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
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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  • casperes1996 - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    "72% NTSC"

    I threw up. Everything should cover sRGB fully at this point. I get that this monitor's primary focus is the refresh rate, and it's not for people like me who'd rather have high resolution and wide colour at 60hz, but NTSC... And not even covering it fully... It's so depressing to look at.
  • A5 - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    ...yeah. 100% NTSC or sRGB should be table stakes for any monitor over $100 at this point.

    For the price these gaming monitors go for, we should be talking about 90+% of DCI-P3, like in high-end TVs.
  • HowDoesAnyOfThisWork - Sunday, February 16, 2020 - link

    Isn't 100% Never The Same Color what those cheap-ish displays with NT and VA panels are aiming for normally?
    It also seems the monitor is lacking (A)RGB lightning. Given 0% RGB lighting, it would be rather impossible to get any sRGB coverage, let alone (near) 100%.
  • brucethemoose - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Isnt "72% NTSC" marketing speak for nearly full sRGB support? NTSC is (more or less) a wider color space than sRGB.

    That being said, VESA has definitely polluted the term "HDR" with the HDR 400 standard. The monitor industry is once again shooting themselves in the foot in exchange for some short term marketing buzz.
  • krazyfrog - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Yup. 72% NTSC should be around 99% sRGB since 100% sRGB is around 78% NTSC. For a gaming focused monitor that is sufficient.
  • Guspaz - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    DisplayHDR 400 doesn't even make sense. As bad as 500 and 600 were, they at least required wide colour gamut support. DisplayHDR 400 requires sRGB with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Which... is just a description of a normal non-HDR monitor.
  • philehidiot - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    I have a HDR400 monitor. It was one of the "nice to haves" on my list. It has been a source of some regret after seeing the improvement when games are outputting in HDR but the severe limitations of the HDR400 standard. My monitors usually last the best part of a decade but I'm even considering replacing it early because of this. Also, this monitor sacrifices way too much on the alter of refresh rates for my liking but, it isn't aimed at people like me. 1080P and even daring to quote the NTSC gamut shows this is a niche area where little matters aside from refresh rate.
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    To be fair, it's also only 1080. Picture quality clearly isn't the focus here.
  • jeremyshaw - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Also, NTSC color space is a nonsense measurement that should have been abandoned years and years ago. I don't get why panel manufacturers keep on referencing it.
  • nerd1 - Monday, February 17, 2020 - link

    google before throwing up, 100% sRGB = 72% NTSC usually

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