The right monitor for gaming and PC

The development of computer technology is happening very quickly. Frequent users therefore have to renew or upgrade their equipment from time to time. Monitors have also been modified and changed in recent years - we present you the most important requirements of high-end devices.

Gaming Monitor Requirements

At the moment the ultimate for gamers is 4K and UHD. Ultra High Definition offers an outstanding resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which, however, only comes into its own if the rest of the hardware such as the graphics card or processor is also matched to it. If you already have a gaming PC, check your configuration in front of the monitor to see whether you can display the high resolution. If the hardware is inadequate, the monitor automatically scales the pixel display lower. VR-capable monitors also offer increasingly real representations when playing.

For gamers, it is particularly important that game sequences, videos or animations run smoothly. Therefore, in addition to the high-performance screen, a high-performance graphics card and corresponding interfaces are part of the ultimate gaming experience. For gamers, it is important to reduce the blue light on monitors. Since you usually spend a long time in front of the screen while gaming, the technology offers sufficient relaxation for the eyes.

Is it all a question of size?

If you want to buy a new monitor, in addition to an adequate screen diagonal, properties such as resolution, refresh rates, image display and connections are interesting.

Screen size and response time

The gaming monitor should be at least between 24 and 27 inches so that you never lose track of things while gaming. The small models are no longer up-to-date for gaming PCs; if you opt for opulent screens, you have to adapt them to your seat spacing. The larger the screen diagonal, however, the shorter the response time. For comparison: The Samsung LC27F396FHUXEN 68,6 cm (27 inch) LED is specified with a response time of 4 milliseconds, while the much smaller ASUS monitor VS248HR with 24 inches scores with a response time of just one millisecond.

refresh rate

A new trend can be seen in gaming monitors: the refresh rate must be as high as possible in order to be able to perform quick reactions in the game. As a rule, 60 Hertz (Hz) is perfectly adequate for everyday use - the screen updates the image 60 times a second. However, if you use a monitor with 120 or even up to 240 Hz, the images appear to you at least twice as fast. In addition, the newly displayed images appear in a quieter atmosphere. The latest models now have technology that allows the refresh rate to be set dynamically.

If the cost factor is not a decisive criterion for you, then the Acer Predator XB272 is the ultimate. The Samsung C24FG70 or C24FG73 monitors are significantly cheaper.

V-Sync, Free-Sync or G-Sync?

In order to display 144 Hz images optimally, the graphics card and monitors must work with V-Sync technology. The graphics card is adapted to the monitor so that every picture is actually displayed.

The newer monitors are already working with Free-Sync (AMD) or G-Sync (NVIDIA), a standard that is only supported by GeForce graphics cards. The refresh rates can be adjusted individually. Different variants are available from 60 Hz to 144 Hz. If you want to familiarize yourself with the technology again, the AOC C24G1 is highly recommended. For less than 250 euros you can get a 24 inch monitor that works with high contrast, has a high refresh rate of 144 Hz and also offers free sync. If you decide on a higher frequency, G-Sync, Free-Sync or V-Sync is absolutely irrelevant.

screen resolution

No monitor can do without Full HD. But the future does not belong to 1920 x 1080 pixels. WQHD and 4K are becoming more and more popular. With the high resolutions, it is almost impossible for the human eye to see even one pixel. Especially when it comes to gaming, the high-priced purchase is worthwhile, as the game sequences are displayed in a highly realistic manner.

The Acer PE270K is a 27-inch monitor with 4K resolution that delivers razor-sharp images and at the same time is still reasonable at a moderate price of less than 600 euros - at least if you look at the rest of the equipment. It has an additional frame and a large number of interfaces. It's much cheaper with a WQHD monitor like the Dell S2716DG. 144 Hz, 27 inches and the Adaptive Sync standard deliver smooth images, crystal-clear colors and a fast response time.

Monitors for every purpose

Casual gamers and office users are already well equipped with a full HD monitor. This means that there are almost no compatibility problems with the hardware. All images, videos and documents are displayed razor-sharp with 1920 x 1080 pixels. The quality level is completely sufficient both for video editing and as a TV monitor.

If you use your PC to stream or watch films, you should at least use WQHD, a brilliant resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels transforms your room into a cinema. Modern monitors are compatible with most computers and have the right interfaces such as HDMI, DisplayPort or DVI, with the latter connection becoming more and more out of fashion.

Smooth PC gaming with the right hardware

Hardcore gamers swear by 4K monitors, but they have to bite the bullet and buy a 4K-capable graphics card. Most computers today are equipped with a quad-core CPU (or higher) and ample RAM and make your gaming dream come true. With the high-end equipment, you can play completely trouble-free. Jerks and delays are a thing of the past.

In addition, 4K monitors offer the option to connect your console and play great games with it.

Interfaces for high resolution monitors

4K monitors like the models from iiyama, the Mindfactory currently offers at an unbeatable price-performance ratio, are ideally connected via the DisplayPort version 1.2 or higher or HDMI 2.0.

Buy recommendations for powerful gaming monitors

Mindfactory offers you monitors that are equipped with excellent technologies at fair prices. The interplay between color display, screen diagonal and power consumption must be right in order not to have to compromise.

The top sellers of gaming monitors 2019 include:

  • Acer Nitro XV3 XV273KP: The screen comes up in first-class UHD quality with 144 Hz, offers the free-sync standard and shows crystal-clear color coverage. The only drawback: you have to invest almost 1000 euros for it.
  • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ: Here, too, a monitor goes beyond the usual 60 Hz for UHD. With 144 Hz it delivers fast pictures. However, at over 2000 euros, it is anything but a bargain
  • Samsung C24FG70 / C24FG73: Both models are “only” Full HD in the affordable price range of around 400 euros. The very short response time of 1 millisecond, 144 Hz display and the free sync standard should be convincing arguments for the gaming monitor.
  • Acer Predator XB272: A proud 27 inches and 240 Hz should already be considered a purchase argument. However, the gaming monitor delivers far more performance: Free-Sync, HDMI and DisplayPort connections and a matt screen are absolutely recommended. For these extra sharp pictures you have to invest around 550 euros.
  • Viewsonic XG2703-GS: Slightly more expensive, but technically in the upper league - this screen impresses with variable G-Sync between 30 Hz and 165 Hz. High-resolution and true-to-color, it does not allow any compromises in the image display.

About Kevin Seeberger

Kevin Seeberger is a graduate economist with a focus on e-commerce & marketing. He takes care of various topics related to computer security, cryptocurrencies and reviews.

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