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Gaming monitor deals of the week - 8th February 2021

The top gaming monitor deals from around the web

Gaming monitors are often one of the most expensive parts of our entire PC, so finding a great gaming monitor deal can often help take the edge off the cost of upgrading. With more and more people working from home, finding a great monitor for both work and play has never been more important, which is why we've rounded up all the best gaming monitor deals from around the web from the last seven days. Whether you're looking for gaming monitor deals on 144Hz screens, 240Hz displays or an ultrawide gaming monitor, we've got you covered.

To help you get a great gaming monitor deal on today's best gaming monitors, there are a couple of things to watch out for before you buy. A monitor's panel type, for instance, can often be a great indicator of how colour accurate it will be, with IPS being the most accurate, followed by VA and then TN. That said, there are still plenty of good TN panels out there that can rival the very best IPS screens.

If your graphics card is regularly hitting 60fps, then you may also want to consider a monitor with a high refresh rate such as 144Hz, as this will help games feel much smoother. Nvidia graphics card owners can also benefit from getting a monitor with Nvidia G-Sync support, which will help cut down on stuttering and screen tear when playing at high refresh rates. But if you'd rather save some money, then you should opt for one of Nvidia's certified G-Sync Compatible monitors. These are AMD FreeSync monitors that have been approved by Nvidia to give a good G-Sync-like experience. AMD graphics card owners, on the other hand, should stick to monitors with AMD FreeSync support.

While you're here, be sure to check out our regularly updated round-ups on the week's CPU deals, SSD deals and budget gaming laptop deals, too, especially if you're looking for a big screen to hook your new laptop up to.

Gaming monitor deals (UK):

Finally back in stock for £40 off its usual price, this Asus monitor is a decent choice if you want a large, cheap gaming display with a high refresh rate. I wouldn't recommend it for lots of general desktop work, as its 1080p resolution will look a bit fuzzy at 27in, but as a pure gaming screen, there's plenty to like - especially as it's got full Nvidia G-Sync Compatible certification as well, which guarantees that Nvidia graphics card owners will be able to take advantage of its variable refresh rate tech without any issues.

Down from £240, this 24in, 144Hz Freesync screen is a great bargain for those after a cheap 1080p display. It's arguably a much better buy than the larger Asus above, as its higher pixel density will make it a better fit for work and play alike. However, it's not one of Nvidia's officially certified G-Sync Compatible displays just yet, so Nvidia GPU owners may want to take that into consideration.

Ultrawide monitor deals

Down from £1099, Dell's ultrawide gaming monitor is a sleek and stylish screen with a great pedigree. I'm a big fan of their smaller Alienware AW2521HFL, and the AW3420DW's specs are equally top notch. It has full Nvidia G-Sync support, for starters, and it also comes with a wide range of ports for connecting up multiple devices.

Down from £1280, Samsung's enormous 240Hz ultrawide display is a real whopper of a gaming screen. Effectively two 27in, 1440p monitors in a single display, you'll need a beefy graphics card to run games at its 5120x1440 resolution, but just think of that spreadsheet potential.

Then again, Samsung's slightly older CRG9 gaming monitor is also on sale at the moment, down from its usual price of £1100. I loved this screen when I reviewed it, and its 120Hz refresh rate is still more than enough for this type of screen. It's a great alternative to the newer, slightly flashier Odyssey G9 above, as you're getting a nigh-on identical display for a lot less.

If you're determined to get a monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution without bankrupting yourself in the process, this Asus is a great budget buy for ultrawide monitor hunters. Currently £70 cheaper than usual, it also comes with a decent 100Hz refresh rate and AMD Freesync support. Alas, it doesn't have proper G-Sync Compatible certification (yet), but it's still much cheaper than getting a full-fat G-Sync screen like some of the monitors listed above.

