The RTX 3000 series graphics cards are here, and this is the first time in the last decade and a half that we’re seeing such a big performance leap in just one generational update.
When exactly did we saw a midrange graphics card (RTX 3070) of a new generation outperforming the flagship model of the last one (RTX 2080 Ti)!
RTX 3080 and 3090 are two high-end models of this series, and they target 4K PC gaming (or 8K in the case of 3090, according to Nvidia). Although both of these cards are based on the same Samsung’s 8nm Node and same Ampere Architecture, there are some keys differences.
RTX 3080 comes with 10GB GDDR6X VRAM and is ideal if gaming is your primary goal on your PC.
On the other hand, the RTX 3090 comes with enormous 24GB GDDR6X memory, that too on a faster 384-bit memory bus. Add the higher number of CUDA cores into the equation, and you get a graphics card that is good for gaming as well as professional usage.
For gaming only however, it’s an overkill because 3080 will give you more value for money.
To utilize these cards well though, you must have a high-end monitor as well. You cannot use a 1080p monitor with these beasts, after all.
Best Monitors For RTX 3080 And RTX 3090
We have just written a monitor roundup for RTX 3060 Ti / 3070 graphics cards. So this is the part-2 of our monitor recommendations for these new cards: best monitors for RTX 3080 / 3090.
1. AOC CU32V3
Best Budget 4k Monitor For RTX 3080 / 3090
- AOC 32" (31. 5" viewable) widescreen monitor with 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution
- Super-Curve 1500R VA panel that displays more accurate colors with wide-viewing angles that comform better to the natural curvature of your eyes
- Super-Color Wide color gamut with 121% sRGB, 90% Adobe RGB and 89. 8% DCI-P3 area coverage for truer colors, ideal for graphics intensive work and viewing sessions
The AOC CU32V3 is a great monitor display for those who want to enter the 4K bandwagon on a reasonable budget.
There are many curved displays in the market these days but almost all of them have 1440p resolution. The CU32V3 is one of the few monitors to have 4K resolution as well as a curved shape.
Monitors are coming with very thin top and side bezels these days, and CU32V3 is no exception.
It’s based on a VA panel with 16:9 aspect ratio, 182 PPI, 178° viewing angles, and 16.7 Million colors. Thanks to its solid contrast ratio and wide color gamut, you get very detailed and vibrant visuals. One thing we didn’t like here is the 250-nit brightness which makes it unsuitable for a well-lit room.
For multi-taskers, there’s a built-in feature that allows you to split the screen into different sections. This is a super handy feature that increases your productivity to whole new level.
Having so many features at such a cheap price means AOC had to make sacrifices in CU32V3, and build quality is one of them. Its stand is not as sturdy as it should be and makes the monitor a little unstable.
Another potential downside is the 60Hz refresh rate. Since we’re getting used to seeing so many 144Hz and 240Hz refresh rate monitors that 60 Hz feels truly vintage – especially if you’re into fast-action FPS games. An on-par 4ms response time (the time taken by a pixel to shift from one color to another) doesn’t do well in this regard either.
So, if you’re heavily invested in those high-action games, there are some better, albeit expensive, alternatives in this roundup.
But with all said, it’s probably the best bang for buck monitor for your RTX 3080.
2. LG 27GN950-B
Best 4K Monitor For RTX 3080 / 3090
- 27” UHD (3840 x 2160) Nano IPS Display
- IPS 1ms (GtG) 144Hz with VESA DSC Technology
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
LG is a big brand when it comes to monitor displays with its models featuring in almost any “best of” list related to monitors. And same is the case with 37G950-B.
It’s the successor to 27GL850 – a QHD Nano IPS monitor with 1440p resolution. LG has tried to make the new 27GN950 deal sweeter with goodies like 4K resolution, DisplayHDR 600 certification, and Nvidia G-Sync Compatibility, etc.
