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Best Monitors for the Nvidia RTX 3070

The last of the recently announced Nvidia RTX Ampere 30 Series GPUs to be released is the RTX 3070; which will be coming out sometime in October. This ray tracing, mid-range, GPU is set to cost only $500, yet (if some of the early benchmarks are to be trusted) (jives should we put in a benchmark image ourself?) it appears to be able to perform similarly to the last generation flagship: the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. If this is the case, then the RTX Ampere 3070 will allow mid-end users to enjoy gaming at resolutions and framerates that were once reserved only for elite PC gaming enthusiasts – which is awesome, especially for entry-level PC builders.

Of course, it is not just the GPU that allows a rig to perform to the level necessary for processing games at 4K resolutions, or 144 Hz framerates. Thankfully, the release of the RTX 3070 falls within the same month that AMD will also be announcing more information about their Ryzen 4000 CPUs (which will be AM4 compatible); meaning that a high-power PC build will be possible even for lesser-budget builds. Capable AM4 compatible motherboards, paired with a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 CPU, an RTX 3070, and 16 to 32 GB of dual channel 3,200 MHz CL14, or 3,600 MHz CL16, RAM will make a PC capable of high-end gaming, video editing, and other production related tasks for only a fraction of the cost of what it used to be.

Now, this is not to knock on Intel and their 10th generation CPUs, as their i7 and i9 variants have proven to be very powerful processors, especially for gaming. However, the LGA1200 chipset requires a new motherboard to be purchased, which costs far more than the available AM4 motherboards, while not being compatible with PCIe 4.0 and high RAM speeds in the mid-range. It is due to this, that AMD has a clear advantage within the given price range of this market.

Building a new PC, or upgrading an existing one, with a GPU that can process graphics at such a high capacity, like the RTX 3070, requires an equally impressive monitor that can actually display its capabilities. The PC monitor industry seems to be well in sync with the release of PC hardware (and perhaps even somewhat ahead of it), as there are monitors that can keep up with recent technological advancements, and even allow room for improvement if one were to further upgrade their setup. That is why investing in the proper monitor is just as important as purchasing a new hardware component, like the GPU for example. Whether you love competing in online multiplayers, or enjoy immersing yourself in the story of single player triple-A title, choosing the right monitor that perfectly fit your needs is of paramount importance.

Thus, in accordance with the capabilities of the RTX Ampere 3070, we have selected four monitors for different resolutions, framerates, and preferences, in order to help you choose the best monitor to complement your new gaming rig.


Best Monitors for the RTX 3070

Best 1080P 144Hz Monitor for the RTX 3070

If you are satisfied with an FHD resolution, then the least framerate worth having is 144 Hz. Having a 1080p 60 Hz monitor will, ultimately, sell the power of the RTX Ampere 3070 short. Also, if you enjoy competitive gaming and want to ensure that you won’t have to sacrifice framerate for a higher resolution, then a 1080p 144 Hz monitor is a safe choice to make.

ASUS is a top contender in the PC monitor market, as they have a reputation for releasing quality monitors at competitive prices – and this they have done with the ASUS VG279Q. This monitor has an AHVA IPS panel, with an 8-bit depth, that is capable of showing 1.68 million colors (24 bits) on its 27-inch display. It can cover 99% of the sRGB range, 75% of the Adobe RGB color space, and 72% of the NTSC color space; with a static contrast of 1,000 to one and a brightness of 400 nits. Due to the IPS panel, it has a 178-degree viewing angle (horizontal and vertical), and it has an extremely low input lag of only 4 milliseconds, with a 1 ms grey-to-grey and a 3 ms average response time.

Its exterior frame features an anti-glare, matte, coating, and offers great versatility in terms of ergonomics. It can pivot and swivel (both to the left and the right) by 90 degrees, it can be adjusted in height by 130 mm, it can be tilted forward or backwards by 5 and 33 degrees, and it can be removed from its stand in order to be mounted with its VESA compatible mounting interface.

