The Best 1440p 144Hz Monitors For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

Check out the best 1440p 144Hz monitors for gaming currently available and how they compare to popular and relevant alternatives.

1440p 144Hz monitors are preferred and adored among gamers, as they offer the ideal combination of detail clarity and gaming responsiveness.

But what does this mean?

It means that there’s going to be a ton of different 1440p 144Hz models, and choosing the perfect one can sometimes be overwhelming and frustrating. That’s where this buyer’s guide comes in!

We’ve picked the absolute best, and most cost-efficient 1440p 144Hz monitors for gaming, all you have to do is choose which one is most suited for you!

These are the best 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors worth buying right now!

MonitorSizePanelRefresh RateVRRG-SYNCHDR 
27”VA144HzFreeSyncUnstableNo
32”VA165HzFreeSyncUnstableYes
27”IPS144HzFreeSyncStableYes
27”IPS144HzFreeSyncCompatibleYes
27”IPS165HzFreeSyncCompatibleYes
32”IPS170HzFreeSyncStableYes
32”IPS175HzFreeSyncCompatibleYes
budget pick

AOC CQ27G2

AOC CQ27G2 Gaming Monitor
  • Wide color gamut
  • High contrast ratio
  • FreeSync & MBR
best overall

MSI MAG274QRF-QD

MSI MAG274QRF QD Monitor
  • Adobe RGB color gamut
  • Quick response time
  • FreeSync & MBR
best value

Gigabyte M32Q

Gigabyte M32Q
  • Wide color gamut
  • Quick response time
  • FreeSync & MBR

We also included noteworthy alternatives for each monitor in the reviews below in case our pick isn’t available or if it’s overpriced in your country. Additionally, we’ll mention if there are any similar upcoming monitors you should keep your eyes on.

Now, we will cover the most important details about each monitor in the summaries below, but you may also want to visit our comprehensive gaming monitor buyer’s guide.

The monitors are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and wide color gamut
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync
  • Ergonomic and sturdy design
  • Excellent value for the price

The Cons:

  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Low peak brightness, but sufficient under normal viewing conditions

About the Monitor

The AOC CQ27G2 is actually the cheapest 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor you can buy, yet it offers an amazing gaming experience!

Image Quality

This monitor uses a VA panel, so its strongest point is the high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1. In comparison, TN and IPS panels usually have a contrast ratio of just 1,000:1. This result in deep blacks, bright whites and a generally more pronounced relation between the darkest and the brightest shades, which makes for an immersive viewing experience — especially in dark rooms.

As if that’s not enough, VA panels also offer decent color reproduction. The colors are much more vibrant than that of TN panels, but they’re not as punchy as what you can find on IPS models. However, the AOC CQ27G2 utilizes a wide color gamut backlight covering 120% of the sRGB color space for more saturated and lifelike colors.

While this closes the gap between the IPS and VA when it comes to color quality, IPS displays are still better when it comes to color accuracy and consistency.

Lastly, the peak luminance of this monitor maxes out at 250-nits, which may sound too low, but under normal viewing conditions, it will be more than enough.

The most significant disadvantage of VA panel displays is the pixel response time speed. Although manufacturers claim ‘4ms’ gray to gray pixel transition time for VA panels, it’s actually notably slower when it comes to transitioning between very dark pixels.

As a result, this creates noticeable black smearing of fast-moving objects in fast-paced games, which can be somewhat distracting if you’re a hardcore FPS gamer. For casual gaming and other game genres, it’s actually negligible, and you most likely won’t even notice it unless you’re really looking for it.

Note that pixel response time isn’t the same as input lag — input and display lag is the time it takes for the monitor to react and display your commands. All monitors in this list have low input lag (below 6ms), which makes for imperceptible delay at 144Hz.

Features

amd freesync logo

Moving on, the AOC CQ27G2 monitor is equipped with AMD FreeSync, which allows it to change its refresh rate dynamically (Hz = FPS), thus eliminating screen tearing and stuttering for good.

FreeSync works as long as your FPS is within the VRR (variable refresh rate) range of the monitor, which amounts to 48-144Hz/FPS, with LFC support for lower frame rates. You will also need a compatible graphics card, which includes most AMD and NVIDIA’s GTX 10-series or newer cards.

