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The Best Monitors for Sim Racing – Buyer’s Guide: 2024 Edition

my sim racing setup

Featured Image: My Triple Monitor Setup.

Monitors for sim racing come in many shapes and sizes, and because manufacturers offer such a wide array of features and technical specifications these days, it’s hard to keep up with every product release. On that note, today I’m going to give you a roundup of what monitors are available and what each technical feature means (IPS, Refresh Rate and so on..).

Broadly speaking, sim racers have three options when it comes to gaming displays: one single monitor, a triple-screen setup, or a VR headset. I spend a good 90% of my sim racing time using these monitors:

AOC Gaming U34G3XM 34" monitors
My Setup: AOC Gaming U34G3XM 34″ monitors mounted with Sim-Lab Vario Vesa Mounts on a Trak Racer triple monitor mount.

When it comes to finding the right sim racing monitors, it’s crucial to consider factors like refresh rate, response time, resolution, and size to ensure you get the most immersive experience possible. From ultra-wide curved displays to high refresh rates, the monitors on this list are my best picks for your next sim build:

The Best Sim Racing Monitors: 2024 Edition.
  • Acer Nitro XV272U
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B
  • Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor
  • AOC CU34G3S/BK
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ
  • Samsung G9 Odyssey Neo
  • LG UltraGear 27GN950-B
  • Samsung G7
  • ASUS TUF Curved Gaming 32″ 1440P HDR Curved Monitor
  • LG 32GP850-B 32″ Ultragear QHD
  • MSI 32″ Curved Full HD RGB LED Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel
  • Dell U2723QE UltraSharp 27 Inch 4K UHD
  • Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q
  • GIGABYTE M32UC 32″ 144Hz (160Hz OC) 4K UHD Curved
  • LG 48GQ900-B 48″ Ultragear™ UHD OLED

Click this link to skip to the monitors or read on to get all the technical info first:

When you think about it, whichever monitor you use will have a significant impact on your overall immersion in your sim rig, and unless you’re using VR, in my opinion, the importance of a good gaming monitor to your overall sim-racing experience cannot be overstated.

A very nice triple monitor sim rig setup
Triple monitor setup with Samsung G5 gaming monitors

How do I find the right monitor for Sim Racing?

While the gaming monitor market is undoubtedly vast, monitors suitable for sim racing are by comparison relatively few and far between.

It makes sense since, in comparison to those other gaming genres, sim racing, while it has enjoyed a spike in popularity over the last couple of years, remains pretty niche, so finding a monitor was proving a bit more challenging than, say, if I was planning to play Monster Hunter or Resident Evil. But if that’s true, then what is a suitable monitor for sim racing?

For sim racers, here’s a list of some of the most important features of a gaming monitor:

  1. Small / very thin bezel – the smaller the border around the monitors the better, particularly for triple monitor setups
  2. Low input lag and high refresh rate – for responsive and smooth gameplay – my 32″ Asus monitors have a refresh rate of 166hz and a response of less than 1ms. They are also G-Sync compatible, which is important.
  3. High resolution (mine are 1440p – they go higher!) – for clear and detailed graphics (Modern GPUs can handle significant triple-screen resolution)
  4. Wide viewing angles – so that you can use your peripheral vision for braking points / other traffic
  5. Adaptive sync technology – to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering (either G-Sync or Free-Sync) – monitor manufacturers claim they’ve mastered both in a single unit. I can’t verify that, although I think eventually the NVIDIA and AMD specific versions will merge into a sync standard.

Some curvature in the screen is also something a lot of sim racers look for.

Curved vs Flat Monitors – Is there a preference for the sim?

The short answer is no, it doesn’t actually make a tangible difference in terms of performance, technically there’s no difference between a curved or flat screen with today’s technology. Curved is just, a bit cooler at the moment.

Where sim racers like to prefer curved triples is the feeling of immersion. With triple 1000R monitors, you’re surrounded such that I’ve seen some rigs with a special hinged display mount so that the driver can get in or out of the sim.

