The processor, graphics card, hard drive and memory work in unison to create a balanced gaming system, but your monitor is equally important in facilitating that balance. The monitor is the window to the PC’s soul. Your monitor allows you to realize the performance that you have optimized through component selection.
What to Look for in a Gaming Monitor?
Whether you are brand new to the world of gaming or you have been playing at an expert level, you will be faced with navigating the hundreds of options available in the market. However, what features should be looked out when you are choosing the gaming monitor that is right for you?
Here are some features that you should look into:
- Resolution and Screen Size
- Refresh Rate
- Response Time
- Panel Type
- FreeSync and G-Sync
Screen Size and Resolution
People most often make the mistake of thinking a larger screen size will always be better. However, this is not the case for gaming monitor. Screen size range between 24” to 27” is the best for gaming purpose. In general, you will be sitting quite near to the monitor, around 3 to 4 feet away from the monitor and this screen size range will allow you to see everything at once.
Resolution that you need for gaming will be determined by your PC’s GPU and the game. While most games nowadays will be able to support 1080p output but 2K or 4K resolution output still limited to selected titles only. Gaming monitors can be commonly found at 1080p (Full HD), 1440p (QHD/2K) and 2160p (UHD/4K). The higher the resolution, the more processing power your GPI needs to alter those resolutions.
Most monitors will support either a 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. It is important to keep in mind that a high refresh rate serves no purpose unless your GPU is monstrous enough to push the adequate number of frames per second. So, before deciding on getting a 144Hz or a 240Hz monitor, make sure that your graphics card can run the games you want at such high framerates.
Monitor’s response time is how quickly the screen can change pixels between shades of gray, using GTG (Gray-to-Gray) transition. Essentially, the lower the response time is, the smoother the camera movements will be. On the other hand, a high response time will lead to motion blur since pixels do not have enough time to switch between colours during fast camera movement.
There are few different types of display technologies available and the three that are most used in gaming monitors are IPS, TN and VA.
IPS stands for in-plane switching and often regarded as the superior of the three. The reason for IPS superiority is that it offers better viewing angles and color accuracy than TN & VA panels. This makes IPS a great choice for high definition game playing but also for designing or video editing.
In general, IPS panels have a response time of less than 5ms which is adequate for most gaming needs. However, TN panels tend to have an even faster response time. If you are looking for as much of smoothness as possible while you are having a game play session, you will have to decide whether speed or detail is more important to you.
TN (twisted nematic) panel gaming monitor is a good choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly gaming monitor. It can be the least expensive among these three. However, the viewing angles and colour accuracy are not as good as those offered by IPS panel. TN panel super-fast response time makes it ideal for fast-paced, competitive and multi-player games.
VA stands for vertical alignment, the stand-out feature of these is that VA offer a better contrast ratio and provide deeper black levels than IPS panel. As for colour accuracy and viewing angles, VA panel sit in the middle of TN and IPS – providing more accurate colours and viewing angles than TN but falling short of IPS in the same departments.
One notable downside to VA panel is that it has a slow response rate. As such, it often has issues with trailing and ghosting. This could particularly bad problem when playing games with many fast-moving objects.
FreeSync and G-Sync
FreeSync is provided by AMD and only compatible with AMD GPUs and FreeSync compatible displays. FreeSync only requires compliance with the latest DisplayPort standards and does not require specialized hardware to function.
G-Sync is provided by Nvidia and only compatible with Nvidia GPUs and G-Sync compatible displays. Unlike FreeSync, it requires dedicated hardware built into the display in order to function properly.
Both technologies seek to beat V-Sync, which is a hardware-intensive method of synchronizing your framerate to your refresh rate to prevent screen-tearing. This comes at the penalty of some input latency and pretty severe framerate dips if you ever go below your refresh rate.
Acer Nitro XV340CK P 2K Gaming Monitor 34”
Acer Nitro XV340CK P is a 34” IPS panel monitor with the resolution of 3440 x1440 (2K). It has the refresh rate of 144Hz and 1ms response time. It also utilized AMD FreeSync technology to provide smooth framerate.
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HP Omen X 25f Gaming Monitor 24.5”
HP Omen X 25f is a 24.5” TN panel monitor with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). It has the refresh rate of 240Hz and 1ms response time. It also utilized AMD FreeSync technology to provide smooth framerate.
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LG 24GL600F Gaming Monitor 23.6”
LG 24GL600F is a 23.6” TN panel monitor with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). It has the refresh rate of 144Hz and 1ms response time. It also utilized AMD FreeSync technology to provide smooth framerate.
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