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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS VG278H LCD Monitor 3D Vision-2 Kit
Closer Look: ASUS VG278H
ASUS VG278H Detailed Features
Monitor Testing Methodology
NVIDIA 3D Vision Special Effects
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Monitor Testing Methodology

The purpose of this section is to illustrate frame rate changes between monitor resolutions, so that users will be prepared for the difference in video game performance. Some users are unaware of how upgrading their monitor may impact game performance, as the larger resolution results in decreased frame rate.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Please do not interpret our benchmark frame rate results to represent real-world graphics performance, as this level changes based on supporting hardware installed.

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is available on the Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista Operating Systems, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

Intel X58-Express Test System

Graphics Card Radeon HD6850 GeForce GTX460 Radeon HD5850 Radeon HD6870 GeForce GTX560 Radeon HD5870 Radeon HD 6950 GeForce GTX570
GPU Cores 960 336 1440 1120 384 1600 1408 480
Core Clock (MHz) 775 675 725 900 850 850 800 732
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1350 N/A N/A 1700 N/A N/A 1464
Memory Clock (MHz) 1000 900 1000 1050 1026 1200 1250 950
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1280MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 320-bit

Resolution Scaling Results


DirectX-10 3DMark Vantage: New Calico

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)


DirectX-11 Battlefield Bad Company 2

  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)


Unigine Heaven 2.1 Benchmark

  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA

3D Vision Test Results

Application Hardware 1920x1080 3D Vision Enabled Impact
Aliens vs Predator GTX 480 40.9 FPS 19.7 FPS 52%
GTX 480 SLI 77.3 FPS 32.9 FPS 57%
Heaven 2.1 GTX 480 44.4 FPS 21.5 FPS 52%
GTX 480 SLI 79.3 FPS 35.1 FPS 56%
Lost Planet 2 GTX 480 52.5 FPS 25.6 FPS 51%
GTX 480 SLI 64.8 FPS 40.0 FPS 38%
Mafia II GTX 480 33.8 FPS 23.8 FPS 30%
GTX 480 SLI 36.4 FPS 32.3 FPS 11%

Back in early 2009 when Benchmark Reviews first tested NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology on PC video games, nearly all of the performance results demonstrated a 50% frame rate drop with stereoscopic effects turned on. This made sense, because two staggered versions of each frame were being displayed. Almost two years later, and the newest titles are beginning to overcome this trend.

Aliens vs Predator, Unigine Heaven 2.1, and Lost Planet 2 all keep to tradition, and lose 50% of the frame rate performance with 3D Vision enabled. For this reason alone, the technology is best suited for gamers capable of providing high-end graphical power. In our tests, this power came from either a single GeForce GTX 480 or two cards in SLI.

Notice that in the Lost Planet 2 tests that frame rate was reduced by only 38%, and not the 51% or more exhibited by older game engines. Mafia II proves this point, primarily because it's the most recent game of the group, and loses only 30% with 3D Vision enabled and a mere 11% when tested using an SLI set. This is proof evident that it's the game that determines the FPS loss, and not the hardware.

3D Vision Surround Tests

Application Hardware 1920x1080 (x3) 3D Vision Surround Impact
Heaven 2.1 GTX 480 SLI 32.9 FPS 16.5 FPS 50%
Lost Planet 2 GTX 480 SLI 49.0 FPS 28.3 FPS 42%
Mafia II GTX 480 SLI 31.8 FPS 24.9 FPS 22%

Very few people can afford the luxury of NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology, as it requires expensive amounts of hardware that becomes cost-prohibitive for most people. In our 3D Vision Surround tests, Aliens vs Predator would not run with 4x AA, and the frame rates were very poor at 2x AA. Heaven 2.1 retained the traditional 50% loss, while Lost Planet 2 gave away only 42%. Mafia II was again the most efficient game in terms of 3D Vision Surround performance, and lost only 22% performance when stereoscopic effects were enabled.

On a side note, Lost Planet2 and Mafia 2 is absolutely phenomenal with 3D-Vision and 3D Vision Surround. Both games offer built-in multi-monitor profiles, likely a benefit of being 3D Vision Ready titles. Combining two GeForce GTX 480's into SLI allowed this game to play at 5760 x 1080 resolution across three monitors using the highest settings with APEX PhysX enabled, delivering a thoroughly impressive experience.