Very clever idea – Dual screen 49″+27″ monitor sim racing setup (source)

Personally, I think a curved 49″ monitor is very much enough for the casual sim racer. My Samsung G9 is a really simple thing to set up, with few FOV calculations to make compared to triples!

Fanatec Direct Drive Wheels

If you’re more about building an immersive, cutting-edge-looking sim, investigate the options for 34″ UHD (Ultra HD) / 4K 2160p monitors, but be sure to have a GPU that can handle it! Again, a 4090 can do this – but you’re going to be investing many thousands into the display aspect of your build.

If you’re operating at reasonable spend levels, I think a good set of 1440p flatscreen triples, with an IPS panel, refreshing at 166hz (roughly) and a <1ms response is more-than-acceptable for sim racing.

Go beyond these specs and you will find yourself in a position where you’re spending exponentially more, but gaining marginally less. You can’t “see” 240hz, so why would you overload your GPU by making it do twice the work before you’ve even hit the track?

Wider Screen = Better Field of View (FOV)

Is a wider, curved screen better? Yes, thanks to one essential factor; field of view (FOV).

FOV refers to how much of the game is observable through your monitor at any given time. Sim racing requires a larger FOV than many other gaming genres, allowing you to simulate what it feels like to be in the driver’s seat of a real car, where your FOV is 180°. Having an Ultrawide display, or 3 of them, gives you a lot of scope to build a super immersive setup.

Whichever monitor you choose, you should aim for the feeling of being fully immersed in the game, with the display curving around you. What’s in your peripheral vision is often just as important as what’s right in front of you.

In order to achieve the ideal FOV, sim racers have a few different options. We can go for a single ultrawide /super ultrawide monitor, or there’s the option to go for a triple-screen setup. While ultrawide monitors obviously offer less FOV than the super ultras, those with 34″ screens still offer enough display to allow you to use the cockpit view in a racing game and see the entire windscreen, plus enough of the side windows to let you see the side mirrors and spot cars running alongside you. With that said, it’s safe to say that anything less than 34″ doesn’t cut it here.

Stunning triple monitor sim rig build
Stunning triple monitor sim rig build (image source)

So next, I’m going to share some of the best monitors out there right now for sim racing, and I’ll let you know which ones I think are the best you can buy in each of the three categories mentioned above. Keep in mind that this list is based on the research I undertook while upgrading my rig, and each selection is my personal opinion, but I have based it upon crucial factors like G-Sync or FreeSync compatibility, panel type, resolution, response time, and refresh rate.

Should I choose single, triple-screen or ultrawide gaming monitors?

Whether you plan to go down the single or triple-screen route is your call. One thing I would like to point out, however, before we get started is that triple-screen monitor setups help increase sim racers’ immersion and awareness of their surroundings by increasing the size of the visual field around them.

triple screen racing simulator
My early triple-screen gaming monitor setup (image source: how to build a sim racing rig)

To demonstrate, you must imagine what the correct field of view would look like on a sim rig with a single screen. You will likely only be able to see what’s directly in front of you, and your view will be limited to the width of the car’s windscreen. It’s drivable, but racing in close quarters is a bit awkward, to say the least.

If you add in two extra monitors, everything looks a bit more natural. You can see the side mirrors and generally have a better sense of what’s around you in the car, much like in a real car.

However, that increased immersion always comes at the cost of performance. It’s also possible to expand your field of view with a single screen by choosing an ultrawide or super ultrawide monitor, and I’ve covered some of them below, however, you still won’t reach the levels of immersion three screens can offer.

Samsung G9
The current darling of the sim community and one for the top budget crowd: Samsung’s Odyssey G9 Curved Gaming Monitor, 49 Inch, 240hz refresh, 1000R, 1ms response, 1440p.

What technical specifications do I need to understand to find the right gaming monitor?

