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Title: Best 144-165hz 1080p Monitors
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:20:59 pm
Last Update=October 19th 2019

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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 (https://web.archive.org/web/20180301140202/http://wecravegamestoo.com:80/forums/monitor-reviews-discussion/16325-best-reviewed-flicker-free-144-240hz-monitors-version-2-0-a.html) buying guide originally hosted on wecravegamestoo which was shut down in spring 2018.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-advice-by-ncx/best-monitor-review-sites/msg61/#msg61)

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 (https://flic.kr/p/qSbVjo) and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects (http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/pulse_width_modulation.htm#side_effects).
Title: Re: Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144hz 1080p Monitors (Work In Progress)
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:22:13 pm
Table Of Content

More 144-240hz Monitor Buying Guides (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg383/#msg383)
Banding And Other Panel Issues (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384)
1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA/IPS/PLS (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg385/#msg385)
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg386/#msg386)
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs TN Panel Image Quality Differences (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg387/#msg387)
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg388/#msg388)
Best 32" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg389/#msg389)
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p G-Sync Monitors (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg390/#msg390)
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg391/#msg391)
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg392/#msg392)
Acer (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg393/#msg393)
AOC (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg394/#msg394)
Asus (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg395/#msg395)
BenQ (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg396/#msg396)
Crossover (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg397/#msg397)
Dell (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg398/#msg398)
Gigabyte (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg399/#msg399)
HP (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg400/#msg400)
iiyama (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg401/#msg401)
Lenovo (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg402/#msg402)
LG (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg403/#msg403)
MSI (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg404/#msg404)
Nixeus (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg405/#msg405)
Philips (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg406/#msg406)
Qnix (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg407/#msg407)
Samsung (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg408/#msg408)
ViewSonic (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg409/#msg409)
X-Star (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg461/#msg461)
Title: More 144-240hz Monitor Buying Guides
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:22:25 pm
More 144-240hz Monitor Buying Guides

Best Reviewed Flicker Free 1080p 144hz Monitors (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/)
Best Reviewed Flicker Free 1440p 144-165hz Monitors (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-144hz-monitors/msg330/#msg330)
Best Reviewed Flicker 240hz TN Panels (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-240hz-monitors/)

Title: Banding
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:22:38 pm
Banding
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46792705905_abb7f11063_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ehURet)
Dawn Engine Banding (https://flic.kr/p/2ehURet) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

AUO TN panels tend to suffer from very obvious and frankly horrific banding when viewing the above Dawn Engine image, as well as when viewing this 60fps Westworld trailer (https://tinyurl.com/y75ejtkt).  These three monitors all suffer from the same obvious banding when displaying the above image

Dawn Engine Banding
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46792705845_6ba5ec113f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ehURdr)
Dell S2417DG Banding 2 (https://flic.kr/p/2ehURdr) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


Westworld Banding
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The BenQ Zowie RL2460, Dell S2719DGF and ViewSonic VX2458-mhd (all tested by me) are free from very obvious banding when viewing both the Dawn Engine image and Westworld trailer (https://tinyurl.com/y75ejtkt) 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 the TN panels listed above.  The banding is caused by both the source and the monitors.  If I zoom in very closely to the Dawn Engine image on my ViewSonic VP2780-4K (8 bit +FRC 4K IPS with 14 3D LUT) a tiny bit of banding is preset.  Here are the BenQ Zowie RL2460 and ViewSonic VX2458-mhd

BenQ Zowie RL2460 TN Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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Qnix QX2710 PLS Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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Samsung F2380MX C-PVA Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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ViewSonic VX2458-mhd TN Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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When the lights are off a bit of banding is visible, especially on the F2380MX which performs the worst despite using a true 8 bit panel, though the banding is only very obvious when viewing the monitor off angle.

None of the monitors mentioned suffer form obvious banding when displaying this screen shot from The Order 1886 which I display and take a photo of every monitor I test

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/
Title: Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:22:48 pm
1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)

List of cards which support Free-Sync (http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/faq/219).

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 (http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_rog_swift_pg279q.htm#pursuit)

"1ms" Asus MG248Q @60hz vs "4-8ms" AHVA/IPS/PLS @60hz (http://flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/28509648495/)

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.
Title: 1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA (Marketed as IPS)
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:23:01 pm
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences

Curved VA panels have less sharp text than AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN panels:

IBXT Curved C24FG70 VA Text Blur Analysis (https://www.ixbt.com/monitor/samsung-c24fg70fqi.shtml#micro)
PC Monitors Curved VA Panel Text Blur Analysis (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-c24g1/#Calibration)

TN panels suffer from vertical gamma shift: their colors and shades are uneven from top (top quarter is too dark) to bottom (bottom half is washed out), as well tend to have more banding, and always have vastly less wide, or more restrictive viewing angles, though all LCD panel types look the worst when viewed from above, or looked down at.

VA panels suffer from horizontal gamma shift which causes the sides of VA panel to be significantly lighter or washed out compared to AHVA, IPS and PLS panels. VA panel gamma becomes lower, and colors and shades become more washed out the further away from the center.

