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A Guide On What To Buy The Enthusiast In Your Life For Black Friday (Page 4)

By Anthony Garreffa from 1 week, 2 days ago

G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Upgrade

If you already have a decent gaming monitor then you're not going to need to upgrade, so this section is for anyone who is in the market for a new monitor. You will want something that is G-SYNC compatible for your GeForce RTX graphics card, while the list of G-SYNC ULTIMATE, G-SYNC, and G-SYNC Compatible displays is a long one.

But there are some great monitors on Amazon right now with some great savings to be had, too.

1080p 144Hz

Starting off at a new 1080p gaming monitor with a 120-144Hz refresh rate, the MSI Optix G27C2 fits this perfectly and comes in at under $200. It's a larger 27-inch panel with 1080p 144Hz and a 1ms response time, while you could go for an Acer ED273 -- a near-identical 27-inch 1080p 144Hz panel.


ASUS also have their ROG Strix XG27VQ which is a higher-end offering at $260, offering the same 1080p 144Hz resolution and refresh rate, respectively. It just has that ROG Strix gaming flair, if you wanted a higher-end offering.

I've been really digging the larger 32-inch gaming panels at 1440p lately, but there are some great value 32-inch 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors on the market too. AOC and MSI both have 32-inch 1080p 144/165Hz gaming monitors on offer, with the AOC C32G1 kicking things off at $260 with a 32-inch panel and 1080p resolution with 144Hz refresh rate.

MSI offer up their Optic AG32C for the same $260 on Amazon, with a 32-inch monitor with a 1080p resolution and slightly faster 165Hz refresh rate.

1440p 144Hz

Now this is when things get more serious, but the 1440p resolution at 2560 x 1440 is really a great spot. It's not as hardcore as 4K so you don't need a ridiculous graphics card to handle 60FPS... and secondly, you'll actually get 120-144FPS at 1440p where hitting that frame rate at 4K isn't so easy.


Starting off with Samsung's CJG56 which costs $260 we have 1440p at 144Hz with a 4ms panel, while the ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR costs $430 and offers the same 1440p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate but on a faster 1ms panel.

Just like with the 1080p monitors, I would recommend looking at a larger 32-inch panel -- and stress this even more at 32 inches. A larger 32-inch panel at a native 1440p resolution looks kick ass, and when playing games like Overwatch and Apex Legends, or Metro: Exodus, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or Control -- that additional screen size at 1440p really does look great.


LG surprises with its 32KG650F-B with a 32-inch panel packing 1440p and 144Hz for $300, while AOC offers its CQ32G1 for just $320 and giving you a 31.5-inch panel at 1440p and 144Hz, while it also offers it on a 1ms panel.


If you want to look at the more expensive ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ then you'll be coughing up a much larger $500 for the pleasure, offering the same 31.5-inch 1440p 144Hz specs.

4K 120/144Hz


This is when things get real expensive... 4K and keeping things up at 120-144Hz refresh rate levels. There's only a few monitors at this level, with Acer offering its Predator X27 for $1400 -- packing 4K at 144Hz and being labeled the flagship NVIDIA G-SYNC ULTIMATE badge.

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