Best 4K Gaming Monitors for PC 2019: 144 Hz to Budget

With great pixels comes great image quality. So it's not surprising to see PC gamers drooling over monitors with 4K resolution (aka UHD). A panel stuffed with 8.3 million pixels (3840 x 2160) makes games look incredibly smooth and realistic and offers the highest resolution you can get in a good gaming monitor today. That abundant pixel army also means you can stretch your screen size well past 30 inches without seeing pesky individual pixels.

But if you've ever shopped for a 4K monitor, you know they aren’t cheap (yet), which makes your choice that more important. 4K is all about high-resolution gaming; however, you still want solid gaming specs, like a 60 Hz or greater refresh rate, low response time and your choice of adaptive sync (Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync, depending on your PC's graphics card). Plus, you'll need a pretty beefy graphics card to game in 4K. 

With all that considered, if you're not 4K-ready yet, check out our Best Gaming Monitors page for lower-resolution recommendations.

If you’re ready to invest in high-res gaming, check out our list of the best 4K gaming monitors of 2019, chosen based on our independent testing.

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Quick Shopping Tips

When buying a 4K gaming monitor, consider the following:

  • 4K gaming requires a high-end graphics card. If you're not using an Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire multi-graphics card setup, you’ll want at least a GTX 1070 Ti or RX Vega 64 for games at medium settings or an RTX-series card or Radeon VII for high or greater settings.
  • 4K monitors are even more expensive if you want 144 Hz. If you want to save some money, take a look at monitors with a lower refresh rate. You can get away with a 60 Hz, as long as it has G-Sync or FreeSync.
  • G-Sync or FreeSync? A monitor’s G-Sync function will only work with PCs rocking an Nvidia graphics card. FreeSync will only run with PCs using an AMD card. At 4K, FreeSync maxes out at 120 Hz, but G-Sync can go up to 144 Hz. For an in-depth comparison between the two’s performance, see our Nvidia G-Sync vs. AMD FreeSync comparison article.
  • 4K and HDR go hand-in-hand. 4K monitors often support HDR (high dynamic range) content for extra bright and colorful experiences. But you need a monitor with G-Sync Ultimate or FreeSync 2 HDR to run adaptive sync with HDR games or video (otherwise you'll have to pick HDR or G-Sync/FreeSync). For more on HDR, see our article on HDR and what it means for your monitor.

For more help choosing a monitor of any resolution--gaming or otherwise--check out our PC Monitor Buying Guide.

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQAsus ROG Swift PG27UQ

1. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

Best 4K / 144 Hz Gaming Monitor

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K @ 120 Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz with overclock | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Pros: G-Sync • Stunning image • Amazing SDR and HDR contrast • Over 90 percent DCI-P3 coverage • Build quality, styling

Cons: Expensive

The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is the best 4K gaming monitor for most gamers. We consider it a big win anytime a 4K display can manage a refresh rate greater than 60 Hz. The PG27UQ blasts past that with 144 Hz when overclocked. And with a response time that's 1ms better than its top rival, the Acer Predator X27 (listed below), the PG27UQ wins the 4K gaming crown. On top of that, the PG27UQ (as well as the X27) boasts unbeatable HDR delivery, thanks to its secret sauce: a full-array WLED backlight with zone dimming.  

Read Review: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

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Samsung UR59C 4K Curved MonitorSamsung UR59C 4K Curved Monitor

2. Samsung UR59C

Best Budget 4K Gaming Monitor

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 32 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Pros: Stunning picture • Accurate after calibration • Quality build • Effective curvature

Cons: No G-Sync or FreeSync • No USB ports • Needs calibration

We know what you’re thinking: no FreeSync or G-Sync?! But don't run away yet; with a good graphics card, you won't miss adaptive sync. With a 1080 Ti and the right settings, we were able to maintain 60 fps without any input lag or screen tearing. Overdrive also worked well, minimizing motion blur and preventing ghosting or object trails. With high pixel density and contrast, plus a 1500mm curve radius that makes an immersive difference, Call of Duty: WWII looked beautiful in 4K.

