4k gaming monitors are becoming more popular and easier to find than they once were. They're great choices for console gaming or if you have a modern graphics card, as the high resolution allows for detailed and sharp images. Most 4k gaming monitors don't have the highest refresh rates, so these displays are better if you prefer great picture quality over high refresh rates, but there are still some 4k @ 240Hz monitors available. It's also important to remember that 4k gaming monitors are more costly than lower-resolution displays, and while there are some cheaper 4k options available, those have limited gaming performance.
For the best gaming experience with a 4k monitor, you'll want something with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of HDMI 2.1 sources, like the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and the latest graphics cards. It's also important to consider the monitor's response time for smooth motion and low input lag for a responsive feel, but most monitors have low input lag anyway.
We've bought and tested more than 300 monitors, and below are our picks for the best gaming monitors to buy with a 4k resolution. Also, see our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox Series X, the best monitors for PS5, and the best 4k 144Hz monitors.
The best 4k gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3225QF. It's a class-leading display and the first 4k @ 240Hz QD-OLED available in North America, which you can buy directly through Dell's website. While you'll need a very high-end graphics card to reach the max refresh rate at 4k, the monitor looks incredible, even when you're using it at a lower refresh rate. It displays extremely vivid images alongside deep and inky blacks, and HDR highlights get bright enough on this monitor to truly pop.
Games look as sharp as they do vibrant, with an outstanding response time and low input lag for a responsive feel. The monitor also supports all variable refresh rate (VRR) formats to reduce screen tearing and has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can use all game console features. Note that burn-in might occur if you constantly play the same game and there are fixed, static elements on the screen. If this concerns you, consider one of the other monitors in this list as an alternative.
While it's a step down from the outstanding performance of the Dell Alienware AW3225QF, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is still a fantastic choice for 4k gaming. Both monitors have the same 240Hz maximum refresh rate, support all VRR formats, and have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. However, the Dell has a faster response time and less overshoot, though both are very fast. The Dell truly pulls ahead with image quality, as it has substantially better contrast and color performance, so gaming is more vivid and engaging.
However, there are great reasons to consider the Samsung monitor. In addition to its superb gaming capabilities, this monitor poses no risk of burn-in, which may be important to you if you constantly play the same game and there are fixed, static elements on the screen. Also, the Samsung normally costs less, so it's a good option if the Dell is outside your budget. If you don't need such a high refresh rate, consider the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, which is very similar to the S32BG85 but usually costs less and has a 165Hz refresh rate.
If you find the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 out of your budget, you can get some great options in the mid-range price category. The LG 32GR93U-B is one of those models, and while it has a lower maximum refresh rate than the Samsung, it still provides the excellent performance you'd expect from a gaming monitor. It has an incredibly fast response time at any refresh rate, and while it doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to improve it further, the motion looks crisp regardless. It also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to fully utilize gaming consoles and modern graphics cards.
It delivers good picture quality thanks to its high peak brightness. Combined with its great reflection handling, you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room. However, it looks worse in dark rooms due to its low contrast and lack of local dimming, so if you want something with better picture quality in dark rooms, check out the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. It uses Mini LED backlighting and has a good local dimming feature, but it has worse motion handling and higher input lag than the LG.
If you're looking for the best budget 4k gaming monitor, you'll have to spend more money than you would on other budget gaming monitors with lower resolutions, as 4k monitors tend to cost more regardless. If you're interested in a budget 4k monitor, check out the Gigabyte M27U, which is worth stretching your budget for because it's excellent for gaming with a 150Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock to 160Hz.
It's very similar to the LG 32GR93U-B as it's also excellent for gaming, but there are some minor differences. It has less HDMI 2.1 bandwidth than the LG, as it only supports 24 Gbps of bandwidth compared to 48 Gbps on the LG. It doesn't make a big difference, as you can still reach its max 160Hz refresh rate with 4k signals, but your graphics card needs to use compression for that. It can negatively impact picture quality, but you won't see a significant difference. Another downside is that it has slightly worse motion handling than the LG, but it isn't a significant difference, and the motion still looks smooth.
Jan 09, 2024: Removed the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx as it has high input lag; replaced the LG 27GR93U-B with the LG 32GR93U-B and renamed to 'Best Mid-Range Monitor', and moved the 27GR93U-B to Notable Mentions.
Nov 28, 2023: Replaced the LG 32GR93U-B with the LG 27GR93U-B because it's cheaper and renamed to 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor'; replaced the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQR with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx and renamed to 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' because it has better picture quality; added the Gigabyte M32U and LG 27GP950-B to Notable Mentions.
Oct 30, 2023: Replaced the LG 32GQ950-B with the LG 32GR93U-B because it's cheaper for similar performance, and renamed to 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'; renamed the Sony INZONE M9 to 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' for consistency with other articles.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors with a 4k resolution 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. 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.