Early deal of the week: Asus’ MG279Q FreeSync monitor

Sometimes an exceptional deal comes along that causes us to break our normal Friday deal-of-the-week schedule. This is one of those deals, a solid discount on the Asus MG279Q display featured in our most recent staff picks.

The MG279Q is a 27" IPS monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution and FreeSync for our Radeon-owning friends. This display was an easy recommendation at its usual price of $569.99. Today, Newegg is offering an $80 discount on the MG279Q, dropping the price to $489.99. The only limitation of this display is a FreeSync range that's limited to 35 to 90Hz, rather than the panel's full 144Hz. Fortunately, that range covers most of the ground where FreeSync really excels. Newegg is offering this deal through 11:59 PM PT tomorrow, March 22.

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    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    Also, the [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824025112<]LG 29UM67P FreeSync[/url<] is on sale for $270 after promo code EMCEHGG43. It's gone for as low as $250 (that I've seen) but this is still a good price IMO.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 4 years ago

    [url<]http://nils.schimmelmann.us/post/133778060542/modded-asus-mg279q-drivers-with-60-144-hz-freesync[/url<] I have this monitor, and can recommend it. You can mod the freesync range with CRU to 60-144hz, and AMD's LFRC mode multiplies lower fps into the higher range.

    • Demetri
    • 4 years ago

    If you’re feeling lucky, Newegg is also selling open box stock of this monitor for $368.

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236466R[/url<]

      • brucethemoose
      • 4 years ago

      You better be really, really lucky if you do.

      The MG279Q already has major QC issues new… If you buy open box, you’re almost certainly getting a bad panel that technically passed Newegg’s inspection, not a good unit someone returned.

    • slowriot
    • 4 years ago

    WARNING

    I bought a MG279Q the last time Newegg ran a sell on these. A few very important notes…

    – My price was $469 during the last sell. Not sure why these are more expensive now than before but just throwing it out there.

    – The first unit I received was defective. Backlight bleed that made it basically impossible to enjoy any remotely dark content (you could see it on the Windows 10 default background even). Newegg sent me a replacement unit which…

    – Still has more backlight bleed then I would like but its acceptable.

    – I really like 144Hz. I’m not currently using Freesync because I have a GTX970, but have confirmed it works fine on a friends 390X (we also “overclocked” the sync range with no issues).

      • south side sammy
      • 4 years ago

      similar?

      [url<]https://techreport.com/news/29874/asus-offers-an-exchange-program-for-some-pg279q-displays[/url<]

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    Wow shocker, after exchange we are pretty much getting the same deal for once up here in Canada!!!!

    [url<]http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236466&cm_re=MG279Q-_-24-236-466-_-Product[/url<] Edit - $650 + $12.25 ecofee + $18 shipping +13% tax = $768.68 Getting there.......................

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Keep an eye out for Best Buy’s sales on Asus monitors. When they come on sale there, they are usually quite a bit cheaper than NCIX or Newegg. They have some special pricing from Asus that makes it for those two to compete with. (Currently regular price of $749 there, won’t be surprised to see it going for $600 on sale).

      EDIT: Of course if you want it now, you could walk into BB and price protect it against Neweggs offering and save another extra $10 and free shipping.

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately unemployed now due to the economy, and need to upgrade the gpu before getting a monitor like that 😉

    • ozzuneoj
    • 4 years ago

    Do Freesync monitors like this have any kind of motion blur reduction features like Nvidia’s ULMB modes on their Gsync monitors?

    I know that these can’t be used with variable refresh rates, but IMO it can potentially be a much bigger deal to have less motion blur in games that run at high frame rates and wouldn’t benefit as much from variable refresh rates.

      • Demetri
      • 4 years ago

      The Eizo Foris FS2735 is based on the same panel as this and offers backlight strobing for motion blur reduction.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 4 years ago

    Been using it since July. So far so good.

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    I would never want a monitor with sync that couldn’t sync to its max refresh rate. I notice tearing very easily and hate it and I don’t think I would stop seeing/hating it if it were at 90+hz compared to the 60 I run now.

      • Firestarter
      • 4 years ago

      you won’t see tearing with freesync on because it will cap the framerate to 90 fps

        • Kretschmer
        • 4 years ago

        You cap your applications at 90Hz and let Freesync do its thing.

        With my 290X, I don’t often have to worry about exceeding 90Hz in demanding games (though I do have to worry about going below 35Hz).

        Also note that there are driver mods out there that have gotten Freesync on the MG279Q to work from like 31-110Hz or 57-144Hz. Check with Google.

