What is a gaming monitor

“Gaming monitor is the phrase used to describe a computer monitor designed for use in a computer gaming system (“gaming rig”). ” (https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/G/gaming-monitor.html).

“A gaming monitor is as integral to your gaming rig as your souped-up gaming PC. However, choosing the right one can prove to be a challenge – especially with the myriad of choices and technical specifications floating out there. Do you look at refresh rates, resolutions, panel types, screen sizes, or adaptive sync support? What do these things mean? We explore the many factors that contribute to forging a truly excellent Gaming Monitor.” (https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming).

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“Every panel type has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages; it is left to the buyers to decide what characteristic is more important to their use case.”

” Most gaming monitors use either TN (Twisted Nematic), VA (Vertical Alignment), or IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels today. “

IPS Panels offer much better color reproduction and larger viewing angles .”
TN panels feature faster response times (<4ms) and are relatively cheaper.

VA panels offer the best of both worlds: speedy response times and lower costs compared to IPS panels; better color reproduction and viewing angles compared to TN panels.

” Hence, gamers who are on a budget and have a strong affinity for fast-paced games will find gaming monitors with TN panels more suited to them, while gamers who want to maximize their immersion and admire the gorgeous graphics should grab an IPS display. Meanwhile, VA displays are perfect for gamers who don’t like compromising too much on either front.”  (https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming).

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” The three most popular gaming monitor resolutions today are:

  • 1080p (also called Full HD(1080p is 1080pixels vertically as horizontally there are more because the moninor is rectangular).
  • 1440p (also called QHD) (1440pixels vertically).
  • 2160p (also called 4K/UHD)”  (2160pixels vertically as you can see horizontally there are 4K pixels – it is marketed as 4K) “.

“Although a higher resolution does bring better detail and clarity, there is a caveat. The higher the resolution, the more powerful your hardware needs to be. Hence, 4K Gaming Monitors haven’t really become mainstream even though they deliver absolutely fantastic visuals. In fact, most mid-range GPUs still struggle to deliver playable frame rates on these monitors.

On the flipside, 1080p screens are slowly starting to fall short of gamers’ expectations when it comes to crispness and visual quality.

Consequently, most gamers seem to agree that 1440p displays strike a balance. They offer brilliant visuals and you won’t need high-end hardware to maintain playable frame rates in the latest games. What’s more, 1440p displays are usually cheaper than their 4K counterparts as well. “ (https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming).

Refresh rate” The refresh rate of a monitor indicates how many times per second your monitor refreshes an image displayed on the panel.”(https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gamingIf your graphics card can produce at least 60 Frames Per Second (FPS) for your game that would be enough to play and not have serious problems. That is because most monitors have 60 Hz refresh rate. If your graphics card produces more frames than the monitor’s refresh rate that should be not a problem for a casual gamer or for most gamers (Well if you are going to European , American or other big tournaments then you should consider a screen with higher refresh rates and a better graphics card that can produce the frames).

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” Adaptive sync technologies eliminate screen tearing in games. The two major adaptive sync technologies are:

  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • AMD FreeSync

Although both these technologies solve the same problem, there is a big gulf when it comes to pricing. While Nvidia G-Sync monitors command a considerable price premium, AMD FreeSync monitors don’t.

Moreover, since Nvidia G-Sync requires the use of an Nvidia graphics card and AMD FreeSync requires AMD graphics card, the choice largely depends on your budget as well as your hardware configuration.”   (https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming) . My opinion is that AMD  FreeSync is enough for most gaming scenarios (and cheaper – that is if you need to exceed the 60 Hz that most monitors have).

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Haven’t seen websites comment on that but for me it is a very important aspect of making of decision to buy something. Having a 2 year at least warranty makes the item (especially if i buy something quite expensive like a monitor or a chair or any other expensive peripheral) a very good candidate for buying. I see products having 1 year warranty and i think about it quite a lot. What good it is if i have better quality and lasts for less time? . I think one of the main concerns for most people is durability (maybe after people search for good quality and price , the third is durability). Things that i know or i think will last longer will be more appealing to me rather than getting ultra high quality for a short period of time. And my expectations will be higher if i buy a higher spec equipment (whatever it is). Don’t want it to break soon (1-2 years). Well for monitors 2 years or more warranty is good.

Last Words

Monitors in general play a very important part in our daily lives. The monitor must be good quality because we spend a lot of time in front of it and for gamers, the performance and quality must be adequate for daily gaming (at least for relatively cheap gaming monitors). For me , the monitor is the 2nd most important equipment (1st is the gaming chair). Well, for gamers all are important equipment, but we should prioritize based on different factors (first is health). Anyone has a different view he/she can share it in the comments below.

P.S All italic text is taken from https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming.

Panel Image by William Iven from Pixabay

Resolution Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Adaptive Sync Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Warranty Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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  1. This is a very thorough article and I feel smarter for having read it. Thank you for the information as someone that is looking into getting a new monitor.

    • No problem. If you buy a monitor for casual to serious gaming , you can check out the post about the 144 hz monitors. 144hz is like the standard these days for gaming (of course 60-75 Hz will work too depends how much you want to spend).

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