Whether you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One S/X 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 85 monitors, and below are our picks for the best FreeSync monitors available for purchase in 2020. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, the best gaming monitor size, 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.
The best FreeSync monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It has a decent overall picture quality, wide viewing angles that favor co-op gaming, and supports HDR for the latest games. It has exceptional ergonomics and its stand allows you to place it comfortably with ease. It has an outstanding gaming performance thanks to its extremely low input lag and very fast response time that delivers crisp motion with almost no blur. Its native refresh rate is 165Hz and it supports a wide FreeSync variable refresh rate range that delivers nearly tear-free gaming good enough for the most demanding gamers.
Unfortunately, just like most IPS monitors, it can't display deep blacks in a dark room, so it's not the best choice for those who often game at night.
Overall, this is an impressive FreeSync monitor that will keep most gamers happy.
If you like to game in a dark room, the Samsung CHG70 might be a better choice than the ASUS 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. 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 ASUS VG279Q is the best 1080p FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers decent picture quality, with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has a great design with outstanding ergonomics, making it very easy to place it in an ideal viewing position or share your screen with other people.
This monitor delivers outstanding gaming performance. It has an incredibly fast response time that delivers clear motion, with very little blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a wide FreeSync refresh rate range and fast 144Hz refresh rate, great for even the most demanding gamers. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It also has a limited 1080p resolution that may be disappointing to some users. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor with an excellent gaming performance that should please most people.
If you find the ASUS VG279Q expensive and want a FreeSync gaming monitor that won't break the bank, get the Acer Nitro XF252Q. It's slightly smaller and doesn't have support for HDR, and its TN panel can't maintain an accurate image when viewed from the side. On the upside, it has a very low input lag, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a very wide FreeSync variable refresh rate range that delivers nearly tear-free gaming. The response time is excellent and motion looks crisp with almost no blur.
The best 1080p FreeSync monitor for most people is the ASUS, but for those that want to save some cash and only care about gaming, the Acer is a good alternative.
If you prefer a higher resolution screen, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It's a very good 27 inch monitor that delivers good picture quality, with wide viewing angles and great peak brightness.
Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and excellent motion handling. The 4k resolution delivers a greater level of detail in your favorite games, but this comes at the cost of a lower refresh rate. This monitor supports FreeSync, with a great range over HDMI and DisplayPort. This is great for PC or Xbox One gaming.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience, as it can't display a wide color gamut and has limited HDR brightness. Overall, this is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.
If you want something a bit bigger than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the LG 32UD99-W. It's significantly more expensive than the smaller LG, but it's a bit more feature-packed. It has a built-in USB hub, so you can connect your peripherals to the monitor. It also has a USB-C port with USB-C power delivery, so you can charge your device while using the screen, with only a single cable going back to your computer.
Although the 27UK650-W is the best 4k FreeSync monitor we've tested so far, if you want something bigger with more features, the 32UD99-W is a good, but much more expensive alternative.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best budget FreeSync monitor that we've tested so far. It has an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort. Unlike many FreeSync monitors, it has the same excellent FreeSync range regardless of your choice of connector. When the action gets too intense and your frame rate drops, it uses LFC to compensate, ensuring you always get a smooth, tear-free gaming experience.
Unfortunately, the TN panel used in this monitor has its own set of flaws. Like IPS panels, it doesn't perform that well in a dark room and the image degrades at an angle, which can also be an issue if you're sitting too close.
Overall, it's a decent monitor with impressive gaming features, and it's available at a very low price.
If you want the absolute fastest refresh rate, check out the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It has an incredible 240Hz refresh rate that delivers outstanding motion performance with very little motion blur. It also has outstanding low input lag and a very wide FreeSync range that ensures a nearly tear-free experience. There's a significant price difference between the BenQ and the ViewSonic XG2402, and most computers aren't able to hit the frame rates necessary to take advantage of the BenQ's higher refresh rate.
The ViewSonic is a better choice for most people, but if you have a high-end graphics card that can consistently hit high frame rates, the BenQ is a great alternative.
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.
01/08/2020 Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ instead of the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD and made minor changes to structure and text to reflect the changes.
11/04/2019: Changed the article structure, added the LG 27GL850, and updated the text.