TFTCentral Recommendations List – Gaming Monitors

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Last updated 15 October 2020

We get asked all the time for advice on which monitors to buy: What’s the best gaming screen of X size and type? What’s the best ultrawide monitor for gaming? What’s the best HDR gaming display?…We thought we would try and get a list of our recommendations all in one place with key information, links to reviews or news articles (where available) and links to check pricing and buy the screen from large regional retailers.

This list is not exhaustive by any means, and I’m sure we will have missed some popular displays, but is designed to help you narrow down your selection to some of the most popular and highly regarded displays in each category. We’ve not reviewed all of these screens as we just don’t have the time sadly, but we have included those that get strong reviews and user reports elsewhere. Pricing will of course come in to consideration so we’ve tried to include a range of options where we can.

Models are listed alphabetically within each section, not in any order of preference (apart from those which are listed as “featured” which we recommend most highly).

If you spot any errors, broken links or have suggestions on other models we should consider adding please get in touch.


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Best Gaming Displays – 1080p TN Film

For the absolute fastest monitor for eSports and competitive gaming many people still want a TN Film panel. 1080p is a lesser drain on resources, and you will want ideally a 240Hz refresh rate for optimal motion clarity and frame rate support. Many have added blur reduction backlights too. Low lag also essential. TN Film won’t offer the wide viewing angles and superior image quality of IPS panels or the high contrast ratio of VA panels, but for high end gaming they are still an excellent choice.

Featured: Acer Nitro XF252Q

Key specs: 24.5″, 1080p, TN Film, 240Hz, 0.3ms G2G, Blur Reduction
Pricing and buy: Amazon UK | Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Featuring the latest generation of AUO’s 240Hz TN Film panel with improved response times. Excellent motion clarity, high refresh rate and includes a blur reduction mode if you want, along with G-sync/FreeSync support and very low input lag.


Other options:
  • Asus ROG Swift PG258Q – 24.5″ size with 240Hz, 1ms G2G response time and Native G-sync. Solid performer and nice design. Available from Amazon: UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K – 24.5″ in size with 240Hz, their DyAc+ technology and a range of gamer-oriented features. Popular option for gamers. Available from Amazon UK , GER and Overclockers UK. Older but popular XL2456 model also available from Amazon US, UK, GER and also worth a look. (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 24GL650 – if you want a more budget-friendly screen then this 23.6″ sized model is solid. With 144Hz and adaptive-sync it’s a decent choice. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 27GK750F – 27″ size if you want something bigger but still at 1080p. With 240Hz, 2ms G2G response time, adaptive sync and added blur reduction mode. Available from Amazon US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Gaming Displays – 1080p IPS

These displays will offer you a better all round experience than TN Film models with better colours, image quality and viewing angles. Nowadays response times are reaching TN Film like speeds and there are even the brand new 360Hz refresh rate options available in this space.

Featured: Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN

Key specs: 24.5″, 1080p, IPS, 360Hz, Native G-sync (+FreeSync support), 1ms G2G, ULMB
Pricing and buy: Overclockers UK | Amazon CAN (affiliate referral links)

With the highest 360Hz refresh rate available in the market. Native G-sync with hardware module for optimal VRR performance, but also supports FreeSync for AMD systems! ULMB included and super-low lag. An excellent gaming screen


Other options:
  • Acer Nitro XV273 X – 27″ IPS panel with 240Hz native refresh rate. Very fast for gaming and with adaptive-sync support. Available from Amazon: UK, GER (affiliate referral links)
  • AOC 24G2U – smaller 23.8″ in size but in the budget range and with very good all round performance given the price. 144Hz, adaptive-sync and wide gamut. Available from Amazon: UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • AOC 27G2U – if you want a larger version of the 24G2U above then this is 27″ in size with very similar performance. 144Hz, adaptive-sync and wide gamut. Another great budget range screen. Available from Amazon US, UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM – 24.5″ with 280Hz overclocked refresh rage and ELMB-sync for simultaneous blur reduction and VRR. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM – 27″ version of the VG259QM with 280Hz overclocked refresh rage and ELMB-sync for simultaneous blur reduction and VRR. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Gaming Displays – 1440p TN Film

