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Best 4K Gaming Monitors for PC 2019: 144Hz, Curved & More

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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 packing 8.3 million pixels (3840 x 2160) makes your favorite titles look incredibly smooth and realistic. You'll be proud to boast the highest resolution you can get in a good gaming monitor today. Plus, with 4K you can expand past displays in the 20-inch range. 4K's abundant pixel army means you can stretch your screen size well past 30 inches without seeing pesky individual pixels.

But anyone who's shopped for a 4K display before knows they're not cheap yet (not to mention where we're heading with the introduction of a 4K OLED gaming monitor). That makes your purchase decision particularly important. Yes, 4K is about high-res gaming, but you're still going to want solid gaming specs, like a 60Hz-plus refresh rate, low response time and your choice of adaptive sync (Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync, depending on your PC's graphics card). Additionally, you'll need a pretty beefy graphics card to game in 4K. 

With all that considered, if you're not 4K-ready yet, we have some lower-resolution recommendations on our Best Gaming Monitors page.

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

Quick Shopping Tips

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

  • 4K monitors are even more expensive if you want 144Hz. If you want to save some money, take a look at monitors with a lower refresh rate. You can get away with a 60Hz, 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 120Hz, but G-Sync can go up to 144Hz. For an in-depth comparison between the two’s performance, see our Nvidia G-Sync vs. AMD FreeSync comparison .
  • 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

Best 4K Gaming Monitor

Razer Raptor 27

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Razer Raptor 27

Best 4K Gaming Monitor

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

Excellent HDR contrast
Saturated color
Near-100% DCI-P3 coverage
Fantastic style and build quality
FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible
144Hz refresh rate
No true sRGB color mode
User must manually switch between SDR and HDR modes

The Razer Raptor 27 is the best 4K gaming monitor for most gamers. From its RGB, all-metal base to its cable management and premium back fabric and high resolution, one look at this display will make you the envy of any other gamer. 

In both gaming capabilities and image quality, the Raptor 27 delivers. FreeSync and G-Sync Compatibility mean you don't have to pick a side, and when we tested it, we experienced no screen tears or input lag with minimal motion blur.

But the best part about this monitor is its color capability, especially with HDR content. Regular SDR content also looks great and richly saturated, and you can even up the contrast by turning HDR mode on with SDR. SDR isn't strictly accurate to the sRGB color gamut, but many gamers will enjoy that extra punch in color (you can also use our recommended calibration settings for more accuracy).  

Read Review: Razer Raptor 27

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Best 144Hz 4K Gaming Monitor

Acer Nitro XV273K

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Acer Nitro XV273K

Best 144Hz 4K Gaming Monitor

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

Super bright at over 500 nits
Accurate DCI-P3 color gamut
144Hz refresh rate
FreeSync
G-Sync Compatible (without HDR)
Solid build
No dynamic contrast means HDR only looks slightly better than SDR
Inaccurate white point in sRGB mode
Expensive

The Acer Nitro XV273K is the best 144Hz 4K gaming monitor for most shoppers. It lacks the full-array local zone dimming backlight power of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ (listed below) or Acer Predator X27 and can’t match the HDR contrast of the Acer Predator XB273K. But the Nitro XV273K offers accurate color, the same pixel density as those three competitors and is $150 - $950 cheaper (at the time of writing). Those savings are something you shouldn't take for granted, considering you’ll need a decently priced graphics card to run 4K at 144Hz. 

High pixel density and added color mean games look saturated and detailed. And our testing showed its response time (black to white) is on par with the X27, XB273K and PG27UQ. So you can expect smooth gameplay, no matter your skill level or how how fast the action gets. 

Read Review: Acer Nitro XV273K

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Best Curved 4K Gaming Monitor

Samsung UR59C 

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Samsung UR59C

Best Curved 4K Gaming Monitor

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

Stunning picture
Accurate after calibration
Quality build
Effective curvature
No G-Sync or FreeSync
No USB ports
Needs calibration

The Samsung UR59C is the best curved 4K gaming monitor we’ve tested. The 1500mm curve radius on the 32-inch monitor has a tangible impact, even with a 16:9 aspect ratio. With many windows open, items on the periphery are still visible, offering a boost in productivity potential and immersiveness. 

But take note: with a 60Hz refresh rate and no G-Sync or FreeSync, this isn’t for the most competitive players. However, casual gamers can get by. We gamed on the display with a 1080 Ti graphics card and didn’t see any input lag or screen tears with V-Sync on. Overdrive was effective too. 

But perhaps the best part about the UR59C is is price. Relatively speaking, this is a budget 4K monitor -- just $440 at the time of writing. 

Read Review: Samsung UR59C 

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Best HDR 4K Gaming Monitor

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ 

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Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

Best HDR 4K Gaming Monitor

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

G-Sync
Stunning image
Amazing SDR and HDR contrast
Over 90% DCI-P3 coverage
Build quality, styling
Expensive

The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is the best 4K gaming monitor for enjoying HDR. When it comes to mouthwatering HDR delivery, nothing can beat a full-array WLED backlight with zone dimming. We can tell the difference in HDR games, like Call of Duty: WWII, through detailed shadows, brilliant highlights and realistic-looking textures. 

Of course, this is also a great monitor for competitive gaming, thanks to its high 120Hz refresh rate at 4K resolution that can climb to 144Hz with overclock. The PG27UQ's closest rival is the Acer Predator X27, which has that same backlight type that makes HDR even more amazing. But the PG27UQ has a leg up on the X27 with a 1ms faster response time. 

Read Review: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

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Best 4K Gaming Monitor Splurge

HP Omen X 65 Emperium

HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Best 4K Gaming Monitor Splurge

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

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

If you want to do your 4K gaming on a BFGD (big format gaming display), the HP Omen X 65 Emperium is your best choice. This juggernaut promises larger-than-life gaming. There's a 64.5-inch screen, 120-watt soundbar with four 4-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters and two passive radiators, Nvidia Shield for streaming games, TVs and movies and a full-array WLED backlight with zone dimming that'll make you go gaga for HDR. 

In our benchmarking, the Emperium showed performance worthy of its premium price tag. We experienced zero gaming hiccups and enjoyed incredibly realistic image quality. Meanwhile, the built-in soundbar is a powerful addition for amplifying immersion and creating a more high-end experience. 

It's a very expensive monitor, but it just may have what it takes to replace your living room's TV. Did we mention it comes with a remote? 

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
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  • 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.
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  • ryzengamer
    The ASUS VP28UQG freesync 1ms gaming monitor is good and affordable. It comes with a 3 years on site warranty here.
    Reply
  • BulkZerker
    spoidz said:
    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?
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • ivoleiden
    What about the Samsung CRG90 ? 49", super ultra wide 5120 x 1440 , HDR 1000, 120hz (overclockable to 144), native freesync. I ordered one, it's coming tomorrow to replace my 32" QHD 60Hz NoHDR really looking forward!!! only 1,200 Eur!!!
    Reply
  • bendvis
    Why is the Razer Raptor 27 listed as the best 4k gaming monitor when it's a 1440p screen?
    Reply