The ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ first appeared on the websites of a few online retailers. This 4K monitor offers a 144Hz refresh rate and two HDMI 2.1 connectors, making it an excellent choice for PC and console gamers. The monitor has a VA panel with a 3840×2160 pixel resolution and a refresh rate of 144 frames per second. The advertised response time is one millisecond. The display is VESA Adaptive-Sync compliant, allowing it to work with both FreeSync and G-Sync technologies. Among other things, the display has been certified for FreeSync Pro Premium. The screen is also DisplayHDR 1000 certified, which means it has local dimming a peak brightness rating of 1000 cd/m2, a wide color gamut, and 10-bit color depth compatibility.
The 43.4-inch VA technology panel with 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1ms MPRT response time, 4000 contrast ratio, 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness (HDR), 178/178 viewing angles, and 10-bit color depth offers a wide color gamut that includes 90 percent of DCI-P3 and 125 percent of sRGB. Display Stream Compression (DSC) is used with the DisplayPort 1.4 connection to give a full 4K144Hz resolution without reducing color depth or chroma levels in any way. The newly added 2x HDMI 2.1 ports will also let you to connect the current generation gaming consoles at 4K120Hz, as they will have enough bandwidth. In addition, the XG43UQ supports ELMB and has an adjustable refresh rate. This approach, which is similar to backlight strobing, should aid to reduce motion blur.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Design
The Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ appears to be exactly what it is: a large monitor. It has small bezels, but unlike most televisions, they extend beyond the front of the display, which is matte rather than glossy. These characteristics will make the XG43UQ stand out to home theater lovers, but they will not appeal to everyone else. You can spend hundreds less on a 43-inch TV like the Sony X85J and get a more sumptuous display.
It doesn’t get any better when the monitor is turned around. The complex design of the rear panel is not unpleasant, but it seems out of place in a monitor supposed to compete with TVs. It is, however, uncommon, therefore it is not an issue. A tripod stand anchors the monitor to a desk or media cabinet. It has a big width and depth, which is typical for monitors and televisions of this size. The stand feels really solid and protects against excessively nosy pets. However, the stand simply adjusts for tilt. This is unusual for a display of this size and a break from smaller displays. If you need more range of motion, you can attach the display to a VESA compatible TV stand or mount.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Ports
The lower left combines a panel that can be removed to show the main input connections, which include a DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.1 connectors, and a DC-in jack. Just above that, on the side of the monitor, is a selection of inputs and audio outputs, as well as a USB3.0 hub. In the video, I stated that this screen has 4x HDMI 2.1 ports, which is incorrect because this monitor has a pair of HDMI 2.1 and a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports. As of now, only the PS5 and Xbox One S|X support HDMI 2.1, so if you intend to use all of those inputs for all current-gen consoles, you won’t be missing out: two for HDMI2.1 consoles, one for a Nintendo Switch, one for a cable box, and one for your PC.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Image Quality
The Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ boasts outstanding contrast and brilliant colors, which means you get a lot of punch, depth, and vibrancy. This display brings games to life. The Asus ships with its racing mode, which provides adequate performance. We measured the performance of the Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ with a colorimeter. The brightness level of 479 nits appears to be strong, and the black point of 0.12 nits indicates a contrast ratio of 3991:1. That’s significantly superior to any IPS display, including the Alienware’s screen, and it produces bold, colorful visuals with plenty of depth, albeit with less of the nuanced realism you’d expect from an IPS.
The Delta E of 2.12 is acceptable, as is the color temperature of 6110K. Neither figure is great, with the latter being a little warm, but neither figure has an impact on gameplay. These findings are complemented by a sRGB coverage level of 98.9% and a volume of 129.3%, implying that this panel can portray every shade required for mainstream games with zeal. The Asus obtained a maximum brightness of 909 nits when operating in SDR mode. The panel’s contrast and color accuracy stayed similar here, which is good news if you want to crank up the display for a more vibrant experience from across the room. Similarly, at lower brightness levels, contrast and quality remained steady.
The only issue I discovered with these preliminary tests was with the homogeneity benchmark. While the Asus retains its lighting strength in the center, it loses 20% in the corners. This will have little effect on gameplay, although it may be improved.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Gaming Performance
When you initially boot up Windows, the XG43UQ’s text scaling is set to 300%, which is ideal for a five-foot viewing distance. If you sit closer, lowering this to 200 or 150% helps you to see more of your documents and images. If you sit back, Asus offered the option to make the OSD larger or smaller. Even from a distance of 10 feet, the enormous size is simple to read. The remote is quite useful, and we only used it. After a while, sitting near enough to utilize the control keypad and joystick becomes visually tiring.
With the exception of the rare overdrive artifact, gaming performance was excellent. Our GeForce RTX 3090-equipped PC maintained speeds of over 100 frames per second in Ultra HD. When using FreeSync, a Radeon RX 5700 XT performed slightly slower, at roughly 90 frames per second. The XG43UQ is a very good gaming monitor, with only overdrive artifacts preventing it from being a great one. However, it excels in video and other jobs.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Connectivity
The 43-inch monitor has five full-size digital connections for video – DisplayPort, a pair of HDMI 2.1, and a pair of HDMI 2.0. (It’s odd that graphics card makers typically include more DisplayPort ports than HDMI connectors, but monitor manufacturers do the opposite.) The input is chosen from the main setup menu or the quick access menu (if configured so). At the inputs, there is a non-switchable function of automatic signal search. Digital audio signals from the aforementioned inputs are converted to analog and routed to the built-in speakers or headphone jack. A line-in audio input is also available. From the menu, you can choose it as the current audio input. You can also disable the sound there.
Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ review: Price
At this pricing, the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ has to be something remarkable, and by some standards, it is. It’s without a doubt one of the brightest and punchiest monitors we’ve ever seen. Despite lacking genuine local dimming capability, it provides a superb HDR experience thanks to VA panel technology.
At the end of the day, the ASUS ROG Swift XG43UQ is a gaming display that is more of an indulgence than a necessity. At RM6888, a 4K gaming display is still a relatively expensive purchase. Having said that, it’s still a lot less expensive than ASUS’ other top-tier gaming monitors, such as the ROG Swift PG32UQX, which I tested in the middle of 2021.
So there you have it: our in-depth review of the ASUS ROG STRIX XG43UQ – a large-screen gaming monitor that checks a lot of boxes. The only question is whether we believe it provides decent value for money when compared to some of the market’s leading solutions. At roughly $1,300, the XG43UQ enters a pricing category dominated by OLED TVs and other 144Hz HDMI 2.1 panels. So, how does the XG43UQ fare?
The XG43UQ provided a wonderful gaming experience for me. The 43.4-inch screen provides excellent immersion, which is greatly enhanced by an exceptionally amazing HDR experience. Because HDMI 2.1 supports 4K gameplay at 120Hz, this is an excellent choice for next-generation console players. However, the pixel response rate on this monitor feels a touch too slow for fast-paced competitive titles like CS:GO and COD, resulting in some noticeable blurring and lagging.