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Best 144hz 1080p Monitors
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:20:59 pm »
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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  This is a restoration and updated version of my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-240hz Monitors Version 2.0 buying guide originally hosted on wecravegamestoo which was shut down in spring 2018.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center

Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

Recommendations are PWM or Flicker Free:

I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.
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Banding
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 07:22:38 pm »
Banding

AUO TN panels tend to suffer from very obvious and frankly horrific banding when viewing this Dawn Engine image and this 60fps Westworld trailer.  Here's the Dell S2417DG/S2716DG banding example from a reddit user, and here's the Westworld banding example (top screen).  The S2719DGF is free from obvious banding when viewing both the Dawn Engine image and Westworld trailer both before and after calibration, but I did see minor banding and compression artifacts not present on my AHVA, IPS and PLS panels when viewing some dark content on YouTube.  The S2719DGF suffers from far less banding than most TN panels, and I did not notice any in the games or movies (blu-ray) I tried, but it's still obvious when viewing some dark downloaded and streamed content.

Reddit Posts with banding:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/9jjcio/24_1080p_144hz_gaming_monitor_without_colorbanding/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/95t20w/dell_s2417dg_s2716dg_owners_is_color_banding/

The Viewsonic XG2402 I tested suffers from the same horrific dark scene banding as the Dell.
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Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 07:22:48 pm »
Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings

Warning: The non-Dell 27" 1440p TN panels use very grainy matte coatings which reduces sharpness and clarity, and make content with white and light colours look obviously sparkly/grainy. They, along with the 24" models suffer from pixel inversion artifacts and suffer from poor quality control (especially the PG278Q).

Warning: The 27" 1440p AHVA panels used by the 1440p AHVA G-Sync monitors tend to suffer from poor quality control including back-light bleed and brown or yellow stains, and may come with dust or dirt stuck under the matte coating which is non-remove-able.

Warning: 144-240hz TN panels tend to suffer from pixel inversion artifacts which are shimmering mesh patterns which appears during motion on certain colors.

Warning: The color accuracy and contrast of the 240hz TN panels can vary significantly between the same monitors, and they are limited to 89-93% sRGB color space coverage which prevents them from being as accurate and vibrant as the best 144hz TN panels.
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1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2018, 07:23:01 pm »
1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

These numbers are bogus along with dynamic contrast, 160 degree+ viewing angles, and sometimes even the maximum brightness listed in the display specifications.

TN panels have slightly faster measured pixel response times, but there's barely a perceivable difference, and many of the "1ms" TN panels suffer from obvious overshoot ghosting which can't be reduced (Dell S2716DG), or are not faster than the 4ms AHVA (listed as IPS) panels once their overdrive settings are lowered/reduced to minimize overshoot ghosting.

"1ms" 144hz TN vs "4ms" 144hz AHVA Pursuit Camera Testes & Oscilloscope Measurements by TFT Central

"1ms" Asus MG248Q @60hz vs "4-8ms" AHVA/IPS/PLS @60hz

I can cite many other sources to prove that "1ms" TN panels are not significantly faster than "4ms" AHVA panels, but there's no point. Usually the only time "1-8" ms times should be believed is in the case of "5ms" TN panels since they tend to actually be significantly slower than "1-2ms" TN panels.
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AHVA vs TN vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2018, 07:23:18 pm »
AHVA vs TN vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

TN panels suffer from vertical gamma shift which makes colors uneven form top to bottom (colors are only normal in the center) which reduces color vibrancy and makes colors too dark at the top and washed out in the bottom half. TN panels also have very restrictive viewing angles, including very vertically restrictive viewing angles which prevents one from being able to lean back or raise them up significantly when viewing them.

8 bit S2716DG vs 6 bit +FRC XL2420G vs 8 bit 1440p PLS (same as AHVA/IPS)

Budget IPS (Acer G257HU) vs XB271HU vs S2716DG vs PG279Q

S2716DG vs PG279Q vs Spectre 32 vs XB271HU

AHVA/IPS/PLS suffer from white glow when viewed off angle while viewing dark content.
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Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2018, 07:27:54 pm »
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

IBXT Curved C24FG70 VA Text Blur Analysis
PC Monitors Curved VA Panel Text Blur Analysis

All 144hz 1080p AUO TN panels suffer from some degree of washout or contrast, gamma and uniformity loss at 144hz.

