Since my Vega64 just went up in smoke, I've recently bought a 6900XT GPU (damn you scalpers) and am thinking about upgrading my monitor to go with it. I've been using a Dell Ultrasharp 1440p for a while, but it's just a bog-standard office monitor so the tearing is unbelievable and I'm noticing it more and more now.

Since I have the horsepower, I'm thinking of going to 4k, but I am torn, since I don't seem to be able to find a monitor with just the right combo of the following ideal specs:

  • High refresh rate (120Hz or above, not bothered about it being 144Hz specifically, nor any kind of overclocking)
  • 4K ideally (or at least a leap up from 2160x1440, particularly if the screen will be physically larger).
  • 1-2ms response times
  • 27" to ~38" panel (28-32" being ideal I think).
  • Not a super-ultrawide, but no less than 3440x1600 if it's a widescreen.

I am a bit constrained by space, so I think I've decided that a 32" 4K flat or curved panel would be ideal, but there just do not seem to be any 4K high-refresh rate 32" panels out there at the moment. Does anyone have recommendations for this - or know if any are on the horizon in 2021?

Since I'm struggling to find the above, I'm considering a ultrawidescreen at 1600 vertical such as the LG 38GL950G or 38GN950, however, these are expensive and possibly a bit large for my space. Alternatively, the 'safe' option is a direct swap for another 27" 4K flat panel such as the LG 27GN950, which seems to be the gaming monitor of choice at the moment (but no stock anywhere 😡 ). The Samsung Odyssey line up is compelling too, but no 4K offerings at the moment.

So in effect, I'm trying to find a happy medium for the above. Any recommendations/personal anecdotes welcome.

  • I don't think 4K is very useful at 27". 1440p/144Hz at 32" is what I found my perfect middle ground to be, and can be quite affordable as well.
    – towe
    Mar 29 at 11:56
  • My reservation about 1440p on a bigger screen is that I have gotten used to 1440p @ 27", and so any larger screen is actually going to be a step down in pixel density and clarity. I would like to gain a bit of screen real estate with a 28-32", but I don't want less clarity than I already enjoy for it (and the Dell Ultrasharps earn their name well) - hence 4K @ 32" being my ideal sweetspot I think (but since there seemingly aren't any, I'm prepared to go down to 27/28")
    – Joe Healey
    Mar 29 at 12:10
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    Apparently the ASUS PG32UQX is due to release soon, though it is rather expensive.
    – towe
    Mar 29 at 12:19
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    And the Acer XB323QK NV in May for a more reasonable 1200$.
    – towe
    Mar 29 at 12:21
  • Thanks for the ideas - the Acer looks promising at that price point. Shame it seems to only be HDR 400, but that's by no means a deal breaker
    – Joe Healey
    Mar 29 at 23:13

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