When it comes to upgrading your monitor, there are a lot of important factors to take into consideration. In order to choose the perfect monitor, you will need to consider LCD vs OLED, the different types of monitor panels, and the advantages or disadvantages of each.

With all these different factors and questions to consider, our team of experts here at Overclockers UK have decided to compile this helpful guide. In due course, all your questions about different monitor types will be answered! So, get yourself a cuppa, some biscuits, and keep on reading.


Screen Resolution and Size:

Screen size is how big the screen is in inches whilst the screen resolution is defined by the number of pixels. The pixel density is measured in pixels per inch (PPI). 

The higher the size resolution is – the more processing power and FPS is needed to perform effectively. If you want to achieve high frame rates, you will want to purchase a smaller screen as the larger the screen size, the lower the pixel density.  

Common gaming monitor sizes and resolutions: 

  • 24 inches / 1920 x 1080 pixels  
  • 27 inches / 2560 x 1440 pixels  
  • 27/32 inches / 3840 x 2160 pixels  
  • 34 inches / 3440 x 1440 pixels  

Refresh Rates:

When purchasing a gaming monitor, one of the factors to take into consideration is the refresh rate. Refresh rates are defined by the maximum number of frames per second.  

A higher refresh rate results in more detailed images being displayed simultaneously and notably reduced motion blur. This is a must for gamers who enjoy intense, fast-paced FPS games, as high refresh rates mean you can keep your focus on fast mouse and player actions. In addition, you will have a distinct advantage over players, as you will see your opponents much quicker.  

Want to read more about the importance of high refresh rate monitors? Check out our dedicated blog guide.


LCD vs OLED:

Traditional LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is a flat panel screen that utilises liquid crystal technology to display images, videos, text, etc. The individual pixels in an LCD are illuminated by a separate LED backlight.  

Alternatively, OLED monitors have been constructed with Organic Light Emitting Diodes which eliminate the need for a separate backlight. These diodes individually illuminate the pixels for better, brighter image quality.  

Advantages:

  • Low response times  
  • Low power consumption  
  • High-quality contrast ratios  

Disadvantages:

  • Often more expensive  
  • Risk of burn-in 

LG UltraGear 45’’ 45GR95QE-B 3440 x 1440 OLED Gaming Monitor

  • 3440 x 1440
  • OLED
  • 240Hz refresh rates
  • 0.03ms response time
  • FreeSync and G-Sync compatible

Want to make the most of your OLED gaming monitor? Here’s how you can do exactly that!


What is NVIDIA G-Sync?

NVIDIA G-Sync is NVIDIA’s own display technology that has been expertly designed to deliver you a smooth, ultra-fast gaming experience.  By synchronising the display refresh rates in your GPU, screen tearing, display stutter, and input lag are all notably reduced. As a result, you can sit back and enjoy a competitive edge over other players, thanks to the sharp image fidelity and smooth gameplay.  


What is FreeSync?

FreeSync is AMD’s display technology which allows AMD’s GPUs and APUs to control refresh rates. Every AMD FreeSync monitor is put through extensive testing and certification to ensure the delivery of a tear-free, low latency gaming experience.  

Along with being available on AMD graphics cards, FreeSync is also compatible with NVIDIA GPUs.


Choosing the Right Panel Type:

When looking for a monitor, you will often find three different types of panels.  

  • TN 
  • IPS 
  • VA 

Each panel type has its own advantages and disadvantages and it’s important to know as you select which features are best suited to your needs.  

TN:

The oldest type of LCD panel, TN or Twisted Nematic were the first mass-produced monitors and are still being produced today.  Suited for those looking for a wallet-friendly upgrade, TN monitors utilise liquid crystal technology with two filters that are placed vertically and horizontally. Popular with mainstream esports and competitive gamers, TN monitors offer short reaction times and fast response times. As such, screen blurring and tearing are notably reduced for an optimised gaming experience. 

