When it comes to the best gaming monitors, there are many features that people may prefer depending on personal preferences as well as what games they play. For those focused on getting every edge possible in competitive gaming, an ultra-high refresh-rate monitor with a lower resolution may be the best option. While many PC gamers appreciate high FPS monitors, most also like the better-quality images that come with higher resolutions, even if the maximum refresh-rate is a bit lower.
We’ve collected this list for those gamers looking for the best gaming monitor. Remember that no matter how good your monitor is, you need a graphics card to match it to get the most out of it.
Note: All prices are in US Dollars from Amazon US for new models offered by official sellers and are correct at the time of writing.
ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN
The $699.99 ROG Swift 24.5-inch 360Hz monitor is one of the first monitors sporting a 360Hz refresh rate. As will all current ultra-high refresh-rate monitors, it’s limited to 1080p due to the cutting edge nature of the technology, the difficulty in transmitting enough data and the difficulty in running games fast enough to make the most of it.
For those times that you don’t hit 360 frames per second, Nvidia’s G-Sync makes sure that the refresh timing can be synchronised with the framerate of the game, thus preventing screen tearing. HDR10 support means you can play games in and watch HDR content. Ultra-Low Motion Blur, or ULMB technology uses backlight strobing to minimise the blurring of rapidly changing scenes.
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
The $1800 ROG Swift 27-inch monitor is one of the most expensive gaming monitors on the market. Running at 4K and 120Hz or 144Hz when overclocked is impressive and requires dual display port cables. The monitor has 384 local dimming zones to allow configurable backlighting for HDR. The quantum dot display covers 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space, offering more colours than the standard SRGB colour space.
Pushing gaming monitors this far does come with some downsides though. The monitor technically supports HDR and G-Sync, however, these are not supported over dual display port connections, so are limited to “only” 100 FPS. At 144Hz over dual display ports, chroma sub-sampling is required which will result in some colour blurring and reduction in image quality. You also have to enable display port deep sleep mode to prevent the active cooling fan from being on 24/7, even while the monitor is on standby.
The $548 ViewSonic XG2760 27-inch monitor has a 1440p and 165Hz display. 1440p is the sweet spot for many PC gamers, looking for a higher resolution than 1080p but not wanting to push to 4K and deal with lower framerates or having to reduce game settings. With Nvidia’s G-Sync functionality you don’t have to worry about screen tearing. Nvidia’s ULMB feature also helps to reduce motion blur.
The Black Stabilisation feature is designed to dynamically increase the brightness of dark scenes to help you pick out small details in dark environments. This monitor is a great choice for Nvidia GPU fans.
The $549.99 BenQ EX3501R 34-inch monitor has an ultrawide resolution of 3440×1440 and runs at 100Hz. The monitor itself has an 1800R curve designed to keep the edge of the monitor in your peripheral vision.
AMD’s Free-Sync technology enables variable refresh rates for AMD graphics cards and prevents screen tearing. An ambient brightness sensor can adjust the screen brightness to help prevent eyestrain. The monitor is HDR10 compliant for a more vivid colour experience.
The most expensive gaming monitor on the market is the $3499 Alienware AW5520QF. The huge 55-inch 4K OLED screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz. With the use of OLED rather than LCD, you’ll get the best contrast and colours possible, especially when combined with the 98.5% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor supports Free-Sync premium and is G-Sync compatible, meaning you can enable variable refresh rates on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.