AOC AG271QG (1440p AUO AHVA Panel):
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7826/47232564481_1fdb8fd73e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eXMeS2)
AOC AG271QG GB Stripes (https://flic.kr/p/2eXMeS2) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


BenQ Zowie RL2460 (1080p AUO TN):
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40726302963_7ccbe476d4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/253QWZi)
BenQ Zowie RL2460 Gamma Shift 15s (https://flic.kr/p/253QWZi) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


Samsung 43NU7100 (Samsung VA Panel):
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7923/32290483277_57518d9c56_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RcpaGi)
Samsung 43NU7100 GB Stripes (https://flic.kr/p/RcpaGi) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


Title: AHVA vs TN vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:23:18 pm
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs TN Panel Image Quality Differences

All TN panels have very restrictive viewing angles and suffer from vertical gamma shift, therefore all TN panels have bad image quality. AHVA/IPS/PLS panel glow is not a problem if viewed correctly, and not in the dark with the brightness cranked:

IPS vs TN: Right & Wrong Ways To Use Or View;
How To Vastly Reduce AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow & Increase The Perceived Black Depth (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/ips-vs-tn-right-wrong-ways-to-use-or-view-how-to-vastly-reduce-ahvaipspls-glow-i/)

Since TN panels suffer from vertical gamma shift, their colors and shades are uneven from top (top quarter is too dark) to bottom (bottom half is washed out), as well tend to have more banding, and always have vastly less wide, or more restrictive viewing angles, though all LCD panel types look the worst when viewed from above, or looked down at.

It does not matter if one sits directly in front of their TN panel (correct way to view a TN (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/44824488472/in/dateposted-public/)), or how much one pays, especially since the majority (excluding Dell S2716DG & S2719DGF) of the most expensive 27" 1440p TN panels use grainier/sparklier matte coatings than AHVA/IPS/PLS panels. Calibration can vastly improve inaccurate TN panels, but a TN is a TN, and all TN suffer from obvious vertical gamma shift.

Dell S2716DG (AUO TN) v BenQ XL2420G (AUO TN) v Qnix QX2710 (Samsung PLS):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1692/23713024279_95c63a52be_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/C8rrYc)
Dell S2716DG v BenQ XL2420G v Qnix QX2710 (https://flic.kr/p/C8rrYc) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Calibrated with an X-Rite i1 display pro colorimeter with ICC profile activated to correct the gamma in 2015.

Acer XB271HU (AUO AHVA) vs Dell S2716DG (AUO TN):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1735/42803339141_1855bc7086_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28doitT)
Acer XB271HU vs Dell S2716DG (https://flic.kr/p/28doitT) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Calibrated but connected to a PS4 so there's no gamma correction; both monitors have non-linear and low-ish gamma below the target of linear 2.2

Are 27" 1440p TN panels Better? No

I reviewed the Dell S2719DGF (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/dell-s2719dgf-review-matte-27'-2560x1440-144hz-auo-tn-panel-with-amd-free-sync/) (144hz 2560x1440 8 bit AUO TN from 2018) which has better image quality than the S2716DG (144hz 2560x1440 8 bit AUO TN from 2015) , but has worse image quality than the BenQ Zowie RL2460 since it can properly cover SDR (HTDV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces while both Dell monitors over and under-saturate colors (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/30591335857/), as well as can come with low preset gamma (the S2719DGF I tested (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/dell-s2719dgf-review-matte-27'-2560x1440-144hz-auo-tn-panel-with-amd-free-sync/msg438/#msg438) came with sub 2.0 preset gamma):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1928/30591335857_21e0186c66_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NBfAn8)
e (https://flic.kr/p/NBfAn8) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr



BenQ Zowie RL2460 vs Dell S2719DGF Calibrated Color Gamut Comparisons::
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7926/46649791134_7d3ec339ab_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e5hnDG)
BenQ Zowie RL2460 vs Dell S2719DGF Color Gamut Comparison (https://flic.kr/p/2e5hnDG) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

The BenQ Zowie (6 bit +FRC AUO TN panel) can fully cover both SDR color spaces (HDTV/REC709 & sRGB) without any under-saturation and only a bit of under-saturation while the Dell S2719DGF significantly over and under-saturates some colors compared to both the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB color space, and does so significantly more when un-calibrated.  When un-calibrated it significantly over and under-saturates some colors compared to both the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB color space.  The top left side of the triangle (HDTV/REC 709 color gamut) falls short resulting in the under-saturation of blue and medium to dark greens. Medium to light greens, yellows, oranges and some reds are all over-saturated, a phenomenon typical of AUO panels, including both their 27" 2560x1440 and 32" 3840x2160 AHVA (more balanced or pure) panels which also over-saturate the same colors resulting in green and yellow tints to browns, greys and whites, even after calibration.


Keep in mind that the S2719DGF is calibrated and has its gamma fixed in the below comparison versus being too low out-of-the-box and significantly more washed out.  Click here (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/dell-s2719dgf-review-matte-27'-2560x1440-144hz-auo-tn-panel-with-amd-free-sync/msg441/#msg441) to see comparisons of the Dell pre-calibration or un-calibrated versus calibrated to see what a unit with low-preset gamma looks like.

1.)  AOC AG271QG (AUO AHVA) versus Dell S2719DGF (AUO TN) calibrated with a Spectracal C6 HDR 2000:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7905/47320112912_02cc10f0da_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2f6vWXJ)
AOC AG271QG vs Dell S2719DGF STALKER CLEAR SKY 2 (https://flic.kr/p/2f6vWXJ) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


2.) AOC AG271QG (AUO AHVA) versus Dell S2719DGF (AUO TN) calibrated with a Spectracal C6 HDR 2000:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7848/46649736984_ab7d9dbff5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e5h6y5)
AOC AG271QG vs Dell S2719DGF STALKER CLEAR SKY 1 (https://flic.kr/p/2e5h6y5) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr


3.) AOC AG271QG (AUO AHVA) versus Dell S2719DGF (AUO TN) calibrated with a Spectracal C6 HDR 2000:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/7813/32646384727_b3a874efe2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RJRfNc)
AOC AG271QG vs Dell S2719DGF 3 (https://flic.kr/p/RJRfNc) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:27:54 pm
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync

List of cards which support Free-Sync (http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/faq/219).

