The Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors (2021 Reviews)

If you're not playing games on a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate or above, you're missing out! Here are the absolute best 144Hz gaming monitors ever.

best value

LG 27GN950

LG 27GN950 B
  • High-performance 4K IPS panel
  • HDR600-certified
  • G-Sync Compatible
premium pick

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
  • Stunning quantum-dot 4K IPS display
  • HDR1000-certified with full-array local dimming
  • G-Sync Ultimate
budget pick

AOC CQ27G2

AOC CQ27G2
  • Solid 1440p VA panel
  • Curved screen
  • Good price

In 2021, there are many factors to consider when buying a gaming monitor. However, a feature that is becoming more and more popular among gaming monitors is high refresh rates.

While the average LCD display comes with a 60Hz refresh rate, many gaming monitors now come with 144Hz refresh rates, and some can go even higher.

The key benefits of 144Hz monitors are, of course, the increased in-game responsiveness and fluidity that make the gaming experience much more immersive and can help improve one’s performance in competitive multiplayer.

As such, it’s easy to see why many gamers are looking to get a 144Hz monitor, even if it means making some concessions when it comes to other features such as the resolution or the panel technology.

So, if you’re looking to get your hands on a good 144Hz gaming monitor, read on, as we’ll be listing some of the best models that you can find in 2021!

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The Pros:

  • Solid visuals thanks to IPS panel
  • Fully adjustable and ergonomic stand
  • Approachable price

The Cons:

  • Only 1080p
  • Higher pixel response time than TN

First up, we’re starting small with the AOC 24G2, a simple 1080p gaming monitor that is bound to appeal to those who are on a tight budget and are not yet ready to make the jump to a higher resolution.

Design-wise, the AOC 24G2 is definitely a gaming monitor, as the red highlights on the front, the back, and the base of the stand will let you know. Notably, the VESA stand is fully adjustable for height, pivot, tilt, and swivel, which is a definite plus at this price point.

When it comes to the image quality, the monitor features a solid entry-level high-performance IPS panel that offers good, accurate colors and wide viewing angles, especially compared to TN panels that dominate this part of the price spectrum. The contrast is decent, though you’re bound to notice some backlight bleed if you’re viewing dark scenes in a dimly lit room, as is often the case with IPS panels.

In terms of performance, the 24G2 does as well as can be expected, with a solid 1ms MPRT response time. The GtG response time is a bit higher, but can be lowered further with the use of backlight strobing. Overall, it’s not as responsive as a TN panel would be, but it’s not something that most people would even notice.

Notably, the monitor even comes with AMD FreeSync Premium that works in the 48-144Hz range and features LFC (low framerate compensation) which is a very welcome feature for when your framerate dips below that 48Hz lower limit.

Ultimately, as mentioned above, the AOC 24G2 is a great budget monitor for those who want to stick to 1080p in 2021. After all, 1080p displays still have their merits, seeing as how they’re cheaper and how hitting triple-digit framerates in the latest AAA games doesn’t require as much GPU power – definitely an important factor to keep in mind if you’re building a budget gaming PC.

The Pros:

  • Curved screen with solid VA panel
  • Affordable for a 144Hz 1440p monitor
  • Adjustable stand

The Cons:

  • Poor black uniformity
  • Limited viewing angles

Next up, we have a more serious solution coming from AOC – the AOC CQ27G2, a gaming monitor almost indistinguishable from the 24G2 at first glance but that nonetheless differs in a number of important ways.

In terms of design, the CQ27G2 has the same overall approach, with thin bezels, red highlights, and comes with a stand that’s adjustable for height, swivel, and tilt. Sadly, there’s no pivot adjustment this time around, but there’s a reason for that.

Namely, the CQ27G2 features a curved 27-inch screen with a VA panel, and it’s a 1440p display. The color accuracy is on point and the contrast is exceptionally good, as is usually the case with VA panels. Sadly, though, the viewing angles aren’t the best due to the aggressive 1500R curve, and there are some backlight bleed issues that lead to bad black uniformity, but that can vary from unit to unit.

