ASUS has introduced three new inexpensive displays for gamers with full-HD and 4K resolution: the MG248Q, the MG28UQ and the MG24UQ. The new monitors support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync technology and thus should be compatible with video cards that feature AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology. While the monitors do not carry the FreeSync badge just now, they will likely gain it eventually.

Specifications of ASUS MG-Series Displays
  MG248Q MG24UQ MG28UQ
Panel 24" TN 23.6 IPS 28" TN
Resolution 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate 40 Hz - 144 Hz 30 Hz - 60 Hz
Adaptive-Sync
Range
unknown 40 Hz - 60 Hz
Response Time 1 ms gray-to-gray 4 ms gray-to-gray 1 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 350 cd/m² 300 cd/m² 330 cd/m²
Contrast True contrast ratio unknown
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical 178°/178° horizontal/vertical 170°/160° horizontal/vertical
PPI 92 ppi 186 ppi 157 ppi
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm 0.136 mm 0.16 mm
Colors 16.7 million 1.07 billion
Color Saturation Unknown
Inputs DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 1.4
DVI-D
DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 1.4 x 2
Audio 2 x 2 W

The biggest display among the novelties is the ASUS MG28UQ, which is based on a TN panel with 3840×2160 resolution, and a 330 nit max brightness. The MG28UQ has default refresh rate of 60 Hz and supports dynamic refresh rates between 40 and 60 Hz, which is typical for 4K monitors. The display is equipped with one DisplayPort 1.2 and three HDMI inputs, a dual-port USB 3.0 hub with quick charge support as well as two 2 W speakers. The unit also features tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment and is compatible with VESA display wall mounts.

The ASUS MG28UQ is available now for $549 from Amazon. The product does not seem to be very affordable for a TN-based display, possibly because ASUS charges premium for the Adaptive-Sync feature. Nonetheless, the monitor is not too expensive either.  

Next up, the MG24UQ is not as big as its large brother (it has 23.6” diagonal), but it will be a more interesting option for those, who prefer IPS panels with high pixel density. The monitor sports 3840×2160 resolution with up to 60 Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 300 nits. Adaptive-Sync works for refresh rates between 40 and 60 Hz, just like in case of the MG28UQ. The monitor features one DisplayPort 1.2, three HDMI inputs as well as two 2 W speakers. The design of the MG24UQ display is very similar to that of the MG28UQ (hence, it sports the same set of adjustments and VESA mounts) with the exception of dimensions and the lack of a USB hub on the smaller one.

The ASUS MG24UQ can be pre-ordered now for $399 on Amazon.

Finally, the ASUS MG248UQ is designed for gamers who value high dynamic refresh rates most of all other features. This display will be the first 24” monitor from the company which supports up to 144 Hz refresh rate as well as Active-Sync technology. The monitor uses a TN panel with 1920×1080 resolution and a peak brightness of 350 nits, offering slightly better specifications and a more aggressive visual design compared to the VG247H and the VG248QE. The display supports dynamic refresh rates between 40 and 144 Hz, according to ASUS, which is a very decent range. As an added bonus, thanks to the extremely high refresh rate, the MG248UQ could be used with NVIDIA's 3D Vision stereo-3D kit

ASUS plans to start selling the MG248UQ in the coming weeks for an undisclosed price. Typically, such monitors are not expensive, thus, the MG248UQ could be used to build relatively affordable ultra-fast multi-monitor setups with Adaptive-Sync.

ASUS is one of the leading suppliers of displays for gamers with a huge market share, according to the company. The new MG-series monitors should help ASUS to better address the segment of affordable displays for gamers.

Source: ASUS

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  • schizoide - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    Exactly right, and G-Sync would still be a selling point-- G-Sync will show the same image for several refreshes, which adaptive sync/freesync doesn't support.

    Both AMD and Intel support adaptive sync, and it's part of the VESA spec. This spec is obviously going to win. NVidia won't support it because, well... they're dicks.
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  • Rexolaboy - Saturday, April 16, 2016 - link

    Incorrect, AMD does have Low Frame Compensation. If the FreeSync range is 2.5 times its minimum rate it allows frame doubling.....just like G-sync. Reply
  • yannigr2 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    The same day they will replace PhysX with Havok and CUDA with OpenCL. We are talking about Nvidia here. They love proprietary, they hate open standards. Reply
  • Flunk - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    CUDA with OpenCL/DirectCompute has functionally already happened, except a few specialized situations in science/math/modeling. Physx is only used in games that Nvidia has literally paid the developers to include and they're not really developing it further. Reply
  • R7 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    Boring monitors really. Reason being that for some reason Freesync users are treated as second class citizens with most FS supporting monitors using TN panels. I dont even dream of 120Hz 4K IPS. Just give me proper 27" 144Hz+ 1440P IPS with good quality control and DP 1.3/1.4 and HDR capability+ support for both sync tech inside under 1000$. I'd be happy with that for years to come until OLED finally gets better pricing. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    And all three will cost more than the competition and have terrible backlight bleed and quality control as is typical from SNSV! Reply
  • creed3020 - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    I'm in the market for a monitor upgrade and really like the 3rd option, MG248UQ, but pricing will be the final decision point. Bummer that it isn't available yet. Reply
  • vanilla_gorilla - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    Still waiting for the 120hz 4K IPS monitors to land. I assume there's just not enough people willing to shell out the cash on GPUs to play games at those specs yet. Reply
  • Sworp - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    You might need to wait for a while. The DP 1.2 does not support 4K resolution at 120hz. The 1.3 standard has been out there for a while, the only problem being that none of the current high-end graphics cards support it. Maybe the next gen cards will... Reply
  • madwolfa - Friday, April 15, 2016 - link

    There's no current high-end graphics card that could pull off 120 FPS in 4K resolution anyway, so... Reply

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