Curved VA panels have less sharp text than AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN panels:

IBXT Curved C24FG70 VA Text Blur Analysis (https://www.ixbt.com/monitor/samsung-c24fg70fqi.shtml#micro)
PC Monitors Curved VA Panel Text Blur Analysis (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-c24g1/#Calibration)

AUO TN panels tend to suffer from some degree of washout or contrast, gamma and uniformity loss at 144hz.  Read my post about AUO TN panel dark scene banding (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384) before reading this post.

1.) AOC 24G2U (TPV IGZO IPS)
1.) Asus VG279Q (AHVA marked as IPS)
2.) Acer VG271 (AHVA marked as IPS)
2.) LG 27GL650F-B (LG IPS)
3.) Philips 278M6 (curved VA)
4.) AOC C27G1 (curved VA)
4.) MSI MAG271C (curved VA)
5.) Samsung C24FG73 & C27FG73 (curved VA)
5.) MSI MAG24C (curved VA)
6.) Viewsonic VX2458-mhd (TN)
7.) AOC G2590PX (TN)
7.) Viewsonic XG240R (TN)
8.) Acer XFA240 (TN)
9.) Acer XF240H (TN)

The AOC 24G2U uses a Panda LC238LF1F IGZO IPS equivalent to LG IPS which is smaller and sharper than the 27" AUO AHVA panels in the Acer VG271 and Asus VG279Q, as well as offers equivalent gaming (low input lag and fast pixel response times) performance.  Due to a lack of reviews I can not determine if the AOC is superior to the Acer and Asus, however, the Asus is more accurate than the Acer, and the AOC is sharper than the Acer, and very accurate which is why the AOC and Asus are both ranked #1.  I can not recommend the AOC over the Asus or vice versa until more AOC reviews come out, and some may prefer owning a smaller 24" 1080p panel over a 27" 1080p panel.

The Acer VG271 and Asus VG279Q use 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 shift, and have wider viewing angles than TN and VA panels.  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 (with an oscilloscope) slower, and barely perceive-ably slower than TN panels.  The Asus VG279Q costs a bit more than the Acer VG2791, but is more accurate than the Acer, and the Asus comes with a height adjustable stand.

The LG 27GL650F-B uses a matte 144hz LG IPS panel which is slightly slower and less accurate than the Asus VG279Q and Acer VG271.

The  Philips 278M6 is very similarly to the AOC C27G1 and MSI MAG271C, but is slightly more accurate (versus AOC which is more accurate than the MSI) since it does not significantly over-saturate colors of SDR or non-HDR (HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB) content, offers equally as good overdrive as the MSI,  and back-light strobng (MPRT).

The AOC C27G1 is very similar to the MSI MAG271C.  Both use curved matte VA panel with much higher contrast, more vibrant and even colors than TN panels, and less bleed and glow than AHVA/IPS/PLS, but VA panels suffer from horizontal gamma shift, black crush in the center, slightly less sharp text than non-curved VA panels.  The AOC does not have an sRGB mode to prevent over-saturation like the Samsung VA C2xFG7x panels, and the AOC's have slightly slower pixel response times than the Samsung's, but also less overshoot ghosting.  The AOC C24G1 and MSI MAG24C are significantly less accurate than the 27" versions out of the box, as well as have lower contrast; the C24G1 can be improved by switching to the sRGB mode, but it locks the brightness and color controls, and cranks the brightness.  The AOC C27G1 is ranked above the MSI and Samsung VA monitors since the AOC has more balanced overdrive with less over-shoot, and is more accurate when the semi-wide gamut over-saturation is not accounted for.  The Samsung C27FG73 and C27FG73 also use semi-wide gamut VA panels which over-saturate color, but they have sRGB modes which prevent the over-saturation.

The Samsung C24FG73 uses a curved matte 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, black crush in the center, more overshoot ghosting and slightly less sharp text than non-curved VA 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 MSI MAG24C also uses a curved matte VA panel with less overshoot ghosting and slower pixel response time than the Samsung's, and is less accurate than the the 27" AOC, MSI and both the 24 and 27" version of the C2xFG73 monitors.

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.  It does not suffer from the same horrific dark scene banding (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384) as the Dell S2417DG, S2716DG, and Viewsonic XG2402 (tested by me).  The VX2458-mhd's Ultra Fast Response Time setting offers superior overdrive to the XG240R PRAD tested: VX2458-mhd (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-xg240r-ueberzeugende-gaming-performance/5/#Netzdiagramme) versus XG240R's (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-vx2458-mhd-gaming-monitor-neuheit/5/#Netzdiagramme) best overdrive setting which is the Faster setting.

The AOC G2590PX does not suffer from the dark scene banding according to both PC Monitors and a Reddit G2590PX owner (https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/adoz7d/aoc_g2590fx_good_or_not/edkevdy), and nor does the XG240R (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/ask-for-advicehelp-the-update-thread/advicehelp-thread/msg705/#msg705).  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 (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_porownawczy_aoc_g2590px_oraz_g2590vxq_takie_podobne_a_jednak_inne-5500-4.html), however, it does over-saturate some colors as well as under-saturate them. 

The ViewSonic XG240R suffers from gamma lottery and tends to have worse preset gamma than the AOC G2590PX and ViewSonic VX2458-mhd, but is still one of the best 144hz 1080p TN panels.

I did not check for the dark scene banding (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384) which ruins the Dell S2417DG, S2716DG, and Viewsonic XG2402 (tested after I tested the Acer) when I tested the Acer XF240H since I did not think of doing so at the time since I erroneously presumed the 24"1080p  AUO TN panels did not suffer from the same dark scene banding.

