ASUS has unveiled what it calls the world’s first 500Hz G-Sync gaming display, the 1080p ROG Swift 500Hz. Designed for competitive gaming, it uses an “E-TN” (eSports TN) panel and includes NVIDIA’s G-Sync eSports to maximize movement and clarity. It also uses NVIDIA’s Reflex Analyzer technology that provides real-time statistics to help you reduce end-to-end latency when using a Reflex-optimized mouse and NVIDIA GPU.
The main highlight is the 500Hz refresh rate that pulls eight times faster than typical 60Hz displays, ASUS notes. The company also promises 60 percent better response times than standard TN panels, thanks to the new eSports TN technology. It also uses what ASUS calls an enhanced Vibrance mode built right into the monitor’s firmware. It should let more light through the LCD crystals, boosting color vibrancy and “allowing you to pick out details and highlights that could betray an enemy’s position,” it said.
500Hz G-Sync eSports displays are specially tuned for competitive games such as CS:GO, Valorant, Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege. NVIDIA also announced four new Reflex-supported games: Icarus, My Time at Sandrock, Soda Crisis, and Warstride Challenges.
NVIDIA also released a video (below) showing the benefits of higher refresh rates, including smooth animations for easier target tracking, minimal ghosting, and improved system latency. It “benefits every game and gamer, not just competitive games and eSports games,” NVIDIA wrote in its own press release.
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