There’s been a lot of upheaval in the world of best gaming monitors over the last twelve months. Not only have we started to see more 4K monitors arrive on the scene at ever lower prices, but HDR (or high dynamic range) also finally made its way to PC in 2018, setting new benchmarks for brightness and colour accuracy in the process. It’s still early days for HDR on PC at the moment, but with more and more of today’s best graphics cards coming with built in support for it, it’s only going to get better over the course of 2019.
To help you make sense of all the changing standards and find the best gaming monitor for you and your budget, I’ve put together this handy guide. Below, you’ll find all of my top recommendations for a variety of different screen sizes and resolutions, and I’ve also put together an in-depth buying guide on the second page of this article for everything else you need to know about buying a new gaming monitor, including in-depth explainers of all the different panel types, high refresh rates and adaptive frame rate technologies like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. If you’re in need of a new gaming monitor, you’re in the right place.
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Best gaming monitor guide
The only gaming monitors you’ll find here are the ones I’ve had in front of my own eyeballs and tested with my trusty X-Rite Display i1 Pro calibrator. I measure each gaming monitor’s default colour accuracy (how much of the standard sRGB colour gamut it covers and, if applicable for HDR-enabled monitors, the wider DCI-P3 colour gamut), as well as brightness, black levels and contrast. I then go about tweaking each monitor’s various settings options to see if I can make them any better through calibration. Of course, this is an evolving list of best gaming monitor, and I’ll be updating this article as and when I find new gaming monitors that deserve a place on it. For now, though, these are the best gaming monitors you can buy today.
Best gaming monitor (24in FreeSync): AOC G2460PF
The AOC G2460PF is one of the most fully-featured 24in monitors you can buy today. It’s infinitely better than its successor, the AOC G2590FX, both in terms of colour accuracy and overall contrast, but stock levels seem to be rather low at the moment (at least in the UK), so it may well be on its way out or just experiencing a temporary shortage after the sales frenzy of Black Friday.
Either way, provided you can still find one in stock, this 24in screen gets you an excellent TN panel that covers 95% of the standard sRGB colour gamut (which is pretty good going for this type of panel technology), a 1920×1080 resolution, a generous 144Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync support for cutting down on tearing and stutter when you’ve got a compatible AMD graphics card, a full suite of inputs (VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort), a four-port USB hub and a height adjustable stand.
That’s a lot for a monitor of this size and price, and is actually better value for money than some of the larger screens further down on this list. You’ll need a fairly decent graphics card to take advantage of its high 144Hz refresh rate (see our rankings for more info if you’re in the market for one of those as well), but even if your graphics card isn’t quite up to the task of super high frame rate gaming, its AMD FreeSync support should at least give AMD graphics card owners a bit of a leg up when it comes to overall smoothness. It’s a fantastic all-round 24in gaming screen, so grab one while you still can.
Read our AOC G2460PF review for more info.
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Best gaming monitor (24in G-Sync): Acer Predator XB241H
The Acer Predator XB241H is a lot more expensive than the AOC G2460PF (thanks, G-Sync tax), but this is by far the best 24in, 1920×1080 monitor for those with Nvidia graphics cards I’ve seen so far. Colour accuracy is just as high as the AOC out of the box, and even goes a bit higher if you tweak the colour temperature settings slightly.
What’s more, the XB241H has a super high refresh rate of 144Hz that can be overclocked all the way up to a massive 180Hz through the monitor’s onboard menu system. It doesn’t have quite as many ports as the AOC (just DisplayPort and HDMI), but it does have a very flexible stand that gives you plenty of height adjustment, swivel, tilt and rotation, making it easy to get it into the right position.
By all means go for the AOC if your budget doesn’t stretch this far (you’ll still get the benefit of the high refresh rate, after all – just make sure you’ve got a good enough graphics card to make use of it), but if you’ve got money to spare and want the best of the best 24in monitors have to offer for Nvidia graphics cards, then this is definitely the one to go for right now.
Read our Acer Predator XB241H review for more info.
Best gaming monitor (27in 1080p): BenQ EW277HDR
For those after something slightly bigger than the AOC G2460PF and Acer Predator XB241H without breaking the bank, the BenQ EW277HDR is the next best thing. This doesn’t come with as many features as its smaller rivals (or indeed as many ports or any kind of height adjustment), but it is a heck of a lot cheaper – at least for those buying in the UK.
