AOC 24″ G2460PF Gaming Monitor Review
Shiny purchase time! Among the many other reviews we have up I’ll go over this recent offering from AOC.

It’s got all the characteristics of a solid gaming monitor – decent size at 24 inches to support 1920×1080, fantastic 1ms response time and a very respectable 144Hz refresh rate.

A final critical point is that it is one of the few decent monitors in the market with these characteristics that also supports AMD Freesync which is what I’ll go over first.

 

AOC, G2460PF front

 

Freesync

The easiest way to describe what AMD Freesync is would be to first note that all monitors have fixed refresh rates. This is usually recommended to be around 60Hz which is capable of fully supporting the golden standard of 60 FPS.

The problem is that the output of the CPU and GPU in your rig is going to vary depending on how demanding the image that is being rendered on the screen at the time is.

This can cause some problems if there is de-synchronisation between the computer render rate and the monitors refresh rate. Many gamers will be familiar with these effects as it causes very noticeable tearing and stuttering on the screen.

This isn’t usually a game ending problem as almost all PC games except the shoddiest ports will come with a V-sync option that specifically works to minimize tearing and stuttering. The downside is that this can cause its own problems in that you’ll lose frame rates and might find your mouse isn’t as responsive due to the V-sync smoothing over the stuttering and tearing.

So I should probably talk about Freesync then! It’s AMD’s answer to this issue. The TLDR (too long, didn’t read) is that it syncs the frame rates of the monitor and computer together dynamically. The monitor matches the PC and this lets you get the benefit of traditional V-sync without the associated loss of FPS and responsiveness.

You won’t be in tears if you have to use V-sync (so long as your rig is strong enough) but for those who want to make sure they don’t get bottle necked on annoying performance issues due to a separate item like a monitor it’s a good consideration. There aren’t many of these Freesync monitors around which makes this AOC offering a little special.

AOC, G2460PF on

OSD customization

AOC monitors come with a range of menu adjustable settings and this one is no exception. The “I-menu” will let you tweak some monitor settings without having to hit buttons on the actual monitor itself.

I found the monitor buttons reasonably well laid out regardless. They put in some handy shortcuts to some pre made settings like “gamer 1”, “fps” “racing” and so on. These configs have some nifty traits such as the FPS one boosting contrast to let you pick out profiles and shapes in darker areas easier. Handy for getting the drop on twitch heavy games like CS:GO.

A nice last trick to mention is that you can enhance certain sections of the monitor in brightness. Not hugely useful for most people but nice if you have your screen chopped up while chatting or watching a Twitch stream that you want to see clearly.

 

AOC, G2460PF portraitOverall performance

The biggest comparison to make first off is against the 27 inch AOC model. The colors didn’t seem quite as vibrant out of the box but when you are dealing with high quality gaming screens like this its invariably down to tweaking the color and color temperature.

It took a little fiddling with the settings and menu to get the best out but if you’re spending on a gaming monitor specifically you’ll be doing this as standard so I don’t view it as a negative.

A really great feature I can call out in its favor is that there was very little back light bleeding through, especially when compared to the larger 27 inch model. Everything looked very crisp and clean through dark and bright areas.

So it came time to kick on a few current titles to test it out. I tried a range of big hits like Battlefield 4, the latest Crysis as well as some games with darker tones like Left 4 Dead 2.

And it nailed it. All of these were done with V-sync turned off to test out that AMD Freesync while at 1920×1080 native and it killed it. Zero stuttering and tearing on some games that are notorious for having performance issues that commonly cause those problems.

It was a good call using Battlefield 4 as a test for this as it can have some stuttering issues at times and also needs a swift and accurate mouse hand. I didn’t feel any problems with my aim throughout (not that I’m a beast with bolt actions at the best of times anyway!).

I gave some time to also testing the angles out. It has to be said that you need to be set up fully head on to this screen to get the best out of it, but that applies to so many high end monitors out there that I don’t feel this should persuade you against considering it.

AOC, G2460PF portsInput lag

As I mentioned above I gave the screen a fair thrashing with some very twitch heavy FPS games. It seemed to perform just fine through these which has to be down to the Freesync technology – again this was with V-sync turned off at all times.

The fact that it was handling well across a range of games at native resolution with high graphics settings has to speak for itself as to how good Freesync is. I have to hand it to AMD here for bringing out a novel feature that actually seems to work.

Final verdict

I love it. For a monitor that comes in at around $250 with a decent size it performed so smoothly I forgot I was reviewing it at times.

If you’re the type who just can’t handle the thought of ticking that v-sync box when it comes to your finicky games then I really can’t recommend it enough. Freesync seems to actually work and the colors are fantastic.

The preloaded settings seemed to be well tailored instead of gimmicky and the extra features like the I-menu and section brightness are good fun and quite unique.

Overall a solid 24 inch with a core feature that will be of use to someone who plays games that need a high level of mouse accuracy.

Good job AOC!

 


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