ASUS introduced the industry’s first 4K HDR gaming display with a 144 Hz refresh rate using a quantum dot film at CES. The ROG Swift PG27UQ will be a new dream gaming monitor from the company because it features all the modern display technologies and a very fast refresh rate. Since the product is not set to hit the market immediately, ASUS decided to stay quiet about its price and availability timeframe, though expect it to be around $1500-$2000.

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is based on AU Optronics’ AHVA panel with a 4K (3840×2160) resolution, up to 1000 nits brightness, and a 144 Hz refresh rate with G-Sync. The manufacturer gave the panel a quantum dot treatment via a 3M film in early samples, but as of yet we do not know the exact color gamuts support as these have not been announced yet. ASUS has stated that the panel will offer support for HDR10, which means it might end up offering settings HDR-related color spaces, but at this time it is unconfirmed. Additionally, the monitor is equipped with NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR variable refresh rate technology for smooth gameplay. Finally, the PG27UQ received a new direct LED backlighting with 384 zones that enables the high brighness and should lend itself to better contrast ratios (this enables localized dimming as a result).

In the recent years, monitors tailored for gamers have gotten increasingly popular because they offered key features important for the target audience: a large diagonal, high PPI, a very high refresh rate and a variable refresh rate technology. Meanwhile, to enable all of the aforementioned, manufacturers had to make certain design tradeoffs when it comes to resolution, brightness and at times even viewing angles due to panel selection, which may have compromised other types of experiences. The new ROG Swift PG27UQ packs everything that ASUS had to offer when it comes to gaming and multimedia, enabling users to have premium experience across the board. The novelty is not absolutely tradeoff-free, though: the display is smaller than the ROG Swift PG348Q.

Specifications of ASUS 4K Ultra-HD G-SYNC Gaming Monitor
Panel 27" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 144 Hz on DP
60 Hz on HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync
Response Time Unknown
Brightness 1000 cd/m²
Contrast Unknown
Backlighting Direct LED, 384 zones
Quantum Dot Yes
HDR HDR10 Support
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
PPI 163 pixels per inch
Colors Unknown
Color Saturation sRGB
 DCI-P3 (percentage unknown)
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI

To take advantage of all the features that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ has to offer, owners will have to use an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.4 connector that supports 4K/144 output (albeit, with DSC) and HDR. NVIDIA’s previous-gen GeForce GTX 9-series GPUs have an HDR-supporting HDMI 2.0a display controller, but the HDMI port on this panel is only good up to 60 Hz at 4K.

While we do not know when ASUS intends to mass-produce the ROG Swift PG27UQ, it is highly unlikely that this is going to happen shortly for several reasons. Firstly, ASUS and AU Optronics demonstrated the prototype of the panel that powers the display at Computex 2016 and so far, we have not seen any indications that AUO has started mass production of its 4K/144Hz panels. Secondly, contemporary high-end graphics cards barely deliver 60 fps at 4K in games - without sufficient grunt, the monitor will simply not use all of its potential in high-end titles, which could affect demand. On the price side, keep in mind that the Swift PG348Q will remain the flagship ASUS ROG display and therefore the new PG27UQ will unlikely cost more than its bigger curved brother does. We've heard murmurs around the $1500-$2000 price point, but we will see. Given the timescale of a device like this, I suspect we will have more information around Computex time (early June).

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  • efficacyman - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - link

    Consider looking at the LG 38UC99. It has the same vertical resolution and can be divided into 2 1920x1600 monitors as well. It has freesync and is capable of 75hz w/ AMD graphics. Unfortunately the pixel pitch dosent match the PLP setup so its not just a drop for your 30" landscape in for vertical height. So far I am happy with mine as the immersion for MMO gaming is fantastic.
  • boeush - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    IMO even 32" is too small for a monitor.

    Ergonomics-wise you're supposed to keep a monitor at arm's length from your eyes, unless you want extra eye strain and steadungly degrading vision.

    Without putting your nose up against the monitor, at 4k the optimal size would be more like 40" - IMO. Also, at that distance/span, a curved screen would actually help and make sense, for a change...
  • DanNeely - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    Depends what you're doing. While 30: 16:10 doesn't completely fill my vision at arms length it is big enough that when playing games that put important status indicators on the edge of the screen I tend to sit back slightly more to keep them from edging into my peripheral vision.
  • UltraTech79 - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    Its called a TV. Why do people keep separating them so much? This isnt the early 2000s anymore. Just do research a good PC gaming TV. Not all are good for desktop use.
  • andychow - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - link

    I don't want 32". I want 27" 4k. Even 24" 4k. My cellphone is 1440p @ 5".
  • R7 - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Your cellphone has no scaling issues. It's built from ground up to natevely support high DPI. Windows on the other hand has not. 24" 4K would be horrible.
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    They've probably been sat on this tech for a long time, waiting for the sales of standard screens to drop, ready to milk people of their money. All the others will now release the same type of screen and the tech snail race carries on.

    $1500-$2000 - No. Just absolutely no. There's no reason for this to cost that much.
  • R7 - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Yeah lol they had this gathering dust in a warehouse 7 years ago - NOT.
    The prototype of this was displayed mid 2016. It takes a while to mass produce panels with such specs (well the only such panel currently in existance). And for the record - i doubt others will follow anytime soon. There is still no competition to 165Hz IPS panel years after AUO introduced it.
  • Xajel - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Yes, FreeSync 2 version... But most importantly.. a 34" Ultrawide version
  • tk.icepick - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Seconding the PPI number - I have a Samsung U28D590D, which at 700mm is about 27.55in, giving a PPI ≈ 159.9.

    As for the monitor...I may just treat myself to one when and if the price comes under 1K, assuming the total input lag (response time + processing) is under 10ms.

    Please review this panel!

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