We first brought you news about this screen back in January when Asus and NVIDIA announced they were working on a 360Hz refresh rate display for eSports. Limited information was available at the time but now Asus have released the full spec and information on their website for this exciting new screen which will be the World’s first 360Hz monitor. The ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is 24.5″ in size and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution “Fast IPS” panel. This offers a 1ms G2G response time to support the very fast 360Hz refresh rate. That is also supported through a Native G-sync hardware module for variable refresh rates.
It remains to be seen whether the IPS panel’s response times are sufficiently fast enough to keep up with the higher 360fps frame rate here, where they need to be reliably and consistently under 2.78ms G2G to keep up properly and avoid additional added smearing and blurring. And that needs to be achieved without loads of overshoot becoming a problem too.
On their website Asus show an animation that is designed to demonstrate the motion clarity difference between common 144Hz screens and the new 360Hz PG259QN. Interestingly they base this on the very familiar TestUFO tests. It certainly doesn’t tell the full picture but it’s interesting to see manufacturers using tests like that themselves
The Asus website says that the “ROG Swift 360 Hz PG259QN is ideal for fast-paced esports titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Fortnite. In a world where milliseconds count, the blazing-fast 360 Hz refresh rate is the difference between victory and defeat. In the world of competitive sports, a 4% difference is a game changer. To put this into context, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, 1% determined the difference between silver and gold in both men’s and women’s 100m and 200m dashes.”
The screen features a Native G-sync hardware module as this is a joint venture with NVIDIA. This means it can support variable refresh rates from NVIDIA systems of course, but it remains to be seen whether it will also allow the use of AMD FreeSync over DisplayPort as some other recent Native G-sync screens have allowed.
Asus talk on their website about how the screen also features “An intelligent cooling system featuring a custom heatsink provide more surface area for heat exchange, ensuring efficient cooling during marathon gaming sessions” which implies that (hopefully) there is no active cooling fan needed for this screen despite the use of the v2 G-sync module.
The screen also supports ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) as a blur reduction backlight option. It is not confirmed whether this can operate at all high refresh rates such as 360Hz at the moment. The screen doesn’t seem to feature Asus’ “ELMB-sync” technology so this cannot be used at the same time as VRR sadly, it will be one of the other.
HDR content is supported via the HDR10 standard, although don’t expect any real HDR performance benefits as there is no backlight local dimming used here..
Spec wise the 24.5″ sized screen offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS panel. There is a 1ms G2G response time spec, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth. The colour gamut is not listed but given they don’t talk about DCI-P3 coverage of wide gamut, we would expect this to be a standard sRGB gamut display.
Other features promoted on the Asus website include a special non-reflective coating on the bottom bezel to help reduce onscreen reflections. The power LED has been moved to the underside of the screen to avoid distracting the user. Asus’ Aura Sync RGB lighting system is included as well. Familiar ‘GamePlus’ options are available in the OSD including a stopwatch, crosshair, timer, FPS counter and display alignment options.
For connectivity there are 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 ports and a headphone connection provided. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions.
Update 27/8/20 – the screen is expected to be available from September 2020 at an MSRP of £629 GBP, or $699 USD.
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