Whether you're playing Cool Math Games in a web browser or Metro Exodus with all the visual settings cranked up, video games are indisputably more fun when you can see what's going on. Most gamers think this means shelling out a small fortune for one of the best gaming monitors the market can offer, at full price and with no discounts applied.
Here's why that's BS: the Alienware AW2518HF, one of the highest ranking displays in our best gaming monitors guide is currently $200 off on Amazon. Normally, this gorgeous 1080p, 240Hz monitor sells for $479.99. Thus, a $200 markdown means you can buy the AW2518HF for 42% off. Now I'm not normally one to get hyped for deals, but that's a mightily tempting price. If I needed a new monitor right now, this is one I'd buy, hands down.
Alienware AW2518HF for $279.99 on Amazon
Capable of obliterating screen tearing and gaming at high frame rates out of the box, the Alienware AW2518HF FreeSync monitor is the perfect complement to AMD's new Radeon VII graphics card.View Deal
Since it boasts the highest refresh rate available to consumers at the present, we'll forgive the 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. Besides, for most of us, meeting that 240Hz threshold is a pipe dream. Even the Nvidia RTX 2080-equipped MSI GS75 on our best gaming laptops list struggles to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider at more than 87fps. Imagine trying to run a graphics-heavy, modern triple-A game like that at 240fps - the maximum number of frames per second a 240Hz TN panel such as this one can display.
When we initially wrote about the Alienware AW2518HF, we complained about the absence of G-Sync given the price. But now that it's down to $279.99, we'll gladly settle for FreeSync, the AMD version of Nvidia's adaptive sync technology. So long as you're using an AMD card, this monitor will effectively eliminate the screen tearing you'll often see as a result of the frame rate and refresh rate being out of sync on your display.
However, Nvidia users ought not to worry. The Alienware AW2518HF will still work with your PC, you'll just have to enable vsync in every game if you want to get rid of those pesky jaggies.
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