However, if you're a hardcore gamer looking for a true upgrade from a high-speed QHD, 144 Hz monitor, make the Acer Nitro XV273K ($775 / £800 at the time of writing) your budget pick instead.

Read Review: Samsung UR59C

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Philips 436M6 MomentumPhilips 436M6 Momentum

3. Philips 436M6 Momentum

Best FreeSync 4K Gaming Monitor

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 42.5 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Pros: FreeSync • Bright • Excellent HDR • Wide color gamut • Accurate without calibration • Build quality • Comes with a handy remote

Cons: Limited calibration options • Middling input lag • Few stand adjustments

When we played our favorite games on the Philips 436M6, FreeSync ensured tear-free frames, while sRGB games popped, thanks to the display's added gamut color. HDR games also played without any screen tearing. The large, 43-inch display was even more appetizing to the eyes with a high 4,000:1 contrast ratio. On top of that great image, the 436M6's TV-like size made games like first-person shooters all the more intense. 

Read Review: Philips 436M6 Momentum

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Acer Predator X27Acer Predator X27

4. Acer Predator X27

Best G-Sync 4K Gaming Monitor

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 27 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K @ 120 Hz | Panel Type: IPS | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz with overclock | Response Time (GTG): 5ms

Pros: G-Sync • Excellent HDR • Extended color • Stellar gaming experience • Build quality

Cons: No brightness adjustment in HDR mode • Expensive

Like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ listed above, the Acer Predator X27 has a full-array backlight with zone dimming, so you can expect mouth-watering HDR delivery. With insane gaming specs, the monitor delivers tear-free gaming, even at high framerates. The Predator X27 also has a slight edge over the PG27UQ in terms of out-of-box color accuracy. And the included light hood is a welcome addition.

Read Review: Acer Predator X27

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HP Omen X 65 EmperiumHP Omen X 65 Emperium

5. HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Best 4K Gaming Monitor Splurge

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 64.5 inches, 16:9 | Resolution: 4K | Panel Type: VA | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time (GTG): 4ms

Pros: G-Sync • Pro-level color accuracy • Excellent SDR and HDR contrast • Built-in soundbar delivers excellent audio quality • Sturdy build

Cons: Very expensive

The HP Omen X 65 Emperium is a 65-inch juggernaut that guarantees larger-than-life gaming. In our benchmarking, it showed performance worthy of its premium price tag with zero gaming hiccups and high framerates at high settings. The included soundbar is a powerful addition and amplifies the immersive and high-end experience. If that weren't not enough to earn the high cost, the monitor comes with Nvidia Shield, which has gaming, TV and movie streaming options built right in.

Read Review: HP Omen X 65 Emperium

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  • Muggi1909
    hey nice job there, but can you pls take a look on this monitor too, I think personal its the best buy for the bucks if you want a 4k 144hz gaming monitor for around 800 dollars or less :)
    Acer Nitro XV273
  • spoidz
    Did Prices just explode all of a sudden?

    Some of the best are back up to $2000 MSRP and not far below at retail. I thought we were seeing lower $1000's a week or so back.
    Or maybe I just haven't been noticing, but I have been web "window shopping" these last weeks or so.
  • ryzengamer
    The ASUS VP28UQG freesync 1ms gaming monitor is good and affordable. It comes with a 3 years on site warranty here.
  • BulkZerker
    Quote:
    Did Prices just explode all of a sudden? Some of the best are back up to $2000 MSRP and not far below at retail. I thought we were seeing lower $1000's a week or so back. Or maybe I just haven't been noticing, but I have been web "window shopping" these last weeks or so.


    This list looks like the same one they released last time. If they haven't reviewed any standout 4kmonitors why change it?
  • fry178
    anything past 500$ is kind of useless, unless you also using it to "work" on it.
    i can buy a 49" 4K tv with 120hz and local dimming for sub 1000 (even brands like sony),
    and use a lower res like 1080 to play (tvs upscale 1080p content properly),
    which would also reduce (4K related) input lag a bit and will not require a 1070.