The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is a G-Sync monitor with a whopping 240Hz refresh rate (Updated)
The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is a G-Sync monitor with a whopping 240Hz refresh rate
Updated on 28 April 2017: The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is now available to buy locally at S$1,099.
Originally published on 1 June 2016:
Like clockwork, ASUS has taken the wraps off a brand new ROG monitor at Computex 2016. The 24.5-inch ROG Swift PG258Q is a G-Sync monitor for those who prioritize panel refresh rates and response times above all else. It features a staggering 240Hz refresh rate and a 1ms gray-to-gray (G2G) response time, which when coupled with G-Sync technology, should ensure an exceedingly smooth gaming experience.
However, you’ll also need the right hardware – by that, we mean a really powerful card – to take advantage of the full benefit of the 240Hz refresh rate. There’s no use in having a panel that refreshes that fast, if your graphics card can barely keep up with it. Of course, G-Sync will help smooth things out at the lower frame rates by synchronizing the frame rate output and panel refresh rate, but you’ll ideally want to be operating at the upper limit of the 240Hz range.
Then again, if you play less demanding games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you could benefit as well as these games can easily run at a couple hundred fps on a mainstream NVIDIA graphics card.
And if you want to avoid introducing any extra input lag at all on fast-paced shooters, you could disable G-Sync while still minimizing problems like tearing and stuttering. Screen tearing occurs when your frame rate doesn't match the refresh rate of your monitor, but when the display refreshes quicker, such problems are less obvious because each frame persists on the screen for a shorter period of time.
There’s just one caveat – the monitor features only a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel panel, perhaps because of bandwidth limitations. Alternatively, the slim bezels make it ideal for multi-monitor setups, so there are still options for you to explore should you not be satisfied with the standard 1080p resolution.
The monitor is now available to buy here at S$1,099.