Review:: ASUS MG279Q Gaming FreeSync Monitor

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We review the FreeSYnc enabled ASUS MG279Q Gaming Monitor. This IPS panel based product does 144Hz at great display quality, design and heaps of connectivity. Read the full review here ...

    Review:: ASUS MG279Q Gaming FreeSync Monitor
     
  2. dk_lightning

    dk_lightning Maha Guru

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    I have been after a new monitor, 2k res and at least 120Hz and this seems like the one!

    I have not long paid £190 for my current 27" Sasmung curved screen but Its payday this weekend and I think I might order this and sell my Samsung!
     
  3. Willyfisch

    Willyfisch New Member

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    144hz or Freesync?

    Is it possible to use Freesync, when the monitor is set to 144hz? Or do you constantly have to have it at 90hz (even when not gaming) to be able to use Freesync?

    Would be nice if you could just set it, that it will jump to 144hz when you're out of Freesync range...
     
  4. moab600

    moab600 Ancient Guru

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    Not impressive, freesync isn't good as gsync, i have an awesome TN monitor but i want to try IPS 1440p, 144hz, no input lag, OLED i guess i have to wait till 2017.
     

  5. Embra

    Embra Master Guru

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    Nice monitor, great review......................... Thank you Hilbert!
     
  6. the9quad

    the9quad Master Guru

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    Hilbert, I believe this is wrong in the article:

    "A quick note; if you're thinking of purchasing a FreeSync monitor then make sure your Radeon graphics card is compatible, basically anything newer than the Radeon R9 280 / 290 series is supported."

    It should be any Radeon series R9280/290 or newer is supported.

    From the actual requirements for Freesync:

    All AMD Radeon™ graphics cards in the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support AMD FreeSync™ technology for video playback and power-saving purposes. The AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs additionally feature updated display controllers that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming.
     
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  7. dk_lightning

    dk_lightning Maha Guru

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    But thats the same as you said it should be just with no spaces..

    Am I missing something here?
     
  8. the9quad

    the9quad Master Guru

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    Hilbert said anything newer than the 280/290. it is actually the 280/290 series and newer. I.e hilbert didnt include the 280/290 as being freesync compatible, when they actually are.

    and actually it is:

    "All AMD Radeon™ graphics cards in the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support AMD FreeSync™ technology for video playback and power-saving purposes. The AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs additionally feature updated display controllers that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming. "

    You could safely add the fury/x/nano to that as well.
     
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  9. dk_lightning

    dk_lightning Maha Guru

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    "Hilbert said anything newer than the 280/290. it is actually the 280/290 series and newer."

    ok, look.

    You said 280/290.. Hilbert also said 280/290?!?

    EDIT:

    I think i see what you mean now. xD Brian farts:bang::stewpid:
     
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  10. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    I'll have a peek and update, thanks.
     

  11. H1TMANza

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    Nice Review,

    Kindly do the Asus MG278Q monitor, its the TN variant. I've always enjoyed reading your articles and I've just purchased the MG278Q this week. Loving it so far. Would like your take on the monitor as well. I'm running a 290X on it and my average FPS in battlefield 4 jumps around (depending on the area) from 80 to 135fps. Extremely smooth .
     
  12. INSTG8R

    INSTG8R Ancient Guru

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    I have had this monitor for a few months now and I can say it is a stellar monitor. Everything I could ask for in a Monitor.
     
  13. LimitbreakOr

    LimitbreakOr Master Guru

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    Mr Hilbert,a good way to test latency is to use a high speed camera and have your monitor sit besides a CRT screen on mirror. Then you capture a footage of a timer running on both and you find out the time difference that you see on both.

    Edit: There are some slr cameras that can capture very high fps, you only need 1 second of footage.
     
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    Hilbert,
    Can you make a review of the Acer XF270HU? It's the Acer's freesync IPS display, and supports a much better freesync range (40-144), Looks a much better option than the ASUS offering.

    About the way to test latency, I think this could be a good idea: youtube.com/watch?v=MzHxhjcE0eQ
     
  15. LimitbreakOr

    LimitbreakOr Master Guru

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    This isn't a great method as the gpu latency will be invisible, you won't know how much of the latency is due to the image being rendered. Using a CRTscreen is much more accurate as it will process a similar feed.

    I dont mean to knock down linustech as he is informing tge average Joe but he doesn't offer any substance to a true enthusiast.
     

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    Bought this screen ~2 weeks ago (while having an Nvidia 780TI) because of 3 reasons:
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    1440P
    144Hz

    The fact that i dont get freesync (or gsync) doesnt bother me, 144Hz halfs potential tearing issues anyway.
    Absolutelly love the screen, image and response are great (coming from an ~8 year old Samsung T240).
     
  17. aayman_farzand

    aayman_farzand Master Guru

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    My friend has this monitor and he cannot change the aspect ratio setting in the monitor. I see in your pictures that the option is greyed out as well. Anyone know what to do?

    He has R9 290, connected via DisplayPort. He has tried all the other modes (racing, FPS etc), the option is still greyed out.
     
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    I went through 2 monitors (MG279Q) and they all had nasty backlight bleeding i could not stand. I changed to the new PG279Q and its a little better. Its a matter of luck really.
    I wish review sites would bash the manufacturer much harder. It feels like quality control in non existent. Monitors in this price range should be perfect with zero bleeding. Just look at
    Apple monitors. They have non existent bleeding. People tell you all IPS panels are suppose to be like that and want you to accept these defects when in fact this is a quality problem. Usually monitors reviewers get are always (magically) perfect.
    If your lucky enough to get one of these Asus monitors with minimal bleeding then sure this is a great monitor but i bet you have to go through 4-5 of them to get there. Its just sad!
     
  19. Rich_Guy

    Rich_Guy Ancient Guru

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    Anyone else getting where to buy the products reviewed, at the bottom of the review pages ?

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  20. Pelnex

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    I would not recommend this monitor unseen. Bad quality control from Asus. Just google for "ASUS MG279Q lottery".
     

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