AOC G2590FX Review – A Monitor for Competitive Gamers!

If you are a somewhat competitive gamer, you understand the importance of having a fast response time to in-game events. A vital part of this is having a fast monitor that can reproduce with fidelity the movement of characters on your screen.

You will find that you can achieve this performance without breaking the bank and purchasing a fast 240Hz monitor. Indeed, most gamers will find the sweet spot to be a budget-friendly 1080p, 144Hz, 1ms response time monitor like the AOC G2590FX.

The competition is high in this segment of the market but the reason the AOC G2590FX monitor deserves some attention is because of its price point and the overall performance and features of this monitor.

After using the AOC G2590FX as my main monitor for competitive games like CS:GO, Valorant, and Apex Legends here is a quick review of why this monitor might interest you as well!

Base Specs

To figure out quickly if the AOC G2590FX gaming monitor is a good fit for you, you need to look at the base specs this monitor has.

The AOC G2590FX is a 24.5 inch, 1920×1080, 144Hz, 1ms, TN panel monitor with a peak brightness of 400 nits. This simple sentence should already hint to you if this type of monitor is what you are looking for.

aoc g2590fx off front view

Overall the monitor is fully tuned for gaming. You have a fast TN panel with a high refresh rate and a good size to pixel ratio for sharp images in games. This monitor will definitely not be the best for productivity work (mostly because of the TN panel), but as mentioned above the main design ideas of the AOC G2590FX lie elsewhere.

Build Quality

The AOC G2590FX gaming monitor has an all-plastic build which looks pretty sturdy. The monitor has red accents which although not overbearing, definitely hint towards a gamer aesthetic.

The bezels are nice and thin therefore creating the impression that the monitor is bigger than it actually is.

The stand of the monitor is not very impressive with only the tilt capability but honestly, for 200$ you can’t really expect much in terms of flexibility. In the worst-case scenario, you can simply turn the monitor itself a bit which is not a big deal for most people.

aoc g2590fx a bit swivel

Screen Capabilities

The biggest reason you would be interested in the AOC G2590FX gaming monitor is of course the fact that it sports a 144Hz refresh rate, which makes it optimal for FPS gaming.

Besides this fact, the AOC G2590FX uses a fairly popular TN AU Optronics panel with decent 400 nits brightness and good enough viewing angles and color accuracy.

aoc g2590fx on front view

As mentioned before this monitor is definitely catering towards gaming and professional workloads will be hard to deal with. For a more professional approach, you should definitely look at VA or IPS panels which offer better color fidelity and contrast ratios.

The AOC G2590FX TN panel has 96% sRGB accuracy and 170/160 º viewing angles. This means that in practice you have to look straight at the monitor otherwise you can clearly see the colors and brightness shifting.

aoc g2590fx on side view

The 1920×1080 resolution is perfect for the AOC G2590FX since it offers good pixel density for the 24.5-inch monitor and it also is not too demanding on the PC hardware allowing most people to maintain a stable 144FPS/Hz experience.

Gaming Capabilities

Since we keep talking about gaming, how does the AOC G2590FX monitor fare in its natural habitat?

Well, as expected the 144Hz makes your gaming experience smooth and the input lag is minimal at around 3-4ms depending on the testing methods. The monitor also boasts a 1ms response time, but as with every other monitor tested so far this is an exaggeration.

The only way to truly get a 1ms response time is to crank up the overdrive on the monitor to the maximum which leads to ghosting and halos, effectively making everything blurry and resulting in an unplayable experience.

It would be nice if manufacturers would stop including borderline fake claims in their marketing efforts and be more clear about the capabilities of their hardware.

As mentioned before, playing eSports titles like CS:GO or Valorant on the AOC G2590FX is a pleasure since you get a fast, blur-free motion experience allowing you to tap heads like there is no tomorrow!

Overall though, the AOC G2590FX is an impressive piece of technology that enables you to experience smooth and responsive gameplay because of its technical capabilities.

Extra Features

The AOC G2590FX surprisingly also comes equipped with Premium Free-Sync and G-Sync capabilities. What this means is that more casual players that prefer a smoother tear-free experience over the absolute lowest possible input lag will also find the AOC G2590FX an extremely compelling offer.

The Adaptive-Sync range on the AOC G2590FX is 30-144Hz/FPS, which means that if you are anywhere in that range the image on your screen will still be tear-free. Obviously, for the best experience, you will want to ensure that your PC can maintain a stable 144Hz/FPS.

If you are new to Adaptive-Sync tech you need to know that you will need to cap your FPS -3 below max Hz and also enable V-Sync in your Nvidia Panel. There are many reasons for this (which take a lot of time to explain) but for a quick guide on the best settings, you can click here.

Something weird I have noticed while I used this monitor (about 2 years) is the fact that when Adaptive-Sync is off in OSD settings, the panel acts weird sometimes. Even though the refresh rate is still at 144Hz the image felt choppy.

This was usually fixed by simply unplugging the monitor or restarting it.

I have also had a similar issue when the monitor went to sleep while having the Adaptive-Sync active. On wake-up, the screen looked fine but of fast movement, you could see a lot of ghosting and weird artifacting.

This was once again easily fixed by a quick monitor restart and disabling the setting in the power options of Windows.

Although it seems the monitor has some quirks, (or perhaps this was my copy only) overall the Adaptive-Sync experience is flawless if your computer can keep the 141 FPS cap stable, resulting in a lot of happy gamer moments.

Pricing & Conclusions

The conclusion for the AOC G2590FX gaming monitor is quite simple – this is a very good competitive gaming monitor that has extra features like Adaptive-Sync available to you. The refresh rate is high, the input lag is low, and the response time is blazing fast.

There is nothing else a gamer can want from a monitor that usually costs around 200$/€. The best part is that this monitor is widely available everywhere and can most likely be bought in your local stores so you can start gaming with lighting fast reactions right now!

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8.0
Review Summary

The AOC G2590FX is a great budget monitor for competitive gamers that want a fast refresh rate, low input lag, and extremely low response times. It even comes equipped with a very competent Adaptive-Sync feature that will also enable you to play your games while experiencing a buttery smooth image.

  • Response Times/Input Lag 9.0
  • Build Quality 6.0
  • Features 8.0

Pros:

  • Highly responsive monitor
  • The inclusion of the Adaptive-Sync technology
  • Very good price for the overall performance of the monitor

Cons:

  • All plastic build
  • Tilt-only stand
  • Some quirks that can be resolved with a quick restart

About The Author

Chris Bulgac

Chris is a passionate gamer, streamer and PC tech enthusiast. The PC peripheral market has a special place in his heart, as there are few enthusiast-grade products that he has not tried, and even fewer products he has not researched already. Overall, Chris is a BIG nerd and he is absolutely proud of it!

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