LG 24GM79G Review
 
by Lim, July 30, 2017 6:00 pm
 

LG 24GM79G Review: The LG is a 144Hz Gaming Monitor revision of the LG 24GM77G with LFC support, Freesync, and some other small changes.

 

Introduction

Yay! The previous "older" model LG 24GM77G had already been a very good choice when considering a Full HD 144 Hz monitor with Freesync. So the LG 24GM79G, but as all monitors, the LG also has some slight disadvantages to competing monitors in this Freesync tournament. So, is it worth to buy? Yes, definitely. But it also depends on the price in your region. What is new on the LG 24GM279G? 1. Freesync 2. LFC (Low Framerate Compensation Support) 3. A matte foot stand 4. and some slight differences within the OSD. Watch the video review on YouTube to see what's in the new LG monitor.

IMPORTANT(!) Updates and new information about the LG24GM79G can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).

 

Specifications

Panel Type TN
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and aspect ratio 24" Inch
Maximum Resolution 1920x1080 (Full HD)
Pixel density 91,79 (Pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 144 Hz native
Native color depth and color space 6-bit + FRC, 99% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1 ms
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers Yes
Video inputs 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DP 1.2
Audio 3.5mm headphone (out)
USB Hub Yes 2x
Power consumption not specified
Frame width 15 mm
Warranty 1 year
Adjustability Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel
Adaptive Sync Freesync
Free-Sync Range 48-144 Hz + LFC (Low Framerate Consumption)
Contrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm adapter
Curved No
 
 


Alternatives

Alternative 144Hz WQHD (1920x1080) TN monitor to the LG 24GM79G:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the LG 24GM79G-B here: Buy on Amazon


WithFreesync:

Acer XF240H Review soon
Samsung S25HG50 Review / Buy on Amazon
ViewSonic XG2401 Review / Buy on Amazon
Asus MG248Q Review / Buy on Amazon
Iiyama G-Master GB2488HSU-B3 Review / Buy on Amazon

 


YouTube Video Review

 

 
YouTube Video Unboxing

 

 

 
 

Measurement data

Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 

Ufo-Testpictures / Backlight-Scanning / Text-Scrolling / Eiffeltower-Test

 

Review Updates:

1)
Regarding the Horizontal + moving scanlines from bottom to top. Only visible @ uniform mid-bright image content like gray and when looking very close to it (from a distance of approximately 30cm). I wouldn't say necessarily that this is a "real" disadvantage. It's by far not that visible like the scanlines from the CHG70 or the PG348Q for example. It also isn't possible to capture this on camera. These scanlines are not as usual "scanlines", they are like vertical thin "darker" bars traveling from bottom to top.
 
 

Comparison Charts Freesync Tournament

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Samsung S25HG50
421
Asus MG248Q
397
LG 24GM79G
384
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
381
Viewsonic XG2401
381

Maximum contrast x:1
Viewsonic XG2401
1107
LG 24GM79G
1100
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
1065
Samsung S25HG50
924
Asus MG248Q
798

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
LG 24GM79G
0,11
Viewsonic XG2401
0,11
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
0,12
Samsung S25HG50
0,15
Asus MG248Q
0,17

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

Very good image quality out of the box (you have just to set the black equalizer to 0 and gamma mode to your personal preference) "Gamma Mode 3" is recommended
- A Very good price performance (Depending on your location/country)
- Excellent homogeneity (no clouding, no backlight bleed)
- Freesync with a range from 48-144 Hz
- Excellent blacks for a TN panel
- Excellent contrast
- Good gamma settings
- Very good colors for a TN panel
- USB Hub with 2 x USB 3.0 
- Good build quality
- Good foot stand & cable management
- Easy OSD navigation & overview
- Black Equalizer
- Good overall settings
- Flicker-Free


Neutral:

- Backlight Scanning causes ghosting/crosstalk on the upper and lower screen (check the UFO-Test)
- Gamma presets don't has a smooth grayscale but still better than having no gamma settings
- Matte panel coating (Still better than the Asus PG278QR for example)
- Moving vertical lines in mid bright uniform colors

 

Cons:

- A little bit of fewer details in blacks because of the gamma curvature

 

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1    Chris    February 4, 2018 9:44 am
When comparing the LG 24GM79G to the Viewsonic XG2401, this is 5ms GTG response whereas the Viewsonic is 1ms GTG. Is there any difference visually? Must 1ms MBR be on to achieve similar performance?
Answer from Lim's Cave - February 4, 2018 2:11 pm

No, I don't know why LG has stated 5 ms response time (maybe without overdrive settings or for marketing reasons because of the 1 ms blur reduction) many people are simply confused.