1.) Asus VG279Q (AHVA marked as IPS)
2.) AOC C27G1 VA
3.) Samsung C24FG73 VA
3.) MSI MAG24C (VA)
4.) Viewsonic VX2458-mhd TN
5.) AOC G2590PX TN
6.) Viewsonic XG240R TN
7.) Acer XF240H TN

The Asus VG279Q uses an AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) which provides the best balance between image quality and pixel response times since AHVA panels are free from color evenness and vibrancy reducing gamma ****, have wide viewing angles than TN and VA.  Fast AHVA panels (marketed as IPS) like the VG279Q have significantly faster pixel response times than VA panels, and are usually only slightly measure-ably slower, and barely perceive-ably slower than TN panels.

The AOC C27G1 also uses a curved matte VA panel with a very accurate semi-wide gamut VA panel with 25% over-saturation (125% sRGB), but it does not have an sRGB mode to prevent over-saturation like the Samsung's.  The AOC has slightly slower pixel response times than the Samsung, but also less overshoot ghosting.  The AOC C24G1 is significantly less accurate then the 27" out of the box, but can be improved by switching to the sRGB mode, but it locks the brightness controls.  The AOC C27G1 is ranked above the Samsung VA monitors since the AOC has more balanced overdrive with less over-shoot, and is more accurate when the over-saturation (which I doubt will bother budget gaming monitor buyers) is not accounted for. 

The Samsung C24FG73 uses a VA panel with much higher contrast, more vibrant and even colors, less bleed and glow than AHVA/IPS/PLS, and vastly superior image quality compared to all TN panels but it does suffer from horizontal VA gamma shift, slight black crush in the center, more overshoot ghosting and less sharp text than TN panels. C24FG70's made before November 2016 suffer from very obvious purple overshoot ghosting when displaying some colors while the newer C24FG73 has a higher chance of coming with the overshoot ghosting reducing firmware (Source=Lims Cave).  The Samsung uses a semi-wide gamut VA panel with 25% over-saturation (125% sRGB), but it has an sRGB mode which prevents the over-saturation and does not de-saturate colors.

The Viewsonic VX2458-mhd has a 48-144hz AMD Free-Sync range (limited to 120hz over HDMI) and has very accurate color presets, as well as very fast pixel response times with negligible overshoot ghosting when the over drive setting (Response Time) is set to Ultra Fast.  I don't know if it suffers from the same horrific dark scene banding as the Dell S2417DG, S2716DG, and Viewsonic XG2402 (tested by me).

I did not check for the dark scene banding which destroys the Dell S2417DG, S2716DG, and Viewsonic XG2402 when I tested the XF240H, but am including it in my top options list.  The AOC G2590PX does not suffer from the dark scene banding according to both PC Monitors and a Reddit G2590PX and nor does the XG240R.  I removed the LG 24GM79G due to how inaccurate the unit Belgium Hardware was, and because I don't know if it suffers from the dark scene banding.

The AOC G2590PX suffers from contrast lottery (650 vs 1000:1), as well as can not fully cover the HDTV/REC 709 or sRGB color space, however, it does over-saturate some colors as well as under-saturate them.
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Best 32" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2018, 07:28:34 pm »
Best 32" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync

1.) Philips 328C7Q (Matte VA Panel)
2.) AOC C32G1 (Matte VA Panel)
3.) AOC AGON 322FCX (Matte VA Panel)
3.) Viewsonic XG3202-C (Matte VA Panel)
4.) BenQ EX3200R (Matte VA Panel)

The Philips offers both accurate color presets on par with the Viewsonic, 5,000:1 contrast and an extended color space as large as the AOC's. The AOC 322FCX and Philips have slightly higher input lag than the Viewsonic, but the Philips has better image quality than both and matches the others overdrive performance once it's overdrive setting (Smart Response) is switched from the default setting (Off) to the Faster setting.  The AOC C32G1 has very low input lag, an extended color space or semi-wide gamut panel, and is very accurate one switched to the sRGB mode which locks the color and brightness controls.

The Viewsonic has more accurate color presets with nearly 2.2 linear gamma while the AOC averages around 2.08, but the AOC has an extended color space which completely cover the sRGB color space with a little extra saturation. The Viewsonic has lower input lag (5-7ms SMT Tool Measurement by Playwares vs AOC 11-13ms), as well as higher contrast (>5000:1), but the higher contrast difference could be the result of panel lottery.

