There are lots of exciting features about modern monitors for gamers, but one of the most impactful is high refresh rate. It makes everything look smoother and can even make you a better gamer by improving the rate with which your inputs are recognized. 60Hz is the standard, but because of how powerful modern graphics cards are, a 144Hz refresh rate is really where you want to be.
We reviewed well over 100 monitors in our time, and we know exactly what to look for in a gaming monitor. The best we’ve found is the Asus MG279Q, an oldie but a goodie. Not nearly as expensive as some of the competition, it’s a nice balance of gaming features and value. But beyond that, we’ve chosen some other great 144Hz with features such as G-Sync or a 4K screen resolution.
Best 144Hz monitors
- Best overall: Asus MG279Q
- Best G-Sync monitor: Asus PG279Q
- Best 4k monitor: Acer Predator XB273K
- Best ultrawide monitor: Samsung CHG90
- Best budget option: ViewSonic Elite XG240R
Best overall 144Hz monitor
Why you should buy this: At 1440p, with a high-refresh rate, and a beautiful IPS panel, the MG279Q is a fantastic gaming screen at a great price.
Who’s it for: Anyone who doesn’t care about G-Sync.
Why we chose the Asus MG279Q:
It’s rare for us to award the top spot on a hardware list to something that’s nearly four years old, but thehas kept a firm grip on our gaming heart for a number of important reasons. In 2020 it remains a fantastic solution for anyone wanting to enjoy a high refresh rate, but just as importantly, it’s very affordable too, despite its feature set.
At 1440p and without HDR it’s not the most high-end of monitors, but it hits the sweet spot of making games look far better than 1080P while lacking the monstrous overhead of high refresh rate 4K. It supports FreeSync, rather than Nvidia’s G-Sync, which makes it cheaper and there are ways to get G-Sync working on it if you have an Nvidia graphics card. Alternatively, the recommendation below is a little more costly, but has G-Sync support baked in.
The MG279Q has wide viewing angles, fantastic contrast and color thanks to its IPS panel, and a wide color gamut with solid color accuracy. Its 4ms response time is fast enough for almost all gamers and it has a mix of Asus technologies that reduce blue light and flickering. It even has a cable tidy for the back.
The MG279Q is growing older, but it’s still one of the best high refresh rate displays you can buy, and for the price, it’s our favorite.
Best G-Sync 144Hz monitor
Why you should buy this: It’s the G-Sync version of our favorite 144Hz display.
Who’s it for: Nvidia graphics card owners who want the best of the best.
Why we chose the Asus PG279Q:
It’s not the brightest of monitors, at 350 nits maxed out, but then it doesn’t support HDR, so those pops in brightness and color aren’t as important. While that is something we miss when using a display like this one, it doesn’t detract from how great a high refresh rate monitor this one is. It looks fantastic at 1440p and leaves enough graphical head room for even AAA games to get over 100 FPS if you have a decent graphics card to power it.
It’s not a cheap monitor by any means, but it’s cheaper than many of its 4K contemporaries. The Asus PG279Q offers value for money whilst ticking almost every box we want to see on a high refresh rate display.
Best 4K 144Hz monitor
Why you should buy this: It’s one of the best dedicated gaming monitors available.
Who’s it for: Those with powerful graphics cards and deep pockets.
Why we chose the Acer Predator XB273K:
It might not look like an ultra-modern display, but the Acer Predator XB273K is the pinnacle of modern screen technology, built from the ground up for performance.
While the design may be a little clunky, it’s designed to maximize the extra-bright display and cut off ambient light with a shade shield. The quantum dot screen that runs at 4K resolution, has a 144Hz refresh rate, supports HDR, and G-Sync. While the 400-nit brightness doesn’t quite hit the range of some of its cousin Predator monitors, there are very few monitors that can even come close to matching the specifications and real-world performance of this display. It also provides three separate gaming modes that you can switch between depending on what you’re playing.
You will need a monstrously powerful graphics card (or even pair of them) to take full advantage of the XB273K’s resolution, detail, and frame rate, but even if you don’t, there are many lower-end titles and older AAA games that will look absolutely fantastic on it. The Predator Gameview software also makes it easy to set specific display points like tweaking color or adjust the dark boost if you prefer not to dive into the GPU settings.
There’s also non-gaming functions that can benefit from such a gorgeous screen. Photo-editing and movie viewing are enhanced by the fantastic color accuracy and wide color gamut support of this monitor, and its contrast ratio is strong enough to contend with some of the best monitors we’ve ever tested.
The Acer Predator XB273K is the best 4K, 144Hz gaming monitor we’ve ever tested. The only thing the current generation lacks is a USB-C port, but it does offer HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0 upstream/downstream connections.
Read our review of the similar Acer Predator XB3
Best ultrawide 144Hz monitor
Why you should buy this: Its enormous wraparound panel is immersive and beautiful to look at.
Who’s it for: Anyone who want to ditch the bezels of their multi-monitor setups.
Why we chose the Samsung CHG90:
If physical screen space is the most important factor for you when gaming or working with a high refresh rate, there’s nothing that can beat. It is absolutely enormous, stretching 49-inches diagonally before you factor in the bezels. While it is ‘only’ 3,840 x 1,080, so more like a pair of 27-inch 1080p screens side by side without the bezels, that resolution still looks fantastic. With so much screen real estate, games are incredibly immersive (the 1800R curvature helps there too) while work is enhanced with the ability to sit multiple windows side by side on the same screen.
Alongside its 144Hz refresh rate, the Samsung CHG90 also supports HDR for popping colors and deep whites and blacks, and a 1ms response time, so you needn’t fear ghosting on this screen. It does lack G-Sync, but FreeSync is available for AMD gamers and Nvidia users willing to jump through a few hoops for frame synchronization.
Although this isn’t a cheap monitor, it is nearly unparalleled at this size and price. If you want to ditch a dual monitor display or just want the most immersive, wraparound gaming experience money can buy, the CHG90 is one of the best high refresh rate options.
Read our full Samsung CHG90 review
Best budget 144Hz monitor
Why you should buy this: It’s affordable and great to look at with a fast, 144Hz refresh rate.
Who’s it for: Those who don’t mind sacrificing certain features to get an affordable 144Hz screen.
Why we chose the ViewSonic Elite XG240R:
You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great 144Hz monitor and in fact you can spend relatively little without making any major sacrifices if you know where to look. The ViewSonic Elite XG24R might not be particularly large, but its 24-inches is more than enough for 1080p gaming. It still supports the 144Hz high refresh rate of its contemporaries and it does so for well under $300.
As a TN panel it’s no surprise that this display has a response time of just 1ms, so there’s no need for concerns over ghosting. It also supports brightness levels up to 350 nits, which is comparable to some of our favorite non-HDR gaming displays. It even has AMD FreeSync, so those with AMD graphics cards can enjoy tear-free gaming without the need for V-Sync.
The RGB backlighting is a nice touch and the overall image of this display is pretty solid too. You do have to put up with thicker bezels and a rather boring design, but for less than $300 you get a blazingly fast, 1080p, high refresh rate monitor. That’s hard to beat, making this the best budget 144Hz display we’ve ever come across.
Read our full ViewSonic Elite XG240R review
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