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This review is from: ASUS ROG PG278Q Black 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440, 144 Hz 1ms (GTG) NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor with Exclusive GamePlus onscreen timer / crosshair, Tilt, Swivel, Pivot, Height Adjustable
Pros: G-sync finally gets rid of one of the most annoying things that have plagued PC gaming for me, screen tearing and stuttering. It's a godsend. The monitor's 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time make gaming on it a silky smooth experience. It's great.
The resolution is also great. I'm not keen on 4k being practical yet.
Cons: Colors. Viewing angles. These are expected since it's a TN panel. That being said, I was gaming on a PLS 2560x1440 panel before this and the change in picture quality is rather large. It's less noticeable while you play a game, but still a pretty large difference. Colors just look washed out. This is after calibration. A TN panel won't come close to a PLS/IPS panel.
I initially had problems when running over 60Hz at 2560x1440. Every now and then it would give an out of range error and the only way to fix it would be to unplug it from my video card and then back in. This problem hasn't happened in a while. Maybe the newest nvidia driver fixed it.
Not sure if this is isolated to just this monitor as I've seen others with it on the rog swift forums and have heard some mention of being display port issues, but with my setup (this monitor primary, second same resolution and size monitor in portrait mode), whenever the PC wakes up from sleep mode the windows have all moved to the second monitor. In addition, the second monitor's bottom third becomes "corrupted" for lack of a better word. I have to quickly adjust Windows' project options to PC screen only, then back to Extend, and rearrange my windows. It's annoying. Also, the motherboard's post splash screen thing and Windows boot screen (everything up to the Windows login screen) gets put on my second monitor sideways. Makes navigating the UEFI annoying.
Lastly the price is high considering you can get this resolution PLS/IPS panels for cheaper.
Other Thoughts: I have two GTX 780 Tis in SLI and the monitor jives well with them for gaming.
The cons section is decently sized, the reason for still giving it a 4/5 is g-sync. It's that good. I don't see myself considering a monitor for purchase anymore that isn't g-sync (or some comparable technology) enabled.
Pros: Looks good. UEFI is offers great features and is easy to navigate. No stupid sata express. I really don't like that standard. Intel NIC. Overclocking is stupid simple.
Doesn't have a third pci-e 3.0 x16 slot, which means the bottom 2.0 x16 slot is actually usable in an nvidia SLI setup. Other manufacturers make it so that an SLI setup has just one usable pci-e x1 slot between both GPUs (since big cpu heatsinks usually block the top one). Although, because of this boards M.2 implementation you still have only one extra expansion slot, being that bottom 2.0 x16 slot.
Benchmarks show better usb 3.0 and sata transfer speeds on this board than other gaming boards.
Cons: For this price, Asus really needs to put some of that ROG armor on these things. It's so top heavy because of the heatsinks that the whole thing constantly feels like it's about to break in half flexing all over the place. Why is there no bluetooth or wifi at this price level?
Competitors offer about double the usb 3.0 ports and for cheaper prices.
Most other boards disable some of the sata ports in order to support the M.2 slot. This motherboard keeps them on, but disables all other expansion slots, except the bottom 2.0 x16 slots and cuts it's bandwidth down. I would've preferred disabling some sata ports and having more options for expansion on the motherboard, especially since it doesn't have bluetooth or wifi built in and has the minimum number of supported usb 3.0 ports.
On board audio is nothing special. My asus essence stx still destroys it in terms of audio quality.
Other Thoughts: I went with Asus because my last two motherboards have been Asus and have never given me problems. I went with the ROG because of the color scheme and how ugly their regular boards look. The red is not nearly as bright as the pictures here on newegg make it seem to be. Matches just fine with MSI's Gaming red.
Set this with an i7 4790k with a Noctua NH-U14S cooler, 16GB of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series ram, two MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming gpus, and an Asus Essence STX sound card. All inside a HAF X with a Corsair AX1200i.
The Noctua cooler doesn't block ram, but it does block the first pci-e x1 slot.
Overall it's a very good motherboard, but I can't help but feel that you're paying about a $50 premium just for the Asus ROG name. Other directly competing gaming motherboards from MSI and Gigabyte are not only cheaper, but have more features than this one does.
Pros: Fit perfectly into the 200mm slots of a HAF X. Quiet. Move a lot of air.
Other Thoughts: Used it as a replacement for one of the stock 200mm fans that came with the case as it started making some terrible noises.READ FULL REVIEW