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The 5 Best 4k 144Hz Monitors - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best 4k 144Hz Monitors

4k @ 144Hz gaming monitors deliver the holy grail of gaming as they combine high pixel resolutions with a high refresh rate for a smooth and immersive gaming experience. However, this high refresh rate and resolution are demanding on graphics cards, and they need to support higher bandwidth. The release of newer graphics cards and gaming consoles has started to change that, though, and there have been a few more new high resolution, high refresh rate monitors released. It's no surprise that most of them offer HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and many of them have dedicated console modes specifically designed for the new consoles.

We've tested over 225 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 monitors for PC gaming.

  1. Best 32 Inch 4k 144Hz Monitor: Gigabyte M32U

    The best 4k 144Hz gaming monitor we've tested in a 32 inch screen size is the Gigabyte M32U. It's an amazing gaming monitor, with a fast response time across the entire refresh rate range, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur. It also has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync and G-SYNC compatible variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which helps reduce tearing when your source can't maintain a consistently high frame rate.

    It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. There are some limits when gaming on a PS5, though, as the ports are limited to 24 Gbps bandwidth, meaning higher bandwidth signals require a form of compression currently unsupported on the PS5. It isn't a very noticeable issue, though, so most people shouldn't worry about it, but some text looks blurry as it displays chroma 4:2:0 with 4k @ 120Hz signals.

    Sadly, although it supports HDR, it's not bright enough for a proper HDR experience, and it has low contrast, so even though HDR adds something to the experience, it's not as good as it could be. On the plus side, it has many extra features, like a USB-C input. It's a great all-around monitor, and it's the best 4k monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best 28 Inch 4k 144Hz Monitor: Gigabyte M28U

    The best 4k 144Hz monitor we've tested in a 28 inch screen size is the Gigabyte M28U. It's essentially a smaller version of the Gigabyte M32U, with a few minor differences. It has excellent gaming performance, and it's versatile enough if you want to use it for other uses, like if you need to work on it during the day, as it has a few extra features like a keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) switch.

    Like the larger variant, the M28U has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate of 144Hz, and it remains quick at 120Hz if you want to use it for console gaming. It also has native FreeSync support and works with NVIDIA graphics cards for G-SYNC compatibility. Gaming feels responsive thanks to its incredibly low input lag, and it doesn't increase much at lower refresh rates. It also delivers great picture quality in bright rooms as it has excellent peak brightness, enough to fight glare.

    Sadly, it has limited ergonomics as you can't swivel it or rotate it into portrait mode, but you can wall-mount if you need to move the screen around. It also doesn't have the full 48 Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, but it still supports 4k signals up to 144Hz over HDMI, thanks to compression. All in all, it's a great choice if you want a smaller 4k 144Hz gaming monitor.

    See our review

  3. Best HDMI 2.1 Gaming Monitor: LG 27GP950-B

    The best 4k 144Hz monitor with full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 inputs that we've tested is the LG 27GP950-B. It's an excellent gaming monitor with an incredibly fast response time at any refresh rate, delivering clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It has an incredibly fast 144Hz refresh rate, and unlike most of the other monitors on this list, you can also overclock it to 160Hz over a DisplayPort connection. However, the max refresh rate is limited to 120Hz over HDMI.

    Unlike the Gigabyte M28U and Gigabyte M32U, this monitor's HDMI ports support the maximum HDMI 2.1 bandwidth of 48 Gbps. It doesn't change much for most content, but it allows for more accurate text clarity from some devices, including the PS5. It's also VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified, delivering a decent HDR gaming experience with great peak brightness and an incredibly wide color gamut. It also has a fantastic gradient handling, with no noticeable banding in any shade.

    Unfortunately, like most monitors on this list, it's not an ideal choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and poor black uniformity. It also has limited ergonomics, so it's a bit hard to place the screen in an ideal viewing position, and it doesn't have a USB-C input if you also want to connect a laptop while gaming. Besides that, it's the best 4k monitor with full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

    If you prefer something cheaper, look into the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70. Unlike the LG 27GP950-B, it doesn't support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, but it's high enough that it supports all formats from the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, and you can reach 144Hz with 4k signals over HDMI 2.1. Of course, it has excellent motion handling at the max refresh rate, but sadly, there's more noticeable overshoot when gaming at 60Hz, so it's not the best choice if you play low-frame-rate games. It has low input lag, meaning you can respond quickly to the action on-screen, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatible VRR, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.

    If you want the best 4k monitor with full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, the LG is a great choice, but if you prefer something with a bit less bandwidth that costs less, then check out the Samsung.

    See our review

  5. Best 4k 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte AORUS FV43U

    The best 4k 144Hz HDR monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U. It's a unique monitor because it has a large 43 inch screen while maintaining the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. However, it's very good for HDR content because it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity. Combined with its high HDR peak brightness, it delivers an impactful HDR experience.

    Even though it has a lower pixel density than other 4k monitors due to the large size, text clarity is still good. However, it has a BGR subpixel layout, which not all programs support, so there are some issues with text clarity. In terms of gaming performance, it has native FreeSync support, and it's G-SYNC compatible over a DisplayPort connection. The response time is exceptional at its max refresh rate, but like other VA panel displays, there's black smearing with some fast-moving content in dark scenes.

    Unfortunately, like the Gigabyte M32U, it doesn't support full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1. It's limited to 24 Gbps bandwidth, so you'll need Display Stream Compression for higher bandwidth signals, but you can play 4k games up to 120 fps from the Xbox Series X and PS5. Because it's so large, its stand doesn't offer any adjustments. Besides that and the text clarity issues, it's one of the best 4k 144Hz gaming monitors we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a 28 inch monitor like the Gigabyte M28U, and it has better ergonomics. The Gigabyte is a bit cheaper, so for the price and performance, it's worth getting the Acer. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI32U: The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is similar to the Gigabyte M32U as it has a 32 inch screen with 24 Gbps bandwidth, but it's also a lot more expensive. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ: The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is a 4k 144Hz monitor, but without HDMI 2.1 support, it's not worth getting over any of these other recommendations. See our review
  • LG OLED48C1: The LG 48 C1 OLED is an OLED TV that we tested as a monitor, and it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It can't be recommended over the Gigabyte FV43U for HDR gaming because it has a max refresh rate of 120Hz and not 144Hz. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2022: Moved the Gigabyte M28U to its own category as the 'Best 28 Inch Monitor' for consistency and added the LG 48 C1 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 17, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 27, 2022: Added the Samsung Odyssey G7 S82AG70 as a 'Cheaper Alternative' to the LG 27GP950-B to reflect user needs.

  4. Jan 06, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity; added the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U and the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ to Notable Mentions.

  5. Dec 08, 2021: Updated text for accuracy; added the LG 27GN950-B and the LG C1 48 OLED to Notable Mentions.

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 144Hz monitor reviews. 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.