2    Bezeball    Sunday, 04 Feb 2018 - 10:21 pm
Hey Lim! I have this monitor with a Nvidia GPU and Windows 10. I did the OSD set up just as you explained. LG's website provides "drivers" for this monitor which is a folder that includes, among other files, an ICC profile (file with .icm extension). Should I install/use this in Windows color management? Also, on Nvidia Control Panel, on the tab "Adjust desktop color settings", should I select "Other aplications control color settings" or "Use NVIDIA settings"? Thank you so much in advance. I've been searching online for an answer but can't make sense of this confusion.
Answer from Lim's Cave - February 5, 2018 9:55 am

You can try to install the ICC profile and check how you like the overall image quality (mostly color temperature and gamma since color accuracy within ICC profiles are not "enabled" on the desktop, only with software which is compatible with ICC profiles and can read them like Photoshop etc.)

Regarding the Nvidia Control Panel, I would use the standard settings and only change Gamma if you cant deal with the LGs gamma curvature (details in blacks) but you should note that the overall image quality will suffer then. According to saturation I wouldn't use this option - So leave everything on standard and use only OSD monitor options to calibrate your own preferred color temperature (Warm, neutral, cool)

3    Chris    February 9, 2018 12:36 am
I just bought this monitor. How did you calibrate it to get 2,2 gamma? Thanks.
Answer from Lim's Cave - March 27, 2018 11:09 pm

Oh mate, I missed your comment.

 

You simply have to choose the "right" gamma settings in the OSD (Gamma Mode 4) and change the gamma within the graphics card settings or simply through windows calibrating. However, the difference between 2.1 and 2.2 is pretty slight + results can also differ a bit in each unit(!)

4    Spyros    March 4, 2018 10:47 am
So if i set the response time to normal i will have 5ms and in order to achieve 1ms do i have to set it to fast? I am a little bit confused. Can you explain?
Answer from Lim's Cave - March 5, 2018 2:19 pm

Just for the understanding: LG is using the same panel as all other manufacturers also are using. ALL TN panels with a stated 1 ms GtG response time will achieve this only when setting overdrive settings to the highest settings. So you will NOT observe any differences when comparing the LG with another TN panel (of course also depending on your individual unit while individual units differ a bit, even in terms of the responsiveness and pixel inversion artifacts etc). LG has stated 5ms probably because of its backlight scanning "1ms blur reduction" feature. Why they did it? We all don't really know :)

5    Julian Magni    March 11, 2018 10:41 pm
I have just bought this monitor, and the horizontal "scan lines" seem really annoying, is there any way to reduce them or eliminating them completely? Thanks
Answer from Lim's Cave - March 12, 2018 10:05 am

No, unfortunately, you cannot remove them. As I also have learned is that the amount of scanlines also differs within each individual unit. My unit was pretty good in terms of scanlines but still with weird moving horizontal scanlines from bottom to top (do you mean these) if so, did you also have tested another DP cable?

6    KindOldRaven    Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 - 2:01 pm
Please note: the horizontal gray scanlines *can* be removed using a custom resolution made with CRU (Custom Resolution Utility). I've tried this on two seperate models of the GM79 and it works. I noticed no change in gamma, contrast or input latency by doing it. I can post a screenshot of the settings to make this work on the forums if needed. It involves setting your refresh rate to a few decimals below 144 or 120 herz (whichever one you're experiences the lines on) and increasing the VTOTAL to 1500. I can't say for sure if this may or may not increase or decrease input latency, but it cannot be felt in any way. Just saying that that's one thing I can't measure from my home.
Answer from Lim's Cave - March 27, 2018 11:07 pm

Thanks KindOldRaven : I also have added this in the LGs forum thread. A Screen for the forums would be awesome for owners of the LG :)

7    Steven    April 5, 2018 3:03 am
Hey lim, I noticed you said freesync instead amd freesync. So does nvidia able to use this feature?
Answer from Lim's Cave - April 5, 2018 8:14 am

No Freesync always is from AMD. If this monitor would offer simply "adaptive sync" then it would work usually.

8    Brendson123    Wednesday, 13 Jun 2018 - 12:44 am
Hey, I have owned a c24fg73 monitor from Samsung but sadly I broke it :( I am looking for a new monitor. Which 1080p 144hz monitor would you really recommend? Should I get maybe this one or the Samsung or maybe something completely different. My budget is about 350 euros but it would be great if the monitor were under 300 euros.
Answer from Lim's Cave - June 13, 2018 11:11 am

If you had the Samsung, you are used to those quantum dot colors so you have to keep in mind that every other 1080p 144hz monitors will be weaker in terms of the colors and image quality. I would suggest you the Viewsonic XG2401 if you want a TN and you do not need backlight strobing. If you need backlight strobing (like "fast" and "faster" on the Samsung) then pick the LG. Just that the Samsungs strobing works a bit better with fewer strobe crosstalk and inverse ghosting. So I would stick to the Samsung or the Viewsonic XG2401 in your case probably (:

