ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Reviewccokeman - August 11, 2014
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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Testing:
Testing this monitor and how well it works with NVIDIA's G-Sync Technology will encompass using my standard video card review test bed and playing through several games to find out just what kind of impact I can see. Having played through the selection of games in the past, it should prove interesting to see if the screen tearing I normally see is evident. This testing will be more of a subjective look at how well G-Sync works when paired with a GTX 780 Ti. There should be no performance impact when using the technology with ASUS' latest 2560x1440 ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync enabled gaming monitor.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K @ 4.4GHz
- CPU Cooling: Custom water cooling from Swiftech
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4x4GB 2400MHz
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-ray
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- BioShock Infinite
- Battlefield 4
- Crysis 3
- Far Cry 3
Playing through each of the games brought to light the kind of smoothness that only comes with this technology. It does not get rid of the game glitches that are part and parcel to the game in question, but does indeed offer improved visuals. You get the best of both worlds: no input lag and no screen tearing that you see when the frame rates outstrip the standard 60 and even 120Hz refresh rates of current monitor technology. As far as any performance hit, there really is no performance hit to speak of when enabling G-Sync technology.
By spending several hours in front of the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q, what I did discover was that I found myself playing through the games much longer than I had before just because of how smooth the gameplay was. In addition, I found that, while playable with v-sync off, G-Sync fixed the screen tearing and lag issues you get when v-sync is enabled. After moving back to my standard gear, which is a 30-inch 60Hz IPS monitor, I was instantly yearning to go back to the G-Sync enabled ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q. The difference is truly mind bending and made the gaming experience all that more enjoyable.