ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN 360Hz Monitor Review
A 360 Hz gaming IPS panel with G-Sync module
In this article, we will test the ROG Swift PG259QN 360Hz. This is a 25-inch 1920×1080 screen, it has an IPS-based panel (AVHA) with a staggering 360 Hz refresh rate as well as offering a Full-range G-Sync Module for proper sync. Yeah, I know; it’s the way back yet moving forwards. I would not have thought I’d be testing a Full HD panel in the year 2021, but then again that still is the most used resolution worldwide, yes even for gamers. Why then are we reviewing this monitor, well, because I wanted to see firsthand what the insanely fast IPS panels are about? The ROG Swift PG259QN 360Hz as the name indicates can refresh at an insane 360 Hz, that’s 360 FPS fully synced to your display thanks to a G-Sync module. So yes, granted it’s all a bit of a contradiction as for me 144 Hz is all that’s needed. But then again technology is always evolving, hence we cannot dismiss it.
Back in the days we had the discussion about your eyes only seeing 24 frames per second, so everybody figured a 60 Hz screen was totally fine. However it’s not as easy as that really, later on, it became apparent that the human eye definitely can see the difference between 60 and 144 Hz when gaming. We’re now at the top end side at 360 Hz, if you ask me definitely not need it. But the super-fast FPS hardcore professional gamers do seem to have an appetite for these units. So yes, at 1920×1080 pixels, this monitor can push 360 Hz combined, paired with a G-sync module, this is not just adaptive sync. These boards are designed to eliminate stutter and tearing whilst also helping out as a scaler in these super high refresh rates. You don’t see G-SYNC module-enabled monitors a lot these days, as adaptive sync is the most preferred (cheaper) option. This brings me to pricing, this monitor will sell at roughly 689 EUR/USD. This 24.5-inch ASUS gaming monitor can drive its AU Optronic panel at 360 Hz combined with G-Sync but not ultimate, as this is not a proper HDR monitor with a 400 nit rating.
We think the panel used is the M250HAN03.0 from AU Optronic. Though tagged with HDR, color depth registers back at 10-bit, (1.07 billion colors) but this is FRC (8bit+2bit) and at 400 nits peak, we call that fake HDR. The panel is based on white-LED backlighting, flicker-free, and has a blue light filter. Asus fabbed the ASUS RoG Swift PG259QN in a libidinous gaming design that has Aura SYNC-enabled RGB lighting at the backside.