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.