Screen Resolution

One of the significant factors to consider when choosing a new display is screen resolution. Depending on the PC and GPU you own you should always try to choose the highest resolution and the fastest refresh rate possible. Most modern gaming PCs can easily handle 1440p triples.

More and more buyers are moving to 4k gaming, largely because the price of the monitors themselves is falling. Here is a breakdown of the screen resolutions you’re likely to see advertised when you begin searching for a new monitor:

ResolutionManufacturer monitor category name
1280×720HD / 720p
1920×1080FHD (Full HD) / 1080p
2560×1440QHD/WQHD (Quad HD) / 2K 1440p
3840×2160UHD (Ultra HD) / 4K 2160p
7680×4320FUHD (Full Ultra HD) / 8K 4320p

Frame Rate and Refresh Rate

Frame rate is measured in frames per second (FPS). This is the frequency at which consecutive images called ‘frames’ appear on a screen. Ideally, you’ll want to aim for a steady 60 FPS as an absolute minimum for smooth gameplay.

A monitor’s refresh rate is measured in hertz (Hz) and is the rate at which the screen can create a new image. A faster refresh rate reduces or alleviates any flicker visible to the human eye. This is independent of frame rate (FPS), which describes how many images are stored or generated every second by your gaming PC.

If your hardware has the power to run a 120Hz monitor at a true 120hz with a frame rate of 120 fps (frames per second) then that’s more than enough for a high-quality image during gaming. Naturally, more is always better, if your GPU has the power, a set of Samsung G7 triples running at 240hz would be amazing. But be ready because that is most definitely high-end GPU territory.

Response time

Response time is a millisecond value and represents how rapidly a monitor can update a pixel from grey to grey. In today’s money, a response time of over 1ms is disappointing for hardcore gaming monitors and 5ms should get left where it belongs: in the office!

What are FreeSync and G-Sync?

FreeSync (AMD) and G-Sync (NVIDIA) are proprietary graphics card communications protocols that allow a variation in refresh rate to keep in sync with the frame rate of the game render. These systems are not cross-compatible, so you need to check for FreeSync or G-Sync when you’re buying a monitor and of course, it entirely depends on your GPU manufacturer.

My setup with a Samsung G9 49" ultra wide (running at 240hz)
My setup with a Samsung G9 49″ ultra-wide (running at 240hz with NVIDIA G-SYNC – here’s the review)

DisplayPort 2.1

DisplayPort 2.1 is the latest version of the DisplayPort standard, which is a digital display interface used to connect devices like computers, laptops, and monitors. It supports high bandwidth and high-resolution displays, making it suitable for gaming, video editing, and other professional applications.

DisplayPort 2.1 supports up to 80 Gbps bandwidth, allowing for 8K resolution at 60Hz with 10-bit colour, or 4K resolution at 144Hz with 10-bit colour. It also supports Dynamic HDR, which enables HDR metadata to be sent on a frame-by-frame basis, resulting in more accurate and lifelike HDR images.

In addition to these features, DisplayPort 2.1 also supports Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which allows for higher resolutions and refresh rates without sacrificing image quality. It also has improved Multi-Stream Transport (MST) capabilities, enabling up to three displays to be connected via a single cable.

One of the main benefits of DisplayPort 2.1 is that it is backwards compatible with earlier versions of DisplayPort, so devices with different versions can still be connected. However, it requires a compatible cable to achieve the full capabilities of the standard.

Overall, DisplayPort 2.1 is a significant improvement over earlier versions, with higher bandwidth, improved image quality, and more advanced features. However, it isn’t supported by all graphics cards at the moment, with AMD leading the way with support from their 7900XT series GPUs. For more on GPUs for sim racing, take a look at our guide.

IPS vs VA vs TN LCD Display Panels – Which is best for gaming?

IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels provide the best overall colour reproduction and wider viewing angles, which means the image will not change colour and will look the same, even if you’re viewing the monitor from a side angle. They also have the best colour accuracy and consistency, which is why they’re favoured by graphic designers and photographers. However, they tend to have slower response times (although recent advances have significantly improved this) and are more expensive than TN panels.

