Now that 24.5-inch and 27-inch Fast IPS panels with a 240 Hz maximum refresh rate are in mass production, it is time to overclock them. ASUS was the first company to introduce a 27-inch monitor with a 280 Hz refresh rate in a bid to differentiate itself from other makers of 240 Hz IPS displays late last year. This week, the company added another 280 Hz display to its TUF Gaming lineup that will be smaller and therefore cheaper than the previous model.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a 24.5-inch display that relies on an IPS panel featuring a 1920×1080 resolution, 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ration, a 1 ms GtG response time, and 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angles. A native refresh rate of the panel is 240 Hz, but ASUS has managed to make it work at a 280 Hz without any problems. The TUF Gaming VG259QM supports VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology and so far the device has obtained NVIDIA’s G-Sync Compatible certification. In addition, the monitor supports ASUS’ ELMB technology that makes fast-paced scenes look sharper as well as ELMB Sync that enables the former technology to work with G-Sync.

The TUF Gaming VG259QM can display 16.7 million of colors and covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut. The LCD is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, though do not expect any meaningful HDR experience at this peak brightness level. Meanwhile, since the monitor is aimed at gamers, it supports ASUS GamePlus modes (crosshair, timer, FPS counter, etc.), GameVisual modes (FPS, Racing, MOBA, Cinema, etc.), and Dynamic Shadow Boost technology to enhance gaming experience.

Just like its bigger brother — the TUF VG279QM — the 24.5-inch 280 Hz display comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, swivel, and can also work in portrait mode. As fas as connectivity is concerned, the monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0a connectors. In addition, the monitor has 2W stereo speakers as well as a headphone output.

The 24.5-Inch ASUS TUF Gaming LCD w/280 Hz Refresh Rate
  TUF VG259QM
Panel 24.5-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 280 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible
VESA Adaptive Sync
Range ?
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms GtG
Pixel Pitch ~0.2825 mm²
Pixel Density ~89.9 PPI
Color Gamut Support 72% NTSC
Inputs 1×DP 1.2
2×HDMI 2.0a
Audio 2W stereo speakers
headphone output
Stand Height: +/- 130 mm
Tilt: +33° ~ -5°
Swivel: +/- 90°
Pivot: +/- 90°
Warranty ? years
Launch Price in China ?

ASUS has not announced MSRP or availability timeframe of its TUF Gaming VG259QM LCD, but since 24.5-inch IPS panels with a 240 Hz refresh rate are in mass production, it is logical to expect the monitor to arrive rather sooner than later.

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Source: ASUS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • PeachNCream - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Not sure about love, but it isn't hideous looking from a specs or design perspective so it has that going for it. Reply
  • Messsk - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    This is great news for anyone who wants a monitor that no computer can keep up with and runs at a resolution that's 20 years old. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    For the games this is designed, 1080p @ 280fps is no challenge: LOL, Dota 2, Overwatch, PUBG, Fortnite, CS:GO. Even modern mid-range computers can hit 300fps depending on the game/settings. Reply
  • inighthawki - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Has PUBG made some significant strides recently? When I last played it that game was so horrendously optimized. High end computers barely hit a stable 144 on all low settings, let alone 280. Reply
  • mdrejhon - Sunday, February 16, 2020 - link

    PUBG works really well with FreeSync and G-SYNC, so this monitor is perfect for PUBG. It is also good to have a VRR range bigger than a frame rate range. So if your game is running 100fps-250fps, then a VRR range. Also 100fps @ 280Hz is much lower lag than 100fps at 144Hz, because each refresh cycle finishes transmitting over the cable in 1/280sec — even at just 100fps. Reply
  • inighthawki - Monday, February 17, 2020 - link

    OK that's great but has nothing to do with what I was replying to. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - link

    The original PUBG is difficult to get above 150fps consistently, but lots of people run PUBG Lite or the mobile version in Android emulator to achieve well over 200fps. Reply
  • inighthawki - Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - link

    Ah I see. I didn't realize PUBG Lite was a thing. Thanks! Reply
  • dotes12 - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    It's actually a worse resolution than 20 years ago! This is only 16:9 1920x1080 when all my monitors from back then were 16:10 1920x1200... Reply
  • Zingam - Saturday, February 15, 2020 - link

    1200 is for noobz! Pros use tripple 1440p! Reply

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