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 2019. 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, 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.
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. Even though the IPS panel on this monitor offers great viewing angles, it's worth noting that this is a curved monitor, so it may not be ideal for everyone. 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.
The peak brightness is decent and the reflection handling is also great. 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 that's great for almost any use.
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.
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 the Dell S2417DG's 24 inch screen feels a bit cramped and you want a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG. It's a very similar model, but isn't as bright and has slightly worse black uniformity. It's 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 aren't bothered by the poor black uniformity, the Dell S2716DGR 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.
11/08/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no changes in recommendations.