Best gaming monitors in 2024: the pixel-perfect panels I'd buy myself

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The best gaming monitor is an incredibly important piece of a PC gamer's setup. Why spend lots of money on a gaming PC if you're going to play it through a tiny, 20-year-old workstation monitor? Fortunately, there are many great gaming monitors available today, including those offering ultra high-refresh 1080p, zippy 1440p options, high-fidelity 4K, and a slew of ultrawide panels.

While we're expecting further fantastic panels throughout 2024, right now the best gaming monitor is the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM. Packed with features, finely tuned for gaming and delivering all the benefits of OLED on the desktop—it's the gaming monitor we all crave. Check out our guide to the best OLED gaming monitors for even more options.

You need to match your monitor choice with your PC specs to get the most for your money. A 4K monitor with a high refresh rate would be overkill if your rig only packs a GTX 1060, and for those cases, the BenQ Mobiuz EX240 is the best budget 1080p monitor at the moment. If you prefer high refresh over resolution, check out our guide to the best high refresh rate gaming monitors.

Curated by...
Dave James
Curated by...
Dave James

Dave's been testing PC hardware for the best part of 20 years and has seen every kind of screen imaginable. As such he knows what makes a good gaming monitor and what makes a bad one, too. Whether it's LCD, OLED, mini-LED, or plain ol' CRT, he's had his eyeballs on them all and has personally checked out all of the best gaming monitors on this list.

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Updated July 4, 2024 to improve navigation and add in recent reviews to the 'Also tested' section. We've checked them over, and we still stand by all of our recommendations for best gaming monitors, and we've tested a ton!

Best gaming monitor

The best OLED gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Panel type: QD-OLED
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 0.03 ms
Refresh rate: 240 Hz
Weight: 19.40 lbs (8.8 kg)
Refresh rate technology: AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, G-Sync Compatibility

Reasons to buy

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Stunning OLED panel
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4K pixel density
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240Hz refresh

Reasons to avoid

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Full-screen brightness still limited
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Very expensive
Buy if...

✅ You want all-round excellence: An OLED with a 4K resolution is crisp, detailed and practically unbeatable for gaming right now.

Don't buy if...

❌ You want eye-searing brightness: OLED monitors offer high brightness across small patches of the screen at one time, rather than full-screen brightness.

The Asus ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is the best gaming monitor right now. It's an enviable blend of 4K and OLED, which is a match made in heaven. Though there is definitely a pitch to be made for the MSI MPG321URX, as it's using the same QD-OLED panel and is essentially a cheaper version of this Asus monitor. The issue is that it seems to be nearly always out of stock...

This Asus PG32UCDM is part of a second wave of OLED gaming monitors, with a sparkling new QD-OLED panel from Samsung. It has launched alongside some similar gaming monitors, including the Alienware 32 AW3225QF and Gigabyte Aorus FO32U2, but neither could match the calibration and feature set of the ROG. They come close, however, so don't write either off with a discount.

Like many other OLEDs, the PG32UCDM smashes all expectations for contrast and vibrancy. Any game played on this gaming monitor looks better for it. The moodier the game, the better. This OLED panel deals particularly well with moody scenes, though does struggle with bright light and bright scenes. That's true of most OLEDs, however.

The glossy coating across the panel helps make up for any misgivings I have about overall brightness, and it's still plenty bright enough while actually gaming to offer an excellent and lasting impression.

You'll need a powerful graphics card to make the most of this screen's full 240 Hz refresh rate at its native 4K resolution. However, that 4K resolution pays dividends in many other ways. Pixel density is fantastic across the 32-inch size panel, and that makes for a super sharp image. Due to an unusual subpixel layout, most OLED monitors struggle with something called text fringing. Though the PG32UCDM's resolution and density means that's barely noticeable on this panel compared to others.

While familiar features for many OLED gaming monitors, the 0.03 ms response time and support for both FreeSync and G-Sync variable refresh rate technologies are icing on an already delicious cake.

The PG32UCDM's build might not be to everyone's taste but the stand is sturdy and Asus has stuffed a heatsink inside to keep heat away from the panel. That and other OLED care features for burn-in, in theory, all help to keep this monitor working over a long lifespan.

Overall, the ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is the OLED gaming monitor to beat today, and if you have the budget to buy one, you will not be disappointed.

Read our full Asus ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM review.

Best 4K gaming monitor

The best 4K gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Refresh rate technology: G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync Premium

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 4K IPS panel
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Excellent calibration
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Decent value
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Very, very fast

Reasons to avoid

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Not a proper HDR panel
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Not OLED
Buy if...

You want a top-notch 144Hz 27-inch 4K gaming panel: While this LG model doesn't offer anything especially new, what it does have is all exceptionally good.

