ASUS unveils three high-end gaming monitors at Gamescom
ASUS has unveiled its flagship offering, a trio of monitors that differ in size and panel types but share a common goal: delivering the ultimate gaming experience through the fusion of OLED technology and high refresh rates. This convergence of features marks the birth of a new series of ROG Swift monitors, promising gamers the best of both worlds.
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UCDM
The initial standout in this lineup is the 31.5-inch ROG Swift PG32UCDM. Designed for enthusiasts, this 4K semi-glossy monitor boasts a world-first QD-OLED panel of this size, marking the second generation of QD-OLED technology. This iteration promises higher brightness and a different sub-pixel layout, resulting in improved text clarity, as reported by attendees at Gamescom.
What’s more, it offers an impressive 240 Hz refresh rate, an ultra-fast 0.03ms response time, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. It’s officially certified for VESA’s ‘DisplayHDR 400 True Black’ standard. Notably, this monitor lacks curvature, but given its size, this omission might not be as crucial to gamers as it is with ultra-wide displays.
According to ASUS, this monitor supports AMD’s FreeSync Premium, which implies good VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support. There is no word on ‘premium’ G-Sync Ultimate support, though. There is a lot going on with the cooling technology. It is equipped with a graphene rear panel which means there is no need for active cooling. Not only this means quieter operation but also longer lifespan of the panel.
Gamers can attach this monitor through DisplayPort 1.4 (DSC), HDMI 2.1 or USB Type-C (DisplayPort Alt mode). Sadly, there is no DP 2.0 support.
ASUS ROG Swift PG34WCDM
Another addition to this monitor lineup is a 34-inch curved OLED panel boasting a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels and 240 Hz refresh rate, matching the 0.03ms response time of the 31.5-inch model. However, it raises the bar with an even higher peak brightness of 1300 nits and comes with support for FreeSync Premium Pro.
What sets this monitor apart from most 34-inch OLED monitors on the market is its use of a WOLED panel from LG.Display, as noted by TFT Central. This choice of panel allows for the elevated 240Hz refresh rate. One minor drawback of this panel is its subpixel layout, which might not be ideal for static content and text but should excel in dynamic, gaming-oriented scenarios. ASUS has reportedly implemented a new algorithm to mitigate any adverse effects associated with this layout.
Similarly to the PG32UCDM, this monitor has no active cooling involved thanks to a custom heatsink. It also offers the same VESA standard ‘DisplayHDR 400 True Black’.
ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD
There is also a new 49-inch QD-OLED monitor featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate. This is a curved panel with 0.03ms response time. This monitor has Smart KVM, ROG cooling solution, and a resolution of 5120×1440 (so like two 2K monitors). ASUS has confirmed this monitor supports DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 connections and offers USB Type-C with 90W power delivery.
Sadly, none of the new monitors offers the latest DisplayPort 2.0 or 2.1 supports, which is a shame, considering there are desktop GPUs featuring this standard for nearly a year now.
ASUS aims to launch the 31.5/34-inch models in Q1 next year. The company has not made any official statements regarding the pricing, except for the 49-inch model, set to retail at $1499 in Q4 this year.