AOC G2460PF review: Superb 144Hz gaming for £170

AOC G2460PF

Take one look at the AOC G2460PF’s price of £170 and you’d probably think it was a pretty standard kind of display. After all, 24in Full HD monitor prices often start around the £100-200 mark, and you can find several screens around the same £170 mark that don’t have anything to shout about other than a mildly adjustable stand.

AOC’s G2460PF, however, is anything but ordinary. Despite its low price, this monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support, plus a height-adjustable and rotatable stand. It’s not overly garish, either, as the only concession it makes to being a so-called ‘gaming monitor’ is a thin red strip that runs along the lower bezel. Otherwise, you can happily put this on any kind of desk and not be embarrassed about it.

The only thing that gives its price away is the clip-on plastic cable tidy. It’s not the most elegant solution compared to other monitors that have built-in cavities to thread them through the back, but I honestly don’t mind when the G2460PF is so much easier to manoeuvre in the first place. With swivel, tilt, height and rotation adjustment, connecting cables to its generous array of ports (VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort) is an absolute cinch. You even get a four-port USB2 hub, which is pretty rare on a monitor this cheap, and separate headphone and microphone jacks, too.

Its 1920×1080 TN panel is also excellent. I was a bit worried when I first turned it on, as the sharpness seemed to be dialled up to eleven and the contrast seemed completely out of whack. Turning off the Overdrive function helped to some extent, but my high-res desktop wallpapers still looked a little compressed even after calibration. Still, I’m willing to gloss over that, as its colour accuracy was pretty much spot on straight out of the box.

The clip-on cable tidy isn't very elegant, but it gets the job done.

The clip-on cable tidy isn’t very elegant, but it gets the job done.

TN panels usually struggle in this department compared to their IPS counterparts, but the G2460PF doesn’t really require any fiddling whatsoever to get a good image. On its Standard picture profile, the only thing I had to do was switch from the Normal colour temperature to the sRGB option. With these settings, colour accuracy was excellent (95.2% of the sRGB colour gamut, if you must know), and whites were plenty bright enough to handle a multitude of different lighting environments.

As it turned out, its contrast measurement was actually lower than I was expecting (just 906:1, rather than the usual 1000:1). That said, I still saw plenty of shadow detail both in-game and in my various test images, so you won’t be caught short when you’re venturing through the dingy locales of games like Resident Evil VII or The Evil Within 2.

Then, of course, there’s that high 144Hz refresh rate. As I’ve mentioned before when reviewing the Asus PG248Q and Acer XF270HUA, the higher the refresh rate, the higher the frame count can be in your favourite games, allowing you to push past the traditional 60fps mark and enter the realms of high frame rate gaming – in this case, a maximum of 144fps. You’ll need a fairly decent graphics card to really get the most out of it (either that, or you’ll have to dial down the graphics settings), but the result is silky smooth action that really lets your card fly at 1080p.

In addition to DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA, you also get four USB2 ports.

In addition to DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA, you also get four USB2 ports.

I admit I probably can’t quite tell the difference between, say, 120fps and the full 144fps available on the G2460PF, but the difference between 120fps and 60fps is just as dramatic as the jump between 60fps and 30fps. There’s a noticeable jump in the way the camera glides across the horizon, and combat in Assassin’s Creed Origins, for example, just looks and feels that much more fluid and responsive.

The same goes for Doom, which has always been beautifully optimised. Ramp up the motion blur, for example, and it feels like you’re tearing round its demon-packed arenas with an even madder energy than before. Combined with AMD FreeSync support that helps stabilise frame rates when they take unexpected dips, and even those with less powerful graphics cards should still be able to enjoy lag-free gaming.

The only real shortcomings of the G2460PF are its menu interface and tinny 2W speakers. The latter are passable for your typical Windows pings and whizzes, but anything more and you’ll want a pair of headphones. The menu, on the other hand, is pretty much the same on every AOC monitor I’ve ever tested. It’s simple enough to use, but the button layout takes a little getting used to.

AOC G2460PF

All in all, the G2460PF is a pretty great little monitor, and arguably one of the best budget buys I’ve seen all year. Nvidia card owners needn’t fret, either, as there’s an identical, albeit slightly more expensive, G-Sync version as well – the G2460PG, which costs around £320 from Scan.

This, AOC has assured me, has exactly the same kind of panel as the G2460PF, so you can expect near identical image quality between the two models. The only real difference is that the G2460PG only has a DisplayPort connector, rather than the more generous range of ports on offer with its PF counterpart.