Like the 24G2, the pixel response time is 1ms MPRT and the GtG response time is a bit higher, though fortunately, the black smearing that is common for VA panels isn’t a big issue with the CQ27G2. That said, it should be more than good enough for most gamers, and backlight strobing is always there to help if needed. Finally, like the 24G2, the monitor comes with FreeSync Premium that works in the 48-144Hz range, with LFC.   

With all that said, the CQ27G2 is another great budget option for those who are looking for a cheap 144Hz 1440p monitor and who don’t mind the backlight bleed issues. The curved screen is an added plus if you like curved monitors due to the enhanced immersion that they offer, though as mentioned above, it does limit the viewing angles, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

The Pros:

  • Curved screen with solid VA panel
  • Supports HDR
  • Approachable price

The Cons:

  • Poor black uniformity
  • No local dimming
  • Limited adjustability

The next entry on our list comes from a well-known company that isn’t quite as present in the monitor market as they are in others – Gigabyte. The particular model we have lined up is the Gigabyte G32QC, another monitor that is bound to appeal to those who are looking for 144Hz on a budget.

Gigabyte took a more neutral approach when designing this monitor, as it’s all black with no conspicuous highlights, which is good news for those who don’t much care for the more aggressive “gaming” aesthetic. The stand is adjustable only for height and tilt, with no swivel or pivot adjustment.

With a massive curved 32-inch screen and a 1440p VA panel, the C32QC looks quite impressive, and the pixel density is quite good at this screen size. There is not much to say about the visuals that hasn’t already been said about the AOC CQ27G2 – the color accuracy is good and so is the contrast, but the curved screen imposes a limit on the viewing angles and there is some potentially problematic backlight bleed.

As far as the performance is concerned, it’s also pretty much the same story – with a 1ms MPRT response time and motion blur reduction through backlight strobing, the G32QC fares quite well, although it’s far from an ideal monitor if you’re looking to play competitively. It does come with FreeSync Premium Pro, which works in the 48-144Hz range with LFC but also has HDR support.

That said, HDR is an area where the G32QC has the upper hand over the AOC model, although it’s only entry-level HDR we’re talking about. The display is not HDR600-certified, so the peak brightness is nothing spectacular. Moreover, there is no local dimming, so the monitor can’t exactly achieve the kind of contrast necessary to make HDR really “pop”. Still, it’s a welcome feature for those who might want to watch movies and shows in HDR, but it’s not a very good fit for gaming.

Overall, the Gigabyte G32QC is a good monitor for those who are looking to strike a balance between visuals and performance and are on a budget. The curved screen and the good SDR color gamut make for a very immersive experience, though the HDR leaves a lot to be desired. But, of course, if you want good HDR in a 144Hz monitor, you’d have to spend quite a bit more.

The Pros:

  • Decent IPS panel
  • Good viewing angles
  • Fast response times
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • Disappointing contrast
  • Poor HDR with no local dimming
  • Very basic design

Moving on, we get to a more serious performance-oriented solution coming from LG – the LG 27GL850. While it may not look like much, this monitor has a good feature set that makes it a very solid pick in the mid-range.

First and foremost, the monitor features a very simple matte black exterior with some red highlights on the back, so it’s not exactly impressive in this department. The stand can be adjusted for height, pivot, and tilt, but sadly doesn’t support swivel adjustment. On the bright side, it does have a USB hub on the back, which is convenient for charging peripherals or other devices.

Looking at the display, the LG 27GL850 comes with a solid 1440p IPS panel that offers great color accuracy and viewing angles, as is expected of this panel type. Sadly, though, the contrast is not great, even for an IPS panel, and there is some noticeable backlight bleed.

Now, the monitor does support HDR, but the low peak brightness combined with the lack of local dimming and the aforementioned poor contrast make HDR feel more like it was thrown in mainly for the sake of marketing.

It’s not all bad, though, as the 27GL850 makes up for its aforementioned shortcomings in the performance department. Namely, it has great pixel response times, being able to achieve 1ms GtG response times with the help of overdrive. Plus, it comes with FreeSync Premium and is certified as G-Sync Compatible.

So, while the LG 27GL850 may not feature the best IPS panel that you’ve ever seen, it still has good color accuracy, great response times for this particular panel technology, and without the ghosting and black smearing issues that you’d encounter in VA panels, making it a solid gaming monitor for performance-oriented gamers.