TN (Twisted Nematic) panels are usually the cheapest and have the fastest response times, which is why they’re favoured by competitive gamers who prioritize speed over colour accuracy. However, they have poor colour reproduction and viewing angles compared to IPS and VA panels. This means if you look at a TN panel from a side angle, the image might look distorted or discoloured if you see an image at all.

VA (Vertical Alignment) panels sit in the middle between IPS and TN. They offer better colour reproduction and viewing angles than TN panels, and they have better contrast ratios than IPS and TN panels. However, their response times are typically slower than both IPS and TN panels, which can lead to an effect known as ‘ghosting’, particularly in fast-paced games.

As for which panel technology is better for gaming, it depends on what kind of gaming you’re doing:

  • If you’re a professional or competitive gamer where every millisecond counts, a TN panel with a high refresh rate and low response time might be the best choice.
  • If you’re a casual gamer or a single-player gamer who values colour accuracy and viewing angles, an IPS panel would be a better choice.
  • If you’re somewhere in between and also enjoy watching movies on your monitor, a VA panel could be the right fit.

    Keep in mind, though, that technology is always advancing, and the differences between these panel types are becoming less distinct as time goes on. Many high-end IPS panels now have response times and refresh rates that compete with TN panels, and some VA panels also have good enough response times for gaming.

HDR and Gaming Monitors – What to look out for

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a technology that allows for greater contrast between the lightest and darkest parts of an image, resulting in a much broader range of colour and brightness levels. In simpler terms, HDR makes the bright parts of an image brighter, and the dark parts darker, and overall, it brings out more detail. This is particularly beneficial in gaming as it enhances the visual experience by making images more realistic and vivid.

Now, HDR is specified by different tiers such as HDR400, HDR600, HDR1000, etc. These tiers are certifications provided by VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association). The number following “HDR” (e.g., 400 in HDR400) refers to the peak brightness level the display can achieve, measured in nits. A nit is a unit of measurement for brightness, where one NIT is approximately the light provided by a single candle.

So, for example, an HDR400 monitor can achieve a peak brightness of 400 nits. The higher the number, the higher the peak brightness the display can reach, which means more contrast and a wider range of colours.

However, it’s important to note that a higher HDR specification doesn’t always mean a better image. The way HDR is implemented in a monitor and how it interacts with the monitor’s other features like contrast ratio, colour accuracy, and panel type, also play a significant role in the overall image quality.

Finally, it’s worth noting that to fully utilize HDR, not only do you need to enable HDR in Windows, but you also need HDR-compatible content. Many modern games support HDR, but not all of them, so it’s worth checking if your favourite sim racing games support HDR before investing in an HDR monitor.

Technically perfect gaming monitors

The perfect monitor for sim racing would be the highest resolution and screen size your budget will with anything close to 120Hz (Minimum, 144hz as standard is now pretty much the thing) and a low (below 1ms) response time. Plus, either FreeSync or G-Sync support. This is of course if your hardware can manage it! Generally, any GPU over an NVIDIA RTX 2080 ti certainly can, especially with titles like iRacing. Of course, when you begin to enter the 4K market, finding screens with these stats is going to get a little pricier.

Lastly, I’d like to mention that while some 8K monitors are starting to appear on the market, the response times and refresh rates of these screens is still relatively low. So, in my personal opinion, when it comes to selecting a monitor for sim racing where split seconds can make all the difference, it would be better to hold off on buying one of these until the technology catches up to that of their lower-resolution counterparts.

To jump to monitor recommendations by category, use the links below:

Best All-Round Gaming Monitor

Consider Acer’s Nitro XV272U, a 1440p gaming monitor, which harmonizes high performance with a budget-friendly price tag. This makes it the Swiss Army knife of gaming monitors. With a refresh rate of 170Hz and AMD FreeSync Premium support, this screen guarantees an immersive gaming encounter without breaking the bank.

