5.0 out of 5 stars
Many Ways to Play
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 25 October 2022
So, I just upgraded from my ASUS VG248QE to the VG258QM, the one with the 0.5 hz TN panel. I decided that Hardware Unboxed (I think it was) found that the IPS panel didn't quite handle the Black Frame Insertion (ELMB) which is an improved feature I used on my VG248QE. Now, if you didn't know, earlier 144 hz monitors in 2013 had an optional 120 hz mode that was used primarily for 3d glasses. Remember those? Yeah. So if you hacked it, you could have this thing called "lightboost" which gamers found worked for reducing motion blur. After this hack came out and after Nvidia 3D Vision died, monitors used better versions of this tech, and called it "black frame insertion". That's why I got ELMB.
Now, the reason I upgraded from my old monitor is twofold. One, I am mildly autistic with a variety of comorbid disorders, and as such, I am highly sensitive to refresh rates. I can easily tell the difference between 144 hz, 240 hz, and 280 hz. My brain is very different from Allistic (non autistic) people so of course, YMMV.
The second reason, was that if you wanted low motion blur, there was a hard M.E.T.A.: Use lightboost, set the boost to 10%, which ruins colors and makes it dim. I got bored. I couldn't be creative in how I set it up. Use normal 144hz, or use lightboost. That's it.
The VG258QM fixes this issue for me. There are many ways to use it, and some secret ones that you can only learn about on the blur busters' forums under "the official vg259qm owner's thread", which despite being for a sister monitor, has tweaks that work on this monitor as well. I will now list a few of the ways you can use this board, all of which can be mixed and matched to some degree:
1. Use Gsync
2. Use ELMB Sync with gsync or just regular ELMB
3. Overclock your monitor
4, Use 8-bit HDR
5. Use the hidden 240-hz exclusive 10-Bit HDR (with FRC dithering, so it's not "real" 10 bit) via a special hack on the blurbusters' forums using Custom Resolution Utility for more convenient hdr in games
6. Use the top-secret developer menu (blurbusters forums) to enable a hidden Variable Overdrive (OD) setting with optimized output, but glitches your menu text until you reset it
7. Use shadow boost to see in dark corners ingame.
Now, there are some caveats. The HDR isn't the best, so use it only as a special treat. It isn't the main draw of this monitor. The colors are great on sRGB (95% on rtings) but the HDR colors are mid (only 45%.) Another thing is, if you wanna use the ELMB, be sure to use it on the TN panel as the VG259QM IPS panel doubles frames and can't fully support 280hz, despite having a similar firmware to the VG258QM. ELMB is also a bit dim, but you get used to it... at least, I did. The monitor also doesn't let you use HDR and ELMB at the same time, and also locks out brightness control (duh, it uses the backlight to do it in the first place) and ASCR. Also, the screen will go blank for a few seconds when activating an hdr game or an autohdr game (windows 11).
And as a TN panel, the color accuracy and viewing angle are just ok, but are miles better than the vg248qe, and come great out of the box. I'm using the rtings settings with racing profile, 100r, 91g, 93b
And the best part of the monitor is the motion clarity. Even 360 hz panels have smeary frames, but even without ELMB the testufo website looks very clear.
All in all, I highly reccommend this monitor, especially for neurodivergent gamers who prefer to fiddle and not stick to one thing for very long.
Oh, and one last thing. I'm gonna share with you a secret formula.
GSYNC + VSYNC (forced in gpu control panel) + Cap 3 frames below your monitor's refresh rate (277 or 237) + ELMB (optional).
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