Don't buy if...

You want OLED perfection: Let's face it, you're not going to get a quality 4K OLED for $500 right now, which leaves this LG as the best 4K monitor for most mere mortals.

The LG UltraGear 27GR93U is the best 4K gaming monitor for its stellar picture quality and all-round performance. It might not be the flashiest monitor around, and doesn't have the depth of image the latest OLEDs offer, but it delivers the fundamentals of a great 4K gaming monitor better than most LCD panels and comes at a decent price, too.

LG makes a lot of panels for monitors, but it's paid particular care with this monitor to tune it wonderfully out of the box. Just plug this monitor in, boot up your favourite game (I recommend something vibrant, like Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora) and you'll quickly realise just how gorgeous this screen is. There's loads of pop to the picture without going overboard and oversaturating.

As a 27-inch, 4K panel, the resolution squeezes plenty of pixels per inch. That means it's a supremely clear picture and great for gaming but also showing off lots of text. That said, it's not as immersive as some ultrawide gaming monitors, which will wrap around your vision, and being a full 4K panel this LG will actually often require more computational power than most traditional ultrawides with fewer pixels overall.

That's the thing, you will need a mighty graphics card to run this UltraGear gaming monitor at its fullest. It runs up to 144Hz, which is attainable with modern GPUs, though you'll likely want to turn to upscaling methods to help you reach full speed. It depends on the game, however.

We recommend you switch on HDR with this monitor, despite it only scraping in with 400 nits of peak brightness. It still looks really great with both HDR and SDR content with HDR enabled, which is a pleasant surprise.

The LG UltraGear 27GR93U is a really strong pick for single-player gamers looking for a gaming monitor that will show them the best of their games and the best of 4K gaming. Also, it's great for editing content on and working with throughout the day—it's a really flexible monitor. Though not literally, unlike some, so don't try and bend it in half.

Read our full LG UltraGear 27GR93U review.

Best budget 4K gaming monitor

The best budget 4K gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 28-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 1ms GTG / 2ms MPRT
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Refresh rate technology: AMD FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 4K
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144Hz refresh rate
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Stunning IPS panel

Reasons to avoid

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Cheap stand
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Overdrive often overdoes it
Buy if...

You want a great budget 4K panel: High resolution panels are a joy to work and play on but they're usually very expensive. Not this one.

Don't buy if...

You don't have a powerful graphics card: As with all 4K panels, running it at a lower resolution doesn't look nice and you really need a top-end GPU to make the most of this monitor.

The best budget 4K gaming monitor is the Gigabyte M28U. And yeah, budget and 4K are not words often seen together. Yet Gigabyte is offering a cheaper 4K panel than most here, and yet it's still a glorious IPS.

With a 28-inch IPS panel, the M28U offers plenty of pixels per inch. The result is a super clear and crisp picture while gaming, which is paired well with the rich tone of the IPS. For a bright and vibrant game such as Deathloop, it's honestly stunning. As long as you avoid using it in HDR mode, that is, as like many IPS panels it doesn't offer the best HDR experience out there.

What's impressive about the Gigabyte M28U is just how much is stuffed into the Gigabyte M28U for the money. Beyond the pretty speedy IPS panel, there's a USB hub on the rear that includes multiple Type-A connections. Useful if you want to keep your cables tidy and run your mouse and cable directly to the monitor itself.

The stand is perhaps the only let-down on the M28U, but I'm willing to let this one slide. It's sturdy enough and offers some height and tilt adjustment, but it's a bit plasticky and not altogether as flexible as some. Though something had to give for this price bracket, and I'm happy it's the stand that's been trimmed back rather than the panel or refresh rate.

You can't go wrong with the Gigabyte M28U, assuming you have the graphics card capable of driving it. We've been using this monitor in the team for over two years now and it's still performing as well as the day we got it.

Read our full Gigabyte M28U review.

Best 1440p gaming monitor

The best 1440p gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync Premium, G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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Sweet IPS panel
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Punchy and quick
+
Strong feature set

Reasons to avoid

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USB-C power delivery only 15W
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Not a true HDR display
Buy if...

You want the best 1440p monitor: Thermaltake hasn't rewritten any rules with this model but it has produced a very good 1440p gaming panel.

Don't buy if...

You want to power a laptop with the USB hub: The KVM switch is very useful but the 15W USB-C power delivery is barely good enough for a phone, let alone another PC.

A surprise hit, the Thermaltake TGM-I27FQ is our pick for the best 1440p gaming monitor. It's a prized and heavily contested spot, too. I think many PC gamers would agree that 1440p and 165Hz is the perfect blend of speed and resolution, and that means there are heaps of gaming monitors vying for your attention. But the TGM-I27FQ has absolutely got ours.

