Oled vs LCD (LED) 32" or more

It’s 60 hrtz but locking my frames at 60 is just fine with me

New Egg has been getting a bad reputation of late, and I don’t trust online only shipping for something fragile like a monitor because no telling how the final mile delivery driver is going to treat it. I don’t mind shopping BB, but I would recommend a local brick and mortar store if at all possible.

On the question of what to get, I’m not a fan at all of OLED for the burn in risks. My phone is OLED and burned in despite all the precautions. My monitor is an IPS LCD, but I have bias lighting on the back to increase perceived contrast. Local dimming is also making its way to monitors, which can rival OLED when done right. I haven’t explored this for a monitor, but my tv is a VA LCD panel with awesome local dimming.

Which Monitor did you go for? if the Alienware AW3423DWF can you feedback as I might be interested on this

I did settle on the oled AW3423DWF. The graphics look great BUT. I have not got it set up properly yet. I will probably download any new drivers and go back to square 1 as I lowered the settings in MSFS to get rid of a slight stutter and it didn’t help so MSFS settings are not my issue. I’m not much on nividia settings. I kinda thought with the 4090 I could just run everything wide slam open.

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The burn in risk is less with this monitor but I still pay close attention to that. I got mine from Best Buy (brick & mortar). I don’t even know what local dimming is but I do know it’s hard to beat the picture. Now I just need to go back to basics and get it set up properly.

Local dimming is instead of a single light source projected from the edge of the LCD monitor, it’s an array of small LED’s arranged across the entire panel that are able to be independently controlled based on brightness of the scene in front of them. The quality of the type of backlighting can vary, but good ones still give OLED like “inky blacks” without much loss of image quality. The biggest issue with local dimming is the potential for halos in heavily contrasted scenes, but it’s generally not a problem unless reading white text on a pure black background.

edit Don’t know why the formatting was thrown off. Apparently the forum software doesn’t handle manual quote formatting like every other forum I’ve used.

“Once OLED you never go back”

Make sure to invest in a good oled panel. Very cheap ones can have defects “similar” to lcd’s backlight bleeding at low luminance. I mean not all but the quality control is less effectively done and a few “defective” units could make it to the final line.

In any case the burn-in is less than probable with new panels, due to panel-care features.
Although it is recommended to follow a few practices when owning an OLED panel for pc.

Solid black wallpaper, hidden taskbar and desktop icons, 2 min solid black screensaver and when possible full screen windows. The last one is not that necessary.

At the beginning you could miss colorful wallpapers, but imho that pure blackness tricking you into thinking that the screen is off, it’s very cool.
A few days of adaptation were more than enough.

Other than that, when using it for what is made for… wow. The colors and that contrast when watching movies or gaming… never went back.

There are good mini-led LCD panels, but there are for sure not cheap atm, and as other said they have a few disadvantages compared to OLED in contrast terms.

Also, I’d go for tv oled panels, since they can usually reproduce Dolby Vision or HDR 10+, or both. Windows cannot, but any other hdmi source can natively reproduce those HDR formats.

If you can’t go OLED, go QLED. Best investment you’ll ever make.


I’ve just started considering a monitor upgrade, and that model has popped up on searches a few times. Out of interest what GPU are you using? I’m on an RTX 2070 and don’t really want to upgrade. Also how is the monitor performing in terms of blacks and colour artifacts? I’ve seen a couple of comments that have been critical of that, but don’t know if we’re talking about dud units perhaps. Thanks in advance.

I went with the 34" Oled (Alienware). it’s a really nice monitor and it looks great BUT, not sure it is worth double the price of an LED.

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Cheers for that, as per other comment on OLED vs QLED I happen to have a 55" QLED TV, (not for sim use) and it is fantastic, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that tech at all.

Right now what I’m trying to determine is what size/resolution my RTX 2070 GPU can drive satisfactorily.

I have an LED-LCD-based monitor, and the local dimming is definitely noticeable in some scenarios – put a bright enough mouse cursor against a black background and you can watch the dimming zones light up as you move the mouse around, reducing the contrast as the black level increases near the cursor – but I fly daytime so don’t tend to encounter it in the sim. :wink:

Might affect night lighting more though, where you have a dark background but a lot of small bright point light sources… Any experiences in OLED vs LCD sets in HDR on night lighting?

A GPU has specs for what resolution it can deliver.

Size does not matter.
As in, I have never seen a GPU spec sheet that dictates what size
of display the GPU can drive.

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As you may remember, I have that same monitor. I’ve noticed a significant increase in (over) exposure of white levels (like clouds) when I go from external view to internal view of the HondaJet cockpit, which has very dark surfaces.

I played around with local dimming a bit and it seemed to improve. Not perfect yet, but I’ll continue messing with it.

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In all honesty I’m unsure how to take your reply on this one as it comes across somewhat RTFM. Apologies if that’s not your intention though. I did say I was trying to determine what my GPU may deliver satisfactorily in the context of monitor size, and it’s not an area I am that knowledgeable on.

Whilst that is a somewhat subjective scenario, there are surely limits as to what can be achieved to give a good result, and equally there must be point beyond which it’s not possible to get good output that anyone would agree is poor - so for example I may expect good results on a 24" panel, but could I expect that same level of quality on a 49"? I suspect not.

I’m trying to get my head around the various factors and constraints as I’d like to move to a wide monitor for better immersion. I’ve started to lock FPS to 30 via Nvidia CP and believe there’s improved MSFS smoothness that isn’t detrimental at all, but I’m uncertain if that limit would free resources to allow, say a 3440x1440. What I have come across is a reference to the RTX 2070 max resolution via DP rated at 7680 x 4320 @120 Hz but can’t relate that to how well it would work out for real.

I fly on a 65 inch 4K HDR/Dolby TV and the GPU doesn’t care.

Now, I have an Intel A770 GPU.
I was using a Nvidia GTX 1660 TI.

Quality will be dependent on the specs of the GPU and monitor.

Size does not matter.

Hello everyone,

just digging up this topic again as I need to buy a new PC monitor. My specs are 7800x3d, RTX4090 and 64 GB DDR5-6000.

My old monitor was a 32" 4k 60Hz Monitor as part of the Acer Predator line. It was actually fine as I use NVIDIA frame limiter anyway for the sake of smoothness, reducing power consumption of my gpu and - arguably - I do not value 120 fps more than 60fps when playing MSFS…

Since that monitor passed away last week I need a replacement and curious about buying my first time OLED and potentially upgrade from 32" to 42". I do not look for any curved, ultrawide whatsoever.

After reading and viewing various reviews and tests I narrowed it down to the below 3 monitors. However, since these reviews all relate to high fps gaming when they look how the monitors perform I was wondering whether these are also adequate for MSFS which I do play at much lower fps or whether there is any other downside in such setup…

  • PHILIPS Evnia 42M2N8900


Go big or go home. 110" 4K UHD

I have a 65" 4K HDR 60 Hz TV and it displays FS2020 perfectly.
The graphics, colors and details, are great.
You don’t need anything faster than 60 Hz for FS2020.

Buy what you can afford but don’t overbuy what you will not need
for FS2020.
Gaming is different.

I agree with @MSFSRonS.
I have a 55" 4K Hisense U7 TV, running at 120 Hz, with the frame rate set in MSFS to 33% (i.e. 40 FPS.)
Like MSFSRonS, the graphics, colors and details, are excellent.

If you just want a monitor for MSFS, consider purchasing a TV. They are much less expensive than a PC monitor & (IMO) provide better value for your money, plus using any cash savings towards a higher end GPU or CPU would be a better investment.