What to Look for When Buying a Gaming Monitor

What to Look for When Buying a Gaming Monitor

A gaming monitor can mean different things to different people. Not everyone is looking to compete in eSport, but anyone who loves a good session of COD with friends will hate to lose on account of technical difficulties! Admittedly, the monitor is hardly the only determinant of a game’s performance on screen, but it is certainly the final interface. It’s the final interface in the sense that players react based on what they see on screen, irrespective of what might be going on behind the screen. On that note, let’s get started with our brief guide on how to choose a gaming monitor.

A Resolution that Matches Your PC Hardware

If you buy a 4K display and your desktop’s CPU + GPU + RAM is not good enough to run games at 4K resolution in at least high resolution, you are wasting your money. At high settings, the game will stutter and freeze, while running it on low settings pretty much defeats the point of gaming at 4K to begin with. Stick to 1080p or 1440p resolution to enjoy a better gaming experience both in terms of gameplay and visual delight.

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High Refresh Rate

Usually, desktop monitors come with a refresh rate of 60Hz and that’s just not enough for a gaming monitor. The more frames your PC can render while playing a competitive shooter online, the better. Unfortunately, even if your Core-i9 + RTX 3080 Ti is rendering the game at 120 frames per second, you will still see just 60 frames per second because that is as high as the monitor can go.

Your in-game performance and experience will change dramatically on the same rig if you get a 144Hz gaming monitor because they have the capacity to display more than double the frames that the average 60Hz monitor or TV can. There is even a sale on Lenovo 144hz gaming monitors right now, so the G32qc-10 curved gaming monitor (4ms response time) comes highly recommended.

Low Response Time

Response time is difficult to determine because there are several factors that the marketed ratings do not take into account. You can calculate the response time with the help of the data that you have, but you will need to watch this video for that. However, the rule is that you need to go with a high refresh rate monitor which has a response time that does not exceed 5ms. eSport monitors have the lowest response time at 2ms but that comes at the cost of visual quality and color.

Finally, we need to consider the size. Gaming monitors and monitors in general are viewed from a close distance, so 27” is the gold standard for 16:9 monitors. 32” is just about the maximum if you are sitting close, which is what usually happens when you are working on a computer.

For widescreen monitors, the size recommendation is 30” or more. They are short and wide, which means that a much larger display will still be visible at close distance. Wide screen gaming monitors use our peripheral vision, which is why you can even opt for a 38” ultrawide monitor.