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ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Preview: 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR Gaming Monitor

By March 23, 2018 36 Comments
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

Introduction

Update: The ASUS PG27UQ has been spotted over at Geizhals which is an online store for Austria, Germany, Poland, and the UK. At the time of this writing, the monitor sells for €2,442.20 which amounts to around $3,000. There’s a three-week delivery, so we can finally expect the 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR monitors in the beginning of May 2018.

At CES 2017, some amazing new monitors for gaming were announced, which we’ll be seeing throughout 2018. The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is definitely one of the more exciting ones as it offers both Nvidia G-SYNC and HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) support, which will dramatically change the world of gaming.

Image Quality

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will be one of the first gaming monitors to offer 4K resolution at a 144Hz refresh rate. No longer will gamers have to choose between image quality and gameplay fluidity but rather simply immerse into the impeccable gaming experience that’s only been fantasized until now.

The LED backlight of the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is controlled across 384 zones and it’s thus capable of producing life-like picture quality with true HDR support which includes maximum brightness level up to 1000 cd/m2, superior contrast ratio, and a wider range of colors of the compatible content.

The 4K (3840×2160) resolution on a 27-inch screen results in stunningly vivid details in video games and all other multimedia activities as it provides a rich pixel density of 163 pixels per inch.

In comparison to the more common QHD (2160×1440) resolution for a 27-inch screen, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will have a larger pixel count of 67% which will, along with the HDR and quantum-dot technologies, deliver a flawless picture.

Features

As one of the first gaming monitors able to fuel the 4K display with a 144Hz refresh rate, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will have to rely on the G-SYNC technology in order to make the gaming experience fluid and smooth.

The Nvidia G-SYNC technology synchronizes the frame rate between the graphics card’s GPU and the monitor’s refresh rate in order to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering.

We suppose that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will also offer the standard GamePlus, FPS Counter, and Turbo Key features which are common among the other ASUS’ gaming monitors. The GamePlus feature allows the user to set a custom crosshair overlay and fix it to the screen which can be a major advantage in FPS games while the turbo key gives its users the ability to swap between different Hz rates.

Design

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Amazon

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will feature the same award-winning design as the ASUS PG348Q, which includes the Armor Titanium Plasma Cooper color scheme and thin bezels. Another cool feature of this design is that it’s able to emit the ROG logo onto the ground as a light projection.

The appearance of the monitor may appear too flashy to some, even when the light projection is turned off, but the design itself is very steady with a lot smooth ergonomic options which is a much more important aspect when it comes to the overall design.

Connectivity

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ features two DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI port. DisplayPort 1.4 is responsible for the 4K resolution running a 144Hz refresh rate along with HDR, and will so require a more powerful graphics card than the Nvidia GTX 10xx series, which is still unavailable.

The HDMI port will only be able to deliver up to 60Hz. At the back of the monitor, there will also likely be a headphones jack, depending on just how identical the design will be to the PG348Q.

Price

The price of the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is currently unknown, though some speculations suggest a price tag of around $2,000.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that this ultimate gaming monitor will change the way video games will look and feel like with its 4K display, 144Hz, HDR, and G-SYNC. We can only wait and hope that one day the time will come when this kind of monitors will become more affordable; until then, most of us will have to make drastic budget sacrifices in order to obtain this beautiful machine, yet I have a feeling that none of us would regret it.


ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Specifications
Screen Size27-inch
Resolution3840x2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncG-SYNC HDR
Ports2x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Brightness1000 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (true 10-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
Local Dimming384-zone Direct LED
HDRHDR10

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  • Max Leung

    No ULMB?

  • Meta Four

    *grabby hands*
    Will definitely be keeping an eye out for this, as well as the competing Acer model.

  • Tyrann

    I thought that didn’t work with gsync enabled.

  • MaDxSkill

    Im keepimg my eyes out for HDR monitor with 4k for my ps4 pro. With a few of the hdr monitors hdr is supported via hdmi. Will this apply for this monitor as well? I know you limites to 60hz but with console thats all i need anyway atm. And im looking to get a pc as well so can use it dial purpose if thats possible.

  • Rectal Prolapse

    No it doesn’t, but several gsync monitors support ULMB as well.

  • jacobpederson

    Will this monster mount to a VESA arm?

  • Kelvin Williams

    This ticks so many boxes…

  • Andrei Birsan

    This ticks all of my boxes. What worries me is not really the price but these two questions: 4k on 27 inch. I’ll go for it but how will be the scaling in windows 10. Also, HDR, do I need more GPU power in games compared to SDR? Also, playing games at 1440p on this monitor will it look better because it’s 4k?

  • Andrei Birsan

    I am hoping for a VESA mount as well.

  • Zander

    The scaling will probably be shit… Considering you’re not going to get 144hz at 4k anyway in most AAA games even with dual titanP’s (will obviously change with future gpu’s), you should probably just run the monitor at 1080p in windows since it won’t look any worse than native 1080p, and then manually change the res to 4k for the games that u know you can handle (if you like to play in borderless like me).

    Also, remember that as the screensize increases, the pixel density will decrease, so while 34inch or larger is maybe better in windows scaling, in games on 27 inch it will look incredible.

    I don’t actually know if HDR requires more gpu power… google gives no results so I am assuming it doesn’t.

    I am going to buy this monitor anyway as I’ve been waiting for these exact specs. This is about as future proof as you can get with a monitor these days. And considering its price I will likely not be buying a new monitor for the next 10 years…..

  • BL

    Meh call me when they make it 32 inches or bigger. 27 inches doesn’t cut it after years of using 30 inch and now 40 inch 4k monitors.

