ROG Swift PG43UQ
Image Credit: ASUS

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
Image Credit: ASUS

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.

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Peter Brosdahl

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23 Comments

  1. Jaw drops….

    I need one of these to pair with my 2080ti…

    But I can already imagine getting upset at the majority of games in which I cant hit 144 FPS LOL.

  2. [QUOTE=”{NG}Fidel, post: 11624, member: 246″]
    Jaw drops….
    I need one of these to pair with my 2080ti…
    But I can already imagine getting upset at the majority of games in which I cant hit 144 FPS LOL.
    [/QUOTE]
    I have to agree. The timing of this isn’t the greatest. Not the worst price though. For someone stuck on much older display tech it could be really nice. Otherwise, I’ve got a LG C9 itching for a new card with HDMI 2.1 to rock 4K/120Hz/adaptive sync.

  3. I keep getting the upgrade bug for a monitor. It seems like there are a lot of upcoming models so I’m really trying to hold off. This one looks nice, but may be too large for me.

  4. [QUOTE=”trick_m0nkey, post: 11637, member: 18″]
    Concerned about it being a VA panel though.
    [/QUOTE]

    For real. Once you go IPS everything else looks dull and washed out.

  5. This has been listed on Amazon for 2 months now and was in stock when I wanted to get one, but instead I was for reviews and now after seeing a review I want it more and it isn’t in stock!

  6. [QUOTE=”trick_m0nkey, post: 11637, member: 18″]
    Concerned about it being a VA panel though.
    [/QUOTE]
    Oh a TN? Count me out. I’m not getting paid to game so I want it to look gorgeous on my monitor.

  7. At CES, NVIDIA was showing off an HDR400 monitor next to an HDR1000 monitor and there was a huge difference in how the scene looked between the two, specifically the explosions going on in the cutscene…

  8. [QUOTE=”{NG}Fidel, post: 11641, member: 246″]
    Oh a TN? Count me out. I’m not getting paid to game so I want it to look gorgeous on my monitor.
    [/QUOTE]

    Same thoughts here. It seems like IPS is the way to go from what I’ve read. My current monitor has a VA panel, so would like to see what I’ve been missing. Looking at all the choices is pretty overwhelming.

  9. [QUOTE=”Niner51, post: 11643, member: 106″]
    Same thoughts here. It seems like IPS is the way to go from what I’ve read. My current monitor has a VA panel, so would like to see what I’ve been missing. Looking at all the choices is pretty overwhelming.
    [/QUOTE]

    One of the best things about my current monitor is that it’s IPS. I don’t think we’re going to see an IPS gsync 4k monitor that’s over 32”. I’m waiting patiently for the OLED or QLED technology for that. It’s going to be a long wait. It’s a shame, because I do miss gaming on a 16:9 format. Less compatibility issues.

  10. Yeah, IPS has the color game down. Rich, bright colors. I’ll rock my 27″ 2K 144hz Gsync display until something better comes along.

  11. [QUOTE=”trick_m0nkey, post: 11650, member: 18″]
    One of the best things about my current monitor is that it’s IPS. I don’t think we’re going to see an IPS gsync 4k monitor that’s over 32”. I’m waiting patiently for the OLED or QLED technology for that. It’s going to be a long wait. It’s a shame, because I do miss gaming on a 16:9 format. Less compatibility issues.
    [/QUOTE]
    Just wait for one of the new LG OLED TV’s to be released in a couple of months [URL]https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1584440751[/URL] about the same price as the monitor in the OP, but at 55″ instead, will make it a hell of a deal.

  12. I have no need or want for a 55″ monitor. Nor a 43″ monitor. I mostly play shooters, and a screen that large is a disadvantage.

    Now, if I was building a racing setup, sure. All day, go big.

  13. That’s the thing about monitors… there really isn’t a one-size-fit-all for everyone, and the ones that try to accommodate everyone cost a lot. Take this [URL=’https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/ProArt-Display-PA32UCG/’]Asus monitor[/URL] as an example. Come release, it’s something I’d be interested in, provided it actually performs as advertised. Its [URL=’https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/ProArt-PA32UCX/’]predecessor [/URL]unfortunately came short in the department it was meant to hit the best, and that’s the color uniformity. And with a $4k asking price, that’s not something you want to see. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the updated UCG monitor will do better.

    Also… a 32″ is a sweet spot for me. I can’t imagine having anything bigger on my desk right now.

  14. I honestly cant do these massive TV sized monitors. 32 would be my absolute max as I have a tripple monitor setup.

  15. [QUOTE=”{NG}Fidel, post: 11671, member: 246″]
    I honestly cant do these massive TV sized monitors. 32 would be my absolute max as I have a tripple monitor setup.
    [/QUOTE]
    I am at an even smaller size, 27, and feel like my abilty to focus on the entire screen is at its limit.

  16. [QUOTE=”_k_, post: 11676, member: 91″]
    I am at an even smaller size, 27, and feel like my abilty to focus on the entire screen is at its limit.
    [/QUOTE]

    My biggest problem with 27” is that it’s too small of a size to really get full advantage of 4k.

  17. It’s all relative, and another thing to consider is the viewing distance. I sit about 3’6″ – 4′ away from my monitor (32″), and find it to be adequate. It honestly feels similar to when I first got my 24″, but I was also sitting closer to that monitor than I am right now. The 43″ in OP in the promo shot, appears to be sitting on top of what looks like a media center, which makes sense if you want to play from your couch, and I think anything bigger than that is meant to be used as such.

  18. [QUOTE=”_k_, post: 11676, member: 91″]
    I am at an even smaller size, 27, and feel like my abilty to focus on the entire screen is at its limit.
    [/QUOTE]

    I sit a little over two feet away from my 32″ screen and have considered going back to a 27″just because it’s tough to get the full screen in without turning my head. Not sure if I can do it though.

  19. If text quality is better than the XG438Q I’m interested.

    I wonder if there is a second hand market for the XG438Q though

    It’s brilliant in games, but for desktop productivity work the text quality is just painfully bad.

  20. Yea I’m in the 32 inch range myself. I don’t feel a need for larger unless I get a crazy good deal.

  21. I have to agree with most about IPS vs VA. I still remember being in awe with all that I’d never seen before when I got my LG 31MU97. I usually sit about 3ft from it as well and honestly cannot describe how crisp and vibrant the images are. Since then both my t.v.’s are IPS and all look amazing for both movies and games. I’ll even go further and say those not liking the VA panels may want to check out the LG B9/C9 offerrings. 120hz adaptive sync in either 4k/1440p along with HDR10 and DolbyVision. It’s tough to beat those specs in the monitor realm.

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