The most surprising thing from Computex so far is not the announcement that Intel is shipping a 28-core CPU before the year’s out, nor is it AMD being set to announce higher core-count Threadripper 2 chips either. No, the most surprising thing I’ve discovered from this year’s show is that not all TN panels are dreadful.
I mean, generally most TN panels still are. Like, really dreadful. Horrible to look at, with terrible colour reproduction, abhorrent viewing angles, and the most washed out visuals you'll find this side of Bob Ross’ little-known water colour TV side project, The Sheer Hell of Painting.
These panels are so good they might even make it into our pick of the best gaming monitors.
MSI’s new Oculux NXG251 is sporting a 25-inch TN panel that doesn’t seem to have any problems with viewing angles and looks as vibrant as any modern VA monitor that I’ve had sat on my desktop in the last few years. And it’s got one hell of a specs list too.
For a start it’s MSI’s first display with a G-Sync module inside it, but it’s also rocking a 240Hz refresh rate with a 0.5ms response time. That’s why MSI is aiming it at the esports professionals, and those wanting to emulate their gaming heros. The designers of the monitor have been getting feedback from the pros as to what they prefer, and they all wanted high refresh rates and the lowest possible response times. Tick and tick.