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 120 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 that 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.
Motion handling is what sets this monitor apart from the others. 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. Like most IPS panels, this monitor's contrast ratio 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.
This monitor supports HDR, but sadly, 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 want a monitor with a VA panel for dark room gaming, check out the Samsung C27HG70. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but instead, it has a good native contrast ratio. It has an edge-lit dimming feature, but it's not very effective at improving the contrast ratio. It has features most gamers are looking for; a 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility, and extremely low input lag. Its response time at its max refresh rate is excellent, however, it's bad at 60Hz, resulting in motion artifacts. The monitor's 1440p resolution results in fairly clear text, and it's available in both a 27 and 32 inch size, providing you with an immersive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues in dark scenes because it has noticeable backlight bleed. On the upside, it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content.
If you simply want the best FreeSync monitor we've tested, the ASUS is a good choice, but if you game in dark rooms and want a monitor with a VA panel, the Samsung is a great alternative.
The best 1080p FreeSync monitor that 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. Also, gray uniformity is outstanding, so you shouldn't see any dirty screen effect.
Unfortunately, its low contrast ratio makes blacks look grayish in dark rooms, but thankfully, it has pretty decent black uniformity. 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. 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 seen so far.
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, has a Black Frame Insertion feature, and the input lag is really low. However, like its bigger variant, it 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 monitor that will also cost you less, look into the VG259QM.
The LG 27UK650-W is the best FreeSync monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested so far. With its super high 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.
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 4k resolution, it shouldn't be an issue for most people. It has an exceptionally low input lag and remains low even when gaming with 10-bit HDR. Although HDR is supported, this monitor can't display a wide color gamut, and its low HDR peak brightness isn't able to make highlights pop. It has decent reflection handling and good peak brightness, but it may struggle to fight glare in very bright lighting conditions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best ergonomics, as it lacks swivel adjustment and has a narrow tilt range. 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 screen to enjoy the 4k resolution to the fullest, look into the LG 32UD99-W. It has a slower response time than the LG 27UK650-W, but its response time is still good and should please most 4k console gamers. It has a low input lag, and its FreeSync support can drop the refresh rate as low as 40Hz. This monitor is also packed with extra features like built-in speakers, a Picture-by-Picture by mode, and a USB hub. It has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time. If you also want to use this monitor for work, it has an outstanding color gamut with impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. Unfortunately, its IPS panel offers a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark.
Overall, if you're looking for the best FreeSync monitor with a 4k resolution, check out the 27UK650-W, but if you want a bigger screen, look into the 32UD99-W.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is the best FreeSync monitor in the budget category 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. All in all, if you're on a budget, this is the best FreeSync monitor in that price range that we've tested so far.
08/28/2020: Replaced the Acer Nitro XF252Q; removed the BenQ XL2540.
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.