ROG Swift PG279Q Monitor Review

I want to mention first and foremost that I do not play video games on my PC (or at all for that matter; I refer to television or movies for my entertainment). Regardless, this review is for those that are looking for performance from their desktop monitor. The ROG Swift is not one of those monitors you can just buy at Walmart and expect to use it everyday. It is a very high-performing display that will set you back a couple hundred dollars. However, you will learn that it is quite worth it if you are looking for a premium setup to go along with your current hardware.

Let us go over the physical specs first. The ROG is a 27-inch monitor with a resolution of 2560 by 1440p display in an IPS panel. The technical specs include a very quick response time of just 4 milliseconds, with NVIDIA’s traditional G-Sync compatibility.

The refresh rate is an astounding 165 Hz, which is considerably higher than most monitors out there on the market, even including the performance-caliber ones. A lot of monitors out there only go for 144 or below, so having the max refresh rate at 165 is a great thing to have for the Swift PG279Q monitor.

Note: I own this monitor with my current PC setup. If you are interested in where I purchased my desktop or how I built it in the first place, I did start in the following link. It should be mentioned, however, that the link only started me out with desktops. I initially purchased the CybertronPC setup that was recommended on there, but I extensively added and upgraded the original pieces after selling them. Click the following link for more details if you are interested: reviews.mysteryblock.com/good-gaming-pc-under-500-budget-gaming/

Going back to the physical design of the monitor brings us back to a sort of simplistic style with some “gamers attitude” accents into it. The thin borders of the monitor give some flair, while the stand and the neck of the display look great to compliment a gamer’s PC. The logo implemented into the exterior is even backlit, giving it a real nice touch. One thing I will mention is that this monitor will not look best in a professional setup. If, for example, you are a business and are buying (really expensive) computer monitors for your employees to use, these will not look simple enough to be placed in a work environment. Make sure you opt for something simpler as this one was designed to be for PC gamers.Republic of Gamers Swift PG29Q monitor

The best thing about the ROG, in my opinion, is the overclocking feature. Right out of the carton, this monitor comes out with a decent 60Hz of refresh rate. The aforementioned 165 maximum rate (the highest we have seen in recent memory) is when the overclocking begins. You can overclock your refresh rate to either 120Hz or 165Hz, depending on your needs. My personal tastes do not rely on a max. refresh rate of 165Hz, but for those that would love that feature, ASUS’ product does not disappoint.

Mentioned previously in one of my articles, I said that I do not have a current separate setup of sound speakers for my computer (which was incredibly expensive). I did not have the funds, nor do I need it, since my monitor also cost a hefty sum. However, the ROG Swift’s onboard speakers seemed to do the job just fine, as I do not need any special speakers for my line of work. Keep in mind that I do not play video games, so maybe your preferences differ from mine. Just know that I do audio production, and a lot of the times I am testing sound samples to ensure quality in some of my loops.

Whenever I tested the sound bytes, the speaker was on blast and I heard crisp and clear sound from my onboard speakers. These are just some of the bits of quality you notice on a premium computer monitor like this.

Overall, I am very impressed by the dominance ASUS has injected in this monitor. They gave their premium displays a boost up with this series, and I am wholly impressed by the effort in manufacturing and quality control for the Swift PG279Q PC display.

 

How I Save On Liquid Cooling

Liquid cooling is one of the more expensive setups for cooling in a PC computer. Why? Well, with fans set up and ready to go, you only really need that amount of power to run them. However, with liquid cooling you would have to have power to run the fluids all around your hardware and make sure it stays cool instead of boiling as it transfers heat away from your parts.

So while I do not have an exact number on how much liquid cooling will cost you in the long run, I know that it can get expensive and should only be an option for those that really will pay the premium.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I save on liquid cooling (meaning I turned it off) because of the winter season. In the US, where I am from, it gets quite cold and the air is very thin. This helps the computer since I have many vents that allow cold air to go in. This means that liquid cooling does not have to be on all the time (I actually have yet to turn it on), and my temperatures are monitored and say that they are doing well.

My PC Setup

In my About page I mentioned this blog will be mainly about what my PC setup looks like and how it helps me in the PC platform. I will be going over my specs today, and perhaps talking about what they mean in another post.

My processor is a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, which is one of the two higher end Intel Core Skylake-generation chips out there today. My average chip speed clocks in at right around 3.60 Ghz and that is for the i5.

As for RAM, mine is the new DDR4-powered RAM, and I have 12 GB worth of memory. I initially wanted to keep my usual stack of 16 GB but it got too pricey after considering DDR4 over DDR3. It should be noted that most Skylake-powered desktops will have DDR4 RAM rather than the standard DDR3, and that is due because of its faster rating.

My graphics card is one of my prouder pieces of hardware, as it is the GT 980, one of the latest video cards to date. I was going to splurge on the GTX 980, which is the more powerful version of mine, but since it retails at a price of around $500, I just couldn’t do it. That is especially because my whole setup would have run me a whole $2,500 into the  ground, which I was not willing to do.

To round up my computer, I have some nice liquid cooling setup to chill the computer. Of course, I do not need it right at this moment considering the winter season (seriously, it helps so much that I can turn off my liquid cooling completely and monitor temperatures: my hardware is running  cool as if I had a system to cool it, but really the weather is doing some great things for me)

I will go over some things later on about my setup, but at least now you know what I am running on. I have yet to upgrade my speakers, and my keyboard and mouse are just standard ones you can buy at the store.