AOC G2460PG Monitor Review
It’s been a while since I have looked at a 24″ monitor, as I myself tend to use 27″ inch monitors and above both for Gaming and for work. But this isn’t just a 24″ monitor and it’s not just a 24″ monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate either. The AOC G2460PG is a 24″ (1920×1080) Gaming monitor with a 144Hz Refresh Rate equipped with Nividia’s G-Sync technology. In addition to this the G2460PG’s TN based panel features an 1ms Response Time.
The AOC G2460PG arrived at pcG in a smart box covered with a good looking scene from Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag and is apparently ‘Developed for awesomeness’!. In the bottom left corner AOC highlights the following features: G-Syns & 3D Vision, 1ms GtG Response Time, 144Hz Refresh Rate, Dialpoint, Adjustable Stand and DisplayPort.
The front and the back of the box are the same, but the side of the box carries a warning – ‘* Nvidia Graphics and Display Port connection required for G-SYNC capability, please refer to www.nvidia.com for more information’.
Opening the top flap of the AOC G2460PG box shows that the instructions for assembling and adjusting the monitor and the box contents have been printed on the inside of the opposing flap, very sensible (as long as you spot it of course!).
As you can see from the images above the AOC G2460PG came well packaged, with the panel itself well protected within hard polystyrene foam.
courtesy of AOC
|Monitor Size||24 Inch|
|Visible Screen Size||531.36 x 298.89|
|Brightness||350 cd/m2 (type)|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||80M:1|
|Response time||1 ms|
|SCANNING FREQUENCY||Scanning Frequency||H=30~160KHz (DVI) / 30~83KHz (other),V=50~146Hz (DVI) / 50~76Hz (other)|
|Recommended Resolution||1920 x 1080@60Hz|
|SIGNAL INPUT||Analogue Input: D-Sub||
|Digital Input: DVI / HDMI||
– / –
|Display Port Input||
|POWER||Power Source||100 – 240V 50/60Hz|
|OTHER FEATURES||Plug & Play||
|OSD Languages||AOC 2K11 OSD/ English, French , Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Polish ,Czech, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese, Japanese|
|Regulations||Energystar 6, TCO 6, EPEAT Gold, TUV-GS, CE, FCC, EAC, Rohs compliant|
|Other Features||iCare, i-Menu, e-Saver, Screen+|
First impressions of the AOC G2460PG are very good, the panel looks good with its green accent strip across the bottom of the panel and the panel sits nicely on the stand and has plenty of movement. Let’s take a closer look…
The front panel’s bezel seems to have, what can only be described as a brushed metal surface, that appears to be very dark grey in colour. It looks good and adds a splash of bling to the panel’s bezel, this is somewhat bolstered by the Nvidia G-SYNC logo in the top left corner. Green of course, to match the strip that runs across the bottom of the panel. In the top right corner is the model number, nicely subdued thanks to its light greY (faded) colour. Centrally we find a smart looking, silver AOC logo.
Looking at the back of the panel we see the main arm, pre-attached to the VESA mount, supporting tilt but no swivel. Looking at the image below right we can also see that brushed metal surface effect in the centre of the rear of the panel, also the smart G-Sync logo in the top right.
The base for the stand is a simple circular affair with a weighted base. Forward of centre we find the main mounting point for the arm itself.
Just slot the arm into the recess and secure by way of a single thumb screw. The plastic panel on the base can be rotated to hide the thumb screw once assembled. It’s a simple yet very effective design, and assembly is complete within one minute.
The stand is height adjustable and at it lowest setting the panel site approximately 50mm from your desk surface. At its maximum height the panel sits approximately 185mm from the desk surface.
INPUTS & OUTPUTS
There’s really not that many ports on the AOC G2460PG, in fact there’s only one input and that’s DisplayPort. This is of course due to the fact that this is really the only port to support G-Sync and 144Hz, and as that’s why you bought the monitor why would AOC supply any other ports that don’t support this functionality, I guess that must have been their thinking… 😉
Looking at the front bottom right of the panel we can see the main controls. The front panel seems to only want to highlight two of these, Dialpoint (more on this later) and ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur), why these two I have no idea!?
Looking from underneath (where the buttons actually are) we can see (looking at the image below right) the button on the far left is the main power button. Then there’s the main menu button followed by the two menu up/down buttons followed by the Dialpoint button. This rather strange feature allows a Crosshair to be centred on the screen, and there’s various types to choose from. None of which I liked, a gimmick I would say…
As you can see from the image below, the AOC G2460PG is a pretty nice (bad word I know!) looking Gaming monitor, it can even be rotated into portrait mode!? 😉
Overall the out of the box first impressions of the AOC G2460PG are very good, the monitor looks good, it ticks all the right boxes in terms of specifications and features; all we now need to do is take a look at how it performs in Game…
The AOC G2460PG was tested using our Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software. No additional screen calibration software was used, all of the default modes were tested and then the screen was calibrated by hand and eye to the best of my ability.
