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
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

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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  • Ninhalem - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Why do manufacturers still insist on putting 1080p in a 27" monitor? The minimum should be 1440p.
  • eddman - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Why not? A 1440 display is more expensive than a (near) equivalent 1080 one (e.g. VG279Q vs. PG279Q). Also, a higher resolution means you need a more powerful, hence more expensive, card to sustain the same frame rate.

    Yes, 1440 looks better, but I'm quite ok with 1080's pixel density and personally see no reason to spend the extra money.
  • pocketdrummer - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - link

    I'm not thrilled with 1080p pixel density on a 24" display, let alone a 27". It looks like garbage. They need to make 24" 1080p IPS displays with 144hz+ and 1ms. 27" 1440p for an expensive upgrade.
  • eddman - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - link

    They do. Asus has two 24.5" models, VG259Q and QM.
  • inperfectdarkness - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    My god, use something in the 30"+ range, and you'll be mortified by the pixel density on a 1080p display. 27" is barely any better. 1080p has been a trainwreck and the bane of the PC market ever since it was force-punched down our throats as a mandatory DOWNGRADE from the 1920x1200 or even 1920x1440 screens. I'm sick and tired of everyone who keeps touting it as "superior". 1080p needs to DIAF. NOW. It's not even good enough resolution for a smartphone, FFS!
  • drexnx - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    TUF is just ROG with a dumber name and uglier logo at this point
  • milkywayer - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Also sh****t panels. 27 inch and 1080/1200p Wth is this ugly thing.
  • AshlayW - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    27 inches with 1080p? 2020? This PPI is quite low and blurry, and I'm not seeing progress here. As someone else said 1440p should be the minimum now for these gaming panels.
  • haukionkannel - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Not everyone Are willing to pay what Asus ask for 1440p monitors. Similar 1440p by asus is $150 more expensive at least...
    I would go bigger and sharper, but there Are people who don`t have money to 1440p Gaming.
  • Mccaula718 - Monday, March 30, 2020 - link

    Where is the second hdmi port hiding in the pictures?

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