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The EW277HDR may not have a high refresh rate or any kind of variable frame rate technology incorporated into its 27in 1920×1080 VA panel, but it does come with HDR (or high dynamic range) support. This essentially allows the monitor to display brighter whites, darker blacks and more of every colour in between compared to a non-HDR monitor, meaning more vibrant, vivid and life-like images and games, as well as more detail in the light and dark areas of the screen.
There are, admittedly, better monitors out there for those after ‘proper’ HDR, which really go to town on the brightness side of things as well as the extended colour gamut, but you’re certainly not going to find any of those going for less £200 / $200 like the EW277HDR. It may not have the same brightness capabilities as those higher-end monitors, but what the EW277HDR does really well is the colour gamut part of HDR, displaying 99.8% of the standard sRGB colour gamut and an impressive 91.9% of the wider DCI-P3 gamut. For comparison, the AOC above can only show around 70% of this gamut.
That’s pretty damn good for such a cheap monitor, and while its 1920×1080 resolution isn’t exactly ideal for a screen of this size (things start to get a teensy bit fuzzy when you start stretching that many pixels across a 27in panel), it’s still an excellent way to get a big screen without spending an arm and a leg on something with a higher resolution like the MSI Optix MPG27CQ below. If even the BenQ is beyond your price range, however, then the Philips 276E9QJAB is another great 27in 1080p monitor that delivers HDR-like colours on a budget.
Read our BenQ EW277HDR review for more info.
Best gaming monitor (27in 1440p): MSI Optix MPG27CQ
If you really want to go all out on a 27in monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution, the curved MSI Optix MPG27CQ is certainly one of the better ways to do it. With a curved VA panel, height-adjustable stand and Steelseries RGB integration (those who aren’t firmly embedded in the RGB camp will be glad to know you can also turn it all off), this is one monitor that really commands your attention.
Picture quality is outstanding, too. Covering 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and a respectable 87.6% of the DCI-P3 gamut (which is pretty good going for a non-HDR monitor), pictures look rich and punchy at all times on its default User mode, and its intuitive onboard menu system means it’s easy to make any last minute adjustments or play about with its black tuner control.
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If all that wasn’t enough, it’s also got a 144Hz refresh rate for high frame rate gaming (provided you’ve got a beefy enough graphics card, that is – which you’ll need if your target is 144fps at 2560×1440) and AMD FreeSync support to help eliminate tearing and judder for AMD graphics card owners. Round that off with two HDMI 2.0 inputs, one DisplayPort 1.2 and a two-port USB3 hub and you’ve got yourself one of the best 27in monitors around.
Read our MSI Optix MPG27CQ review for more info.
Best ultrawide gaming monitor (FreeSync): Philips 349X7FJEW
When I heard Square Enix were adding 21:9 aspect ratio support to Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, I knew what had to be done. No one needs to play Final Fantasy XII in 21:9, but hey, if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it on the Philips 349X7FJEW. Out of all the ultrawide monitors I’ve tested so far, this is the one that ticks the most boxes for me.
I’m not the biggest fan of its white chassis, all told, but it’s far by one of the cheapest 21:9 monitors out there these days, and its image quality is just as good as the considerably more expensive AOC AG352UCG and Acer Predator Z35p. Of course, part of the reason why AOC and Acer’s monitors are so pricey is because they come with Nvidia G-Sync support. The Philips, on the other hand, only has AMD FreeSync support, which won’t be much good to anyone with an Nvidia graphics card, but at least you’re saving yourself several hundred pounds / dollars in the process.
If you are after an ultrawide Nvidia G-Sync monitor, however, then you should check out the AOC AG352UCG, which you can find out more below. For those who’d rather save themselves from the dreaded G-Sync tax, however, the Philips is definitely the better value for money choice.
Read our Philips 349X7FJEW review for more info.