Although this monitor isn’t certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, FreeSync works with NVIDIA cards. Unfortunately, some units of the AOC CQ27G2 (and most other monitors based on Samsung’s VA panels) are affected by the brightness flickering issue when FreeSync is enabled.

How does this affect you?

This brightness flickering is mostly visible when your FPS fluctuates a lot or when it gets below 48FPS and triggers LFC. It doesn’t affect all units of the monitor, and it’s not visible in all video games.

Other noteworthy features include Shadow Boost (improves visibility of objects in shadows), Game Color (different color saturation presets), crosshair overlays, Frame Counter to keep track of the monitor’s refresh rate with FreeSync and pre-calibrated picture presets such as ‘FPS’ and ‘RTS’.

Additionally, the AOC CQ27G2 also features Motion Blur Reduction (MBR), which via backlight strobing, further reduces the amount of visible trailing behind fast-moving objects. However, it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync, and the monitor’s brightness will decrease as the strobing frequency becomes higher.

Luckily, you can manually alter the strobing frequency from 1 to 20 in increments of one and find the perfect trade-off between motion clarity and picture brightness for you.

Design & Connectivity

aoc cq27g2 back side

The design of the monitor is also very good considering its price! The stand is metal and sturdy while the chassis consists of textured matte black plastics and ultra-thin bezels.

You can also elevate the screen up to 130mm, swivel it by +/- 30°, tilt by -5°/20° or mount it via the 100x100mm VESA pattern. In addition, the monitor has a subtle 1500R screen curvature.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and a headphone jack. You can use FreeSync up to 144Hz at 1440p via all three ports.

Alternatives

  • AOC CQ27G1 – the previous version of this monitor with a more subtle 1800R curvature
  • Samsung Odyssey G5 – a 1440p 144Hz VA gaming monitor with a steeper 1000R curvature, available in both 27″ and 32″ formats
  • Samsung C27JG50/JG56 – good alternatives if the CQ27G2/G1 is not available in your country
  • Gigabyte G27QC – a good alternative to the AOC CQ27G2, based on the same panel with similar image quality and performance
  • Samsung S27R750 – a 27″ 1440p 144Hz VA model with a flat screen, but no wide color gamut support. It also has a unique design that clamps onto your desk, but the screen is not VESA mount compatible

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync
  • Height-adjustable stand

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Design lacks swivel/pivot

About the Monitor

Next up, we have the Gigabyte G32QCA, a 32″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1500R curved VA panel.

Image Quality

The Gigabyte G32QCA features a large 31.5″ viewable screen, and while a bigger monitor can provide a more immersive gaming and viewing experience, it also has a lower pixel density.

Here’s why: with roughly 93 pixels per inch, you get the same pixel density as that of a 24″ 1080p monitor. So, you will get a bit less screen space in comparison to 27″ 1440p models (108 PPI), and the details won’t be as sharp, but the image quality is overall quite decent.

In fact, at just a bit over 3 ft away from the screen, your eyes won’t be able to distinguish the individual pixels on the monitor, which is a reasonable distance given the size of the screen.

Other panel-related specifications include a wide 94% DCI-P3 color gamut (equivalent to ~125% sRGB), a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a decent 350-nit peak brightness (up to 400-nits for HDR content).

So, if you want a big gaming monitor with excellent image quality and smooth performance, the Gigabyte G32QC-A offers exceptional value for the price.

Features

The Gigabyte G32QC A supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-165Hz VRR range over DisplayPort and 48-144Hz over HDMI.

Other features include the Aim Stabilizer backlight strobing technology, Black Equalizer for better visibility in darker games, custom crosshairs and pre-calibrated picture presets.

Visit our Gigabyte G32QC review for more information. Note that the G32QCA variant is a refresh of the G32QC, but they’re essentially identical monitors.

Design & Connectivity

gigabyte g32qc design

The Gigabyte G32QCA has a height-adjustable stand (up to 100mm), and you can also tilt the screen by -5°/20° or mount it via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options consist of two HDMI 2.0 inputs, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

If you’d rather have a flat-screen 32″ 1440p 144Hz VA gaming monitor, check out the LG 32GN650, though it doesn’t have as wide color gamut (only 95% sRGB).

