Asus announces the world’s first 500Hz Nvidia G-Sync gaming display
Nvidia and Asus are announcing the world’s first 500Hz G-Sync display today at Computex 2022. While we saw a prototype 500Hz gaming monitor earlier this year, Asus is promising a 24-inch 500Hz TN panel designed for esports titles running at 1080p. Asus has yet to announce a price or release date for its new ROG Swift 500Hz monitor, however.
The announcement comes just over two years since Nvidia and Asus teamed up to showcase 360Hz esports gaming monitors at CES 2020. PC gamers have typically purchased 144Hz gaming monitors, and even 240 Hz panels are still not particularly common. So 500Hz might seem overkill, but Nvidia says it will make a difference for competitive gamers who want the best of the best.
Nvidia used the impressive Phantom VEO 640S motion camera to prove their point. This camera is equipped with 72 GB of RAM to enable it to record Valorant gameplay up to 1000 fps. Nvidia says this new 500Hz monitor will make it easier to track targets with smoother animations, and less ghosting should minimize distractions while gaming. The real key to any high refresh rate monitor is reduced latency, and Nvidia claims you’ll be able to see gamers coming out of coverage faster than someone using a 240Hz or 144Hz monitor.
Naturally, to power a 500Hz monitor, you’ll also need a powerful gaming PC and GPU. Rumors suggest that Nvidia will release its next-gen RTX 4090 card this summer, which would be an ideal companion for a 500Hz panel. CS: GO, Valorantand Surveillance should be able to hit the frame rates required to really use a 500Hz panel with a high-end GPU.
The ROG Swift 500Hz also includes Nvidia’s Reflex Analyzer to measure system latency, and a G-Sync esports mode with an adjustable vibrance mode that “allows more light to pass through the LCD crystals”, according to Asus. This panel also uses new esports TN (E-TN) technology, which Asus says delivers “60% better response times than standard TN panels.”
If 500Hz still seems like overkill, Nvidia also announced new G-Sync monitors earlier this year that let you choose between 1440p and 1080p modes. The 27-inch esports displays include refresh rates of up to 360Hz and a special 25-inch 1080p mode.