The AOC has a perceived black depth ruining glossy black bezel and a height adjustable stand while the Viewsonic lacks a height adjustable stand, but has a superior dark matte black plastic, but matte black bezels also decrease the perceived black depth compared to dark matte grey and white bezels.

The BenQ EX3200R also has a height adjustable stand, but it offers the least sRGB color space coverage, though it does have lower input lag than the AOC.
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Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p G-Sync Monitors
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2018, 07:30:12 pm »
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p G-Sync Monitors


1.) Acer Z271 (30-1654hz Nvidia G-Sync) VA
2.) Lenovo Y27G (30-1654hz Nvidia G-Sync) VA
3.) Acer XB241H (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN
4.) Asus PG248Q (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync with slightly over-saturated colors) TN
5.) AOC G2460PG (30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync) TN

The Acer and Lenovo use VA panels with more color streaking and smearing than TN panels, but are still very fast, have neglgible input lag, more vibrant and even colors than TN panels, 2.5x higher contrast or darker black, and non-restrictive viewing angles.

It has been alleged that tha AOC G2460PG was changed and has worse image quality than the units tested in 2014. I can not confirm this due to the lack of colorimeter measurements and reviews.

The BenQ XL2420G has been discontinued and used to cost significantly more than the rest, but it offers very similar performance once it is switched from the horrible FPS preset to the Standard picture mode.
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Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2018, 07:31:11 pm »
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read the Steemit Article and/or watch it on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAQ4Toxt9U
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Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

Read the Steemit Article and/or watch it on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Dnp7RTZWs
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Acer
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 07:31:51 pm »
Acer

Acer XB241H

Matte 144hz 1080p TN panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync.

Measurements by Malinkadink with X-Rite i1 Display Pro
Review by Kit Guru

The Acer has excellent color presets and bested the Viewsonic XG2401 he tested.

Acer Z271

Matte 1080P VA panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync.

Review by =DEAD= (=DEAD=)
Review by Les Numeriques
Review by Sweclockers
Review by TFT Central

The Acer Z271 uses a 1920x1080 144hz curved VA panel with a fake frame-less casing and an inner black bezel which reduces the perceived black depth, Displayport (required for G-Sync), HDMI a fully adjustable stand and 4x USB 3.0 ports. The Acer has more accurate colors than the Lenovo Y27G which has low preset gamma.

Acer XB272

 Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync.

Review by Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Les Numeriques

The XB272 is fairly accurate but has bad image quality due to it's very low sRGB color space coverage of <91% which results in it looking obviously less vibrant and accurate than the best 144hz TN panels. Low sRGB color space coverage is normal for 240hz TN panels.

Acer XF240H

Acer XF240H & Viewsonic XG2402 Review by NCX

It has a fully adjustable stand, perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel and excellent all around performance once the Black Level and Gamma settings are changed to counter the 144hz gamma drop.
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AOC
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2018, 07:32:07 pm »
AOC

AOC G2770PQU

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel from 2013.

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AOC G2770

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync.

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AOC G2460PG

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync from 2014.

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AOC G2460PF

Review by PC Monitors
Review by Sweclockers

The AOC G2460PF suffers from very low preset gamma which makes colors look light, lifeless and dull, but it does have a nice perceived black depth increasing brushed matte black bezel, support AMD Free-Sync, and is better than the Acer GN246HL and Asus VG248QE.

AOC 322FCX

Matte 1920x1080 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync.

Review by Playwares

The AOC uses a curved, matte 1920x1080 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync.

AOC G2590PX

Review by IT Hardware PL (low 650:1 contrast, high preset gamma and only 90% sRGB)
Review by PC Monitors (excellent)

Along with preset color accuracy and contrast consistency, the AOC G2590PX's main issue (aside from it being a TN panel) is that unlocking the color controls (set Game Mode To Off) slows the pixel response times down slightly, however this is not important unless one is going to calibrate (requires a colorimeter) or play with the settings since the monitor is very accurate out of the box. This is interesting since unlocking the XG2401's color controls increases the color accuracy when the Color Adjust setting is set to User Color, though this is common for Viewsonic monitors.

AOC C24G1

Review by PC Monitors
Review by Playwares
Review by Trusted Reviews

The C24G1's (1500 R curve) preset color accuracy is decent, but can be improves significantly by selecting the sRGB mode, but it locks the brightness controls and is very bright (220cmd/2). The C27G1 (1800 R curve) is significantly more accurate out of the box than the C24G1, but the C24G1 can be improved by selecting the sRGB Color Temperature option, but doing sock locks the brightness controls.

