Maximum PC - - DREAM MACHINE 2017 -

The PG27UQ here is one of only two pro­to­types in ex­is­tence. We called in some ma­jor fa­vors with Asus to get this for Dream Ma­chine 2017—and, boy, is it im­pres­sive! Al­though likely not avail­able un­til the end of the year, Asus has told us it should cost around $2,500. Yeah, that’s omi­nous.

It’s hard to deny how in­cred­i­ble it is. Asus has al­ways been at the bleed­ing edge of mon­i­tor devel­op­ment, and this is no ex­cep­tion. The PG27UQ is a 27-inch 4K IPS (in-plane switch­ing) panel, ca­pa­ble of a 144Hz re­fresh rate, a 4ms G2G pixel re­sponse time, with HDR, quan­tum dot, and G-Sync tech in­cluded as well.

We’ve seen screens push be­yond the band­width lim­its of 60fps 4K, but most op­er­ate with mul­ti­ple Dis­playPort ca­bles, and of­ten not that well. With the PG27UQ, Asus has taken ad­van­tage of the new Dis­playPort 1.4 stan­dard in­cluded in RX 400 se­ries and GTX 10 se­ries cards and above. Al­though over­all band­width hasn’t in­creased since DP 1.3, it does fea­ture Dis­play Stream Com­pres­sion 1.2, al­low­ing vis­ually loss­less en­cod­ing with a com­pres­sion ra­tio of 3:1 ver­sus Dis­playPort 1.3’s 2:1. This means Dis­playPort 1.4 can sup­port 8K at 60Hz, and more im­por­tantly for us, 4K at 144Hz, with HDR en­abled.

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