I removed the LG 24GM79G from my list the unit Belgium Hardware reviewed was very inaccurate, and because I don't know if it suffers from dark scene banding.
Title: Best 32" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
Post by: NCX 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.
Title: Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p G-Sync Monitors
Post by: NCX 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.
Title: Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:31:11 pm
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read The Article (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/ips-vs-tn-right-wrong-ways-to-use-or-view-how-to-vastly-reduce-ahvaipspls-glow-i/) and/or watch The Extended YouTube Version (http://tinyurl.com/y98akyte)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAQ4Toxt9U
Title: Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:31:33 pm
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

Read the Steemit Article (https://steemit.com/displays/@ncx/high-display-brightness-and-room-lighting-the-importance-of-light) and/or watch it on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Dnp7RTZWs
Title: Acer
Post by: NCX 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 (http://overclock.net/t/1594199/viewsonic-xg2401-better-than-lg/10#post_25001446)
Review by Kit Guru (https://www.kitguru.net/peripherals/monitors/ryan-redfield/acer-predator-xb241h-180hz-g-sync-gaming-monitor-review/5/)

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= (http://4k-monitor.ru/news/obzor_acer_predator_Z271Tbmiphzx/) (=DEAD=)
Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/acer-predator-z271-bmiphzx-p36143/test.html)
Review by Sweclockers (http://sweclockers.com/test/22745-acer-z271bmiphz-144-hz-pa-va-panel)
Review by TFT Central (http://tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/acer_predator_z271.htm)

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 (http://3dnews.ru/965121) (=DEAD=)
Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/acer-xb272-p40205/test.html)

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 (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/acer-xf240h-review-()-viewsonic-xg2402-review-144hz-1080p-matte-tn-panels-with-a/)

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 (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/acer-xf240h-review-()-viewsonic-xg2402-review-144hz-1080p-matte-tn-panels-with-a/msg267/#msg267).


Acer VG271Pb

Review by =DEAD= (https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/obzor_acer_nitro_vg271pb/)

Matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range). Displayport, VRB (120hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out and a fake border-less or frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel (https://4k-monitor.ru/upload/medialibrary/74c/74c9bec3d2e50ea3dd3dfea00620af14.jpg).  The Acer is fairly accurate, but can be improved by selecting the sRGB mode which increases the accuracy as well as reduces the too high preset brightness.


Acer XFA240

Review by Tom's Hardware (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/acer-xfa240-144hz-gaming-monitor,6320.html)

Height adjust-able, matte, 1920x1080, 144hz AUO TN panel with 48-144hz AMD Free-Sync (G-Sync Compatible), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI , HDMI and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The Acer has negligible input lag and very fast pixel response times (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/acer-xfa240-144hz-gaming-monitor,6320-4.html), as well as good preset color accuracy (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/acer-xfa240-144hz-gaming-monitor,6320-3.html) for a budget TN panel, though the gamma in the 30-90% gray range is a bit too low, as well non-linear.  Tom's Hardware does not test for dark scene banding (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384) so I can not highly rank the XFA240 until I know if it does or does not suffer from dark scene banding (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-reviewed-flicker-free-144hz-1080p-monitors/msg384/#msg384) like many other TN panels.
Title: AOC
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:32:07 pm
AOC

AOC G2770PQU

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel from 2013.

Spoiler (hover to show)


AOC G2770

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

Spoiler (hover to show)


AOC G2460PG

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

Spoiler (hover to show)


AOC G2460PF

Review by PC Monitors (http://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-g2460pf/)
Review by Sweclockers (https://www.sweclockers.com/test/20769-aoc-g2460pg-gamingskarm-med-144-hz-och-nvidia-g-sync)

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 (http://playwares.com/dpreview/51794973)

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


AOC G2590PX

Review by IT Hardware PL (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_porownawczy_aoc_g2590px_oraz_g2590vxq_takie_podobne_a_jednak_inne-5500.html) (low 650:1 contrast, high preset gamma and only 90% sRGB)
Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-g2590px/) (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 (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-c24g1/)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/57028284)
Review by Trusted Reviews (https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/aoc-c24g1)

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*.

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 (https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/aoc-c27g1-p45265/test.html) (low preset gamma; set gamma to 2)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/56955153)
Review By Trusted Reviews (https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/aoc-c27g1)

The C27G1 (1800 R curve) is significantly more accurate out of the box than the C24G1, and does not need to be switched to the sRGB mode which locks the brightness and color controls.  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.

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 (http://playwares.com/index.php?mid=dpreview&page=3&document_srl=56323438)

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 (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/8789/aoc-c32g1-en-cq32g1-review-een-letter-maakt-veel-verschil)

Matte curved 1080p 144hz VA panel with a very accurate sRGB mode (locks the brightness controls), Displayport, 2x HDMI and a height adjustable stand.


AOC 24G2U

Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-24g2u-24g2/)

Matte 1920x1080 144hz, 6 bit +FRC IPS (Panda LC238LF1F IGZO IPS) panel with a fully adjust-able stand, AMD Free-Sync, back-light strobing (MBR), Displayport (G-Sync compatible Free-Sync), 2x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The AOC is very accurate (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-24g2u-24g2/#Calibration), has high contrast (1400-1500:1), negligible input lag (<4ms measured with the SMT Tool) and very well tuned overdrive (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-24g2u-24g2/#Responsiveness) when the Overdrive is set to Medium at 60hz and Strong at 144hz.
Title: Asus
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:32:29 pm
Asus

Asus MG248Q

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

Spoiler (hover to show)

Asus PG248Q

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

Spoiler (hover to show)

Asus XG27VQ

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

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (http://3dnews.ru/958291) (=DEAD=)
Review by Daywalker (http://prohardver.hu/teszt/asus_rog_strix_xg27vq_monitor_teszt/bevezeto_kulso.html)
Review by Global HD Russia (http://playwares.com/dpreview/54946084)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/54946084)
Review by PRAD (http://prad.de/new/monitore/test/2017/test-asus-xg27vq.html)

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 (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg258q-gaming-monitor-mit-geschwindigkeitsrekord/)

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 (http://playwares.com/index.php?mid=dpreview&page=2&document_srl=56725870)

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 (http://hhttps://be.hardware.info/product/504667/asus-vg279q-27i/testresultaten) and Review by Belgium Hardware (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/9121/asus-vg279q-review-de-eerste-1-ms-144hz-ips-gaming-monitor)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/57172658)
Review by PRAD (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg279q-freesync-auch-mit-nvidia-grafikkarten/)

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).