# RE: ASUS VG278H LCD Monitor 3D Vision-2 Kitkallymoral 2012-01-18 04:41
VG278H amazing LCD monitor best thing is NVIDIA 3D Vision-2 glasses kit, 120Hz high-definition 1080p picture quality, and 3D special effects.
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# ASUS VG278H LCD Monitor 3D Vision-2 KitPaleRider 2012-01-31 01:50
I find it difficult to believe that if this thing were so good, only 51% of the buyers who wrote a review at gave it a 5 out of 5 Egg rating.
Thank you for the disclaimer stating that these reviews express the opinion of only the author, as this "review" appears to be an advertisement for
3D technology has not evolved far enough yet. Also, from the people I know personally and those in the various Forums I frequent, they're really not interested in it. They, myself included, think that this is a fad that is being directed at our children by companies such as Nvidia and the gaming industry. You can tell by the limited amount of 3D movies that Hollywood is also not very interested in this technology.
What is the time frame of 3D fads? 5 to 10 years between attempts to coerce people into thinking it's worthwhile?
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# RightMergatroid 2012-01-31 16:27
Most of the "reviewers" over at the "Egg" couldn't find their butts even if they had a dog.

I have used 3D on a CRT monitor back in the day with a Deluxe Geforce card that came with 3D LCD shutter glasses. It was awesome on Mechwarrior games at the time using a 19" monitor running at 120Hz (dropping to 60 for 3D), and I can't see it getting any worse. Personally I think PC games are the killer app for 3D.

I have the 2D version of that ASUS monitor, along with another 27" ASUS monitor on my desk right now and I can attest to the quality of the ASUS monitor products. I service LCD monitors and TVs for a living and I see a lot of them. I have not checked out the 3D version but personally I doubt it's going to be worse quality than their 2D monitors. At the very least you get a 27" 120Hz LCD monitor which would almost make it worth the purchase even without 3D.

Considering 3D for PCs has been around for almost 20 years (if not longer) I think you and your friends are completely wrong about it being a fad. Personally, I can't see how you can even talk about it if you haven't tried it.

Now, 3D TV is quite another beast. Count me in on the "not interested" pile in regards to 3d TVs and movies.
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# 3D RepJim Krisvoy 2012-02-01 17:14
I beg to differ with you on 3D theatrical content. There are a minimum of 3-5 3D titles coming out on average this year, ultimately to feed the now growing 3D TV market. As far as aiming 3D monitors at children, if its used for educational purposes, learning retention nearly doubles (as far as older research is concerned) and about 17% or more with current research.3D can provide a nice aesthetic - and a number of more well established feature directors appear right now to be establishing the trend. Like anything else, there will be a number of misfires, but 3D is here to stay. Get used to it.
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# 3D repJim Krisvoy 2012-02-01 17:15
Sorry for the typo. I meant an average of 3-5 3D titles are in theatres every month - with more to come.
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# RE: 3D repNsmithey 2012-05-05 19:54
I have an app on my passive 3d Tv, called "Vudu" which currently has about 50 3d movie titles you can rent, for about $1 more than the non-3D versions, which I consider well worth the price! New 3d movie titles are added as they're released.

I also have an app on my blu ray player, which has a free streaming Internet TV station, which features a variety of 3d shows, including National Geographic and History channel 3d shows, children shows, and even some sports.

I believe that Direct TV now offers several 3d channels, including an ESPN sports channel that broadcast games primarily in 3d.
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# If you don't like 3D you haven't seen it properly yetMudwump 2012-12-15 17:10
PaleRider you live in the past. 3D is amazing on games and I don't shill for ANY hardware or software manufacturers. It's small minded fools like you who cause many people to miss out on what will be the most amazing experience in media they've ever had. Everyone I've had sit down in front of this monitor specifically (past technologies weren't quite as good) have said - without fail - "I want one of these" a very short time after viewing. The problem with 3D movies is they cut between shots so much, as we expect of movies. They also keep 3D "safe" and don't push the depth very much. With games you often find the 3D setting is by default "safe" as well - about 15% depth. If you push it to 95% you are immersed fully in what is going on.

