I'm taking this home - ASUS PG35VQ Personal Rig Update

I'm taking this home – ASUS PG35VQ Personal Rig Update

I'm having a pretty good couple of weeks here guys so Nvidia just sent over a Titan r-tx to replace my old Titan X Maxwell graphics card so that upgrade is done but I ran into new problem my predator X 34 is officially holding me back now with its hundred Hertz refresh rate fortunately the long-awaited rog swift PG 35 v is finally here it's a clear upgrade in every way it's 34 40 by 1440 resolution still but it is one inch bigger it's got HDR with g-sync ultimate and it manages up to 200 Hertz refresh so it is finally time after a couple years of this being my reigning gaming monitor of choice to crack open and upgrade oh that was not the way to open this but the way to segue into our sponsor is for me to tell you about glassware with glassware you can detect and block badly behaving apps on your PC or Android device just head over to glassware we're gonna have them linked in the video description and use offer code Lynas to get 25% off now I do want to get this cracked open right away but before I do that I should give you guys a bit of an update on what's going on with the personal rig so the old graphics card is still out but if you guys recall I actually changed out my CPU and motherboard at the same time that I put in the Titan RDX except one small continuity error that's my old rampage v extreme with my 5960 accident so there was something I didn't think of back when I did the upgrade optical Thunderbolt 3 cables which is what the new motherboard used don't exist yet so what I'm doing right now is even though I have all these cables run here is I'm actually back to using my Thunderbolt 2 connection with my old motherboard now as for the reason that I bring all of that up I left all this stuff in place because at this point I don't know if my Thunderbolt 2 connection is going to be able to carry a display 41.4 signal which it will need to if it's gonna be able to do 200 Hertz at 34 40 by 1440 so the good news is we've got all the different options whatever works first impressions right out of the gate here this thing is really thick to a sous is credit they've managed to thin up the bezels quite a bit compared to their 4k 144 Hertz gaming display Oh from this angle you guys also get a really good look at the curve that is a tight curve 1,800 are looking not too bad io wise we've got HDMI but even with HDMI 2.0 you're still limited to 34 40 by 1440 100 Hertz then we've got DisplayPort here which is a hundred and eighty Hertz natively 200 Hertz overclocked our power in a USB 3 hub and then that's pretty much it oh except for this so that is actually a headphone jack so notable here is that this is powered by a higher end amp and DAC than you would normally find integrated into a monitor so you can use it a couple ways you can pass through your audio from HDMI or DisplayPort just like you normally would or if you plug in via USB then you get higher definition audio or whatever the case may be personally I don't find this to be a particularly big deal because from my perspective if you can afford a $2,500 monitor you can probably also afford a standalone anthem DAC so for me I'm using an O 2 headphone amplifier with the DAC built-in then again the flip side of it is maybe you spent all of your money on this $2,500 monitor and you're very grateful that it has a better built-in headphone amplification solution alright now that we've got it assembled looks like we've got a boat now let's about like about 4 or 5 inches of height adjust you know there's your tilt here's your swivel and then there's no no pivot but you do have a little bit of adjustment just in case your desk is not quite even we've got an ambient light sensor on the top so you can disable that but that can make it so that if your room lighting conditions change there it'll adjust the backlight speaking of back lights there's lights on the back this is full RGB if you're into that sort of thing but for me personally I won't be seeing it so I'm not sure if I care about that but I do like having these controls on the back with the joystick type interface that is definitely my favorite way to interact with a monitor all right so let's get this thing replaced this is a lot heavier yes that is chunky or what is it the kids say now chunky it's chunky apparently this is 280 watt power brick that's nuts I've plugged my DisplayPort pass-through into the back of my graphics card and I'm pretty sure this isn't gonna work but hey you know it's worth a shot well the good news is that the thick cable works I don't know what what refresh rate though so I shut down the system we're gonna try a cold boot swapped out my standard cable for the one running through thunderbolt and we're gonna see if it works at all and how far it'll go but something you guys need to keep in mind is that even if it works perfectly just like their 4k 144 Hertz gaming display this one has some some gotchas on the maximum resolution and refresh rate so if you want to run with no chroma subsampling so full 444 RGB color you're gonna be limited to a hundred and twenty Hertz if you want 12 bit color a hundred and forty-four Hertz if you want 10-bit color and 180 Hertz if you want 8-bit color and of course at 8-bit color you cannot run HDR so the only way to go to 200 Hertz overclocked is to run 8-bit color again no HDR then if you're willing to use chroma subsampling so that's four to two you can actually run all the way up to twelve bit color at 200 Hertz but you're gonna get that fringing that many people complained about with the 27 inch 4k 144 Hertz wow this is just not working at all okay then I guess we're just gonna have to run this DisplayPort cable and we're stuck with that then now the thing about chroma subsampling is that while you'll notice it on text it's unlikely that many people will notice it in games so your mileage may vary it's worth trying out now okay we've got it fired up we're kind of looking at it closer for the first time and it's obvious that our viewing angles are not quite IPs like which kind of makes sense because this is a VA as opposed to an IPS panel let's go ahead and see how far we can push B refresh rate with that cable going to the other room over there let's go straight to 200 Hertz I guess alright so I'm seeing a little bit of motion blur on the trailing and leading edge of this one but it's far from the worst I've seen to its credit even though we're running at 200 Hertz this text is quite readable even while I'm moving it around now to make Susan and videos credit actually on the static text this is at 200 Hertz for two to twelve bit I can honestly can't even tell but if I move it see that it starts to look kind of weird and like kind of brown and yellow as I move it around so honestly for myself I think I'd be far more likely to leave it on four four four and maybe he try to hit the 144 Hertz for fresh for that full quality but still a significant upgrade in terms of refresh rate over my old one so now that I've settled on that we can go ahead and enable HDR which happily doesn't make windows look like complete garbage when you're not in games anymore that's pretty nice and we can go ahead and fire up steam which is a perfect opportunity for us to have a look at the full array local dimming that's present on this monitor so unlike their previous 4k display which had 384 zones this one actually has 512 zones and they're all quite small only about two and a half centimetres square so what that means is that as a bright object moves around on the screen the backlight behind it is going to brighten and then as dark object moves around it will darken now in a synthetic situation like this you can see that the effect is really not very convincing and making adjustments to it like changing it to gradual for example does not improve the situation at all it just creates kind of a hazy smear behind whatever you move around but the real test is not how it does moving the mouse around in steam but rather how it handles actual games okay so Shadow the Tomb Raider is almost ready to go which means we can talk about HDR gameplay now but first well let's talk about HDR content consumption so here's a video that was shot in HDR from our buddy Austin Evans I'm just going to switch this over to yep there we go for hey HDR does it work yeah it definitely works so it's vasa HDR 1000 certified which means it has to be able to do a thousand its peak brightness in a small area or as a single flash across the whole screen and 600 and it's sustained but a sue says it can actually do 715 it sustains now as far as just consuming content on it goes I gotta say the fuller a local dimming did not bother me at all as long as I'm viewing it from directly in front if you go off access yeah that's a more challenging scenario and I can definitely see the halos but straight on it actually looks really damn good so this is fascinating I was having a game launching issue and I wanted to force close steam and check this out we're getting wicked fringing now and it looks like it's actually related to HDR so even though I'm running for two – here we go 12 bit 144 Hertz even I bet if I even crank it to 200 Hertz we get no fringing without HDR unless we move it around see there you go you got to move it around to have any effect whatsoever so this is it first time gaming an HDR at homeland 200 Hertz the sunlight looks really really natural compared to what you'd be accustomed to seeing in games and even in the spots where we've got like a pretty significant contrast between sunlight reflection and then something dark underneath it I'm not really getting a noticeable halo or fringe around it that looks really sharp doesn't it one thing I'd like to try though is dialing it back to 144 Hertz no chroma subsampling so back at 444 10-bit color honestly I wouldn't say there's anything immediately noticeable this game does look really really good an HDR though so I could actually see myself dialing back the maximum refresh rate for games that are all about the visuals but there are also situations where I wouldn't want to compromise on that at all and I'd be willing to go to you know eight bid or four to two subsampling or whatever the case may be and that's something like like a pixel precision you know platform or like Super Meat Boy okay yeah he's a boy no question I kind of said I could get used to playing my game like this at 200 Hertz gravy branded but as for my last game test actually the game that I started this entire personal rig update over over land I don't have an issue but this is the first game that we've tried today where the full array local dimming is noticeable when I'm messing over the water and I would find that distracting so yeah this is the first situation where I would probably find myself wanting to go in and turn that off and I guess that's actually a perfect place to summarize my thoughts on this display it's an incredible piece of technology I haven't even mentioned this yet but we validated a Seuss's included color calibration report with Delta ease of two or less making it not just great for gaming but also content consumption and even content creation but both its greatest strengths and its greatest weakness is the incredible degree of customization that it allows so you can decide what color depth you want or whether you want chroma subsampling or whether you want to trade off more refresh rate or less refresh rate or you want to run HDR no HDR do you want to have full array local dimming on or off if you're not using HDR and you can dial in exactly the experience you want on a per game basis but it also means that you have to have a pretty decent level of understanding of all the dials and knobs that are at your fingertips now for me personally there's no going back at this point it's just that if you're in the market for one of these make sure you set aside maybe a couple hours to do some light in order to 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40 thoughts on “I'm taking this home – ASUS PG35VQ Personal Rig Update