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Best ultrawide gaming monitor (G-Sync): Acer Predator Z35p
As mentioned above, the Acer Predator Z35p is a lot more expensive than the Philips 349X7FJEW, but it does have the added advantage of Nvidia G-Sync support for those with compatible Nvidia graphics cards. Why have I picked this one over the AOC Agon AG352UCG, though? Well, that’s mainly because the AOC is now much harder to come by than when I first reviewed it, and its price is now roughly the same as the more fully-featured Acer – if you can even find it on sale anywhere.
Both monitors are equally excellent in their own right, but the Acer has a few more tricks up its sleeve that make it better value for money overall. For instance, you can overclock its 100Hz refresh rate up to 120Hz if you’ve got a beefy enough graphics card to take advantage of it, and it also with four USB3 ports instead just two like the AOC.
The Predator Z35p’s screen is also a lot brighter, making it more versatile in a wider range of lighting conditions, and its image quality is top-notch, covering 99% of the sRGB colour gamut. What’s more, I much prefer Acer’s onboard menu system, as the AOC’s is, frankly, a bit of a disaster. It’s expensive, yes, but it really doesn’t get much better than this in the ultrawide category.
Read our Acer Predator Z35p review for more info.
Best 4K HDR gaming monitor under £500 / $500: BenQ EL2870U
The BenQ EL2870U is by no means the best 4K HDR gaming monitor out there, but it is one of the cheapest, which makes its slightly underwhelming HDR a bit more forgivable. Indeed, getting your hands on any kind of 4K monitor these days is a bit of a challenge, but if you really can’t wait for something better to come along or don’t have the cash to splash out on something a bit fancier, then the EL2870U is currently your best bet.
Picture quality is still pretty reasonable, but with an sRGB gamut coverage of 83% (and 62% DCI-P3), it’s not exactly brilliant either. Still, if your primary goal is having a lot of pixels at your disposal, the EL2870U has that in spades. With its 3840×2160 resolution spread across its 28in TN panel, the EL2870’s sharp pixel density of 157 pixels-per-inch (PPI) is significantly higher than any other screen on this list. A 27in 1080p monitor can only ever have 81 PPI, for example, while a 27in 1440p monitor is only a fraction better at 108 PPI. You’ll probably still have to employ some of Windows’ scaling settings to make things like text and desktop icons even remotely legible, but at least everything will look lovely and crisp in the process.
Admittedly, if you’re buying a 4K monitor to max out your 4K-capable graphics card, then there are probably better screens to spend your money on than this one. Really, I’d only recommend this as a 4K monitor for working purposes, and 4K gaming only if you’re on a particularly tight budget. Otherwise, I’d recommended taking a look at the monitors below.
Read our BenQ EL2870U review for more info.
Best 4K HDR gaming monitor under £1000 / $1000: Philips 436M6VBPAB
This jumbo TV-sized monitor is far too large to stick on your desk, but if you’re after an HDR monitor to replace your TV in your living room, it simply doesn’t get much better than the Philips 436M6VBPAB. Not only does it support HDR for both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards (a real rarity at the moment), but its picture quality is also absolutely brilliant straight out of the box. It’s one of the most user-friendly HDR gaming monitors I’ve ever tested, and you can pretty much start using it straight away without any extra time tweaking the settings in order to get the best out of it.
It’s also certified as an Ultra HD Premium and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 display, which means it’s got all the same brightness and colour accuracy chops as Nvidia’s two grand plus G-Sync HDR gaming monitors. That’s excellent considering the 436M6VBPAB costs a fraction of those displays, although you do have to make do with just a regular 60Hz refresh rate instead of a crazy high 144Hz one. There’s also the small issue that its adaptive sync technology only works with AMD graphics cards (as it’s essentially just an unbranded version of FreeSync), so Nvidia card owners may have to put up with the odd bit of screen tearing at times. Still, for me, it’s a small price to pay for such an excellent screen, and one that offers plenty of flexibility to boot.
Read our Philips 436M6VBPAB review for more info.
Best 4K HDR gaming monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
It’s crazy expensive, but if you’re after the best that 4K HDR currently has to offer, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is the monitor to get – until I get my hands on Acer’s Predator X27, that is. With a crazy high peak brightness level of around 1000cd/m2, this is the finest implementation of HDR I’ve ever seen. It really brings HDR games like Final Fantasy XV and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to life, but you will need a graphics card that supports Nvidia G-Sync HDR in order to take advantage of it – i.e.: an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or higher. For more info about what graphics cards support HDR and what PC games support it, click the link.