I hope one day people stop listening to fools like PaleRider and all those others out there who've never actually seen the technology used properly and will give this a proper go. It won't be long before this WILL be the default way to play games.
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# I believe you are confusedNate Swetland 2012-01-31 05:51
I think you confuse reviews with actual product reviews. Also, even though "only" 51% of newegg reviews give it 5/5, another 16% give it 4/5, leaving more than a third of the people who bought it giving it an 80% or higher rating. Newegg (and other e-tailer) reviews tend to get marks off for shipping times, rebate troubles, etc. so, they tend to be skewed. Marking off an egg because it took an extra 3 days to ship is not a reflection on the product.

Also, I don't think a 24" 3D Computer monitor is marketed towards serious 3D Movie/TV watchers, so speaking of the lack of Hollywood titles in 3D misses the point. I wouldn't purchase this to sit at my desk and watch Avatar, I would buy it to play 3D Arkham City or similar. The reviewer states that there are over 500 titles optimized for Nvidia 3D gaming, so the market is there.

3D may seem a fad, but games and movies continue to be released and re-released in 3D, so it is a fad that the industry is trying to secure. I don't think it will disappear at this point.

3D is something where you either like it, or you don't. ASUS makes great products, and it looks like they made another one. If I had a spare $700, I would consider getting one.
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# Mostly agreedMergatroid 2012-01-31 16:49
You have to remember that 3D TVs and 3D computer monitors are completely different beasts. 3D 120Hz or 240Hz LCD TVs are quasi 120/240 at best while 120Hz LCD monitors ate TRUE 120 Hz. Plus, this is a 27" 3D monitor (which is one of the reasons it's so expensive) and not a 24".

Don't believe it? Just try running a computer at 120Hz on a supposedly 120Hz LCD TV.
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# RE: Mostly agreedNsmithey 2012-05-05 19:43
i have a 65" Vizio passive 3d hd TV. (led/led) and hook it up to my laptop sometimes for 3d gaming, and the picture, as well as the 3d effect, is pretty incredible.

It's just not all that practical, so I also got an active 3d monitor, which is great,, but it is kind of small, so thinking of upgrading to a 27".
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# RE: ASUS VG278H LCD Monitor 3D Vision-2 KitRhialto 2012-01-31 09:20
Give Trine 2 a spin in 3D, it's absolutly WOW.

I'm waiting for Kepler then I'll look into finally getting a LCD, my current CRT does 3D not so bad and I guess this monitor will easily beat my current setup.
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# Too bad it's only nVidiaMergatroid 2012-01-31 17:32
I own two ASUS 27" monitors and they're pretty good, but they ARE a budget 27" LCD monitor. Both were around the $300-$350 Canadian area. (VK278Q and MT276HT). I love 'em both but they're not perfect.
Too bad this is an nVidia only kit. I was thinking about this model a little as a 3rd monitor on my system but I'll have to look for something else now since I'm using 2 x HD6970.
Gotta watch those specs. Most monitor companies are guilty of fudging them, and I doubt ASUS is any different in that respect. red?page=0%2C0

Pay special attention to the discussion on contrast ratio, pixel response and pixel smearing.
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# 3D VisionaryBrian 2012-02-09 06:29
Having been an early adopter of stereoscopic 3D in both films and games
And yes 3D TV I have a lot of respect for the formats strengths as well as some of its weakness , 3D vision 2 addresses part of the low brightness issue which is a big plus. with movies we are still dealing with canned stereospace (only one object in scene is truly in proper perspective) but proper 3D filmaking resolves many of those issues by using focal depth to call the eyes to the correct object of intrest.
3D realy adds to films created for that format, and giving what I have seen and heard the film industry has no loss of intrest in the format given the number of planned 3D films being released this year
3D gaming is a very strong calling for the format I would like to see 3D games make much better use of "perspective correct 3D with with proper use of focal depth , one unique thing the could be done with 3D gaming is to use "eye tracking" to unlock the stereospace so perseption changes "on the fly depending on what the user "choses to look at" on the screen.this makes viewing 3D content on the screen much like we see
the natural world.
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# Yep..IM0001 2012-02-09 07:29
A buddy and I both won this monitor kit at the Nvidia Lan in October. To power it I had to go out and swap my 5870 for 2 560ti's and I can truly say, it was completely worth it. Like the op states, World of Tanks is one of the games I play quite regularly and it was practically born for 3D Vision. The added depth and detail makes the game come alive. Many other games are great as well like Batman, Mafia, and even strategy games like LoL and SC2 which makes them look a bit less flat.

I have seen a few threads in various places about this monitor having brightness/color issues, and while it may not be anywhere near as accurate as a good professional panel (or even my 6 year old Gateway) with some careful tuning and patience, it can reproduce a pretty good picture.

