The gaming monitor is very important if you build pc gaming, but it also means picking the best gaming monitor for your gaming experience. For screen-smoothing technologies (Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync), to visually stunning refresh rates that are set to climb to a mind-blowing 360 Hz. For pixel addicts, there are 4K screens that are as hard on the bank account as they are on graphics cards.
Below is a list of the best gaming monitors out right now.
- Dell S3220DGF
- Razer Raptor 27
- Acer Nitro XV273K
- Acer XFA240
- MSI Optix G27C4
- Asus ROG Strix XG279Q
- Aorus CV27Q
- Asus TUF VG259QM
- Aorus FI27Q
- Samsung 27-inch CRG5
1.Dell S3220DGF (165Hz)
- High contrast and brightness
- 165Hz refresh rate
- Nice build quality
- No sRGB mode
- No gamma presets
The Dell S3220DGF is the best gaming monitor for most. For starters, it boasts a fast refresh rate, low response time plus FreeSync 2 HDR for fighting screen tearing with both standard and HDR content. On top of that, this 32-inch monitor offers plenty of vertical screen real estate without the need for scrolling and 1440p resolution, the current sweet spot between image quality and gaming performance. Its 1800R curve also lends well to immersion, and in addition to gaming, we found that this is also a great monitor for general productivity and anything in between.
2. Razer Raptor 27 (144Hz)
- Excellent HDR contrast
- Saturated color
- Near-100% DCI-P3 coverage
- Fantastic style and build quality
- No true sRGB color mode
- User must manually switch between SDR and HDR modes
The Razer Raptor 27 is the best gaming monitor for 144 Hz refresh rates. It’ll make any gamer you know jealous with premium touches, like an RGB stand, flat green cables for cable management, and drool-worthy build quality. Plus, HDR delivery is some of the best we’ve seen in an edge-lit panel yet.
The Raptor 27 was able to stay competitive with 165 Hz monitors in our benchmarking. There wasn’t significant motion blur, but finicky, pro-level players will have to choose between dealing with it or activating the backlight strobe, which limits you to 120 Hz, reduces brightness by 40%, and grays out FreeSync and G-Sync Compatibility.
|Razer Raptor 27|
3. Acer Nitro XV273K (144Hz)
- Super bright at over 500 nits
- Accurate DCI-P3 color gamut
- 144Hz refresh rate
- Solid build
- No dynamic contrast means HDR only looks slightly better than SDR
- Inaccurate white point in sRGB mode
The Acer Nitro XV273K is the best gaming monitor for enjoying the sharp detail that 4K resolution affords. FreeSync and G-Sync Compatibility mean you can use Adaptive-Sync with both AMD or Nvidia graphics cards to fight screen tears. In our testing, it kept up with its 144 Hz rivals with just slightly more input lag, which only the keenest competitive players would notice.
Image quality looks great with the Nitro’s high pixel density, 163 pixels per inch (PPI), and the extra boost of color from its native DCI-P3 color space adds to the monitor’s fantastic image depth. Monitors breakdown
|Acer Nitro XV273K|
4. Acer XFA240 (144Hz)
- Out-of-box color accuracy
- Smooth tear-free gameplay
- FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible
- Good build quality
- Low pixel density
- Gamma slightly off the mark
The Acer XFA240 is an affordable monitor that you can immediately get to gaming with right out of the box. Come with 24 inches (144Hz), this is the smallest monitor on our Best Gaming Monitors list, but it delivers colors true to the creator’s design, along with Adaptive-Sync with both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.
5. MSI Optix G27C4 (165Hz)
- Excellent contrast and richly saturated color
- FreeSynch and can run G-Sync unofficially
- 165Hz refresh rate and blur reduction
- No speakers or USB ports
- No sRGB or standard gamma options
- Not very bright
The MSI Optix G27C4 is the best budget gaming monitor in the 27-inch form factor, due to its balance of value and performance. In our testing, it proved just 1ms slower than the 27-inch, 1080p Aorus CV27F at 165 Hz in terms of response time and didn’t fall too far behind rivals in our input lag test.
|MSI Optix G27C4|
6. Asus ROG Strix XG279Q (144Hz)
FreeSync & G-Sync support
Blur-reduction works with Adaptive Sync
Slight ghosting in ELMB mode
Default grayscale and gamma need adjustment
If you want to upgrade from 1080p to 1440p but don’t want to sacrifice speed, the Asus ROG Strix XG279Q needs your attention. It comes with 27-inch 1440p monitors here but offers the extra oomph in gaming performance that a hardcore enthusiast might demand.
|Asus ROG Strix XG279Q|
7. Aorus CV27Q (144Hz)
- Color accuracy
- Speed and responsiveness
- FreeSync & G-Sync (unofficially) with HDR
- Inaccurate sRGB mode
- No image controls for HDR
Gigabyte’s Aorus CV27Q is the best 1440p monitor when it comes to high-speed gaming performance. With its impressive specs, it shined in our input lag and response time tests when pitted against 144 Hz rivals. Sure, you could get slightly better performance from the 1080p version, the Aorus CV27Q, but then you wouldn’t be getting that sharper QHD resolution or higher pixel density (109ppi).
8. Asus TUF VG259QM (280Hz)
- Phenomenal gaming with simultaneous
- Adaptive-Sync and ELMB Build quality
- Light gamma
- HDR doesn’t pop
The Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM isn’t the only 240 Hz monitor here, but it’s the only one that overclocks to an impressive 280 Hz so impressively. It’s not only about the high refresh rate though. It’s also the ability to incorporate FreeSync or G-Sync Compatibility alongside Asus’ Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) feature that bests any monitor’s overdrive. With those features and 280 Hz, our inputs almost felt predicted. This is the kind of monitor that could actually help your game.
|Asus TUF VG259QM|
9. Aorus FI27Q (165Hz)
- High color saturation and accuracy
- Good contrast
- Premium gaming performance
- Good build quality
- HDR doesn’t bring a noticeable improvement over SDR
- Cheaper rivals may offer better value
If you’re looking for the best gaming monitor at 27 inches, the Aorus FI27Q won’t disappoint. It has one of the best overdrive implementations on the market, and we saw no ghosting or motion blur with the right settings — even without the blur reduction feature. The FI27Q goes the extra mile with a 165 Hz refresh rate, plus FreeSync and G-Sync Compatibility.
10. Samsung 27-inch CRG5 (240Hz)
- Good contrast and color accuracy
- 240 Hz VA panel
- Superb gaming performance
- No USB or speakers
For speed demons, it doesn’t get better than a monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate (we’re still waiting for 360 Hz monitors from Asus and Alienware). Usually, that level of speed requires two things: settling for 1080p resolution and a TN panel. But the Samsung 27-inch CRG5 is the best gaming monitor in this class. It’s special because it manages that speed in our favorite type of LCD panel, VA. Not only does it deliver the high contrast and saturated color that makes VA popular, but it’s also the fastest monitor.
|Samsung 27-inch CRG5|