Gaming monitors have evolved over recent years. The advent of variable refresh rate technologies has drastically improved the gaming experience. There are two main competing VRR technologies: AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. For the best VRR experience, your monitor should match the capabilities of your graphics card. Even though NVIDIA now supports Adaptive Sync with FreeSync monitors, they don't perform as well as native G-SYNC monitors. Learn more about NVIDIA's new G-SYNC compatible monitors here.
We've reviewed over 95 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy in 2020. Check also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best curved gaming monitors. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice.
The best G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. With support for a wide range of refresh rates, this is a fantastic gaming monitor. It also has an incredibly low input lag when G-SYNC is enabled and the amazing response time ensures there's little motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
As is the case with most IPS panels, its horizontal viewing angle is superb and the vertical viewing angle is also decent. Unfortunately, the viewing angles come at the cost of a good contrast ratio, which is unremarkable on this monitor. However, it's still one of the best native contrasts that we've tested on an IPS panel so far.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR gaming, but has good SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling to combat glare in bright rooms. Overall, this is the best G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far.
Even though the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is a FreeSync monitor, it's officially supported by NVIDIA as a G-SYNC compatible display. As long as you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card, FreeSync will automatically be enabled when connected to this monitor. It delivers very similar performance to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ, with an extremely wide variable refresh rate range. This monitor is a bit brighter than the ASUS and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.
For the best G-SYNC monitor for gaming, go with the ASUS, but if you're looking for a more versatile choice, as FreeSync is also supported by the Xbox One, take a look at the Aorus.
If you're looking for a more immersive gaming experience, the best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It has an IPS panel that helps maintain an accurate image at the screen's edges when you sit up close, and thanks to its high resolution and large size you can see more of your game. It has a low input lag and supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC for nearly tear-free gaming. It has excellent motion handling and most people will find that the curved design offers them a more immersive gaming experience.
Although it can get bright enough for most rooms, it isn't the best choice for a dark room. Just like most IPS panel monitors, blacks aren't uniform and look more like gray when in a dark room.
Overall, this is the best G-SYNC ultrawide monitor, and a great pick if you're a gamer with a compatible NVIDIA video card.
If you're looking for a less aggressive curve, then check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q. Its 60Hz refresh rate doesn't match up to the 100Hz refresh rate on the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but the ASUS has a marginally quicker response time and slightly better viewing angles. It also has good SDR peak brightness and handles reflections well enough to combat glare in most rooms. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity, so it has trouble displaying true blacks, especially in dark rooms.
If you're looking for the best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor, the Dell is a great choice, but if you prefer something with less of a curve, look into the ASUS.
G-SYNC monitors can be expensive; fortunately, there's a cheaper option with the Dell S2417DG, the best budget G-SYNC monitor. It's a great monitor with an extremely fast 144Hz refresh rate. The 24 inch, 1440p screen delivers a crystal clear image that looks great.
The TN panel used in this model offers excellent response time, extremely low input lag, and an adjustable backlight flicker that can further improve motion blur. Unfortunately, like most TN monitors, it also comes with poor viewing angles and poor black uniformity. Because of these issues, it isn't as versatile as the Dell AW3418DW or the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ.
Like most Dell monitors, the bezels are thin and stylish, and it comes with an excellent stand. This monitor is worthy of consideration for the budget-conscious.
If you find the 24 inch Dell S2417DG limiting but want to stay on a budget while looking for something larger, then get the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG. The two monitors have very similar overall performance, and most differences can be attributed to manufacturing panel variances. They share the same 1440p resolution, and although the larger monitor feels more comfortable to work on due to the larger size, it's also harder to accommodate in a smaller desk.
The best 24-inch budget G-SYNC monitor is the S2417DG; however, if you want a larger screen with similar overall performance, get the S2716DGR.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best G-SYNC 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.
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