Today ASUS announced a new monitor targeted at the gaming market. The ASUS MG278Q is a 27" TN panel with a resolution of 2560x1440 and a 144Hz refresh rate. In the chart below you can see further information about the monitor and its specifications.

Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Panel Size 27"
Peak Brightness 350nits
Response Time 1ms (GtG)
Viewing Angle (H/V) 170° / 160°
Inputs / Outputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-link DVI
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x 3.5mm audio
3 x USB 3.0 (1 upstream 2 downstream)
Color Depth 16.7 million colors (Likely 6bit+AFRC)
Dimensions 625 x 563 x 233mm (with stand)

Being a gaming-oriented display, the MG278Q's focus is on a low response time and a high refresh rate rather than color accuracy. Since it's a TN panel it's likely that the panel has a native 6bit color depth per subpixel and uses temporal dithering to emulate 16.7 million colors, although this has not been confirmed. In addition to the 144Hz refresh rate, the MG278Q supports AMD's FreeSync technology which utilizes the Adaptive Sync feature of DisplayPort 1.2a to enable a variable refresh rate synchronized to the GPU's rendering of frames. More information about FreeSync and how it works can be found here.

ASUS is yet to announce pricing fort he MG278Q, but we've seen TN displays with similar specifications from Acer and BenQ for $500-600. The MG278Q will be available in North America in early September

Source: ASUS

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  • osteopathic1 - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Begin the TN versus IPS war in the comment section
  • Flunk - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    If you want 144hz you have to buy a TN, that's how it is, who needs a flame war?
  • FriendlyUser - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    ASUS will happily sell you the MG279Q, which is an IPS version at 144Hz with FreeSync. Priced at around $600 in Europe.
  • Samus - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    That's unfortunate. And as far as I'm concerned no 144Hz monitors are newsworthy until that changes.
  • todlerix - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    He was wrong, MG279Q - $580 on Amazon right now.
  • todlerix - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Couldn't find an edit button, to clarify... 2560x1440@144hz, IPS, Made by ASUS. The article is about the 278, but the 279 is already out, IPS version.
  • JTWrenn - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    From what I am reading in the reviews wait a while on any asus monitor products. They are having some serious production issues.
  • medi03 - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - link

    What kind of "serious production issues"?
  • Mr Perfect - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    You don't HAVE to, there are a couple of IPS-type 144Hz screen options. The Acer Predator XB270HU and Asus MG279Q are out now, with the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q and Eizo Foris FS2735 launching soon.

    Considering how popular they've been, I'm a little surprised OEMs are still introducing TNs in the same price range.
  • todlerix - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    IPS have the downsize of IPS glow... do they have any other common issues?

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