EXPERT INSIGHT & TRUSTED REVIEWS

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The 5 Highest Hz Monitors of 2024

Covering the highest quality options for serious gamers

Highest Hz Monitor

This article has been updated for mid-2024. The AW2524H is still the highest refresh rate monitor, but we’ve added a couple of alternatives through the article for other specifications that we’ve enjoyed in 2024.

144hz? Sounds kind of slow!

If you’re into competitive gaming or looking for the best monitor possible for immersive titles, you’ll know how wonderful playing on a high hertz gaming monitor can be.

Thankfully, there have recently been a few exceptional products to take high Hz displays well beyond the usual 60-144hz + 1080p specs.

In today’s feature, we’ve reviewed the highest refresh rate monitors worth buying for different resolutions and budgets.

1

Highest Hz Monitor

Alienware AW2524H 500Hz

Our Rating: 9/10

2

Highest Hz 4K Monitor

LG 27GN950-B 27″

Our Rating: 9.5/10

3

Highest Hz 1440p Monitor

Acer Nitro XV272U Xbmiipruzx 27″

Our Rating: 9/10

4

Highest Hz Budget Monitor

Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx 

Our Rating: 9/10

5

Highest Hz Monitor under $200

LG UltraGear 24GL600F-B

Our Rating: 9/10

Alienware AW2524H

Highest Hz Monitor

SPECIFICATIONS*

Screen Size: 24.5″ | Panel/Pixel Type: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response Time: 0.5ms GTG | Refresh Rate: 500Hz (OC, 480Hz Native)

REASONS TO BUY

+ Fastest refresh rate on the market by far, with onboard software to minimize response time.

+ Well built & ergonomic

+ Decent secondary picture specs (particularly color accuracy)

REASONS TO AVOID
– Smaller than the average 27″ offering
 
– 500Hz will be overkill for many gamers (see our other picks below)
 

Our Rating: 9/10

Usually, on our top monitor features, there is a close battle for the top choice.

But in this category? There is a clear winner.

With an incredible 500hz, this Alienware display is unrivaled by every other option.

Not only is this the highest Hz 1080p monitor available on the market, but it’s as good an offering as we could hope for with plenty of other decent specs elevating the screen’s quality.

To start, the AW2524H runs on an IPS panel. This is great to see when many of the other highest refresh rate displays have chosen TN/VA. Alienware has also negated the usual main downside of IPS with a 0.5ms GTG response time. With the refresh rate and the incredibly low latency, I easily rank this as one of the best monitors for esports & competitive gaming.

Working alongside the IPS panel is a 390 nits rating, G-sync, Nvidia Latency Analyser, and DisplayHDR 400 capability. We love that this gaming monitor hasn’t sacrificed picture quality for the highest refresh rate (you’re getting the best of both worlds).

Finally, with decent, sturdy adjustment options, thin bezels, and a beautiful design, the AW2524H feels like a premium gaming monitor should. I have no notable complaints on its build quality.

Alienware AW2524H 2

Source: Alienware

500hz vs 360hz vs 240hz Monitors

But let’s talk about 500hz for a moment.

A refresh rate 40% higher than the next common high refresh rate option (360hz), 500Hz is a huge technical achievement by Alienware.

With that said, this jump isn’t going to feel like a 40% improvement to the human eye. We’re reaching the point now where high refresh rates are becoming largely a vanity factor.

I’ve seen firsthand the 240hz, 360hz, and 500hz side-by-side; there is a difference between 240hz vs 360hz, but it isn’t huge (even professional gamers are happy on 240hz, even 144hz screens).

When it comes to 360hz vs 500hz, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference, and