After we presented to you the high-end motherboard MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON, we will now engage your attention with devices of a similar kind that immerse you to the world of virtual reality. In this article we shall have a look at three monitors from the Republic of Gamers gaming lineup and a display meant for users with AMD GPUs. Now that NVIDIA has announced its most powerful graphics card, GeForce GTX 1080, we decided to examine some devices that can display the full potential of this chip. They are ROG Swift PG279Q, PG348Q, PG27AQ and another model that is not part of Republic of Gamers, but is a very decent gaming solution – ASUS MG278Q.
Sizes and supported technologies
For now we shall only have a look at the first three models, while the MG278Q will be discussed further down in the article as it is slightly different from the other three. As we mentioned above, these monitors are part of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) lineup which means that the displays have features distinguishing them from conventional monitors. The first thing one notices about these devices is their size. Two of them have a diagonal of 27″ and the largest one ROG Swift PG 348Q offers 34″.
As far as resolution is concerned, it varies from 2560 х 1440 (1440p in PG279Q) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K, PG27AQ), and the “golden mean” is 3440 х 1440 pixels in the last model Swift PG348Q. Each of them offers high image quality owing to wide sRGB coverage – 100%. You also get an IPS panel that ensures great image quality irrespective of the viewing angle. In addition to all these wonderful technologies we must mention the most important one – G-SYNC. It is important to gamers who want to enjoy their favorite games without any interruptions or unpleasant tearing.
The two 27-inch monitors (PG279Q and PG27AQ) come with a stand that allows 90-degrees rotation or the so called Portrait mode. It is a very good additional option considering the sizes of these devices. This will help in case you want to use three monitors but don’t have enough space. Each of the three monitors have high refresh rates. The lowest rate is the one of PG27AQ – 60Hz. Despite this standard rate, its combination with G:SYNC and the relatively low response time of 4 milliseconds (we must not forget that an IPS panel is slower than a TN one) makes the monitor a suitable gaming solution.
The second model has a refresh rate of 100 Hz. Its name is PG348Q and even though it does not offer a rotating stand, it is notable for its curved screen. Response time here is a bit higher than that of the previous model – 5 milliseconds.
PG279Q is world’s first monitor to feature the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. This translates into smooth image and high fps. Additionally, all these monitors come with integrated loudspeakers and you will not need additional audio systems to enjoy the world of virtual reality.
As it was pointed out above, the fourth monitor is not part of this gaming lineup but is absolutely suitable First-Person Shooter games. Its name is MG278Q and provides a few very nice technologies that we shall discuss. The diagonal is again 27″ and the resolution – 2560 х 1440.
This monitor offers a stand that is 90-degrees rotatable (Portrait mode) and has low response time of 1 millisecond. The latter is thanks to the TN panel and thus MG278Q is the perfect solution for FPS games. Additionally, the technology that ensures absolutely smooth gameplay without any tearing is FreeSync. This is namely the alternative to G-SYNC, and is only supported by AMD GPUs. MG278Q has a refresh rate of 144Hz, and also comes with an integrated loudspeaker.
|Diagonal||27″ / 34″|
|Response time||1 ms, 4ms, 5ms|
|Panel type||IPS / TN|
|Adaptive Sync technology||FreeSync, G-SYNC|