The Best 360 Hz Gaming Monitors in 2021

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As technology continues to evolve, we still manage to find ourselves surprised by just how crazy some of the modern gaming monitors out there are. In recent years, we’ve seen much faster and responsive gaming monitors, blowing older models out the water each year.

Generally coming with a premium price tag, some of the higher-end gaming monitors joining the market are for the serious gamers among us. A perfect example of this is the new and upcoming 360 Hz monitors.

360 Hz monitors push the boundaries on what we can expect from responsive gaming. With high refresh rates and low response times, these monitors are great for those who want to really invest in their gaming setup.

However, a 360 Hz monitor alone won’t transform your PC. You’ll also need a PC build that can reach high frame rates to make the most of 360 Hz monitors. If you are also thinking of investing in the new Nvidia Ampere graphics card series, then a 360 Hz monitor will pair perfectly with one of these to create a monster gaming PC.

360Hz Monitors Release Date

Now that the 30-series graphics cards are arriving, the 360Hz monitor’s release date isn’t too far away either. While we’re still waiting on an exact date for the release, we do know they’re coming in September so there shouldn’t be much longer to wait!

Best 360 Hz Gaming Monitors: First Look

Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best 360 Hz monitors available at the moment. As these are fairly new on the market (or soon to be), there aren’t a huge number of different models available but we’ve tried to pick some of the most impressive-looking ones so far.

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN / PG259QNR

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN / PG259QNR

Size

24.5 inch

Panel

IPS

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Refresh Rate

360 Hz

Response Time

1 ms GtG

Super thin bezels, a sturdy base, and an intelligent cooling system make this a great choice. The ROG branding works wonders for this monitor and it might be the best looking from the list. Be sure to keep an eye out for the PG259QNR model if you want Nvidia’s Reflex Latency Analyzer software though.

Alienware 25 AW2521H 360Hz

Alienware AW2521HF
Alienware Logo

Alienware AW2521HF Gaming Monitor

Refresh Rate

240Hz (DisplayPort)

Response time

1ms

Screen size

25″

Resolution

1920 x 1080

A futuristic-looking 360 Hz monitor with a clean, stylish design If you have other Alienware products already in your build, the Alienware 25 AW2521H 360Hz would be a perfect stylish addition to your setup.

Acer Predator X25

Acer Predator x25
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Acer Predator X25

Refresh Rate

360hz

Response time

1ms GTG

Screen size

25″

Resolution

1920 x 1080

A great-looking monitor that includes some top eye-care features. The Acer Predator X25 gaming monitor looks to be a perfect choice for those that want the best technology, while still keeping a couple of ways to keep eye strain to the minimum.

MSI OCULUX NXG253R

A fairly rugged looking 360 Hz monitor with a low response rate. Even though it isn’t the flashiest monitor on the list, the MSI OCULUX looks like a perfect monitor to grab for some high refresh-rate gaming – that is, if you can pay the $799 price tag.

How We Choose

When it comes to choosing any piece of gaming hardware, you want to know you’ve made the right choice. Whether you’re looking at gaming monitors or graphics cards, your choice can make the world of difference to your gaming experience. With it being such a tough choice, we want to make it easier for you to come to a decision. But how do we choose? First and foremost, we only choose products we’d be happy to see in our own PC builds.

When we look for hardware to recommend, we look at a few different things. We try to do testing wherever possible and thorough research on a number of different things. We look through specifications, benchmarks, and customer reviews to try and get a complete picture of a piece of hardware before we recommend it. We also make sure to look into the cons as well as the pros of each piece of hardware so you know what to expect beyond the flashy product pages.

With there not being a whole host of 360 Hz monitors currently available, we’ll be looking at some of the flagship models of trusted brands such as Acer, ASUS, and Alienware.

Things To Consider

What Budget Should I Set For a 360 Hz Gaming Monitors?

One of the first things to consider when purchasing any new piece of hardware is of course the price. If you are looking primarily at 360 Hz monitors, it may come as no surprise that these monitors are not going to come cheap. As they are relatively new, these monitors are top of the range with specifications that surpass pretty much everything we’ve seen previously.

For high-end monitors, you will typically be looking upwards of $500 at least. With minimal information currently available on the 360 Hz monitors it’s hard to say exactly how they will be priced – but they will certainly be high.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is the real selling point of the 360 Hz monitors. If you’re not too sure about what refresh rate means for your gaming, here’s a quick recap.

