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ASUS announces ridiculous 500Hz ROG Swift gaming monitor

By Hoots the Owl - on 26 May 2022, 2:03am

ASUS announces ridiculous 500Hz ROG Swift gaming monitor

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ASUS has announced the ROG Swift 500Hz, the world's first 500Hz refresh rate esports gaming monitor.

The screen completely blows its competitors out of the water on paper. Even the highest refresh rate screens top out at 360Hz today, and the ROG Swift 500Hz will have many questioning if we're actually reaching a point where the real world benefit becomes difficult to discern.

Nevertheless, it is an incredible showcase of how far monitor tech has come. The Swift 500Hz features a 24-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display that uses what ASUS has dubbed an Esports-TN panel. The panel reportedly enables 60 per cent shorter response times than standard TN LCD displays, making it the fastest LCD display ever.

ASUS worked with AU Optronics to utilise its AmLED technology in the screen, which offers "precise control over brightness, contrast, colours, and refresh rates" in real-time.

The Swift 500Hz also supports NVIDIA G-Sync, with support for an Esports Vibrance mode built into its firmware. ASUS says it allows more light to travel through the LCD crystals, giving colours even more punch.

There is support for NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer as well, so gamers can measure their latency with a single click.

A higher refresh rate screen allows for the smoother tracking of moving targets and minimises ghosting for sharper images. In addition, the lower system latency will appeal to players looking to get every possible advantage they can over their opponent in games like Valorant and CS:GO, although how meaningful these benefits are will remain up for debate.

That said, ASUS is touting the extraordinarily low latency, made possible through a partnership with NVIDIA, as one of the highlights of the screen. 

“The ROG Swift 500Hz with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology provides gamers the lowest latency available of any monitor on the market,” said Seth Schneider, Esports Product Manager at NVIDIA.

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