Best Monitor Panel for Gaming – VA vs IPS vs TN

The BenQ XL series is a great choice for a decently priced competitive monitor. Most of our CS:GO pros use them.

The BenQ XL series is a great choice for a decently priced competitive monitor. Most of our CS:GO pros use them.

Whether you love playing CS:GO, Overwatch, League of Legends, Dota or other games – you are are staring at a screen for hours everyday. So it’s reasonable that you want to pick the best monitor for your gaming needs. Now, most monitors differ by resolution, refresh rate, response time, color reproduction, contrast ratio etc. But which of these aspects are really important for competitive performance? For most of these aspects the monitor panel is the deciding factor. So what is the best monitor panel for gaming?

Let’s start explaining some of the technical stuff first. Flat panel displays are viewing technologies that are used to display videos or images on a screen. These are usually multi-layered glass panels that are placed in front of a back light to illuminate what you see.

Most of you might have heard of LCDs (or Liquid-crystal displays) before. We don’t want to bore you with the complicated details but in summary the pixels are turned on or off by sending tiny amounts of power through electrodes to turn liquid crystals just the right direction to produce the color you want. LCD is the most common use of flat panel displays on the market right now and most LCD panels fall into three categories. Most of these differ on how the liquid crystals are aligned or rearranged to produce each individual pixel and each of these have their general pros and cons.

What is the best monitor panel for gaming?

So let’s have a look which panel type might be the best for PC and competitive gaming. There are two things we need for the best monitor panel for gaming: It needs to provide us with a 144HZ refresh rate, and needs the lowest response time possible. While color, contrast ratios and viewing angles are important, we think that most gamers won’t notice the slight imperfections in color on a regulars basis. We also sit right on front of the screen, so viewing angles are less important too. Contrast ratio can be significant because we need to spot enemies in different terrain but are less important than the refresh rate and response time. In summary: The refresh rate and response time have a higher impact on your competitive performance – so that is what we focus on.

TN vs VA vs IPS panels

For starters, these explanations are generalizations. Panel technologies have evolved leaps and bounds over the last couple of years so please have a look at each individual monitor before you make your choice. Let’s have a look at the three most commons types:

TN – or Twisted nematic panels – are probably the most common monitor panels on the market. They are produced cheaply and provide response times or response time in the single digit range – great for gaming. The contrast, colors and viewing angles however, can range from mediocre to bad. As a personal opinion: These monitors are a decent choice for anyone that doesn’t want to compromise on response time and needs a competitive monitor with a high refresh rate. Just don’t do graphic design work on these.

VA – or Vertical Alignment panels – in general provide better colors and viewing angles than their TN counterparts. VA panel monitors are a decent in-between if you want your color to be mostly on point. On average these monitors are slightly more expensive than TN panel monitors.

IPS – or In-plane switching –
are sort of the opposite of the aforementioned TN panels. They are built to provide the best viewing angles, contrast and color. These are often used for their viewing angles in expensive tablets or phones. You can also find these panels in monitors for professionals in graphics design. They can also be quite expensive and don’t support the highest refresh rates. So we don’t consider these to be monitor panels for gaming.

In summary, you need a 144HZ monitor with the lowest response time possible. Currently, this combination is present in TN and some VA and IPS panels. At the end of the day you have to decide on a particular monitor that fits your needs.

We have prepared a short list of the monitors in use by CS:GO professional gamers. Feel free to have a look at each specific option and decide for yourself – the best monitor panel for gaming is a very personal choice. The panel types might have limitations in principle but the technology has evolved so much that most of these options are a great choice for competitive gaming.

Thank you for reading.

NamePanelSizeResponse timeRefresh rateResolution
AOC G2460PQUTN24"1ms1441920x1080
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QTN 27"1ms1442560 x 1440
ASUS VG248QETN24"1ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2410TTN24"2ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2411TTN24"1ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2411ZTN24"1ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2420TTN24"2ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2420ZTN24"1ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2430TTN24"1ms1441920x1080
BenQ XL2540TTN24.5"1ms2401920x1080
ViewSonic XG2401TN24"1ms1441920x1080


My mom said my eyes would turn into rectangles from playing too much PC. Joke's on her though, they are in glorious 16:9 now.

You may also like...

12 Responses

  1. Full Service says:

    You need to choose the best and most convenient for the office, starting with technology and software and ending with various little things. The more convenient the employee is, the better he will work. A friend of mine once decided to improve the conditions in his office, and we found Full Service. This company deals with solving various problems for business.

  2. When it comes to viewing angles, IPS panels score an impressive 178/178. This essentially guarantees visibility from just about any direction.

  3. bookie says:

    Tower Defense because it’s too good for me anyway.

  4. Trilaen says:

    In the world of wireless communication, SMS is still the most popular way of sending messages and communicating. As such, it’s important to protect your privacy and keep your messages safe from prying eyes. The best way to do this is by using the Best Free Text Messaging Apps For iPhone In 2023.

  5. red tiger says:

    Thank you for writing this post. It’s really impressive. red tiger

  6. Aakil says:

    Investment Management Services provide vital support to your financial stability and growth. Find out what they are and how they work with our experts. If you’re looking to invest in securities, find out everything you need to know about investment management. Learn about investment management services and we can offer you. Discover the different types of services and find out which is right for you!

  7. Unfortunately it’s not buyable for the public yet. It’s intended to be used by tournament organizers as of now.

  8. Asif says:

    The Seven Colours provide high quality premium and affordable arts, handmade paintings, artificial grass lawn carpets, canvas paintings, handcrafted 3d designs, handmade lamps, artificial vertical gardens, flower leaves.

  9. Wallace Castro says:

    Mobile usage continues to grow each year and it doesn’t look like it is slowing down anytime soon. Although this is great news for businesses reaching new and existing online consumers, in light of the SS7 vulnerability concerns it is mobile user acquisition that users proceed with caution regarding the transmission of their sensitive information.

  10. Nanisa says:

    A fun variation of the multiplayer knockout game genre that is well-liked by young people today is stumble guys. Stumble Guys, an action spin-off of the well-known game Fall Guys, with gameplay that is quite similar to that of the original while also featuring many intriguing upgrades.

  11. Dominic Evatt says:

    A true value is judged and formed for the structures. All the moves of the Picture windows are inclined for the field. Workable show is jump for all people. Rightness is held for the definition for the turns for the right use of the options for all ideals.

  12. Justin Byles says:

    With the help of Mum Sports, you can learn about the aesthetic appeal and practical benefits of window tinting fremont.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *