The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz G-Sync monitor is a pro gamer's dream (Updated)
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz G-Sync monitor is a pro gamer's dream
Note: This article was first published on 7th January 2020 and is now updated with some availability details.
A high refresh rate monitor is one of the best upgrades you can make to improve your gaming experience. The difference between a 60Hz and 144Hz monitor is like that between night and day, with the latter delivering far smoother and more responsive gameplay. But you start to run into diminishing returns past a certain point, and there's also the issue of being able to maintain crazy high frame rates to get the most out of your monitor.
That said, ASUS isn't letting any of that stop it, and in some ways I'm actually glad. The ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is the first display to feature such a high refresh rate, and it sounds really awesome. There's support for NVIDIA G-Sync too, so you'll still get a butter-smooth experience even when your card can't maintain the full 360FPS.
The monitor is obviously targeted at esports pros, and games like Overwatch and CS:GO are generally less demanding and easier to run at over 300FPS. ASUS also isn't bothering with a sprawling screen or high resolution panel – the pros don't care about things like that anyway and it's smartly sticking to a modest 24.5-inch FHD Fast IPS display from AU Optronics. With 1ms gray-to-gray response time and HDR10 compatible, this is a good set of attributes for folks serious about esports and also need a screen that can double up for their creative work or production needs.
But for those of you more concerned about things like top specs and high resolution, ASUS has the ROG Swift PG32UQX G-Sync Ultimate monitor. It's a 32-inch screen that has just about every feature you can think of, including DisplayHDR 1400 certification – which means a retina-searing brightness of 1,400 nits – and a 144Hz refresh rate. The full-array local dimming backlight utilises 1,152 Mini LED zones, which means brighter highlights and darker blacks, all while better preserving detail.
Of course, it's got a 4K resolution to boot so everything should appear super sharp and crisp.
An RGB backlit ROG logo sits at the back, and this can be synced with other Aura Sync-compatible devices. Like the ROG Swift 360Hz, the stand also houses a projector that projects the ROG logo onto your desk. Alternatively, you can display your own custom logo using the included blank discs.
Both displays are expected to be available later this year, with pricing to be announced closer to the date.
The ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is currently set for a worldwide release in September and it has a suggested retail price of US$699. We'll update again when local pricing has been confirmed.