If you’re serious about gaming, especially on PC, you should consider upping your monitor’s refresh rate to at least 144Hz from the standard 60Hz that you’ll find on most budget monitors and televisions. If you thought 60Hz looks smooth, wait until you play a game with a variable refresh rate up to 144Hz with G-Sync or FreeSync active. A higher refresh rate gives you an edge that you wouldn’t otherwise have at 60Hz. Reacting to enemies, twitch aiming, and timing are all factors that are improved by increasing your refresh rate, whether you can tell the difference with your eye or not. Anyone who’s serious about gaming, especially competitive multiplayer, should consider getting a 144Hz gaming monitor. Fortunately, if you’re not sure what the best options are, we’ve outlined the best 144Hz gaming monitor options currently available below, from 4K to 1440p and more.
For more display recommendations, see our picks for the best 4K monitors and best 4K TVs for gaming. Televisions have started to adopt high refresh rates as well, and with technology like FreeSync Premium, they’ve become viable options for hardcore gamers. And if you want to learn more before buying a new gaming monitor, check out our complete guide to monitor technologies, which covers everything from HDR for monitors and panel types, among other things. We’ve also got a guide to the best gaming monitors for PS5 and Xbox Series X, if you’re a console gamer considering buying a new monitor over a TV.
The LG 27GN950-B is our pick for best 4K monitor, but this IPS display is also an excellent choice for those looking for a 144Hz refresh rate–or even a dual-monitor setup thanks to its thin frame and ability to be raised, tilted, or pivoted to your preference. Behind its 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, it boasts low input lag and a max 1ms response time. It also features HDR600 support and has great color representation with or without HDR turned on. It’s equipped with one DisplayPort 1.4 port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports.
If your graphics card is capable of pushing 1440p and 144Hz, you should definitely consider the Gigabyte G27Q as your gaming monitor. Its 27-inch IPS display boasts a max response time of 1ms, and it comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. It’s also G-Sync Compatible via FreeSync Premium. One of the coolest features of the G27Q is being able to control display settings with keyboard and mouse–no clumsy on-board monitor controls to worry about.
For more great 1440p, 144Hz monitor options, see our LG 27GL850 review and Razer Raptor 27 review.
Acer Nitro XV242Y
1080p 144Hz monitors are quite affordable, and even though the Acer Nitro’s budget price may imply that it’s lower quality, it’s not one to disappoint. Its fast refresh rate is accompanied by FreeSync Premium and G-Sync compatibility. The monitor can also be overclocked to 165Hz. One thing to note is that the Acer Nitro XV242Y has only a single DisplayPort 1.2 port, so you won’t have extra room to plug in anything but your gaming PC.
As far as cheap gaming monitors go, AOC makes the best. Its 24-inch G2490VX gaming monitor is less than $200, yet boasts a 1080p resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync Premium, and more. If you just want to dip your toe into high refresh rates, this is an excellent option to go with.
Combining 144Hz with an ultrawide display gives you an ultra-smooth, extremely wide view of your gameplay, and one of the best ultrawide monitors out there is the LG 34GN850-B. In addition to its 3440×1440 resolution, this curved ultrawide display features a max 1ms response time, FreeSync Premium with G-Sync compatibility, and HDR400 support. As for ports, it has two for HDMI 2.0, one for DisplayPort 1.4, and three USB 3.0 ports, two of which are downstream and one of which is upstream.
ViewSonic Elite XG270QG
If you’ve got an Nvidia graphics card and want native G-Sync support, then the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is the best balance between performance, price, and feature set–though if you have an AMD GPU, you’ll want to look at the FreeSync options on this list. It boasts a refresh rate up to 165Hz (overclocked), 1440p resolution, a max 1ms response time, and very low input lag. Its 27-inch Nano IPS display produces gorgeous colors as well, making this a great monitor for any type of gamer, from competitive and cooperative multiplayer aficionados to those who like playing single-player games on their own. It has one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one USB 3.1 Type B port.