Best Gaming Monitor Options: Are TN or IPS Displays Better?

Gaming hardware is becoming increasingly popular these days thanks to the emerging PC technology that is improving faster than we could have possibly imagined a decade ago. Plus, with faster and more powerful graphics cards and processors being introduced year after year, the games that we are able to play on our computers are also becoming much more attractive and enjoyable as a direct result. Most monitors these days are slowly progressing from the older 22 to 24 inch models to the 27 inch displays, which are pretty much the optimal standard right now.

The best 27 inch gaming monitors can support up to a 1440p resolution which basically cramps the pixels closer together to fit into the display and hence, the image quality is often sharper. In fact, it is possible that the current anti-aliasing technology could be dispensed with in the near future as the “dot pitch” becomes increasingly small to the point that any jagged lines caused by the square edges of each pixel will be barely discernible.

IPS vs TN displayThere’s still a common issue that’s been plaguing gamers all over the world though, and that’s the response time of monitors, especially those that are built with an IPS, PLS or similar panels. Their response times are simply slower compared to the traditional TN models since they require a lot more processing as the data is enhanced and transferred from the graphics card to the display itself. Most 27 inch monitors that have 1440p capability will come with an average of 8 ms in terms of their response time and that’s bad.

Even gaming oriented monitors from Asus or BenQ that have refresh rates of 144 Hz and more have not been able to cut down on the response time aspect significantly enough for IPS monitors to be superior to TN ones, something which the top gaming monitors must certainly be capable of. Unfortunately for you, if you’re a serious FPS gamer, you’ll still have to stick to a TN monitor like the BenQ XL2420T models or newer as opposed to a true IPS monitor like the PB278Q which offers much more beautiful colors and image clarify in comparison.

asus pb278q monitorEven NVidia’s latest G-Sync technology is still greatly focused on improving the experience of gamers by introducing tear-free and perfectly sync images on high refresh rates, which basically means that IPS panels are out of the window as of this moment. Of course, if you’re simply looking to play slower strategy-based or RPG games like Civilization V or Diablo III, then perhaps you’d still be able to logically opt for the Asus PB278Q, which we personally think is easily the best gaming monitor for such games, since you’ll barely be able to notice anything above 60 FPS in those games.