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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.

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).

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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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More 144-240hz Monitor Buying Guides
Banding And Other Panel Issues
1ms TN vs 4ms AHVA/IPS/PLS
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs VA Panel Image Quality Differences
AHVA/IPS/PLS vs TN Panel Image Quality Differences
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
Best 32" 144hz 1080p Monitors with Free-Sync
Best 24-27" 144hz 1080p G-Sync Monitors
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

More 144-240hz Monitor Buying Guides

Best Reviewed Flicker Free 1080p 144hz Monitors
Best Reviewed Flicker Free 1440p 144-165hz Monitors
Best Reviewed Flicker 240hz TN Panels


Dawn Engine Banding by Dr NCX, on Flickr
Some AUO TN and Samsung VA panels suffer from very obvious and frankly horrific banding when viewing the above Dawn Engine image, this 60fps Westworld trailer and some dark content or scenes in games and non-interactive media (movies, TV shows, YouTube, ect).  Dark content banding examples:

Dawn Engine Banding

Dell S2417DG Banding 2 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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Dell Banding 1 by Dr NCX, on Flickr

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 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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BenQ Zowie RL2460 Dawn Engine Lights On by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Qnix QX2710 PLS Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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Qnix QX2710 Dawn Engine Lights On by Dr NCX, on Flickr

Samsung F2380MX C-PVA Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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Samsng F2380MX Dawn Engine Lights On by Dr NCX, on Flickr

ViewSonic VX2458-mhd TN Panel Dawn Engine Lights On
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ViewSonic VX2458-mhd Dawn Engine Banding Lights On by Dr NCX, on Flickr
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:

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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