The Pros:

  • Good-looking IPS panel
  • Decent HDR image quality
  • G-Sync Compatible
  • Clean design with slim bezels

The Cons:

  • No pivot adjustment
  • Contrast ratio could be better
  • A bit pricey

Up next, we have another option for those who are after a performance-oriented IPS panel coming from Asus – the Asus ROG Swift PG329Q.

The monitor design isn’t quite as ostentatious as you might expect of ROG products, as it features a simple black exterior with no RGB lighting, but it’s a very clean and effective design with extremely slim bezels. It’s adjustable for height, tilt, and swivel, and has a USB hub on the back.

As far as the panel itself is concerned, it has great color accuracy and viewing angles, as you’d expect, but the monitor is HDR600-certified. What this means is that the monitor can achieve maximum brightness of over 600 nits, and since it actually has local dimming, the PG329Q can actually offer solid HDR image quality.

Granted, HDR content still doesn’t look quite as good as what you’d get in a brighter screen with full-array local dimming and with a panel with a better contrast ratio, but at this price point, it performs well enough.

Performance-wise, there is not much to say, as the monitor performs quite well, with 1ms GtG response times and different overdrive modes. It comes equipped with FreeSync Premium and is certified as G-Sync Compatible, but the VRR can’t be enabled at the same time as HDR, so it’s definitely not an HDR gaming monitor.

Overall, the Asus ROG Swift PG329Q is a very good option for those who are looking for a monitor that strikes a good balance between visuals and performance, as it can deliver on both fronts, though it may be a bit pricey for some.

The Pros:

  • Solid 4K IPS panel
  • Low motion blur
  • HDR600-certified
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • Poor local dimming
  • Questionable black uniformity
  • A bit pricey

As we on, we get to some more impressive solutions, starting with the LG 27GN950. And while this monitor doesn’t differ much from the above-described Asus model, there are some key differences that might make this model more appealing.

First off, the 27GN950 features a design quite similar to that of the 27GL850 that we’ve taken a look at above, although it does add some extra highlights and an RGB ring on the back, with tilt, height, and pivot adjustment, as well as a USB hub.

The most notable upgrade from the PG329Q has to do with the fact that this is a 4K IPS monitor, which considerably improves the image quality compared to lower-resolution monitors. The colors are on point and the contrast is decent, too. The monitor is HDR600-certified and gets quite bright, although the local dimming is nothing special, seeing as how it’s an edge-lit monitor we’re talking about.

On the performance front, the monitor also fares quite well. As before, it has 1ms GtG response times with overdrive, which means minimal motion blur at high refresh rates. Moreover, it comes with FreeSync Premium Pro, meaning that it also comes with HDR support, in addition to LFC. Plus, it is also certified as G-Sync Compatible.

With all that said, the LG 27GN950 is a bit pricey overall but it actually does offer good value, considering that you’d be getting a high-performance 4K panel that is HDR600-certified to boot, although the basic local dimming and dubious black uniformity don’t exactly make it a top-of-the-line HDR gaming monitor.

The Pros:

  • Excellent 4K IPS panel
  • Superb HDR image quality
  • G-Sync Ultimate
  • Fully adjustable stand

The Cons:

  • Chunky bezels
  • Expensive

The next monitor on the list is yet another Asus ROG Swift model – the PG27UQ – and this one is more impressive, as well as more expensive.

You wouldn’t think much of it at first glance, what with its thick plastic frame, but the patterned back, the massive RGB logo, and the RGB projectors at the stand all make sure that you know that this is indeed an ROG product. The stand is, of course, fully adjustable, as you’d expect at this price point, and it has a USB hub on the back.

However, it’s when you look at the panel itself that it gets really interesting – a beautiful 4K quantum-dot IPS display that is HDR1000-certified. And not only does it get incredibly bright, but the monitor also features 384-zone full-array local dimming that allows for truly amazing contrast in HDR and allows the PG27UQ to deliver HDR as it’s supposed to be.

