Asus announced a new superfast monitor at Computex 2022 today. The new 500Hz monitor was actually introduced by Nvidia during its show keynote.this ASUS ROG Swift 500Hz Gaming Monitor True to its name, it’s the first monitor to hit an astounding 500Hz refresh rate.
Of course, this can only be achieved with proven TN panel technology. Nvidia claims this is a new form of TN, which it calls E-TN (esports TN). TN is a very mature technology and therefore relatively inexpensive. It doesn’t have the best color accuracy, vibrancy, or viewing angles, but it can be driven consistently to produce ultra-low latency and high refresh rates.
Unsurprisingly, the ROG Swift 500Hz is only 24 inches and runs at 1080p. It is mainly designed for esports players and competitive gamers. This usually means a lower resolution, making it possible for games to reach high frame rates.
The monitor, which doesn’t yet have a price or release date, is G-Sync compatible, and will feature Nvidia’s G-Sync Esports mode, which adjusts vibration. As a new product, it will also include supp ort for Nvidia’s Reflex Analyzer, which measures end-to-end system latency—provided you have an Nvidia Reflex-enabled mouse and GeForce GPU.
500Hz is kind of useless and very niche. While most monitors today easily support 120-165Hz, options for 240Hz or even 360Hz do exist – making 500Hz a big overkill. While Nvidia claims this monitor will provide a smoother gaming experience overall, due to its low latency, you won’t be able to take full advantage of it until you’re able to run games at or near 500fps.
Even at 1080p, you need a powerful GPU and CPU, and even then you’re limited to the least demanding games on the market, like Valorant, CS:GO, and maybe Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege .
Nvidia’s video above demonstrates the difference in latency between 500Hz and the more common 144Hz and 240Hz. Using a 1000 fps camera, this video shows how easy it is to see your opponent and react faster in Valorant.