Other things that have been improved include the 600-nits brightness (from 400). It still can’t be compared with the TrueHDR and 1000-nit brightness but performs considerably better than 400-nit monitors.
Standard IPS panels are liked for their color accuracy but Nano-IPS technology raises the bar even higher. Thanks to this technology and wide color gamut, colors remain vibrant even when viewed at some angle.
Then comes the gaming features. In addition to Nvidia GSync, you get a DAS (short for Dynamic Action Sync, it’s meant to reduce input) mode, a black stabilizer, an on-screen reticle, and FPS/RPG picture modes.
If we were to nitpick some aspects here then those would be the lack of built-in speakers and other gaming-centric features you usually get in other gaming monitors at this price. There’s no swivel support as well which makes it not ideal as far as the ergonomics are concerned. The overall build is solid despite it being made out of plastic for the most part.
Overall, 27GN950-B is a pretty great all-round package.
You get a good refresh rate of 144Hz, 4K resolution, and 1ms response time (which is great for an IPS panel) which makes it good for fast-action games as well as content consumption.
It’s well-calibrated out of the box so you can use it for creative purposes right on the go, and its thin bezels make it ideal for a multi-monitor setup.
3. SAMSUNG CRG9
Best Ultrawide Monitor For RTX 3080 / 3090
- 49 inch super ultrawide dual QHD curved gaming monitor is the equivalent of dual 27-inch QHD displays side by side, providing the enhanced productivity.
- 120 hertz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync 2 technology for crisp HDR content display, reduced input latency and low framerate compensation
- CES 2019 best of innovation Award Winner
So far we have discussed two monitors and both of them had pretty standard screen sizes of 32 and 27 inches respectively. Therefore we have decided to go for an ultrawide monitor option for our final pick.
Ultrawide monitors are quite popular these days for a variety of reasons. But how wide is too wide?
Seems like Samsung is testing the limits with its CRG6 display. The first thing you’ll notice is its 49-inch screen size.
Yes, you’ve read right. 49 inches.
Due to its sheer size, it’s not as ergonomic as other smaller options but it’s too heavy either. The stand allows you -4°/19° tilt, +/- 15° swivel, and up to 120mm height adjustment. You can’t pivot it for portrait mode obviously, but up to +/- 4° rotation is available for angle adjustments.
This VA screen comes in a 5120×1440 resolution with a 32:9 aspect ratio and 3000:1 contrast ratio, and provides the same screen real estate as two 27-inch 1440p (2560×1440) monitors. It means you can boost your productivity to a whole new level with multitasking.
In addition to this super-ultrawide display, the CRG9 comes with VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification, QLED technology, and a 120Hz refresh rate. It must be noted though, that 120Hz is only achievable in 8-bit color depth. In 10-bit color depth, it would be limited to 100Hz. It’s not as big of a difference however and most games max out at 8-bit depth.
The backlight of this monitor features a QDEF layer which improves the color gamut 95% DCI-P3 and subsequently helps in vibrant colors. The brightness is 1000 nits for HDR content and 600 nits for the rest.
Apart from slight ghosting in dark areas of some fast-action games, we couldn’t find any real deal-breaker in CRG9. All in all, it’s the best ultrawide monitor you can have for your RTX 3080 graphics card.
Notable Mention: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K
8K monitor For RTX 3090
At last, we have dell UltraSharp UP3218K, an 8K monitor. Nvidia has tipped 3090 to be the first GPU ready for 8k gaming, and it does perform well in this regard.
The problem is that there are very few 8K PC games available right now. And even then you would need an 8K monitor/TV to achieve that ambitious resolution.
And considering the cost of an average 8K monitor and the fact that you don’t get as big graphics improvement from 4K to 8K as you do from 1080p to 4K makes it a pretty expensive adventure. And since the non-gaming 8K content is virtually non-existent as well, the overall value for money is not much high.
But still, if your work demands such expensive hardware, the UP3218K is a noteworthy option.