Admittedly, I was a bit cool on the quality of its panel in my initial review, but Asus have since told me that you have to enable its wide colour gamut support manually in a rather unobvious menu setting, which I didn’t know about when I first tested it. I’ll be getting it back in for another test very soon to give it a proper looking over, but as I mention in my HDR guide, it’s really the brightness part of HDR that makes the most impact, which it did in spades thanks to its phenomenal 384 dynamic backlight zones.
You also get a fully adjustable stand (with LEDs burning a ROG logo into your desk and your ceiling) with height, swivel, tilt and rotation options available for your trouble, and a bevy of ports, game modes and various display options.
Read our Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ review for more info.
Best gaming monitor 2019 guide
Buying a monitor can be difficult when you’re simply looking at a list of tech specs, but we’re here to help. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between TN, IPS and VA, what a refresh rate is or whether bigger is better when it comes to 4K, you’ll find all these answers and more in our handy monitor buying guide below. If you’d read skip to specific section, just click on one of these handy links:
- Monitor resolution
- 4K monitors
- Ultrawide monitors
- Refresh rate and FreeSync vs G-Sync
- Panel technology – TN, IPS and VA explained
- Design and extras
Before we get bogged down in different display technologies, let’s talk a little about a monitor’s panel – the bit that actually displays the image. There are four main things you should consider here:
- Resolution – the number of pixels displayed (1920×1080, 2560×1440, etc)
- Aspect ratio – how wide the monitor is (16:9, 21:9, etc)
- Size – the diagonal measurement of a monitor in inches (24in, 27in, etc)
- Panel type – the tech that determines how the image is displayed (TN, IPS, VA, etc)
The hard part comes in trying to find the right combination of all these different elements, which is difficult when some many of them are intertwined. Aspect ratio is dependent on resolution; the visual impact of a particular resolution depends on the screen size, and vice versa. You also have to consider how well your graphics card can run games at particular resolutions.
Let’s start with those dear pixels. Generally, a bigger monitor will make games more immersive and text larger and easier to read, but this depends on its resolution. I wouldn’t recommend anything smaller than a 24in model to get the most out of your gaming, and manufacturers seem to agree, as screens with ‘gaming’ branding almost always have at least 24in panels.
The screen size conundrum is complicated by the fact that a bigger panel doesn’t always mean a bigger resolution. For example, most 24in screens have 1920×1080 pixels, but there are plenty of 27in, 1920×1080 models, too, as well as a handful of 24in models with a huge 3840×2160 pixels (also known as 4K).
Which resolution you choose depends on what you need your monitor for, as well as your current gaming hardware. The minimum resolution we’d recommend is 1920×1080 (Full HD), which will provide a sharp image on a 24in screen. If you have a modern mid-range graphics card, such as an AMD Radeon RX 560 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, you’ll be able to run current games very smoothly at this resolution at medium to high detail levels.
A 27in Full HD model will provide a little more immersion in your games, but each pixel is getting pretty large at that size and resolution, so text in your non-gaming applications will start to look blocky. You also won’t have any more room for applications and windows on your desktop than on a smaller monitor – it’s just that those applications will look bigger.
Fortunately, 27in screens with 2560×1440 resolutions are common and not too expensive. These will give your games an added level of detail, and are particularly useful for running multiple applications – such as a web browser, email client and an office application – side by side. However, they’re much more challenging for your graphics card to handle, as there’s an extra 70% more pixels to process. You’ll need an upper-mid-range card, such as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, to get smooth high-detail gaming at this resolution.
For more information on graphics cards, read our best graphics card article.
At the high end of the scale sit the 3840×2160 monitors, commonly referred to as UHD (Ultra High Definition) or 4K. On a 27in screen with this resolution, games will have a huge level of detail and little need of high levels of anti-aliasing (AA) to smooth off jagged edges. You’ll also have plenty of room to work on the Windows desktop, and text in applications will have beautiful smooth edges.
The downside is that for smooth gaming at high detail levels, you’ll need a monster of a graphics card, such as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64. You could, of course, run games at a lower resolution than your monitor supports, but this will make a blurry mess of (particularly) in-game text, and is not recommended.
