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Best Monitors for the Nvidia RTX 3080

It was but only a few days ago that the Nvidia RTX Ampere 3080 was released, and by the time it takes one to read this sentence, it was already sold out. At least, with its release, we have been able to see more thorough benchmarks, like those carried out by GamersNexus, which prove the RTX 3080 to be the display the better price to performance Nvidia’s flagship model, the RTX 3090. In fact, with its 8,704 CUDA core count, its massive 30 TFLOP FP32 computing performance, and the upgrades to the VRAM and processing node, the RTX 3080 shows a 20% to 25% better gaming performance when compared to the previous generation, $500 more expensive, Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti.

So, when it comes to gaming, the RTX 3080 is the most powerful GPU for its money, and if you are looking to upgrade your current PC (or build a new one from scratch), then it is the best, high-end, graphics card to aim for. It will be optimal for both 4K resolutions, at 60 FPS and 1440p resolutions at 144 Hz; but it is also not far from processing games at a steady 144 FPS at a 4K resolution, too. Of course, it will need to be paired with equally high-level accompanying hardware, so you will need a CPU in the range of an i7-10700K or an i9-9900K, when it comes to 10th generation Intel CPUs, or, if you don’t mind waiting, a Ryzen 4000 Series CPU that are set to be announced on October the 6th. Even current generation Ryzen 9 3000 series CPUs, like the Ryzen 9 3950X, can accomplish very similar framerates with the i9-10900K for gaming applications; with the difference in framerates between the two CPUs being reduced to zero at 4K resolutions. The memory of the build is also a very important aspect, and as such we would recommend 32 GB of 3200 MHz and CL14 latency, or 3600 MHz and CL16 latency (the latter being best without overclocking), in a dual channel setup in order to further enhance performance. Of course, a proper motherboard with a good VRM and a solid thermal solution are also important, as they play a huge role in regards to allowing stable overclocking and keeping the hardware at optimal temperatures for a boost in gaming performance.

Even if you have all the best hardware available in the market, it will be all for naught if you do not have the means of properly displaying their power. Therefore, if you’re looking to buy an RTX Ampere 3080, then you should also plan to get a PC monitor that is capable of displaying its graphical processing power. Thankfully, such monitors do exist, and choosing between the right monitor for your rig is now simply dependent on your preferences. Whether you are a competitive gamer, that cares more about function than looks, or whether you love to be immersed in a photorealistic journey of a AAA single-player game, there are monitors that can match your playstyle perfectly. To help you choose the right one for you, we have compiled a list of the four best PC monitors to be paired with the RTX Ampere 3080; depending on intended use, resolution, framerate, and, of course, price.


Best Monitors for the RTX 3080

Best 1080P 360Hz Monitor for the RTX 3080

You don’t need to be a professional esports player to seek even the slightest competitive edge when gaming against your friends, or other competitors. If online multiplayer are your forte, then now is the best time to invest in a monitor that can provide you an extreme framerate, and, more importantly, a minimal amount of input lag. For this task, four different PC monitor manufacturers have recently announced four different models of FHD 360 Hz monitors, set to release by the end of 2020. These monitors have all been created in partnership with Nvidia, as they include an Nvidia Latency Analyzer (as a hardware component) that is optimized to work with Nvidia’s new Reflex feature. This analyzer is used to actually calculate overall, end-to-end, input latency – and displays it for you in real-time. Up until now, this was only possible with the use of specialized external equipment. Using the power of the 360 Hz monitor, the RTX 3080, and Nvidia’s Reflex software, it is possible to reduce input lag by up to 44 milliseconds (when compared to a 60 Hz monitor and an older Nvidia GPU), which is a considerable amount. Of the four FHD 360 Hz monitors announced, the one that displays the best price to value ratio is the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN.