This is one of the first gaming monitors out of Thermaltake. Ever. You wouldn't expect such high results from a new entrant, yet it's becoming something of a theme in gaming monitors. After all, ASRock's first line of gaming monitors are also fantastic, and superb value. But less about them, let's talk Thermaltake.

At 27 inches, this is about as big as you'd want to go at 1440p. While bigger is certainly possible, such as the Dell S3222DGM, you'll start to notice each pixel as the pixel density decreases. The Thermaltake offers a decent density by comparison.

With a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and IPS panel, Thermaltake is ticking all the boxes we would like to be ticked with a 1440p gaming monitor. In a way, then, this monitor isn't doing anything radical, but it's the best of a well-priced bunch that we've seen in getting this stuff right.

The stand is also solid here, and offers proper adjustments including rotation, if you're into that. The only weird bit of this entire monitor is the little Thermaltake logo projector, which I'd rather Thermaltake kept for themselves. I don't need a brand name beamed onto my desk, thank you very much. At least the RGB lighting on the rear isn't so egregious.

With both AMD and Nvidia variable refresh rate support, this is what we'd consider a great 1440p gaming monitor for a wide range of PC gamers. 

Read our full Thermaltake TGM-I27FQ review.

Best budget 1440p gaming monitor

The best budget 1440p gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Curvature: 1500R
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 1 ms
Refresh rate: 165 Hz
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible

Reasons to buy

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1440p 165Hz panel
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Excellent contrast
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Decent pixel response

Reasons to avoid

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Very limited HDR support
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Tilt-only stand
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Slightly pointless panel curve
Buy if...

You want a great value 1440p monitor: You're getting a spec list here that would have set you back double this price just a few years ago.

Don't buy if...

You want to use HDR in games: The peak brightness and weak backlighting don't help the HDR experience, so you'll be sticking to SDR at all times.

What are the actually essential ingredients for a good gaming monitor and how much will that cost you? On paper, the answer might just be $240 with the new Pixio PXC277 Advanced. It's a 27-inch 1440p panel with 165Hz refresh and 1ms claimed response. Oh, and HDR support. That's one heck of a package for the price and easily the best budget 1440p gaming monitor.

It also meets pretty much all our key metrics. 1440p on a 27-inch panel remains a great all round compromise between size, pixel density, and GPU load. Likewise, 165Hz is plenty for all but the most demanding esports addicts. Ditto 1ms response, in theory.

Ostensibly, there's HDR support but unsurprisingly, the backlight is monolithic. There's no full-array local dimming and the rated brightness tops out at 320 nits, which is modest by today's standards.

As for the actual image quality and gaming experience, well, there are no immediate horrors. Phew. The panel's default calibration is reasonably accurate and there are none of the weird sharpening filters or backlight blotchiness you sometimes see on really cheap panels.

Even with the backlight set to maximum, this admittedly isn't the punchiest display. But it's reasonably vibrant and the inherent contrast of the VA panel tech delivers good black levels. The basic desktop experience in SDR mode is pretty pleasing.

Less impressive, predictably, is the panel's HDR performance. It will process an HDR signal and punch out broadly correct colours. But it's not remotely a real HDR experience. The HDR calibration also has some compression at the high end which results in bright details being blown out. 

Thankfully, with slim bezels on three sides, plus a bit of a chin, and a crisp metal stand, the PXC277 doesn't actually look like a bargain basement item it might have done. The external power supply does admittedly drag the tone down. It's a generic item with a cheap looking Pixio sticker slapped on the side. And the aforementioned stand is tilt-only.

But you know what? This monitor delivers. At this price point, we're willing to make a few excuses. But that's not actually necessary, as the Pixio PXC277 Advanced does almost everything pretty well.

Read our full Pixio PXC277 Advanced review.

Best budget 1080p gaming monitor

The best budget 1080p gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 24-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync Premium

Reasons to buy

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Zippy IPS panel
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165Hz refresh and good latency
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Slick, well-built chassis

Reasons to avoid

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Very limited HDR support
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'Only' 1080p
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Silly OSD menu and options
Buy if...

You just want a great budget 1080p monitor: There are no frills or fancy tech here, just a good, solid panel that's fast and looks nice.

Don't buy if...

You're expecting decent HDR support: While it can handle a HDR signal, this BenQ panel is far better suited to SDR gaming. You'll only be disappointed if you try to run it in high dynamic range.

You can find similar screens for less money, but there are few genuinely affordable entry-level screens as good as the BenQ Mobiuz EX240 and it's by far the best budget 1080p gaming monitor.