There’s one more thing you have to bear in mind with 4K screens: scaling. This isn’t an issue with games, but can be a problem with 2D applications. UHD screens pack a lot of pixels into a small area, and some older applications aren’t really designed to cope. This can make icons too small to see properly, or text horribly blurry. Windows 10 has far better scaling than previous versions, however, and modern web browsers and office suites also scale properly, so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
You’ll be pleased to know that there are quite a few screens that don’t fit into the above neat categories. Some are designed for professional design work, but the ones we’re interested in are the ultra-wide gaming monitors.
These can be anything up to 35in across the diagonal, and instead of the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, have wider 21:9 panels. Smaller 28in or 29in models tend to have 2560×1080 pixels, while the larger 34in screens are generally 3440×1440.
These screens are designed to make games more immersive, especially the curved models that wrap around you, and are better suited to watching films. They also have one interesting property: ultra-wide 21:9 screens have fewer vertical pixels than their 16:9 equivalents, and so fewer pixels overall. This means less work for your graphics card, so you’re more likely to get smooth gameplay: an ultra-wide monitor with a 2560×1080 resolution has 33% fewer pixels than a standard 2560×1440 screen, while still giving you far more detail than a 1920×1080 panel.
It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that not all games are set up to support this kind of aspect ratio, so you may get some titles displaying black bars either side of a regular 1920×1080 window.
Alternatively, if you want to try your hand at gaming across multiple screens, have a read of our How to set up three monitors for super ultrawide gaming guide.
Once you’ve worked out the size and resolution you need, it’s time to worry about refresh rates. A monitor’s refresh rate denotes how many times a second it can show a new image. Most normal monitors are rated for 60Hz, which means they can show 60 images, or frames, every second coming from your graphics card. If your graphics card can produce more frames than this, it’s just wasted effort on a 60Hz display, and can lead to image problems (more on that below).
60fps is very smooth, which is why this is often used as a benchmark for graphics card performance. However, some gamers demand more, which is why monitors exist with higher refresh rates; anything up to 240Hz, although 144Hz is more common. I have to admit that playing games on a 144Hz screen feels fantastic, and some argue that the added smoothness also gives you an edge in multiplayer games.
To really take advantage of such screens, you need a graphics card capable of such massive frame rates, but high-refresh monitors can also improve your image quality even if you’re not running a game at 144fps. Welcome to the phenomena of ‘tearing’ and ‘stutter’.
Tearing and stutter both happen when a graphics card and monitor aren’t in sync. If a graphics card sends a new image to the monitor when it’s in the middle of drawing the last one, it will show part of the new and part of the previous image, with a visible tear line where the two meet. If a graphics card can’t keep up, and doesn’t send a new image in time for the monitor’s refresh, the screen will simply show the previous image again, leading to a tiny pause in the action – or stutter. This can be very noticeable, as what’s happening on screen doesn’t quite match up to what you’re doing with the mouse.
On a high-refresh screen, both problems are less noticeable: the screen refreshes so quickly that any tears are gone in a flash, and the fact that a duplicate image is shown for much less time than on a slower panel helps to reduce stutter. However, some screens have fancy tech that can help eliminate both problems almost entirely: enter FreeSync and G-Sync.
FreeSync vs G-Sync
FreeSync works with AMD graphics cards and G-Sync with Nvidia models. Both technologies synchronize the monitor with the graphics card so that images always arrive at the monitor at the right time. This helps games look better and feel smoother.
That said, both technologies have their own set of limitations. Freesync, for example, only works within a certain frame rate range, often somewhere around the 48-75fps mark depending on the screen, but some monitors do go as low as 30fps (see AMD’s website for a full list). If your graphics card’s output drops below 30fps, FreeSync stops being effective and you don’t get any benefit whatsoever.
AMD have since introduced a new feature called Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) that improves how a monitor performs below their minimum frame rate threshold, but the monitor in question will need to have this feature built-in, so you may not find it on cheaper FreeSync models. This essentially duplicates the number of frames being shown onscreen when the frame rate drops too low, bringing 30fps up to 60fps, for example.
