Updated June 06, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Gaming Monitors

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Even the newest six-core processor and the beefiest DDR5 GPU are no good without the right screen to display the fruits of their computations. Gaming monitors are set apart from standard ones (and TVs) by their super-low pixel response times, minimal input lag, and frame-rate syncing effects. We've gathered the best options for taking full advantage of any PC, at a range of prices. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best gaming monitor on Amazon.

10. BenQ Zowie XL2546

9. Alienware AW3418DW

8. BenQ EL2870U

7. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

6. BenQ EW3270U

5. Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ

4. Acer XR382CQK

3. LG 32GK650F

2. Asus ROG Strix XG

1. Acer Predator X34

Special Honors

Nvidia Big Format Gaming Display They're big. They're bright. They're high-resolution. Did we mention they're big? Nvidia's most recent crop of technological marvels is slowly emerging, and hard to get your hands on, but if you have extremely deep pockets they're basically the holy grail of gaming monitors. Where televisions of the same size have average-to-poor pixel response times and input lag levels, these gigantic panels suffer from minimal motion blur and react almost instantly to your commands. Be prepared to shell out a lot of cash, though. nvidia.com

Samsung CRG9 If you've go the hardware to make use of it, the Samsung CRG9 is one of the most impressive displays yet released. It's the equivalent of a pair of 1440p monitors sewn together, resulting in an impressive aspect ratio of 32:9. Being such an incredible piece of equipment, you will have to shell out quite a bit of cash for it, however. samsung.com

Editor's Notes

June 03, 2019:

High-end monitor technology is at a minor plateau right now, limited somewhat by the bandwidth of the DisplayPort 1.4 specification as well as the output of modern GPUs. For the average gamer, this means that there are more highly refined and well-tested displays on the market than pretty much ever before. The Acer Predator X34 occupies what many enthusiasts consider the sweet spot for gaming. It sits at 1440p with a high refresh rate and is ideally paired with a GPU equivalent to the GTX 1070 or faster. Acer also offers a 38-inch curved model, though it will require a little more processing power, and at its size, it helps to have a video card that supports DLSS (if you're into games with DLSS, of course).

You'll notice a handful of Asus monitors on the list. This is no accident. They've long been on the cutting edge of display technology, as evidence by the PG27UQ, which pumps out 4K video at incredible rates, and absolutely calls for a high-end RTX display adapter. But the Strix XG family, particularly the 32-inch version, is a quite well-priced group of monitors that nearly any gamer will be satisfied with.

And no discussion of enthusiast-grade screens would be complete without mentioning BenQ. We've included a 240-hertz 1080p option ideal for hardcore multiplayer fanatics as well as a pair of reasonably priced 4K units. Some of BenQ's options are so well-made that they're satisfactory for photo and video editing thanks to their incredibly accurate color reproduction. And Dell, certainly no stranger to making excellent displays, is always a good choice with their Alienware line.

Finally, take note that Nvidia is in the process of opening up their adaptive refresh rate technology to work with AMD FreeSync monitors. You'll want to make sure to update your monitor's firmware and your display drivers, and do a couple searches for the monitor that you're interested in, to make sure it works well in the FPS ranges you plan to play in. But we've vetted the monitors on our list, and the majority have at least decent G-Sync compatibility.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 06, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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