O ver the last few years, a new market in high-end gaming displays has sprung into existence, and Asus has been at the forefront of this new way to spend ever more of your gaming bucks. Its latest example is one of the most extravagant displays we’ve seen, literally outdoing anything we can recall. It might cost more than most decent gaming desktops, but when you’re after the ultimate gaming experience, what’s a little more dosh?
At 34 inches across, this fits into the Ultra-Wide category, with the usual 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s claimed to be curved, but it has to have one of the lowest amounts of curve we’ve seen such displays. Not that this is an issue though, as the use of an IPS panel clears up any concerns about colour, contrast or brightness issues on the extreme edges when sitting up close and personal.
The design and build quality is simply breathtaking, right down to the stand that wouldn’t look out of place in the MONA museum in Hobart. The edge-less bezel makes it appear even larger than it’s already huge dimensions, while the 3440 x 1440 resolution makes it look even more impressive when switched on.
Despite using an IPS panel, with its huge 178 degree viewing angle, Asus has once again delivered such a panel with a ridiculously fast refresh rate of 100Hz, and it’s hard to go back to 60Hz after this.
Throw in Nvidia G-Sync technology and you’ve got a panel that deserves to be matched with a $5,000 SLI-equipped gaming beast. In fact, Asus states that this display requires a “…GeForce GTX 980Ti and above to overclock the refresh rate up to 100Hz.” It’ll happily run at 60Hz as well, with a physical switch that overclocks the panel to the 100Hz rate.
Given the flagship pricing, and the fact that this is the top of the Republic of Gamers display stack, the image quality is as expected – phenomenal. We challenge you to find a better display for gaming… or a more expensive one.