Acer Nitro XV272U stands as a steal in the 1440p gaming monitor market
Acer’s Nitro XV272U

Acer’s Nitro XV272U proves that it isn’t necessary to splurge on 4K resolution or an astronomical refresh rate to enjoy quality gaming. This monitor masterfully balances features and affordability, earning my vote for the top all-rounder in gaming monitors.

The XV272U has an edge-to-edge bezel on the sides and top, coupled with a modest lower bezel makes it a nice triple monitor option, too. The monitor stand also follows the minimalist aesthetic, with a slight red touch at the base being the only colour highlight.

The Nitro XV272U’s display doesn’t disappoint either. The 1440p IPS panel boasts a 170Hz refresh rate, along with support for AMD FreeSync Premium and G-Sync Compatible. These features are practically non-negotiable for any top-tier gaming monitor today. The display covers 100% of the sRGB colour space, albeit with a somewhat modest brightness of around 400 nits, qualifying it for an HDR400 rating. However, this factor doesn’t significantly impact the gaming experience.

Retailing slightly above $300, the Acer Nitro XV272U stands as a steal in the 1440p gaming monitor market – and we really like this one!

Acer Nitro XV272U Technical Specs 

Size: 27” | Resolution: 2560 x 1440p | Refresh Rate: 170Hz | Panel: IPS | Sync: AMD FreeSync | Curved: No

Best 34” Ultrawide Monitor

In this category, there are a few worthy contenders such as the exceptionally well-equipped ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B, with its 3440 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and FreeSync Premium.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B (image source)

However, one downside to the TUF Gaming VG34VQLB monitor is the curve radius. While they’re still much better options than flat gaming monitors of the same size, their 1500R curve might be a little too shallow to get the true feeling of immersion when you’re seated in a racing chair. I think the 21:9 radius and high ratings overcome this very small objection.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B Technical Specs 

Size: 34” | Resolution: 3440 x 1440p | Refresh Rate: 165Hz | Panel: IPS | Sync: AMD FreeSync | Curved: Yes  – 1500R

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor

The Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor is designed to deliver an immersive gaming experience “like never before”. With a fast, 0.1 ms GtG response time and a high refresh rate of 175 Hz, your gameplay will be smoother and fast-moving graphics will be displayed with incredible clarity.

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED
Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED (view here)

The monitor features Quantum Dot Display Technology, enabling a slim panel design and providing superior colour performance with a higher peak luminance and a wider colour gamut range compared to White OLED. This combined with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, an infinite contrast ratio, and VESA Display HDR True Black 400 certification, you can expect incredibly realistic visuals for an unforgettable gaming experience.

Rear: Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED
Rear: Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED (view here)

The monitor’s stunning new design features a sleek QD-OLED curved 1800R panel integrated into the iconic new Legend 2.0 ID. This jaw-dropping design is engineered to prevent burn-in caused by items appearing on the screen for extended periods.

If you’re looking for the latest and highest spec monitor, take a look at the Samsung Neo G8 which, while slightly smaller at 32″, offers 4K UHD at a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response with G-Sync, and a Quantum HDR2000 screen.

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor Technical Specs

Size: 34” | Resolution: 3440 x 1440p | Refresh Rate: 175Hz | Panel: Quantum-dot OLED| Sync: G-Sync | Curved: Yes  – 1800R

Slim bezel: AOC C32G2ZE

Having slim bezels may be considered nothing more than an aesthetic option by some gamers, but in reality, it helps you stay more focused on the action, making the AOC C32G2ZE the clear winner for me in this segment if you can find it in stock!

AOC C32G2ZE 32″

Equipped with a 32-inch curved frameless display coupled with a fast 240Hz refresh rate with a native resolution of 1080p, you’ll have a stunning display that keeps you focused during your intense racing moments. And considering the price tag, I think you’re getting a great bang for your buck.

One more noteworthy point here is that monitors with VA panels typically offer better results when gaming than an IPS panel. Generally, IPS panels perform better when it comes to multimedia work like graphic design and video editing. Although LG has been known to make some exceptional IPS gaming monitors, it’s not always as simple as black and white.

