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 110 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy. Check also our recommendations for the best monitors, 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 ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. It's an excellent gaming monitor that's packed with features any serious gamer should enjoy. The back of the monitor also has a RGB lighting in the form of an illuminated hexagon, which you can customize through the on-screen display.
This monitor has native G-SYNC support and it's FreeSync compatible. Its native refresh rate of 144Hz can be overclocked to 165Hz and the VRR can drop the refresh rate as low as 20Hz. Its response time at its max refresh rate is outstanding, resulting in clear motion, and it has an excellent response time at 60Hz, which is ideal for console gaming. It has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, but this can't be used at the same time as G-SYNC. It has an incredibly low input lag, although it's higher when playing at 60Hz than most monitors.
Unfortunately, it has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy and it's not ideal for dark room gaming due to its low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. On the upside, it has good overall picture quality with its wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, great reflection handling, and excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. Overall, it's an excellent choice for gamers, making it the best G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far.
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. Its response time at 60Hz is much slower than the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG, but the ASUS also has a 27 inch screen, 1440p resolution, and its IPS panel has wide viewing angles and a 165Hz refresh rate. This monitor also supports HDR while the ViewSonic doesn't. The response time at its max refresh rate 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 ViewSonic 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 ASUS is considerably cheaper.
The best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R. It's a great gaming monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, giving you an immersive gaming experience, and you have plenty of space to multitask too. Its 100Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 120Hz and the G-SYNC VRR can bring it as low as 20Hz to match the frame rate of your games.
It has outstanding motion handling, resulting in minimal motion blur, and it has an extremely low input lag, which stays low even with VRR enabled. Like most Dell Alienware monitors, it has RGB backlighting on the back with four different zones that you can customize through the on-screen menu. The monitor delivers an overall decent picture quality as it has okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, wide viewing angles, and decent brightness. It's also really well-built and its stand allows for a fairly wide swivel and tilt range, but you can't switch it into portrait mode, which is normal for an ultrawide monitor.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support any HDR and it has a low contrast ratio, so it's not ideal for dark room viewing. Instead, if you want to place it in a bright room, it has great reflection handling. All in all, this is the best G-SYNC monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested so far.
If you game in dark environments and want a monitor that displays deep blacks, check out the Acer Predator Z35P. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R, which is expected from a VA panel. Instead, it has a good contrast ratio and you can add crosshairs on the screen for FPS games. You can't overclock its 100Hz refresh rate to 120Hz like the Dell, but it still has excellent motion handling and an extremely low input lag. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy, decent peak brightness, and great reflection handling. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and it has poor black uniformity as there's visible backlight bleeding. On the upside, it's also well-built and its ergonomics aren't bad for an ultrawide monitor.
If you want the best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far, look into the Dell, but if you prefer a monitor with a VA panel for a better contrast ratio, the Acer is a good choice.
The best G-SYNC monitor in the budget category is the Dell S2417DG. It's a great monitor with an extremely fast 165Hz max refresh rate. The 24 inch, 1440p screen delivers decent image quality and since most G-SYNC monitors can get expensive, you're getting good performance for its price with this monitor.
The TN panel used in this model offers a superb response time, resulting in clear motion, extremely low input lag, and an adjustable backlight flicker that can further improve motion blur. It can get very bright and it has good reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. Also, it has excellent ergonomics as its stand allows for a number of adjustments.
Unfortunately, like most TN monitors, it also comes with poor viewing angles, a low contrast ratio, and poor black uniformity. However, like most Dell monitors, the bezels are thin and stylish, and it has a good build quality. This monitor is worthy of consideration for the budget-conscious.
If you find a 24 inch screen on the Dell S2417DG too limiting but want to stay on a budget while looking for something larger, then consider the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG. The two monitors have very similar overall performance as they are variants of each other, 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. Still, this monitor has an outstanding response time, even when playing at 60Hz, and the input lag is really low.
The best G-SYNC monitor in the budget category is the S2417DG; however, if you want a larger screen with similar overall performance, consider the S2716DGR.
06/30/2020: Replaced the ASUS PG279QZ with the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG and ASUS PG348Q with the Acer Predator Z35P.
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.