If you want something with a larger resolution than 1080p and more desktop real-estate then 1440p is a popular entry point for many people nowadays. This will add to system requirements keep in mind, and there are fewer top-end refresh rates available than at 1080p. Again limited by TN Film technology restrictions.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG278QR – 27″ with 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms G2G and G-sync. Replacement model for the PG278Q with a few updates. Very popular option and one of the first 1440p gaming displays of this type. Available from Amazon: US, UK (affiliate referral links)
  • HP Omen X 27 – 27″ in size with 1440p resolution but also has a 240Hz refresh rate which is currently rare at 1440p. Available from Amazon: UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Gaming Displays – 1440p IPS

Known for their better all round performance with wider viewing angles and better colours. Not quite as fast as TN Film, and lacking the contrast ratio of VA panels. The bump in resolution to 1440p provides more desktop real-estate and better image quality, but will be a further drain on system resources to power it.

Featured: LG 27GL850

Key specs: 27″, 1440p, IPS, 144Hz, 1ms G2G, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon USA  | Amazon UK  |  Overclockers UK  | Amazon GER (affiliate referral links)

Wide gamut Nano IPS panel from LG.Display. Adaptive sync support, 144Hz refresh rate and wide colour gamut. A very popular option and well established.


Other options:
  • Acer Predator XB271HU – update to the XB270HU model we reviewed, and with same spec as the Asus PG279Q including 165Hz and Native G-sync. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG279Q– 165Hz with Native G-sync. Very popular model and with nice design in ROG range. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN (affiliate referral links)
  • Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD – a new kid on the block but impressive performance and wide range of features at a lower cost including 144Hz refresh rate and wide gamut. Available from Amazon: UK, GER, CAN (affiliate referral links)
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270QG – equivalent to the LG 27GL850 with same Nano IPS panel, but with Native G-sync module used. 165Hz overclocked refresh rate and ULMB also included. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN (affiliate referral links)

Best Gaming Displays – 1440p VA

Known for their much better contrast ratios but while many are fast for gaming, most suffer from some black smearing on moving content due to some problematic response times (except new Samsung Odyssey models listed here). The bump to 1440p over 1080p provides much more desktop real-estate and better image quality overall.

Featured: Samsung Odyssey G7 C27G75T

Key specs: 27″, 1440p, VA, 240Hz, adaptive-sync, 1ms, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Overclockers UK | Amazon GER | Amazon CAN (affiliate referral links)

Very fast response times and no black smearing. A break-through in VA technology. There is also a 32″ model but that seems to have more problems with flickering, the 27″ model seems better right now.


Other options:
  • LG 32GK850G or 32GK850F (G-sync and FreeSync variants) – 32″ and with good response times for a VA panel. Both available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best 4K Gaming Displays – all technologies

If you want super high resolution gaming then there are a decent selection of 4K gaming screens available now too. These will be a significant drain on system resources so you will need a very powerful system to run them., Refresh rates are more restricted due to high bandwidth demands of 4K, but many models in this sector have very high end features (and price tags).

  • Acer Nitro XV273K – 27″ size IPS panel, 144Hz adaptive-sync so supports both G-sync and FreeSync. Lacking the FALD of models like the X27 listed here – cheaper as a result. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Acer Predator X27 – 27″ very high end with 144Hz IPS panel, Native G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ – 27″ 144Hz IPS panel with adaptive-sync. Uses DSC (Display Stream Compression) to avoid the need for chroma sub-sampling as used on models like the PG27UQ. No FALD HDR on this one though so cost is lower a result. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – 27″, very high end with IPS panel, 144Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon UK and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – IPS

Ultrawide screens have become increasingly popular due to their large screen size, great desktop real-estate, high resolution and unusual (but enjoyable) format. Keep in mind support for widescreen from the games you might play, but there is a good choice in the ultrawide sector nowadays. Some models are curved as well to help with user comfort. These IPS options provide great all-round image quality and fast response times, but contrast ratio/black depth is often limited.