And outside of gaming, the first thing I did was hook this monitor up to my PS3 for some 3D Pirates of the Caribbean and I can say you will not be disappointed. The added depth is better than theatre quality since it is a full HD Active 3D and not the passive kind that some users can have a little trouble with. It was also extremely easy to setup, just use HDMI, detect the video settings in the PS3 display settings option (you have to chose the 3D options that only show up when hooked up to a 3D display) and your off. Also the PS3 has some great 3D capable games like Gran Turismo 5, Wipeout HD, and Super Stardust HD.

Also on top of it all, being a 120Hz monitor has also opened my eyes to 120FPS smooth play, my old 60Hz monitor never produced such a smooth image and it can be seen from the windows desktop all the way into games like TF2 and other fast shooters. The lack of tearing really is a beautiful thing to behold. The same thing that is said about 3D TV's can be said about 3D monitors. Usually if they are good at 3D, they are really good at 2D.

Though this is an expensive entry into the land of 3D, now after using it I would have paid for mine and even may pick 2 more up in the coming month after I build a new rig.
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# RE: Yep..JackNaylorPE 2012-02-14 06:52
I also have twin 560 Ti's (factory OC'd Asus models further OC'd to 1020 Mhz) with the 24" Asus 120Hz monitor, or better said, Son No. 3 does. I have played a bit of Arkham City and it was visually amazing though I don't get much opportunity to play with the kids hogging it all the time :).

Frankly I don't get much out of 3D movies, other than I-MAX but 3D on the PC was well worth the $250 cost premium (extra $100 for 120 HZ monitor + $150 for 2 glasses). On top of that, the 120Hz monitor pays dividends outside of gaming with picture quality, smoothness and crispness.
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# tv tunermuscle23 2012-05-05 05:20
i know that that asus vg278h does not have tv tuner built in it but can you install a tv tuner on it to use it to watch tv shows?
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# RE: tv tunerDavid Ramsey 2012-05-05 08:24
No. The best you could do would be to watch streaming TV from a site like Hulu, or add a TV tuner to your computer.
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# In a wayMergatroid 2012-05-05 18:28
You could plug it into an HD set top box via HDMI and use it as a TV.

It's a monitor, it will display anything you send to it if it's plugged in correctly and the signal supports the correct video mode (most HD set top boxes convert everything to 720p or 1080p which should work fine). It's not going to work on Standard Definition NTSC video though (which doesn't matter because it doesn't have any NTSC video ports anyway)
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# RE: tv tunerNsmithey 2012-05-05 19:59
II you have cable TV, you usually just hook up a cable box to the monitor via HDMI. If your cable box doesn't have HDMI, you can usually ask your cable provider for a different box that does have HDMI.
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# 3D moviesDim 2012-05-22 09:33
Does anyone knows how to play 3D movies from a torrent file on ASUS VG278H.I've try everything,but still nothig happend.The games look fine on 3D,but no movies could be played with any player that i've got(cyberlink,bsplay er,the standart player that it comes monitor)
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# Yeah, go buy themMergatroid 2012-05-22 16:18
Maybe if you purchase the movie instead of stealing it, you wouldn't have any problems with 3D.
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# Good buy not GreatEvE Cap Pilot 2012-10-03 17:07
I bought 3 of these just so i could pay BF3 in 3D surround (3 monitors working as one in 3D) It wasn't that great, maybe because they are too big and the resolution is only 1900x1080 and should be almost 2x that for a anyting over 24". Even at 24" the resolution should be 1900x1200 not 1080 (lower res.)

The 3D was good but outside of 3d the big screen and extremely low resoluttion and low amount of 3D games gave me a bit of buyers remorse. 3x 27" 2500x1600 2D monitors would have been a better deal I think since I have only used the 3D a few time out of 2 months.

It is a good buy and I am the envy of my friends but it is not as great as I thought ($1500 dollars for only good when you are expecting "holy Batman that GREAT") 3d games (BF3 just isn't that good yet I guess)

The nVidia 3D calibration screen is AMAZING as the object actually comes out of the screen. It looks like you can touch it. No movie or games has even came close to that. So when games become like that, that will be the time to invest into 3D. For now just wait. Save your money for better resolution. FULL HD 1080 is lower(a lot lower) than 1900x1200.
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