The primary 500Hz gaming monitor you’ll be able to really purchase within the US will go on sale this month.
Time to prepared your checking account — Dell has simply revealed the worth of its 500Hz Alienware gaming monitor. The Alienware AW2524H will launch in North America on March twenty first for $829.99 (or $1,099.99 CA), making this the quickest gaming monitor on the earth that you could really purchase… not less than for now.
The 24.5-inch Alienware AW2524H technically has a local refresh charge of 480Hz (which continues to be blisteringly quick), however this has been overclocked to hit 500Hz. That pace comes with a number of caveats — particularly that it’s restricted to a 1080p decision, although that’s to be anticipated, as most excessive refresh charge screens are equally capped due to bandwidth limitations. And talking of screens, this comes outfitted with an anti-glare IPS display screen reasonably than a TN panel, which needs to be nice for colours and viewing angles.
The Alienware AW2524H has 4 5Gbps USB-A ports, two commonplace 3.5mm audio-out jacks, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and two HDMI 2.1 ports — although it’s value noting that you simply’ll be restricted to 240Hz over an HDMI connection. You’re additionally getting a DisplayHDR 400 certification, Nvidia’s G-Sync and Reflex Analyzer tech, customizable RGB backlighting, and a pull-out headset hanger.
At simply shy of $830, the pricing isn’t unhealthy. That isn’t to say it’s inexpensive by any means, however this can be a area of interest product. Contemplating how a lot you’ll be able to count on to pay for “revolutionary” gaming shows just like the $3,500 Samsung Odyssey Ark, it definitely might have been worse. And given the negligible response time distinction between a 500Hz display screen and different excessive refresh shows, it’s unlikely many individuals will need or want a 500Hz gaming monitor anyway. Except somebody has god-like reflexes (in fact you do — that is about everybody else, like your awful teammates who miss all their pictures) or is a reputable skilled esports participant, most folk merely received’t discover the distinction above 360Hz.
The Alienware AW2524H received’t be the quickest monitor available on the market for lengthy, although. Asus also announced it had a 500Hz gaming monitor within the works again in Might final yr. That mannequin didn’t have a launch date however was anticipated to beat Alienware to turn into the primary commercially obtainable mannequin available on the market.
Whereas Alienware beat it to the punch, Asus has introduced that monitor as soon as once more, claiming to have overclocked the 24.1-inch full HD panel past its unique specs to run at a good sooner 540Hz refresh charge. Past teasing a “Q2” launch, Asus has remained tight-lipped concerning the availability and value of the Asus ROG Swift Pro PG248QP. Nevertheless it’s a ROG, so that you simply know it’s going to be costly.