Both monitors can be considered delay free (<4ms Leo Bodnar Device top screen measurements by Hardware Info and SMT Tool measurements by PC Monitors), and have decent overdrive without strong overshoot, but suffer from the typical dark color and shade transition smearing*.

IMO the overdrive of these panels is decent good enough, especially when considering the image quality downsides of faster TN panels.

Due to the pixel layout of these panels text is a bit blurrier; PCM mentions this here:

https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-c24g1/#Calibration

AOC C27G1

Review by Les Numeriques (low preset gamma; set gamma to 2)
Review by Playwares
Review By Trusted Reviews

The C27G1 (1800 R curve) is significantly more accurate out of the box than the C24G1, and its sRGB mode has a preset red dominance instead of the slight out-of-the-box blue dominance, locks the brightness controls, is very bright (242cdm/2) and drops the contrast to a pathetic 485:1. The C24G1 has 3.-35K contrast while the C27G1 has 5,000:1.

Both monitors can be considered delay free (<4ms Leo Bodnar Device top screen measurements by Hardware Info and SMT Tool measurements by PC Monitors), and have decent overdrive without strong overshoot, but suffer from the typical dark color and shade transition smearing.

IMO the overdrive of these panels is decent good enough, especially when considering the image quality downsides of faster TN panels.

Due to the pixel layout of these panels text is a bit blurrier; PCM mentions this here:

https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-c24g1/#Calibration

AOC G2790

Review by Playwares

Matte 144hz (Displayport & HDMI) AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI x2, VGA, 3.5mm Audio In & Out, 3x UXB 3.0 and a height adjustable stand.  It's pretty accurate, has gamma settings to improve the preset gamma (Gamma 3), and can nearly fully cover the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB color space.

AOC C32G1

Review by Belgium Hardware

Matte curved 1080p 144hz VA panel with a very accurate sRGB mode (locks the brightness controls), Displayport, 2x HDMI and a height adjustable stand.
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Asus
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2018, 07:32:29 pm »
Asus

Asus MG248Q

2016 model.  Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with 30-144hz AMD Free-Sync.

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Asus PG248Q

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync and ULMB.

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Asus XG27VQ

Matte 1920x1080 144hz VA panel with 30-144hz Nvidia G-Sync and ULMB.

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Daywalker
Review by Global HD Russia
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD

The Asus XG27VQ uses a curved 1920x1080 144hz VA panel (Samsung LTM270HP02) with 48-144hz AMD Free-Sync and a fully adjustable stand. The XG27VQ has a miss-matched color gamut with some over-extension and under coverage which prevents it from displaying color as accurately and vibrantly as possible, and has slow pixel response times compared to 144hz AHVA (marketed as IPS) and TN panels. Use the Level 3 or third overdrive setting to get the best balanced overdrive performance without obvious overshoot ghosting.

Asus VG258Q

Review by PRAD

ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) is back-light strobing supported at 80-120hz.

It can only cover 91% of the sRGB color space (good TN panels can do 95%+) which prevents it from displaying colors as accurately and vibrantly as some competitors, and its preset gamma is quite skewed and too high from 75-100% white resulting in light colors being too dark and dulled.

I disagree with Prad's Good rating since it has below average image quality for a TN, and because it has a bit of input lag (10.1ms top screen Leo Bodnar measurement vs <4ms for most monitors @ 60hz, and 12.8ms measurement at 144hz with their own method), though it's not enough to impact a decent player.

Asus VG278Q

Review by Playwares

ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) is back-light strobing supported at 80-120hz.

Matte 144hz AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, Dual Link DVI,  HDMI, 3.5mm Audio In & Out, and a height adjustable stand.  It has high preset gamma (>2.4) which causes black crush (detail loss in dark scenes) and can't fully cover the sRGB color space, but comes close to doing so.

Asus VG279Q

Measurements by Belgium Hardware
Review by Playwares

Fully adjust-able matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI (120hz), HDMI, 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The Asus can fully covers, as well as slightly over-saturates colors of the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB (SDR) color spaces, and has accurate color presets overall (default=Game Visual MOBA), which can be marginally improved by setting the Low Blue Light Filter to Level 1.  As expected, the Asus has very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, even when using the default overdrive (Trace Free 60) setting, and has negligible input lag (4-5ms measured by Playwares with the SMT Tool 2.0 vs a CRT).
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