The high-refresh monitor wars are heating up, and Alienware is the latest to throw a new salvo at the competition. Alienware today announced its new 500Hz Gaming Monitor (AW2524H). To hit that 500Hz rate, you won’t find a 4K or even QHD resolution panel. Instead, the AQ2524H uses a 24.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel.
However, Alienware has some stipulations in place for gamers to hit that magic 500Hz number. For starters, when using HDMI 2.1, you max out at native 240Hz. Switching to a DisplayPort 1.4 connection doubles the native refresh rate to 480Hz. You will need to enable the overclocking feature in the OSD to access 500Hz over DisplayPort 1.4.
In Extreme mode, response time is quoted at 0.5ms (gray-to-gray) and the AQ2524H is Nvidia G-Sync certified. This means you can use Nvidia Reflex Analyzer to track overall system latency. Alienware claims the AQ2524H sports a typical brightness of 400 nits, VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio, which is just average for an IPS panel. You won’t find mini LEDs or multiple dimming zones here, just an edge-lit LED setup. That said, the AQ2524H’s 10-bit panel should be able to cover 99% of the sRGB color space.
Other features include an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust monitor brightness based on lighting conditions in the room and AlienFX tri-zone lighting. The AQ2524H is also height adjustable while supporting tilt (-5 to 21 degrees), swivel (-20 to 20 degrees), and swivel (-90 to 90 degrees).