Alienware, MSI, Asus, and Acer in the later part of 2020 will each release a 25-inch 1080p monitor. They are made for competitive gaming with an incredibly fast 360Hz refresh rate. They will be the first monitors to include Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer feature. Thi feature aims to help gamers accurately measure and reduce latency from their mouse, display, and PC. Nvidia discussed this feature at its launch event on 1st September 2020 for its new RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 graphics cards.
The end goal of this is that, by reducing latency, the odds of getting a shot off first in competitive play will greatly increase in the user’s favor. The monitors will have a fast refresh rate and minimal latency. The monitor’s G-Sync feature will ensure that it doesn’t show any screen blur while playing games at a fast clip.
Features in the Gaming Monitors From Each Brand
Each brand is revealing only a few aspects of their gaming monitors. But there is enough information available to get a good sense of what we might be in for across the board.
We are not aware of the price or ports available on Dell’s Alienware 25. But MSI’s Oculux NXG253R will cost 799 dollars when it releases in November. Asus’ PG259QN and Acer’s Predator X25 have HDMI 2.0 and 1.4 display ports. The Reflex feature minimizes mouse latency by having the user plug it directly into the display. So each monitor will have at least one USB Type-A passthrough port. They could differ from each other slightly in terms of price and ports, but it would not vary much.
Nvidia is also flaunting its IPS dual-driver technology that helps these 360Hz displays maintain fast, consistent response times and color levels across the entire panel. Nvidia also claims its Reflex technology can deliver latency improvements to its newer GPU cards. It will start with its GeForce GTX 900 series. It further claims that this new feature can provide up to a 33 percent improvement in PC responsiveness. This improvement will be effective even with a midrange GeForce GTX 1660 Super. Although Nvidia says the biggest gains will come from using one of these monitors with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards.
These are 1080p displays, and if MSI’s confirmed 799 dollars price is any indication, the gaming monitors are all probably going to be expensive. If you are in the market for a gaming monitor and have some serious cash to spend, you will need to figure out if you want extreme visual fidelity over lower latency or vice versa.