Affordable gaming monitor update: AOC G90-series review

The competition is getting heated in the budget segment



The recent introduction of AMD's Raven Ridge processors enables building gaming PCs at a particularly low price point, good news for the gamers with a modest budget. Of course, an affordable PC also includes a screen for which you don't have to plunder your bank account. Preferably one with FreeSync, because the new AMD APUs are now a default. Nowadays you have a number of interesting models to choose from, and since a couple of weeks ago, a few more. AOC introduced its new entry-level gaming range - the G90 series. We tested the AOC G2590PX, G2590VXQ and G2790PX and here is what we can report.

AOC has made a furore in recent years with its Agon line of gaming monitors, in which it has captured almost any size and type imaginable that is currently technically possible, from 4K with G-Sync to 34” UWQHD to 24” WQHD with 144 Hz. Although Agon screens are certainly not the most expensive in their respective class, they are premium displays and that is reflected in the price.

So, there was still an empty space to fill in AOC’s range, which was originally loved by gamers, particularly for affordable gaming screens, such as the G2460PQU (one of the first 144Hz models) and the G2460PF (idem, with FreeSync), but also the G2460VQ.


Those models that are now (at least) three years old have been given successors at last, in the form of the newly announced G90 series. This includes among others the G2590PX (24.5" 144 Hz, the G2590VXQ (24.5" 75 Hz) and the G2790PX (27" 144 Hz). All are Full HD monitors with a relatively modest price. On average, they cost 340 dollars, 220 dollars and 430 dollars, respectively, but in our Price Comparison you can find them a bit cheaper even.

  • G2590PX
  • G2590VXQ
  • G2790PX

This means that the price difference with the cheapest Agon models is roughly 60 dollars. For this price you can either get a 24" WQHD 144 Hz Agon AG241QX, or a Full HD 240 Hz AG251FZ, or a Full HD 27" AG272FCX with curved VA panel. If you want to buy an affordable gaming monitor, then the new screens from AOC are interesting alternatives.

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In this review we will examine the three new gaming monitors from AOC and compare them with the tested competition. A comment for those who follow our tests closely: in this review we have slightly adjusted our standard layout to make the large amount of test results easier to view. As you can see above, similar information is grouped in tabs, so you don't have to scroll as much, and you can compare it with a quick click or tap. Please let us know what you think of this in the comments.


three products discussed in this review

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24.5 inch, 1920x1080, 90 ppi, TN, AMD FreeSync, 144 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 1 ms, 400 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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24.5 inch, 1920x1080, 90 ppi, TN, AMD FreeSync, 75 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 1 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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27 inch, 1920x1080, 82 ppi, TN, AMD FreeSync, 144 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 1 ms, 400 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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