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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  • YukaKun - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Damn. Well done Asus! Even in IPS flavor!

    Finally a justification to SLI Titan X-Ps! Or maybe 4... Heh.

  • r3loaded - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Needs two changes:

    1) Freesync instead of proprietary sync. Would be perfect for Freesync 2 in fact given the HDR support.
    2) Ditch the garish L33T G4M3R design. 12 year olds aren't the ones dropping four figures on a monitor.
  • Ninhalem - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    I wish we could upvote posts. Also an addon to your #2: add a VESA mount. I won't buy a monitor unless I have the ability to mount on my existing wall easily.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    I believe the monitor does have VESA mounting screw holes underneath the ROG "eye" design on the back of the monitor. You have unlatch and detach the existing monitor mount to view the VESA mounting holes.

    This happens to be a quickest link that I can demonstrate it, but it's at a Taiwanese review site for the Asus ROG PG348Q monitor.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Even if this one has a replaceable stand, the arc of red LEDs above it would still produce tacky backlighting.
  • surt - Saturday, January 14, 2017 - link

    That's like 10c worth of nontransmitting black paint to fix.
  • Speed3y - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    If it uses the same setup as the PG348Q (which it very likely will); then I can confirm the LEDs are located in the stand, not in the back of the screen. I have mine wall mounted and there are two metal contacts that provide current to the stand which I simply covered with electrical tape before mounting the VESA mounting bracket to the back of the screen.
  • TheJian - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Considering 95% of the high end is all Nvidia (at least the people this $1500-2000 monitor is aimed at), having freesync would limit your sales since it won't work with any of these people.

    Who would you sell this thing to on AMD's side if it even had freesync? Gsync means you can sell to people NOW and for the next six months that audience grows even more. You are asking the company to make a product that currently (and for the next 6 months) would have zero customers that can push it. Vega would have to sell massively (and HBM2 will see to it this doesn't happen) in order to make a monitor like this for that group of people. I really hope AMD releases a GDDR5x edition to help Vega sales VERY early on, or better yet, out of the gate. But then, if that was the case it should be selling NOW and it isn't.
  • Midwayman - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    If anything Fury GPUs owners would get more out of it than someone with an ultra high end titan X. Variable refresh is pretty much made for cards struggling to hit 60fps. Plus monitors are something that lasts a lot longer than a single GPU. I've been waiting for a 4k high refresh monitor for awhile and I'm on team red.
  • imaheadcase - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    Given AMD track record, you could very well get this monitor and in 4 years have a fast card that is in top performance for a few weeks.

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