ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ: UWQHD 100Hz Gaming Monitor With FreeSync and Backlight Strobing

ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ Review

Introduction

If you’re looking for the perfect gaming monitor to pair with your new AMD Vega 64 graphics card, your search is over; meet the ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ with AMD FreeSync, 100Hz refresh rate, and the exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur technology.

In addition, the display features an ergonomic ultra thin design with ambient lighting, 1800R curvature, and extensive connectivity. The ASUS XG35VQ is the latest addition to the ROG Strix XG FreeSync gaming monitor series announced back in June 2017.

Image Quality

The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ is based on a VA panel with 2,500:1 contrast ratio for the superior relation between the brightest and the darkest colors along with exceptional true black tone. The VA panel also ensures the 178-degree viewing angles, 100% sRGB color gamut, and a quick 4ms response time speed (gray to gray pixel transition).

The huge curved 35-inch display features the UWQHD screen resolution with 3440×1440 pixels which will immerse you into the gaming world with its crisp and vibrant image quality. With roughly 106 pixels per inch, there’s an abundance of detail as well as screen real estate.

Extreme Low Motion Blur

Due to the nature of VA panels, smearing and ghosting is usually present in most gaming monitors of this kind even though their specified response time speed is equal to the IPS which actually shows less perceptible trailing in the fast-paced video games.

This is where the Extreme Low Motion Blur technology kicks in.

Once it’s enabled, it allows the display to bypass its response time speed limit by backlight strobing. As a result, blurring of the fast moving objects is efficiently eliminated. However, this only works at certain fixed refresh rates (not yet revealed at what refresh rates exactly for this model) which means it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync.

AMD FreeSync

AMD FreeSync, on the other hand, synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor to the GPU’s frame rate. This dynamic refresh rate eliminates screen tearing and stuttering while reducing input lag as well. It can greatly help with the performance by keeping your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate from fluctuating.

Naturally, it requires a FreeSync compatible graphics card. You can use the ASUS XG35VQ VA gaming monitor with Nvidia cards as well, but you won’t be able to activate the dynamic refresh rate.

So, if your computer rig can maintain high frame rates without issues, you can activate the blur reduction technology instead, and enjoy the blur-free fast-paced gameplay while the intense picture quality is preserved.

Design and Connectivity

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The ASUS XG35VQ features an attractive design with lots of shining gimmicks. The AuraSync technology provides customizable RGB LED lighting that you can sync with the rest of your AuraSync compatible equipment. The lighting can also be synched to the audio in video games.

Application developers can fiddle even more with this technology using the exclusive AuraSDK software.

Connector ports include an HDMI 2.0, an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, the headphones jack, and two USB 3.0 ports while ergonomics consist of tilt, swivel, and height adjustments.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS ROG Swift XG35VQ price is unknown at the moment while the release date should be by the end of the year. Once provided with the official information, we’ll update this article.

Dell has also announced a similar monitor dubbed as the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It’s a curved UWQHD gaming monitor as well, but with G-SYNC and 120Hz refresh rate. It is priced at $,1500 – so the ASUS XG35VQ should cost considerably less, around $1,000 is my guess.

Conclusion

It’s good to see that more and more gaming monitors are coming with the built-in backlight strobing capability, especially the VA panels which are infamous for prominent ghosting. Hopefully, the Extreme Low Motion Blur technology will solve this, at least to a degree where we can comfortably enjoy both the immense contrast ratio and smooth performance with tolerable ghosting.

We’re particularly interested in how the ASUS XG35VQ will compare to the faster and more responsive IPS gaming monitors with the same 4ms (GtG) response time speed specified. Only time will tell.

ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ Specifications
Screen Size35-inch
Resolution3440x1440 (UWQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate100Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2500:1 (static)

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