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 75 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy in 2019. Check also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best curved gaming monitors.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far. It's an excellent gaming display with an extremely fast response time, fast refresh rate, and outstanding low input lag. There are a few great gaming features, including an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve the already great motion performance.
This monitor has great wide viewing angles, decent peak brightness, and good reflection handling, so it looks great in most brightly-lit rooms. The stand has great ergonomics and it can be VESA mounted, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, as blacks appear gray and there can be noticeable backlight bleed. It also has a slightly higher 60Hz input lag than most gaming monitors, which may disappoint some console gamers, although this shouldn't be very noticeable. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor.
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 is an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.
The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far. The wide-format, high-resolution screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience, allowing you to see more of your favorite games. The 1900R curve makes this monitor even more immersive, but might not be ideal for everyone.
This monitor has wide viewing angles, decent peak brightness, and great reflection handling. It might not be bright enough for a bright room, but most people shouldn't have any issues. Overall, this is a great gaming monitor, with excellent motion handling and outstanding low input lag, and is a versatile choice, great for almost any usage.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
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, for example. Other than that, these two monitors perform very similarly and either one is a great choice.
Overall, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is still the best Ultrawide G-SYNC monitor for most people, but if you don't like the curved screen, the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q might be a better choice.
If you want a great gaming monitor with G-SYNC support but don't want to spend too much, the Dell S2417DG is the best G-SYNC monitor in the budget category. It's a great monitor with an extremely fast 144Hz refresh rate. The 24", 1440p screen delivers a crystal clear image that looks great.
It has an excellent response time, extremely low input lag, and an adjustable backlight flicker that can improve motion blur. Like most Dells, it has an excellent stand and simple design that looks great in any situation.
Unfortunately, this monitor is limited by the TN panel which, like other IPS gaming monitors, isn't great in a dark room. Unlike IPS monitors, though, it doesn't have great viewing angles and is best enjoyed by one person from directly in front. Because of these issues, it isn't as versatile as the Dell AW3418DW or the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ.
If you like the Dell S2417DG but want a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2716DG. It's a very similar model, but isn't as bright and has slightly worse black uniformity. It is an equally good gaming monitor, with the same excellent fast response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and wide G-SYNC range. The larger screen means the pixel density is a bit lower, so the image isn't quite as sharp, but it still delivers a great experience that pretty much everyone should enjoy.
Overall, the Dell S2417DG is the best budget G-SYNC monitor that we've tested so far, but if you want something a bit larger and don't need the black uniformity, the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG is a good alternative.
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.