You may have a gaming PC with the best graphics card and processor, but a bad monitor can ruin it all. The visuals come out through the monitor, and gaming is all about those cool characters on the screen (loosely speaking).
A good gaming monitor is necessary, and good monitors are not hard to come by. You just need to know what to look for. Here is an overview of the specs that make a good monitor.
Resolution is the first thing most people look for on any screen, and rightly so considering that the video quality depends on it.
For some time 1080p was the popular resolution scale for most gamers until it was not enough. The new popular scale is 1440p. You will immediately notice the difference between both scales. The 1440p monitor frees up more space and makes images on the screen sharper. For a gamer playing World of Warcraft, this means that you can see more of the virtual world compared to when using a 1080p monitor.
Ideally, you should go for the monitor with the highest resolution. However, the higher resolution demands more computer power. This means that you may have to upgrade your gaming rig to accommodate a high-resolution monitor.
Modern gaming PCs can generate hundreds of frames per second (FPS), and your monitor should be capable of keeping up. The older gaming monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz, which means that they can display only 60 frames per second. This means that you miss out on the other frames – using a gaming PC with an FPS of 120, this means that you miss out on half of the fun.
The standard refresh rate to look for in a monitor should be 144Hz. 144Hz is above the threshold of most gaming PCs, so you will not be missing out on anything. You can also get 180Hz for a more reliable gaming experience, but this means spending more and going big on other components of your rig.
You have two options to choose from when it comes to monitoring panel technology: Twisted Nematic (TN) or In-Plane Switching (IPS).
All things considered, IPS panels are the best. They support better visual quality characterized by factors such as better color reproduction. IPS panels, however, have a slower response time compared to TN panels. However, high response time is not always desirable as it means factors such as motion blur and ghosting.
NB: Response time refers to the time it takes for a single pixel to switch colors. Response time is measured in milliseconds. However, the short time difference means that the differences in image quality may not be noticeable.
Screen size is an obvious factor of consideration, and most gamers want nothing but the biggest screen. Fortunately, modern monitors are pretty big.
Ultra-wide monitors are designed to literally extend and stretch the screen size. While an ordinary monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:9, ultra-wide monitors have aspect ratios as high as 32:9. These monitors also come with higher resolution scales than average. It also goes without mentioning that other obvious factors, such as the refresh rate, are also upgraded.
A higher aspect ratio means that players can see more of the game as there is more space to work with. This means more fun and a better gaming advantage as players can plan further ahead. Ultra-wide monitors especially work well with the popular game World of Warcraft.
NB: If you are going for an ultra-widescreen, then make sure that you also go big on other aspects. This includes a higher aspect ratio, refresh rate, and resolution. You will also need to go big on the rest of the gaming rig, especially the processor and graphics card.
Your monitor should be compatible with all sorts of gaming PCs and consoles. This means that it should come with all the popular and common connectors.
Connectors to look out for include:
This connector is ideal for mid-range resolutions – this means the standard 1080p. This is because HDMI does not support high refresh rates. However, it works well for audio.
- DisplayPort 1.4
This is the best choice, everything considered. It supports high refresh rates – as high as your gaming rig is capable of. It also supports flawless audio quality.
These two connectors suffice for video and audio transfer, which is the basic requirement. However, modern monitors also feature new connectors that may come in handy when trying out new, sophisticated gaming rigs.
Every component of your gaming rig should be the best. More consideration should especially be given to the monitor. In addition to size, take into consideration other underlying factors such as refresh rate and resolution. And remember: a powerful monitor also demands a powerful gaming rig, so go big on all fronts.