This 24.5-inch monitor features a fast-IPS panel with an 8-bit depth, and a viewing angle of 178 degrees (both vertically and horizontally). This screen can display 1.68 million colors (24 bits), covering 99% of the sRGB color space with a static contrast of 1,000 to 1, and a brightness of 400 nits using its W-LED backlight. Of course, where this monitor excels is the input lag, where it will feature a 1 millisecond response time in conjunction with Nvidia’s G-Sync and ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) Sync. The monitor also features a custom heatsink to better dissipate the heat during prolonged gaming sessions.

In regards to its design, the ASUS ROG Swift will have an almost borderless frame, with an RGB-lit ROG logo on the back, and an anti-glare coating on the bezel. In addition, the ROG Swift also offers a great deal of ergonomic versatility. Its screen can pivot into landscape or portrait mode, the height of its stand can be adjusted by up to 120 millimeters, it can be swiveled in both left and right by up to 25 degrees, and it can be tilted, either forwards by 5 degrees, or backwards by 20 degrees. If you prefer to mount the monitor, it is VESA compatible and the stand can be removed. A desk clamp is also included so you can clamp it to the edge of your desk.

The ASUS ROG Swift will come with a variety of ASUS exclusive software: like AURA Sync (for the RGB lighting), a Low Blue Light feature, GamePlus, Game Visual, and flicker-free technology.

Connectivity-wise, it will include two USB 3.0 Type-A slots (downstream), two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP 1.4 slot, and one 3.5mm audio-out jack – while being high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) compatible.

The ROG Swift is set to release by the end of September with a price tag of $699. Not cheap, but definitely a better price than most of its 360 Hz competition.


Best 1440p 144Hz Monitor for the RTX 3080

When it comes to not compromising in either resolution, framerate, and game quality settings, the safest option appears to be the 1440p 144 Hz monitor. The RTX Ampere 3090 has shown that it can consistently maintain framerates above the 144 FPS threshold, to make the most of what these screens can offer. Now, this may not seem like much of a task for this brand-new RTX 30 Series GPU in 2020, but given the fact that even the RTX 2080 Ti struggles to maintain framerates of this level for a variety of different games, having a GPU that can reliably perform at this level for current (and most likely also for next-generation) titles is still an impressive feat. And the best monitor for you to witness this accomplishment is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ.

The TUF Gaming is a 27-inch monitor that makes use of an AHVA IPS panel that has an 8-bit depth, a wide viewing horizontal and vertical angle of 178 degrees, and a refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165 Hz. The monitor, of course, is Nvidia G-Sync compatible, and also makes use of ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) Sync. The fact that the TUF Gaming has a G2G response time of 1 ms, and an extremely low input lag of only 5.3 ms, makes this monitor ideal for any type of gaming, even at a competitive level. For single-player enthusiasts, the panel is also capable of a large spectrum of colors, covering 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; with a brightness level that peaks at 350 nits and HDR10 compatibility. The static contrast is also noteworthy, as the TUF Gaming VG27AQ features a 1,200 to 1 ratio.

 When it comes to ergonomics, the monitor pretty much has it all. Other than being VESA compatible with a removable stand, its height can be adjusted by up to 130 mm, it can pivot between landscape and portrait orientations, it can swivel in both directions by up to 90 degrees, and it can be tilted forwards by 5 degrees, and backwards by 33 degrees.

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ also comes equipped with two integrated speakers (2 watts), two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP 1.2 slot, and a 3.5 mm audio-out jack. Included features are GameFast Input technology, GamePlus, GameVisual, Low Blue Light, a 5-way OSD joystick, and Shadow Boost. If you’re looking for a great 1440p 144 Hz monitor to pair with an RTX Ampere 3080, the ASUS TUF VG27AQ goes above and beyond expectations. Its current, MSRP, price tag is $429.


Best 4K 60 HZ Monitor for the RTX 3080

Another safe option, in terms of resolution and framerate, is a 4K 60 Hz monitor. The current benchmarks of the RTX 3080 show us that it can handle the task with ease, for just about every well-optimized game that was tested. Especially, if you don’t care much for competitive games, but instead prefer triple-AAA titles at their best, then 4K 60Hz is definitely the way to go. For both its quality and its price, the BenQ EL2870U is one of the best available options.

