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Monitor Recommendations (Work in progress)

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
Hi all

Monitors are a very important subject with all PC's obviously, they're the final output of all that power you've configured in your PC / Laptop and it's important that the monitor pairs correctly with your build for optimum performance.

There have been quite significant improvements with monitor technology over the last few years so thought it worth collaborating an up to date list of our usual recommendations based on rough configuration and use case.

The general advice is, you need to pair the resolution with your build. With refresh rate (Hz), Hz = FPS, so you want the fastest Hz you can afford for your given resolution. Even if your GPU can only push a fraction of the Hz, still get 144Hz if you can afford it.

The general rule is, to be considered adequate for gaming, the GPU needs to push a minimum of 60FPS at full settings for that monitor.

Here we'll list the resolution and refresh, and next to that, the rough GPU's that pair with it.

GAMING - Adaptive sync of Freesync or Gsync is a given for any gaming monitor these days, any without this technology aren't considered. Adaptive sync is where the monitor synchronises the refresh rate of the monitor with that of the GPU leading to reduced tearing and much smoother performance even at lower FPS. Nvidia cards will work with either GSync or Freesync monitors, AMD cards will only work with Freesync monitors as of time of writing

1080p 144Hz (1920 x 1080) - GTX 1650 Super / 1660 Super

***MSI Optix MAG241CPUK 24" @ £187 ON PCS (Correct at 14/08/2020)***

Freesync, Curved, VA Panel, LED Backlight, Frameless design

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AOC 24G2U/BK 24" @ Roughly £190 (Correct at 14/08/2020)
Freesync, Flat, IPS Panel, LED Backlight, Frameless design

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1080p 240Hz (1920 x 1080) - RTX 2070 Super

1080p 360Hz (1920 x 1080) - RTX 2080TI / RTX 3070


Acer Predator X25 25" @ TBD (correct as of 10/09/2020)

GSync, Flat, Adaptive Backlight, Frameless design

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Asus ROG Swift
PG259QN 24.5" @ around £700 (Correct as of 11/09/2020)
GSync, Flat, Fast IPS Panel, HDR10, Frameless Design

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1440p 75Hz (2560 x 1440) QHD - RTX 2060 Super (very niche, not many options, generally not much cheaper than going for 144Hz options)

***AOC Q3279VWFD8 31.5" @ £204 ON PCS (Correct 10/08/2020)***

Freesync, Flat, IPS Panel, LED Backlight

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Acer Nitro VG270U 27" @ £250 (Correct 10/08/2020)
Freesync, Flat, slim bezels, IPS panel, LED backlight
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1440p 144Hz (2560 x 1440) QHD - RTX 2060 Super / RTX 2070 Super / RTX 3060ti / RTX 3070

AOC Q27G2U BK @ £275 (correct at 10/08/2020)

Freesync, Flat, slim bezels, VA Panel, LED Backlight

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MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

GSync compatible, 165Hz, Flat, Quantum Dot, 300 Nits (so not really HDR even though specified "HDR Ready")

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1440p 240Hz (2560 x 1440) QHD - RTX 2080 Super / RTX 2080ti / RTX 3080

Samsung Odyssey G7 27" @ Roughly £550 (Correct at 15/08/2020)

GSync Compatible, Curved 1000R, QLED VA Panel, HDR600

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Samsung G7 32" @ Roughly £630 (Correct at 15/08/2020)
GSync Compatible, Curved 1000R, QLED VA Panel, HDR

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1440 Ultrawide (3440 x 1440) UWQHD - RTX 2080 Super / RTX 3080



1440 Superwide (5120 x 1440) Dual QHD - RTX 2080ti / RTX 3070 / RTX 3080 / RTX 3090


Samsung Odyssey G9 49" - 240Hz @ Roughly £1250 (currently awaiting release in UK 10/08/2020)

GSync Compatible, Curved 1000R, QLED VA Panel, HDR1000

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SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
4K 144Hz (3840 x 2160) Ultra HD - RTX 2080ti / RTX 3070 / RTX 3080

LG 27GN950-B 27" @ Roughly £750 (Correct at 10/09/2020

GSync Compatible, Flat, Nano IPS, HDR600

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Asus ROG STRIX XG27UQ 27" @ £800 (Correct at 10/08/2020)
GSync Compatible, Flat, IPS, HDR400

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Nursemorph

Author Level
For 1440p 60/75Hz:

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 31.5". Glad to see PCS stock it these days as it is a good little (well, big) monitor!

I'll post up a review on it once I sort out some decent pictures of it
 

Babychino yolk

Bronze Level Poster
T^T Wish I could get the g9 but it is always out of stock, so i just bought the g7. I'll use that for a year and maybe swap after.

Thanks for the helpful post !
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
T^T Wish I could get the g9 but it is always out of stock, so i just bought the g7. I'll use that for a year and maybe swap after.

Thanks for the helpful post !
Yeah, they pulled it because the reviewer samples that went out were reported to have issues with flickering at 240Hz, so they've pulled it to sort that out.

I'm sincerely hoping it won't be long before it's on general sale, but even then, I think demand is so high it will probably sell out quite quick. Obviously they'd restock it, but I just think it's going to be incredibly popular despite the price. I mean really for what you're getting, I think it's insanely good value!

Would advise keeping an eye out for it.
 

Grumpywurzel

Well-known member
@SpyderTracks , probably a really dumb question, the monitors above all need either a Super or a Ti to run. Is that to run them at the max refresh rate? Where do the non-super/ti cards sit?
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
@SpyderTracks , probably a really dumb question, the monitors above all need either a Super or a Ti to run. Is that to run them at the max refresh rate? Where do the non-super/ti cards sit?
The supers replaced the non supers, they’re just a newer version for around the same cost as the non supers. We generally don’t recommend non supers at all because they’re quite a significant performance loss without the saving to back it up.