Now, the 4ms (GtG) response time is less impressive on paper but it doesn’t make too big of a difference and the experience is greatly enhanced by G-Sync Ultimate, which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering, all the while also reducing motion blur even with HDR enabled.

With all that said, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is easily one of the best monitors that you can get at the moment, although it is extremely expensive (more so than your average gaming PC), so it will only appeal to enthusiasts with deep pockets who aren’t willing to settle for anything but the very best.

The Pros:

  • Ultrawide IPS display
  • Solid panel performance
  • G-Sync Compatible
  • Affordable

The Cons:

  • Relatively low pixel density
  • Terrible HDR

Next, we get to somewhat different solutions. The next monitor we have lined up, the LG 34GL750, is a budget-friendly 1080p monitor, but unlike the AOC 24G2, it boasts a massive ultrawide screen.

LG kept the design fairly simple but effective with this model, as the monitor is predominantly matte black with some red highlights on the back and on the stand.  Said stand is adjustable only for height and tilt, and there’s no USB hub this time around, which is a bit disappointing.

The monitor actually features an IPS panel, despite VA being more popular among ultrawide curved screens in this price range. That said, it delivers vibrant, accurate colors and there’s little to complain about in this department, apart from the pixel density being a bit low for a screen this size.

It’s also worth noting that, while the monitor does technically support HDR, it doesn’t actually meet the entry-level HDR400 certification. So, with relatively low peak brightness and no local dimming, HDR feels like little more than a marketing gimmick this time around, as it doesn’t necessarily enhance the image quality and cannot be enabled at the same time as the VRR.

Speaking of which, the monitor fares better when comes to performance. With a 5ms GtG response time, this isn’t the fastest monitor on the market, but the difference is virtually impossible to notice. Plus, with several overdrive options and motion blur reduction via backlight strobing, the LG 34GL750 will perform more than well enough for the average gamer’s needs. It comes equipped with standard FreeSync and is G-Sync Compatible, too.

Overall, this is a great ultrawide 144Hz gaming monitor for those who wish to go ultrawide on a budget, but if you can spend a bit more, there are better, higher-resolution options out there that are sure to be better long-term picks.

The Pros:

  • Good-looking VA panel
  • Decent HDR image quality
  • Effective design with good build quality
  • Very good value for the money

The Cons:

  • No local dimming
  • Noticeable smearing and motion blur

The next monitor we have lined up comes from Gigabyte and they certainly did not disappoint with the G34WQC, which is a more serious ultrawide 144Hz gaming monitor.

The exterior is entirely black, with no highlights or RGB lighting of any sort, but the build quality, the relatively thin bezels, and the minor angular details on the back do make it clear that this a high-quality product. The stand can only be adjusted for tilt and height, and there’s no USB hub.

Now, like the above LG model, this is a 34-inch ultrawide monitor, but with some major differences: it features a 1440p VA panel and a more aggressive 1500R curve that further enhances the sense of immersion that these monitors usually provide.

Meanwhile, the VA panel offers superb contrast with good color accuracy, as well as serviceable HDR performance. It only meets the HDR400 certification, however, so it’s still very basic HDR with no local dimming, but it’s noticeably better than what you’d get with the LG 34GL750. The black uniformity isn’t perfect, although it’s relatively good compared to what you’d commonly see in VA panels in this price range.

The G34WQC is solid on the performance front as well, although there is some noticeable black smearing and motion blur during fast action sequences, so you’d probably want to make use of overdrive or MBR if you intend on using the monitor in competitive multiplayer. It comes equipped with FreeSync Premium, although it’s not certified as G-Sync Compatible.

All in all, the G34WQC is a surprisingly good monitor at a good price point that is a clear step up from the LG 34GL750 in both value and overall image quality. Granted, it’s not a perfect monitor if we look at it from a performance standpoint, but you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, at least not at this price point.

The Pros:

  • Good balance between visuals and performance
  • Serviceable HDR
  • G-Sync Compatible
  • Good value for the money

The Cons:

  • Mediocre contrast
  • No local dimming

Next, we have yet another monitor coming from LG – the LG 34GP83A – and it’s a very similar solution to the above-mentioned Gigabyte monitor, albeit with some upgrades.

