ASRock prepares to enter the gaming monitor market

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ASRock is preparing to launch a series of gaming monitors. The new monitors were spotted by @momomo_us (via TechPowerUp). They're called PG34WQ15R and PG27FF, and the fact they've got 'PG' in their names suggests both will be part of the company's Phantom Gaming line-up.

Both models have appeared on several certification lists, which means the screens are close to being released. They appear on the list of AMD FreeSync Premium monitors, for instance, which conveniently also shows the specifications of both models.

The PG34WQ15R features a 3440x1440 34-inch VA panel with a 165Hz refresh rate. 165Hz is available through a DisplayPort connection only, with a maximum of 100Hz over HDMI. It also lists HDR support. Depending on its final form, this one is likely to carry a premium price.

The PG27FF looks like a more affordable model with a 1920x1080 27-inch IPS panel and a refresh rate of up to 165Hz. It also lists support for HDR. A listing at the Digital Content Protection (DCP) website shows at least three PG27FF variants, the PG27F15R, PG27FF1A, and PG27F15R2A.

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ASRock's entry into the monitor market is not a surprise. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI are now well-established names in monitors. With all of the other big name brands, it's a very competitive market. It doesn't look like ASRock's entrants offer much that isn't already available from other makers, meaning its monitors will need to be price-competitive if they are to succeed.

Gaming is big business, and it remains a bright spot in the currently weak PC Market. If these ASRock monitors are performance, feature, and price-competitive, there’s no reason that ASRock's venture into the monitor market won't be a successful one.

Pricing and availability for the PG34WQ15R and PG27FF has not been disclosed. 

Chris Szewczyk
Hardware Writer

Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.