  • jt3z

    Same here but for the new Xbox. I want one thats 4k/HDR/at least 27Inch+/Freesync. Now there is nothing out atm thats has those and with HDR satrting to become a thing in gaming monitors we’ll have to wait til 2018 for these.

  • HDR depends from Monitor Software and Hardware, but right now we are on HDR10+ not HDR 10, so better wait more time to buy those 4k until appear a better OS for 4k monitors and better graphic cards.

  • shadowhedgehogz

    “you should probably just run the monitor at 1080p in windows since it won’t look any worse than native 1080p”

    Wrong, don’t understand everyone who says this stuff.. Anything other than native resolution is going to look worse.

    If you have a 1080p TV and play a 1080p Bluray film it’s going to look its best, but if you play that on a 4k TV it’s going to look worse if you compare them side by side.. Scaling/interpolation isn’t perfect usually.

    Though i have heard a few people say that their 1080p Blurays look good on their 4k TV so i dunno.. guess it’s a bit different comparing to PC monitors.

  • 40 Inch 4k monitor… That’s called a TV

  • tophat1234

    Lets see what Volta has to offer first. AMD already flopped with their Vega cards., They cant even beat the 1080ti and they barely beat the 1080. So we are depending on Volta to give us at least a 50% increase in power over the 1080ti. Which i seem to doubt it will

  • Christoph Leipold

    me 2

  • I Kyuun

    lol, how smaller a monitor how beter the screen quality. the pixels near together.

  • I Kyuun

    for hdr u should use displayport 1.4.

  • Claire AwesomeSauce

    It’s a double edged sword. The bigger screens give a more immersive experience, but they also reduce the PSI. 27 – 32 inches would be a sweet spot, imo.

  • Sam

    Just make a Freesync version of this please 😀

  • Zwijn

    Yeah my neck already hurts thinking about it.. to much for such a short distance.

  • Sabir Ahmed

    We need Asus ROG PG279UQ which one will be 27” QuadHD (1440p) IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor with HDR Wide Screen , 165Hz refresh rate , and Response Time 1ms. Who is agree with me like my comment. Because 4k is useless if you don’t have monster PC.

  • AMD Guru

    I dream of this monitor every night, can’t wait to play Ghost Recon: Wildlands with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Frying Fish

    Yeah, screw that. I sit close to my screen, and I would definitely lose any competitive advantage by being forced to move my head from side-to-side to track the action. There’s a reason why the pros still play on 24-25″ screens. And like others have said, why would you give up PPI? Smart phones looks sexy because of small size+ high resolution. Why throw that away.

    Maybe he wants a screen that’s large enough for multiple people to watch movies on? Possibly needs the space for productivity? dunno.

  • AMD Guru

    27″ is more than large enough for me, but a $2K price tag? Last time I heard, the rumors were somewhere around $1,200 which I would pay, however, $2,000 would be too much. This monitor with two GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 2080 Ti cards would give me a dream system. Oh yeah, I want a 16/32 cpu to go with it, but not the Core i9 7960x as it’s NOT soldered. So I hope Intel pulls there head out of there ass and solders Cascade Lake X cpus!

  • square_crumpets

    I beg to disagree as the PG27UQ can also be used to watch 4K HDR Blu-Ray movies when we’re not gaming 🙂

  • square_crumpets

    PS4 Pro is fake 4K anyway. It’s up scaled using various algorithms like checkerboard. Get the Xbox Scorpio / One X, the world’s first 4K console.

  • Psycrow Epicness

    So i need to install 2 x 1.4 displayports to run 4k 144 hz ? or how do i get the 144 hz in 4 k mode ? i dont get it ?

    It says a GTX 10xx wont be enough..what about a 1080 ti ? or 2 of these :p ?

    Please enlight me someone

  • Psycrow Epicness

    I dont get it..so it uses 2 1.4 display ports to pull 4 k 144 hz ?
    And would a 1080 ti card be enough ?

  • Mitchell

    i want a ppi so small that no matter how close i get to my screen i can’t see pixels, 4k is pretty much as high as they need to go on a desktop monitor 32 inches or under, i mean im currently at 1440p at 27 inches, which is 108ppi once I get a 4k 27 inch monitor my ppi will be 158, I can barely notice pixels now once i go to 4k i’ll doubt i’ll be able to see them at all.

  • Roger Crawford

    Hi there,
    The ASUS PG27UQ will more likely achieve 4K 144Hz by using just one DisplayPort 1.4 but with 4:2:2 Chroma Subsampling rather than two DisplayPorts 1.4 like Dell’s monitor does to achieve 8K resolution since the DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth is limited to 4K 120Hz.

    Even two 1080 Ti cards in SLI would hardly surpass 100 FPS at 4K in most games. Moreover, some games have really poor SLI support.

  • Psycrow Epicness

    I see…I dident understand what you ment with chroma sub sample ?? what do you mean.., 1 or 2 display ports for 144 hz i know 1 x 1.4 is 120 hz

  • Roger Crawford

    Basically, one DisplayPort 1.4 for 144Hz at 4K but with color compression. The monitor should be released soon, so we’ll find out soon enough!

  • robysonyk

    You don’t have to get your games at 2160 resolution. Having your display at native 2160 and playing a game at 1080 or 1440 would still be a great improvement. 1440 is not a big upgrade from 1080 imo. 4k is ideal for crisp image and details.

  • robysonyk

    Well, I think you’ve seen the benchmarks already, if not, go take a quick look. Some games run 144hz and a lot ‘ don’t. That’s why G-sync comes into play, otherwise useless.
    I’m still debating on waiting for this monitor or just buy a 240hz monitor + 4k OLED tv …