With a 28-inch screen, the EL2870U has a 10-bit depth (8 bits plus Frame Rate Control (FRC)), a TN panel, and a W-LED backlight that is capable of displaying over a billion colors (30 bits) with a brightness of 300 nits and a 1,000 to 1 static contrast ratio. To be more specific, this monitor covers 97% of the sRGB color space, 72% of the NTSC color space, and 70% of the DCI P3 color space. Another great aspect it has for gaming, is that it has an extremely low grey-to-grey response time of only 1 millisecond, and an input lag of only 5 milliseconds. The display latency is so low mainly due to the TN panel, but the downside of this panel is its viewing angle. It has a maximum horizontal viewing angle of 170 degrees, and a maximum vertical viewing angle of only 160 degrees.

When it comes to ergonomics, the BenQ EL2870 is very limited, as it cannot pivot to any degree, and its height cannot be adjusted. It can be tilted, but only forwards by 5 degrees and backwards for 15 degrees. The monitor can be removed from its stand and mounted, as it is VESA compatible.

Two, 2-watt, speakers are included, as well as two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, and one 3.5mm audio-out jack (HDCP 2.2 compatible). Some of its features include AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator), Brightness Intelligence Plus, Flicker-free technology, and Low Blue Light.

Perhaps the most enticing part of this monitor is its price, as it can currently be purchased for only $299 – down from its original $499 price tag.


Best 4K 144Hz monitor for the RTX 3080

If you’re looking to go all out with your monitor purchase and get yourself the best gaming monitor money can buy at the 4K resolution range, then nothing beats Acer’s Predator X27. Now, you may be wondering, is the RTX Ampere 3080 capable of such high framerates at a 4K resolution? Well, the answer is both yes and no. It certainly can for many games, but for others, it will inevitably fall short. Still, even if it can’t reach 144 FPS for some titles, it will be able to reach upwards of 100 FPS, and if overclocking is utilized, or the game’s quality settings are lowered, that baseline framerate can be reached, so you can take full advantage of the performance of a 4K 144 Hz monitor.

The reason why the Acer Predator X27 is the best monitor in its resolution range is because of its incredible color range and peak brightness level. The X27 has an AHVA IPS panel with a depth of 10 bits (8 bits combined with FRC), using a Direct LED backlight display which features 384 individually-controllable LED zones. Because of this Full-Array Local Dimming technology, the monitor has a large display area (84.82%), and backlight bleeding is all but non-existent. Using Quantum Dot technology, HDR10, and HDR1000, the Predator X27 is able to display over 1 billion colors; covering the full sRGB color space, 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, 85% of the DCI P3 color space, and 75% of the Rec. 2020 color spectrum.  It also has an impressively high brightness of 600 nits, that can max out at 1,000 nits. The display lag is not great, but not too bad, as it has a 4 millisecond Grey-to-Grey response time, and an input lag of around 13 milliseconds. Thankfully, with Nvidia Reflex included with the RTX Ampere 3080, the overall end-to-end input lag can drop to a level where it more than compensates for the slightly increased latency of the Predator X27.

The only field where the Predator X27 is limited is its ergonomic flexibility. It cannot pivot to any degree, it can swivel by only up to 20 degrees, and it can by tilted by 5 and 25 degrees forward or backwards respectively. Its height can be adjusted by up to 130 mm. If you are looking to mount it, the monitor is VESA compatible and the stand is removable.

Surprisingly enough the Acer Predator X27 comes with two, high quality, 7-watt speakers, which are usually absent from gaming monitors. It has four USB 3.0 ports (3x downstream, 1x upstream), one HDMI 2.0 slot, one DP 1.4 slot, and a 3.5mm audio-out jack. Included features are Nvidia’s G-Sync, ULMB, flicker-free technology, a blue light filter, and DDC/CI.

Now, this monitor is by no means cheap, as it does currently sell for $1,799, but it can be found on sale for as low as $1,299. Either way, for its color range, resolution, framerate, and overall quality, it is very much worth its price.

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