        • odizzido
        • 4 years ago

        oh okay….seems kinda a waste to get a 144hz monitor and then run it at 90 :\

          • Firestarter
          • 4 years ago

          you can still run it at 144hz when you play CS:GO or Rocket League or some other competitive and easy to run game. However, if you want to play those on a competitive level you will want a monitor with motion blur reduction (or Lightboost) which this monitor does not have because IPS panels aren’t fast enough for that

            • anotherengineer
            • 4 years ago

            “motion blur reduction (or Lightboost) which this monitor does not have because IPS panels aren’t fast enough for that”

            IIRC it’s not the IPS panel, motion blur reduction is basically adaptive sync backlighting or “strobed backlighting” so the backlighting is on when a frame is presented and off in-between frame changes.

            However I think they really have only gotten this to work so far at a few frequencies, like 85, 100 and 120 Hz or something? Also when this is done, it affects brightness and CR.

            [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/eizo_foris_fs2735.htm[/url<] [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/acer_predator_z35.htm[/url<] [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_rog_swift_pg279q.htm[/url<]

            • Firestarter
            • 4 years ago

            IPS pixels don’t switch fast enough for the strobed backlight to work as intended. Instead of your eyes seeing flashes of the intended image like with a strobed TN panel, you’d see flashes of images where some pixels are still transitioning

            also, it doesn’t work with adaptive sync, because then the backlight strobe would have to be adjusted to be in time with the refresh of the panel and that would cause big brightness changes as the framerate varies. Maybe they’ll find a way to make ULMB and adaptive sync to work together someday, I hope.

            I have a form of ULMB on my 120hz monitor (samsung s23a700), because it’s a 3D monitor with active glasses which means the backlight has to strobe at 120hz anyway to get 60hz for each eye. When I force the monitor into 3D mode, the backlight strobes as a ULMB/Lightboost monitor would, and I get greatly reduced motion blur in first person shooters and the like. The effect is really quite pronounced! However, since my monitor wasn’t made to do this the brightness is reduced too much and the colors are messed up. I know though that if CS:GO were my thing and I wanted to win at it, I’d definitely close the curtains and put my monitor in this mode all the time.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 4 years ago

      The whole point of freesync is that there is no tearing, so I’m not sure what exactly your complaint is about.

      Well not the whole point, that’s the point of vsync, freesync is also no lag of course.

        • rahulahl
        • 4 years ago

        His point is that he has to chose between 144Hz smoothness or 90Hz freesync.
        Gsync would give you both.

          • Demetri
          • 4 years ago

          Freesync can do both also. The Acer and Eizo monitors based on this panel both go up to 144hz in Freesync; I believe the Eizo actually has 2 range settings. Asus chose a lower range because they figured most people don’t have hardware that can pump out more than 90fps in newer games @ 1440P. Just take a look at the 1440P benchmarks on The Division that just came out. Even a 980ti can’t quite average 60fps on Ultra.

          If you’d like to set Freesync range higher, you can apparently modify it using CRU.

            • rahulahl
            • 4 years ago

            I am not actually saying anything about freesync. I am just trying to clarify what OP probably means, since Bobbin didn’t seem to understand his point.

            If freesync can work outside the specified monitor refresh range.. then thats all well and good.

            • anotherengineer
            • 4 years ago

            Indeed, and of course if frames are displayed in sync without lag and tearing, then even at 30 fps they can/will ‘appear’ smooth and fluid, vs. say 60fps with lag spikes and tearing.

            Now if your playing CSS or CSGO and can push 300fps, well just disable freesync and set monitor to 144Hz, and CS frame cap to 144fps, done and done.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 4 years ago

            He mentioned tearing specifically. There is no tearing with any of the sync methods.

            • rahulahl
            • 4 years ago

            “I would never want a monitor with sync that couldn’t sync to its max refresh rate”

            I presumed that Odizzido is referring to the fact that the monitor cannot sync at 144hz.

      • slowriot
      • 4 years ago

      You can hack the FreeSync range on these quite easily. It’s definitely no replacement for stock support but it does work.

      [url<]http://nils.schimmelmann.us/post/133778060542/modded-asus-mg279q-drivers-with-60-144-hz-freesync[/url<] There are a few range options too. 31-110, 35-110, 57-144, and 60-144. Again, I wish it supported a wider range out of the box but the main idea behind the MG279Q, at least for me personally, is that it's a cheap option that provides IPS, 1440P, and 144Hz.

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