Advantages:

  • Short reaction times  
  • Low power consumption  
  • Budget friendly  

Disadvantages:

  • Low colour space  
  • Low viewing angle  
  • Weak contrast ratios  

ASUS PG248QP 24’’ 1920 x 1080 Gaming Monitor

  • 1920 x 1080
  • 0.2ms response time
  • TN panel
  • Compatible with G-Sync

BenQ GL2480 24’’ Gaming Monitor

  • 1920 x 1080
  • 75Hz refresh rates
  • 1ms response time
  • TN panel

IPS:

IPS panels or In-Plane Switching were developed as an improvement to TN. Expanding on the limitations of TN panels, IPS screens use parallel liquid crystals to offer high-quality colour fidelity. As the liquid crystals can shift horizontally, this allows for better viewing angle stability for those looking to game or work in comfort.  IPS monitors are more suited to video editing, thanks to the high-colour depth and short reaction times.

Advantages:

  • Stable viewing angle  
  • Colour representation  

Disadvantages:

  • High power consumption 
  • Often more expensive  

Gigabyte G27Q 27’’ 2560 x 1440 Gaming Monitor

  • 2560 x 1440
  • 144Hz refresh rates
  • IPS panel
  • 1ms response time
  • FreeSync and G Sync compatible

MSI MAG274QRF-QD 27” 2560 x 1440 Gaming Monitor 

MSI 27" MAG274QRF-QD 2560x1440 IPS Quantum Dot 165Hz 1ms FreeSync/G-Sync Widescreen LED Backlit Gaming Monitor
  • 2560 x 1440
  • 165Hz refresh rates
  • IPS panel
  • 1ms response time
  • FreeSync and G Sync compatible

VA:

The best of both TN and IPS panels, VA aka Vertical Alignment offers high-quality contrast ratios, colour fidelity, and wider viewing angles.  Notably, VA panels block the light from the backlight when it’s not needed. This dramatically improves the production of deeper blacks and allows for better contrast ratios when compared to TN and IPS displays.  

Advantages:

  • Stable viewing angles  
  • High contrast ratios  

Disadvantages:

  • High response times  

MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR 34’’ 3440 x 1440 Gaming Monitor

  • 3440 x 1440
  • 165Hz refresh rates
  • VA panel
  • 1ms response time
  • FreeeSync compatible
  • Curved

ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQR 32” 2560 x 1440 Gaming Monitor

  • 2560 x 1440
  • 165Hz refresh rates
  • VA panel
  • 1ms response time
  • Curved

What Are the Best Monitors for Console Gaming?

To achieve the desired high-quality 4k gaming experience with your console, you need a monitor that can support 4k resolutions and the latest HDMI 2.1 standard.  HDMI 2.1 can support refresh rates of up to 120Hz meaning you can enjoy next-generation cinematic graphics on the XBOX S/X and PlayStation 5.  

Gigabyte G32QC 32’’ 2560 x 1440 Gaming Monitor

  • 2560 x 1440
  • 165Hz refresh rates
  • 1ms response time
  • Compatible with AMD FreeSync

OcUK Value 15m HDMI v2.0 Cable

  • Compatible with the latest v2.1 standard  
  • 1 X 15.0m long HDMI cable  
  • Male to male connections  

Monitor Further Reading

Choosing the perfect monitor for your gaming set-up can be a challenge. However, on the Overclockers UK blog, you can find a huge range of dedicated guides all about monitors to make the process even easier.  All of which we’ve included down below.  

Guide to Gaming Monitors

Your Guide to Gaming Monitors

Are Curved Monitors Good for Gaming?

The Best PC Monitors for 2K and 4K Gaming

The Best PC Monitors for 2K and 4K Gaming! 

The Best Monitors to Pair with an NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti

Does a Monitor Upgrade Require a Graphics Card Upgrade?

Can You Run Multiple Monitors from One GPU?

How to Set up Dual Monitors

How to Connect a Monitor to Your Laptop

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