Asus VG278QR

Review by PRAD (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg278qr-maximale-leistung-bei-niedrigem-budget/)

Fully adjustable matte 144hz 1920x1080 AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Disaplayport (144hz), Duakl-Link DVI (144hz), ELMB (back-light strobing)  HDMI 1.4  and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VG278QR can only cover 90% of the sRGB color space and suffers from very high and skewed preset gamma (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg278qr-maximale-leistung-bei-niedrigem-budget/3/) which causes severe black crush or the loss of detail in dark scenes, as well as all colors and shades to be far darker than intended.  The VG278QR has very high input lag at 60hz (32.7ms) (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg278qr-maximale-leistung-bei-niedrigem-budget/4/#Overdrive60Hz), low input lag (5.7ms) at 165hz, and finely tuned overdrive without overshoot ghosting (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-asus-vg278qr-maximale-leistung-bei-niedrigem-budget/5/#Overdrive165Hz) when the default Trace Free 60 setting is used.
Title: BenQ
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:32:48 pm
BenQ

BenQ XL2420Z

Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/benq-xl2420z-p17979/test.html)
Review by Sweclockers (https://www.sweclockers.com/test/19351-benq-xl2420z-gamingspecialisten)

The XL2420Z and XL2420G have much better colours than the XL2430T and XL2411Z once set to the Standard Mode.

BenQ XL2420G

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

Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/benq-xl2420g-p18735/test.html)
Typed (http://wecravegamestoo.com:80/forums/monitor-reviews-discussion/15570-benq-xl2420g-review-matte-144hz-tn-g-sync-ulmb-blur-reduction.html) and Video Review (https://tinyurl.com/y9egygap) by NCX

BenQ XL2430T

 Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with 120hz back-light strobing.

Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/benq-xl2430t-p21350/test.html)
Review by PRAD (http://prad.de/new/monitore/test/2014/test-benq-xl2430t.html)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/index.php?mid=dpreview&page=4&document_srl=46295115)
Review by Tom's Hardware (http://tomshardware.com/reviews/xl2430t-144hz-gaming-monitor,4006.html)

BenQ XL2411Z

Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/xl2411z-p17975/test.html)
Review by PC Lab PL (http://pclab.pl/art65065.html)

BenQ Zowie XL2411Z

Review by IT Hardware PL (http://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_monitora_benq_zowie_xl2411_144_hz-1974.html)

The Zowie XL2411Z PC Lab tested is vastly superior compared to the unit Les Numeriques reviewed, as did the Zowie XL2411Z reviewed by IT Hardware PL. Both still had terrible preset color accuracy or image quality, but both could be improved to being good for a TN after switched from the terrible FPS mode to the Standard Picture Mode, and after the gamma setting was changed (IT Hardware PL found Gamma 4 to be the best).

BenQ XL2720Z

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with 120hz back-light strobing.

Review by Les Numeriques (https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/benq-xl2720z-p17980/test.html)
Review by TFT Central (http://tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_xl2720z.htm)

The BenQ XL2720Z has much better colours than the XL2430T and XL2411Z, but also needs to set to the Standard Picture Mode to offer accurate colors.

BenQ EX3200R

Curved matte 1920x1080 144hz VA panel with back-light strobing and AMD Free-Sync.

Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/55303742)

BenQ Zowie XL2411P

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with back-light strobing.  It has abysmal preset color accuracy unless switched to the Movie (locked color controls), Photo (locked color controls), sRGB (locked color controls) and Standard (unlocks color controls) Picture mode.  Only the sRGB and Standard Picture modes have accurate color, but have low gamma (<1.9) resulting in very washed out colors and shades versus multiple similarly priced and superior competitors.

Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/56032599)
Title: Crossover
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:33:03 pm
Crossover
Title: Dell
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:33:26 pm
Dell
Title: Eizo
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:33:53 pm
Gigabyte

Gigabyte Aorus CV27F

Measurements by Belgium Hardware (https://nl.hardware.info/product/533519/gigabyte-aorus-cv27f-ek#testresultaten) (good gamma)
Review by IBXT (https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/aorus-cv27f-review.html)
Review by IT Hardware PL (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/gigabyte_aorus_cv27f_test_monitora_full_hd_va_165_hz_z_hdr_i_freesync_2-9794.html)

Curved, matte, 1920x1080 165hz and semi-wide gamut (127.2% sRGB or 27% sRGB over-saturation (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/gigabyte_aorus_cv27f_test_monitora_full_hd_va_165_hz_z_hdr_i_freesync_2-9794.html)) VA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-165hz range), Displayport (144hz), 2x HDMI 2.0 (144hz), 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Gigabute CV27F is fairly accurate (discounting the semi-wide gamut panel over-saturation), but has slightly too low preset gamma (less than 2.1 for 0-100% white (https://ithardware.pl/admin/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/DanielGorecki/2019/Testy/Monitory/Gigabyte/nowy/gamma.jpg?time=1563447927259)) which results in greys and white being too light, or washed out.  The CV27F has an sRGB mode which is supposed to reduce the over-saturation of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB content) color, but it under-saturates colors too much (https://www.ixbt.com/img/x780x600/r30/00/02/21/96/gamutsrgbaorus.png) and locks the brightness controls.  Also, according to IBXT (https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/aorus-cv27f-review.html#n8), the gamma can be improved to average around 2.23 by setting the Gamma to 4. The CV27F supports HDR, but lacks all of the features required to provide good performance, which is normal and to be expected from budget monitors.  IBXT measured the CV27F's overdrive performance or pixel response times (https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/aorus-cv27f-review.html#n10) and found that it has fast pixel response times for a VA panel, and low (<7.5ms) input lag.
Title: HP
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:34:26 pm
HP