G-Sync, on the other hand, is a fixed standard, so you know exactly what you’re getting whenever you buy a G-Sync enabled display. For instance, all G-Sync monitors support Nvidia’s version of LFC, ensuring a smoother experience across the board regardless of what frame rate your PC is currently outputting.
It does, however, come with a significant price premium, as every display has to have a proprietary G-Sync chip installed and go through a rigorous certification process. This is why you often only find it on high-end monitors, as it’s not cost-effective to include it on cheaper ones. FreeSync, meanwhile, is a free and open standard, hence its greater proliferation.
Just to add a bit more confusion into the mix, we’re now starting to see FreeSync 2 displays as well as what Nvidia’s calling G-Sync HDR. Both technologies still include all the adaptive frame rate technology mentioned above, but they’re also designed to support high dynamic range (HDR) as well for more accurate colours, brighter whites and darker blacks.
You won’t find FreeSync 2 on lower-end montiors, though, as this also requires a strict certification process from AMD and must include features like LFC, low latency and specific image quality requirements. As for G-Sync HDR, this is set to deliver an even higher standard of gaming monitor goodness, with every announced display so far set to hit a massive 1000cd/m2 brightness (the same as high-end Ultra HD Premium-rated TVs). They’ll also have super high refresh rates and their colour accuracy will be rated on the wider DCI P3 colour gamut (again, bringing it more in line with current TV standards) rather than the standard sRGB gamut.
Panel technology – TN, IPS and VA explained
Now you’ve finally worked out the size, resolution and refresh rate of the screen you need, you may want to start thinking about image quality. There’s a clue in the specification sheet as to how good an image a monitor might produce: look for whether it has a TN, IPS or VA panel. Be aware that everything I’m about to say is a generalisation, and you’ll need to read some reviews to know what a screen’s image quality is really like.
TN (or twisted nematic) panels are arguably the most common screen type available today. They don’t have the best colour accuracy, but are often inexpensive and are well suited to high refresh rates. They also have the fastest response times, making them a good fit for gaming. The main disadvantage of a TN screen is its limited viewing angles, which means unless you’re looking at the screen just right, colours can look a bit off and contrast goes up the spout. If a monitor doesn’t specify what type of screen technology it has, look at the quoted viewing angle figure. If it says 160/160 degrees, or 160/170 degrees, it’s almost certainly a TN panel.
Higher-end screens have IPS panels. This stands for ‘in-plane switching’. These score for colour accuracy and tend to have wide viewing angles (178/178 degrees), where colours remain accurate even when looking at a monitor from the sides, above or below. Response times are slower than TN, but these days there’s hardly anything in it. I’ve personally never had any problems with latency when playing games on this type of screen, and for me, image quality is more important than arguing over a millisecond’s difference in response time.
Finally, there are VA (vertical alignment) or AMVA (advanced multi-domain vertical alignment) screens, which often have excellent contrast and can support high refresh rates, but tend to have worse viewing angles than IPS. It’s rare to see one in a gaming monitor nowadays, as VA typically has even slower response times than TN and IPS, but its deep blacks and high contrast are still a great fit for more office-orientated work.
Design and extras
Believe it or not, there’s even more to a monitor than its panel. For example, the stand: An adjustable stand will make a big difference to how easy it is to get the monitor into a position that suits you. The best will adjust for height, will rotate on their stands, and tilt towards and away from you.
You’ll also need to make sure the monitor has inputs that match your graphics card’s outputs. Many 1920×1080 models have DVI and HDMI inputs, which will work fine with every graphics card on the market (you can use a DVI output with an HDMI input, and vice versa, with cheap adaptors).
Higher-resolution monitors are likely to use DisplayPort inputs, which are also found on the majority of today’s graphics cards. DisplayPort supports the highest resolutions and refresh rates, so if you have a posh graphics card and a high-end monitor, you’ll most likely connect the two with a DisplayPort cable.
Finally, some screens have built-in USB hubs, which are particularly useful for plugging in your keyboard, mouse or USB headphones, so you don’t have to stretch cables to an awkwardly-placed PC on the floor. And if you really want to impress at the LAN party, get a screen with go-faster red plastic inserts and fake carbon fibre. Or don’t. It’s entirely up to you.