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AOC AGON AG322QCX: 32-inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync = Just $470

By Anthony Garreffa from Apr 6, 2018 @ 20:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AOC

Gaming Impressions


I played a considerable chunk of Overwatch on the AOC AG322QCX thanks to its fluidity at 144FPS, which was matched beautifully on this monitor. I was running it at native 2560x1440 on an NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collector's Edition, so I knew the graphics card could handle 1440p at 144FPS in Overwatch.




When it comes to Overwatch, I mostly play Mercy (the healer/medic) and I manically move around healing my entire team, so the mouse isn't stopping and neither is my display. This is where a minimum, not average of 144FPS is really needed.


But the monitor in front of your eyes is the biggest decision maker, so the 144Hz refresh rate really comes into play, but you need the GPU horsepower to drive it. I wouldn't recommend a 2560x1440 144Hz gaming monitor to anyone that doesn't have an AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or TITAN Xp graphics card. You truly need the grunt.



If you're only wanting to play the eSports side of things, with games like Overwatch, CS:GO, and Rocket League, then an RX 580/RX Vega 56 or GTX 1070/1070 Ti/1080 will be more than enough GPU power to run 1440p at 144FPS.



Workstation Impressions


Now, when it comes to workstation use I wouldn't recommend the AOC AG322QCX unless you wanted a large 1440p monitor and enjoyed the high refresh rate. Working on 60Hz panels really hurts after you feel the fluid 144Hz, but the color reproduction on the faster panels definitely leaves a lot off the table.




I'm surrounded by high-end monitors in both high quality and refresh rate, shifting between Dell's 8K-capable UP3218K monitor and a plethora of 3440x1440 21:9 UltraWide displays. This gives me a good eye between the screens, and yet the AG322QCX still stands out.


The 31.5-inch panel is beautifully large, but it needed the 144Hz refresh rate to match. If this were a 60Hz panel it would be completely not worth it, but AOC has priced it competitively against 3440x1440 monitors, for the eSports/mainstream gaming segment.


The gamers who can't afford $1000+ on a new gaming display, but instead want to spend as much on their gaming display as their graphics card and fall into the $400-$500 market. This means for $1000 you could grab this monitor, and a great new graphics card.

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