HP 25x

Measurements by Belgium Hardware (https://be.hardware.info/product/470723/hp-25x/testresultaten)

Matte 144hz 24.5" AUO TN panel with low contrast, but fairly accurate color presets (slightly too low 2.11 average gamma), negligible input lag,and fast pixel response times.  It has a height adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range), Displayport (144hz), HDMI and 3.5mm Audio Out. 
Title: iiyama
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:34:40 pm
iiyama

iiyama GB2788HS

Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/iiyama-g-master-gb2788hs-p31225/test.html)
Review by PRAD (http://prad.de/new/monitore/test/2016/test-iiyama-gb2788hs-b1.html)

The iiyama GB2788HS from their G-Master series uses a matte 144hz AUO TN panel with negligible input lag, fast pixel response times (Overdrive 0 & +1), AMD Free-Sync and accurate color presets, but has low sRGB color space coverage for a modern TN (90%) and the typical TN panel flaws (restrictive viewing angles and color vibrancy and color even-ess reducing vertical gamma shift).

iiyama G3266HS

Review by Les Numeriques (https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/iiyama-g-master-g3266hs-p42157/test.html)

Curved matte 1080p VA panel with 48-144hz AMD Free-Sync and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel, Displayport, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  It's fairly accurate aside from the preset blue tint (8000k meausred color temperature) which can be improved by selected the Hot.Warm color temperature setting.
Title: Lenovo
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:34:52 pm
Lenovo

Lenovo Y27G

Review by IT Hardware PL (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_lenovo_y27g_zakrzywiony_va_z_nvidia_g_sync_w_zachecajacej_cenie-6282.html)
Review by Les Numeriques (http://lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/lenovo-y27g-p31375/test.html)

The Lenovo Y27G uses a VA panel with more vibrant colors than TN panels, higher contrast (2,700:1) than AHVA/IPS/PLS and TN, and less glow than all previously mentioned panel types, but VA panels suffer from horizontal gamma shift and slight black crush in the center. The Lenovo has Displayport (required for G-Sync), HDMI, a fully adjustable stand and 4x USB 3.0.

The Lenovo has fairly accurate color presets, but comes with low preset gamma (1.8 average which makes colors washed out), but can be improved to a 2.1 nearly linear average by setting the gamma setting to 2.5 in the OSD.  Turn off Adaptive Contrast, and Set the Overdrive to Off to get of dark color and shade flickering and ghosting.

Title: LG
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:35:06 pm
LG

LG 24GM77

Discontinued 24" 144hz matte AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync and back-light strobing.

Spoiler (hover to show)

LG 24GM79G

Measurements (https://nl.hardware.info/product/394626/lg-24gm79g-b/testresultaten) and Review by Belgium Hardware (https://nl.hardware.info/reviews/7580/11/16-gaming-monitoren-review-de-144hz-voorbij-lg) (with proper gamma but a gross strong preset green tint (https://content.hwigroup.net/images/products_xl/394626/7/lg-24gm79g-b.jpg))
Review by Lim's Cave (https://tinyurl.com/y8sh4ws6) (video)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/53354905)

The 24GM79G supports AMD Free-Sync (requires compatible AMD gpu) and back-light strobing unlike its predecessor the 24GM77, but the 24GM79G has low preset gamma or washed out colors which can't be improved enough to match the 24GM77 and XG2401.


LG 27GL650F-B

Review by Rtings (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl650f-b)

The LG 27GLF650 uses a fully adjustable, matte, 144hz, 1920x1080 IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out,.  The 27GL650F has high contrast (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl650f-b#comparison_1383) for a non-VA panel, is fairly accurate (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl650f-b#comparison_1467), but has skewed gamma which causes light colors and white to be too dark (https://i.rtings.com/images/reviews/monitor/lg/27gl650f/27gl650f-pre-gamma-large.jpg) since the gamma in the 70-100% grey range exceeds 2.5.  The 27GL650F can not fully cover the sRGB color space, but comes close to doing so (https://i.rtings.com/images/reviews/monitor/lg/27gl650f/27gl650f-color-gamut-srgb-large.jpg) and offers extremely fast pixel response times (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl650f-b#comparison_1425) and negligible input lag at (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27gl650f-b#comparison_1435) 144hz.
Title: MSI
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:35:19 pm
MSI

MSI Optix G24C

MSI G24C Review by Alexander Gryzhin (http://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/obzor_msi_optix_g24c/) (=DEAD=)

The MSI Optix uses a 1920x1080 144hz A-MVA panel with AMD Free-Sync and a nice perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel. Preset color accuracy is passable, but not that the MSI tries to achieve a 2.4 gamma curve which is high compared to the typical monitor and gamma curve used by most consumer media. Content not created with a 2.4 curve in mind will be too dark, a bit dulled, and suffer from loss of detail in dark scenes. Black uniformity issues or back-light bleed is also quite obvious on the unit Rtings tested. The MSI can be considered delay free, but does suffer from typical VA color smearing and streaking which can be seen in the pursuit camera photo.

