I'm looking for a new 4k monitor. Any suggestions?

With the Black Friday sales coming up here in the US. I thought it’d be a good time to buy a 4k monitor and take full advantage of my GeForce GT 730. Any suggestions? If it makes any difference, I’m running Windows 7.

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For what it’s worth, I don’t think a 4k monitor is a good call. I have a gtx 970 and it won’t run my games past 60 hz or past 1440p without coughing. Every enthusiast worth his/her salt recommends medium systems go for a 1440p 120hz+ monitor, given fps is usually better than larger resolutions, even if your system doesn’t come to its knees with 4k.

True, GT 730 should barely handle FullHD in (“modern”) games. It’s a budget card after all, even if is 4K ready according to specs.

I also personally don’t see a good reason to go above 1440p for both work and entertainment (too large screen, too small dot, too much power consumption). But then I don’t play games.

Also beware than panel quality may vary a lot (uneven luminance, backlight bleed) even within the same model line - make sure you can return it.

At 4k resolution, with games which support those textures, you’re looking at a 2070 SUPER minimum at HIGH settings.

4k monitors are not cheap once you get into the 144hz G-Sync range of ASUS brands.

Avoiding ASUS G-Sync technology, then that route is Radeon 5700xt with a 4k 144hz monitor that supports AMD FreeSync.

Even with such a new graphic card, your CPU could bottleneck the display to the screen depending on what it is.

For the cost of 4k 144hz G-Sync monitors by ASUS, you could build yourself a brand new system.
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 27" 4K UHD 144Hz DP HDMI G-SYNC is $2,214.99 Canadian where I live.

Acer Predator XB3 XB273K Pbmiphzx 27" Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 4K 120Hz G-SYNC is $1,525.99.

They do become cheaper if you stay with AMD FreeSync and 60hz.

ViewSonic XG2700-4K 27" 3840 x 2160(4K) 60hz Ultra HD IPS FreeSync Gaming 4K Monitor is $945.99

LG 32UD59-B 32" 4K UHD LED Monitor, 3840 x 2160, HDCP 2.2, HDMI, DisplayPort, AMD FreeSync is $469.99

Staying within the 1440p 144hz 27" range does offer the best value, as most are under $1,000 Canadian for me, which is 2560 x 1440.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ 27" WQHD 1440P IPS 165Hz DP HDMI G-Sync Monitor is what I decided on.

I’m by no means an expert, but just recently upgraded from a 1080p monitor and looked at both 3840 x 2160 and 2560 x 1440 resolution monitors and found that 2560 x 1440 was a good sweet spot based on the games I play. Those games run off an ASUS 1080ti GPU and an i5-9600k CPU.

Hope that helps.



https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_27gl850.htm (recent post):

  • :white_check_mark: 27’’ IPS 2560x1440
  • :white_check_mark: 144 Hz
  • :white_check_mark: FreeSync & G-Sync
  • :white_check_mark: USB 3.0 (at the back tho)
  • :white_check_mark: 5 ms response time
  • :white_check_mark: Flicker-free, ~25W
  • :white_check_mark: not-so-ugly “gaming” design
  • :white_check_mark: ~$500

Cheaper since LG also makes the panel.

Great suggestions and information everyone, thanks!