With new 17-inch laptops from Alienware, a 480 Hz refresh rate is introduced

The display speeds of PCs are about to increase. The updated Alienware m17 R5 and x17 R2, two 17.3-inch gaming laptops, will have 480Hz displays, an improvement of 33 percent over 360Hz.

At the time of publication, Alienware's 480 Hz options for the laptops aren't available for online purchase yet, but a spokesperson told Ars that they ought to be available in the next few days.

Alienware promises animation smoothness for easier target tracking, and ghosting reduction which minimizes distracting effects, and low system latency, allowing you to spot other players earlier.

As far as the intended audience of the laptops is concerned, they are targeting hardcore gamers who wish to keep up with pro esports players. We've known for a while that 480 Hz panels are made by companies like AU Optronics. 

There are still a few more days left until Asus releases a desktop monitor with a 500 Hz refresh rate, but in the meantime, Alienware's laptops are among the fastest in the industry.

The difference will, of course, be less glaring if you are used to 360 Hz, for instance, whereas if you are going from 60 Hz to 360 Hz, I strongly believe you'll benefit from the increase. 

Although we have no experience with Alienware's 480 Hz laptops, we can confirm that 360 Hz screens have shown considerable visual improvements, especially when it comes to fast action, like scrolling text rapidly, especially when it comes to graphically intensive tasks.

The best way to get the most out of 480Hz is to also make sure that the content being played also supports 480 frames per second with the hardware of your system.

The Alienware m17 R5 includes an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT or an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory, as well as 4TB of SSD storage.

Alienware's x17 R2, on the other hand, is focused on being the thinnest laptop in its 17-inch class that Alienware has ever created. An Intel Core i9-12900HK processor can be found in this system

Along with an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory, and 4TB of storage space. As far as brightness, the displays can reach up to 300 nits, while covering 100 percent of the sRGB color space.

The GPUs also support AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync, plus Nvidia Advanced Optimus, which lets the system switch between the integrated and discrete graphics as needed using 'a hardware-based dynamic display switch,' instead of using integrated graphics alone.

Standard laptop configurations have 165 Hz displays, which are priced $300 less than the 480 Hz screens. As well as 4K displays, both laptops will have 120 Hz refresh rates and 3 ms response times

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