Asus Wants More Hertz with the VG248QE
Remember the good old days with high-framerate CRT monitors? Playing Quake III and Call of Duty at 125fps on a monitor that could actually show that kind of refresh rate? The vast majority of LCD displays currently available are still a disappointing 60 Hz, but 120 Hz models have come into their own over the last two years. What”s the point of having a gaming PC that can play Far Cry 3 at 120 fps if the monitor doesn’t truly display half the frames?
Asus has done 120 Hz gaming monitors in the past, but the VG248QE pushes things even further with a 1ms response time and a 144 Hz refresh rate. This is a 3D capable display, too (although there’s no built-in emitter), so each eye will get 72 frames with a 3D Vision kit equipped. Personally, having played Battlefield 3 at 120fps/120 Hz extensively,I’d forgo the 3D kit and just play games at 144 fps all day long.
Because the VG248QE has no built-in emitter, the price ($280) is considerably lower than it’s VG278H predecessor ($500+). Along with those oh-so-important extra hertz, the VG248QE has some other invaluable features for the gaming crowd. Along with DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI, the panel has full range of motion (tilt, swivel, pivot and height), as well as included crosshair and counter graphics. One of the most persistent issues with 3D Vision is an out-of-whack in-game crosshair. The solution? Pt a crosshair in the monitor itself (see picture above). And for the MMO gamers out there, the counter keeps a countdown clock on screen (you can choose where it sits), which should help you maintain cooldowns and tactical raid maneuvers.
If you were waiting for the “perfect” high-Hz monitor before jumping into the 3D pool, the VG248QE might be your best bet. Or if you’re more like me and simply want legitimately high frame rates for your FPS library, there’s no better place to start. Look for the VG248QE later this month for under $300.
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