AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro certification promises quite a lot when it comes to features and quality, but unfortunately there are less than a dozen of such displays available on the market today. Thankfully, that market will be getting one more entry courtesy of ASUS, who recently announced its second FreeSync Premium Pro monitor, the ROG Strix XG27WQ. Touting support for superior capabilities, the 27-inch monitor is one of the most feature-packed FreeSync Premium Pro monitors to date, and it promises to be less expensive than some of its larger rivals.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27WQ monitor relies on a curved 27-inch VA panel with a 2560×1440 resolution. All together, the monitor offers a peak brightness of 450 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 1 ms MPRT response time, and a 165 Hz maximum refresh rate. The LCD offers one DisplayPort 1.2 inputs and two HDMI 2.0 to connect to its host and also has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub along with a headphone output.

AMD mandates FreeSync Premium Pro (previously FreeSync 2) monitors to support a wide variable refresh rate range (48 – 144 Hz or 48 – 165 Hz in case of the  XG27WQ), feature Low Framerate Compensation, be capable of low-latency tone mapping to the monitor’s native color space, meet HDR brightness and and contrast requirements roughly equivalent to DisplayHDR 500, and reproduce at least 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (92% in the ROG's case). The capabilities of the ASUS ROG Strix XG27WQ monitor actually exceed AMD’s requirements, which makes it a rather potent choice for gamers.

In addition to VESA’s Adaptive-Sync/AMD’s FreeSync VRR, the display also supports ASUS’s Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) that makes fast-paced scenes look sharper even when a variable refresh rate technology is enabled. The ROG Strix XG27WQ also supports a variety of genre-specific game modes, ASUS's Shadow Boost feature to make dark scenes look brighter, and enhancements like crosshair overlay for easier targeting in FPS titles.

Since we are dealing with an ASUS ROG-branded monitor, the model Strix XG27WQ not only features a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel, but also one that has Aura Sync addressable RGB lighting as well as a projector that projects a logotype onto the table below.

  General Specifications
Panel 27" VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Brightness 450 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut 125% sRGB/BT.709
92% DCI-P3
DisplayHDR Tier 400
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
DisplayPort: 48 - 165 Hz
HDMI: 48 - 144 Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 mm²
Pixel Density 108 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm output
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.0 Type-B input
Stand Swivel: -50° ~ +50°
Tilt: -5° ~ +20°
Height: 100 mm
VESA: 100x100

Finally, it's worth keeping in mind that ASUS sometimes formally introduces its products well ahead of their actual release date. As things currently stand, the company has not revealed anything about an actual launch date or pricing for ROG Strix XG27WQ, so it remains to be seen when the monitor will actually hit the streets.

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Source: ASUS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • Alistair - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    I bought a 1440p Curved VA panel. It was horrifically bad. Sub pixel arrangement is a big problem for VA. Then I bought the LG GL850, and I'm in heaven. IPS FTW! It is so clear and the visuals are so superior, and the panel is WAY faster than this one also.
  • Dizoja86 - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    "It is so clear and the visuals are so superior".....for you.

    IPS has plenty of its own problems. You definitely don't want to look at a dark game on an IPS screen after playing on a VA panel. There are some $2000 IPS screens with FALD that are coming close to VA black levels, but that's still way out of reach of most consumers.

    In the end, buy a panel with the attributes that work for you, because we are still a long way off from LCD's that can do everything well.
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    Curved non-ultrawide monitors are a stupid idea. It's the same thing as the curved display phase TV makers were going through a few years ago. They've pretty much moved back to non-curved screens.
  • Dantte - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    "stupid idea" for you and your use. A curved monitor is great for a personal desktop application as it places the image focus on an individual user, however I do agree that it is a bad idea for TVs since these normally have multiple viewers.

    For my use, curved is perfect. I run 3 monitors, started with flat but was constantly adjusting them because it would look weird; a little turn to the left here, a little turn to the right there... Curved has fix this issue completely and it looks/feel way more natural! Also the curved monitors fit on the desk much much better than 3 flat panels ever did.

    (3) 21:9 monitors would be too big and not work for most of my applications unless I want to stretch and scale them which will present a distorted image... still have the issue with too big.

    32:9 monitor doesnt make sense, (2) wide would put a seam right down the middle of my work area and again be too big, (1) is not enough, and hybrid of (1) in the middle with (2) 16:9 on the side would be silly and again too big.
  • inperfectdarkness - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    1x curved 2160p is all you need. I'm a firm believer.
  • ballsystemlord - Thursday, April 2, 2020 - link

    "meet HDR brightness and and contrast requirements roughly equivalent to DisplayHDR 500"
    And you have a duplicate "and":
    "meet HDR brightness and contrast requirements roughly equivalent to DisplayHDR 500"
  • Pyrostemplar - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    Still waiting for a 49" curved 32:10 Oled monitor with 1600 vertical pixels, HDR, 120hz, DP2.0/HDMI2.1
  • mode_13h - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    > The LCD offers one DisplayPort 1.2 inputs

    OMG! What are they smoking? That's a deal-breaker, right there. This needs to be DP 1.4 HBR3, if you actually want to use HDR at any decent framerate. Lame.
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