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 64 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, the best curved gaming monitors and the best monitors for PC gaming.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers excellent gaming performance thanks to the incredibly fast 144 Hz refresh rate, outstanding response time that delivers crystal clear motion, and excellent low input lag.
It is one of the few monitors we've tested so far that support NVIDIA's ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) feature, which further reduces persistence blur, and it has an incredibly wide VRR range, ensuring you are constantly getting a clear, tear-free gaming experience when connected to an NVIDIA graphics card.
Unfortunately, the PG279QZ has some uniformity issues that can be distracting, and it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall though, this is a very good monitor that should please most people. The PG279QZ is the updated version of the ASUS ROG PG279Q. Both models perform almost the same.
If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor that we have reviewed so far. It is a good monitor for mixed usage and a great gaming monitor. It has a great design, and looks nice in any setting, including an office.
It has an excellent 100 Hz refresh rate that can easily be overclocked to 120 Hz. It has an excellent, fast response time that delivers smooth motion with very little blur. The 3440x1440, curved screen delivers a truly immersive gaming and multimedia experience, and G-SYNC support means every frame is tear-free.
Like most IPS monitors, the Dell AW3418DW isn't great for a dark room. The contrast ratio is insufficient, and blacks look gray in a dark room. It also has poor black uniformity, with noticeable flashlighting and clouding all over the screen. Overall, though, it is a good monitor for almost any usage and should please most people.
If you like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but are looking for something with a bit of a flashier design, check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q. The PG348Q has a slightly flashier design, including an optional bias lighting feature. Performance-wise, the PG348Q performs almost as well as the AW3418DW, but it defaults to a 60Hz refresh rate. It can be overclocked to 100Hz through the monitor's menus, but only when connected via DisplayPort.
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 budget G-SYNC monitor. It is 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, the Dell S2417DG 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 from directly in front. Because of these issues, it isn't as versatile as the Dell AW3418DW or the ASUS ROG PG279QZ.
If you like the Dell S2417DG, but want a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2716DG. It is 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, 144 Hz 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.
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.