ASUS this week announced the final specs, official price, and launch timeframe for its highly-anticipated ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology and features a 4K Ultra HD resolution as well as a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate. The display will hit the market in late June and will cost nearly $2000.

As reported, both the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Acer Predator X27 displays are use the same principle components as NVIDIA’s reference design for G-Sync HDR monitors and therefore offer very similar general specs (keep in mind that they are not the same monitors and the differences are noteworthy). Acer intends to ship its top-of-the-range Predator monitor on June 1 and Newegg is already taking pre-orders on the product. The ASUS display will ship a bit later, so it cannot be pre-ordered right now.

As readers interested in the NVIDIA G-Sync HDR technology already know, the ROG Swift PG27UQ is based on AU Optronics’ 10-bit AHVA panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 4 ms response time, an "up to" 144 Hz refresh rate (native refresh rate is 120 Hz), and a 1000 nits peak luminance. One of the most important features of the monitor is its 384-zone FALD backlight to offer the necessary localized contrast ratios, which is enhanced with quantum dots to ensure the DCI-P3 color gamut. Meanwhile ASUS emphasizes that its PG27UQ monitor will ship calibrated to Delta E<3 accuracy and can display 99% of the AdobeRGB and 97% of the DCI-P3 color ranges. The display is VESA DisplayHDR 1000-certified and UltraHD Premium branding is pending.

One of the interesting features that the ROG Swift PG27UQ supports is ambient light sensor that is used to adjust brightiness depending on ambient light conditions.

When it comes to connectivity, the PG27UQ has a DisplayPort 1.4 input (which is required to display 4K content with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling) as well as an HDMI 2.0 header (that can handle 4Kp60). In addition, the monitor has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub as well as a 3.5-mm audio jack.

Since we are dealing with an ASUS ROG monitor, it supports various gaming specific display modes tailored for various genres. In addition, like all modern gaming LCDs, the PG27UQ comes with programmable LED RGB lighting. In particular, it supports the ASUS Aura Sync technology, two projectors (one projects lighting effects onto a desktop surface, another projects them onto a wall) and one LED zone on the back.

ASUS currently intends to ship its top-of-the-range gaming monitor in late June at an MSRP of $1999.

Specifications of ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Gaming Monitor
  PG27UQ
Panel 27" IPS (AHVA)
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate Native: 120 Hz
4:4:4 HDR: 98Hz
4:2:2 HDR: 120Hz
Overclocked 4:2:2 HDR: 144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync HDR
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness Native: 300 - 600 cd/m²
Peak: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Backlighting FALD, 384 zones
Quantum Dot Yes
HDR HDR10 Support
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
PPI 163 pixels per inch
Colors 1.07 billion
Color Saturation sRGB: 100%
Adobe RGB: 99%
 DCI-P3: 90
Rec. 2020: ?
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5-mm audio jack
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0
Stand Adjustments Tilt: +20°~-5°
Swivel: +160°~+160°
Pivot: +90°~-90°
Height Adjustment: 0~120 mm
Vesa Mount 100 × 100
Power Consumption Idle: ?
Peak: 180 W with HDR on

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  • a5cent - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    I've lost hope we'll ever see OLED go mainstream for computer monitors. The color degradation issues, in particular now that HDR is becoming a thing, are unlikely to be overcome, not to mention burn-in problems that are still an issue with monitors which display static content over long periods of time.

    I suspect MicroLED is more likely to be what saves the computer monitor market from our currently craptastic LCD tech.
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  • FreckledTrout - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    If MicroLED ever becomes a thing I suspect you are right. If it does im pretty sure ill be a proud owner of a MicroLED monitor. I really suspect monitors may be the first things to see MicroLED as its costs go up with a size considerably so I could see Samsung hitting hitting the smaller high end spectrum like this monitor. Reply
  • a5cent - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    I hope you are correct, but unfortunately I've read otherwise. High-DPI displays apparently are the most difficult thing to produce, particularly if they are large. Most companies working on MicroLED products are looking at very large but low-DPI televisions or very small mid-DPI smart watch displays. However, I suspect that can eventually change as the problems currently exuding MicroLED from monitors (and even more so from smartphone panels) are entirely related to the manufacturing processes and not inherent to the technology itself (as they are with OLED). Reply
  • FullmetalTitan - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    I tend to agree that micro LED will be what saves the day. It gets reasonably close in accurate color reproduction but avoids the worst issues with OLED. The fact that Samsung jumped ship on OLED production for TVs and monitors, instead focusing on extreme PPI phone displays, definitely doesn't help the situation either Reply
  • Diji1 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - link

    I wonder if these models feature ULMB (which a lot of LCDs blur issues while halving brightness). Reply
  • Diji1 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - link

    *fixes Reply
  • ComputerGuy2006 - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    Shame it does not support freesync. Is there an actual real reason monitors can't support freesync that also support g-sync or is this just nvidia bullying us consumers again? Reply
  • r3loaded - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Yes. Absolutely no technical reason Nvidia GPUs can't support Freesync (and I doubt G-Sync monitors would need much work to support it either), they just choose not to because vendor lock-in. Reply
  • Diji1 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - link

    >actual reason

    Nvidia develops G-sync displays with the manufacturer which is why you see a small number of G-sync displays that are all high performance.

    The monitors feature Nvidia branding and Nvidia does not want their brand associated with Freesync's more open and therefore possibly lower quality results.
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  • FreckledTrout - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    I think i'll wait until micro led comes to market in a few years before I spend like this on a monitor. That I might pay a high premium for but no way im paying 2K for a FALD 27' monitor. This monitor sits in an awkward spot since 27" is pretty small for 4k. I would much rather this screen was larger or they went with 2K along with a higher refresh rate if sticking with 27". Reply

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