The next milestone for PC screen refresh rate could be 480 Hz

One monitor maker has his sights set on increasing the refresh rate of PCs and laptops to 480 Hz.

The component brand, AUO, showcased two prototype 480Hz gaming monitors in a YouTube video that coincided with its attendance at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week (SID Week) conference, which took place this week in San Jose, California.

One of the screens proposed is a 24-inch FHD PC monitor with a refresh rate of 480 Hz and a response time of less than 1 ms. The second is a 16-inch FHD laptop display with a 480 Hz refresh rate and a response time of “slightly above 1 ms”.

Ars Technica rightly notes that this is a TN 1080p panel, meaning the proposed display has traded in some image quality to prove that the 480Hz refresh rate can be achieved. However, for presentations at conferences such as SID Week, perfection is not entirely necessary.

Refresh rates on the market today for PCs and laptops are typically between 60 Hz and 240 Hz. Many gaming-focused monitors or laptops often range between 165Hz and 240Hz, even in higher resolutions. There are even a few 360Hz displays on the market, such as the Alienware 25 AW2521H; so it makes sense that the industry would want to experiment beyond that pace.

However, it may take some time for this technology to hit store shelves. At the moment, it is still shown to manufacturers who would then have to make products to sell to customers.

Ars Technica noted that AUO works with brands including Acer, Asus and MSI, providing them with panels for monitors and laptops. These brands could be the first to experiment with refresh rates of 480 Hz in the future.

Industry players must first decide whether a 480Hz refresh rate is really useful. Well, you’d expect esports pros to be able to use such fast refresh rates, but the average PC gamer won’t come close to producing frame rates that high — nor would they be able to. to see the difference.

Gaming PC brands, in particular, use variable refresh rate technology as a way to maximize system processes while still having a lower base refresh rate. Perhaps brands could implement a variable refresh rate with a maximum of 480 Hz before introducing a PC or laptop with a standard refresh rate that high.

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