The gaming monitor arena keeps expanding with new vendors, models and features. Yes, it’s an exciting time to be a PC gamer, but it also means that picking the best gaming monitor for your rig is more complicated than ever. The options are overwhelming, from 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. Anyone else feeling like a kid in a toy store told to only “pick one”? 

But we’re not even done yet. When seeking the best gaming monitor, there are also different panel types vying for your eyeballs — IPS, TN, VA and even OLED — which each have their own pros and cons. Of course, you can’t forget about screen size and aspect ratio, which affect your views, desk space and, again, bank account.  And we haven’t even gotten to bonuses like speakers, RGB or port selection (for the latter, check out our gaming analysis on DisplayPort vs. HDMI). How’s a PC gamer to choose?

For a deep dive into how to pick the best monitor–gaming or otherwise–check out out PC Monitor Buying Guide. For those only interested in 4K displays (lucky you), visit our Best 4K Gaming Monitors page for our top picks. 

Below is a list of the best gaming monitors out right now, based on our own testing. 

When trying to buy the best gaming monitor for your PC, consider the following:

Best gaming monitors at a glance:

  1. Dell S3220DGF
  2. Razer Raptor 27
  3. Acer Nitro XV273K
  4. Acer XFA240
  5. MSI Optix G27C4
  6. ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C
  7. Viotek GNV34DBE
  8. Asus ROG Strix XG279Q
  9. Aorus CV27Q
  10. Asus TUF VG259QM
  11. Aorus FI27Q
  12. Samsung 27-inch CRG5
  13. Acer Predator CG437K
  14. Acer Predator X35
  15. ViewSonic Elite XG270QC 

The Best Gaming Monitors You Can Buy Today

The Dell S3220DGF is the best gaming monitor for most because it balances price and performance.  (Image credit: Dell)

1. Dell S3220DGF

Best Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 165 Hz | Panel Type: VA / W-LED, edge array | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

High contrast and brightness

165Hz refresh rate

Color-accurate

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. 

Our testing proved the display has low input lag and quick panel response for competitive gamers, and we even got G-Sync Compatibility to work on it, despite it not being certified to do so. This is a fantastic monitor for those with mid to high-budget gaming PCs. 

Read: Dell S3220DGF review 

The Razer Raptor 27 is the best 144Hz gaming monitor, boasting fantastic image quality.  (Image credit: Razer)

2. Razer Raptor 27

Best 144 Hz Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

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. 

Despite its 144 Hz refresh rate, 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. 

Read: Razer Raptor 27 review

The Acer Nitro XV273K is the best gaming monitor for those seeking 4K.  (Image credit: Acer)

3. Acer Nitro XV273K

Best 4K Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K @ 144 Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

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 most keen 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. HDR content won’t look as good as on a display with a full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight dimming, like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ or Acer Predator X27. But it’s also significantly cheaper than those aforementioned displays. For more 4K recommendations, see our Best 4K Gaming Monitors breakdown. 

Read: Acer Nitro XV273K review 

 The Acer XFA240 is a budget gaming monitor with accurate colors.  (Image credit: Acer)

4. Acer XFA240

Best Budget Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 24 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel Type: TN | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

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

If you’re seeking an affordable monitor that you can immediately get to gaming with right out of the box, the Acer XFA240 is for you. At 24 inches, 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. 

During our testing, the Acer XFA240’s input lag and response time competed well with 27-inch 144 Hz rivals. Color was accurate before tweaking, although we can’t say the same for gamma. Another weak point is the monitor’s pixel density (911.8ppi compared to our preferred 110ppi). 

But when gaming tear-free at 144 fps for $200 as of writing, it’s hard not to consider the Acer XFA240. 

Read: Acer XFA240 review

 The MSI Optix G27C4 is a speedy option that doesn’t break the bank. (Image credit: MSI)

5. MSI Optix G27C4

Speedy Budget Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

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

This monitor is getting increasingly hard to find, but if you spot it selling for under $300, the MSI Optix G27C4 (currently available here for $230) 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.

You’ll notice that this monitor is 1080p. With sharper resolution, the 1440p MSI Optix MAG271CQR slightly edged out the Optix G27C4 in our gaming tests but is usually priced higher (up to $400 if you can find it). The Optix G27C4 is also specced for a max brightness of just 250 nits instead of our preferred 300 nits. 

But with high contrast (3,000:1) and vibrant color from its native DCI-P3 color gamut and VA panel, the Optix G27C4 delivers lush, vivacious color that surpasses accuracy but pops. While pixel density could be better for productivity (81.6ppi when we prefer around 110ppi), its gaming performance makes it truly one of the best gaming monitors for players searching in the 27-inch size. 

