The Best 4K 144Hz Monitors In 2020 | WePC Complete Guide
Back in the days when the smallest monitors were as big as our desktops, we wouldn't dream about one day using a 4K 144Hz monitor for our gaming and everyday needs. However, here we are — the 21st century. And the market is flooded with hundreds of affordable monitors, all boasting high-end specs at increasingly affordable price points.
With there being a mass of monitors to choose from these days, we thought it was time to compile this guide of only the best 4K 144Hz monitors on the market. Each of the monitors has been chosen based on select criteria to ensure maximum performance and value for money have been met.
So, without further ado, let's take a closer look at the best 4K 144Hz monitors available right now.
Acer are no strangers when it comes to high-end monitors. This, their predator X27, is one of the best examples of a premium monitor the market has to offer. It comes with pretty much every high-end feature you can equip to a monitor, all packaged in a fantastic design.
It was pretty hard separating the ASUS from the ACER, mainly because they are so close in the specs. However, thanks to the cheaper price tag on the Acer, we decided to give that the top spot. Having said that, don't take anything away from the PG27UQ, it is up there with the best monitors money can buy and deserves a price tag of such magnitude.
Acer's second entry into this guide comes in the form of its impressive Nitro XV273K gaming monitor. It offers the best value in this guide and also the lowest response time. With those specs, it was hard not to call this our best 4K 144Hz monitor for gaming.
How We Choose
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It requires hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and reviewing user feedback to get anywhere close to a definitive conclusion on what to recommend.
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Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from the price and performance, to build quality, efficiency, and aesthetics. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants our coveted top spot.
Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it's worth your hard-earned cash.
Things To Consider
Here at WePC, we like to educate our readers when it comes to hardware purchasing. Whether you're looking for a new mouse upgrade or the latest prebuilt gaming PC, taking the time to consider all the relevant aspects can save you time, money, and a lot of stress. It will also ensure that you make the right decision at the end of the day.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at some of the things you should consider before buying a 4K 144Hz monitor.
One of the main factors you must consider before purchasing a 4K 144Hz monitor, especially if you plan on gaming on it, is how much extra stress it puts on your system. Just because you get 200FPS on Farcry 5 in 1080p ultra setting doesn't mean you're going to breeze through 4K gaming.
It is one of the most taxing areas of a game and will put your GPU to the test in a big way. Even the best graphics cards on the market (2080 and 2080Ti) struggle to run some games in ultra settings at 4K.
So, our number one tip before buying a 4K 144Hz monitor is to always make sure your hardware is up to the task.
Next up is the price.
Price is (and should always be) one of the most important areas to consider, no matter what you're purchasing. Some first-time buyers looking for the best gaming experience may not realize the price increase that a 4K monitor has over lesser displays. It isn't just the 4K resolution that increases a monitor's price, though. That comes down to a number of different factors.
A lot of the time, a 4K monitor will come equipped with a bunch of other high-end features such as; high refresh rates, low response times, HDR, FreeSync/G-Sync support, large displays, and more. The combination of these attributes, naturally, means the price of these monitors is hugely inflated.
High Dynamic Range And 4K
As mentioned above, 4K monitors usually come equipped with much more than just high resolutions. One feature that generally goes hand-in-hand with a 4K resolution monitor is high dynamic range.
For those that don't know what HDR is, it's a term that's used within the tech industry when referencing monitors that support a high dynamic range. That's the maximum "distance" between the brightest bright and darkest dark. This is HDR in its simplest meaning, but it gives you a basic understanding of what it does.
HDR monitors have much greater color accuracy and generally better overall picture quality.
That being said, there are different levels of HDR quality. Basic monitors boasting HDR usually start at around HDR 300-500 nits. Some high-end HDR monitors, however, can display upwards of 2000 nits of peak brightness.
Ultimately, the point we're trying to make is, if you're looking at a 4K monitor with HDR support, always aim for the highest HDR available for the best color accuracy.
FreeSync And G-Sync
Finally, we have the frame syncing technologies from both AMD and Nvidia.
These play a pretty big part in a 4K monitor purchase because (depending on your GPU), you're going to want to utilize at least one of these technologies.
Both FreeSync and G-Sync allow a monitor to physically match the frame rate of your PC to the refresh rate of your monitor. This, in turn, smooths out the video and pretty much eradicates visual artifacts like screen tearing.
However, when you have your monitor set to 144Hz, you'll need to produce at least this figure in FPS to be able to make full use of the technologies.
As we already know, achieving anything over 60FPS in 4K requires an extremely powerful GPU set up. To reach 144 frames per second, you're really going to need an SLI setup.
The Best 24-Inch Monitors
|Best 4K 144Hz Acer monitor|
Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx
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|Best 4K 144Hz ASUS monitor|
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K Monitor
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Acer Nitro XV273K
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Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx
- Supports G-sync technology
- Excellent HDR feature
- Great build quality
- Automatic brightness adjustment
- VERY expensive
- No pivot adjustment
It was no easy task picking the best 4K 144Hz monitor in today's market - and not because there's only a handful to choose from. But, thanks to the excellent pricing of the Acer Predator X27 Pbmiphzx, we decided to give it our top spot.
