Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ & XG35VQ

Does size mat­ter or is it how you use it?

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Hav­ing raved about the three­and-a-half-inch smaller XG32VQ mon­i­tor on this page, you’d be for­given for think­ing that it’s big brother must be bet­ter.

The XG35VQ isn’t just 35-inches wide, it has a higher, 3,440 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion which gives it a 22:9 as­pect ra­tio com­pared to the 2,560 x 1,440, 16:9 com­bi­na­tion pro­vided by the XG32VQ. Big deal you might say, but the core dif­fer­ence isn’t the $190 price in­crease, it’s the 100Hz refresh rate which is no­tice­ably-slower than the smaller-sib­ling’s 144Hz.

We’ll start with con­nec­tiv­ity in or­der to ex­plain the is­sue. In place of a mini Dis­playPort socket is a se­cond HDMI port to com­ple­ment the full-size Dis­playPort (ver­sion 1.2). One HDMI port is ver­sion 1.4 while the other is ver­sion 2. When we at­tached the mon­i­tor to our GTX 1080-based rig us­ing the lesser HDMI port, we couldn’t achieve a refresh rate greater than 60Hz. And sim­ply plug­ging it into the proper HDMI port didn’t al­ways fix things.

The trou­ble is that at 100Hz we still suf­fered from im­age tear­ing. One sig­nif­i­cant rea­son that these mon­i­tors are cheaper than com­peti­tors is that they don’t carry Nvidia’s cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for G-Sync (which fixes tear­ing). They do sup­port the (free) Freesync stan­dard that AMD uses so this should be less of an is­sue if you’re us­ing an AMD card.

It’s still a use­able mon­i­tor but the VA panel is op­ti­mised for gam­ing and the curved screen isn’t as uni­formly-lit as desk­topap­pli­ca­tion-op­ti­mised IPS pan­els. For the sake of 3.5in, the XG32VQ of­fers a sav­ing of $190 and is much bet­ter all round. NICK ROSS

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