A good way to get an ultrawide monitor without breaking the bank, this LG is a great entry-point for would-be 21:9 buyers. It's one of Nvidia's official G-Sync Compatible screens, too, which is an added bonus. This week, it's £80 cheaper than normal, too, making this 2560x1080 screen a worthy ultrawide bargain.

Gaming monitor deals (US):

Down from $280, the AOC C27G2 is the 165Hz sibling of AOC's brilliant 240Hz C27G2ZU monitor. The latter is still widely unavailble in the US, making this 165Hz screen a great alternative for those after a high refresh rate gaming display. You still get the same great VA panel and AMD Freesync Premium support, as well as its height-adjustable stand, too.

Once $450, this officially certified G-Sync Compatible screen is a great buy for those after a top notch 2560x1440 display. LG's 27GN850-B has a great set of specs for the money, and it's a favourite of our friends over at Digital Foundry, too. The very similar 27GL850-B is also on sale for $50 off at the moment, but the only difference between this and the GN850 is the GL comes with USB ports. Personally, I don't think that's worth another $50 over the GN for $450, but it's worth considering if fancy that extra bit of connectivity.

Alienware's 27in 240Hz gaming monitor is $70 off at the moment, which is a decent discount if refresh rate matters to you above all else. Its 1920x1080 isn't ideal for doing a lot of work on, but if it's anything like Alienware's smaller AW2521HFL, then it should be fine for the odd bit web browsing and the occasional word document. It's an official G-Sync Compatible screen, too, so you can be sure that AMD and Nvidia graphics cards will get the same great tear-free gaming experience.

Ultrawide monitor deals

The super ultrawide Samsung CHG90 is currently $100 off at Best Buy right now. It's effectively two 27in 1080p monitors in one, and I loved it when I reviewed it a couple of years ago. Its resolution is a bit on the fuzzy side (as all 27in 1080p monitors tend to be), and I'd argue the newer CRG9 with its resolution of 5120x1440 (two 1440p monitors) is probably the better buy overall, but a) it's around $1200 right now, and b) you also need a mega powerful graphics card to play games well on it. The CHG90, on the other hand, is a good budget alternative for those after the widest screen possible, and less demanding for playing games.

How to get the best monitor deal:

Not sure where to start with all these gaming monitors? An easy way of deciding which gaming monitor is right for you is to start with your graphics card. Got an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT or below? Then you'll probably want a 1920x1080 monitor, as this will mean you can play games at the fastest, smoothest speeds. Got an Nvidia RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 or above? Then you should probably aim for a 2560x1440 screen, as you really need one of these cards to make the most of this resolution when playing games. Meanwhile, Nvidia RTX 2080 and above owners will be able to make the most of 3840x2160 monitors.

Of course, most of the monitor deals above are for screens with AMD FreeSync support rather than Nvidia's G-Sync tech, so if you're unsure what either of those things mean or just need a refresher on what they do, have a read of our G-Sync vs FreeSync article. Previously, you needed an AMD graphics card to take advantage of FreeSync, and an Nvidia graphics card to make full use of G-Sync. However, thanks to Nvidia's recent driver update, all Nvidia graphics card owners can now take advantage of what FreeSync has to offer so they can carry on enjoying smooth, tear-free gaming for a fraction of the price. As a result, buying a good FreeSync monitor is now a much better way of saving money than finding a good G-Sync deal.

That said, there are some FreeSync monitors that don't play as nicely with Nvidia graphics cards as others, which is why Nvidia are currently in the process of testing all the FreeSync monitors out there to see if they fit within their official G-Sync Compatible standard. We have a complete list of all the confirmed G-Sync Compatible monitors so far, so make sure you check your deal against this list to see if it's guaranteed to give you a good experience. That said, there are plenty of non-G-Sync Compatible monitors I've tested that have worked perfectly fine with my Nvidia graphics card, so there's still a good chance it will work absolutely fine even if it hasn't made Nvidia's official list yet.

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests. She's also RPS' resident deals herald.

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