The Asus Swift PG27UQ is the world’s first 144Hz 4K gaming monitor

Ultra HD/4K gaming monitors have been around for several years now, we’ve even reviewed quite a few ourselves. However, one thing was always holding a lot of gamers back- the 60Hz refresh rate. Well today, we can finally break past the 60Hz barrier as Asus has officially announced the ROG Swift PG27UQ, the world’s first 4K gaming monitor to sport a 144Hz refresh rate.

This version of the ROG Swift measures in at 27-inches, the panel itself uses Quantum Dot technology so you can expect high colour accuracy but it also supports HDR, so the colour gamut will actually be 25% wider than a lot of other monitors that make use of the sRGB format. To be more specific, the PG27UQ uses the DCI-P3 colour gamut for smooth graduations and high accuracy.

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The PG27UQ has a peak brightness of 1,000cd/m² and a high contrast ratio so you can expect excellent quality in light and dark images. However, much like Asus’s other ROG Swift monitors, this one will also feature a G-Sync module, so Nvidia graphics card users can take advantage of smooth, tear-free gameplay and synchronise the monitor’s refresh rate to the amount of frames being pumped out by the GPU.

The maximum resolution here is 3840×2160 and obviously to take advantage of that full 144Hz refresh rate, you are going to need quite an impressive rig. In terms of connectivity, the ROG Swift PG27UQ comes with two DisplayPort 1.4 connections and one HDMI 2.0 port.

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KitGuru Says: I honestly wasn’t expecting to see a 144Hz 4K monitor so early on in the year but it looks like Asus has managed it. Unfortunately, we have no idea how much this thing is going to cost or when it will be available though, so it may be a while before we can get one in for testing. Are any of you going to be tempted to upgrade to 4K now that there is a 144Hz option?

  • FrankVVV

    Gonna wait 2-3 years for GPU’s to catch up, otherwise I would have ordered it ASAP.

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  • Michal Placha

    1080 in Sli.

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  • FrankVVV

    Not powerful enough. Besides I want single GPU only. Support for SLI is getting less and less these days.

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  • 3500€ view ?

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  • WhiteSkyMage

    While Crossfire is getting more and more :)

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  • Andres de Groot

    Indeed & with VEGA coming……..2 VEGA gpu`s can do the job.
    But then you miss freesync with this screen.
    But as VEGA hit the market I`m shure that ASUS will make a Freesync model witch will cost less :)

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  • WhiteSkyMage

    I don’t really trust Asus but I guess Acer or LG may do it.

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  • Sufu

    As long as it doesn’t require Displayport MST to drive it [email protected], I might be in. Tried it once with the Asus PQ321Q…never again.

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  • George Zimmermann

    you can’t use Vega GPUs with a G-Sync module

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  • Cole

    Will this support 2.2 HDCP?

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  • Will

    Looks like I’ve finally found my new monitor haha.
    That said can DP 1.4 even support 4k at 144hz or do you need to team the two DP connectors. Hdmi 2.0 won’t have enough bandwidth.

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  • Yeltnerb1

    DisplayPort 1.4 still has to utilize display stream compression in order to maintain a 144Hz refresh rate. I would set this PG27UG to 120Hz for the best picture quality.

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  • Will

    DSC from v1.1 on wards is visually lossless, hence shouldn’t make a differance.

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  • Will

    You can use AMD GPUs you just won’t get the benefit of G sync

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  • Robert Johnson

    Any word yet on availability and pricing?

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  • Sufu

    The fact that the first 4k monitors required dual dp, each driving half of the screen was the biggest issue. Driver implementations of MST were super buggy.

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  • ahmadsyar

    should a thunderbolt 3 bandwidth suffice?

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  • cracker

    Omg…. I’m vumming

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  • omaredabed

    All that’s left is an ultra wide version!

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  • TwiTch

    I REALLY Wish this would have a 32-34″ Model.

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  • TwiTch

    1080 sli isnt powerful enough?
    I have 2 running an x34 predator (3440×1440) and nearly every game is 100-150fps.
    A single 1080 would be more than enough for most games on this new monitor.

    Its using GSync, you wont Need to run the games at 144fps+

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  • Lukey

    But 4K is 3820×2160 which is a higher resolution and people would still rather have close to 144FPS with this monitor then just something like 60FPS, g-sync or not.

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  • Jake Passafiume

    Shut up and take my money

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  • DRGNZ

    Yes single DP 1.4

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  • Luke Grossman

    DP 1.4 only does 4k @ 120 hz native, but it has Display Stream Compression 1.2 and although there is little info, wikipedia claims it allows DP 1.4 to do a faux 4k @ 144hz signal or even faux 240hz signal, bumping up the frames from the native 120hz max. I suppose they can come out with a 240hz 4k monitor with hdr. By the time 2 GPU’s in sli mode will be able to handle 240hz 4k, people will be gaming in 8k and DP 1.5 will obviously need to be released sooner than later, to do a higher native framerate. 8k @ 240hz native would be a good setup.

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