OLED vs IPS Comparison: 3 Months Later

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘OLED vs IPS – 3 Months Later.’ by optimum

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Comparison of Asus OLED and IPS gaming monitors: OLED has better response time, brightness, color accuracy, image quality, and minimal ghosting, while IPS offers higher refresh rate, some ghosting, and smoother gameplay; choice depends on personal preference; OLED is seen as future with potential higher refresh rates; no burn-in observed, but text may be blurry; expensive, consider cheaper alternatives.

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  • The video compares two gaming monitors, one OLED and one IPS, both made by Asus
  • The OLED monitor is 240Hz while the IPS monitor is 360Hz
  • The OLED monitor has slightly better response times and brightness compared to the IPS monitor
  • The color accuracy of the OLED monitor is better out of the box
  • The designs of the monitors are visually different, but the panel and overall experience are similar
  • The OLED monitor provides superior image quality, particularly in terms of contrast and depth
  • The response times of the OLED monitor are virtually instant with minimal ghosting
  • The IPS monitor has a slightly higher response time and some ghosting, although it is still a top-tier gaming monitor
  • Motion blur is present in both monitors, but it is similar and depends on how your eyes track the images
  • At 240Hz, the OLED monitor is preferred for its lower ghosting and better image quality
  • At 360Hz, the IPS monitor is preferred for a smoother experience with extra frames
  • The choice between the monitors depends on personal preference, with the OLED monitor favored for its image quality and the IPS monitor favored for smoother gameplay
  • OLED is seen as the future of gaming monitors, with expectations of higher refresh rates in the future
  • Burn-in is not observed in the monitors after extensive use, but long-term effects are uncertain
  • The OLED monitor's sub-pixel layout can make reading text slightly blurry and may not be ideal for extensive reading and typing
  • Both monitors are expensive, and cheaper alternatives are suggested

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[00:00:00] All right, so here I have two of the best gaming monitors that you can currently buy. Both made by Asus, both are 27 inches, but this one is OLED and this one is IPS. The OLED is also 240Hz, while this one is 360. Now I’ve tested them out pretty extensively, played a bunch of hours on them, and today I just want to share my overall thoughts on them. You know, how they differ, how they kind of feel a little bit different to play on, and also which one I’m going to be using moving forward.

[00:00:37] Now the OLED that I’ve been using mostly is the one that I’ve first reviewed, that’s the LG 27GR95QE, but the one that I’ll be talking about mostly in this video is the new Asus PG27AQ-DM. Basically, it’s the exact same panel, same response times, very similar overshoot, although the Asus is slightly better. The image quality also looks identical to the LG at the same settings, but the new Asus OLED does get noticeably brighter. While the LG tops out at around 210 nits with the new firmware update, the Asus can reach just under 250. Now personally, I didn’t have a huge problem with the brightness on the LG. I found myself using it at about 85 to 90 percent. At the same time, I don’t like gaming on a super bright display, it kind of wears out my eyes really quickly, and my gaming setup is not that bright to be honest. But for those who do want that extra brightness, it is definitely a nice boost from the Asus. That extra 40 nits of brightness is actually pretty noticeable.

[00:01:36] The color accuracy on the Asus is also much better out of the box. The designs are also quite different visually as well, just really depends on what you prefer. But other than that, it’s the same panel, and aside from the brightness and stock colors, it’s basically the same experience. So the Asus is a superior package for this panel. It is the better monitor, mostly because it gets brighter, but it is however slightly more expensive.

[00:01:59] What I really want to talk about today though is OLED versus IPS, specifically these two monitors from Asus right here. And it is a tough decision, like these are extremely top tier gaming monitors. I can see why I’m getting a bunch of questions about them, but they’re both kind of top tier in their own ways.

[00:02:15] And I mean, we’ve got to start off with the OLED’s image quality. And I know I said it in the review of the LG, but it’s only fair that I mention it again. The image that you get out of the OLED is just simply amazing. It’s not even about those deep inky blacks, which you’ve probably heard time and time again. I’d actually say it’s mostly the mid-range in terms of contrast that I enjoy most about the OLED. That’s where you really get the separation, you know, compared to IPS. Like in some areas where the IPS can look muddy or hazy, the OLED looks punchy and more 3D. And yeah, in my opinion, that’s the area of contrast which has the most impact when it comes to gaming, visibility and stuff like that. It has this kind of unfiltered look to it, like you can reach out and grab what you’re seeing. IPS on the other hand, you definitely feel like you’re looking at a screen. Now look, in isolation, the IPS still looks pretty good on its own. And certainly by high refresh rate gaming monitor standards, it’s actually one of the best. But the second you put it next to the OLED, you can really see the difference.

[00:03:15] But now let’s talk about what these monitors actually feel like to play on. You know, how does the difference in ghosting feel? What is the difference like in terms of the refresh rate and the response times? And ultimately, which one just feels the fastest to play on? Now, I like competitive games. Overwatch 2, for example, is just like the only thing that I’ve been playing at the moment. And I’ve got to say, it’s like the perfect game to stress test and test out these displays. And yeah, 360 Hertz IPS versus 240 Hertz OLED, they do feel different.

[00:03:50] So the response times of these monitors are very different. The OLED is virtually instant, 0.1 milliseconds, whereas the IPS sits at around one and a half. Now this value represents how fast the pixels can switch to a new color. This isn’t related to refresh rate or input lag or anything like that. It’s purely how long that pixel transition takes. Here’s a graph basically showing what I mean. This is real data of the PG27AQ1 on the left and the 27AQDM OLED on the right, both switching from black to gray. The OLED switches virtually instantly, whereas the IPS takes 1.5 milliseconds. Again, this is the pixel response time. And as always, faster is better. You can also see that the IPS has quite a bit of overshoot for this particular transition, whereas the OLED has none at all. So that would result in what we know as artifacting or inverse ghosting.

[00:04:47] So zero millisecond response times. What does that mean in practice? Well, the 240 Hertz OLED, because the pixels can switch to a new color virtually instantly, that means you have basically no ghosting at all, like extremely minimal ghosting. That means that every new frame, you’re basically just seeing that new clean frame. You’re not seeing pixels trying to kind of switch color in time from previous frames. In other words, ghosting, which you do actually still see on the IPS, despite that still having a really fast response time of 1.5 milliseconds.

[00:05:18] Really important to note though, zero ghosting does not mean zero motion blur. When we’re talking about ghosting, we’re purely talking about whether there are pixels lagging behind in the current frame. If you were to take a snapshot in time, for example, or record some super high speed footage, could you see previous frames in the current frame? If you can, that’s ghosting. And as you can see in these examples, the 360 Hertz IPS clearly has more ghosting than the 240 Hertz OLED.

[00:05:47] But when we’re talking about motion blur, we’re also additionally talking about how your eyes track and interpret that motion on screen and kind of decipher this series of still images, which is what you’re seeing right now. So for example, think of a perfect OLED panel with zero millisecond response times, but at just 60 Hertz. The monitor would be delivering perfect frames one by one. And effectively, there would be no ghosting. You know, we could take a snapshot in time of any frame

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘OLED vs IPS – 3 Months Later.’ by optimum