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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  • - Monday, March 9, 2020 - link

    TFT Central has a review of the VG279QM. Looks like they actually pulled it off. Average g2g response time is 3.6ms. Nearly TN levels, and the fastest IPS they ever tested.
  • boozed - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    This is long past silly
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    I went to Best Buy to look at their gaming monitors. The image quality of the displays reminded me of the 19" Dell LCDs that I purchased over a decade ago. 1080p on a 17" display is simply gross.. These panels are fast but visually ... total garbage.
  • DanNeely - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    the first gen 240hz panels were all TN and horrific. As IPS these should hopefully look better. Dunno if anyone has had a chance to review one yet or not.
  • Beaver M. - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    The IPS ones were already tested. Its basically a 144/165 Hz panel thats running at 240 Hz. The IPS technology cant cope and so they have to use massive (and very obvious) amounts of overdrive to reach 1 ms.
    When you want ghosting at normal (unnoticeable) levels, you have to run that panel at 3-4 ms level of overdrive, which is basically a generic IPS panel you were able to get for years.
  • Korguz - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    and what were the prices for these ??? if less then say... 400 US... that could be why..
  • Pro-competition - Friday, December 20, 2019 - link

    "Interestingly, the monitor promises to support something called ELMB Sync, which probably is simultaneous work of ELMB and a VRR technology." This is a big deal.
  • Techsways - Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - link

    ASUS Gaming laptop is best for a gamer

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