AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro certification promises quite a lot when it comes to features and quality, but unfortunately there are less than a dozen of such displays available on the market today. Thankfully, that market will be getting one more entry courtesy of ASUS, who recently announced its second FreeSync Premium Pro monitor, the ROG Strix XG27WQ. Touting support for superior capabilities, the 27-inch monitor is one of the most feature-packed FreeSync Premium Pro monitors to date, and it promises to be less expensive than some of its larger rivals.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27WQ monitor relies on a curved 27-inch VA panel with a 2560×1440 resolution. All together, the monitor offers a peak brightness of 450 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 1 ms MPRT response time, and a 165 Hz maximum refresh rate. The LCD offers one DisplayPort 1.2 inputs and two HDMI 2.0 to connect to its host and also has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub along with a headphone output.

AMD mandates FreeSync Premium Pro (previously FreeSync 2) monitors to support a wide variable refresh rate range (48 – 144 Hz or 48 – 165 Hz in case of the  XG27WQ), feature Low Framerate Compensation, be capable of low-latency tone mapping to the monitor’s native color space, meet HDR brightness and and contrast requirements roughly equivalent to DisplayHDR 500, and reproduce at least 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (92% in the ROG's case). The capabilities of the ASUS ROG Strix XG27WQ monitor actually exceed AMD’s requirements, which makes it a rather potent choice for gamers.

In addition to VESA’s Adaptive-Sync/AMD’s FreeSync VRR, the display also supports ASUS’s Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) that makes fast-paced scenes look sharper even when a variable refresh rate technology is enabled. The ROG Strix XG27WQ also supports a variety of genre-specific game modes, ASUS's Shadow Boost feature to make dark scenes look brighter, and enhancements like crosshair overlay for easier targeting in FPS titles.

Since we are dealing with an ASUS ROG-branded monitor, the model Strix XG27WQ not only features a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel, but also one that has Aura Sync addressable RGB lighting as well as a projector that projects a logotype onto the table below.

  General Specifications
Panel 27" VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Brightness 450 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut 125% sRGB/BT.709
92% DCI-P3
DisplayHDR Tier 400
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
DisplayPort: 48 - 165 Hz
HDMI: 48 - 144 Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 mm²
Pixel Density 108 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm output
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.0 Type-B input
Stand Swivel: -50° ~ +50°
Tilt: -5° ~ +20°
Height: 100 mm
VESA: 100x100

Finally, it's worth keeping in mind that ASUS sometimes formally introduces its products well ahead of their actual release date. As things currently stand, the company has not revealed anything about an actual launch date or pricing for ROG Strix XG27WQ, so it remains to be seen when the monitor will actually hit the streets.

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Source: ASUS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • imaheadcase - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    Humans "I can't wait to get good 4k monitors 30+ inches in size with high refresh rates, 2020 will be the year!"
    Monitor makers: Fuck'em! lets unload all the 27inch panels, and rebrand them with high refresh rates and low res to make it seem like we are innovating when actually using year old panels.
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    oh on top of that, a stand with adjust height, tilt, and swivel is now a premium feature instead of normal. At least Dell knows it shouldn't be.
  • inighthawki - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    If you want those, they exist. In case you weren't aware, most companies produce a variety of products targeting multiple demographics, since obviously not everyone wants what you want.
  • surt - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    This resolution is by far preferred by gamers because the fill rates on most GFX cards won't stand up to 4k yet. You are asking monitor makers to ignore what their consumers are actually demanding.
  • Inteli - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    I'm cool with 1440p. Even on a 32 inch display 1440p is fine for what I use my computer for. Sure, I see a point in UHD displays, but I don't need one.

    Calling 1440p "low res" was a great joke too, thanks for that.
  • eek2121 - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    Yeah, I am willing to pay north of $2,000 for a full IPS 120-165hz 7680x2160 ultra widescreen monitor with HDR, provided it has important features such as VESA mounts and thin/no bezels. Probably won’t happen for another 10 years.
  • PEJUman - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    2000 will not get you this... would you pay $4-5k?
  • GreenReaper - Sunday, April 5, 2020 - link

    No, we can wait until it's $2k.
  • meacupla - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    There's no point in 4K 120Hz+ 24bit monitors when...
    We don't even have HDMI 2.1 or DP 2.0 capable video cards yet.

    It's upon nVidia and AMD to adopt these standards first, then the monitor manufacturers will follow suit.
  • inperfectdarkness - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    Or we can just kick those monitors out now and those of use who want 2160p NOW can upgrade to 120hz later, and enjoy 60hz now...

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