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ASUS' new TUF Gaming monitors offer blistering refresh rates of up to 280Hz

By Koh Wanzi - on 26 Dec 2019, 11:33am

ASUS' new TUF Gaming monitors offer blistering refresh rates of up to 280Hz

ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q

ASUS has announced a trio of new gaming monitors that it is billing as among the world's fastest. The TUF Gaming VG279QM, VG259QM, and ROG Strix XG279Q all offer speedy 1ms gray-to-gray response times, according to ASUS. They support super high refresh rates as well, making them attractive choices for gamers looking for a more fluid and responsive experience.

The new displays utilise the company's FastIPS technology, which employs high-speed liquid crystal elements that can supposedly switch up to 4 times faster than regular IPS panels. Faster response times should mean crisper images, since you'll run into less problems with things like smearing and motion blur. 

ASUS also has its own motion blur reduction tech called ASUS ELMB Sync, short for Extreme Low Motion Blur. It lets you use both ELMB and variable refresh rate tech at the same time, so you get blur-free images that are also free from issues like tearing and stuttering. But because it relies on a black frame insertion technique to achieve this, and adaptive refresh rates also depend on your effective frame rate, ASUS says it's best paired with a graphics card powerful enough to push over 85FPS in your favourite game.

Both TUF Gaming monitors also cover around 99 per cent of the sRGB colour space, while the ROG Strix XG279Q takes things up a notch with 95 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. All three are also claiming a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 178° viewing angles for minimal colour distortion when viewed from the side.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM

On top of that, they boast a peak brightness of 400 nits and DisplayHDR 400 certification. Like most other gaming monitors, ASUS also has something to lighten the shadows and help you see more clearly in dark areas in your game. It calls this Dynamic Shadow Boost, which should make it easier to spot enemies hiding in the shadows.

When it comes to the panel specifications, the 27-inch TUF Gaming VG279QM and 24-inch VG259QM are both 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screens, while the 27-inch ROG Strix XG279Q has a higher 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution. The TUF Gaming displays can be clocked higher though, supporting an overclocked refresh rate of up to 280Hz. Meanwhile, the ROG Strix XG279Q tops out at 170Hz.

300Hz screens are starting to appear on gaming laptops, but similarly high refresh rates really make more sense on standalone monitors, since they can be paired with graphics cards that are more likely to make the best use of them. 

Display inputs include one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports on all three screens, but the ROG Strix XG279Q has additional USB 3.0 upstream and downstream ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Price and availability will be announced closer to the local launch date.