If your PC system can sustain over 240 frames per second, then a 360Hz gaming monitor is worth considering.
Keep in mind that the difference between 240Hz and 360Hz is subtle, but if you’re a professional or aspiring competitive gamer, it’s worth the investment as every millisecond counts.
The higher the refresh rate the better – as long as your frame rate can keep pace with the higher refresh rate, you get smoother performance and lower input lag, resulting in a more responsive gaming experience.
However, there are diminishing returns.
60Hz vs 144Hz vs 240Hz vs 360Hz
The same goes for upgrading to 360Hz from 240Hz – it’s still not as game-changing as 60Hz vs 144Hz, but you can definitely feel and notice the subtle difference.
So – since in competitive gaming every millisecond counts, should you just get a monitor with the highest refresh rate available?
Or perhaps skip one generation for more noticeable improvements given that 360Hz feels considerably smoother than 144Hz?
LG, BOE and AU Optronics have already announced 1080p 480Hz displays for 2022 (most likely the end of 2022 though) – should you wait for those models instead?
Here’s the deal:
It all comes down to your budget, personal preference, video games that you play and what frame rate your CPU/GPU can sustain.
Additionally, it’s not only the refresh rate you should consider when choosing a monitor -other things that affect your gaming experience include:
- variable refresh rate technology
- pixel response time speed
- backlight strobing implementation (if available)
- panel type
- screen size and resolution
So, here are the gaming monitors we recommend, and you can choose one according to your preferences.
1080p 360Hz Gaming Monitors
If you want the smoothest performance possible and your PC can output over 360FPS, or at least close to it, we recommend the Acer XV252QF.
It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, vivid colors and quick response time speed. It’s overclockable to 390Hz, supports variable refresh rate and Motion Blur Reduction, which uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur.
This model is actually cheaper than the 360Hz G-SYNC variants yet it offers an extra 30Hz and it’s G-SYNC Compatible. Further, it can use backlight strobing all the way up to 390Hz, while the other models are limited to 240Hz.
1440p 240Hz Gaming Monitors
Alternatively, you might want to consider going with a 1440p 240Hz 1ms monitor, such as the ASUS XG27AQM instead.
The XG27AQM is overclockable to 270Hz and supports VRR and MBR up to 270Hz simultaneously. Further, it has an IPS panel with a wide color gamut for more saturated and rich colors. More distinct colors can also be helpful in competitive gaming as enemy players stand out more in certain environments.
Now, as we’ve already established, the difference between 240Hz and 360Hz is not that big, however, the difference between 1080p resolution on a ~24″ monitor and 1440p on a 27″ display is huge – and a lot of gamers will prefer the sharper and clearer image quality of 1440p to the benefits of 360Hz over 240Hz.
Keep in mind that getting 240FPS at 1440p is more demanding than getting 360FPS at 1080p, so whatever you decide to go for, double-check the benchmarks of your CPU/GPU for your favorite games.
Another thing you should check out is whether the games you play are FPS-capped. A lot of users run into certain issues when running Apex Legends at over 190FPS, for instance. So, in this case, a 360Hz monitor would be useless, but 240Hz would still provide you with some benefits over 144Hz.
If Apex Legends is your main game and you want to go the 1440p route, you might want to consider a 1440p 180Hz gaming monitor, such as the LG 27GP850, since it offers better value for money than the 240Hz models – at least until the 190FPS issue is fixed.
1080p 240Hz Gaming Monitors
If you’re not a fan of MBR, you can find a great 1080p 240Hz gaming monitor for as low as $250, the Dell S2522HG.
Upcoming Gaming Monitors
In 2022, we’ll be seeing the first 1080p 480Hz and 1440p 360Hz gaming monitors, so you might want to keep an eye out for them; we keep track of all upcoming monitors in our New Monitors article.
Still not sure which gaming monitor is right for you? Feel free to leave us a comment below with your budget, PC specs and list of games you play, and we’ll help you out!