In terms of design, this monitor looks almost exactly the same as the LG 27GN950 model that we’ve taken a look at previously, barring the ultrawide screen, of course. That said, it has an angular stand with red highlights that can be adjusted for height and tilt, as well as some details and a USB hub on the back.

As for the actual display, it’s another 34-inch ultrawide monitor, although it comes with an IPS panel. As before, this means better colors at the cost of contrast when we compare it to a VA alternative. The LG 34GP83A still only meets the HDR400 certification so it has neither the peak brightness nor the contrast required to deliver a full HDR experience, but it’s serviceable, considering the price.

It does, however, fare better than the above Gigabyte model performance-wise. As most other performance-oriented IPS panels that you’ll encounter today, it can reach 1ms GtG response times with the appropriate overdrive mode, it supports FreeSync Premium and is G-Sync Compatible, too.

That said, the LG 34GP83A is a monitor very similar to the Gigabyte G34WQC in most respects, and it’s the panel technology that makes the biggest difference. It has better color reproduction, it is more responsive, and it is certified as G-Sync Compatible, which will also make it more appealing to those who would intend on hooking it up to an Nvidia GPU.

The Pros:

  • Stunning VA display
  • Superb HDR
  • G-Sync Ultimate support

The Cons:

  • Highly expensive

And finally, we have a much more serious high-end ultrawide gaming monitor coming from Asus – the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ.

Again, the monitor follows more or less the same design philosophy as the PG27UQ that we’ve taken a look at above, with a patterned back, extensive RGB lighting, and two RGB projectors that really make it stand out against the competition. It is also highly adjustable, as it supports tilt, height, and swivel adjustment, and it has a USB hub on the back.

Now, unlike its 16:9 cousin, the PG35VQ features a VA panel, though it is a high-quality VA panel that offers color reproduction comparable to that of an IPS panel, at least for gaming purposes, all the while offering superior contrast. Plus, with an HDR1000 certification and full-array local dimming with a whopping 512 zones, the PG35VQ also has you covered if you’re thinking about gaming in HDR.

On the performance front, it can reach 2ms GtG response times, which is quite impressive for a VA panel, and the gaming experience is made all the more enjoyable thanks to the implementation of G-Sync Ultimate that allows for responsive gaming with low motion blur, not to mention that it is HDR-compatible, too.

With all that said, the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is an amazing ultrawide 144Hz gaming monitor that pretty much has all of the important bases covered. As with the ROG Swift PG27UQ, though, it is extremely expensive and will only appeal to enthusiasts who would be willing and able to drop some serious money on a monitor.

How To Pick The Best Monitor For Your Needs

Now that we have gone over some of the best 144Hz gaming monitors currently available, it’s time to take a closer look at some of their features and see what you should pay attention to if you want to find the best monitor for your needs.

The Resolution – 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K

full hd vs 4k vs 5k vs 8k

As you can tell from the article, we’ve listed a number of Full HD, Quad HD, and Ultra HD monitors, but the question is – which should you go with in 2021, especially when it comes to 144Hz monitors?

Well, the two important factors to keep in mind when it comes to the resolution are the picture quality and the hardware requirements. The higher the resolution, the sharper and better-looking the picture will be, but a higher resolution is also more demanding on the hardware.

Naturally, it’s impossible to generalize when it comes to performance, as it will inevitably vary greatly based on the GPU and on the requirements of individual games. If you’re wondering whether the GPU you have/intend on getting can drive a triple-digit framerate, you can check out our GPU hierarchy for a general overview but be sure to also look up specific benchmarks, too!

Overall, in 2021, 1080p is a great option for those who are on a tight budget and/or focus entirely on performance, without caring much about the resolution itself. However, it doesn’t look as good nor is it as future-proof as higher resolutions.

On the other end of the spectrum, 4K is a viable pick for those who can afford a GPU powerful enough to play the latest games in such a high resolution.

Meanwhile, 1440p is a great middle-ground between price and performance, and it’s probably the best pick for the average gamer in 2021 – it looks noticeably better than 1080p all the while not being as demanding as 4K, plus it’s also fairly future-proof.

