The best 4K monitor for gaming is the screen for you if high graphical fidelity, detail, and overall picture quality are at the top of your demands when playing games. But as we see the advancement in monitor tech progress through 2021, it won't just be resolution and detail that you'll get with a 4K beaut as plenty of the best 4K monitors have top specs and features, too - but at a higher price, of course. We've tested a bunch of 4K monitors, both with PCs and console to ensure that we can give you the soundest advice if you're striving for the best pictures.
We think that adding such a quality screen to your setup is a surefire way to give yourself the clearest, crispest, and most vivid of in-game pictures (with a couple of caveats). In fact, no matter what you're doing on your PC, a 4K resolution will be noticeably bigger and better - and as a result, offer the best gaming monitor experience going (possibly).
At the moment, 4K resolutions often - but not always - mean a maximum of 60Hz refresh rate, although we are starting to test and review more high-refresh 4K models. But 60Hz isn't ideal as we progress through 2022 and bring along the new-gen console with us, but things are changing. However, where this limitation does apply, it does simultaneously mean that a monitor with said refresh rate will still be an excellent console companion. As gaming setups can now be incredibly successfully multifaceted we think this is great news and always have this in mind when reviewing and testing.
But anyway, The good news is that 4K has been around long enough in gaming monitors to have come down in price. However, you will still find that if you can spend more, you'll get even more bells and whistles to go along with your 4K resolution - as some of the examples below still show. But the quality is undeniable. So, strap in, and read on to see what we think are the best 4K gaming monitors - hopefully, you'll find the right match for your needs here.
The best 4K gaming monitors 2022
Until now, 4K60fps+ gaming has been a concept only attainable by the hardcore enthusiasts who dedicate everything they have to PC gaming. Not anymore. Thanks to the launch of the 30-series cards from Nvidia, and AMD's RX series equivalents, it's finally affordable for those who desire it. To reach that level, you need one of the best monitors on the market, but they're usually more expensive than the graphics cards themselves.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ changes that entirely, bringing almost the best possible specs we've seen on a 4K screen down to a reachable tier for general PC gamers. It's still not cheap, but for the first time ever we've had a 4K monitor for gaming with 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate in our hands for testing that comes in below the $1k mark. Quite considerably actually, coming in at around $800/£800. It's still a hefty price tag, don't get us wrong, but it's far cheaper than the other top-tier offerings.
The ASUS XG27UQ is like a gaze into what PC gaming will be like for everyone 5 to 10 years down the line. With ray tracing on, Cyberpunk 2077 had our jaw on the floor, with stunning lighting effects and texture detail throughout Night City. As did Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with the sunrays splitting the treetops. If you have a rig capable of it – seriously, don't upgrade to 4K if your graphics card is a few years old – then you will not be disappointed with this monitor.
This is probably the best, most cost-effective, and great value way into 4K gaming monitors you're likely to find. With its price often around or under the $300 and £200 mark, the bang for buck ratio with the BenQ EL2870U is extraordinary. The picture quality and crispness is as good as a lot of its more expensive contemporaries and is some of the best seen on a TN screen right now. Each environment type in games is handled really well with good contrasts, colors, and shades presenting whatever is asked of it; a really good balance in terms of what it's able to show.
It's got a speedy 1ms response rate, the usual 4K-monitor 60Hz refresh rate and FreeSync (no G-Sync unfortunately) is present to help smooth out pictures. You'll also get some neat BenQ-exclusive features with this monitor that others will not be able to offer: Brightness Intelligence + (B.I.+) changes the brightness and color temperature of on-screen images relative to the monitor's surroundings; and the Low Blue Light Technology is part of the company's eye-care tech that removes the harmful blue light. These aren't just clever-sounding features either, and one can definitely feel the benefit over long periods of use - I certainly found it out when I reviewed it for one of our sister sites. Overall, the EL2870U offers a wonderful deal for its price tag; genuine gaming specs on a great 4K monitor for gaming that is crisp and clear, that won't break the bank.
While the price of the X2B273K could still, justifiably make you baulk a bit, the value it offers overall makes it a top pick for us.
It's relation, the X27 used to be the benchmark for how awesome a 4K monitor for gaming could be, but the price tag of that is even higher than the ASUS below on this list, so is firmly in the prohibitively expensive category. The XB273K, however, is a little more affordable and, as a result, offers some great value as a premium gaming monitor.