It's especially a good fit for competitive gamers who don't want to break the bank. In an age of megabucks GPUs, $200/AU$279 seems like a pitiful amount of money for, well, almost anything. But BenQ is here to tell you it's enough for a pretty darn good gaming monitor.

On paper, this 24-inch panel ticks a lot of boxes for entry-level esports. It's a 1080p model—predictable enough—hits 165Hz and offers IPS panel tech with 1ms response times.

BenQ rates the Mobiuz EX240 at 350 nits peak brightness and includes HDR10 support. There's no VESA certification or local dimming, though. So this isn't a remotely serious attempt at an HDR panel, but it will process an HDR signal correctly, which is something.

As for actual image quality, the first out-of-the-box impressions are good. This is a pretty vibrant, punchy panel. The viewing angles are good and the default color calibration betrays no real nasties. There is a little compression at the darker end of the color spectrum. But, generally, this monitor has been fairly well set up well.

Head in-game and the good news continues. BenQ claims a 1ms response by the MPRT metric. In broad terms, MPRT response figures tend to be lower than grey-to-grey for a given monitor, putting this panel roughly in the 2ms region for GtG response.

And it feels very much good for 2ms. This is a snappy little panel. In subjective terms, there's little to separate it from the best 1ms GtG IPS monitors. Sure, you could tease out the differences with high speed photography, but in terms of actual gameplay, motion blur is kept to a thoroughly acceptable minimum.

All told, there's a lot to like here. Granted, this monitor has plenty of limitations. 1080p feels pretty stingy these days as native resolutions go, but on a smallish 24-inch monitor, the pixel density is tolerable and the main benefit is that you don't need to be raiding multiple bank accounts to pay for this monitor.

That you can have a decent IPS gaming panel running at 165Hz with good pixel response, reasonable overall calibration, generally punchy and pleasing image quality, and nice low latency, all stuffed into a good looking chassis, for just $200/AU$279 is a blessed relief. For that, we can only tip our hats to BenQ for doing such a nice job.

Read our full BenQ Mobiuz EX240 review.

Best ultrawide gaming monitor

The best ultrawide gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 57-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 7680 x 2160
Response time: 1 ms
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Refresh rate technology: FreeSync Premium Pro

Reasons to buy

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More pixels than you can possibly imagine
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Much improved local dimming
+
Staggering gaming experience

Reasons to avoid

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Mini-LED tech still has limitations
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Ergonomics are questionable
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Quite, er, expensive
Buy if...

You want the ultimate gaming experience: This level of pixel density has never been available before on such a large screen and it's incredible to see.

Don't buy if...

You're expecting OLED-levels of perfection: Samsung has done a great job of improving its VA panels, but it's still no match, in terms of image quality and speed, as a decent OLED monitor.

The incredible, preposterous new Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NC Dual UHD is the best ultrawide gaming monitor money can buy right now. This is no thinly disguised TV: It's a proper PC-optimised panel. And yet this 57-inch uber-wide monster still has us wondering if you can have too much of a good thing.

What you're looking at, in effect, is a pair of 32-inch 240Hz 4K gaming monitors fused into a single 57-inch ultra-curved panel. So, that's no fewer than 7,680 by 2,160 pixels, or just over 16.5 million in total and twice that of 4K.

When we say the best ultrawide, then, we're really talking about a panel of unprecedented proportions.

A single 240Hz 4K monitor would be pretty special. But double that resolution running at such a high refresh rate is genuinely unprecedented. Indeed, it's so novel that only AMD's latest RDNA 3-powered Radeon RX 7000 Series GPU can hit the full 240Hz courtesy of their DisplayPort 2.1 interfaces. Nvidia's RTX 40-series GPUs are limited to DP 1.4 and can only do 120Hz, at this resolution.

Of course, you could argue that's usually going to be an academic problem. You've got zero chance of hitting 240Hz at dual 4K in Cyberpunk with all the ray-tracing twangers maxed out, or any other graphically demanding game, even on an RTX 4090. It is a bit problematic that this most demanding of PC monitors can't run at full performance with the current world's fastest GPU.

Anyway, this display has a few additional metrics and features that are worth noting. For starters, there's DisplayHDR 1000 certification. With that comes full-array local dimming and 2,392 zones, which not surprisingly is double what you get on many 32-inch 4K panels with full-array dimming. Again, it's that dual-4K thing.

The panel itself is VA, which is what you'd expect from Samsung, though the 2,500:1 static contrast rating is a little lower than you might expect, given VA panel tech can now achieve 3,000:1 or even 4,000:1. For the record, pixel response is rated at 1ms and thus on par with most high-performance LCD-