To help in the evaluation of the monitor we will also be using a Gigabyte GEFORCE GTX Titan Black card. Mainly because our normal test card is an AMD R9 290X but to drive this baby we are going to need all the horsepower we can lay our hands on… 😉
During the review I used the following Benchmarks and Games to help in the evaluation of the monitor.
While the AOC G2460PG may have a similar instant on feature to the Asus Swift, it’s not quite as good, as AOC have a splash screen that shows for the first 3-5 seconds, which kind of hides what’s really going on. I like the instant on, and if the splash screen is getting in the way I would rather see it removed.
Once on though I was greeted with a nice vibrant, colourful and bright Windows desktop. Initial impressions were good although I would say that the image was suffering a little from what I would like to call the Samsung effect (too much colour/too much brightness; but looks awesome!).
Sharpness and clarity of the 1920×1080 TN panel was spot and after some basic testing with various coloured screens, no dead/stuck pixels were found. After a bit of tweaking (and there’s not much to tweak!), mainly Brightness and Contrast I was at an image I was more than happy with. It may not have been 99% Adobe sRGB complaint but it was till pretty damn good and perfect for Gaming.
But this monitor is not really all about image quality per se, it’s about response times, refresh rates and a complete lack of tearing and stutter thanks to that Nvidia G-Sync module in the back of the monitor. Of course to get this to work you will also need an Nvidia Graphics Card…
If you have ever suffered from or been sensitive to tearing and GPU stuttering then this is the section that you’ll want to read (of course you’ll want to read all of the others too!). As this is what this monitor is geared up to do courtesy of Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The first question is does it work? The best answer that I can give to that is, hell yes! And of course I have said this before, when reviewing the Asus Swift G-Sync monitor, but yet again the end result here is the same. Playing Games on a G-Sync monitor is awesome, and it’s just one of those things that you have to do before you’ll gain any real appreciation for how smooth it is. It seems that we have just (for years) accepted a little bit of tearing and stutter here and there and we’ve become immune to it over time! But put two monitors side by side, one with G-Sync and one without and it’s like chalk and cheese the G-Sync monitor is as smooth as butter in comparison. If you think G-Sync has one me over then you’re right… 😉
But not only do we have G-Sync but we also have a Refresh Rate of up to 144Hz, so as long as you have the horsepower to drive it (we would suggest a Nvidia 970 as the minimum), then you can see all of those frames synced with your monitor 144 times a second. Now that’s smooth!
To top it off not only do we have G-Sync and a 144Hz panel, but the panel also features a 1ms Response Time too. The end result is a super smooth image with no sign of ghosting or lag. The AOC G2460PG is easily the best 24″ Gaming Monitor I have tested…
We have seen Nvidia’s G-Sync technology before when we tested it on a 27″ 2560×1440 144Hz monitor, but we had concerns over the horsepower needed to make the most of its 144Hz Refresh Rate. Well, the AOC G2460PG answers that concern…
The AOC G2460PG came to pcG well packaged in a smart box, adorned with Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, although the game is not supplied which would have been a nice touch. Once out of the box, I was quick to like the monitors design with its brushed gunmetal grey bezel and its green (Nvidia) accents. The monitor was easy to assemble and setup with the stand supporting both height adjustment and tilt, but sadly no swivel. The monitor can also be positioned into a portrait mode too, although I can’t see many Gamers using this…
Once powered up the monitor comes on quickly, although only to an AOC splash screen, with the main Windows image appearing around 4 seconds later; it’s quick but we have seen quicker. The out of the box image was good, but there was a little too much colour and brightness for my liking. Taking a look at the control panel (OSD) which is a little fiddly, also reveals how few settings there are to play with on the G2460PG. This may be a blessing for some, and I confess I rather like it too, with just a Contrast, Brightness and Colour settings on offer, but I found a few tweaks here and there allowed me to get to a picture I was more than happy with.
Of course the main feature here is the G-Sync panel with its 144Hz Refresh Rate and its 1ms Response Time. And it is good, really good! With only a basic HD (1920×1080) resolution the AOC 2460G can be driven hard with anything above and including a GTX 970, making use of those 144 synchronized frames every second. The end result is an in-game image that’s smother that a cashmere cod-piece and that is smooth! 😉
Overall I have really enjoyed my time with the AOC G2460PG G-Sync monitor it may not be 99% Adobe sRGB complaint, but it is a damn good Gaming monitor that’s for sure…
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