Whether you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One owner, FreeSync support is a must when choosing a new gaming display. Thankfully, FreeSync monitors have drastically come down in price and are available for any budget, and thanks to recent software updates, FreeSync is even supported on recent NVIDIA graphics cards. From basic 1080p gaming displays to the most advanced 4k monitors with HDR, there is something for every use. Most of our top picks are great for any use, as most people don't use their monitor just for gaming.
We've reviewed over 110 monitors, and below are our picks for the best FreeSync monitors available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, and the best curved monitors. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice or the best gaming keyboards.
The best FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. This is a 27-inch monitor that sports an IPS panel, with a 1440p resolution and native FreeSync support. It has a good build quality and the stand has excellent ergonomics, allowing you to easily adjust the monitor to your preferred viewing position. It handles reflections decently well and it has a good peak brightness, but it might not be enough to combat glare in very bright lighting conditions.
Like most IPS panels, the contrast ratio on this monitor is just mediocre, so blacks tend to look more grayish in dark environments. Luckily, this same IPS panel provides great viewing angles, which is a big plus for those who like to play co-op games. And speaking of gaming, motion handling is what sets this monitor apart. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked up to 165Hz, and its excellent response time results in very little motion blur. In addition to its native FreeSync support, it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well. It also has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce the appearance of motion blur, which can be used even if you have VRR enabled.
This monitor supports HDR; however, the performance is pretty limited due to its mediocre HDR peak brightness. Input lag is superb, as is expected of most gaming monitors, and the backlight is flicker-free. Unfortunately, the response time is significantly slower when playing at 60Hz, so it's not the best option for console gaming. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor that strikes a good balance between a sharp resolution and a high refresh rate.
If you like to game in a dark room, the Samsung CHG70 might be a better choice than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It has worse ergonomics and worse viewing angles than the ASUS, but it has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room, due to its VA panel. The Samsung also has a higher native resolution, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games.
Overall, although the ASUS is the best FreeSync gaming monitor for most people and has better viewing angles, if you like to play in a dark room, the Samsung might be a better choice.
The best 1080p FreeSync monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279QM. Although this monitor has a fairly humble 1080p resolution, what makes it an excellent gaming monitor is its 280Hz refresh rate. Combined with an exceptionally low input lag, this monitor provides an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience to satisfy even the most hardcore gamers. It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing, and it has been certified to be compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Unfortunately, its input lag is significantly higher when playing at 60Hz, making it less suitable for console gaming.
This monitor has an impressive build quality and its ergonomics are excellent. Its viewing angles are great thanks to its IPS panel, and it gets bright enough for use even in well-lit environments. That said, its reflection handling is just decent, so it's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Its low contrast ratio makes blacks look grayish in dark rooms, but thankfully, it has pretty decent black uniformity and there's not much backlight bleed. Gray uniformity is outstanding, so you shouldn't see any dirty screen effect.
In terms of HDR, this monitor can deliver a very decent experience. It's able to bring out small highlights in games, especially if you're gaming in a darker environment, but it doesn't get bright enough for HDR movies. The backlight is flicker-free, which can help reduce eye strain on those long gaming sessions, and it has a USB 3.0 port, so you can charge your mobile devices. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor for those who prioritize motion handling over a sharp resolution.
If you're looking for a 1080p FreeSync monitor on a tighter budget, then go with the Acer Nitro XF252Q. Its viewing angles aren't as good as the ASUS VG279QM since it uses a TN panel; however, this monitor can still deliver a great gaming experience with its 240Hz refresh rate, superb response time, and incredibly low input lag. Unfortunately, its contrast ratio is quite disappointing and the black uniformity is terrible, so it isn't well-suited for dark rooms. Also, its refresh rate is significantly slower when playing at 60Hz, making it a poor choice for console gamers.
If you're looking for the best 1080p FreeSync monitor, the ASUS is a better choice; otherwise, the Acer is a great alternative for those on a budget, as long as you don't mind a few compromises.
The LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. With its Ultra HD resolution and large 27-inch screen, this monitor can provide an immersive gaming experience for those who are into atmospheric games and RPGs. Text looks sharp, images are incredibly detailed, and there's enough screen real estate to make it a great option for getting some work done on the side. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best ergonomics, as it lacks swivel adjustment and its tilt range is quite narrow. It has decent reflection handling and good peak brightness, but it may struggle to fight glare in very bright lighting conditions.
Unfortunately, while this monitor has a fast response time and FreeSync support, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. However, given how difficult it is to achieve a high frame rate at this resolution, it shouldn't be an issue for most people. It has an exceptionally low input lag and it remains low even when gaming with 10-bit HDR. And on the subject of HDR, although it's supported, this monitor can't display a wide color gamut and its low HDR peak brightness isn't able to make highlights pop.
As is expected of most IPS panels, this monitor has a mediocre contrast ratio. Furthermore, there's a lot of clouding and visible backlight bleed that can be quite distracting when viewing in a dark room. On the bright side, it has excellent gray uniformity, a flicker-free backlight, and its thin bezels make it a good option for multi-monitor setups. On the whole, this is a versatile monitor that's well-suited for gaming and productivity.
If you want a bigger monitor with similar performance, the LG 32UD99-W is a good choice. The viewing angles aren't as wide as the LG 27UK650-W, but it's able to display a wide color gamut, so it's a better choice for watching HDR content. The smaller LG also has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, which is great news if you're looking for a monitor to edit photos or videos with. Although it's not designed to be a gaming monitor, the input lag is still incredibly low and the response time is good.
Unfortunately, the reflection handling is disappointing and the contrast ratio is mediocre. If you're looking for the best 4k FreeSync monitor we've tested so far, then look into the 27UK650-W. If you want something bigger with a wide color gamut, consider the 32UD99-W.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It's a 24-inch monitor with a 1080p resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and native FreeSync support. It has a good build quality despite its budget price, and the stand has good ergonomics, allowing you to adjust the monitor to your optimal viewing position. Unfortunately, its TN panel has a poor contrast ratio and there's a lot of clouding throughout the screen, making it a poor choice for dark room gaming.
As expected, this TN panel is superb when it comes to motion handling. Its response time is exceptional, so there's almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and along with its native FreeSync support, it's also G-SYNC compatible. There's no HDR support, but you do get integrated speakers and a generous selection of ports, including two USB 3.0 ports.
Viewing angles are passable, but nothing to write home about, and although it has great reflection handling, it can't get bright enough to fight glare in well-lit environments. On the upside, its response time and input lag are just as good when playing at 60Hz, making it a good choice for console gaming.
If you want a higher refresh rate, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It doesn't have accurate colors like the ViewSonic XG2402, but if you're willing to lose some picture quality for a better gaming experience, the BenQ supports a refresh rate range from 20Hz to 240Hz. The input lag is incredibly low, the response time is amazing so motion has very little blur trail, and there's also a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Unfortunately, with a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, the TN panel can't produce deep blacks, so dark room gaming won't look good on this monitor.
If you're looking for the best FreeSync monitor in the budget category, consider the ViewSonic, but if you prefer a higher refresh rate, check out the BenQ.
06/30/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced ASUS TUF VG279Q with ASUS VG279QM.
01/08/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ instead of the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.
11/04/2019: Changed the article structure, added the LG 27GL850.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best FreeSync 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.