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 100 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy. 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. This feature-packed monitor has a 27 inch screen that feels incredibly immersive and it delivers a sharp image with its 1440p resolution. It has an impressive build quality and great ergonomics, and it has an IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles, so the image doesn't degrade even if you don't have the best viewing position.
This monitor has a decent peak brightness and reflection handling that's suited for an averagely-lit room. In darker settings, blacks tend to look grayish due to its low contrast ratio, which is expected of most IPS panels. Gray uniformity is excellent; however, with almost no sign of dirty screen effect, and it has good color accuracy right out of the box. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165Hz, and of course, it has native G-SYNC support for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
In addition to its great performance, this monitor comes with a host of extra features, including a USB hub for charging, built-in speakers, and even some RGB lighting on the back of the monitor. All-in-all, this is an excellent G-SYNC monitor with features to satisfy most gamers.
Although NVIDIA graphics cards work best with native G-SYNC monitors, some FreeSync models have been certified to be compatible and are usually much cheaper, like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It has a lot of similarities with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ, such as its 27 inch screen, 1440p resolution, and its IPS panel has wide viewing angles and a 165Hz refresh rate. Response time and input lag are both excellent, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur. It doesn't have as many extra features and there's no USB hub, but it does come with integrated speakers if you need them.
Overall, the PG279QZ performs better due to its native G-SYNC support and it has more features, but if you don't mind a FreeSync monitor with G-SYNC compatibility, the VG27AQ has very similar performance and it's considerably cheaper.
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.
05/01/2020: Replaced Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD with ASUS TUF VG27AQ.
03/03/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity.
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.