Gaming monitors have evolved over recent years. The advent of variable refresh rate technologies has drastically improved the gaming experience. There are two main competing VRR technologies: AMD's FreeSync, and Nvidia's G-Sync technology. For VRR to work, your monitor has to match the capabilities of your graphics card, and unfortunately, no monitors or GPUs are compatible with both technologies. If you have an NVIDIA card, you will need a G-Sync monitor to get the most out of it. Check also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors.
We've reviewed 10 G-Sync monitors so far, and below are our picks for the 5 best ones.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is the best G-Sync monitor that we have tested so far. This versatile, 1440p IPS monitor is excellent for gaming, with low input lag, a fast 144 Hz refresh rate, and an extremely fast response time. It supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology over DisplayPort and has an excellent wide VRR range, so you are always getting a perfect, tear-free gaming experience even in the most graphically demanding scenes.
This monitor has a somewhat simpler design compared to many high-end gaming monitors. It looks great in most rooms and works well even in a more professional setting. The stand has great ergonomics, and can easily be placed in the ideal viewing position.
Unfortunately, the ROG Swift PG279Q isn't the best in a dark room, as blacks look gray and there is some noticeable flashlighting and clouding. Overall, it is a great monitor, even for uses other than gaming, and it should please most people.
If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide G-Sync monitor that we have reviewed so far. It is a good monitor for mixed usage and a great gaming monitor. It has a great design, and looks nice in any setting, including an office.
It has an excellent 100 Hz refresh rate that can easily be overclocked to 120 Hz. It has an excellent, fast response time that delivers smooth motion with very little blur. The 3440x1440, curved screen delivers a truly immersive gaming and multimedia experience, and G-Sync support means every frame is tear-free.
Like most IPS monitors, the Dell AW3418DW isn't great for a dark room. The contrast ratio is insufficient, and blacks look gray in a dark room. It also has poor black uniformity, with noticeable flashlighting and clouding all over the screen. Overall though, it is a good monitor for almost any usage and should please most people.
If you like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but want to save a bit of money, get the ASUS PG348Q. Both monitors are very similar, but the PG348Q has a subtler curve and is slightly brighter. The AW3418DW is a bit better for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate and slightly less input lag. The PG348Q also has internal speakers, great if you want a clean desk and don't need the best sound.
If you want a great gaming monitor with G-Sync support, but don't want to spend too much, the Dell S2417DG is the best budget G-Sync monitor. It is a great monitor, with an extremely fast 144 Hz refresh rate. The 24", 1440p screen delivers a crystal clear image that looks great.
It has an excellent response time, extremely low input lag, and an adjustable backlight flicker that can improve motion blur. Like most Dells, it has an excellent stand and simple design that looks great in any situation.
Unfortunately, the Dell S2417DG is limited by the TN panel, which like other IPS gaming monitors, isn't great in a dark room. Unlike IPS monitors though, it doesn't have great viewing angles and is best enjoyed from directly in front. Because of these issues, it isn't as versatile as the Dell AW3418DW or the ASUS ROG PG279Q.
If you like the Dell S2417DG, but want a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2716DG. It is a very similar model, but isn't as bright and has slightly worse black uniformity. It is an equally good gaming monitor, with the same excellent fast response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, and wide G-Sync range. The larger screen means the pixel density is a bit lower, so the image isn't quite as sharp, but it still delivers a great experience that pretty much everyone should enjoy.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best G-Sync monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.