ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 Monitor Review

Testing, Batman Arkham City and Dirt 3

ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 Review


Now normally we just skip to the conclusion and tell you how it performs. But this is a big shift in resolution so we thought you might be interested in seeing what kind of performance differential there is between running at the standard 1920x1080, and the giant resolution offered by the PB278Q. So we have pulled together the four most beefy graphics cards, and trust us there is no point in trying to game with a GTX550 or HD7770, and we're going to see how much performance loss there is.

It's also worth noting we've gained three new games. The mediocre MOH Warfighter, the strange Sleeping Dogs, the excellent Hitman Absolution and the truly stunning Far Cry 3. We won't be commenting upon the results individually but will wrap it all up in the conclusion.

Batman Arkham City


Dirt 3


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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2012, 16:18:44

Very nice monitor looks well worth the money if you need the pure real estate it givesQuote

08-12-2012, 20:15:34

I agree about the triple screens in gaming. In FPS games the side screens are pretty useless. Certain games however, like Assassins Creed I do find the side screens used a little more.
I get what you mean in things like Dirt3 when there's just too much going on at the sides but I do kind of feel that adds to the immersiveness of the game. Obviously if it puts you off, it's not a good thing, but I do think it just makes everything more realistic.

Aside from that though, I do find three screens a lot better to work on in windows, whether it's just word or general use like internet/music etc... and obviously video editing spread out across 3 screens has its benefits.

I probably agree that if you're just gaming, you'd be better off getting one of these over 3x 1080 screens - but there's such a price difference between it, I find it hard to justify the cost. I mean, you can get 3x 23inch Dell IPS screens for around £70 cheaper than one of these. It's obviously going to depend on the user at the end of the day - but at the present moment in time, until these come down in price, I think I'd still choose far cheaper 1080 screens.Quote

08-12-2012, 23:52:08

Well no wonder this panel is so good it's a PLS panel which if I read things correctly is Samsung's answer to LG's IPS technology so that's probably why everything looks so lush it's not just an N panel.Quote

09-12-2012, 07:33:30

ohh man, finally a reason to update my Asus EAH6970 2GB vid card

Thanks Tom about opening my eyes to club3d cards. been doing some reading and research and their cards are badass

Looking to get the 7990 or the 7970 royalace ghz editionQuote

09-12-2012, 07:38:18


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