Asus ROG Strix XG43VQ with 43″ VA Panel, 120Hz and a Lower Price Point

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There doesn’t seem to be much information about this screen online yet, but it was announced at this year’s Gamescom event. It’s a new 43″ sized screen from Asus which is part of their ROG Strix gaming lineup. The XG43VQ will feature a different format to the other 43″ models Asus have announced, this time with a 32:10 aspect ratio and 3840 x 1200 resolution. It uses a VA panel and will support a 120Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync for support from G-sync and FreeSync systems. The screen is actually FreeSync 2 certified as well.

What separates this from the earlier announced 43″ XG438Q (16:9 aspect ratio with 3840 x 2160) is that this model only has the lowly VESA Display HDR 400 certification, whereas the XG438Q has HDR600. This might not sound like much, but actually it could have a significant impact on the HDR experience. The newly announced XG43VQ with the HDR400 certification will offer no meaningful HDR experience from the screen, since it lacks the necessary local dimming to actually improve the dynamic range/contrast. It will at least offer a peak brightness of at least 400 cd/m2, and has a wide 90% DCI-P3 gamut to enhance the colours. It just lacks the technology to actually improve the dynamic range, which is surely the main point here?! The XG438Q on the other hand has the HDR600 certification, which dictates some form of local dimming is needed. This will offer edge-lit local dimming, but this can at least offer improvements in dynamic range, along with a higher peak brightness support (750 cd/m2 on that model in fact) and the same wide 90% DCi-P3 gamut as the other model. So all in all, the new XG43VQ is just a trimmed down HDR version of the XG438Q without the HDR600 and local dimming as far as we can tell from the currently available specs. It also has a different aspect ratio at 32:10 instead of 16:9.

So far Asus have announced three 43″ sized screens, but with differing specs and features. They are, in order they were announced:

  1. XG438Q – the first to be announced with3840 x 2160 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz, FreeSync 2, 750 cd/m2 peak brightness and HDR 600 certification. Expected to be available late August (although now maybe Sept?) with a UK MSRP of £1099
  2. XG43UQ – this was the first screen announced that will support DSC for allowing high resolutions and high refresh rates at the same time, without needing to use chroma sub-sampling. This model has the same 3840 x 2160 16:9 aspect ratio VA panel but can offer a slightly higher 144Hz refresh rate and HDR 1000 certification instead. The higher refresh rate is made possible by the DSC, without the need for chroma sub-sampling as well. Although it’s expected to be edge-lit local dimming as opposed to any FALD backlight option. According to some information coming out of Gamescom this is expected to be available at 1,499 EUR in Q4 2019.
  3. XG43VQ – the model discussed in this news piece but without the meaningful HDR experience of the other two models. This one is 120Hz as well but is a 32:10 aspect ratio with 3840 x 1200 resolution.

The newly announced XG43VQ is expected to be available for 899 EUR although release date is not yet known.

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