165Hz refresh rates are now a thing as Asus reveal two new 27-inch monitors | PCGamesN

165Hz refresh rates are now a thing as Asus reveal two new 27-inch monitors

Asus RoG monitors

Asus have announced a pair of new monitors for their gamer-focused RoG range, both of them 27-inch IPS displays with 4ms response time and NVIDIA G-Sync. Desirable kit, then. And in the case of the RoG Swift PG279Q screen, a world first 165Hz refresh rate. That's... yep, the PCGamesN scientists have confirmed that's, like, really quick.

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Asus advises that you'll need at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card to make use of that lightning-fast refresh rate, but those with the hardware to make use of it will enjoy "unrivalled smoothness," according to the manufacturer. Well, it's something to do with all those surplus frames you're getting above the 60FPS mark in CS:GO, isn't it?

The RoG Swift PG279Q's resolution is also interesting. At 2560 x 1440 it lies between that hallowed 4K and the standard HD 1080p marks. Asus hope it'll appear to lie in the 'sweet spot' for many gamers who don't have the hardware to run games at 4K and 60FPS but want s few more pixels per inch than standard 1080p monitors can offer.

In this humble writer's opinion, the sweet spot is real. Windows has a hard time scaling to 4K, and you'll need at least two GTX 970s running in SLI to play at a stable 60 FPS. That's a serious outlay, and 4K panels are still pretty expensive themselves. 2560 screens and ultra wide 3400 x 1400 offerings are still demanding, but they're slightly easier to get playable frame rates out of, and arguably offer a more immersive experience than a 27-inch 4K display with a standard widescreen aspect ratio.

Which is where the RoG Swift PG27AQ comes in. If you do have the system to slay that 3840 x 2160 native resolution and make the most of its 144Hz refresh rate, it's a mouthwatering monitor. 

Both panels offer full tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, and can both be used in multi-panel displays, which is handy to keep in mind for the day your lottery numbers come up.

Pricing is TBA both both models, but Asus have confirmed that the ASUS RoG Swift PG279Q will be available worldwide from October 2015, with the PG27AQ following hot on its heels in November 2015.

What's the more attractive proposition: 4K resolution, or 2560 x 1440 and 165Hz? Let us know below.


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Fattox Avatar
2 Years ago

I considered holding out for the 1440p IPS, but ended up going with the original Rog Swift instead.

I'm always noticing BLB issues on IPS laptop screens. Then i read the Asus Predator had the same issue for a lot of people, so i began to wonder if the Asus would suffer the same common issue. Didn't want to risk it.

The colours might be a tad better on IPS, but 'glowing' edges in dark scenes annoy me more.

icheyne Avatar
2 Years ago

Personally, I think 2560x1080 is a better target if you have a regular budget but want to game higher than 1920x1080. It's only a few more pixels, but you get ultra wide viewing angles.

I have a 2560x1440 screen with an R9 390 (£260) and my FPS wobbles between 30 and 60fps with the Witcher 3.

In retrospect, I suspect I'd rather have wider viewing angles and a higher framerate.