At Computex 2022, Asus & Nvidia unveiled the world’s first 500Hz G-Sync display. Asus is offering a shipping 24-inch 500Hz TN (Twisted Nematic) panel that’s optimised for esports titles running at 1080p. However, Asus has yet to reveal a price or a release date for their new ROG Swift 500Hz display.
The news comes just over two years after Nvidia and Asus announced a partnership to develop 360Hz gaming displays for esports at CES 2020. PC enthusiasts have traditionally purchased 144Hz gaming displays, with 240Hz panels still uncommon. So, while 500Hz may seem excessive, Nvidia promises that it will make a difference for competitive gamers seeking the best of the best.
Nvidia has employed the amazing Phantom VEO 640S motion camera to demonstrate its point. This camera has 72GB of RAM and can capture Valorant gaming at up to 1,000 frames per second. Because of the smoother animations, Nvidia promises that this new 500Hz panel will make target tracking easier, and minimal ghosting should reduce distractions during gaming. Reduced latency is the cornerstone of any high refresh rate display, and Nvidia says that you’ll be able to notice players peering out of cover faster than someone using a 240Hz or 144Hz panel.
It’s natural and obvious to have a powerful gaming PC and GPU that are required to power a 500Hz G-sync display. According to rumours, Nvidia will release its next-generation RTX 4090 graphics card this summer, which would be an excellent match for a 500Hz display. Since the Asus ROG Swift 500Hz monitor is 1080p, games like CS:GO, Valorant, and Overwatch should be able to reach the frame rates needed to fully use a 500Hz display with a high-end GPU.
The ROG Swift 500Hz also comes with Nvidia’s Reflex Analyzer, which measures system latency, as well as a G-Sync esports mode with an adjustable vibrance option, which, according to Asus, “allows more light to travel through the LCD crystals.” This panel also uses Asus’ proprietary esports TN (E-TN) technology, which the company says provides “60% better response times than standard TN panels.”
If 500Hz is still too fast for you, Nvidia also unveiled new G-Sync displays earlier this year that let you choose between 1440p and 1080p settings. The 27-inch esports panels have refresh rates of up to 360Hz and a unique 25-inch 1080p mode.