The 2080ti never got a newer version but has always been king of the hill.
 

Grumpywurzel

Well-known member
The supers replaced the non supers, they’re just a newer version for around the same cost as the non supers. We generally don’t recommend non supers at all because they’re quite a significant performance loss without the saving to back it up.

The 2080ti never got a newer version but has always been king of the hill.
Thanks bud.
 
I have an AMD Ryzen 5 3600x and an RTX 2070 super. I saw that you recommended the AOC Q27G2U BK for the RTX 2070 super. I am a bit worried as that monitor is not on the compatability list for nvidia. A search on the internet seems to show a few people have problems with screens going blank using nvidia and that monitor
 

Nursemorph

Author Level
@cornish365 The monitors on the compatibility list on the NVIDIA site are ones that have been tested by NVIDIA and so can be called "G-Sync Compatible"....however, not being on that list doesn't mean it doesn't work..my AOC monitor is not on the list and the G-Sync runs flawlessly on it
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
@cornish365 The monitors on the compatibility list on the NVIDIA site are ones that have been tested by NVIDIA and so can be called "G-Sync Compatible"....however, not being on that list doesn't mean it doesn't work..my AOC monitor is not on the list and the G-Sync runs flawlessly on it
Any Freesync screen will work with both Nvidia and AMD GPU's, Gsync screens will only work with Nvidia cards.

The only ones listed as "GSync compatible" on nvidia's website are ones that have specifically been tested by them and deemed to be worthy, these are paid for tests by the manufacturer, and just clever branding. Just because it isn't specified as Gsync compatible doesn't mean it won't work. Any freesync monitor will work with an NVidia card.
 
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Adder

New member
4K 144Hz (3840 x 2160) Ultra HD - RTX 2080ti / RTX 3070 / RTX 3080

LG 27GN950-B 27" @ Roughly £750 (Correct at 10/09/2020

GSync Compatible, Flat, Nano IPS, HDR600

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Asus ROG STRIX XG27UQ 27" @ £800 (Correct at 10/08/2020)
GSync Compatible, Flat, IPS, HDR400

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Would you be able to detail what the pros and cons of each of these are, I'm buying one of them but am tearing myself apart trying to decide between the two.
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
Would you be able to detail what the pros and cons of each of these are, I'm buying one of them but am tearing myself apart trying to decide between the two.
They are the cheapest models available, basically the same specs, just different manufacturers. The LG has better brightness.

If it were up to me, I’d go for the LG, the ASUS is more expensive just because it’s ASUs, and LG make phenomenal panels.
 
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slimbob

Gold Level Poster
Great thread Spyder, I get a bit lost trying to understand all the different terms regarding monitors, it's a minefield!
This thread will be such a helpful resource for when the time comes to buy a new one.
Thank you :)
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
Great thread Spyder, I get a bit lost trying to understand all the different terms regarding monitors, it's a minefield!
This thread will be such a helpful resource for when the time comes to buy a new one.
Thank you :)
Thanks, glad it’s helpful, it takes a surprising amount of time to do one listing and I’ve not been able to give the forum the time I would have liked to recently but I do pop back here every now and again to update. There are a few new monitors being released over the next couple of weeks more online with the RTX3000 series power, so I’ll do my best to get those added as they come up.

It’s an exciting time for monitors due to the 3000 series changing the game, we’re gonna be seeing some crazy premium panels and I have no doubt that prices for 4k 144hz will start to come down (as we’re already seeing with the @£800 ones)
 

SpyderTracks

Recluse
Moderator
Great thread Spyder, I get a bit lost trying to understand all the different terms regarding monitors, it's a minefield!
This thread will be such a helpful resource for when the time comes to buy a new one.
Thank you :)
That’s a good point about terminology, I’ll add some more key aspects in the first post to detail things like HDR and refresh rate etc.
 

slimbob

Gold Level Poster
Thanks, glad it’s helpful, it takes a surprising amount of time to do one listing and I’ve not been able to give the forum the time I would have liked to recently but I do pop back here every now and again to update. There are a few new monitors being released over the next couple of weeks more online with the RTX3000 series power, so I’ll do my best to get those added as they come up.

It’s an exciting time for monitors due to the 3000 series changing the game, we’re gonna be seeing some crazy premium panels and I have no doubt that prices for 4k 144hz will start to come down (as we’re already seeing with the @£800 ones)

Yes you and the other mods are so helpful and generous with your time along with everyone else. I really do appreciate it as I am sure many others do to, thank you.

Your right the release of the 3000 series is very exciting and will spark an advancement in the monitor market to keep up with the new graphics cards capabilities. £800 for a 4K 144hz monitor is so much value for money you could spend that on a sofa or my friends wife would spend that on curtains !!! I think you always get such a big bang for your buck when buying tech!!!!!!

I look forward to any amendments or updates you make to the thread when time permits.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
 
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slimbob

Gold Level Poster
@slimbob What about the rest of us ie non-mods? Are we not also helpful and generous? ;)

Sorry I see what you mean , your right. I always put my foot in it 🥵, it's a life long habit of mine, plus I then proceed to dig myself into a deeper hole trying to get out of the one I first unintentionally dug :LOL: !
I should of definitely re worded my post, actually I will edit my original post.
I defiantly appreciate your helpful posts too and everyone else pal.
Hope all is going well.
 
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