Just before CES 2020 later this week, Nvidia and Asus have announced a new monitor capable of running at a record-breaking 360Hz. In addition to an extremely high refresh rate, the new 24.5 inch 1080p display uses G-Sync to provide a tear-free and smooth experience for competitive gamers. Until now, 240Hz monitors were the norm among professional gamers, but Nvidia and Asus’s hope to change that with the upcoming ROG Swift 360.
Over the past few years, the demand for high refresh rate monitors has only gone up due to the growing esports industry. As such, displays boasting refresh rates upwards of 60Hz – which has been the norm for quite some time – have increased in popularity.
“In the world of competitive gaming, where mere milliseconds can make the difference between victory and defeat, NVIDIA today unveiled new G-SYNC displays with a 360Hz refresh rate, providing esports enthusiasts and competitive gamers with the fastest gaming displays ever made. At 360Hz, game frames are displayed once every 2.8ms—up to 6X faster than traditional gaming displays and TVs.”
However, in order to capitalize on the monitor’s extreme specs, you’ll need a very powerful machine. Nvidia notes that Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite, and Overwatch, are all competitive games that can achieve 360 FPS on RTX hardware. Maintaining such a high frame rate is not as easy as hitting it, so demanding games like Rainbow Six: Siege will likely struggle to run a consistent 360Hz.
The benefits are not limited to shooter games, as MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends share the advantages that come with high refresh rates. Screen tearing, which is a nuisance PC gamers know too well, won’t be an issue thanks to G-Sync.
You may be wondering if the jump from 240Hz to 360Hz is worth it; Nvidia seems to think so. According to their research, gaming at 360Hz provides a “relative flick shot improvement” of 4% over 240Hz, and 9% over 120Hz.
The difference in refresh rate isn’t very noticeable in pictures and videos, so Nvidia will be bringing demos of the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz G-SYNC display to CES later this week. The monitor doesn’t have a sale price yet, and is currently slated for release later this year.