Besides having a really powerful rig to be able to play all the games that we want at their maximum settings, the next most important thing you should take into account would be the monitor. Its importance is such that if you were to have the best graphics card but with a mediocre monitor, you would still be missing out on a lot of things. The display simply wouldn’t look that nice, even when you crank up the settings to ultra. The reason is that your visual quality’s determining factor depends upon a wide range of factors, half of which comes from the gaming monitor. The color, contrast, sharpness and so on will entirely be based on how good your monitor is. I’ve compiled a list of the best gaming monitors in the market today, what do you think of these?
One of the biggest concerns that most people have in this regard would be the refresh rate. I would assume that most gamers prefer having the VSync function on which effectively caps the frame rate at 60. Is it possible to go any higher than this? You bet it is. This will not be made available to you regardless of what graphics card you have. The sole factor that affects this will be the monitor. A couple of years ago, all the gaming monitors came with a maximum of 60 Hz. Today however, a portion of them can even support up to 120 Hz. A good example would be the BenQ XL2420T. The difference that you can see between a 60 Hz and a 120 Hz monitor will be tremendous. This ultimately depends on you having a graphics card that’s powerful enough to support a frame rate above 60 though. Otherwise, there’s really no point in getting a 120 Hz monitor. Is 120 Hz the highest frame rate that you can possibly go? Not really. There are a rare one or two monitors which have a 144 Hz capability. One of them would be the Asus VG248QE. This Asus PA248Q review is also right on in describing the differences that you can see between both these monitors. This will likely be unnecessary though as even the best rigs wouldn’t be able to crank up the FPS to 120 and above. At least not while the settings are at the maximum level.
Besides the refresh rate, you might also want to look at the type of panel that’s being used within the monitor. A few years ago, there isn’t a choice with regard to this as all the monitors back then had been produced based on the TN panel technology. Now, you get to choose between a TN and IPS panel. Logic would dictate that an IPS panel is far superior and nobody would be right to dispute that. The advantages are clear. A monitor with an IPS panel simply produces much better image quality, contrast and sharpness. Take this Dell UltraSharp U2412M review for instance. The reviewer is accurate in describing the benefits that you would have from a monitor of such specifications over any others. Any graphics designer would want to go with an IPS monitor because they want their pictures to look great and appealing. This should similarly apply to gamers. That’s the whole point of us spending thousands just to build a rig that’s powerful enough to play all the games at the best settings.
Besides that, an IPS panel will also have a much wider viewing angle compared to the TN. This basically allows there to be minimal color change even if you weren’t seated directly in front of the monitor. Even in the event that you were staring straight at the middle of a monitor with a TN panel, chances are that the sides of the screen, particularly the top and bottom area will have a slight shift in color compared to the middle area. The color inaccuracy would be a disadvantage here in terms of the visual quality. Further, IPS panels are known to be able to provide a much sharper display. Do they come with certain disadvantages? Yes, indeed they do. For starters, their response time and refresh rates will never be as high as a TN panel, but that might change in the near future as our technology further improves.
For the time being however, if you want the very best gaming experience, you would do well with sticking to a great monitor that has the IPS technology.