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 85 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 ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far. It's feature-packed with almost everything that gamers ask for. It has an extremely fast response time, fast refresh rate, and outstanding low input lag. There's even an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve the already great motion performance. That said, it does have a higher input lag when playing at 60Hz, which is a bit disappointing for console gamers.
It has an IPS panel, and with that comes great viewing angles and decent color accuracy out of the box. However, the contrast ratio and black uniformity do suffer a bit, so it's better suited for well-lit rooms. Overcoming glare shouldn't be an issue either, as peak brightness and reflection handling are also very good.
In terms of ergonomics, this monitor has adjustments for height, tilt, swivel, and can rotate to portrait mode. It can also be VESA mounted. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor, making it our main recommendation.
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.
Overall, although not quite as good as the ASUS for gaming, this is a more versatile choice, as FreeSync is also supported by the Xbox One, making this an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.
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, the Alienware 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 like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW but don't like the curve very much, the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q delivers nearly identical performance but with a less aggressive curve. Both monitors perform very similarly, but the ASUS defaults to a simple 60Hz refresh rate, compared to the Dell's 100Hz default. This isn't a big issue, though, as the ASUS can be overclocked to 100Hz from the monitor itself. There are also a few other minor design differences: the ASUS has a better swivel range, but smaller height adjustments. Other than that, these two monitors perform very similarly and either one is a great choice.
Overall, the Alienware is still the best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor for most people, but if you don't like the curved screen, the ASUS might be a better choice.
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.
01/08/2020: Minor text changes to enhance clarity.
11/08/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no changes in recommendations.