Alright time for some initial review of the 4k pg32uq monitor
Setting it up was crazy easy. Takes less than a minute to attach legs to the stand and it's entirely tool less. Once that is done, you are ready to plug in the included Display Port and HDMI 2.1 cable. Once I plugged it in, 3080 detected it was a G-sync compatible monitor and it was ready to go. I did use tft centrals setup guide for optimal performance.
Streaming Video experience
So most of the content out there is 1080p with some going up to 1440p/4k. On Youtube, there is a noticeable blur watching 1080p content but I do think that this has a lot to do with the bit rate and not the resolution. The reason is when I watch Prime Video at 1080p, it looks quite good. Both you can live with but you will notice a difference when watching Youtube.
HDR gaming experience
I played Forza Horizon 5 with HDR on. Even with only 600 nits and 16 local dimming zones, there is certainly a good amount of difference between SDR and HDR in Forza Horizon 5. But I do think that for me who likes low brightness, I do have to nerf the levels a bit which granted negates some of the purpose of HDR but sitting so close to the monitor I do think amplifies the 600 nits a bit more than say a TV that only does 600 nits but you sit much further away. As for blacks, while you won't get deep blacks like you would with OLED/MiniLED, I do think the black levels are low enough so it doesn't look terrible and actually looks reasonably good.
One thing to note though is that once you get out of an HDR application and use a normal app like Discord, the local dimming zones goes all weird and you can see them. Luckily you can turn them off in the options.
I obviously haven't tested too many games as I just got the monitor but so far, I can max out Forza Horizon 5 at 4k and the average fps hovers around 70-80fps with high 60s when you really start crashing into a bunch of things with cars around. I did play around with the render resolution and you can certainly lower it a bit without noticing too many issues to gain more performance but I'll probably continue to play at Native 4k for the most part.
The most shocking thing was that RGB was not on enabled by default. An Asus ROG monitor where RGB was not on by default? Impossibru!
With the inclusion of a 4k monitor, I am using a dual monitor setup now with the Alienware on the right and Asus on the left. It works surprisingly well in Windows 11 but because the Alienware isn't nearly as bright, it's better to just use SDR instead on the Asus. But my desk isn't quite big enough to accommodate both so I might have to get a monitor arm for the Alienware.
I haven't tried playing blurays on it yet or even hooked up my PS5/Series X. I'll probably experiment with it a bit more later and post my thoughts here.
Overall, it's a great monitor!