Ultrawide monitors offer an alternative to triple monitors or VR headsets for sim racers that are looking up to upgrade their sim rigs from a single standard widescreen monitor to something that will increase the race performance.
The best ultrawide monitors for simracing are:
These monitors all have a few things in common.
- Minimum 100Hz Refresh Rate
- 1440p or greater resolution
- Minimal response time
In my opinion, if you are going to spend the money on the advantages of a widescreen, don’t lose other features that are needed in the process. Features like high refresh rates and resolution, and low response times are highly desirable in a sim racing ultrawide monitor.
I would honestly take a regular widescreen monitor with these features than an ultrawide without them.
Keep that in mind if you choose to purchase something that isn’t on this list. Make sure they have the above-mentioned features and you will be on the right path to a good monitor.
The debate between ultrawide and triple monitors is a strong one with many pros and cons for both. I wrote another article on that very subject if you’re having a difficult time making a decision that I highly recommend you check it out.
With all that said, lets have a quick look at some of the stand out specs of each of the recommended monitors.
1. Samsung Business CH890 34″
Don’t mind the ‘Business’ label, the Samsung Business CH890 will do a great job for all your gaming needs. It ticks all the boxes that we’re looking for in a good sim racing ultrawide monitor including:
- 1440p Resolution
- 100Hz Refresh rate
- 4ms Response time
Ideally I would prefer to have a 144Hz refresh rate but at the price that this monitor is going for, I’m willing to forgo the higher refresh rate.
There isn’t really anything that is a super standout for this monitor to be perfectly honest, but it’s a really good middle of the pack monitor that does an excellent job and is priced really well for what you’re getting out of it.
2. LG 34GN850-B 34″
I really like the LG 34GN850-B, and it would probably be my pick of monitors as a good middle ground between the super cheap and the ultra expensive ultrawides.
A quick look at the specs reveals that it’s exactly what we’re looking for in a good sim racing monitors.
- 144Hz Refresh Rate
- 1440p Resolution
- 1ms Response time
On top of those fantastic specs, the monitor also offers G-Sync which means your racers will potentially be even more silky smooth than on monitors without them. A really great bonus to have and something that I would really like to have on any monitors that I purchase in the future.
You will usually end up paying a bit more for monitors that have G-Sync(or Freesync… more on that later) but it’s something that you should really consider if you can afford the extra for a monitor with this feature.
Overall this is a super nice monitor on paper with really great reviews. Priced slightly higher than a lot of other ultrawides but nothing outrageous or something that would surprise me for an ultrawide (unlike some of the other monitors to come…)
3. LG 38GL950G-B 38″
The big brother of the LG 34GN850-B, the LG 38GL950G-B comes with some increased specs but with a drastically increased price tag. I’d only suggest you look at this monitor if you’ve got money to spend.
Price aside, lets have a look at the specs
- 3840 x 1600 Resolution
- 144Hz refresh rate (With 200Hz possible via overclocking)
- 1ms Refresh Rate
Don’t get me wrong, this is a fantastic monitor with incredible specs but personally, the price tag keeps me well away from this monitor.
Now, if price wasn’t an issue and I could have my pick of any ultrawide to run on my rig, then this would be the one. Small enough to still fit on my rig in the area that I have it, yet also some really impressive specs. The extra resolution is a really nice bonus as well.
4. AOC CU34G2X 34″
Finally, an ultrawide that isn’t in the $1000 range. The AOC CU34G2X is the ‘budget’ monitor on this list but it still provides all the specs (and more) that we are looking for and for half the price of some of the other ultrawides that are out there.
- 1440p Resolution
- 144Hz Refresh Rate
- 1ms Response Time
If you’re looking to spend closer to the $500 mark rather than the $1000 mark, then this is the monitor for you. Honestly a really impressive ultrawide considering how much it cost. I really like.
5. Samsung CHG90 49″
The Samsung CHG90 by far the largest monitor on the list and one of the largest ultrawides currently available on the market.
- 5120 x 1440 resolution
- 4ms response time
- 120Hz refresh rate.
It’s large, it’s obnoxious, it’s expensive… and I love it.
The specs might not be quite as good as the LG 38GL950G-B but you’re getting and extra 10″ of screen real estate. It will be a personal choice if that’s worth more to you than the increase in refresh rate, and lower response times.
One thing to consider when purchasing this monitor is the size of it. It’s really wide. With all ultrawides you will obviously have to think about having enough space, but for this one that is particularly important.
Personally, I don’t have the room to be able to run this monitor on my rig in its current location so it’s not an option for me. Double check to make sure that you’ve got the room for this monitor because, as I said, it’s really wide.
If you are looking for something that is just a good all-round monitor without making too much of a dent in your bank account then I would be looking at the AOC CU34G2X 34″.
If you’re going to do more research on other available monitors just remember to look for a few key things:
- High refresh rate (100Hz minimum)
- Higher Resolution (greater than 1080p)
- Low Response Times (Ideally 1ms, but up to 5ms can be fine)
And, as a bonus I really like my sim racing monitors to have either G-Sync of Freesync available on them in order to get as smooth of a racer with as few noticeable frame stutters as possible.
One thing to consider when moving from a single widescreen to an ultrawide is the capabilities of your computer. If you’re already pushing the limits of your computer on a regular widescreen monitor then adding a widescreen to the mix may potentially put too much strain on your computer and you may lose frames.