Read: MSI Optix G27C4 review 

The ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C gaming monitor is a fantastic ultrawide value.  (Image credit: ViewSonic)

6. ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C

Best Budget Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 35 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 100 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 3ms

Excellent contrast and accurate color

Fast response from 100 Hz refresh rate

Good build quality

Loud speakers

No additional contrast in HDR mode

No extended color

The ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C is less expensive than some other 35-inch ultrawides and ultrawides with less features (tere’s even RGB lighting on the back). But what you’ll really love is the vivid and accurate color that makes textures pop, skin tones look natural and everything look more realistic. 

If you want life-changing HDR or to use HDR with Adaptive-Sync), look elsewhere. But in addition to boasting a 21:9 aspect ratio, the Elite XG350R-C employs an 1800mm curve radius that engulfed us with strong image quality. 

Read: ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C review

The Viotek GNV34DBE is both curvy and affordable for the specs.  (Image credit: Viotek)

7. Viotek GNV34DBE

Best Curved Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 34 inches, 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Contrast

Effective overdrive

HDR

Needs calibration for best results

Wobbly stand

Low, with no height adjustment

The Viotek GNV34DBE is a well-performing and affordable curved gaming monitor. Its 1500R curve proved to add an immersive touch while gaming, helping to fill our peripheral vision. Despite its tight curve, we still found the GNV34DBE fit for working. There was no distortion, and we enjoyed having multiple windows open for boosted productivity. 

But it’s not just about the GNV34DBE’s curve. You also get a 144 Hz refresh rate and response times and input lag that kept up with 144 Hz rivals during our testing. On the battlefield, we realized the high pixel density of a 1440p screen and smooth gaming without any screen tearing, thanks to help from AMD FreeSync. Color and contrast was competitive with pricier gaming displays too. 

With its edge-lit backlight, the GNV34DBE also makes a good HDR display, offering a noticeable improvement over your typical SDR monitor. At its low price, the build quality of the stand is lacking. But for a speedy gaming monitor with an effective curve, the Viotek GNV34DBE is a solid deal. 

Read: Viotek GNV34DBE review

The Asus ROG Strix XG279Q is the best gaming monitor for upgrading from 1080p.  (Image credit: Asus)

8. Asus ROG Strix XG279Q

Best 1440p Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 X 1440 | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 170 Hz with overclock, 144 Hz native | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

FreeSync & G-Sync support

Excellent HDR

Blur-reduction works with Adaptive Sync

High brightness

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 (usually about $600 but currently available for $630) needs your attention. It’s the pricest of the 27-inch 1440p monitors here but offers the extra oomph in gaming performance that a hardcore enthusiantst might demand. In our testing, this monitor edged out the Aorus CV27Q on this page in response time by 1ms and beat the Aorus CV27Q and Aoris FI27Q (both on this page) in our absolute input lag testing. The typical gamer won’t notice these differences, but if you insist on the best of the best, you won’t want to overlook this pricey monitor.

That said, the ROG Strix XG279Q isn’t flawless. We noticed ghosting with motion blur on and blur when we opted for overdrive instead of motion blur (you can’t run both). Plus, you’ll likely need to do some tweaking. But you also get crazy sharp gaming with the combination of motion blur and FreeSync or G-Sync Compatibility, plus fantastic HDR due to edge-lit backlighting and a healthy dose of RGB. 

Read: Asus ROG Strix XG279Q review

The Aorus CV27Q delivers powerful contrast at QHD resolution.  (Image credit: Aorus)

9. Aorus CV27Q

High-Contrast 1440p Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

Contrast

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 CV27F, but then you wouldn’t be getting that sharper QHD resolution or higher pixel density (109ppi). 

With a VA panel offering 3,000:1 contrast, image quality is no joke either. The CV27Q has a low black level that made image depth look great, particularly with HDR titles. But as far as HDR goes, this monitor only goes up to 400 nits brightness; we prefer HDR displays that hit at least 600 nits.

Bonus features include Aorus’ active noise cancellation (ANC) feature, which uses two mics on the front bezel to reduce background noise others may hear coming from your gaming headset, a 1500R curve and RGB lighting on the back. But if money is (somehow) no object, the $1,800 Acer Predator X35 is a dream come true, and the Asus ROG Strix XG279Q on this page is a hair faster. 

Read: Aorus CV27Q review 

The Asus TUF VG259QM is one of the fastest gaming monitors we’ve ever tested.  (Image credit: Asus)

10. Asus TUF VG259QM

Best High-Refresh Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 24.5 inches / 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 240 Hz (280 Hz with overclock) | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

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’ VG259QM topped our response time test and did admirably in terms of absolute input lag.

One of the downsides of this monitor is its HDR capability. Using an IPS panel with 1,000:1 contrast and only DisplayHDR 400 certification, HDR won’t look much better than SDR content. And, of course, you’ll need a decent graphics card to make the most out of this high-refresh screen.