  1. Ooh, Asus made a new monitor. I like hearing that, although I don't want these new things because I'm a mid 2000s guy so I'm fine with the VG278H thank you.

  2. Dear god linus you need to do some SERIOUS cable management. Those cables are the physical embodiment of the ketchup water that comes out when you don't shake.

  3. PSA: 300 cd/m^2 (candelas per meter squared, aka “nits”) is more than enough if you aren’t using HDR.

  4. Sorry Linus but what do you even need a 200hz monitor and a Titan RTX for? When are you actually gaming on it anyways? With your profession, you don't have the time to get good at competetive FPS games.

  5. wow linus!!!! us, mere mortals can only dream of affording a fraction of the hardware your reviewing. not sure of whether your sponsors have thought things through, but much of what they are paying you to advertise for them, is beyond our means. i must be doing something wrong in life.

  6. Hey Linus how is the backlight bleeding? im owning a XG35VQ also a VA panel, and i can notice some yellow light in the down corners

  7. I hate it when linus makes content like this. It's so pointless, it is only relevant to perhaps only 1% of his audience. That bright halo around the mouse cursor because of local array dimming is just bullcrap for this price

  8. Linus tech tips still using the old Corsair sp2500 2.1 speaker system. I got one too and I don't blame him for not upgrading. Wish Corsair would make another speaker product..

  9. how much did you pay for it linus? oh wait nothing i bet…must be nice all your high end upgrades for your pc were all free how quaint,i would kill to just have your old monitor let alone that 2500 dollar new one lol

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