MSI Optix G27C

Review by Rtings (http://rtings.com/monitor/reviews/msi/optix-g27c-curved-gaming-monitor)

The MSI Optix uses a 1920x1080 144hz A-MVA panel with AMD Free-Sync and a nice perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel. Preset color accuracy is passable, but not that the MSI tries to achieve a 2.4 gamma curve which is high compared to the typical monitor and gamma curve used by most consumer media. Content not created with a 2.4 curve in mind will be too dark, a bit dulled, and suffer from loss of detail in dark scenes. Black uniformity issues or back-light bleed is also quite obvious on the unit Rtings tested. The MSI can be considered delay free, but does suffer from typical VA color smearing and streaking which can be seen in the pursuit camera photo.

MSI Optix MAG271CR

Review by Global HD (https://ru.gecid.com/disply/msi_optix_mag271cr/)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/57500707)
Review by Les Numeriques (https://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/optix-mag271cr-p45957/test.html)

Curved matte 144hz (Displayport & HDMI) AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range), Displayport, HDMI x2, 3.5mm Audio Out, 2x UXB 2.0, a height adjustable stand and a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel.  It's pretty accurate, but has a preset blue tint and a wide gamut VA panel which over-saturates colors b by >40% unless the Cinema or Custom presets are used, but the Strategy mode provides the most accurate RGB color and gray scale balance.

MSI MAG24C

Review by Tom's Hardware (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-optix-mag24c-gaming-monitor,5734.html)

Curved matte semi-wide gamut (22% over-saturation or 123% sRGB) 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync (60-144hz), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4, a height adjustable stand and a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel.  It suffers from a slight preset green tint, but has nearly perfect linear 2.2 gamma.


MSI Optix MAG241CR

Measurements (https://be.hardware.info/product/488509/msi-optix-mag241cr/testresultaten)  Belgium Hardware 

Curved and fully adjustable matte 1920x1080 144hz VA panel with Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 and inaccurate color presets caused by the slightly too high and black crush inducing preset gamma, and strong preset blue tint (https://content.hwigroup.net/images/products_xl/488509/6/msi-optix-mag241cr.jpg).


MSI Optix MAG271C

Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/57257444)

Very accurate, curved, matte, 144hz 2560x1440 semi-wide gamut VA panel with Displayport (144hz), Free-Sync (48-144hz) 2x HDMI (120hz) and 2x USB 2.0 ports.
Title: Nixeus
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:35:41 pm
Nixeus

Nixeus NX-VUE24A

Review by Tom's Hardware (http://tomshardware.com/reviews/nixeus-nx-vue24a-24-inch-144hz-freesync-monitor,4336.html)

The Nixeus NX-VUE24A colour presets are not on par with the others, but it is not terrible once two settings are changed (use sRGB mode and set the Gamma to On), and it is competitively priced since it supports Free-Sync (30-144hz). So far only Toms Hardware has used an accurate colorimeter to test the Nixeus. PC Per used a Spyder 4 which can't measure contrast properly, and is not that accurate, but Spyder 4 gamma measurements aren't usually way off. PC Per's gamma measurements for the Nixeus were pretty poor since the gamma range between 1.6-2.0 which is low enough to make colors look washed out and dull

Title: Philips
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:35:55 pm
Philips

Philips 272G5DYEB

Review by Les Numeriques (http://digitalversus.com/lcd-monitor/philips-272g5dyeb-p18665/test.html)
Review by PC Monitors (http://pcmonitors.info/reviews/philips-272g5dyeb/)

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync and back-light strobing.


Philips 328C7Q

Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/54081157)

The Philips 328C7Q uses a 32" curved 1920x1080 8 bit matte 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync and a perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel.


Philips 278M6

Review by IT Hardware PL (http://playwares.com/dpreview/57412346)

Curved, matte, 1920x1080, 165hz, fully adjust-able and semi-wide gamut (120% sRGB or 20% sRGB over-saturation) 165hz VA panel with back-light strobing (1ms MPRT), a height adjustable stand, AMD Free-Sync (60-165hz Free-Sync range), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, VGA 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Philips is nearly perfectly accurate out of the box (especially for a budget panel), negligible input lag (2-4ms measured with the SMT Tool), and well balanced overdrive (Faster Response Time Setting).
Title: Qnix
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:42:35 pm
Qnix

Qnix QX2414 Multi

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with Nvidia G-Sync and back-light strobing.

Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/index.php?mid=dpreview&page=4&document_srl=47048678)

The Qnix has excellent color presets, fasts pixel response times and built in targeting sights which can be easily enabled and disabled with a button on the front. The Qnix can not be easily returned and exchanged and lacks a real warranty which makes the low price (220$ US versus 250-300$ for the LG 24GM77 and Viewsonic XG2401) only slightly attractive.
Title: Samsung
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:42:54 pm
Samsung

Samsung C24FG70

Curved matte 1080p 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync, back-light strobing and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel.

Measurements (https://nl.hardware.info/product/365059/samsung-c24fg70/testresultaten) and Review by Belgium Hardware (https://nl.hardware.info/reviews/7580/12/16-gaming-monitoren-review-de-144hz-voorbij-samsung)
Review by =DEAD= (http://3dnews.ru/948211)
Review by IBXT (http://ixbt.com/monitor/samsung-c24fg70fqi.shtml) with In Depth Pixel Response Time or Ghosting & Text Blur Analysis
Review by It Hardware PL (http://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_samsung_cfg70_24_zakrzywiona_matryca_va_quantum_dot_i_144_hz-2022.html)
Review by PC Monitors (http://pcmonitors.info/reviews/samsung-c24fg70/) with In Depth Pixel Response Time or Ghosting Analysis
Review by PRAD (http://prad.de/new/monitore/test/2017/test-samsung-c24fg70fqu-teil2.html)
Review by Trusted Reviews (http://trustedreviews.com/samsung-c24fg70-review)

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 the colors.

