Asus gaming laptops with 300Hz displays set to arrive next month

midian182

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At the Berlin-based tech conference, Asus revealed several 15- and 17-inch Strix and Zephyrus S laptops, sporting RTX 2070 and 2080 cards, which feature the 300Hz displays. The company also makes machines with 240Hz screens, including the Strix Scar III—one of the top gaming picks in our Best Laptops feature.

Asus says the first of its laptops to come with a 300Hz screen option will be the previously released 17-inch ROG Zephyrus GX701, which has an RTX 2080 “clocked up to 1230MHz at 100W in Turbo mode” to power that high refresh-rate display. It arrives this October, with other Asus ROG 300Hz models launching next year.

Asus says 300Hz screens can draw 5X more frames than the 60Hz displays found on most laptops and represents a 25 percent increase over the current standard for high-level esports tournaments. It added that this refresh rate could draw a complete new frame every 3.3ms, which is nearly as fast as the 3ms response time of the pixels.

Asus isn’t the only company moving in this direction. Acer announced that its Predator Triton 500 gaming laptop would soon come with an optional 300Hz screen and Nvidia’s G-Sync for $2,799.

Exactly how many people will feel the need to own an expensive laptop with a 300Hz display remains to be seen, especially as reaching such high frame rates will require reducing many games’ graphical settings. And will it really be worth paying extra for one of these machines over a laptop with a 240Hz display? Asus and Acer will no doubt hope plenty of competitive gamers say yes.

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VitalyT

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That is a very useless video, comparing a 60Hz panel to a 240Hz, with everyone pointing at it in the comments, that people only care comparing a 120/144Hz panel to 240Hz one, while nobody cares about going from 60Hz to 240Hz, because the difference is just too obvious.
 

IAMTHESTIG

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I wonder if one can even see a difference in motion from 240 vs. 300 Hz...

So if you have a new frame every 3.3 ms. and the pixels can refresh in 3.0 ms. aren't you going to be waiting another 2.7 ms. for the pixels to refresh? I think you would end up essentially dropping frames because you are still waiting for pixel refresh.
 

QuantumPhysics

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I'd rather a 51m with a 2080. Fortunately I'm not in the market for a laptop right now. By the time my laptop is ready to be replaced they'll probably have a 3000 series or 4000 series capable of 300Hz.
 

Fearghast

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I wonder if one can even see a difference in motion from 240 vs. 300 Hz...

So if you have a new frame every 3.3 ms. and the pixels can refresh in 3.0 ms. aren't you going to be waiting another 2.7 ms. for the pixels to refresh? I think you would end up essentially dropping frames because you are still waiting for pixel refresh.
Not really to see difference, but an average human can perceive 300+ Hz/fps.
If pixels are not fast enough, you will not drop frames, you will "see" motion blur.
 
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I think I might have found my next lan party machine. Very nice. Though I think I'll lean toward the 240hz model.
Not really to see difference, but an average human can perceive 300+ Hz/fps.
That is incorrect. The human eye can physically distinguish individual frames at up to 80hz. However we can tell the difference in smoothness of animation up to 260hz. Beyond that is the limit of human perception. So 240hz is brushing the line of human perception. 300hz exceeds it, but doesn't hurt anything.
 

Fearghast

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I think I might have found my next lan party machine. Very nice. Though I think I'll lean toward the 240hz model.
That is incorrect. The human eye can physically distinguish individual frames at up to 80hz. However we can tell the difference in smoothness of animation up to 260hz. Beyond that is the limit of human perception. So 240hz is brushing the line of human perception. 300hz exceeds it, but doesn't hurt anything.
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Brahman05

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'Asus says 300Hz screens can draw 5X more frames than the 60Hz displays found on most laptops'........Asus says this....... Because math........?
 

Odium

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I think I might have found my next lan party machine. Very nice. Though I think I'll lean toward the 240hz model.
Not really to see difference, but an average human can perceive 300+ Hz/fps.
That is incorrect. The human eye can physically distinguish individual frames at up to 80hz. However we can tell the difference in smoothness of animation up to 260hz. Beyond that is the limit of human perception. So 240hz is brushing the line of human perception. 300hz exceeds it, but doesn't hurt anything.
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