Screen Size

Best Monitor Size For Gaming

Apart from the resolution, the size of the screen also plays an important role when it comes to the image quality. So, what’s a good diagonal for a gaming monitor?

Well, the screen size is tied in closely with the resolution. What matters in this respect is pixels-per-inch (PPI) i.e., pixel density.

Generally speaking, a 24-inch diagonal is a good fit for 1080p, while 27 inches would result in a relatively low pixel density. Due to the significantly higher pixel density of 1440p and 4K monitors, they usually range from 27 to 32 inches.  However, most people agree that a 32-inch 16:9 monitor may be a bit too large to use comfortably at a desk.

This is where we get to ultrawide 21:9 monitors, which have some unique advantages and disadvantages of their own.

The advantages to having an ultrawide monitor include more desktop real estate, which can greatly help with productivity and multitasking, all the while they can potentially allow for a wider field of view in certain games. On top of that, most ultrawide monitors feature curved screens that can make games all the more immersive.

On the downside, the increased pixel count makes them more demanding on the hardware and not all games support easy FOV adjustment – this is particularly true for competitive games where the developers usually disable FOV adjustment so that players wouldn’t be able to “buy” an advantage over others.

Response Time

Monitor Response Time

When it comes to panel performance, the two most important factors to keep in mind are the refresh rate and the response time. Seeing as how all of the monitors listed here are 144Hz models, there’s little need to compare 144Hz monitors to 60Hz or 240Hz alternatives, so we’ll focus on response times instead.

Pixels response times are expressed in milliseconds and they indicate how long it takes for a pixel to change color, which is why most monitors specify gray-to-gray (GtG) response times. High response times can lead to distracting ghosting and motion blur, but luckily, modern gaming monitors largely stick to the 1-5ms range and it’s difficult to notice any significant difference unless you’re used to gaming on responsive monitors.

Moreover, even for those monitors that have slightly higher response times, they have different overdrive modes that can help reduce ghosting and trailing, though they can also lead to pixel overshoot i.e., inverse ghosting.

On top of that, many monitors today feature motion blur reduction (MBR) via backlight strobing that can significantly reduce motion blur at the cost of brightness, although it’s impossible to use MBR and VRR simultaneously.

It’s also worth noting that some monitor manufacturers specify MPRT response times instead of GtG, which stands for Moving Picture Response Time, and it indicates the response time that the monitor can achieve with MBR enabled. For the most part, this is simply a marketing trick that OEMs use in order to mask higher than average GtG response times.

IPS vs VA

IPS vs TN vs VA

The panel technology carries a number of implications when it comes to the kind of performance the monitor can offer. The two most common panel technologies that you will encounter today are IPS and VA, and we’ve already touched upon their characteristics several times throughout the article.

To quickly recap:

  • IPS (in-plane switching) panels have more accurate color reproduction and better viewing angles, although they have inferior contrast and they commonly suffer from “IPS glow”, a form of backlight bleed.
  • VA(vertical alignment)panels have much better contrast than IPS panels do, although they also tend to have slightly higher response times, along with ghosting and black smearing issues.

We should note that, while TN (twisted nematic) panels were a viable pick over the past few years, they aren’t quite as appealing in 2021 now that IPS and VA panels are catching up in terms of performance. Granted, TN panels are extremely fast, although they offer significantly worse visuals, ultimately making them a dubious pick today.

Now, of course, the quality of the panel itself will greatly affect the actual performance and image quality, so it’s not impossible for a high-quality VA panel to have better colors than a cheap IPS one. Just the same, a cheap VA panel could have serious backlight bleed issues that lead to poor black uniformity, thus making an IPS panel a better pick if you care about the contrast.

Is HDR Worth It?

High Dynamic Range HDR
The left shows Dolby Vision HDR while the right shows how the image would look without HDR

A feature that started gaining traction in the mid-2010s, mainly when it came to TVs and consoles, is HDR. So, what is HDR, and is it worth considering for a gaming monitor?

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, improves the image quality through increased brightness and contrast, thus leading to far more realistic and immersive visuals that are impossible to achieve in SDR (Standard Dynamic Range).

That said, it’s easy to see why it’s such an appealing feature at first glance, but is it really necessary to keep it high on the priority list of a 144Hz gaming monitor?

