Just last week, I was about to place an order for an Asus VG278HE but decided to hold back for a couple more months in anticipation of the PG278Q ROG Swift, which has incorporated the G-Sync technology. If you’re unfamiliar with G-Sync, it’s basically a compilation of the most important aspects within a gaming monitor. These include the complete elimination of both lag and motion blur on the fastest refresh rates (currently 144 Hz).
You might have come across several monitors which are advertised as being able to display frames of up to 200 FPS but that’s just unrealistic. Often, these gaming monitors have been overclocked to a dangerous degree that they might just break down on you any second at all. Plus, with such heavy overclocking, the image quality will suffer tremendously and it’ll be like playing your games on 1080p instead of say 1440p. The G-Sync feature on the ROG Swift also ensures that your games will be free of screen-tearing, something which has been evading professional and enthusiastic gamers for the longest time.
Before you get too excited though, the PG278Q, which is coincidentally the first WQHD monitor that comes with the G-Sync element, does cost a hefty $799. That, coupled with a 780 GTX, will cost you over $1200, a small fortune for most of the average gamers. Is it really worth its price tag? That would depend on how hardcore of a gamer you are. Basically, you’ll be scoring a lot more kills and winning more subscribers to your Twitch stream, which is something that most Youtube or Twitch gamers will be desperate for. It could easily earn you back its worth but that remains to be seen since this juggernaut of a monitor will probably not be released anytime soon. If this seems completely out of your budget range though, you could check out the other top alternatives for a gaming monitor here.
In fact, it’s been many months since it was first showcased and not much progress has been seen since then. I’d also like to point out that its bezel is extremely thin for a 27″ gaming monitor. At only 6mm of width, you could use it for a multi-display setup without much hassle or distraction. VESA mounting is also an available option if that’s your thing. Its adjustment features are additionally fairly impressive and you’re allowed to tweak its height, tilting and pivoting angles.
Pretty much everything that a gamer could possible ask for, this monitor has it. As tempted as I am to get it for my birthday present (*hint hint*), I think I’d rather save up the moolah for a dual-SLI GTX 780 for the smoothest possible gameplay experience. Currently, my rig’s only equipped with a GTX 680, which is sufficient for now, since my display’s only 24″ as of this moment. I’ll be sure to start scrounging up whatever I can to dump into my monitor budget though. With the insane amount of hours that I anticipate I’m going to throw into gaming once I get this baby, it will certainly be worth its seemingly extreme cost.