TCL Demos 4K Gaming Monitor with 1,000 Hz Refresh Rate

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TCL CSOT, a subsidiary of TCL known for manufacturing appliances, recently demonstrated a pioneering advancement in display technology at Display Week 2024. The company showcased a 4K gaming monitor with an unprecedented 1,000 Hz refresh rate. This development significantly surpasses existing benchmarks set by industry leaders, such as Asus, whose highest offering is the ROG Swift PG248QP gaming monitor with a 540 Hz refresh rate at 1080p resolution. In comparison, LG's recent UltraGear monitor offers a dual refresh rate system—480 Hz for gaming at lower resolutions and 240 Hz at 4K. This design allows users to switch between high refresh rates for gaming and high resolution for productivity and movie watching through a dedicated button that toggles the display resolution.

Most industry experts, including Blur Busters—a company known for its TestUFO motion testing tool—had anticipated the arrival of 1,000 Hz refresh rates but expected them to initially appear at lower resolutions such as 1080p or 1440p. The introduction of such a high refresh rate at 4K resolution by TCL CSOT is both groundbreaking and unexpected, indicating a significant leap in display technology.

The specifics of the TCL CSOT 4K@1000 monitor beyond its resolution and refresh rate are not widely known. However, it has been noted that the monitor utilizes LED technology. This comes at a time when OLED technology is also making strides in the high refresh rate arena, with Samsung and LG pushing 4K OLED displays up to 480 Hz and 360 Hz respectively.

While the practical utility of a 1,000 Hz refresh rate in everyday applications might be debated, its implications for competitive gaming and potentially enhanced productivity are noteworthy. TechSpot’s Tim Schiesser highlighted an incidental finding from OLED burn-in testing that a 240 Hz refresh rate significantly improves the clarity and smoothness of daily tasks such as web browsing and text scrolling, suggesting that even higher rates like 1,000 Hz could further enhance these experiences.

To fully utilize a 1,000 Hz refresh rate at 4K resolution, the necessary hardware requirements include a powerful GPU—beyond even today’s top offerings like the Nvidia RTX 4090—and the latest in HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 2.1a connectivity standards, alongside high-quality cables capable of handling such data throughput. Currently, no available hardware setup can maximally exploit this monitor’s capabilities, positioning it as more of a future-proof technology showcase than a practical purchase for today's consumers.

Source: tomshardware

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