In all the excitement of CES, it’d be easy to overlook a product as we look at thousands of pitches. However, it is uncommon, but not unheard of, to see 500 and Hz together in monitor specifications, so we had to take a closer look.
Dell/Alienware has launched a new 500 Hz 24.5” FHD gaming monitor. With that kind of refresh rate, you really want a tear-free experience. Fortunately, this monitor is compatible with NVIDIA’s G-Sync, if you also have a compatible NVIDIA GPU.
This monitor is fit for gamers who want to have the kind of hardware professional players use in a gaming competition. The 24.5” size fits the field of vision where you’re the most focused, and the high framerate ensures the monitor won’t limit the interaction loop between you and the game. The retractable headphones hanger is a nice touch too.
More likely, it would be the GPU or CPU that becomes a limiting factor. Yes, these two very expensive items should go with this type of monitor unless you play the original Minecraft at a high framerate (I don’t judge). If there’s latency, look elsewhere, and you can use NVIDIA’s Reflex Analyzer to find it.
Other technical data for this monitor include a VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, 99% sRGB color gamut, and some blue-light reduction features commonly found in expensive modern displays.
The 0.5 ms (milliseconds) response time (GtG) is more than enough to react even to a 500Hz refresh, which is about 2 ms between frames.
Design-wise, the monitor is agreeable, with a low-footprint hexagonal stand (intriguing look!) that seems to leave plenty of room on your desk. The rear seems to have a 100×100 VESA plate, but we cannot verify it now.
There’s competition in this space, including ASUS (RoG Swift 540Hz monitor) and BOE, a large display manufacturer. BOE demonstrated 500 Hz displays last year and a 16-inch 600 Hz laptop monitor just a month ago.
Gamers might rejoice, but GPU vendors like AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel are even happier because you need a linearly more powerful graphics processor to achieve higher framerate. With fancy, AI-based, upscaling technologies, rendering in 4X resolution might only require 1.6X more computing power.