In case you want a model with an even more aggressive screen curvature, check out the Samsung Odyssey C32G55T with a 1000R curvature, but again, no wide color gamut.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync
  • Excellent value for the price

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel/pivot
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About the Monitor

The Gigabyte G27Q is the most cost-efficient 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with an IPS panel providing you with both vibrant colors and quick response time!

Image Quality

Thanks to its IPS panel, the Gigabyte G27Q monitor delivers precise, consistent and vivid colors. Naturally, blacks aren’t as deep as that of VA panels, but you also don’t get the visible black smearing in fast-paced games. Instead, the pixel response time is rapid, which ensures minimal motion blur.

Further, the monitor is equipped with a wider color gamut backlight covering 92% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (equivalent to ~125% sRGB) for even more eye-catching colors.

Features

Moving on, the Gigabyte G27Q features AMD FreeSync support with a 48-144Hz VRR range and stable performance with compatible NVIDIA cards.

But that’s not all, you will also find the Aim Stabilizer feature, which reduces perceived motion blur by backlight strobing. Just like it’s the case with most monitors, MBR and VRR cannot work at the same time, and while Aim Stabilizer is enabled, the maximum brightness of the display is decreased.

While the G27Q is noticeably faster than the previously mentioned VA models as there’s no black smearing, some minor ghosting will still be noticeable behind fast-moving objects, but it won’t be an issue for most gamers.

Other features include pre-calibrated picture presets, custom crosshairs, a refresh rate tracker and Black Equalizer for better visibility in darker games.

For more information, visit our detailed Gigabyte G27Q review.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte G27Q Monitor Back

The stand of the Gigabyte G27Q offers up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, but no pivot or swivel.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 inputs, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack, two 2W integrated speakers and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

If you play a lot of fast-paced competitive games, we recommend saving ~$50 more for the next monitor, the LG 27GL83A, with an even faster pixel response time speed.

Otherwise, the Gigabyte G27Q will do just fine. You won’t get any prominent dark smearing or brightness flickering like you would get with VA panels, and you also get wider viewing angles and more consistent colors, just not as high contrast ratio.

In case you can’t get the Gigabyte G27Q, consider the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD, though it’s slightly slower and doesn’t have as many features.

The Pros:

  • Precise and consistent colors
  • Quick response time speed
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync
  • Ergonomic design

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel option
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About the Monitor

The LG 27GL83A is only slightly more expensive than the Gigabyte G27Q yet it features a cutting-edge IPS panel developed by LG that boasts a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed.

Image Quality

When it comes to image quality, the LG 27GL83A covers the standard sRGB color space and allows for wider DCI-P3 gamut support only when HDR content is detected.

The colors are accurate, consistent, and gorgeous, but what makes this display so attractive is its 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, which ensures that there’s as little motion blur as possible at 144Hz. In fact, the response time of this monitor is on par with the fast TN models.

So, it makes no sense buying a 1440p 144Hz TN gaming monitor that’s more expensive than the LG 27GL83A as you’d just lose on image quality and viewing angles.

Features

Moving on, the LG 27GL83A supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range and it’s G-SYNC compatible. Other features include custom crosshairs, picture presets and Black Stabilizer.

The monitor also supports HDR, but due to its peak brightness of 350-nits, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and lack of localized dimming, HDR content won’t look much better.

Visit our LG 27GL83A review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Lg 27gl83a back

The LG 27GL83A offers decent ergonomic abilities with up to 110mm of height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. Note that FreeSync is limited to 100Hz over HDMI. If you disable FreeSync, HDMI supports up to 144Hz at 1440p.

Alternatives

The LG 27GL83A is the best 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor you can get under $400.

The Pros:

  • Adobe RGB color gamut
  • Quick response time speed
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About the Monitor

If you want an even better gaming monitor, check out the MSI MAG274QF-QD!

Image Quality

This monitor combines its rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed with a wide 99% Adobe RGB gamut coverage (equivalent to ~150% sRGB!).

Additionally, it has dedicated sRGB and DCI-P3 emulation modes, so you can enjoy both vibrant and accurate colors depending on the content you’re watching.