AOC C32G2ZE Technical Specs

Size: 32” | Resolution: 1920 x 1080p | Refresh Rate: 240Hz| Panel: VA | Sync: AMD FreeSync | Curved: Yes  – 1500R

Best Super Ultrawide Monitor

Competition in the super ultrawide category is much less fierce, but there are still a few options to consider. By sizing up and choosing a super ultrawide monitor, you’ll get more FOV, equating to a better sim racing experience.

I’ll start with the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ, which comes with an enormous 49″ VA panel display, max resolution of 3840 x 1080, 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and a 1,800R curve. Of course, the response time and curvature are not ideal for sim racing, but overall, it’s still a great piece of kit.

Samsung G9 curvature
My Samsung G9 Monitor (read the review here)

However, the current champion in the super ultrawide monitor category is the Samsung G9 Odyssey Neo (G95NA), the newest iteration in the G9 series which replaces the older CHG90 model. This beast of a monitor offers a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 5120 x 1440 resolution, but best of all, it has the same 1,000R curve as its younger brother, the G5, except this time offered in a glorious 49″ display.

Best 27″ Monitor for Triple-Screen Setup

Next, we come to the highly-debated yet never-goes-out-of-style triple-screen setup. Using three screens as one display hands down offers the best FOV for sim racing, but you do need to accept that you will not get the same unbroken continuous display as you get with the ultra/super ultrawide monitors.

Now, the amount of flexibility and combinations in monitor size and even shape that can be utilized to make a triple-screen display is nearly infinite. Some people will argue how one monitor size is better than another or why curved triples are better than flat triples, but the truth is it simply comes down to personal preference and what works best for you. Of course, what works for one rig might not work for another, but the key thing to remember, and what I have tried to reinforce throughout this post is that FOV trumps all opinions.

So long as you can find three identical monitors that offer a fast response time, high resolution and refresh rate, and have bezels as thin as possible to avoid obscuring your view, you can pretty much go with any brand and any size. But, if you pushed me to choose the best monitor to make a 3×27″ triple-screen display in 2021, I would recommend the LG UltraGear 27GN950-B.

LG UltraGear 27GN950-B
LG UltraGear 27GN950-B

Offering some of the best premium gaming experiences to be had, this is the only monitor on my list to offer a 4K resolution (3840 × 2160). It comes in at 27″, placing it in the sweet spot in terms of size to create a tremendous triple-screen setup, it has a 1ms response time, and a 144Hz refresh rate, and is the only monitor mentioned here to be both G-sync and FreeSync compatible, as well as the only one to feature an IPS panel.

Best 32″ monitors

If you’re building a triple monitor system, but 27″ feels too small, then take a look at our 32″ picks.

Now, these are actually our best sellers – people who go on to look at any of our monitor recommendations often end up picking up one (or three!) of these. Better suited to you lucky folks with higher power (30xx and 40xx series) GPUs, the picks in this list all offer full 1440P HDR in QHD at up to 240hz refresh like this Samsung G65B:

Samsung G65B
Samsung G65B

32″ gaming monitor top sellers:

  1. Samsung Odyssey G65B (view here)
  2. ASUS TUF Curved Gaming 32″ 1440P HDR Curved Monitor (buy here)
  3. LG 32GP850-B 32” Ultragear QHD (buy here)
  4. MSI MAG 325CQRXF (buy here)

All of these monitors have very narrow bezels making them ideal for a high-end triple monitor setup. They all offer huge nice 1440p resolution that creates stunning visuals. And with their 1ms response time coupled with a blazing fast refresh rate of up to 240Hz, you won’t be seeing any motion blur or screen tearing.

