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 210 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. Both models have the same native resolution, so the larger model has a lower pixel density and a slightly softer image. 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. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology natively and is certified as NVIDIA 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. The aggressive curve helps compensate for that by bringing the sides of the screen back within your field of view. It's a great choice for casual and serious gamers alike and is 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 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 relatively low native resolution, it's an excellent gaming monitor with an outstanding response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a fast refresh rate, with an optional overclock if you want the absolute best gaming experience. It also has incredibly low input lag, but only at the maximum refresh rate.
It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing, and it's also certified to work with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode. 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, meaning 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 can be attributed to panel differences. It also has a fantastic response time that stays excellent even at 60Hz, a black frame insertion feature, and the input lag is really low. 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 Gigabyte M32U. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with a superb response time at both the max refresh rate and 60Hz, ensuring a smooth gaming experience with little blur from any source. It also has fantastic low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR), but it also works with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, although it's not certified to.
It's also one of the few monitors on the market that supports HDMI 2.1, making it an excellent choice for console gamers, as it can take full advantage of most of what the Sony PS5 and Xbox Series S|X have to offer, including 4k @ 120Hz gaming. The 32 inch 4k screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience, and it has superb text clarity.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the M32U doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio. This results in blacks that look gray in the dark. It has a local dimming feature to improve it, but unfortunately, it's terrible and ineffective at improving contrast. Overall, though, it's an excellent monitor that should please most gamers.
If you want something larger, check out the LG OLED48C1. This is a TV that we tested as a monitor, so it has a few different features than the Gigabyte M32U. 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 turns 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 risk 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 Gigabyte, 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.
Oct 15, 2021: Replaced the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx with the Gigabyte M32U, as it's a bit better and much cheaper. Verified our other picks for availability and refreshed the text.
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.
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.