ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ Preview: ASUS FreeSync Gaming Monitors (ASUS XG27VQ, ASUS XG258Q)

ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ

Introduction

ASUS introduced three new XG models to the ROG Strix family of gaming monitors, all of which will feature FreeSync, high refresh rates, and the exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur feature for a responsive and smooth gameplay experience.

First off, we have the ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ which we have already written about here along with the ASUS ROG Swift PG27VQ 165Hz model. It’s a 27-inch 1800R curved monitor with 144Hz refresh rate and Full HD resolution.

Next up, the ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q offers a whopping 240Hz refresh rate, 1080p, and a rapid 1ms response time speed made possible by its 24.5-inch TN panel. It’s aimed strictly at the serious high-end professional players.

Lastly, the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ, essentially a bigger version of the XG27VQ model with a higher resolution, brings a stunningly immersive experience to gaming.

Specifications – XG32VQ

  • 31.5-Inch Screen (1800R Curved)
  • 2560×1440 Resolution (WQHD, 1440p)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • IPS Panel
  • Response Time: Unknown
  • 144Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Ports: 2x DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Hub
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.27 mm

Features

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ display will feature an IPS panel with the flawless 178-degree viewing angles, vibrant colors, and a solid response time. The response time speed is not specified, although it will most likely amount to 4-5ms. More importantly, the ASUS XG32VQ offers the Extreme Low Motion Blur feature which reduces motion blur of the fast moving objects through backlight strobing, and as the result eliminates ghosting effects. It’s a feature similar to Nvidia’s ULMB and cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync.

FreeSync allows you to synchronize the refresh rate of the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ monitor to a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card. As a result, screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated while the input lag is reduced within the dynamic range. However, the actual FreeSync range is not yet specified. Naturally, you can use a Nvidia graphics card with the monitor, but you won’t be able to use the mentioned technology.

The 1440p resolution on a 31.5-inch screen of the ASUS ROG XG32VQ FreeSync monitor amounts to 93 pixels per inch which is a roughly equal pixel density to the 1080p resolution on a 23.5-inch screen. Overall, it results in a crisp image quality with expressive details which is significantly sharper in comparison to the Full HD resolution of the ASUS XG27VQ 27-inch model.

All of the XG Strix series monitors will also have the DisplayWidget feature. This software application will allow you to adjust all the OSD (On-Screen Display) settings in a desktop application rather than by using the OSD buttons. Some of the common ROG gaming monitors feature include pre-calibration picture presets for different genres, crosshair overlays, FPS counter, and an on-screen timer.

Design

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All of the ASUS ROG Strix XG series gaming monitors will sport the ASUS Aura RGB LED lights which add ambient lighting and style to your desk. However, only the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ model will have the AuraSync feature that automatically synchronizes the lights with the rest of your AuraSync compatible gear from ASUS. Other displays’ RGB LED lights will have to be customized manually.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ and XG27VQ offer 1800R curvature for a more immersive gaming experience which along the thin bezels make for an eye-catching appearance. No information is yet available regarding the ergonomics and screen coating type.

Connectivity

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ 144Hz gaming monitor features two DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 2.0, and a USB3.0 hub while the ASUS XG27VQ display has an extra DVI port, but only one DisplayPort. The ASUS XG258Q 240Hz monitor has two DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 2.0, and an HDMI 1.4. Whether any of these monitors will feature built-in speakers is not revealed yet; neither is the FreeSync range.

Price & Release Date

The price of any ASUS ROG Strix XG model is unknown at the moment (June 2017) while the release date is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

Conclusion

It’s nice to see FreeSync getting some love with all the latest G-Sync gaming monitors on the horizon. AMD users will be able to enjoy these awesome gaming machines for a certainly lesser price than their G-Sync counterparts, although we are still to see how the FreeSync range will turn out. The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ IPS monitor is perhaps the most anticipated one due to its perfect mix of screen size, resolution, refresh rate, and other specs which will hopefully be available for an equally attractive price tag.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ, on the other hand, will repulse certain users due to the low resolution for its 27-inch size. However, it does reduce the performance requirements for smooth gaming experience which greatly contributes to a more affordable setup overall. In addition to its eye-catching design with slim bezels, it may end up as an ideal monitor for multi-display gaming setups.

Lastly, the ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q display provides AMD users with the state-of-the-art performance for competitive gaming thanks to its rapid response time, adaptive-sync and motion blur reduction feature, humble resolution, and the amazing 240Hz refresh rate for the most responsive gameplay achievable.

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