Today ASUS announced two new gaming monitors at their Republic of Gamers Unleashed event in San Francisco. Both displays are 27" IPS panels, although there are some significant differences between the two that make each one appeal more or less for certain genres of games. Below you can find all the relevant specifications for both of ASUS's new monitors.

Resolution 2560x1440 3840x2160
Panel Size 27"
Panel Type WLED + IPS
Refresh Rate 144Hz (OC 165Hz) 60Hz
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Peak Brightness 350 nits 300 nits
Response Time (GtG) 4ms
Viewing Angle (H/V) 178° / 178°
Inputs and Outputs DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 1.4
2x USB 3.0
3.5mm audio
Color Depth 16.7 million (8bit) 1.07 billion (10bit)
Speakers 2x 2W Stereo
Other Features NVIDIA G-Sync
NVIDIA Ultra Low Motion Blur
Price $799 N/A

Starting with the PG279Q, we see that it's a 27" WQHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz. This monitor is definitely targeted more toward gamers who play games like first person shooters where a high refresh rate is a greater asset than a higher resolution. When paired with a GTX 960 or faster NVIDIA GPU the display's refresh rate can be boosted up to 165Hz, and ASUS has even included a button on the monitor to switch between the two refresh rates on command. This is actually more useful then it sounds, because a user can easily move to 165Hz while gaming, and stick with 144Hz in typical use which will also eliminate telecine judder in 24fps video content.

As for the PG27AQ, I would imagine that gamers who play RTS and simulation games would choose it over the PG279Q for its higher resolution. It's a 27" UHD panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz, and a greater 10bit color depth than the PG279Q's 8bit color. It shares most of the remaining specifications with the PG279Q, including a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a 4ms grey to grey response time, a 178 degree viewing angle on both axis, and the inputs and outputs listed above.

Both of these new monitors feature NVIDIA's G-Sync adaptive refresh rate technology. Even on the PG27AQ this can be useful despite it only being a 60Hz panel, as it will produce a much more fluid image if a game's frame rate drops below 60fps than a non G-Sync / FreeSync display. However, only the PG279Q has NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur technology which uses a strobing backlight to reduce motion blur. It's worth noting that G-Sync and ULMB are mutually exclusive and you need to choose which one you want a game to use based on whether or not you can maintain the PG279Q's native refresh rate of 144/165Hz.

The ASUS PG279Q will be available in November, with a starting price of $799 in the United States. Pricing and availability for the PG27AQ is currently unknown, but I would imagine that the price will be in the same realm as the PG279Q.

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  • nagi603 - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    Hmm, a 144/165Hz IPS display? I hope this is the sign of things to come. I'd love to have a 144Hz 24" freesync version, with at least decent color accuracy.
  • Death666Angel - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    Gimme that, but I've grown to like my 27" stuff. So 27" 1440p/144Hz/freesync/IPS. Golden!
  • inighthawki - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    32" or greater, please :)
  • sr1030nx - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    That's what I'm looking for as well.
    Ideally with a minimum freesync range of 20-30.
  • rtho782 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 - link

    If you want an adaptive sync solution that works that low, you need to go for GSync. Freesync is poor in that area partly because there is no oversight by AMD like there is of GSync by nVidia (so monitor manufacturers release things with a 45-75hz range etc) and partly because GSync doubles frames when below the minimum in order to still work in adaptive mode.
  • rtho782 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 - link

    Sounds like you want the RoG Dominator. It's been out a while.
  • fiasse - Sunday, October 11, 2015 - link

    Asus MG279Q your choice
  • qlum - Saturday, October 10, 2015 - link

    My preference would be 23 inch as that's what I am running on my other screens and is actually quite fine in terms of size but yea if I ever upgrade my gpu 144hz ips freesnyc with a decent resolutioon would be the best for me.
  • SeanJ76 - Friday, October 16, 2015 - link

    You buy a BenQ 144hz TN panel if you want great color.
  • sheh - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    I don't understand why not even a single manufacturer publishes true viewing angle figures. They might just as well publish nothing other than the panel type because the viewing angle "spec" is meaningless.

    Also more detailed pixel response time specs could be nice. At the very least, in addition to max transition speed, they should include slowest transition and max overshoot.

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