ASUS has started sales of its yet unannounced TUF Gaming VG279QM display in China. The new monitor features a maximum refresh rate of 280 Hz along with a dynamic refresh rate technology and is designed for gamers seeking maximum performance.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM display uses an 8-bit ‘fast IPS’ 27-inch panel from AU Optronics that features a Full-HD resolution and a native refresh rate of 240 Hz that is overclocked to 280 Hz. Other characteristics of the monitor are in line with specifications of the panel: 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a 1 ms response time.

Since the monitor is designed for gamers, it does not come as a surprise that it supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync and VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technologies. (We expect it to support AMD’s FreeSync, but so far it has not been formally qualified.) The monitor also support ASUS’s extreme low motion blur (ELMB) technology. Interestingly, the monitor promises to support something called ELMB Sync, which probably is simultaneous work of ELMB and a VRR technology. The display is also DisplayHDR 400-certified, but do not expect any meaningful HDR experience given the peak luminance of only 400 nits.

The TUF VG279QM display comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, swivel, and can even work in portrait mode. As for connectivity, the monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 connectors. In addition, unlike most TUF-branded hardware from ASUS, the VG279QM supports Aura Sync RGB lighting.

The ASUS TUF Gaming LCD w/280 Hz Refresh Rate
  TUF VG279QM
Panel 27-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology NVIDIA G-Sync
VESA Adaptive Sync
Range ?
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms
Pixel Pitch ~0.27675 mm²
Pixel Density ~82 PPI
Color Gamut Support 99% sRGB
Inputs 1×DP 1.2
2×HDMI 2.0
Audio -
Stand Height: +/- 130 mm
Tilt: +33° ~ -5°
Swivel: +/- 90°
Pivot: +/- 90°
Warranty ? years
Launch Price in China ¥3699

At present, the TUF Gaming VG279QM is available in China for ¥3699 and it is unclear when the device is set to hit Europe and the US and how much it is expected to cost. Keeping in mind that at present this display is the only monitor feature a 280 Hz maximum refresh rate on the market, ASUS should be interested in bringing it to markets other than China as soon as possible. On the other hand, it is possible that ASUS will offer the TUF VG279QM under a different brand in other countries given its premium feature set.

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Sources: TFT Central, Taobao

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  • willis936 - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    Really though? IPS response time is multiple frames at this refresh rate. Just check out tft central’s work. Pushing past 240 is great to see but it isn’t meaningful until in an OLED. Reply
  • 0siris - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    I don't get it either. If someone claims to notice a difference between 240 and 280 Hz, surely that kind of person would also notice the far starker difference in IPS and TN pixel transition times? Even fast(but bright enough for practical use) strobing is kind of borderline on the fastest TN panels at 240Hz. Reply
  • danielfranklin - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    Marketing like this is huge in China.
    Just think back to the A53 based 8/10 core smartphone SOCs they were all over for years.
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  • Opencg - Saturday, December 21, 2019 - link

    You quote tft central but your facts are disporved by their most recent review. Check it out it is probably the same panel and it gets response times totally suitable for 240hz. Reply
  • Alistair - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    The latest IPS is about as fast as TN (4ms). 1ms means nothing, since you have to include overdrive error. Low error IPS is around 4ms and TN is around 3ms, so almost identical. Reply
  • willis936 - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    Any measurements to back that up? Reply
  • Alistair - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    Here are the measurements:

    https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/images/acer_nitro_xv2...
    Reply
  • PseudoKnight - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    That data suggests IPS avg G2G is closer to double TN avg G2G than nearly identical. The best are 4.8 (IPS) vs 2.6 (TN). I wonder how worst case B2W response times compare. Reply
  • Alistair - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    The problem is most of those TN panels are pushed to far into overdrive error in order to run at 240hz. The IPS 240hz that was just released has no error problems at 4.8ms, but can actually be pushed to 3.1ms with the kind of error you see with some of those TN monitors. Anyways 3 is about as fast as 5ms. I should have said 5ms (since 4.8 is closer to 5 haha). Reply
  • 0siris - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    That's exactly enough difference to be extra noticeable under strobing, though. The TN panels just about manage to finish transitioning before the backlight has to be switched on and the IPS panels can't manage that most of the time. Reply

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