The tech industry is constantly trying to meet the demands of gamers that their hardware be faster, bigger and better. This has led to a constant trend of ever-improving computer parts being released in an unending process. This has however caused a gulf in an area usually neglected, a PC users Monitor. With improving Graphics cards claiming to deliver a clearer and crisper image than ever before, some users don’t realise that the Monitor they are using is almost equally as important for this. 144hz Monitors essentially output an unparalleled high frame rate onto its display, the higher the FPS (frames per second) the smoother the viewing experience will be.
Why buy a 144hz Monitor?
Upgrading your monitor gives you the ability to keep up with what your graphics card is crying out for, a smoother and sharper gaming experience. If you have invested in a high end graphics card capable of delivering over 120fps, but haven’t upgraded your monitor you are essentially wasting the capabilities of your purchase.
If you are yet to upgrade your graphics card but are thinking about the future, a monitor investment is a wise and prudent purchase. You can spend a significant amount on this vital part of your computer set up and still be confident you can use it years down the track! So why not spend a little more and ensure any upgrades to graphics cards or other aspects of your rig are able to be used to their potential.
One example of the new breed of 144 Hz monitors is Acer’s XB270HU. PC gamer referred to the Asus RoG Swift as being their favourite monitor, however after reviewing the XB270HU it replaced the RoG as they believe it was “dangerously close to being the perfect gaming display thanks to the sheer amount of tech it has shoved into its slim line chassis”. It offers 144 Hz refresh with a low input lag, Nvidia G-Sync support for variable refresh and a beautiful, clear IPS screen.
The XB270HU is a 27” monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution, many people consider these specs the sweet spot for high-end gaming. It offers substantially more pixels than 1080p without being as demanding as a 4K panel, meaning games will look the business but at 27 inches but won’t bring a good GPU to its knees.
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q
The ROG Swift PG278Q is a 27” WQHD display that has both a 144Hz maximum refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC.This monitor stacks up well against the XB270HU, while not as powerful in certain areas it is the cheaper of the two which for some people is a deal breaker. Its best feature is the ability to keep running at 144hz, but even if there is a slight slowdown during certain sequences of play it will always appear as smooth as before due to the G-Sync feature.