gsync was plain better than free sync (not talking cost just technology and results here). Free sync 2 looks like it'll be better than both technologies 1st iteration. But make no mistake read Ryan's article on free sync 2, in order to make it better and compete with gsync AMD is now going closed wall as well and their will be an extra cost.

January 6, 2017 | 05:19 PM - Posted by Cptphoenix (not verified)

Should probably make it clear by closed wall I mean proprietary.

January 6, 2017 | 09:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD can not make it proprietary and still use DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync. AMD used the VESA eDP standard to create "FreeSync" and got the VESA standards body to create the VESA DP AdaptiveSync Standard(AMD is a Mamber of VESA, as is Nvidia and many many others). Any technology/IP that AMD created and used to get VESA adoption of "FreeSync" now has to be made available to the VESA standards body and has to be under FRAND IP licensing to get it accepted as a VESA standard.

"FreeSync" is just a marketing name for what is the VESA DisplayPort 1.2a standard, so AMD's "FreeSync2" still has to rely on VESA's DP AdaptiveSync. Look for AMD(A member of VESA) to get any new features adopted by VESA also. So where is your source for this "proprietary" news you speak!

January 6, 2017 | 09:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Edit: Mamber
To: Member

January 7, 2017 | 01:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It isn't going to be proprietary. It sounds like they are going to do certification though. All that means is that a display will need to met the certification criteria to be branded as a FreeSync2 display. Displays that can not support frame rate doubling, and whatever other criteria AMD has specified, will not be able to use FreeSync 2 branding. Display makers are still free to make displays implementing VESA's Adaptive Sync with any mix of features that they want. If they want to call it a FreeSync 2 display, then they will need to implement all of the features that AMD has specified, and go through AMD's certification process, whatever that turns out to be. FreeSync is AMD's brand name, so they can exercise control over how it is used.

January 7, 2017 | 06:27 AM - Posted by Cptphoenix (not verified)

The whole point was that AMD are creating a closed garden eco system where they control everything same as nvidias g sync, because its the only way to get vrr to work right. Free sync is a collection of technologies some of which are not proprietary some are, I am talking of the dynamic colour range adjustment from the drivers mentioned in the pcper article.
AMD isn't the darling of open source goodness everyone who jumps their defence thinks they are. If AMD was in as controlling a position as nvidia are they would have done the same as gsync. Both companies are companies IE only out to look after their bottom line.

January 7, 2017 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You do know that Nvidia is a member of VESA(creator of the DisplayPort AdaptiveSync standard with AMD, others members of VESA), as is Intel and everybody in the PC/Laptop/mobile devices business! So "FreeSync2" will also be adopted as a VESA standard open to all with any "FreeSync2" branding depending on that display makers adherence to specifications. And adherence to open standards is good for an industry’s bottom line with all the companies sharing in the R&D and development costs of the open standards. If the open HDMI, PCIe, DP, etc. standards where not saving companies money the companies that created the standards bodies like PCI-SIG, VESA, HDMI-Forum, USB-IF would have never been created by the companies/industry concerned. The standards bodies’ very existence is due to the many companies getting together to create the open standards organizations to begin with for the companies to pool their resources and save billions on not having shoulder development/R&D costs individually.

Open Standards and Open Source are two very different things and you need to research that a little more before you post!

January 6, 2017 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You can see color much better in video hope we get 1440 version

January 7, 2017 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Moyeni (not verified)

+1, 1440p is the sweet spot for (VRR) gaming, 4K is too demanding...

January 7, 2017 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Moyeni (not verified)

+1, 1440p is the sweet spot for (VRR) gaming, 4K is too demanding...

January 6, 2017 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


Note to all big spenders hdmi 2.1 with game vrr is right around the corner.

January 7, 2017 | 06:17 AM - Posted by Bakath

So looking forward to this but once again they are under 30" leading to disappointment.

April 13, 2017 | 07:41 PM - Posted by gaminglad

this is a beast of a screen! Might need to star saving those pennies again!


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