Asus did a really good job with the ROG Swift PG278Q when they first released it about 6 months back. Its performance ratings are off the charts and with its 1440p resolution, it’s just a beast to be reckoned with. In fact, many have claimed that it’s indeed the best gaming monitor around, and we wholeheartedly agree with it. Why?
Firstly, the G-Sync technology not only enables it to run all games with zero screen tearing, it smoothens the frame rates in such a way that any motion on the display just seems so fluid. V-Sync is no longer needed this way, which is an added plus since it’s well known that a significant amount of input delay is incurred with it enabled. So, not only is it technically faster, the gameplay will seem a lot smoother with this gaming monitor because it can run refresh rates of up to 144 Hz.
The only thing lacking about this monitor is that it is a TN panel, which means that the color production will not be as fantastic as say an IPS or even a VA panel. The viewing angles will also be rather limited due to this very reason. Nonetheless, for the purposes of pure PC gaming, this monitor is as good as it gets. This 27″ monitor sells on Newegg for around $800 though. That’s a lot to pay for a single device. Even the latest high-end graphics card like the Nvidia GTX 980 is only selling for $400 or so. Should you get it? It depends. If you already have a very powerful gaming rig that can play the latest games at over 60 frames per second at the highest settings (1440p), then by all means, go for it. Otherwise, you might want to hold back on your purchase and invest the money into your graphics card or something.
Another problem with regard to G-Sync monitors (that the ROG Swift is) is the fact that it only runs on TN panel monitors. Additionally, because of the limitations that the G-Sync technology currently has, whether intentional or not, only Nvidia graphics cards are capable of supporting it. This is rather unfortunate but not necessarily devastating since most gamers use Nvidia cards in their rigs anyway. Coming from an IPS monitor (VP2770 by ViewSonic), I did notice a slight reduction in the color vibrancy and overall clarity on the images (I tested BioShock Infinite and Elder’s Scroll Online on it). The difference in terms of static image quality is not glaring but certainly noticeable especially if you’re nitpicky like me. Nonetheless, the vast improvement in terms of the fluidity just won me over.
I’m absolutely convinced that the $800 price tag on the ROG Swift is well worth it and after trying out other 144 Hz monitors with G-Sync (BenQ XL2420G is one fine example of this), I have to say I’ve fallen in love with it. It truly is one of the best among some of the most recommended options when it comes to gaming monitors. As amazed as I was with IPS monitors ever since I made the switch, the impression G-Sync along as 144 Hz refresh rates gave me is simply overwhelming. I know for certain that I wouldn’t be switching to another monitor soon. Well, at least until a G-Sync IPS monitor that can run on 1440p becomes available, hopefully in the next 5 years or so.