Back in January, we reported about the first monitor with a refresh rate of 500 Hz, but then it was just a prototype that had no chance to become a real product in the form in which it was shown.
However, now at Computex 2022 ASUS together with NVIDIA presented a fully commercial model – Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz. This is a 24-inch model with a new E-TN panel (“Esports TN – 60% better response time than a regular TN”) and Full HD resolution, which is focused on use in e-sports competitions. Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz also supports NVIDIA G-Sync adaptive frequency technology and Nvidia Reflex Analyzer, which allows you to measure system latency yourself.
While 144 Hz is considered the “standard” frequency for gaming monitors, and 240-360 Hz is an “exaggeration” for many gamers, the need for 500 Hz may seem far-fetched. However, NVIDIA claims that there is a difference, and even released a video in which, for example, Valorant compares the smoothness of movement at 144, 240, and 500 Hz.
However, for this they had to use a special high-speed camera Phantom VEO 640S, capable of shooting video at up to 1000 fps, but the company claims that e-sportsmen will feel the difference without additional equipment. In addition to smoother movements, the high refresh rate in the Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz eliminates blurring of moving objects and reduces system latency, so the player on such a monitor can see the enemy a split second earlier.
The recommended retail price and expected launch time of the Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz has not been announced yet, as well as a graphics card that can provide such a frame rate (maybe GeForce RTX 4090, which is rumored to appear in the summer).