Connectivity-wise, the VG279Q has one HDMI 1.4 port, one DP 1.2 slot, 1 DVI-D Dual Link port, one 3.5 mm audio-in, and one 3.5 mm audio-out. It also comes with two integrated 2W speakers. Plenty of features are also included, like a 5-way OSD joystick, ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) Sync, GamePlus, Trace Free technology, Flicker-free technology, a blue light filter, and SPLENDID Video Intelligence technology. The 1080p, 144 Hz, 27-inch ASUS VG279Q has an MSRP of $299.99, which is quite costly for a 1080p monitor, but still a worthy purchase.


Best 1080p 360 Hz Monitor for the RTX 3070

Now, I know you’re probably thinking… 360 Hz, really? Can the RTX 3070 handle such framerates? Well… not really. At least not for most games. But it doesn’t really have to. It only needs to be able to achieve high enough framerates for certain popular competitive multiplayer that are negatively impacted by input lag, as this is where these monitors excel. There have been four 360 Hz monitors announced, and they have all been made in partnership with Nvidia – in order to make full use of Nvidia’s new Reflex feature. Thus, all these monitors will include a specialized piece of hardware called the Latency Analyzer, which actually measures your end-to-end input lag in real-time and displays it for you on-screen in real-time. This is a feature that is possible for the very first time and will result in an overall drop of input latency by the likes of over 15 ms, depending on the title of the game. For example, for the popular multiplayer Fortnite, Nvidia’s reflex (together with the 360 Hz monitor) will allow for a total end-to-end input lag of only 19 ms; down from the 53 ms of a GTX 1660 Super and a 60 Hz monitor. For professional competitors, this is a significant boost that is not to be ignored.

Of the four models set to become available by the end of 2020, the one releasing the soonest is the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN. The ROG Swift will feature a 24.5-inch screen with an 8-bit in-depth, fast-IPS, panel that will be capable of displaying 1.68 million colors (99% sRGB coverage), with a static contrast of 1,000 to 1, a brightness of 400 nits, and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. With its 1 millisecond of grey-to-grey response time, as well as its G-Sync and ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) compatibility, this monitor is specifically designed to give competitive users the edge in online multiplayer.

In order to avoid overheating during long gaming sessions, the ROG Swift will feature a custom-built heatsink that will better dissipate heat and keep the monitor cool.

In terms of looks, the ASUS ROG Swift has plenty of style, with a nearly borderless frame, an RGB-lit logo in the back (that can by synchronized with ASUS’s Aura Sync software), and an anti-glare coating on its bezel. The monitor can be adjusted in several ways to fit your viewing preference, as it can pivot by 90 degrees, swivel left or right by up to 25 degrees, tilt forwards or backwards by 5 and 20 degrees respectively, or adjust in height by up to 120 millimeters. The screen can also be removed and mounted, or clamped onto a desk (clamp is included), as it is VESA compatible.

Gaming and other utility features that are included with the ROG Swift are ASUS GamePlus, ASUS GameVisual, flicker-free technology, and a low blue light filter. The monitor will also have two USB 3.0 Type-A (all downstream) slots, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP 1.4 slot, and one 3.5mm audio jack. The price for the ROG Swift PG259QN was announced to be $699; which is quite expensive, but still worth the cost for extreme competitors and professional gamers.


Best 1440p 144 Hz Monitor for the RTX 3070 ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ

A pleasant surprise with the early release of benchmarks for the RTX 3070 (though we must warn that they may not be very reliable), is that the GPU is primed to have the ability to process games at a 1440p resolution, and a 144 Hz refresh rate; as it did so for several of the titles tested. The average 1440p performance for the RTX 3070 – according to GPUCheck – was in the range of 136.5 FPS, on the highest quality settings. This, of course, through the use of an i9-10900K CPU, which is arguably the most powerful gaming consumer CPU currently in existence. Still, having the ability to play at this resolution and framerate with a $500 GPU, even if it means lowering game quality settings, is very impressive.

