TN vs IPS vs VA: Which is the Best Monitor Display for Gaming?
Is it always best to go with TN monitors when gaming?
We all want to get the best gaming experience but the differences between TN and IPS monitors makes it hard to choose. Apart from that, there are also tons of conflicting opinions on which one is actually the best.
If you’re feeling confused, don’t fret. We’re here to help you decide.
What is a TN Panel?
TN (Twisted Nematic) panels are among the most popular types of monitors for gamers. Their fastest response times compared to IPS and VA panels is what makes them ideal for gamers. They also are cheaper compared to their IPS brethren.
Here at WePC, we reviewed 20 of the best gaming monitors from different categories and casted our votes and favorites. Ranging from the best 4K monitors, 240 Hz gaming monitors, 144Hz gaming monitors, FreeSync monitors, and more. Read the entire review of the best gaming monitors in this link or you can see our personal picks on each panels below.
Acer Predator XB252Q
This is our personal pick here at WePC because it isn’t your ordinary TN panel. For gaming, you get a VIP experience with this monitor (not just premium). It doesn’t only have 75Hz, and certainly not just 120Hz. If you’re thinking this has 144Hz refresh rate, you’re wrong - this has 240Hz refresh rate ready to give you all the edge and advantage when playing FPS games.
What is an IPS Panel?
IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels are capable of showing crisp images and sharp color detail. This makes them the best for image editing, video editing, and content creation.
However, although they produce better colors, they don't perform that well when it comes to producing better blacks. They also have a slower response time compared with TN monitors.
For our personal pick in the IPS panel category, it’s one that’s definitely intimate with NVIDIA graphics cards. It’s a G-Sync gaming monitor that’s more powerful than most IPS panels.
What is a VA Panel?
VA panels are designed to have the capabilities of both IPS and TN panels. They are somewhat in the middle and are separated as MVA and PVA.
In general, they have better viewing angles, darker blacks, and better color contrast. Manufacturers claim that they have fast response times but they can’t really compete with TN and IPS panels in real life.
Of course, like the TN and IPS panel, we at WePC have also casted our favorite VA panel.
Acer Predator Z35
The Acer Predator Z35 gaming monitor packs a powerful punch compared to the two above. This has a whopping 35” curved Full HD 1080p screen. Since this utilizes the VA panel technology, you get two of both worlds - good viewing angles and fast response rates. Oh, it also has 144Hz refresh rate and a speaker.
TN vs IPS vs VA Monitors: The Differences
With all the different features they have, it’s hard to choose the right one for you. We have compiled and pointed out the differences between TN vs IPS vs VA monitors in detail to give you a heads up.
With the major differences covered, let’s talk more about the things that make each of the monitors different and better from the others.
TN monitors have fast response times. With a response time of 1ms to less than 5ms, playing competitive games with these monitors should give you the edge.
IPS monitors take time to process images. This is why they have a response time that ranges between 5ms to 8ms, depending on the brand.
Regardless, IPS monitors are found to have faster response times compared to VA monitors.
TN monitors have poor viewing angles compared to IPS monitors. They just can’t compete with their IPS and VA counterparts. You’ll also notice that colors change when viewed from both sides and from above.
IPS monitors have wide viewing angles. Colors don’t shift, unlike the TN panels, even when viewed from different angles.
VA monitors also have a wider viewing angle compared to the TN but still can’t break even or top that of an IPS monitor. Colors change a bit when viewed from different angles.
TN monitors can’t compete with IPS and VA monitors when it comes to the quality of color reproduced.
IPS and VA monitors have better control and precision that allows them to deliver a more accurate color than the TN monitors.
TN monitors show better blacks compared to IPS monitors.
However, VA monitors double the capabilities of what TN monitors can do. This makes them the best for watching movies since they show better color contrast on dark scenes.
TN monitors are among the most popular types of monitors for most users. This is why they are the cheapest among the three.
IPS and VA monitors tend to be a little expensive with how clear images are being portrayed and with how wide viewing angles are.
TN monitors are best for gaming purposes because of how fast they can reproduce images. If you are planning to get a monitor for gaming, TN monitors usually seal the deal.
IPS monitors may show quality images but show slower response time compared to TN.
Choosing the right monitor shouldn’t be based on what most people are using. It should meet your personal preference and use.
With all the differences discussed, it’s clear that TN monitors are best for gaming. This gives you an edge when playing competitive games. So if you do a LOT of competitive gaming, this should benefit you the most.
However, if you do content creation, image editing, graphics design, and video production, an IPS monitor is a must.
Lastly, if you prefer graphics quality when gaming, an IPS monitor is what you need.
The 5ms isn’t that noticeable if you’re a regular user. Serious gamers, on the other hand, will choose monitors with faster response times over aesthetics most of the time.