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The 4 Best 4k 144Hz Monitors - Fall 2023 Reviews

Best 4k 144Hz Monitors

4k monitors with a refresh rate of 144Hz and higher benefit both console and PC gamers. They combine a high resolution that helps deliver sharp, detailed images with a high enough refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience. These monitors also tend to support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of high-end graphics cards and current-gen gaming consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. While you can still get higher refresh rates on monitors with lower resolutions, most modern gaming PCs struggle to maintain higher frame rates with a 4k resolution anyway.

When looking for a monitor for your needs, it's important to consider your budget. You'll also want to consider other factors like the monitor's gaming performance, including its motion handling and input lag, although most monitors have low input lag anyway. For this article, we consider 4k monitors even with refresh rates higher than 144Hz, and you can use them at a lower refresh rate if you prefer.

We've bought and tested over 285 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 4k 144Hz monitors to buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox Series X, the best monitors for PS5, and the best 4k gaming monitors.

  1. Best 4k 144Hz Monitor

    The best 4k 144Hz monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. It's a high-end monitor with a max refresh rate of 165Hz, which is slightly higher than other 144Hz monitors, but it isn't a significant difference either. If you want the highest refresh rate possible with a 4k monitor, consider the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, which has many of the same features and performance. It's great if you'll take advantage of its max 240Hz refresh rate, but if you want something with a native refresh rate closer to 144Hz, it's worth getting the Neo G7, which you can often find for cheaper than the Neo G8.

    Motion looks smooth on the Neo G7 thanks to the excellent response time across its entire refresh rate range. It also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur at higher refresh rates. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) and is also G-SYNC compatible to help reduce screen tearing with any type of graphics card. On top of its excellent gaming performance, it delivers fantastic picture quality with deep blacks and bright highlights, and its Mini LED local dimming feature helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k 144Hz Monitor

    If you want something cheaper and don't need the best of the best, check out the Sony INZONE M9. The main difference with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is that it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so its picture quality is worse. This means it doesn't perform as well in dark rooms, but it still has an okay local dimming feature that helps improve the black levels, and it gets bright in HDR. Even if you want something with better picture quality, the INNOCN 27M2V is another great choice with Mini LED backlighting, but it can sometimes be harder to find.

    Besides the differences in picture quality, the Sony monitor still offers excellent gaming performance with a max refresh rate of 144Hz and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you reach that refresh rate over HDMI. One of its advantages is that it has features that you can only use with a PS5 like Auto HDR Tone Mapping to optimize the picture quality in HDR. While it's optimized for the PS5, there aren't any compatibility issues with an Xbox Series X|S or PC. Lastly, motion looks smooth thanks to its fast response time across its entire refresh rate range.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k 144Hz Monitor

    If you don't need the best picture quality, you can still get an excellent 4k 144Hz gaming monitor and save money with a monitor like the Gigabyte M32U. It has a worse local dimming feature than the Sony INZONE M9, meaning it doesn't perform as well in dark rooms as blacks look gray and there's more blooming around bright objects. Besides that, it's still an excellent gaming monitor with a fast response time at any refresh rate, and it even has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.

    It has a 144Hz native refresh rate, which you can reach via DisplayPort or HDMI connections, as long as your graphics card supports compression. This is because its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is limited to 24 Gbps, compared to 40 Gbps on the Sony monitor, so it needs to use compression to meet the bandwidth limit. While this doesn't affect your gaming performance, it can slightly negatively impact picture quality. Luckily, it still works without issue with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, which is great if you want to use it for console gaming.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 4k 144Hz Monitor

    If you're looking for a 4k 144Hz monitor on a budget, be ready to spend a bit more compared to other budget monitors with lower resolutions. This is because even entry-level 4k gaming monitors can still cost a lot, but the Gigabyte M27U is still one of the cheaper 4k 144Hz monitors available and is excellent for gaming. It's a smaller version of the Gigabyte M32U, with a few minor differences, like a different stand with worse ergonomics and no swivel adjustments; however, that's only an issue if you need to adjust the screen constantly.

    It has a slightly higher 160Hz max refresh rate than the M32U, but that isn't enough to be a significant difference. It also has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate and remains quick at 120Hz, which is great if you want to use it for console gaming. As with the M32U, its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is limited to 24 Gbps, so your graphics card must use compression to reach the monitor's max refresh rate. Like other monitors in this recommendation, it also has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing and works with NVIDIA graphics cards for G-SYNC compatibility.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Cooler Master Tempest GP27U: The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U delivers better picture quality than the Sony INZONE M9, using Mini LED backlighting with a better local dimming feature. Sadly, it has more bugs and can be harder to find than the Sony. See our review
  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a budget-friendly 4k monitor that's similar to the Gigabyte M27U, but it doesn't get as bright. Still, it's worth considering if you can find it for less than the M27U. See our review
  • LG 32GQ950-B: The LG 32GQ950-B is an excellent gaming monitor with incredible motion handling. However, considering you can get the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 for a similar price, it's worth going for that monitor as it has better picture quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 13, 2023: Updated text for clarity throughout and verified that the monitors are still available to purchase.

  2. Jul 18, 2023: Replaced the INNOCN 27M2V with the Sony INZONE M9 because the INNOCN is hard to find, and to be consistent with other articles; added the LG 32GQ950-B to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 04, 2023: Replaced the LG 32GQ950-B with the INNOCN 27M2V for consistency with other articles and because it's cheaper; removed the Sony INZONE M9 because it's the same price as the INNOCN and renamed the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'; replaced the Gigabyte M28U with the Gigabyte M27U because it performs better; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. May 03, 2023: Renamed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 to the 'Best 4k 144Hz Monitor' and removed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 because both monitors are the same price; added the LG 32GQ950-B as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor'.

  5. Mar 10, 2023: Added the Sony INZONE M9 as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' and renamed the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k 144Hz gaming monitors currently available. They're adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 4k monitor reviews that have a minimum refresh rate of 144Hz. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.