Zowie Breakdown Episode 3: Benefit of Fast TN Panel

  • 2022-12-29

There are various LCD display technologies on the market, each with its advantages and disadvantages. When a player is engaged in a fast-paced FPS game, such as Valorant, fast response is often the key to winning or losing. A key consideration in ZOWIE’s esports monitor development process is the selection of panel technology that produces a fast response time and minimal ghosting to give players the best gaming experience in tournaments. Even a 1% difference in battle performance can determine the outcome of the game.

What Are the Different Panels?

The differences amongst LCD technologies mainly stem from differences in liquid crystal materials and structures. Common LCD panel technologies are divided into TN (Twisted Nematic), IPS (In-Plane-Switching), and VA (Vertical Alignment).

TN, IPS, and VA panel technologies come with their own set of pros and cons

Note: This is a simplified schematic diagram of the panel structure, not an actual phenomenon

Since different types of panel technologies have their own liquid crystal structure, each has its own performance characteristics. Thus, each of these panels have different advantages and disadvantages.

TN

IPS

VA

Fast response

Win

Vivid color

Win

True black

Win

Viewing angle

Win

Win

Why A TN Panel?

Manufacturers generally use the response time as the performance index for dynamic image sharpness. However, there is no uniform response time measurement or numerical definition method in the industry, and each manufacturer use different standards to make claims in retrospect of their product’s response time. Therefore, any stated response time may differ in comparison to the perceived experience from a gamer's point of view.

A TN panel's fast response time comes from its special liquid crystal material characteristics, which provides a clearer and sharper dynamic image quality compared to other LCD panel technologies. The video below compares the XL2546K (240Hz) with an IPS 240Hz monitor. In the video, both monitors are set at the fastest setting to test the response time. Overall, you can see that the TN panel provides a faster performance in-game due to it's characteristics. 

Fast-TN provides a clearer and less blurred image in situations where images are changing rapidly. This allows the position of the crosshair or a bullet’s impact point to be seen clearly. Agents in Valorant can easily spot enemy movement when they’re moving quickly. The following is a demonstration of Fast-TN’s different levels of motion clarity Valorant: 

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