ASUS has started sales of its yet unannounced TUF Gaming VG279QM display in China. The new monitor features a maximum refresh rate of 280 Hz along with a dynamic refresh rate technology and is designed for gamers seeking maximum performance.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM display uses an 8-bit ‘fast IPS’ 27-inch panel from AU Optronics that features a Full-HD resolution and a native refresh rate of 240 Hz that is overclocked to 280 Hz. Other characteristics of the monitor are in line with specifications of the panel: 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a 1 ms response time.

Since the monitor is designed for gamers, it does not come as a surprise that it supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync and VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technologies. (We expect it to support AMD’s FreeSync, but so far it has not been formally qualified.) The monitor also support ASUS’s extreme low motion blur (ELMB) technology. Interestingly, the monitor promises to support something called ELMB Sync, which probably is simultaneous work of ELMB and a VRR technology. The display is also DisplayHDR 400-certified, but do not expect any meaningful HDR experience given the peak luminance of only 400 nits.

The TUF VG279QM display comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, swivel, and can even work in portrait mode. As for connectivity, the monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 connectors. In addition, unlike most TUF-branded hardware from ASUS, the VG279QM supports Aura Sync RGB lighting.

The ASUS TUF Gaming LCD w/280 Hz Refresh Rate
Panel 27-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology NVIDIA G-Sync
VESA Adaptive Sync
Range ?
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms
Pixel Pitch ~0.27675 mm²
Pixel Density ~82 PPI
Color Gamut Support 99% sRGB
Inputs 1×DP 1.2
2×HDMI 2.0
Audio -
Stand Height: +/- 130 mm
Tilt: +33° ~ -5°
Swivel: +/- 90°
Pivot: +/- 90°
Warranty ? years
Launch Price in China ¥3699

At present, the TUF Gaming VG279QM is available in China for ¥3699 and it is unclear when the device is set to hit Europe and the US and how much it is expected to cost. Keeping in mind that at present this display is the only monitor feature a 280 Hz maximum refresh rate on the market, ASUS should be interested in bringing it to markets other than China as soon as possible. On the other hand, it is possible that ASUS will offer the TUF VG279QM under a different brand in other countries given its premium feature set.

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Sources: TFT Central, Taobao

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  • Alistair - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    well like most people, i hate strobing and wouldn't use the feature
  • 0siris - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    Yeah, I guess I'm in the minority, though I've noticed that a lot of manufacturers now seem to be bundling strobing into setting toggles which less informed users won't be aware include strobing, but they will turn on the setting because the name makes it sound like it'll result in a clearer image.
  • willis936 - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    Most people mind strobing at 240+ Hz? I don’t even see regular people complain about christmas lights that are literally fed by unsmoothed half wave rectifiers. I happily play at 120 Hz with strobing. Motion blur is far more annoying than the perception of high frequency flicker.
  • Beaver M. - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    That would make ghosting even worse. Strobing needs to be as close to the native response time of the panel as possible.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    As long as these e-sports idiots keep buying them, they'll keep making them.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    Please don't disrespect e-sports professionals. They are some of the most talented basement dwelling neck beard hipsters that have ever lived as unemployed early 30-something derelicts in their parents' homes long after they should have gotten adult jobs and moved into a place of their own.
  • Thunder 57 - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    I read the first sentence and sis an eye roll, literally. Then I read the rest.
  • surt - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    Funny, but because of human reaction time degradation with age, top e-sports pros are all under 25 just like in 'real' sports.
  • olde94 - Saturday, December 28, 2019 - link

    see, you say that but all i see are people aged 16-25 at events. Where ARE the 30 year olds
  • Beaver M. - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    Didnt LTT just compare these with pro gamers, and it showed only little improvements from even 144 to 240 Hz?

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