ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQZ 27 inch IPS 1ms Gaming Monitor - IPS Panel, 2560 x 1440 Resolution, 1ms Response, Speakers, HDMI
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As a result, with TF = 0 there is some smearing of darker shades on moving content which isn’t ideal.
ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB SYNC) technology enables a 1ms response time (MPRT) together with G-SYNC Compatible, eliminating ghosting and tearing for sharp gaming visuals with high frame rates. It’s not possible to eliminate this across the whole screen, but usually there is a region where it is optimised, often in the central area where most of your attention would be focused during use.If you need a higher contrast ratio for darker gaming and movies then a VA panel would be worth considering instead.
These were captured at the optimal 155Hz refresh rate although results were very comparable for lower refresh rates measured of 144 and 100Hz for instance. There is support for adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates meaning you can use the screen from compatible AMD FreeSync systems as well as NVIDIA G-sync.Testing the screen with various colour gradients showed mostly smooth transitions with some minor gradation in darker tones, and some very minor banding in the darker shades due to the adjustment of the gamma curve.
The measurements for luminance were taken using BasICColor’s calibration software package, combined with an X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter with a central point on the screen calibrated to 120 cd/m 2. Once enabled the screen’s brightness setting reverts to a default of 90, but it is available to change in the OSD menu if you want.
The 165Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution are the Asus’ key gaming attributes, and elsewhere the VG27AQ delivers solid hardware. However, there is some moderate overshoot on the VG27AQ while using the TF = 80 mode that was needed to achieve these measurements. This surprised us a little actually, as the original press release and even the Asus spec page say that this screen offers a 155Hz overclocking capability.