Whereas the X27 has a price tag north of 1500 dollars/pounds, the XB273K sits around the 1000 mark, but the only real difference is in the HDR: it's not quite as good in the XB273K, but that really is about the only difference we can see or that is in any way noticeable (and that's a push, as you're unlikely to inspect them next to each other!). Anyway, you'll retain all the best qualities of a super premium Acer monitor such as great picture quality, terrific color qualities, contrasts and depths, and the speeds the monitor has are still excellent for whatever game you plan on playing on it. It's also a G-Sync monitor and has all the ports you could need. A quality 4K monitor for gaming all round. As a last note, as with other monitors that have a series of miscellaneous characters defining them, you might see it listed as the XB3 or XB273KP depending on where you are in the world and what retailer you're looking at. And there are also only a couple of digits between a model that is G-Sync or G-Sync compatible which is a little annoying so make sure you interrogate the page closely when following the links here.
Acer’s beastly 43-inch Predator CG7 is absolutely the monster-sized screen if you've been wanting to take a 'go big, or go home' approach to your search for the 4K monitor for gaming. This is a 43-inch beast that will demand more than simple amount of desk space, but the results will be incredible. It's got all the chops of a gaming screen too and is ideal for multi-machine setups.
Getting right to it the CG7 has a VA panel that is the real 4K deal and good for fully 1,000 nits of brightness, has a 1ms response time, and a full 120Hz refresh rate via HDMI 2.1, and a speedier 144Hz when using a PC-only connection.
As for colour accuracy, Acer puts the CG7 in the top reaches of it, with a touted 90% DCI-P3 gamut, which isn’t too bad at all, and it is also DisplayHDR 1000 certified. However, it only has 14 edge-lit dimming zones rather than full-array local dimming, so it’s not the full HDR deal. That said, the inherent 4,000:1 contrast of the VA panel combined with that powerful 1,000 nits brightness means that this is about as good as it gets with having full-array dimming.
You'll notice the PG27UQ's price tag straight away - it is scarily big. However, that's what happens when you cram in so many high-end features into a 4K monitor. You're also able to boost that 4K monitor for gaming past a 60Hz refresh rate and up to what we'd all like in a monitor: 144Hz or above to ensure silky smooth, speedy frame rates. Oh, and add a bit of G-Sync into that and it'll be even more of a beast. It's got HDR too. Plus it's a great size at 27-inches for any setup and to be the centerpiece of a multi-monitor setup. These features really add up to a monitor that is, if you've got a near-unlimited budget, the best 4K monitor to go for.
The design is stylish too with RGB motifs and displays tastefully implemented, and its collection of an HDMI 2.0 input, DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5mm audio, and two USB 3.0 ports, should be enough to keep you well connected. Could maybe have done with an extra HDMI port, though.
The 'downside' to the monitor is perhaps not in the monitor itself. Such are its specs that you'll need an awfully powerful machine. It'd take something seriously impressive to run games smoothly at 4K resolution and at more than 100 fps to take advantage of the refresh rate. However, if you can achieve this, combining this monitor with such a machine will give you an incredible visual experience. And if the price of it ever comes down drastically, you shouldn't hesitate.
It's refreshing to see monitors dedicated or at least aimed at, console gaming making solid appearances now. And this is a seriously great console monitor. The CG32UQ is a console-focused gaming monitor and has serious gaming pedigree and stock behind it coming from ASUS.
It is a little expensive but you get some serious monitor, tech, and performance for your money. Its main headline, if you will, is that it is a 32-inch 4K VA-panel monitor - this is incredibly useful, right off the bat, as we think it'll make transitioning from a 4K TV that many consoles are currently hooked up to, easy to undertake. You'll still get the same resolution and, extra importantly, the effects of HDR as the CG32UQ has a DisplayHDR 600 rating which I found to be true to life during testing. This HDR excellence is backed up by glorious colors and contrasted gained by the monitor's 95% DCI-P3 rating and contrast ratio of 3000:1.
On top of that, you will still get some of ASUS's quality monitor techs as standard: FreeSync, GameFast mode, AuraSync lighting, flicker-free pictures, and a very handy remote control. For a full verdict check out my ASUS CG32UQ review, but this is definitely the best console monitor you can buy right now.
If you want a monitor that can do a bit of everything in glorious 4K, then we recommend the BenQ EW3280U. Its 4K resolution, combined with its size, colors, and IPS panel make it a great all-rounder. It won't offer the mad speeds that non-4K monitors can offer, of course, but as 60Hz experiences go, we found this to be great. In particularly we enjoyed the picture quality, HDR and contrasts, and richness of every shade during out testing.
Its price tag might make it more of a contender during sales but this offering from BenQ is great and they really have proved they can run with the usual suspects again. One factor that stood out in our testing that you need to be aware of is that it does take up loads of room on the desk but, largely, it's very much worth it.