Well, many monitors today support the HDR10 standard, but just because they can receive and process an HDR signal doesn’t mean that they can offer a proper HDR experience, be it due to low peak brightness, poor contrast, significant backlight bleed, or bad/absent local dimming.

There is a range of VESA certifications that indicate the kind of quality that you can expect from a display, and you can see those below.

DisplayHDR Certifications

Generally speaking, people agree that you should settle for nothing less than HDR600 if HDR is important to you, although HDR1000 is the definite way to go if you want to experience HDR as it’s supposed to be.

Moreover, as we’ve mentioned throughout the article, local dimming is extremely important for HDR displays, and what this feature does is it allows the monitor to turn off sections of the backlight entirely, thus achieving the kind of contrast necessary to deliver a proper HDR experience.

With all that said, HDR still isn’t a mainstream feature when it comes to gaming monitors, and you’d have to get a very expensive one if you wanted to experience “real” HDR. Plus, not all games support HDR on PC and it’s not compatible with all forms of VRR, so it’s not exactly a priority feature for most high-performance monitors.

FreeSync and G-Sync

AMD FreeSync vs NVIDIA G Sync

No gaming monitor with a high refresh rate is complete without a variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, and the two leading forms of VRR that have been used in gaming monitors over the year are AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync. So, how do these two differ and which is better in 2021?

For starters, we should quickly go over what VRR actually is and what purpose it serves. Essentially, what VRR technologies do is they use scaler modules to automatically adjust the display’s refresh rate on the fly in order to keep it in sync with the in-game framerate.

When the refresh rate and the framerate are out of sync, that’s when you’d encounter jarring screen-tearing, and that’s what VRR prevents from happening. It keeps the refresh rate and the framerate in sync, no matter how wildly the framerate might fluctuate.

As for the specifics, we could say that, in general, FreeSync is a more budget-friendly option while G-Sync is a premium option with some extra features for those with deeper pockets. However, the situation isn’t quite as simple as it was a few years ago, and there are several versions of both FreeSync and G-Sync that you’ll encounter today.

For FreeSync, you’ll find:

  1. FreeSync – Standard VRR (screen tearing and stutter elimination with low latency)
  2. FreeSync Premium – Adds LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) that helps in the case that the framerate drops under the lower limit of the supported refresh rate range
  3. FreeSync Premium Pro – Also has LFC but adds HDR support

As for G-Sync, you’ll find:

  1. G-Sync – VRR with the added benefits of motion blur reduction, overclocking, and variable overdrive
  2. G-Sync Compatible – Basic VRR without the extra features available in G-Sync certified monitors that have Nvidia’s scaler modules
  3. G-Sync Ultimate – Added HDR support with low latency

Overall, FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible monitors tend to be more budget-friendly, but for those with deeper pockets who might want to take advantage of the extra features that G-Sync and G-Sync Ultimate offer, they would be worth the extra expense.

Conclusion – The Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors

Best Gaming Monitor

Now that we have gone over what we feel are the best 144Hz monitors currently available, it’s time to pick the winners.

For those who are on a tight budget, we feel that the AOC CQ27G2 would likely be the best pick. It features an all-around solid 1440p VA panel, and with a curved screen, no less. Sure, the response time isn’t the best and it can’t compete with more expensive high-performance models, but at its current price point, we feel that this monitor is more than worth it.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you want the best and can afford it, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is the obvious pick. It comes with an absolutely stunning 4K IPS panel and superb HDR, all the while it is also equipped with G-Sync Ultimate. Needless to say, it’s a top-of-the-line model that will definitely appeal to enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, for those who are concerned about getting the best value for their money that they can, we feel that the LG 27GN950 would prove to be a very good choice. Equipped with a high-performance 4K IPS panel, an HDR600 certification, FreeSync Premium Pro, and since it’s also certified as G-Sync Compatible, it’s a well-rounded option with a great feature set.

However, keep in mind that these are only our picks! There are quite a few monitors here, and as long as you keep your requirements and your budget, as well as their capabilities in mind, you’re certain to find the perfect 144Hz gaming monitor for your needs!

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