ASUS debuted a new top of the line display back at CES 2020. Over the course of the last 60 days they have begun to appear with retail sellers. Most recently it has become available in the U.K. for £1,538.95. In the U.S., if you can find one, they have been listed for around $1499.99.
ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ Specifications
- Size: 43″
- Panel Type: VA w/ anti-glare screen
- Resolution: 3840×2160
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Adaptive Sync: G-Sync Certified
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Display HDR1000
- Display Colors: 1.07 Billion
- Color: 125% sRGB/90% DCI-P3
- Contrast Ratio: 4000:1
- Connectivity: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x Display Port 1.4 with DSC
- Audio: 2 x 10W Speakers, 3.5mm in/3.5mm out
- USB: 2 x USB 3.0
- VESA Wall Mounting: 100 mm x 100 mm compatible
The PG43UQ brings a lot to the table as you can see by the image above. At 43″ it can easily double as a complete entertainment display solution. The monitor even comes with a remote control. To enable the display’s high refresh rate there are some restrictions. It is also one of the few displays to be VESA Certified HDR 1000. In order to use its display stream compression feature to achieve 144 Hz owners need modern GPU’s. They will need either a AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 or higher, or an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 20 series card. DSC is currently the only means to achieve this refresh rate/resolution combination. That is until graphics cards adopt the HDMI 2.1 specification.
One might doubt that such a halo tier product could find a substantial buyer base. This is especially true if you factor in that a minimum of a RTX 2080 TI would be needed to hit those 144 fps in 4K for most games. Even then that could be a goal beyond the high priced GPU. Well this hasn’t stopped the display from being sold out with many retailers. Overclockers UK are one of the few who have some in stock.