If you want a 32-inch big one when it comes to 4K monitors for gaming, then this is a very strong contender - particularly if you'll use the monitor for entertainment as well as general PC use. As a result, this is a strong contender for a top 4K monitor for gaming, but its niche might just lie elsewhere right now: it might just be the best PS4 monitors I've tested too.
If you're not fussed about getting the all singing and all dancing approach to colors but do want to keep hold of the glory of 4K resolution then this is a good pick. The Acer Predator XB321HK offers those looking for a premium panel a slightly stripped back variant, but one that retains quality, offers a great size - 32-inches - and is from a reputable maker. Its IPS panel means you'll still get some of the best picture quality and viewing angles available in a monitor, while it being a G-Sync and the 4ms response time make it a genuinely good gaming monitor for all kinds of games.
If you're looking to transition from a large TV to a smaller, dedicated gaming setup or room, then the XB321HK is a perfect contender to get you in - it's gaming-focused, it's larger than most 4k monitors for gaming, and so closer to a TV size, and it's got Acer's cool design and gaming specs all over/in it. It might feel a little big on the desk but no one really complains about a screen being 'too big': it'll make a great centerpiece for a multi-panel setup or for those that don't always sit right on top of their desks, so to speak.
Offering another budget-level entry point into the 4K monitor market, the LG 27UL650 is an IPS panel that has excellent levels of color, contrast, and low input lag. The former of these is manifested in excellent color accuracy and the addition of HDR10. This means that if you're after a 4K monitor that will serve you well for creative tasks, design, and general everyday use. Yup, you'll still have the 60Hz refresh rate but that's fast becoming acceptable if the overall package is good value - which this is.
If bigger equals better for you, then you should at least consider this 43-inch Philips behemoth. This TV-sized panel was one of the first things I ever reviewed for GamesRadar+ and its testing shall stay with me for a while. One reason for that is that it's so big when you have it on your desk - sitting too close is a bit much. Still, it's got a beefy enough design and build to bolster its 'hard' credentials and it struck us as a solid and well-built bit of kit.
While it's TV-sized, the Philips Momentum 426M6VBPAB (catchy isn't it?) does put gaming first - and particularly PC gaming. We discovered and confirmed that a great range of ports is on offer: HDMI 2.0; USB-C; DisplayPort; and mini DisplayPort. It also has Philips' popular-on-the-TVs Ambiglow technology which projects a glowing light out the back of the screen according to what’s shown on the front of the screen - this is great and stood out in our testing - but naturally, you'll need a wall behind the monitor.
Getting close to gaming credentials within its panel is an MVA-type panel with a 4ms response time and that pretty-usual-for-4K-screens 60Hz refresh rate. Given its size, it may appeal to those who also have a console hooked into their setup alongside a PC for our money. It's got enough to make it appealing still, and certainly a worthy contender when choosing a 4K monitor for gaming, however, it might just be worth considering the LKG OLED TVs as viable alternatives as they come with G-Sync too.
Best 4K monitor: buying advice
Best 4K monitor for gaming: frequently asked questions
We've had experience with the best 4K monitors for gaming for many years and like to think that we know a thing or two when it comes to making the best of Ultra HD displays. With that in mind, we've taken it upon ourselves to use our expertise to help you make an informed decision on whether 4K gaming monitors are right for you.
What monitor is best for 4K?
There's no particular monitor manufacturer that makes the best 4K panels, but we can strongly recommend Asus, Acer, LG, and BenQ to deliver reliable Ultra HD displays across a multitude of different budgets. Really, the minimum that you want for reliable gaming is 60Hz, we advise staying away from 50Hz panels as they could be choppy for gameplay and video playback.
What monitor size is right for 4K gaming?
We recommend a minimum of 27-inch panel size for 4K gaming, which is more than viable in order to take advantage of the bump up in visual fidelity that comes from such a high native resolution. With that said, text scaling might be a little on the small side on this panel, this is where 32-inch and above come in handy for 4K gaming, though it comes down to the amount of space on your desk/home entertainment setup, of course.
What is the sweet spot for a 4K monitor?
If you've got the extra money for it, then 32-inch 4K monitors tend to be the optimum size, merging the gap between the generally cheaper 27-inch 4K panels and 43-inch displays, being the more common sizes these days. 32-inch 4K gaming monitors are the best middle ground for most people.
And If you're after something that's TV-shaped then head over to our best gaming televisions guide as well as our best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X, best OLED TV, best QLED TV, and best 120Hz 4K TV guides which will all see you right.
If you're after something different you can browse our guides to the best PS4 monitors, best PS5 monitors, best Xbox Series X monitors, the best portable monitors, best G-Sync monitors, and best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors, and the best curved gaming monitor, to complete your research.