AOC G2460PF 24-inch 144Hz FreeSync Monitor Review

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When speaking strictly of value, it’s impossible to beat most FreeSync displays. Since it’s merely part of the DisplayPort spec, it requires zero extra manufacturing cost. Current prices still show a gap of around $200 compared to similar G-Sync products. Functionally, there is no difference between the two technologies until you start talking about low framerates. G-Sync monitors universally bottom out at 30Hz, then double buffer frames to keep the action as smooth as possible. FreeSync only does this when LFC is implemented, and that can only take place when the max refresh is at least 2.5 times the minimum. Many displays don’t meet that requirement.

The AOC G2460PF does, however, thanks to the latest firmware, which enables FreeSync between 35 and 144Hz. It, and the larger G2770PF are now shipping with that code. This means tear free operation over a tremendous range. And with enough graphics processing power, you can hit 144fps in many games. While some may be skeptical of its FHD resolution, we still think other aspects of image quality like contrast and color saturation outweigh the importance of pixel density.

In addition to our benchmark tests, we spend several hours playing on all the gaming monitors we review. In a 24" size, high framerates and tear free operation completely make you forget you're only looking at 92ppi. And you’ll quickly forget that you’re playing on a TN screen as well. While it may not quite have the punch of an IPS panel (and certainly not the amazing contrast of VA), image quality is still quite good.

We continue to maintain that smooth motion quality and quick response are what you should be looking for in a gaming monitor. Don’t let the letters TN and FHD lead you to dismiss an entire category. Unless your budget is large, lower resolution means a better gaming experience. QHD is still a sweet spot that offers a little greater pixel density and doesn’t exact a huge toll on your video card’s capabilities. But for those who have spent less than $300 on a graphics board, a monitor like the G2460PF is an ideal fit.

For its solid image quality, trouble-free 144Hz refresh rate, and wide FreeSync range, we’re giving it our Tom’s Hardware Editor Approved Award.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • sillynilly
    Good budget monitor - good review. Not my cup of tea as 1440 at 27" is my bare minimum these days (getting a 4K soon to match my 1080). I would shoot myself in my eyeballs if I had to go back to this, but for many 24" 1080 with FS makes good financial sense.
  • rwinches
    Wow! The same price as my AOC 1080 144 G2460PQU but with wide range Freesync. Amazing. I just bought my three less than a year ago - time to sell?
  • Gmaer987
    FYI I noticed that under Specifications you list the panel type as IPS but everywhere else you list it as TN
  • rhysiam
    This is really compelling option. I just put a sample build together with a full system (i3 and RX 470) including OS and this display for just over $850. Even with inflated prices on 470s at the moment, that would offer a solid gaming experience at an amazing price (considering display and OS included).
  • gaborbarla
    "Functionally, there is no difference between the two technologies until you start talking about low framerates."

    So basically what you are saying is that if you have a fast PC and a fast graphics card and aiming to go into the 144Hz+ territory then you don't need GSync. This is a 144Hz monitor after all and most people are expected to have awesome gear to drive screens at those Hz. I have a 144Hz 1440p 1ms Freesync monitor driven by a GTX 1080 and never seen tearing on it yet.
  • eklipz330
    time to sell my benq...
  • -Fran-
    Ok, I just ordered one.

    The price and great Freesync range well worth it taking everything into account. Out of all the "high tier" gaming monitors, this one seems to be the one to beat in terms of value.

    Thanks for the review and confirmation on my suspicions on this monitor.

    One thing though, does it come with the DP cable?

  • ceberle
    Yes, there is a DP cable included.
  • -Fran-
    18632987 said:
    Yes, there is a DP cable included.


    Thanks for the information.
  • fr3nzy_
    why is the AOC G2460PQU more expensive without freesync? am i missing something here?