In either case, both are much cheaper than the Asus PG248Q, which currently costs around £400, and they both produce a much better picture, making them my 24in monitor of choice (so far) for high frame rate gaming. If you want a bigger display, on the other hand, then I’d still recommend saving up for the £500 Acer XF270HUA.

22 Comments

  1. Colthor says:

    Katharine, you’ll do your eyes a mischief staring at all these screens, you mark my words -_-

  2. dangermouse76 says:

    Adding this to the Amazon wish list. Although I wonder if it’s worth it, sporting a R5 1600 and RX 580. Can I push regular pixels around high settings on Fallout 4, GTA type games ?
    Probably not.

    Pants !

    • Katharine Byrne says:

      Think of it as a good bit of futureproofing for when you do eventually get a new graphics card. It’s still a great monitor in the meantime!

    • timsmith says:

      I think you’d be fine with an RX 580 and this monitor. I have a 1440p 165Hz monitor paired with a GTX 970, so a slower card than yours, and I can still get 60fps or more in plenty of modern games. So at 1080p I think you’d easily get >60fps in most games. I guess I don’t always play the latest AAA games, but as examples, I was getting 50fps minimum in both DOOM and Battlefield 1 (singleplayer, the free bit), and usually 60-70fps. I used a tweak guide to dial back a couple of settings in DOOM, ever so slightly. And adaptive sync makes minor framerate dips imperceptible. And if you ever play anything a little older, you’ll probably get 144Hz. Another example – I played through the Bioshock Remasters (1 & 2) and got 160Hz throughout at 1440p. Lovely.

    • PseudoKnight says:

      Those specs are pretty good, actually. Worst case scenario older games will be smoother with a higher refresh rate and both new and old games will be smoother with adaptive sync. Even the desktop benefits from a high refresh rate.

  3. Humppakummitus says:

    What on earth is a sufficiently powerful graphics card in this case? As far as I know, a 1080ti can’t run 1080p@144 on almost any current games.

    • timsmith says:

      I think a 1080ti would monster pretty much any game at 1080p.

      Have a look a the 1080p section in Eurogamer’s review.

      • Humppakummitus says:

        That’s actually better than I expected. A benchmark I checked had Asscreed Origins running <90fps on medium, there at least 3 games run over 144 and almost all over 120, which should be really smooth on Freesync. Apparently there's a CPU bottleneck, though.

  4. FogRender says:

    I’m in the market for a 27″ 1440 screen, and I see this:
    AGON AG271QX 27″ 144 Hz LED Backlight Widescreen TN Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440…. tempting. $450 though.

    • dagnamit says:

      I recently bought this guy.

      link to amazon.com

      If you’re rolling with Nvidia, I can’t recommend GSYNC monitors enough. The colors are good, the black levels are underwhelming, but probably better if I could be bothered to calibrate it properly. Really though, I will never be able to go back to a non-GSync’d / Freesync’d monitor ever again. Everything on other monitors just looks like garbage now. It’s crazy impressive.

      • Stingy McDuck says:

        Unless I’m reading your answer wrong, GSync has nothing to do with image quality, it’s about the refresh rate being dynamically unlocked.

  5. nullward says:

    I just came here to ask: can I get a link to that Amaterasu wallpaper? Please? It’s gorgeous. Thank you…

  6. EkoAzarak says:

    TN panel? ewwwwww no thanks

  7. JustAchaP says:

    Hmm this may have to be my next monitor, been thinking about getting a new one for a while.

  8. bill says:

    This is probably a dumb question, but if I have a 1440×900 laptop and I plug this into it as an external monitor, is it going to significantly slow down windows?

    I get that rendering 3d games at a higher resolution will be more taxing for the GPU, but is it going to make much difference for 2d things like Windows, Chrome, Photoshop, etc…?

    • KillahMate says:

      Yes, Windows will work more smoothly too. Win (and most programs) can display at the max refresh rate available, whichever rate that is. The only problem might come up if your laptop’s GPU is, like, REALLY slow, and can’t handle compositing fast enough, but any laptop bought in the last five years should be good enough.

      It certainly won’t slow Windows down – at worst the performance would be only slightly better.

  9. dennis20014 says:

    Awesome to hear! I actually bought this on Amazon Friday as it was on sale and it comes today! I can’t wait to finally get use out of my 1070’s power mwahahah!

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