Time to get your bank account ready – Dell has revealed the price of its 500Hz Alienware gaming monitor. The Alienware AW2524H will launch in North America on March 21st for $829.99 (or $1,099.99 CA), making it the world’s fastest gaming monitor you can buy… at least for now.
The 24.5-inch Alienware AW2524H technically has a native refresh rate of 480Hz (which is still pretty fast), but it’s overclocked to hit 500Hz. That speed comes with a few caveats – that it’s limited to a 1080p resolution, although that’s to be expected, as most high refresh rate screens are similarly capped due to bandwidth limitations. . And speaking of screens, it sports an anti-glare IPS screen rather than a TN panel, which should be good for colors and viewing angles.
The Alienware AW2524H has four 5Gbps USB-A ports, two standard 3.5mm audio-out jacks, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and two HDMI 2.1 ports – although it’s worth noting that you’re limited to 240Hz on a single connection. to HDMI. You also get a DisplayHDR 400 certification, Nvidia’s G-Sync and Reflex Analyzer tech, customizable RGB backlighting, and a pull-out headset hanger.
Most people won’t notice the difference between 500Hz and 360Hz
At just shy of $830, the price isn’t bad. That’s not to say it’s cheap by any means, but it’s a niche product. Considering how much you can expect to pay for “new” gaming displays like the $3,500 Samsung Odyssey Ark, it’s definitely worse. And given the slight difference in response time between a 500Hz screen and other high-refresh displays, it’s unlikely that many people will want or need a 500Hz gaming monitor. Unless someone has god-like reflexes (of course you do – it’s part of everything, like your badass teammates missing all their shots) or a legitimate professional esports player, most of people will not really notice the difference above 360Hz.
The Alienware AW2524H isn’t the fastest monitor on the market by a long shot, however. Asus also announced that it had a 500Hz gaming monitor in the works back in May of last year. That model has no release date but is expected to beat Alienware to become the first commercially available model on the market.
While Alienware beat it to the punch, Asus has announced that monitor again, claiming to have overclocked the 24.1-inch full HD panel beyond its original specifications to run at a faster 540Hz refresh. rate. Apart from teasing a “Q2” launch, Asus has remained silent on the availability and price of the Asus ROG Swift Pro PG248QP. But it’s a ROG, so you’re on your own know it can be expensive.