Best Monitor for Rainbow Six Siege – The Ultimate Guide
Getting your gear up to scratch should be a priority for anyone who wants to play games at any competitive level, and this perhaps goes double for a monitor. A couple of years ago you could easily coast by with a regular 60 Hz display, but these days getting a higher refresh rate monitor for competitive FPS gaming is almost a necessity.
These high refresh rate gaming panels can cost a pretty penny though, so it’s important that you get yourself something that suits your setup and budget. To help you decide on your next purchase we’ve been taking a look at what the pros are using and we’ve distilled that knowledge into this list that you see right here. We’ll go over the five most used displays in the Rainbow Six Siege pro scene and give you a brief rundown of each individual product so that you can make an informed decision after reading this article.
What makes a monitor good for Rainbow Six Siege?
It’s no secret that a high refresh rate monitor offers you a myriad of advantages over a regular 60 Hz panel, so it’s absolutely unsurprising to see that less than 3% of all analyzed Rainbow Six Siege are still using a 60 Hz monitor. What is surprising is that R6S pros are a bit slower to upgrade to 240 Hz monitors than most pros in other games that we analyze. At this point in time just over 20% of pros are using a panel capable of displaying 240 frames per second. Compared to some other games that’s on the lower side.
Just as with other games 144 Hz is the minimum competitive standard, however. Just over 96% of pros are using a monitor that’s capable of displaying at least 144 frames per second. This number is more or less the same in every game that we analyze, so there’s no doubt that making the jump to a high refresh rate panel is worth it.
Seeing as you want to prioritize smoothness (i.e. framerate) over graphical fidelity we also see that the vast majority (around 98%) of pros are using the standard 1920×1080 resolution, meaning that a high resolution or ultrawide monitor isn’t necessary for competitive gaming.
In short: you’ll want a fast monitor. Curved or ultrawide displays look great for productivity, media consumption, and singleplayer experiences but they’re wholly unnecessary for competitive gaming (and the required extra processing power might even have a negative impact on your performance, depending on the power of your PC) so if you want to get the best and smoothest experience possible we recommend a refresh rate of at least 144 frames per second.
The Zowie zone
Based on pro usage statistics we can see that you’ll want a fast panel, but your monitor doesn’t need any other ‘fancy bells and whistles’ such as a higher resolution or a curved display and what not. Zowie is a company that’s dedicated to making straightforward gaming products that are aimed at competitive gamers, so it’s perhaps not surprising that their monitors are so well-liked within the community.
Over half of our analyzed professionals have a Zowie on their desk, making them the undisputed monitor monarchs of the pro Rainbow Six Siege scene.
After Zowie we see that ASUS has managed to carve out a quarter of the pie for themselves, but after that it’s a bit of a free for all. Acer, Alienware, and AOC are fighting for the proverbial scraps, as you can see. This obviously doesn’t mean that those brands are subpar or somehow less worthy; they all produce great products, we’re just analyzing what the pros are using here.
Most used manufacturers
1. Zowie XL2411P
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An inexpensive icon that’s constantly improving
It’s perhaps a bit weird to call a monitor an ‘icon’ but if there is such a thing in the gaming monitor scene then it’s the BenQ Zowie XL2411(P). This line of monitors has been around for years and years and it’s always been a commonly recommended product; at first as a top of the line gaming monitor and now as one of the best budget high refresh rate monitors.
This 2411P is the newest iteration of this monitor. One of the big improvements over earlier versions is that you now have the ability to tweak the color vibrance on the monitor itself. That’s handy, because a lot of pros like to change the color vibrance to be brighter and more colorful so that it’s easier to distinguish enemies and so on. Some modern games (Rainbow Six Siege isn’t as guilty of this as some others, but still) go for a really ‘flat’ color profile to get that more raw and realistic look, but that can cause objects (and players) in the world to blend into each other so this isn’t a gimmicky addition in any way.
Built for gamers
Most (if not all) high refresh rate monitors are aimed towards gamers, but Zowie are famous for making products that hit the mark exactly when it comes to including features and design elements that competitive gamers actually want, and it’s no different with the XL2411. It’s not the flashiest looking monitor on the market (in fact it wouldn’t look amiss in a regular office) but it packs everything you’d want out of a budget 144 Hz display.
The response time of 1ms is exactly what you need with a gaming panel, and the display itself is fully adjustable so that you can set it at exactly the right angle. It also has Zowie’s Black eQualizer, a low blue light function for those late night gaming sessions, and BenQ’s flicker free technology to reduce eye strain.
This is one of the best monitors to look at if you’re looking for an entry level 144Hz monitor made for competitive gaming.
2. ASUS VG248QE
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That older entry level monitor
The ASUS VG248QE is that other monitor that always gets mentioned when you’re looking for entry level 144Hz monitors, and that’s for a reason.
