480Hz monitors: LG and AUO prepare new LCD panels to achieve higher refresh rate quotas. The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz set a new bar with its high refresh rate, but while it seems difficult to deliver a smoother image, we’ll have new monitors with us in the coming years that are capable of beating this mark.
LG Display and AU Optronics are working on new LCD panels with a refresh rate of 480Hz. These are not just any two brands, as they are the two major manufacturers of LCD panels for monitors globally. According to the report, these new panels would be ready between 2022 and 2023, with reduced latency and a response time of 2.1 milliseconds.
The panel being prepared by LG Display will initially arrive in 24.5 inches with a FullHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). This model will be ready for production in the last quarter of 2022, so it will foreseeably be offered commercially in early 2023. On the AUO side, they are also preparing a 1080p panel with 480Hz, but the size is unknown. It is reported that production will start in 2022.
For the moment only the production plans have been revealed, but neither LG Display nor AUO has revealed the official details of these panels, which will represent the next generation with respect to the 360Hz models we have today, mainly with TN panels.
As Tom’s Hardware points out, managing a panel with such a wide variable frequency range will require a timing controller with high performance. In parallel to the development of these LCD panels, companies like Nvidia that now offer solutions for 360Hz gaming monitors are expected to update their drivers.
In 2017, Blur Busters showed a ZisWorks panel that could implement 480Hz, at a lower resolution of 540p. What was then an experiment, in the next few years will be surpassed by these LCD panels with 480Hz. Panels that will also be accompanied, SweClockers explains, by 360Hz panels with 1440p resolution.