The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ advances the Nvidia G-Sync cause. Announced at Computex in Taipei, this is a ferociously spec’d screen that sticks to G-Sync HDR’s premium requirements but goes wide and fast with its pixels.
The first announced G-Sync HDR monitors were basically the holy grail of gaming displays. That doesn’t mean they were perfect for everyone, though; one of the beauties of the PC is the infinite room for variation and catering to custom niches. Both initial G-Sync HDR monitors—an Asus model and the Acer Predator X27—rocked a standard aspect ratio and 4K resolutions. The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ bucks the trend with a curved, ultrawide design that stretches across a massive 35 inches. That size necessitates a 3440x1440 resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio—a pixel-packed screen for sure, but one that hits much higher frame rates than you’d get with an even denser 4K display.
Which brings us to the next highlight: The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ’s ludicrously fast refresh rate. This display blazes along at a blistering 200Hz, more than three times the rate of a standard 60Hz monitor. Paired with Nvidia’s stutter- and tear-killing G-Sync tech (and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or two) this beast is built for buttery-smooth gaming at ultra-fast speeds. That could make the monitor a hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts.
Asus’s display doesn’t slouch when it comes to visual quality either. It supports glorious high-dynamic range visuals with help from quantum dots, a searing 1000 nits' brightness, and 512 individual backlight LEDs—just like the other G-Sync HDR monitors.
The ROG Swift PG35VQ mimics its fellow Nvidia-loving brethren with its complete lack of pricing and release date info. This time around, however, we have a point of reference to spitball just how damned expensive it’ll be. Asus’s ROG PG348Q is a 34-inch, ultra-wide curved display with G-Sync and the exact same resolution as this new model, but it lacks HDR support, quantum dots, and is only half as fast at 100Hz. It sells for $1,200 on Amazon.
Update: An Nvidia post reveals that the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ as well as a similar display by Acer, the Predator X35, will both release in the fourth quarter of 2017.