Asus has announced a new gaming-focused monitor, the MG278Q, featuring a 27-inch TN panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and support for AMD's FreeSync adaptive refresh technology.

The MG278Q is nearly identical to Asus' already-announced MG279Q except for the use of a TN panel rather than IPS. The MG278Q supports a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz with grey-to-grey response times of 1ms, although there is no word on the overall refresh window or minimum refresh rates for this monitor capable of variable refresh.

The display supports 16.7 million colors, although as this display uses a TN panel, the accuracy or vibrancy won't be as good as Asus' IPS variant. Brightness is rated at 350 nits, and the display comes with 170° and 160° viewing angles in the horizontal and vertical directions.

Asus has included a full selection of ports on the MG278Q, including one DisplayPort for FreeSync support, dual-link DVI, one HDMI 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB hub with one input and two outputs. The monitor's stand supports tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments.

The MG278Q will be available in North America in early September, although Asus is yet to put a price tag on the monitor. Considering the MG279Q with its IPS panel retails for $579.99, we can expect the MG278Q to be cheaper.