ASRock wows with 520Hz and QD-OLED monitors

2024 is the year of OLEDs.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG27FFX2A gaming monitor with a live reading of 519Hz shown in the top-right corner.

ASRock has showcased new high-end gaming monitors at its CES 2024 booth. Among these, we have two models based on Samsung’s QD-OLED panels, marking the brand’s entry into this segment. Meanwhile, for those searching for the fastest refresh possible, ASRock brings a 520Hz IPS to the table. All feature the same Wi-Fi Extender as existing models.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG27FFX2A

Starting with the fastest model of the bunch, the PG27FFX2A is an esports-focused monitor boasting a ludicrous 520Hz refresh rate and 1ms GtG response time. It uses a flat 27in Fast IPS panel capable of delivering 400nits of brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio. As you can expect with such a fast panel, the resolution tops out at FHD. Understandable, since competitive players need quick reactions more than resolution. And besides, in many titles, good luck reaching 520fps when running at 4K or even 1440p.

Unsurprisingly, this model is also certified AMD FreeSync Premium and VESA DisplayHDR 400. While the former is mandatory on gaming displays nowadays, the latter is nothing to write home about. The reason is that ASRock didn’t mention any local dimming zones, meaning it’s a basic implementation.

Regarding connectivity, the PG27FFX2A carries two HDMI 2.1, one Display Port 1.4, two USB 3.0 Type-A, one USB 3.0 Type-B, one USB 2.0 Type-A, plus a headphone jack and line out. It also features a 7dBi Wi-Fi antenna for signal extension. Lastly, this model can tilt by +20° to -5°, swivel by +20° to -5°, and height adjust up to 100mm. There’s also the usual 100 x 100mm VESA mount.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PGO27QFW2A

The PGO27QFW2A, meanwhile, is the second-fastest model in this list. However, what it loses in speed, it more than gains in the image-quality department. This bad boy carries a 27in 360Hz QD-OLED panel from Samsung rocking a QHD resolution. Once more, we have a flat display, but this time benefiting from OLED’s lightning-fast 0.03ms GtG response time. Same goes for contrast which jumps to 1,500,00:1.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PGO27QFW2A monitor sporting a 360Hz refresh rate.

That said, while its OLED nature should deliver excellent HDR representation, the luminosity isn’t groundbreaking, sitting at 250nits. At least the colour reproduction is still great, covering 99% of DCI-P3.

Connectivity-wise, it includes two HDMI 2.1 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB 3.0 Type-C, plus an audio jack. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and the aforementioned Wi-Fi antenna are once again present. Lastly, the PGO27QFW2A can adjust in tilt by +20° to -5°, in swivel by +20° to -5°, and in height up to 100mm in addition to the 100 x 100mm VESA mount.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG034QRS2A

Moving a step down, we find the PG034QRS2A, which is a 34in 240Hz display running a WQHD (3440×1440) resolution. Again, we are presented with a QD-OLED panel, but this time shaped by an 1800R curve. As usual, we have a 0.03ms GtG response time, 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage, AMD FreeSync Premium, plus a VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification. Interestingly, this model is announced as delivering 300nits of brightness.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG034QRS2A offers a decent 240Hz refresh rate and a curved QD-OLED panel.

For I/O, there’s two HDMI 2.1, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB 3.0 Type-C, a Wi-Fi antenna, and an audio out jack. Similarly, it can tilt by +20° to -5°, swivel by +20° to -5°, and height adjust by 100mm. In case you need more, you have a 100 x 100mm VESA mount at your disposal.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG32QRT2A

To close the list, we have what looks like an affordable 32in model. Here, forget OLED and super-fast refreshes. The PG32QRT2A makes do with a 1000R curved VA panel running a QHD resolution. That said, ASRock pushed this panel to 180Hz with a claimed 1ms GtG response time. While the former is a nice upgrade over the widely available 144Hz displays, the 1ms GtG sounds a bit optimistic.

ASRock Phantom Gaming PG32QRT2A is a cost-effective way into large-format gaming.

We find AMD’s FreeSync present, but not the Premium version this time. The latter lacks the framerate compensation technology, which is handy when your machine dips below the monitor’s FreeSync range. The colour gamut is also reduced to 72% coverage of the NTSC spectrum, but that’s not a big issue for a gaming display.

Finally, for connectivity, we have two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, plus a headphone jack. Not to forget the Wi-Fi antenna. And for ergonomics, there’s tilt from +20° to -5°, swivel from +20° to -5°, and height up to 100mm in addition to the 100 x 100mm VESA mount.