Units made before November 2016 suffer from purple overdrive artifacts (overshoot ghosting) while units made after suffer from more black, grown and grey color streaking, but it's very minor and will likely only bother the most experienced 144hz monitor owners.

Samsung S25HG50FQI

Matte 1920x1080 144hz TN panel with AMD Free-Sync and back-light strobing.

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (http://3dnews.ru/955733) (=DEAD=)
Review by Lims Cave (https://tinyurl.com/y8cq2j9f) (YouTube)

Low sRGB color space coverage (89% before calibration and 91% after calibration) an obviously grainy/sparkly matte coating when viewing light colors and white, and a 600hz LED PWM Dimming frequency when the brightness is set below 20% (measures 172cdm/2).

Samsung C24FG73

Review by Lim's Cave (https://tinyurl.com/ydacpaps) (YouTube)

Curved matte 1080p 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync, back-light strobing and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel.  Use the sRGB mode to prevent color over-saturation.


Samsung C27FG73

Measurements (https://nl.hardware.info/product/398328/samsung-c27fg73/testresultaten) and Review by Belgium Hardware (https://nl.hardware.info/reviews/7580/12/16-gaming-monitoren-review-de-144hz-voorbij-samsung)

Very accurate (aside from a minor preset green tint) curved matte 1080p 144hz VA panel with AMD Free-Sync, back-light strobing and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel.  Use the sRGB mode to prevent color over-saturation. 

Title: ViewSonic
Post by: NCX on September 27, 2018, 07:50:54 pm
ViewSonic

Viewsonic XG2401

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

Tested by qwertymac93 from overclock.net here (http://overclock.net/t/1594199/viewsonic-xg2401-better-than-lg#post_24996331).
Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=) (http://3dnews.ru/952402)
Review by PC Monitors (http://pcmonitors.info/reviews/viewsonic-xg2401/)
Review by Tom's Hardware (http://tomshardware.com/reviews/viewsonic-xg2401-24-inch-freesync-monitor,4504.html)
Review by Trusted Reviews (http://trustedreviews.com/reviews/viewsonic-xg2401)

The Viewsonic XG2401 has a 48-144hz AMD Free-Sync range, a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel, and great preset color accuracy once switched from the default Standard mode to the User mode.


Viewsonic XG3202

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

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (http://3dnews.ru/960706) (=DEAD=)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/52095981)

Viewsonic XG2402

Measurements by Magical Chicken (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/ask-for-advicehelp-the-update-thread/general-discussion/msg255/#msg255) (significantly more accurate than the unit I tested)
Review by NCX (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-reviews-by-ncx/acer-xf240h-review-()-viewsonic-xg2402-review-144hz-1080p-matte-tn-panels-with-a/) (least accurate but >900:1 contrast)
Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/viewsonic-xg2402/) (low contrast)
Review by Rtings (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/viewsonic/xg2402)

The Viewsonic XG2402 has a non-linear gamma curve and a perceived black depth decreasing black bezel vs the predecessor, the XG2401's high quality matte grey bezel. 


Viewsonic VX2458-mhd

Review by PRAD (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-vx2458-mhd-gaming-monitor-neuheit/)

The Viewsonic uses a very accurate matte 144hz 1080p AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range) with Displayport (48-144hz Free-Sync range), 2x HDMI (48-120hz Free-Sync range) and 3.5mm Audio Out.  Set the Response Time to Ultra Fast to speed up the pixel response times without obvious overshoot ghosting.  The VX2458-mhd's Ultra Fast Response Time setting offers superior overdrive to the XG240R PRAD tested: VX2458-mhd (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-xg240r-ueberzeugende-gaming-performance/5/#Netzdiagramme) versus XG240R's (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-vx2458-mhd-gaming-monitor-neuheit/5/#Netzdiagramme) best overdrive setting which is the Faster setting.


Viewsonic XG240R

Review by=DEAD= (https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/obzor__viewsonic_xg240r/)
Review by IBXT (https://www.ixbt.com/3dv/viewsonic-xg240r-review.html)
Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/viewsonic-xg240r/)
Review by PRAD (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-xg240r-ueberzeugende-gaming-performance/)
Review by Tom's Hardware (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/viewsonic-elite-xg240r-144hz-gaming-monitor,6165.html) (skewed gamma (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/viewsonic-elite-xg240r-144hz-gaming-monitor,6165-3.html))
Review by Trusted Reviews (https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/viewsonic-xg240r)

Fully adjust-able matte 144hz 1920x1080 AUO TN panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI (48-120hz Free-Sync), 2x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out. 

The XG240R has accurate 60hz color presets, but the XG240R PC Monitors tested suffered from a significant gamma drop (60hz 2.3 to 1.9 at 144hz), and loss of color and shade accuracy and vibrancy when set to 144hz.  Setting the Gamma to 2.6, and setting the Gaming Settings to Custom 1 and 2 (best) improve the 144hz gamma.  The XG240R can't fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces (https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/obzor__viewsonic_xg240r/#elem-5), and has slightly worse overdrive than the cheaper VX2458-mhd.  The VX2458-mhd's Ultra Fast Response Time setting offers superior overdrive to the XG240R PRAD tested: VX2458-mhd (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-xg240r-ueberzeugende-gaming-performance/5/#Netzdiagramme) versus XG240R's (https://www.prad.de/testberichte/test-viewsonic-vx2458-mhd-gaming-monitor-neuheit/5/#Netzdiagramme) best overdrive setting which is the Faster setting.
Title: X-Star
Post by: NCX on October 12, 2018, 02:00:25 am
X-Star