LG 32GP850-B 32” Ultragear QHD is our top gaming monitor recomendation
LG 32GP850-B 32” Ultragear QHD (2560 x 1440) Nano IPS Gaming Monitor is one of our top 32″ monitor recommendations for sim racing and gaming

The ASUS is better suited to AMD GPUs because it’s Freesync, whereas the LG supports both NVIDIA G-Sync and FreeSync. The feedback on the MSI is that it comes with adaptive sync, making it compatible with both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.

The Samsung Odyssey G65B 32″ is 1000R, which is the same curvature as the G9 but has a higher 240Hz refresh, 1ms response at 1440p QHD. The G65B supports AMD FreeSync, making it best-suited for AMD GPUs.

With all of these monitors practically being even on spec, I choose the LG because it’s most flexible between either NVIDIA or AMD GPUs.

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

4K gaming is now well within the reach of most sim setups, with most high-end 30xx series NVIDIA GPUs and the newer 40xx series cards making light work of most sim racing titles. We like the Dell U2723QE UltraSharp 27 Inch 4K UHD (3840×2160) monitor for a 4K triple screen setup:

Dell U2723QE gaming monitor
Dell U2723QE gaming monitor

This Dell U2723QE gaming monitor is the perfect addition to your setup, delivering exceptional contrast and stunning colours. With a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and IPS Black technology, you’ll experience superior black performance and incredible colour accuracy. And thanks to the built-in ComfortView Plus, you can enjoy your games for longer periods without eye strain, as it reduces potentially harmful blue light emissions.

Rear: Dell U2723QE gaming monitor
Rear: Dell U2723QE gaming monitor

The monitor features Quantum Dot Display Technology, enabling a slim panel design and providing superior colour performance with a higher peak luminance and a wider colour gamut range compared to White OLED.

This combined with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, an infinite contrast ratio, and VESA Display HDR True Black 400 certification, you can expect incredibly realistic visuals for an unforgettable gaming experience.

The Dell U2723QE features a sleek QD-OLED curved 1800R panel and it’s engineered to prevent burn-in caused by items appearing on the screen for extended periods of time.

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

The Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q offers exceptional value for its affordable price, especially considering it’s one of the most inexpensive 4K gaming monitors currently available. With a 28-inch display that can swivel, pivot, and tilt to suit your needs (within reasonable limits), it’s one of the most ergonomic monitors we’ve tested.

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

But, of course, there’s more to a great monitor than just its ergonomics.

The VG289Q also boasts slim bezels and a handy cable management system, as well as several display settings to enhance your viewing experience and Adaptive-Sync technology for smoother gaming. Thanks to its vibrant colours, super-sharp image quality, and design that’s only subtly gaming-focused, this monitor is one of the best 4K options not only for sim racing but also for users who use their gaming PCs for design, CAD, and so on.

GIGABYTE M32UC 32″ 144Hz (160Hz OC) 4K UHD Curved

The Gigabyte M32UC curved gaming monitor is a comprehensive solution that caters particularly well to multiplatform gamers. Boasting 4k gaming at 144 Hz and an impressive HDR400, it delivers an immersive experience with just the right amount of curvature. Additionally, it offers ample connectivity options and excellent colour gamut coverage, though, as always, some tweaking of the settings may be necessary to enhance colour vibrancy.

Gigabyte M32UC
Gigabyte M32UC

Equipped with a USB-C port that unfortunately doesn’t provide sufficient power for laptop charging, as well as an HDMI 2.1 port that’s crucial for 4K gaming at 120Hz with next-gen consoles, and KVM for multi-source connectivity, this monitor has all the necessary features you’ll need.

Gigabyte M32UC
Gigabyte M32UC – rear

However, it’s important to note that the built-in speakers provided by Gigabyte are subpar, so it’s recommended to invest in external speakers for optimal audio quality.

