Nvidia’s speech at Computex 2022 focused on major themes like AI training and corporate and cloud gaming data centers. A couple of additional games with RTX and DLSS support were also announced. But there was one piece of gaming technology that surprised us, and it wasn’t a GPU.
Nvidia introduced the new Asus ROG Swift 500Hz gaming display during the speech, which has the greatest refresh rate we’ve ever seen. The majority of high-refresh-rate displays are about 170Hz or, at the other end of the spectrum, 360Hz. So 500Hz is an absolutely insane refresh rate for a gaming monitor, especially one that was introduced quietly during an Nvidia conference.
The Asus Rog Swift 500Hz also has a 1080p 24″ screen with a “fresh new TN panel,” according to Nvidia. While TN panels are outdated technology, they have a minimal latency, which fits well with the rest of the motif of this fast refresh rate display. In the launch, Nvidia called it the “lowest latency, fastest refresh rate G-sync esports display ever built.”
Because it’s been tuned for low latency gaming, you’ll be missing out on other benefits like a better resolution display. Still, for those who are serious about removing every last bit of latency from their gaming experience, this will be a fantastic (and presumably pricey) option.
The monitor was mentioned in combination with Nvidia’s Reflex Analyzer software, which is being directly incorporated into games like Fortnite and Apex Legends to assist reduce latency. According to Nvidia, the technology coordinates the game and graphics driver to decrease system latency, which makes sense considering that this is what the new Asus 500Hz screen is all about.
We don’t yet know how much the Asus Rog Swift 500Hz gaming monitor will cost, but considering its one-of-a-kind status and the fact that it’s aimed at professional esports players, we don’t anticipate it to be cheap.
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