Featured: LG 38GL950G

Key specs: 37.5″, 3840 x 1600, IPS, 175Hz, 1ms G2G, Native G-sync + adaptive-sync support for AMD, wide gamut
Pricing and buy: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Overclockers UK | Amazon GER (affiliate referral links)

Excellent large format ultrawide screen with large resolution, excellent response times and gaming performance. Native G-sync included on the G model. See also the alternative adaptive-sync model listed below


Other options:
  • Acer Predator X34P – 34″ in size, the replacement for X34 model, still with Native G-sync but now with 120Hz. One or both models available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG349Q– 34″ in size and replaces the previous PG348Q model, now with 100Hz native / 120Hz overclocked panel, still with Native G-sync. Available from Amazon: UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Dell Alienware AW3420W – 34″ model, the update to the AW3418DW we reviewed, this time with native 120Hz support and wide gamut panel. Native G-sync support. Available from Dell regional websites.
  • LG 34GK950F – 34″ with 1440p, 144Hz and adaptive-sync. Wide DCI-P3 gamut. A popular model in this size range. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 34GN850 – 34″ with 1440p, boosted 160Hz and adaptive-sync. Wide DCI-P3 gamut . More recent version of the popular 34GK950F. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • LG 38GN950 – 37.5″ in size and an adaptive-sync version of the 38GL950G featured above. 160Hz refresh and also features HDR 600 support on this model. Available from Amazon: GER, and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Ultrawide Gaming Displays – VA

Ultrawide screens have become increasingly popular due to their large screen size, great desktop real-estate, high resolution and unusual (but enjoyable) format. Keep in mind support for widescreen from the games you might play, but there is a good choice in the ultrawide sector nowadays. Some models are curved as well to help with user comfort. These VA panels will offer better contrast ratios and black depth than IPS options, but are generally not as fast for gaming and may suffer in some darker content.

  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ – very high end and expensive but includes 35″ panel, 200Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Acer Predator X35 – same panel, specs and features as Asus PG35VQ listed above including 35″ panel, 200Hz and FALD HDR 1000 backlight. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • AOC AGON AG353UCG – same panel, specs and features as Asus PG35VQ / Acer X35 listed above but at a lower price point. Available from Amazon: UK, GER and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Nixeus NX-EDG34 – a more affordable option with 34″ panel, 3440 x 1440, 144Hz refresh and adaptive-sync. Get the fully adjustable stand version if you can. Available from Amazon: US, UK, CAN (affiliate referral links)
  • Samsung C49RG90 – 49″ super-wide screen with high 5120 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz, FreeSync 2 support. Very popular but unusually very wide format. There is a newer Odyssey G9 model with 240Hz but we have yet to test that, and there are some early reports of flickering and other defects so we would advise caution at the moment with that newer model. Available from Amazon: US, UK, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best Very Large Format Gaming Displays – all technologies

Sometimes you want something that’s half TV, half monitor! Here are a selection of some really large format displays to consider. They aren’t really ideal as desktop monitors, being too big for comfortable up close work, but if you want something for gaming, consoles, movies and only light desktop work these are still good options

Featured: LG CX OLED

Key specs: 48″ (or larger sizes) OLED screen, 3840 x 2160 resolution, <1ms response time, 120Hz, G-sync/FreeSync support, top-end HDR
Pricing and buy: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon GER (affiliate referral links)

Not even a monitor, but it’s become very popular for those wanting a large screen. Now available in 48″ size which makes it just about viable, but with an OLED panel for incredible contrast, black depth and HDR performance. Also includes many top end gaming features.


Other options
  • Acer Predator CG437K P – 43″ in size with UltraHD resolution VA panel, adaptive sync and 144Hz refresh rate along with HDR1000 support (edge lit). Available from Amazon: UK, GER, and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Best HDR Gaming Displays – all technologies

What you are looking for here are displays with local dimming support, if you want any meaningful HDR experience or improvement in active contrast ratio (dynamic range). As a result, we are ignoring any display which only has the DisplayHDR 400 certification as explained in this article. You may also find our main HDR article useful.

Featured: Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ

Key specs: 35″ ultrawide, 3440 x 1440, VA panel, 200Hz refresh rate, FALD backlight, HDR 1000 support
Pricing and buy: Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)

Very high end gaming and HDR screen including a 512-zone FALD backlight for optimal HDR experience. High contrast ratio from VA panel and HDR1000 support with 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness and DCI-P3 gamut.


Other options:
  • Acer Predator X35 – 35″ ultrawide. Same VA panel, specs and features as Asus PG35VQ. HDR 1000 and FALD backlight. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – very high end with 27″ IPS panel, 144Hz, G-sync, HDR 1000 and FALD HDR support. Available from Amazon UK and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)
  • Acer Predator X27 – alternative to the Asus model above with 27″ IPS panel, 144Hz, G-sync and FALD HDR 1000. Available from Amazon: US, UK, GER, CAN and Overclockers UK (affiliate referral links)


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