But if you want one of the fastest monitors on the market (at least until 360 Hz monitors arrive this fall), the VG259QM is king. And its $320 price tag makes it a decent value. 

Read: Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM review  

 The Aorus FI27Q  is the best gaming monitor for 27-inch fans.  (Image credit: Gigabyte)

11. Aorus FI27Q

Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 1ms

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. It also bested 144 Hz rivals and even 165 Hz ones, including the Aorus CV27Q And Dell S3220DGF on this page, in our response time test. And it held its own in our input lag test too. 

With DCI-P3 being its native color space, the FI27Q packs extra color than what you’re used to on a native sRGB monitor. On regular SDR games, we enjoyed high color saturation, even if it wasn’t totally accurate. You don’t get the same contrast as you would with VA (1,000:1 contrast ratio), but black levels are better than any other IPS gaming monitor we’ve tested. 

This monitor supports HDR content, but isn’t the best HDR monitor. In fact, we hardly noticed a gain over an SDR monitor. Plus, you’re likely to find rivals offering more value. But the FI27Q ultimately delivers a superb image with premium gaming capabilities. 

Read: Aorus FI27Q review

The Samsung 27-inch CRG5 is the best gaming monitor for hitting 240Hz.  (Image credit: Samsung)

12. Samsung 27-inch CRG5

Best 240 Hz Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 240 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

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 (there’s also a 24-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, it’s the fastest monitor we’ve ever tested.

We encountered few flaws during testing. The biggest one in terms of image quality was an inaccurate HDMI Black Level setting. Additionally, the only form of Adaptive-Sync is G-Sync Compatibility. But besides those small caveats, our gaming experience was a record-breaking pleasure.

Read: Samsung 27-Inch CRG5 review

 The Acer Predator CG437K is the best gaming monitor for big-screen fun.  (Image credit: Acer)

13. Acer Predator CG437K

Best Big Screen Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 43 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz (144 Hz with overclock) | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Perfect size for desktop gaming

Excellent contrast

No calibration needed

HDR at 1,000 nits brightness

144Hz requires two DisplayPort cables and sacrificing G-Sync Compatibility and HDR support

Expensive

For a big-screen experience, the Acer Predator CG437K is the best gaming monitor. It filled our peripheral vision (horizontally and vertically) better than an ultra-wide. You can also still fit it on a desk; the image will sit about 6 inches above your desktop — ideal for sitting approximately 3 feet away. It also comes with a handy remote and great speakers, making it fitting for a living room.

But besides its flattering size, the CG437K’s gaming performance is on point. Its 120 Hz refresh rate is overclockable to 144 Hz, and in our tests that overclock competed well with 144 Hz displays and even the 165 Hz Dell S3220DGF above, although you won’t be able to hit that while running G-Sync Compatibility or with HDR content. 

The Predator CG437K supports HDR at the premium level of 1,000 nits max brightness without any halo effect. Of course, this monitor doesn’t come cheap, selling for$1,080 as of this writing. But it checks a lot of boxes at a drool-worthy size. 

Read: Acer Predator CG437K review

The Acer Predator X35 is the best ultrawide gaming monitor if you can afford it.  (Image credit: Acer)

14. Acer Predator X35

Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 35 inches, 21:9 | Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 180 Hz (200 Hz with overclock) | Response Time (GTG): 2ms

512-zone FALD backlight

1,000 nits brightness with HDR

Jewel-like build quality

Expensive

A monitor at this price is out of the question for many, but the Acer Predator X35 is exemplary of the type of monitor we’d love to have if price weren’t an object. With an impressive 180 Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time, it surpassed expensive rivals, such as the Acer Predator X27a and Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ in our response time and input lag tests. 

After calibration, contrast on this VA panel was 2,237:1, and HDR was fantastic, due to the Predator X35 full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight. Combined with certification to hit a max brightness of at least 1,000 nits, the Predator X35 greatly outperformed other screens when it came to HDR gaming.  

Read: Acer Predator X35 review

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QC offers great HDR at a cheaper price than most competitors.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

15. ViewSonic Elite XG270QC

Budget HDR Fun

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 3ms

Build quality

Accurate color

Adaptive-Sync with HDR

No sRGB mode

If you’ve been wanting to try out an HDR monitor but can’t afford the best HDR monitors with FALD backlights, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QC is worth a look. It’s not quite FALD-quality, but with edge-lit backlighting, the runner-up, and a VA panel, this monitor’s HDR performance will definitely give you a noticeable upgrade over SDR. 

In our benchmarks, this monitor kept up with other 165 Hz screens, such as the Dell S3220DGF above. For under $500, the XG270QC also delivers 1440p resolution with on-point gamma. Even without HDR, contrast hit 2,897:1 with our calibration settings. Plus, you get a surprisingly loud pair of 3W speakers.

Read: ViewSonic Elite XG270QC review 

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