Just like the XL2411 it’s a simple and straight to the point monitor that doesn’t mess around with fancy features that can drive the price up. The VG248QE does show its age a bit, though. You only need to look at the ‘3D’ logo on the stand to know that this monitor was designed some years ago when people still cared about 3D gaming.
That doesn’t mean that it’s somehow not worth considering, though. It has a 1ms response time, fully adjustable stand, and it comes with ASUS’ GamePlus functionality. This allows you to draw extras such as a crosshair directly on your screen so that you always know where you’re aiming even if you’re noscoping. This won’t be as handy for everyone, but it’s a cool inclusion nonetheless.
Considering price and functions
Since this VG248QE and the BenQ XL2411(P) are so similar in design and functions it can be quite hard to see the forest for the trees and decide on what monitor is best for you.
The VG248QE is a bit of an older model at this point in time, so if you’re deciding between this and the XL2411P we would recommend you to go for the latter since that does offer a bunch of very useful features over the VG248QE and it’s seen a couple of years of improvements and tweaks.
Between older 2411 models and this ASUS entry level panel the difference is very minimal, so we recommend you to look at the ports and features first but also consider the price in your region.
Most used monitors
3. Zowie XL2430
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The need for speed
If you’re asking us (and the pros, if we can go by our stats across all games) then 240 Hz monitors are the way forward for competitive gamers. This XL2430 is the perfect entry point for people who want to experience these lightning fast panels. Much like other Zowie products it doesn’t focus on flashy aesthetics or fancy (but useless) features that can drive the price up.
The XL2430 is one of Zowie’s entry level 240Hz displays, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a worthy monitor. It has full S-Switch support, for starters. This means that you can create your own settings, store them on your S-Switch, and then take your switch with you and plug it into any S-Switch compatible monitor to play at your own personal display settings. This is a great idea if you’re asking us, and while it might not be as useful if you’re only going to be using the one monitor at home you will find that it makes navigating the OSD an absolute breeze, so it has multiple advantages.
Fully outfitted to give you the advantage
The XL2430’s stand has a bunch of markers on it so that you can write down (or remember) your personal setup in case you’re sharing the monitor with a spouse, brother, or teammate. That’s a small detail but it’s a testament to Zowie’s dedication to competitive gamers regardless. The XL2430 comes with (almost) all of Zowie’s gaming features too. You get the Black eQualizer, the ability to tweak color vibrance on the display itself, a low blue light function, and Zowie’s flicker free technology.
Combine all of these features with the 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time and it’s not hard to figure out why this monitor has made it to this list. It’s one of the best candidates if you’re considering 240Hz gaming and you’re on a bit of a budget or you don’t need flashy designs and features.
4. Zowie XL2546
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One of the best out there
The XL2546 is one of the best gaming monitors out there at this point in time if you’re asking us. As far as functionality and design goes it’s pretty similar to the XL2430, but the big difference is that the 2546 comes equipped with the ability to enable DyAc while the 2430 does not.
As you can see on the right this one also comes with privacy shields to prevent distractions. That’s obviously not gonna be handy for the vast majority of users (though we imagine there could be something to be said for using these on a stage) but aside from that it’s functionally the same as the XL2430.
Whether or not the inclusion of DyAc is worth the price premium over other XL monitors by Zowie will depend on your personal opinion, but rest assured that DyAc does work and isn’t some sort of gimmick. It’s not a massive game changer though, so if you’re not really bothered by a tiny bit of blur you could consider other Zowie monitors.
5. Alienware AW2518H
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The G-Sync option
If you really want to go all out (and want visitors to know you’ve gone all out) there’s always the Alienware AW2518H. It’s definitely one of the more eye catching monitors of the bunch but luckily it’s not all looks and no substance.
Aside from the 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time it also supports G-Sync and ULMB so if you’re someone who absolutely hates screen tearing and blur this is a great option. It’s the only G-Sync compatible monitor in this article too, so if that’s your jam then you should take a look at the AW2518H.
It has a completely adjustable stand, ultra thin bezels and it even has LED strips at the back for that extra 5% performance boost. That last part was obviously a joke, but if you care about aesthetics and/or love RGB lighting this is a pretty nice bonus.
Also available with FreeSync
This H version is the G-Sync version of the AW2518, but there’s also a (slightly cheaper) FreeSync version on the market called the AW2518HF so you can get that tech of your choice.
All in all the AW2518H is a great choice for a ‘fully decked out’ monitor but it’s also one of the best options if you really want to go all out and get yourself a multi-monitor setup due to the super thin bezels.
Conclusion: the best monitor for Rainbow Six Siege
It’s obvious: you need a refresh rate of at least 144 Hertz. This isn’t just a ‘quality of life’ improvement either; these higher refresh rates can and will help you hit your shots with more accuracy. Aside from that you’ve got a lot of options, though. This list has everything from entry level 144Hz monitors to fully decked out 240Hz beasts complete with G-Sync and LED backlighting so we’re quite confident that there’s something here for everyone, regardless of budget and PC.
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