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ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ Preview: 3840×1080 144Hz FreeSync 2 HDR UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

By November 2, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

ASUS has showcased their latest addition to the ROG Strix series of gaming monitors.

The new 49″ ultrawide ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ boasts the 3840×1080 32:9 screen resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync 2, and the VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified HDR10 support.

Previously, ASUS announced a similar 49″ ultrawide display dubbed as the ASUS VG49V with mostly identical specs except for FreeSync 2 and HDR.

It’s unclear whether ASUS will release both monitors or if the new XG49VQ is just the upgraded model of the VG49V.

Image Quality

At the moment, the panel type of the monitor is not revealed though it will most likely be a VA panel like in most of the 49″ 3840×1080 32:9 gaming models such as the MSI MAG491c and the Samsung CHG90.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ display supports HDR with DispalyHDR400 certification meaning that it will support at least true 8-bit color depth, have a peak luminance of at least 400-nits, and have a wider color gamut than the standard – in this case, 125% of the sRGB color space is covered.

This entry-level HDR support will provide you with a small but noticeable boost in image vibrancy and quality which is just a glimpse of what “true” HDR displays can do, though these are significantly more expensive as well.

The 3840×1080 screen resolution results in a pixel density of ~81 PPI (pixels per inch) on the 49″ screen of the ASUS XG49VQ monitor i. e. the same pixel density found on 27″ 1920×1080 monitors.

In short, this means that the monitor is mainly aimed at gaming as the low pixel density makes for deficient screen real estate and text clarity if you plan on using the display for work.

Philips and Dell, however, plan to release 49″ ultrawide monitors with a higher resolution of 5120×1440 pixels for business purposes.

Features

The ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ supports the AMD FreeSync 2 technology which unlike the first generation requires from a display to support LFC (Low Framerate Compensation).

Basically, this means that even when your FPS rate drops below the lower end of the dynamic refresh rate range, the gaming performance will remain smooth as the frame rates will be doubled.

However, the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ FreeSync range is not specified yet.

FreeSync 2 will in addition to providing variable refresh rate for AMD graphics card users, also make HDR gaming more engaging by reducing input lag.

The monitor will also most likely have the usual features found in ROG gaming monitors such as the GameVisual pre-calibrated picture presets and the GamePlus features such as customizable crosshairs, timers, and an FPS counter.

In addition, the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ 144Hz monitor features the ASUS Shadow Boost technology which can brighten up dark parts of the image. The monitor will also support the Picture by Picture mode.

While the previously-announced ASUS VG49V offers the ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur technology, there’s no mentioned of it when it comes to the XG49VQ model.

Design & Connectivity

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Information regarding the ergonomics and connectivity ports of the ASUS XG49VQ is currently missing. We’ll update the article as soon as the information is available.

Price & Availability

Currently, there’s no word on pricing and availability.

ASUS XG49VQ Specifications

Screen Size 49-inch
Screen Curvature 1800R
Resolution 3840×1080 (DFHD)
Panel Type VA (?)
Aspect Ratio 32:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Adaptive Sync FreeSync 2 (Unconfirmed: 48Hz-144Hz)
Brightness (HDR) 400 cd/m2
HDR VESA DisplayHDR 400

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