Triple 48″ Monitors

Check out this incredible triple 48″ display setup featuring 3 of LG’s 48GQ900-B 48” Ultragear™ UHD OLED gaming monitors. The 48GQ900-B monitor combines an expansive 48″ display with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, offering gamers a deeply immersive gaming experience. Its huge size and detailed clarity will feel pretty game-changing in the simulator.

triple 48 inch display setup featuring 3 of LG's 48GQ900-B 48” Ultragear™ UHD OLED gaming monitors
Triple 48″ display setup featuring 3 of LG’s 48GQ900-B 48” Ultragear™ UHD OLED gaming monitors

One of the standout features of this monitor is its contrast ratio. Boasting an extraordinary 1.5M:1 contrast ratio, the LG 48GQ900-B enables you to see games as their creators intended, with vibrant, bold colours that make every scene pop. The monitor also supports HDR 10 and covers 99% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, enhancing the richness and accuracy of colours displayed.

Another remarkable attribute is its response time. At just 0.1ms (GtG), you’ll enjoy smooth, fluid gameplay without the annoyance of reverse ghosting. This fast response time ensures that objects render clearly, enhancing your gaming performance and reducing latency.

 LG 48GQ900-B
LG 48GQ900-B

The LG 48GQ900-B is equipped with HDMI 2.1, providing a 2.5x higher bandwidth than HDMI 2.0. This allows for smoother, more vivid colors, and high-resolution graphics. With a compatible graphics card, you can experience a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz (O/C 138Hz), and transfer uncompressed 4K files at speeds up to 120Hz, or uncompressed 8K files at speeds up to 30Hz.

Lastly, this monitor is NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible, having been officially validated by NVIDIA. This compatibility translates into faster, smoother gaming, reducing screen tearing and stutter, ensuring you never miss a moment of the action. Additionally, the monitor comes with built-in AMD FreeSync Premium, providing a fluid, virtually tear-free gaming experience. With a minimum refresh rate of 120Hz at FHD resolution and low latency gameplay, you can play at your peak performance without missing a frame.

BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ Gaming Monitor 48″

When you’re aiming for a 48-inch gaming monitor to fuel your sim racing needs, we recommend grabbing an OLED monitor, and right now, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ seems like a very sweet option for all enthusiasts.

Boasting a 48-inch OLED screen with a native 4K resolution and a fast refresh rate of 120Hz, you’re promised an impeccable visual experience. The colour accuracy will feel majestic while the fast refresh rate will always give you an edge in competitive circles. 

BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ Gaming Monitor 48" 4K UHD
BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ Gaming Monitor 48″ 4K UHD (view here)

Covering 98% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, you’ll notice vivid colours without any colour bleed. Moreover, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync technology, making it suitable for our friends who own an AMD GPU. 

2x5W speakers coupled with a 10W subwoofer is also a nice touch that’ll further enhance the immersive experience. Similarly, with features like eye care, Black eQualizer, and Scenario Mapping, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ is arguably one of the best 48-inch OLED monitors that money can buy. 

Stack three of them together and you’ll get the ultimate triple-monitor setup that every sim racer desires.

BenQ MOBIUZ EX480UZ Gaming Monitor 48″ Technical Specs

Size: 48” | Resolution: ‎3840 x 2160p | Refresh Rate: 120Hz | Panel: OLED| Sync: AMD FreeSync Premium | Curved: No

 As for the price, since it comes with such an impressive spec sheet, you’ll have to cough up a serious amount of money and all things considered, you’ll get a nice value for your hard-earned money. 
Moreover, if you’re looking for something less expensive that gets the job done, the Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ is another gigantic 48-inch gaming monitor that you could look at. It is slightly cheaper and offers a nice spec sheet as well.

With all of these monitors practically being even on spec, I choose the LG because it’s most flexible between either NVIDIA or AMD GPUs.

With a powerful GPU, and I mean quite frankly anything that has been released in the past 6 months is more than capable of dealing with these monitors and in triple setups too. There are many bargain monitors to be found at the moment too, so, good hunting!

The Best Monitors for Sim Racing – Buyer’s Guide: 2024 Edition

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  1. Imagine if only the pictures with 49″ screens had a view from cockpit. I wonder how far can you see to the sides. Can I see mirrors?

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