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 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 1% of all analyzed Rainbow Six Siege are still using a 60 Hz monitor, with 240Hz being the most used refresh rate. Rainbow Six Siege pros were a bit slower to adopt the 240Hz panels but these days we see the same as with our other analyzed games: 240 frames per second is the way to go, and 144Hz is the minimum competitive standard.
Over 99% 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 92%) of pros are using the standard 1920x1080 resolution, meaning that a high resolution or ultrawide monitor isn't necessary for competitive gaming. In fact, pros often use a lower resolution in order to gain frames.
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 piece 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 XL2546 / XL 2540
We counted the XL2546 and the XL2540 together as the only difference between the two is that one (XL2546) comes with DyAc while the other does not.
One of the best out there
The XL2540 and 2546 are among the best gaming monitors at this point in time if you're asking us. As far as functionality and design goes they're the same, but the big difference is that the 2546 comes equipped with the ability to enable DyAc while the 2540 does not.
It's Zowie's philosphy to put most of their time and budget into developing a competitive gamer-focused product instead of marketing or crazy RGB lights that don't really serve a purpose for pro gamers and we love the company for that. The XL2546 comes packed with features that can help you improve your game: from the aforementioned DyAc to Black eQualizer and the ability to tweak the color vibrance on your monitor itself: the XL2546 is a great gaming monitor and it's no surprise that it's so well represented across pretty much all of our analuzed games.
The monitor doesn't only come equipped with a variety of handy internal features: Zowie have also thought about your comfort and ease of use. Included in the package you get two privacy shields that can be used to minimize distractions or glare when gaming, for example. Granted, not a lot of people will actually use those shields but it is a nice reminder of how Zowie tries to think of everything.
More proof of that statement can be found on the stand: the monitor is of course fully adjustable but the stand features markings everywhere so that you can always set up your monitor at the perfect height and angle regardless of who has been messing with it.
The S-Switch is also fantastic. This little puck isn't only there to (greatly) enhance your experience navigating the OSD but it also stores your settings so that you just need to bring your personal S-Switch, plug it in, and get to gaming on your personal display settings should you ever go to a tournament or a friend's house to play.
All in all the XL2546 is one of the best dedicated gaming monitors you can get right now, and it should be one of the first ones you take a look at if you're planning on buying a high refresh rate monitor.
If you decide to go for this monitor it can be a good idea to check out Zowie's recommended Rainbow Six monitor settings here.
2. ASUS VG248QE
The entry level monitor
The ASUS VG248QE is a monitor that always gets mentioned when you're looking for entry level 144Hz monitors, and that's for a reason.
Just like Zowie's XL2411 (which is the other 'standard entry level monitor') 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: 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
The VG248QE is a bit of an older model at this point in time, so if you're in the market for an entry level monitor it can be quite possible to snipe this one at a very favorable price. We get a lot of questions on the differences between the VG248QE and the Zowie XL2411 line but 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.
3. Alienware AW2518H
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.
4. ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
We counted the PG258Q and the XG258Q together since they're pretty much the same monitor. The PG258Q is G-Sync compatible while the XG258Q is a FreeSync monitor.
Top shelf performance
The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is one of ASUS' flagship models, and that's something that you can immediately spot when you lay eyes upon it.
With the razor thin bezels it's already quite an eye catcher but the stand (complete with a customizable projected logo below the monitor) will make sure that it turns heads. Those heads won't have turned for no reason, as this G-Sync compatible monitor packs a 240Hz refresh rate coupled with a response time of 1ms, making it an absolute beast of a gaming display.
All the features you could want
A lot of monitors on this list offer a 240Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time, so ASUS added some extras to make the PG258Q stand out from the pack. Aside from the design (which definitely does help with that) you also get exciting features such as a high contrast settings (which allows you to see enemies in dark spots better) and the ability to set the color vibration on the display itself.
You can also display timers on your screen, draw a crosshair on the monitor, turn on low blue light (for those late night gaming sessions) and the fully adjustable stand will ensure you're gaming at comfy angles. All things considered this is one of the better 240Hz monitors you can get right now if you want to go all out.
5. AOC AG251FZ
AOC isn't the most well known brand out there but their products have been making some waves. We first saw them pop up in the CS:GO scene and now they've also made their way to the pro Rainbow Six: Siege world so there must be something great about the AG251FZ.
The 251FZ has the usual 240Hz refresh rate combined with a 1ms response time but this monitor also supports FreeSync for that smooth gaming experience.
Like most respectable top of the line gaming monitors AOC has packed theirs with a bunch of features meant to make your life as a gamer easier. With their Shadow Control you can make darker areas in the game a bit lighter without overexposing bright areas, for example. That's great to help you weed out those corner campers.
With a fully adjustable stand, audio ports, USB ports, and a headphone hanger this is definitely made to be considered as the ultimate battlestation monitor, and there are without a doubt plenty of arguments that support the AG251FZ's spot in this article.
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.
We hope that this helped, but if you have any questions you can obviously reach out to us on Twitter, Discord, or comment on one of our relevant articles. We read everything.
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