The display speed of PC is going to increase. Alienware’s updated M17 R5 and X17 R2, a pair of 17.3-inch gaming laptops, will each include a choice of 480Hz displays – about 33 percent faster than the previous top speed of 360Hz.
As of publication time, the laptop’s 480Hz options aren’t available for purchase, but an Alienware spokesperson told Ars they should be available online soon.
The 480 Hz display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a gray-to-gray response time of 3 ms. In its announcement, Alienware promised “smooth animation for easier target tracking, reduction of ghosts that reduce distracting effects, and reduced system latency, making it easier for you to spot other players first.” “
The laptop’s target audience is hardcore gamers who want to keep up with pro esports players. Alienware didn’t reveal which company was making its 480Hz panels, but we’ve known that such speeds were coming from companies like AU Optronics for a few months now. We’re still waiting for a 500Hz desktop monitor from Asus, but in the meantime, Alienware’s laptops boast some of the highest speeds among consumer displays.
Of course, if you’re used to 360Hz, the boost will be less pronounced, whereas if you’re graduating from 60Hz your experience should be markedly better. We haven’t tried Alienware’s 480Hz laptop personally, but can confirm that the 360Hz screen showed noticeable visual improvements, especially when it comes to fast action, like scrolling through text quickly.
To fully reap the benefits of 480Hz, you’ll also need to play content that is compatible with the system’s hardware at 480 frames per second.
Alienware’s m17 R5 comes with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT (12GB GDDR6, up to 175 W) or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6, 155 W and up to 1,410 MHz), AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU (eight cores). 16 threads, up to 4.9 GHz), 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory and 4TB of SSD storage.
The x17 R2, meanwhile, is focused on being Alienware’s thinnest 17-inch-class laptop. It has an Intel Core i9-12900HK (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 5 GHz), an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti (16GB) GPU, 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory, and 4TB of storage.
The display is specified to hit up to 300 nits brightness and cover 100 percent sRGB.
They also support adaptive sync via AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync, plus Nvidia Advanced Optimus, which lets the system switch between integrated and discrete graphics as needed and “uses a hardware-based dynamic display switch.” which allows the GeForce GPU to be controlled directly. display,” rather than just integrated graphics, according to Nvidia.
The 480Hz screen will take a $300 premium over the standard configuration of the laptop, which has 165Hz displays.
Both the laptops will also come with 4K resolution displays, but they will be on maximum 120Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response time.
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