A refresh rate is the rate at which your monitor is capable of refreshing the image on the screen. This means that the higher the rate, the better. Higher refresh rates will help to produce smoother motion which makes it much easier to keep track of the action happening on screen. If you are a fan of fast-paced games such as FPS, then a high refresh rate is a must if you want to retain a competitive edge.

With a 360 Hz refresh rate, you’ll run into no issues regarding the smoothness of the image. However, to take full advantage of the high refresh rate capabilities of a monitor, you’ll need a gaming PC that can run games at high frame rates.

Response Rate

Often confused with the refresh rate, a response rate refers to something a bit different. A response rate is the rate it takes your monitor to shift pixels from one color to another. Response rates are measured in milliseconds so you will want to look for monitors with low response rates.

You’ll find that different types of monitors can offer different response rates. For example, LCD screens will typically have a response rate of under 10 milliseconds. Mid to high-end monitors can offer response rates as low as 1ms. Ideally, gamers should aim for a monitor under 5ms to ensure they don’t have to deal with stuttering or ghosting while gaming.

Size

The size of the monitor is another thing to consider while shopping around as this can affect your gaming experience as well. First of all, you’ll need to consider the space you have to work with, which could rule out some of the bigger screens. However, even if you can’t practically get a huge monitor, there’s a good chance you don’t need one.

Most monitors will start around 22” but some can go up to 49” and even beyond. Big monitors and ultra-wide ones are great if you want to support higher resolutions which can make your games look amazing. However, you’ll need to factor in the cost and space needed.

Looking at your current gaming setup is also important. It’s important to check how closely you’ll be sitting to the monitor and bear that in mind while making your decision. It could be that buying a huge monitor isn’t worth it if you’ll be sitting close to it. This can affect your eye health and even your competitive edge if you can’t see the whole screen at once.

The Best 360 Hz Gaming Monitors

Tech Specs 
Size24.5 inch
PanelIPS
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate360 Hz
Response Time1 ms GtG

With most monitors capping off at either a 120 Hz to 240 Hz refresh rate, we’re pretty excited to see just what can be achieved with a 360 Hz display. Advertised to be ‘the world’s fastest esports gaming monitor’, it’s going to be interesting to see just how this monitor compares with some of the other options due for release.

Featuring the distinctive ROG styling that everybody knows and loves, the ASUS ROG Swift features some pretty thin bezels along with what looks to be a brushed metal look which is said to reduce on-screen reflections. The stand looks to be a fairly solid design and even features a handy slot for cable management. The PG259QNR version of this monitor is set to come with a desk clamp included which is great news for those chasing the minimalistic look.

You’ll also find a custom heatsink in this monitor which offers more surface area to aid with cooling and heat exchange. It’s something we don’t think about often, but the temperature of a monitor can quickly rise during longer gaming sessions.

The PG259QNR ROG Swift will also come with the Integrated Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer. Since Nvidia has claimed that gamers can expect a 4% improvement in ‘flick shots’ when moving from a 240 Hz to a 360 Hz monitor, you’ll be able to measure these small improvements with this tool.

This is great for those who not only love stats but want to make sure that they are seeing an improvement that warrants the large price tag a 360 Hz monitor will no doubt come with. This Reflex Latency Analyzer is a great tool to make sure your monitor is working as intended and will allow you to monitor end-to-end latency via an on-screen display.

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN / PG259QNR

Tech Specs 
Size24.5 inch
PanelIPS
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate360 Hz
Response Time1 ms GtG

With most monitors capping off at either a 120 Hz to 240 Hz refresh rate, we’re pretty excited to see just what can be achieved with a 360 Hz display. Advertised to be ‘the world’s fastest esports gaming monitor’, it’s going to be interesting to see just how this monitor compares with some of the other options due for release.

Featuring the distinctive ROG styling that everybody knows and loves, the ASUS ROG Swift features some pretty thin bezels along with what looks to be a brushed metal look which is said to reduce on-screen reflections. The stand looks to be a fairly solid design and even features a handy slot for cable management. The PG259QNR version of this monitor is set to come with a desk clamp included which is great news for those chasing the minimalistic look.

You’ll also find a custom heatsink in this monitor which offers more surface area to aid with cooling and heat exchange. It’s something we don’t think about often, but the temperature of a monitor can quickly rise during longer gaming sessions.

The PG259QNR ROG Swift will also come with the Integrated Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer. Since Nvidia has claimed that gamers can expect a 4% improvement in ‘flick shots’ when moving from a 240 Hz to a 360 Hz monitor, you’ll be able to measure these small improvements with this tool.

