ASUS brought its TUF Gaming sub-brand to the market a couple of years ago to address needs of mainstream gamers. But as requirements evolve, the company has added premium features to TUF Gaming-branded products every now and then. This time around ASUS has introduced a new TUF-branded 27-inch curved monitor that boasts with AMD’s FreeSync Premium certification, a wider-than-sRGB color gamut, and a 165 Hz refresh rate.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27VH1B monitor is based on a 27-inch curved VA panel featuring a 1920×1080 resolution, 250 nits luminance, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 1 ms MPRT response time, and a 165 Hz maximum refresh rate. The LCD can reproduce 120% of the sRGB as well as 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamuts, which is rather good for a monitor that is supposed to be (at least relatively) inexpensive.

One of the key selling points of the TUF Gaming VG27VH1B is that the monitor features a scaler that supports VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology. The display is also certified to meet AMD’s FreeSync Premium requirements, which, as you'd expect for a high refresh rate display, means it officially supports low framerate compensation (LFC) mode. All told, the monitor supports refresh rates from 50 Hz up to 165 Hz.

As for other technologies, the TUF Gaming VG27VH1B also fully supports ASUS’s ELMB (extreme low motion blur) technology, which is designed to make fast-action scenes look sharper. What is particularly important about this ELMB implementation is that it can work together with Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync, so that it isn't an either/or situation. Other notable capabilities of the new TUF monitor include in-game enhancements techniques like Shadow Boost, GamePlus modes (Crosshair, Timer, FPS Counter, Display Alignment), and GameVisual genre-tailored modes.

One interesting thing to note about the TUF Gaming VG27VH1B is its set of inputs that includes one D-Sub connector for legacy PCs as well as two HDMI 2.0 ports to connect modern PCs, but there aren't any DisplayPort inputs. On the audio side of things, the monitor has 2W stereo speakers along with a line-in and a headphone out connector.

As for ergonomics, the ASUS VG27VH1B comes with a stand that can adjust tilt and swivel, but not height. Also, the display has VESA 100×100 mounting holes.

The ASUS TUF VG27VH1B Monitor
  TUF Gaming VG27VH1B
Panel 27" VA
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
(16:9)
Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Rate Technology AMD FreeSync Premium
VESA Adaptive-Sync
Range HDMI 50 Hz - 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Color Gamut 125% sRGB
90% DCI-P3
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Inputs 1 × D-Sub
2 × HDMI 2.0
USB Hub -
Audio 2 W stereo speakers
Proprietary Enhancements GamePlus: Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter/Display Alignment

GameVisual: Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB Modes/MOBA Mode

GameFast Input
Stand Height -
Tilt +23° ~ -5°
Swivel +15° ~ -15°
Power Consumption Idle 0.5 W
Typical ?
Maximum 28 W
MSRP ?

ASUS already lists its TUF Gaming VG27VH1B monitor on its website, so expect it to hit the market in the foreseeable future (COVID-19 willing).

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Source: ASUS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • Valantar - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    VGA? A VGA port? in 2020?!? I get that this is supposed to be an upper mainstream rather than premium product, but is there even a single GPU ever made that supports both VGA and FreeSync? Not that you could use FS over VGA no matter what, but that should be plenty of evidence as to why this port is completely out of place. Reply
  • AshlayW - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Even my CCTV DVR has HDMI lol. I agree the VGA port is pointless on this model. Anyone using VGA would probably be looking at a lower-end office and/or business monitor for that Reply
  • willis936 - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    The highest pixel clock I've seen referenced on VGA is 300 MHz. The highest I've personally ever been able to push on hardware I've owned is 165 MHz. 1080p165 would need 342 MHz, so I would be shocked if VGA transmitters and receivers could actually link at the native resolution and refresh rate, even if there was a valid timing configuration.

    http://www.tinyvga.com/vga-timing
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  • surt - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    They're trying to appeal to people who have an old device lying around that they need to connect to something once a month. If this device has a vga port it means it can replace that flaky old monitor they are having trouble with, and use it both with the new computer and that old thing. Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - link

    The only old devices with VGA ports are computers, in which case a new computer would likely replace it, no? VGA has pretty much never been used outside of PCs. Reply
  • milkywayer - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Also a friggin 1200p at that screen size. What is this ugly monstrosity. It'll fit perfect for a life support system monitor on an old age home. Come on guys, 4k should be the bare minimum at these panel sizes. Reply
  • inighthawki - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    While I do think that 1080p is a bit low, 4K is definitely not a good fit for this monitor. High refresh rate displays are often intended for users who want to maximize performance. Such users usually care about framerate over image quality, and often play at low graphics settings and reduced resolutions if necessary to maintain the framerate. 4K is not what such users would want. Not to mention it would significantly drive up the cost of the display.

    If you're a gamer who wants high refresh rates and 4K, there are other displays to choose from.
    Reply
  • inperfectdarkness - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    No, no there aren't. There is no 40", curved, true-4k, 120hz panel on the market. Anywhere. The 4k lovers have been snubbed over and over and over and over while the speed-freaks keep getting all the attention. Reply
  • Dug - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - link

    4k and 165hz? With what video card?
    No, 4k doesn't make sense and shouldn't be the bare minimum.
    Reply
  • inperfectdarkness - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    It absolutely does make sense. Every panel should be 4k and 120hz. You can easily down-render to 1080p from a 4k. I want the OPTION of 4k and > 60hz. Reply

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