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD also has a bit higher static contrast ratio than LG’s Nano IPS models, while the peak brightness amounts to 300-nits.

Features

VRR is supported within the 48-165Hz range with both AMD FreeSync Premium and NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible certification.

Other features include Anti Motion Blur (backlight strobing), Night Vision (improves visibility in darker scenes), crosshair overlays and various picture presets.

Check out our MSI MAG274QRF-QD review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

MSI MAG274QRF QD Monitor Back 1

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and ergonomic with up to 100mm height adjustment, +/- 75° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a dual-USB 2.0 hub, a headphone jack and a USB type C port with DP 1.2 Alt Mode and 15W PD.

The Pros:

  • Precise, consistent, and vibrant colors
  • Quick response time speed
  • Plenty of gaming features, including FreeSync and Aim Stabilizer Sync
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About the Monitor

The Gigabyte M32Q is one of the first 32″ 1440p 144Hz+ gaming monitors available with an IPS panel. It’s a long-anticipated format by those who want a big monitor with accurate colors, fast response time and smooth VRR performance. 

Image Quality

With the Gigabyte M32Q, you get incredible color quality thanks to its 94% DCI-P3 color gamut (equivalent to ~120% sRGB). There’s an sRGB emulation mode available as well.

Plus, the colors will remain flawless at basically any angle and across the entire screen due to the IPS technology with 178° wide viewing angles.

You also get a decent peak brightness of 400-nits for HDR content, but the contrast ratio is limited to 1,000:1, so blacks won’t be quite as deep as they’re on VA models.

Features

More importantly, at least as far as performance is concerned, the pixel response time speed amounts to only 1ms GtG, so there won’t be any ghosting in fast-paced games.

Further, the monitor is G-SYNC compatible (though not officially by NVIDIA), and there’s no brightness flickering associated with most VA models.

Next, it supports backlight strobing that can be active at the same time as VRR called Aim Stabilizer Sync. This minimizes strobe crosstalk and offers excellent motion clarity.

You also can overclock the Gigabyte M32Q to 170Hz from its native 165Hz refresh rate. 

Gigabyte’s standard gaming features are available too, including customizable crosshairs, a refresh rate tracker, Black Equalizer (improves visibility in darker games), and Dashboard (it can display PC parameters, such as CPU/GPU temperature, utilization, etc. on the screen).

Finally, the monitor has a KVM switch that allows you use a single set of keyboard and mouse for two PCs connected to the screen.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32Q Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack, two 3W built-in speakers, USB-C (with DP Alt Mode), and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

  • ASUS ROG Swift PG329Q – another 32″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor, but with DisplayHDR 600. It offers a bit better HDR image quality thanks to its wider Adobe RGB color gamut, higher 600-nit peak brightness, and 16-zone local dimming solution. However, it’s $200 – $300 more expensive and since its HDR image quality is still mediocre in comparison to true HDR displays, we find the M32Q to offer better value for money, but the PG329Q is still worth considering.

Conclusion

There are the best 1440p 144Hz monitors for gaming to get right now! If you have any questions or aren’t sure what monitor to get, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below, and we’ll gladly help!

Overall, the AOC CQ27G2 offers excellent value for the price, if you’re on a tighter budget.

In case you play a lot of FPS games and/or want more accurate colors, the LG 27GL83A is our top-recommended monitor for under $400. 

If you can afford something more expensive, the Gigabyte M32Q is a great choice as you get even punchier colors and a bigger screen.

Updates +

  • September 10, 2021:
    – Replaced the LG 27GP850 with the MSI MAG274QRF-QD.
  • August 5, 2021:
    – Added the LG 27GP850 and the ASUS PG329Q to the table.
  • June 11, 2021:
    – Removed the Dell S2719DGF and the Samsung CHG70.
    – Replaced the Acer XB323UGP with the Gigabyte M32Q.
  • May 26, 2021:
    – Added the LG 27GP850 as an alternative to the LG 27GL83A.
  • February 10, 2021:
    – Replaced the LG 32GK650F with the Gigabyte G32QC and added the LG 32GN650 as a flat-screen alternative.
    – Replaced the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD with the Gigabyte G27Q.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.