This is great for those who not only love stats but want to make sure that they are seeing an improvement that warrants the large price tag a 360 Hz monitor will no doubt come with. This Reflex Latency Analyzer is a great tool to make sure your monitor is working as intended and will allow you to monitor end-to-end latency via an on-screen display.

Alienware 25 AW2521H 360Hz

Tech Specs 
Size24.5 inch
PanelIPS
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate360 Hz
Response Time1 ms GtG

This upcoming Dell Alienware monitor is aimed towards those who are after the most responsive display for their system. There isn’t a lot of information out there for this monitor just yet after it was recently announced in a short blog post.

The Alienware 25 AW2521H gaming monitor is set to feature a massive 360 Hz refresh rate that will aim to give gamers the edge during competitive gameplay. This will be a 24.5-inch monitor which is a perfect size for most desks.

We have to say, this monitor definitely looks the part and features some heavy Alienware branding throughout. There’s a futuristic-looking stand, a ‘25’ stamped on the back along with the Alienware logo. The monitor is finished off in a gunmetal grey color but will also be available in a ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ color later on in the year.

As you’d expect for a monitor with a refresh rate this high, the resolution will be a full HD 1920 x 1080 but will have a pretty staggering 1 ms GtG response time. Alienware makes the promise of ‘virtually no screen tearing or blurring, with consistent colors from every angle’, which is perfect news for gamers.

Acer Predator X25

Tech Specs 
Size24.5 inch
PanelIPS
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate360 Hz
Response Time1 ms GtG

With the excitement surrounding 360 Hz monitors, Acer has also thrown its hat into the ring with the Predator X25. This 360 Hz monitor will feature a 1920 x 1080 display and be 24.5 inches in size. This is pretty much the same as most other 360 Hz monitors at the moment and it might be some time before we see larger models.

This is a sleek black monitor that doesn’t boast an extravagant design. The bezels are ultra-thin and make the screen feel endless in size and there’s even some RGB lighting on the rear of the monitor.

With the Acer Predator X25 using an IPS panel, this will lead to some good viewing angles as well as a pretty strong color output. Acer claims that this monitor will have 99% coverage of the sRGB color space which is great news for those looking for the most accurate display.

As with some of the other monitors we’ve looked at today, the Acer option will also come with Nvidia Reflex built-in. This will allow you to monitor and measure how your display is performing, all in real-time. This will give gamers the confidence and peace of mind to know their monitor is performing exactly as advertised.

This monitor also has a couple of health-related features including Acer’s AdaptiveLight technology that will automatically adjust screen brightness and users can even set up a friendly reminder to take breaks from gaming.

MSI OCULUX NXG253R

Tech Specs 
Size25″
PanelIPS
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate360 Hz
Response Time1 ms GtG

Finally, we have the most recently announced monitor on our list, the MSI OCULUX NXG253R. Out of all the monitors we’ve looked at, this isn’t the most exciting one at first glance, but it still boasts a massive 360 Hz refresh rate. The design is a fairly neutral matte black without any flourishes or colors to speak of. However, there will be some Mystic Light functionality included that ‘allows you to personalize your gaming rig, giving you a full grip of your game in a blink of an eye’.

As well as making your games look the smoothest you’ve ever seen them, this monitor is going to come with a pretty hefty price tag. It appears that the cost of this display will be $799 when it becomes available in November. Of course, if you’ve got the money to splash out on a 360 Hz monitor, you’re no doubt going to want to pair it with a brand new Nvidia Ampere GPU.

Just like the other monitors on this list, the MSI monitor comes with Nvidia’s Reflex Latency  Analyzer which can help you measure how your PC performs during fast-paced competitive gameplay. The 1 ms response time is also going to be a key feature that will keep your gameplay looking great, with no ghosting.

Final Word

We hope you’ve found this list of the best 360 Hz monitors helpful. 360 Hz monitors look to be a great choice for anyone who is serious about getting the best possible gaming performance out of their build.

We’ll be sure to keep updating this list as and when we see new monitors announced. With the recent revelation of just how powerful the new Nvidia graphics cards are going to be, we’d expect to see more 360 Hz monitors crop up soon.

Which monitor has caught your eye the most? Are there any other gaming monitors you think could be a contender for the best, 360 Hz, or otherwise? Let us know in the comments or head over to our Community Hub to chat with other gaming enthusiasts.