Whether you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox owner, FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) 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 tested over 190 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.
The best FreeSync gaming monitor that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. This excellent gaming model is available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size, so you can choose whichever suits you best, and we tested the 32 inch model. Its ergonomics are reasonably good as it can rotate to portrait mode despite its curved screen, which is rare. It can produce deep blacks thanks to its VA panel's high contrast ratio, making it a fantastic choice for gaming in the dark.
It has exceptional motion handling. It has an incredibly quick response time and a 240Hz refresh rate, resulting in a remarkably smooth and responsive gaming experience. It has an optional black frame insertion feature that can improve motion clarity; however, it isn't usable while variable refresh rate is active. Regarding its VRR, it supports FreeSync natively and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. It supports HDR, but the overall experience is just okay because it doesn't get bright enough, and its edge-lit local dimming is awful.
Unfortunately, like most VA panels, it has sub-par viewing angles that make the image look washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for sharing content or playing co-op games. There are two USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices, and there's a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once. Overall, it's a great choice for casual and serious gamers alike and also the best FreeSync monitor that we've tested.
If you prefer a monitor with wide viewing angles, then check out the Gigabyte M27Q. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it uses an IPS panel with great viewing angles, which means images remain accurate when viewing from the side. The downside is that it comes at the cost of a lower contrast ratio, so it isn't ideal for dark rooms. Gaming-wise, it has a lower refresh rate of 170Hz, but it's still enough to provide a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It has an incredibly fast response time, so motion looks smooth, and the input lag is very low, even with VRR enabled. One thing to note about this monitor is its BGR subpixel layout, which doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications, which you can read more about here.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for gaming due to its higher refresh rate. However, if you need wide viewing angles and don't mind compromising just a bit on performance, then go with the Gigabyte.
The best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. Although it has a fairly humble 1080p resolution, it's an excellent gaming model with an overclockable 280Hz refresh rate. Combined with an exceptionally low input lag, it 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. It has a low input lag that significantly increases when playing at 60Hz, making it less suitable for console gaming. It 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. Lastly, gray uniformity is outstanding, so you shouldn't see any dirty screen effect.
Unfortunately, its low contrast ratio makes blacks look gray in dark rooms, but thankfully, it has pretty decent black uniformity. In terms of HDR, it can deliver a very decent experience. It can 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. On the upside, it has a USB 3.0 port, so you can charge your mobile devices while gaming. Overall, this is the best FreeSync monitor with a 1080p resolution that we've tested.
If you don't need a 27 inch monitor or simply want a higher pixel density for a 1080p screen, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's a smaller variant than the ASUS VG279QM, so it offers similar overall performance, and any differences between them can be attributed to panel differences. The VG259QM also has a fantastic response time that stays excellent even at 60Hz, a black frame insertion feature, and the input lag is really low. However, like its bigger variant, the input lag dramatically increases at 60Hz, so it's not suggested for console gaming. It has an IPS panel, so as expected, it has wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. It supports HDR10, but it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content, and it can't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR.
Overall, the VG279QM is the best FreeSync monitor with a 1080p resolution we've tested, but if you don't mind a smaller screen that will also cost you less, look into the VG259QM.
The best FreeSync monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx. Its stand-out feature is the two HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing you to play 4k games up to 120Hz from either an HDMI 2.1 graphics card or from the next-gen consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
If you want to game over a DisplayPort connection, you can reach the monitor's max refresh rate of 144Hz using Display Stream Compression. It has an incredible response time at its max refresh rate, and it's great at 60Hz too, but there's some noticeable ghosting that's caused by overshoot. Input lag is really low for a responsive gaming experience. It performs best in bright environments because it has good peak brightness and good reflection handling. It also has wide viewing angles and outstanding ergonomics in case you want to use it for co-op gaming.
Sadly, because it has an IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. There's a local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and doesn't improve picture quality in dark scenes at all. Even though it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, it can't deliver a true HDR experience because of the mediocre contrast and low HDR peak brightness. On the plus side, it has a healthy selection of inputs, including a USB hub with a USB-C input. All things considered, it's the best FreeSync monitor in the 4k category.
If you want something larger, then check out the LG OLED48C1. This is a TV that we tested as a monitor, so it has a few different features than the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx. It doesn't have an ergonomic stand, and text clarity isn't as good because the pixel density is lower. However, the LG uses an OLED panel that can turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It has a max 120Hz refresh rate which you can reach over its HDMI 2.1 inputs, and it has a near-instant response time with low input lag. It has a few more features than most monitors like a built-in smart system, Dolby Vision support, and decent speakers, but it doesn't have a DisplayPort connection. Unfortunately, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, so we suggest using it to watch varied content to avoid this.
If you're in the market for the best FreeSync monitor with a 4k resolution, you can't go wrong with the Acer, but if you want something larger with better overall picture quality, then check out the LG.
The best FreeSync monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. This simple yet excellent gaming monitor comes in a compact 24 inch size, so it doesn't take up too much space. It has a flat screen with wide viewing angles, and the stand allows for all manner of adjustments, great for sharing content or playing co-op games. Visibility is good in bright lighting conditions, but it isn't well-suited for dark rooms due to the IPS panel's low contrast ratio.
It has an exceptional response time and a 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock up to 165Hz, resulting in incredibly smooth motion. In addition to its native FreeSync support, it's compatible with G-SYNC to minimize screen tearing. It has a black frame insertion feature that can improve motion clarity; however, it isn't usable while VRR is active and only works within a narrow frequency range. Input lag is remarkably low and remains low even with HDR enabled.
There's HDR support, but like most budget monitors, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for a true HDR experience. You can add a virtual crosshair or frame rate counter on the screen, and on top of having a flicker-free backlight, there's a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, although it isn't the most feature-rich, its amazing gaming performance should please most people nonetheless.
Jul 19, 2021: Replaced the LG 27GN950-B with the Acer Nitro XV282K for consistency; replaced the LG CX with the newer LG C1; updated Notable Mentions.
Apr 20, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD to Notable Mentions.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced ASUS TUF VG27AQ with Gigabyte M27Q, replaced ViewSonic XG2402 with Acer Nitro XF243Y.
Dec 21, 2020: Removed Samsung C27HG70 and LG 27UK650-W. Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and LG 27GN950-B.
Oct 27, 2020: Replaced the LG 32UD99-W with the LG 48 CX OLED.
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 our reviews of monitors with native FreeSync support. 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.