9    RK    June 21, 2018 11:12 pm
Hey Lim's Cave.
I am in a situation where I cannot make a choice between the following monitors:
*LG 24GM79G ($300 in my country, 24"FHD)
*AOC G2460PG-2 ($440, 24"FHD, overclockable to 180hz, G-Sync)
*Dell S2417DG ($480, 24"QHD, overclockable to 165hz, G-Sync)
*Dell S2716DG ($580, 27"QHD, 144hz, G-Sync)

I mostly play CS GO, PUBG, and Fortnite, and I watch movies etc on my pc as well.
As I am using an old 60hz monitor with a Nvidia Gefore VGA, I guess any monitor of the above will be so much better but I'm not sure which one would be the most satisfactory choice in performance and price. And about $500 is the max I want to pay.

Which one should I go for?
Please help me select one. Thank you very much for your help:)
Answer from Lim's Cave - June 23, 2018 11:22 am

Hey dud, I already have answered this on YouTube :)

 

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Hey mate. You should note that the Dell monitors have both color banding (https://www.limscave.com/dell-s2716dg comparison IPS dell vs TN dell photos). Between the LG and AOC, it depends if you want/ needs G-Sync and a better backlight strobing on the AOC. 180Hz will probably cause worse blacks + colors (while 120 and 144Hz should be fine). If you play mainly cs go and competitive games, I would maybe pick the Alienware 240Hz panel (cheap and pretty good) (AW2518HF Freesync or AW2518H G-Sync - The Freesync monitor has at least in Germany a very good price around 300€)

10    papakiks    Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - 3:28 pm
Hey Lim I was hoping you could help me choose among the following..

LG 24GM79
Benq XL2411P
ViewSonic XG2402

I really can't find any decent review on the XL2411P.. I really want to get that because it would match my current setup but I'm afraid the screen quality might be bad in terms of colors because all reviews of the XL2411 or XL2411z were like that. I'm hoping that they would have used the same panel for the P version as they did on the XL2430 which according to Rocketjumpninja on YouTube is a better looking monitor and is worth the extra $100 but I'm on a tighter budget so I can't really afford the XL2430
But I really don't know what "good" is since I'm on a Benq 22 inch 60hz monitor right now I just want to upgrade from that to a monitor that is future proof and worth every penny. Hoping for your kind response. Thanks!
Answer from Lim's Cave - July 30, 2018 12:06 am

Hey mate, unfortunately I cannot tell you much about the "p" version of the BenQ, just that I know that the XL2411 is not really recommended in terms of image quality (for CS GO or Overwatch etc it is totally fine) but it has a poor contrast and colors compared to the LG or Viewsonic.  I dunno which monitor Zi from Rocketjumpninja is using tbh. 

 

I would go with the LG if you necessarily want backlight strobing, otherwise the Viewsonic XG01 (since the 02 has more issues from what I have read from other users due to the panel uniformity). 

 

What about the Dell Alienware AW2518HF, how much does it cost in your region? This monitor is pretty cheap (at least in Germany) and probably also worth the extra 30-50€

11    papakiks    Friday, 03 Aug 2018 - 11:16 am
Thank you for your response Lim. I don't think the Viewsonix XG2401 is still available here in my country. The Alienware AW2518HF is about $200 more expensive than the LG Viewsonic or Benq.

I am worried about the issue of horizontal scanlines and crushed blacks. Are those issues highly noticeable in game or would I even notice them?
Answer from Lim's Cave - August 13, 2018 9:31 pm

Depending on how close you are looking for those issues. If you can RMA, then I would suggest you simply to check out the LG. 

 

Personally, scan-lines are something you can get used to pretty fast, AS LONG as you do not use a second monitor where you have a 1:1 comparison consistently. The black crush can be avoided a bit with decent gamma settings. The difference is NOT HUGE when you get one with black crush issues, but they are still there. 

12    David    September 7, 2018 5:36 pm
I’ve read reviews where you don’t get the full 144hz refresh from the hdmi hook up, just the USB. I’m a console gamer and want to hook up my Xbox One X. Is this a great monitor for that or should I look somewhere else? I want to keep the screen at around this size and not move up to a 27” or beyond. Thank you.
Answer from Lim's Cave - October 2, 2018 8:40 pm

Depending on the games you play. For pure singleplayer games, I would personally go with an IPS or VA panel. If the Xbox one X can't handle 120 Hz (?) you can also go with a 60Hz panel of course. For competitive games, TN is a good pick. A cheap alternative is the Samsung CFG70 (or 73) or an 60Hz IPS panel