Let's take a quick look at the X27's design. Straight out the box, this thing feels pretty gamey. With a predominantly black theme, the Predator looks pretty menacing, especially when you take the angular design of the base into consideration. The standout feature of the design has to be the panels that come with this monitor. Obviously, they play a much bigger role than just aesthetics, but when only referencing that specific, it looks a pretty peculiar.
So, specs. The Predator has the luxury of boasting a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG response time, G-Sync support, HDR 1000 support, a 99% aRGB color gamut coverage, and 10-bit color all wrapped up in a stunning 27" IPS panel. What this means for consumers is, whether you're looking to game, watch movies, enjoy creative tasks, or pretty much anything in between, this monitor is going to be more than equipped to bring it to life in stunning realism.
Overall, this is our number one pick for the best 4K 144Hz monitor in 2020. It offers pretty much every premium spec you would want and at a price tag that is unmatched across the board.
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K Monitor
- HDR 1000
- ROGs brilliant stand design
- 4K gaming at 144Hz
- IPS panel with a 4ms response time
- Very expensive
We won't call the ASUS Rog Swift PG27UQ the runner up, because it's not really. It matches the performance of the Acer Predator but is left short in the pricing department. Whether you choose this or the Acer comes down to the price and which aesthetic appeals to your taste most.
Anyway, speaking of aesthetics, the ROG (like all their premium products) comes with a superb design. It has the textbook ROG branding - steel grey coloring for the most part with subtle bezels and a gnarly looking stand. Overall, I'd probably say the PG27 edges the Predator in this department. Only just though.
As far as specs go, the PG27UQ gaming monitor has been equipped with a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, HDR 1000 support, G-Sync support, and a full eye-care package to help reduce the strain a monitor puts on the naked eye. As far as color recreation goes, this monitor excels once again thanks to a 97% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and 99% coverage of Adobe RGB. Pair that with the 1000nit brightness, and you have a truly immersive viewing experience.
For gamers, this thing is an absolute dream. The 4K quanton dot IPS panel offers everything you could ever want. Immense image quality, rapid refresh rates for silky-smooth gameplay, low response time for limited levels of ghosting, and G-Sync to ensure your frame rate matches the monitors refresh rate.
Overall, one of the best monitors money can buy.
Acer Nitro XV273K
- High-end features
- Top-tier gaming performance
- Fantastic design
- Solid build quality
- Affordable price point
Next up is Acer's second entry into this guide. It comes in the shape of their Nitro XV273K gaming monitor. Even though the Nitro is thought of as the underdog to their Predator lineup, this monitor actually excels in the gaming department.
Before we discuss specs, first, we explore the design. At first glance, it's hard to separate the Predator and the Nitro if I'm honest. However, when you take a closer look, you soon start to see the subtle differences which definitely help reduce the price of this monitor. The stand is nowhere near as robust and doesn't look that appealing when compared to the Predator. It does, however, come with the same light-reflecting panels for increased immersion, something that should not be overlooked - especially from an esports stand-point.
Speaking of which, this is a perfect time to discuss this monitors high-end performance. With a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, this monitor exceeds both the ASUS and Acer in gaming performance. Having a reduced response time of 3 seconds probably won't make a huge difference at first glance, but when under the pressure of a fast-paced game, you soon start to see the benefits. Image ghosting is almost completely eradicated.
As far as color accuracy goes, the XV273K does a superb job. It doesn't offer HDR, but it does boast 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Pair that with the viewing angles of the IPS panel, and you have a truly immersive viewing experience.
Ultimately, the best 4K 144Hz monitor for gaming and one that we feel comes to the table at an extremely affordable price point.
60Hz Vs. 144Hz
The difference between 60Hz and 144Hz can be fairly substantial. Especially when you're gaming on a seriously powerful gaming PC. Having said that, there are subtle pros and cons to both categories - even more so when you take the aspect of gaming out of it.
Here are some of the main differences that separate the two refresh rates:
- Much cheaper
- Work great for anything other than gaming
- Much higher price tags
- Excellent gaming performance if you have a powerful PC capable of 144 frames per second
Obviously, this refers to gaming quite strongly. Take gaming out of the equation, and other factors play a much bigger role. Creative types prefer an IPS panel with good color recreation. TV and Film watchers prefer high resolution and wide color gamuts. In these two scenarios, the refresh rate plays a very little role.
So, there you have it, our comprehensive breakdown of the best 4K 144Hz monitors the market currently has to offer. Hopefully, this article has been a pretty easy-to-follow guide, which helps towards your next monitor purchase. However, for those still struggling, here's the shortened version for you:
- Want the best of the best and are willing to fork out any amount of money to get it? Choose between the ASUS Rog Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27
- If you're on a budget and want to get the best gaming performance from a 4K 144Hz monitor, then go for the Acer Nitro XV273K
It's as simple as that! Unfortunately, the market isn't over-populated with 4k 144Hz monitors at present. However, the ones that are available offer some of the best gaming performance out there - if you have the right PC.
Anyway, if there's a monitor you thought we should have showcased, why not leave us a comment below. Better still, head over to our Community Hub, where you can start a thread and discuss monitors with like-minded individuals.