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LG 24GM79G Review: Best 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor

By November 20, 2017 4 Comments

LG 24GM79G

Introduction

If you’re looking for a 144Hz gaming monitor to up your game, check out the LG 24GM79G. Besides the mandatory 144Hz refresh rate for competitive gaming, the display also offers the impeccable 1ms response time speed via the Motion Blur Reduction technology which entirely eliminates ghosting and trailing in the fast-paced games. It’s an ideal monitor for CS: GO and other popular FPS games.

Additionally, there are a plethora of exclusive game-enhancing features including AMD FreeSync and pre-calibrated picture presets through which you can quickly toggle via the monitor’s hotkeys. The LG 24GM79G also offers a gamer-inspired design with versatile ergonomic support.

Image Quality

The LG 24GM79G-B PC monitor is based on a TN panel developed by AU Optronics. It sports the common 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 350-nits brightness specs and supports 8-bit color through dithering (6-bit + FRC). As expected, the image quality is nothing extraordinary which isn’t the monitor’s main purpose anyway.

The Full HD resolution provides a decent and crisp picture and more importantly, allows for smooth gameplay at 144Hz without excessive GPU horsepower required. The viewing angles of 170° horizontally and 160° vertically make the colors shift when you view the screen from certain angles, but as long as you sit in front of the monitor, you won’t be affected by it.

Other panels such as IPS and VA have much better viewing angles and color production, but they have a slower response time which causes motion blur in fast-paced games. That’s why all professional players opt for the TN-based displays such as the LG 24GM79G.

Overall, the image quality is as good as it can be given it’s a TN panel monitor. The display is factory-calibrated, the picture is bright and uniform with vivid and distinguishable dark and gray colors while the 1920×1080 resolution offers decent 91.79 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) for a 24-inch monitor.

Performance

For competitive gaming, the 144Hz refresh rate is a must unless you want to be at a disadvantage against other players. To ensure the edge over your opponents, a 1ms response time speed is recommended for FPS games while the input lag plays a crucial role in all competitive games. That’s why a good gaming monitor is as necessary as any other computer rig upgrade if you wish to see better results in the scoreboards.

The LG 24GM79G input lag amounts to only 10ms which is perfect and ensures responsive gameplay and instantaneous display reaction to your commands. Enable the D.A.S. (Dynamic Action Sync) feature for the best input lag performance.

AMD FreeSync

AMD graphics card users will be able to synchronize their GPU with the LG 24GM79G display via the FreeSync technology and thus acquire a dynamic refresh rate within 48Hz-144Hz range. As long as your GPU can maintain an FPS (Frames Per Second) between the dynamic range, you won’t encounter any screen stuttering nor tearing.

The FPS rate will also be more stable and input lag reduced. LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) is supported, so even if your FPS drops below the lower-end of the dynamic range, FreeSync will continue working and help out with the performance stutter.

Only FreeSync-compatible cards by AMD can benefit from this technology. You can use the monitor with Nvidia cards too, but you can’t activate the dynamic range. But, FreeSync isn’t the main asset of the LG 24GM79G – it is the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology that draws the most attention to this display.

Motion Blur Reduction Technology

This technology cannot be used simultaneously with FreeSync, so Nvidia users shouldn’t feel like they’re paying for a monitor with a feature they won’t use; though FreeSync doesn’t add to the price anyway, unlike Nvidia G-SYNC.

The 1ms Motion Blur technology works with any graphics card; it strobes the backlight and in turn, delivers a clearer picture and reduces the perceived motion blur and ghosting of the fast-moving objects thus increasing your precision and focus in the fast-paced competitive games.

The backlight strobing technology works at fixed refresh rates only which is why it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync. You can use the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction Technology at 60Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz. However, at 60Hz the backlight is double-strobed resulting in the doubling of the image, so don’t set it below 100Hz.

Once you enable the Motion Blur Reduction technology, the LG 24GM79G image will become less bright and vibrant, so remember to disable it when you’re not gaming.

Features

The LG 24GM79G is distinctly aimed at gamers. Below the bottom bezel of the monitor, you can see five picture presets (FPS 1, FPS 2, RTS, Custom (Game), and Custom) embedded in the hotkeys. These presets feature optimized image settings for the best experience in the corresponding genre.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display), you can easily edit and manage these presets and other settings via the joystick that’s placed below the hotkeys or via the On-Screen Control desktop application. There are advanced color adjustments available including 6-axis color settings and four gamma presets, among other things.

Another useful feature for gaming is Black Stabilizer which increases visibility in dark areas of games by brightening up the image and the details lost in shadows. Additionally, the Screen Split feature allows you to effortlessly split the screen into various different layouts which is convenient for multi-tasking.

Moreover, you can place a custom crosshair on the screen to better your aim in the FPS games.

Design and Connectivity

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The LG 24GM79G 144Hz gaming monitor features a versatile design with 130mm height adjustment, -5°, 35° tilt, 90° rotate/pivot, and 100 x 100 VESA mount compatibility. Its screen is coated with a 3H matte finish which eliminates the sunlight reflection allowing you to focus on the game without straining your eyes.

The base of the monitor also features a matte surface and it’s easily detachable. The bezels aren’t as thin as it’s the case with the rest of modern monitors, but the dark non-glossy chassis is alluring nonetheless.

When it comes to connectivity, there are two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, the headphones jack, and two USB 3.0 ports at the side of the monitor. FreeSync is supported via both HDMI and DisplayPort within 48Hz-144Hz dynamic range.

Price & Similar Monitors

The LG 24GM79G price amounts to $230 at the moment (November 2017). It costs as much as the other entry-level 144Hz gaming monitors such as the BenQ Zowie XL2411, the Acer VG248QE, and the ViewSonic XG2401 yet it comes with the both FreeSync and Motion Blur Reduction technology. Currently, it’s the best 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor for the money.

Conclusion

If you’ve been looking for a 144Hz gaming monitor for competitive gaming, the LG 24GM79G-B offers everything you need at the same price as the other similar displays with fewer features. With the impeccable 1ms response time speed and the other exclusive game-enhancing features the monitor offers, you’ll have no excuses for not topping the scoreboards.

LG 24GM79G Specifications
Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920x1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG); 1ms (MBR)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz, LFC Supported)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x Downstream USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (Static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

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  • RedHoodTwo

    is free sync on hdmi and whats difference with LG 24GM79G-b?

  • Roger Crawford

    FreeSync works over both DisplayPort and HDMI with 48-144Hz range. The ‘-B’ suffix just stands for Black color of the monitor.

  • Kevin Dorland

    How exactly do we turn on DAS? It’s literally nowhere in the OSD =/

  • Roger Crawford

    It should be turned on automatically when you enter a game, or at least when you select a certain gaming picture preset such as FPS, RTS, etc.