ASUS announces three new ROG Strix XG HDR FreeSync Gaming Monitors

ASUS will give PC gamers the chance to go big with their new line of ROG Strix HDR variable sync monitors.

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There’s nothing quite like gaming on a large screen. The increase in immersion helps draw you into the game and the folks at ASUS think that PC gamers are ready to move to large-format displays. During CES 2019 in Las Vegas, the company took the wraps off its newest gaming monitors. The ASUS ROG Strix XG HDR monitor line brings high resolutions, high refresh rates, and high dynamic range to gaming desktops in larger sizes. Three models will be available soon, each of them supporting the FreeSync 2 HDR specification.

The ROG Strix XG32VQR is a curved 31.5-inch panel with a 2560x1440p resolution. It operates at a native refresh rate of 144Hz and ASUS claims it will be capable of displaying 94% of the DCI-P# color gamut with its 10-bit panel. It is HDR400 certified, meaning it has a peak HDR brightness of around 400 nits and is fully certified for FreeSync 2 HDR. It packs a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.4 connector, along with a USB 3.0 port.

The ROG Strix XG49VQ is a curved 49-inch 1080p ultrawide monitor for those that need to feel surrounded by their display. Its 3840x1080p resolution and support for the HDR400 spec make it incredibly attractive for work and play alike. It offers the same viewing area as two 27-inch monitors pushed together, without the bezels in the way. Like the other monitors in the XG line, it supports AMD’s Freesync 2 HDR and has 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, along with DisplayPort and USB connections.

Finally, the ROG Strix XG438Q offers a flat 43-inch display that runs at a native 3840x2160 (4K) resolution at 120Hz. Unlike the other two models, the XG438Q is HDR600 certified, meaning it can reach peak HDR brightness of around 600 nits, thanks to its use of local dimming. This will offer a better HDR experience that is comparable to that of the nicer mid-range 4K HDR televisions. The FreeSync-certified monitor will offer adaptive sync, which will be very helpful for maintaining smoothness on its 4K display.

Pricing for these new monitors is still unknown, but ASUS expects both the XG32QVR and XG49VQ will be on sale by the end of January. The XG438Q will go on sale sometime this spring. With the news breaking last night that NVIDIA will allow its GPUs to make use of adaptive sync on FreeSync monitors, these new ASUS models should be on the shortlist of anyone looking to step up their display game in 2019.

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    January 7, 2019 1:20 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, ASUS announces three new ROG Strix XG HDR FreeSync Gaming Monitors

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      January 7, 2019 1:39 PM

      I dunno. I just feel like panel makers are giving us what they want to give us and not even looking at the market or what gamers really want.

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        January 7, 2019 1:41 PM

        I'll take 'em!

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        January 7, 2019 1:52 PM

        I'm a tad confused. Is this not what gamers want? 4K is still unreachable at 60 FPS, but there's a big demand for high refresh rate at 144hz.

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          January 7, 2019 2:04 PM

          I don't think gamers know what they want.

          Personally, I want more affordable 240hz 1080p displays with better viewing angles, brightness and colors.

          I know others are much more interested in seeing 1440p high refresh rate monitors, while others focus on g/free sync, others really want low latency IPS displays, while others are really interested in Ultrawide displays or higher resolutions.

          We, as gamers, are an impossible demographic to create products for so I can understand the difficulty. Though I can't for the life of me understand why I can just have a lower cost 240hz display without all the other bullshit that I don't care about!

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            January 7, 2019 2:33 PM

            I think this is more on point with what I meant to say. I think we all have individual desires when it comes to feature sets. I do think manufactures have been glacially slow about giving us the tech we want though.

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        January 7, 2019 2:57 PM

        Gamers want stuff that's currently impossible technology-wise.

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      January 7, 2019 2:43 PM

      Yes plz

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      January 7, 2019 4:37 PM

      The ROG STRIX XG32VQR appears very similar to my current Samsung CHG70 https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/monitors/gaming/32--chg70-gaming-monitor-with-quantum-dot-lc32hg70qqnxza/#specs except the STRIX has a higher brightness and a HDR 400 label.

      Now I'm *very* curious to know how many dimming zones the STRIX has for HDR – if it's the paltry 8 zones that the CHG70 has or what. In any case, I'm happy with 1440p @ 32": It's a good price/perf point.