ASUS has unleashed a new TUF Gaming display, the 31.5-inch VG328H1B. The mainstream-segment monitor is aimed at gamers who are after a combination of a large screen size, a curved panel, as well as a high variable refresh rate, all without breaking the bank in terms of pricing.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG328H1B monitor uses a Full-HD (1920 x 1080) VA panel that features a 1500R curvature, a maximum brightness of 250 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 1 ms MPRT response time, and a 165 Hz refresh rate in overclocked mode. The LCD can display 16.7 million of colors and reproduce 120% of the sRGB and 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is in line with other modern gaming monitors.  At the same time, considering mediocre resolution and brightness, it is pretty evident that developers of the LCD prioritized size and performance over everything else, keeping in line with the TUF lineup's mainstream focus and pricing.

The display fully supports VESA’s Adaptive-Sync (with a 48 Hz – 165 Hz range) and carries AMD’s FreeSync Premium badge. But while ASUS says that Adaptive-Sync will work with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX/RTX graphics cards, it has not been certified as G-Sync Compatible. In addition, the TUF Gaming VG328H1B supports ASUS’ ELMB and ELMB Sync technologies designed to make fast-paced scenes look sharper (whether or not variable refresh is activated). Other notable features for gamers supported by the monitor are Shadow Boost (increases brightness in dark areas) as well as GamePlus and GameVisual modes.

For connectivity, the TUF Gaming VG328H1B has one D-Sub input as well as one HDMI 2.0 port, which makes for a rather odd set of inputs. Meanwhile, the device has two 2 W stereo speakers, an audio input, and a headphone output.

As for ergonomics, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG328H1B comes with a stand that can adjust tilt and swivel, but not height. For users who need more than that, the monitor has VESA 100x100 holes, so it can use an appropriate third-party arm or stand.

The 31.5-Inch ASUS TUF Gaming LCD w/165 Hz Refresh Rate
  TUF Gaming VG328H1B
Panel 31.5-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology VESA Adaptive Sync
AMD FreeSync Premium
Range 48 Hz - 165 Hz
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Pixel Pitch ~0.2537 mm²
Pixel Density ~100 PPI
Color Gamut Support sRGB: 120%
DCI-P3: 90%
Inputs 1×D-Sub
2×HDMI 2.0
Audio 2W stereo speakers
headphone output
audio input
Stand Height: -
Tilt: +23° ~ -5°
Swivel: +/- 15°
Pivot: -
Warranty ? years
Launch Price ?

Otherwise, while they are announcing the monitor, ASUS isn't disclosing any details about pricing and or availability at this time.

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Source: ASUS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • Dizoja86 - Monday, March 2, 2020 - link

    Although I'll be looking to upgrade this year, I'm currently running a 27" 1080p monitor on my gaming rig. It's adequate, but you can still see the screen door effect if you pay attention, and finer details (grass and small distant objects) show shimmering. I really view 27" as the absolute largest I'd tolerate for 1080p, and I feel a bit sorry for whoever jumps for this panel, especially if the price is above the budget gaming category.
  • p1esk - Monday, March 2, 2020 - link

    The only way to get excited about 1080p monitor in 2020 is if it's 480Hz.
  • 335 GT - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Is there any scientific data on the benefits of a curved screen yet, or is it still just a great, big, curved marketing thing?
  • yetanotherhuman - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    I can tell you that a 38" 3840x1600 curved screen looks absolutely gorgeous when you're sitting directly in front of it. There's a genuine benefit when it gets very large and wide.
  • RSAUser - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    For TV it's a marketing gimmick as sitting too far away, for PC if it's your main display it's not, all depending on angle and viewing distance. If multimonitor, no, then you have to start calculating the angle, my boss has a nice curved monitor set up for two 27" monitors, not sure what they are, I'm still flat screen 27" and it's fine as angled Vesa mount.
  • yetanotherhuman - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Curved 16:9 at this size makes no sense.
    1920×1080 at 31.5" is an abomination.

    This is a waste of space.
  • mobutu - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    oh man, I would bitchslap the asus retard(s) who thought this piece of shit should see the light of day ...

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