May 30, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

The 35” ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor turns HDR and quantum dots up to 200Hz

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Monitors are one of the most exciting categories in the gaming arena right now. Their renaissance started with the adoption of higher refresh rates, which were then accentuated by variable-refresh technologies like G-Sync. Together, these upgrades produce much smoother motion with lower input lag. They also reduce performance stuttering and visible tearing, resulting in a deeper sense of immersion that heightens your connection to the game.

The next big step forward involves picture quality. Our latest ROG Swift gaming monitors offer high dynamic range via wider gamuts that dramatically expand the rainbow of colors that can be displayed, plus wider contrast that generates much darker blacks and brighter whites. We first showed these visual enhancements in the ROG Swift PG27UQ gaming monitor at CES earlier this year. At Computex today, we returned with a new take that spreads the same technology across a larger panel with a higher refresh rate.

Introducing the supersized ROG Swift PG35VQ

Our latest addition is the largest gaming monitor we’ve ever made. The ROG Swift PG35VQ stretches its massive 35” diagonal across an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The edges extend into your periphery, so the display is curved to bring them closer and enhance the panoramic feel. Unlike with multi-monitor arrays that cover a similar field of view, there are no unsightly seams or bezels to get in your way.

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Higher refresh rates have a big impact on fast-paced gameplay, and the PG35VQ doesn’t disappoint. It’s capable of refreshing at a whopping 200Hz, which works out to a new frame every five milliseconds! Thanks to NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, you don’t need to sustain a corresponding 200 FPS to maintain fluid frame delivery. The refresh rate of the display synchronizes with the frame rate of compatible GeForce GPUs to prevent natural performance variations from inducing perceptible stuttering.

The display’s UQWHD 3440x1440 resolution adds up to about five megapixels, so you won’t need ridiculous graphics horsepower to get the most out of the display. Hitting higher frame rates—and corresponding refresh rates—will be much easier than on a 4K monitor.

Wider gamuts for color and contrast

The ROG Swift PG35VQ conforms to the HDR10 standard and draws from both an expansive palette of colors and a wide range of contrast. We employ quantum dots to broaden the spectrum of tones the display can produce, making gradients smoother and images more lifelike overall. Using these luminescent nanoparticles allows the monitor to support the wider DCI-P3 color space typically associated with cinema projectors. In addition to satisfying gamers, the PG35VQ is likely to entice content creators who want to mix work and play on the same display.

The maximum brightness is a retina-searing 1000 nits, or roughly three times what you get with traditional monitors. And the blinding whites don’t come at the expense of deep blacks, which are a lot darker than you’re using to seeing on gaming displays. Localized dimming is part of the secret behind the monitor’s vast contrast range. The panel is illuminated by 512 individual LEDs that can be controlled independently to darken specific portions of the picture. The PG27UQ uses the same approach, but it only needs 384 LEDs to cover the area occupied by its smaller 27” panel.

LEDs are responsible fore more than just the backlighting; the ROG Swift PG35VQ has integrated RGB illumination that’s part of our Aura Sync ecosystem. Monitors are the last piece of the puzzle for a diverse collection of Sync-enabled components that now spans basically every piece of a PC, from ROG motherboards, graphics cards, and peripherals to memory, cases, and other gear from our partners.

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And then there were two

The Swift PG35VQ joins the PG27UQ (pictured above) in a growing stable of ROG gaming monitors with high dynamic range and quantum dots. Its larger panel and ultra-wide aspect ratio provide a tempting alternative that’s better suited to panoramic first-person play with action-packed titles.

With a 4K resolution that tops out at 144Hz, the PG27UQ strikes a difference balance that favors pixel density over raw speed and size. Its 27” panel doesn’t need a curve to stay perfectly in view, and the design has been tweaked since CES to incorporate Aura Sync lighting.

The important thing is that both displays bring HDR and wide-gamut color to the forefront. The next revolution in gaming monitors is coming, and we’re already incorporating it in the ROG Swift family.

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