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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3 Comments on Asus Wants More Hertz with the VG248QE

Air Jimma

On January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I’m not the biggest fan of my current 24″ monitor. Also I don’t care about 3D at all or any other bells and whistles for that matter.

What monitor has the best picture quality for your money in the 24″ to 27″ inch range?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Derek

On January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Oh man why can’t Asus cram this response rate and frame rate into a 2560×1440 27″ IPS display!!! Wahhhhh!!!!!!

This VG248QE is the pinnacle of TN panel design, but once you go 1440p you can’t go back. Unless of course I can get six VG248QE displays arm mounted in ultra thin bezel kits…. /drool

Viktor

On January 13, 2013 at 1:51 am

“..so each eye will get 72 frames with a 3D Vision kit equipped.”

3D Mode renders the screen to 120hz i believe.

Which still means 60 frames per eye, not 72.