RGB Vs BGR Subpixel Layout (Answered)

If you have ever done some research to find out which monitor you need to buy, the question of RBG vs BGR might have popped up. Many people are wondering which one is best and which one they should buy. However, you might not even notice the differences when you are using your monitor if you don’t understand them.

The main difference between RGB vs BGR refers to the way the subpixels are arranged for the colors blue, green, and red. RGB monitors are arranged in blue, green, and red order. However, BGR is arranged in the opposite layout with red, green, and blue being in this order. However, it does not have any effect on the vibrancy of the color or the accuracy.

When buying a new monitor, chances are that the manufacturer might not even let you know the subpixel layout they are currently using and this would be frustrating for many people. However, only real monitor enthusiasts care about how these subpixel layouts are arranged.

What Are The Differences Between RGB and BGR Subpixel Layouts?

The main area where RGB and BGR affect your monitor is when you are dealing with color-sensitive work. The BGR display might create a fuzzy image, which could be irritating to the eyes. It might even cause some straining on your eyes, which could stop you from working for longer hours if need be.

From what we have noticed, the issue is not as common on high-end monitors and no matter what you do, it might not be visible to the user. Low pixel density on Windows displays might make the issue easier to spot. However, this is due to the anti-aliasing subpixel system, which is often on display on Windows devices.

Since you cannot see this with the naked eye, you might need to use your camera and zoom in with the device to find out whether it is RGB or BGR. Gamers will not notice the difference unless the game is highly color sensitive. 

From what we could find only older monitors still use the BGR pixel layout and many of the newer or modern versions will use the RGB subpixel layout, which does not create any strain and should be efficient for most buyers.

As mentioned, you might need to do some research behind the scenes to ensure that you could effectively deal with the issue and find the right one if this is important to your performance or work.


BGR vs RGB displays is not something many people bring up. However, it could make a difference to the strain on your eyes. If you don’t work with color-sensitive work, you don’t need to worry about these subpixel layouts. However, we would love to read your comments on which one you prefer.

This article was last updated on October 24, 2022 .

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