We’ve already seen one display from Asus announced featuring Display Stream Compression (DSC), allowing for the support of high resolutions, at high refresh rates from a single DisplayPort connection, and without the need for chroma sub-sampling. The 43″ XG43UQ was the first to be announced using this alternative compression technology. Asus have also showcased a smaller 27″ model at this year’s Gamescom event, the ROG Strix XG27UQ.
The XG27UQ will feature a 27″ IPS technology panel with 3840 x 2160 resolution. Support for 144Hz is made possible through DSC as we’ve said above, negating the need for the chroma sub-sampling that was necessary on previous Asus 4K @144Hz models like the ROG Swift PG27UQ. Adaptive-sync is supported to offer VRR from both AMD and NVIDIA systems.
The XG27UQ won’t offer the top-end FALD backlight that the PG27UQ had, instead opting for the modest (and largely meaningless) HDR400 certification, and supporting a peak brightness of 400 cd/m2. The screen will at least offer a wide gamut with reported 90% DCI-P3 coverage for improve colours in HDR content and gaming.
No confirmation of release date or price. More info as we get it.
Update 22/8/19 – according to some reports coming out of Gamescom this screen is expected to retail for 899 EUR and will be available in Q4 2019.
Update 9/1/20 – we have some further information and specs for this screen now:
- The screen has apparently been certified under the ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme
- Spec wise there is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 peak brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and 90% DCI-P3 gamut
- There are 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 and a headphone jack for connectivity
- A full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments are offered from the stand
The XG27UQ is available to pre-order in the UK now from Overclockers at a price of £922.99