Getting the best gaming experience possible isn't just about your computer's specs or your console anymore. It's equally important to have a great monitor designed for gaming. One of the most important aspects of a good gaming monitor is the refresh rate. Higher refresh rates result in clearer, smoother motion. One of the most popular refresh rates currently is 144Hz; much higher, and many computers won't be able to take full advantage of it.
We've tested over 30 monitors with a 144Hz refresh rate, and below are our picks for the best ones that are available for purchase in 2020. See our recommendations for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $200.
The best 144Hz monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a 27 inch, 1080p IPS monitor that sports a simple design with thin bezels. It has outstanding ergonomics with excellent height and tilt adjustments, as well as the ability to rotate in either direction, making it great for multi-monitor setups.
This monitor is great for gaming thanks to its incredibly fast response time, low input lag, optional Black Frame Insertion feature, and FreeSync support, even when connected to recent NVIDIA graphics cards. It has very good viewing angles, thanks to its IPS panel, though unfortunately, this comes at the expense of its contrast which, while decent for an IPS monitor, is still unremarkable. Its 1920x1080 resolution may be disappointing for some as well, but on the upside, it has excellent color and white balance accuracy, making it a good choice for media creation.
Overall, this is a great 144Hz gaming monitor, and among the best gaming monitors we've tested so far. Its excellent motion handling, outstanding color accuracy, and great gaming features make it a great choice for most people.
If you like the ASUS VG279Q but want something with a higher resolution, get the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It can't get quite as bright as the VG279Q, and it doesn't handle reflections quite as well, but it has a sharper image thanks to its higher resolution, and it comes overclocked to an even faster refresh rate. It looks very similar to the other ASUS with an equally great ergonomic stand, and the same straightforward design. While it supports HDR, unfortunately, its HDR color gamut is only decent, and it can't get quite bright enough for HDR content to really pop.
Overall, if you don't mind having a 1080p resolution, the VG279Q is a great choice that's quite a bit cheaper, but if you want a sharper image or more real estate, go with the TUF VG27AQ.
If you like the gaming performance of the ASUS VG279Q but want something that performs better in a dark room, check out the Samsung CHG70 instead. This monitor delivers an impressive gaming experience, similar to the other two picks, but it has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room instead of gray. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same wide viewing angles as the other two, and it doesn't have impressive gaming features.
Overall, the ASUS remains the best 144Hz monitor for most people, but if you want a higher resolution screen with better dark room performance and don't need the wide viewing angles, get the Samsung instead.
The best G-SYNC 144Hz monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It's a 27 inch 1440p IPS monitor that performs very well in almost any use and excels in gaming. It has great ergonomics and wide viewing angles that allow you to easily set it up for co-op gaming sessions.
This monitor has a very fast response time and displays fast-moving objects with very little blur trail. It feels very responsive, thanks to the low input lag. The support of NVIDIA's G-SYNC VRR, albeit only over DisplayPort, ensures a tear-free gaming experience. If you find that the 144Hz refresh rate isn't enough for your competitive gaming, it can be easily overclocked to 165Hz for even better motion handling.
Unfortunately, blacks tend to look gray in a dark room due to the inherent limitations of its IPS panel. Overall, it's a great monitor with excellent gaming features that even serious gamers will appreciate. This is the newer version of the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. The two monitors have a very similar performance.
If the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is too expensive, check out the Dell S2417DG. This monitor delivers an excellent gaming experience, almost as good as the ASUS, but it has worse viewing angles, so it isn't as well-suited for co-op gaming with a few people. Overall, this is an outstanding gaming monitor with an impressive response time, low input lag, and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.
Overall, the ASUS is the best G-SYNC 144Hz gaming monitor we've tested so far, but if you want something a bit cheaper and don't need the viewing angles, the Dell is a great alternative.
If you want a fast 144Hz monitor but don't want to break the bank, get the ViewSonic XG2402, as it's the best 144Hz monitor in the budget category that we've tested so far. This 24" monitor is a great budget gaming monitor thanks to its fast refresh rate, and it even supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Due to its lower price point, it has a plastic build with fairly thick bezels, but it still has good ergonomics with swivel, height, and tilt adjustments, which is nice considering its low price.
Since this monitor uses a VA panel, its viewing angles are sub-par, so it may not be the best choice for sharing content with other people. Its gray uniformity is also only decent, and the top of the screen is noticeably darker on brighter screens. On the upside, it has a wide color gamut, and the colors are accurate enough out-of-the-box that even enthusiasts shouldn't notice any issues.
It has very low input lag, which should please most gamers, and its overall gaming performance is great, especially considering its price. While it may not perform as well overall as some more expensive options on this list, it's a great choice if you don't mind a smaller screen and want a 144Hz gaming monitor without spending too much.
If you want a budget 144Hz gaming monitor but want something larger, get the Acer Nitro VG271. It doesn't have the same swivel and height adjustments as the ViewSonic XG2402, and its colors aren't nearly as accurate out-of-the-box, but it's a more common 27-inch size and has much better viewing angles. Unlike the ViewSonic, it supports HDR, though its rather ordinary peak brightness and mediocre HDR color gamut mean HDR content doesn't quite pop as it should. Its thinner bezels lend themselves better to a multi-screen setup, and its much wider viewing angles make it a better choice if you share your screen with others.
Overall, if you don't mind a slightly smaller screen, the ViewSonic is a better performing 144Hz budget monitor, but if you want something larger or need wider viewing angles, get the Acer Nitro.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 144Hz monitors currently available. They are 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 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.
02/07/2020: Replaced the Gigabyte AD27QD with the ASUS TUF VG27AQ for consistency.
01/09/2020: Minor text changes to enhance clarity.
10/06/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.