This sweet spot in resolution and framerate is perfect for those that love both single-player gaming, and competitive multiplayer alike. The monitor we recommend for the task is ASUS’s TUF Gaming VG27AQ.  This 27-inch monitor features an IPS panel with an 8-bit depth and a framerate that can actually be overclocked to 165 Hz. It makes use of both Nvidia G-Sync and ELMB Sync. Due to its IPS panel, it has a wide, all-around, viewing angle of 178 degrees, while also having a low GtG response time of 1 millisecond. In fact, the TUF Gaming has an overall monitor input lag of only 5.3 ms, so it is perfect for competitive gamers. In terms of the amount colors it can display, the VG27AQ can show 99% of the sRGB color space, 71% of the Adobe RGB color space, 72% of the NTSC color space, and 77% of the DCI P3 color space. The monitor is also HDR10 compatible, has a brightness that can reach up to 350 nits, and has a, rather high, static contrast ratio of 1,200 to 1.

The exterior is simple, yet functional. It has a stand that can adjust the screen in height by up to 130 mm, it can swivel to the right or to the left by 90 degrees, it can turn to either portrait or landscape position, and it can tilt forward or backwards by 5 and 33 degrees respectively. Its VESA compatibility and removable stand also allow it to be mounted, as well.

Not that many gamers would use them, but the TUF Gaming VG27AQ does come with two integrated 2-watt speakers; which are always nice to have. It also includes two HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.2 slots, together with a 3.5 mm audio out. Furthermore, it comes with ASUS’s GameFast Input technology, GamePlus, GameVisual, a 5-way OSD joystick, Shadow Boost, and a low blue light filter. Due to its popularity, the ASUS TUF VG27AQ can be tough to find at times, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye out for, as it can many times be found below its MSRP of $429.


Best 4K 60Hz Monitor for the RTX 3070 BenQ EL2870U

The RTX 3070 does begin to drop off, in terms of performance, when processing 4K resolutions (according to early benchmarks), but, for its price, it still does average 81.4 FPS. Still, with the possibility that games will become more and more demanding with the release of next generation titles, the RTX 3070 will most likely not be able to reach 60 FPS consistently at 4K. That being said, if you don’t mind overclocking your hardware, or lowering the game quality settings, then a 4K 60 Hz monitor is still a solid option – especially if you enjoy streaming videos/movies at this resolution.

The BenQ EL2870U is a 28-inch monitor that provides a quality 4K display without breaking the bank. It has a 10-bit depth TN panel with Frame Rate Control (FRC) and is capable of displaying over one billion colors (30 bits) with extremely low response times. It has an input lag of only 5 milliseconds and an MPRT response rate of only one 1 millisecond. The low latencies are the upside of the TN panel, but the downside is that it does not have a large viewing angle (170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical). The EL2870U has a 1,000 to one static contrast ratio and is capable of displaying 97% of the sRGB color space, 72% of the NTSC color space, and 70% of the DCI P3 color space, at a brightness level of 300 nits.

Because it is meant to be viewed from the front due to its TN panel, the EL2870 is very limited in terms of ergonomic flexibility. It is unable to pivot or swivel, and it cannot even be adjusted in terms of height. Fortunately, it can still be tilted forwards and backwards by 5 and 15 degrees respectively. It also has a removable stand, and mounted to a wall with its VESA compatibility.

Together with its two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP1.4 slot, 3.5 mm audio-out jack, and HDCP 2.2 compatibility, this BenQ monitor also has two integrated 2W speakers and plenty of features: including AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator), Brightness Intelligence Plus, Flicker-free technology, and Low Blue Light.

With its current low price point, any downside of the BenQ EL2870 can easily be overlooked. You can now find the EL2870 selling for only $299; down from its original $499 MSRP.

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