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 120 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy. Check out 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, check our recommendations for the best gaming mice.
The best G-SYNC monitor that 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 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. Although it's higher when playing at 60Hz than some monitors, it has an incredibly low input lag.
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.
If you prefer a bigger screen and want to maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio, check out the LG 32GK850G-B. Due to its VA panel, it doesn't offer wide viewing angles like the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG, but the LG has a good contrast ratio instead, displaying deep blacks. Its 144Hz refresh rate can also be overclocked to 165Hz, and it has an outstanding response time whether you're playing at its max refresh rate or at 60Hz. The input lag is also really low, which is great for gaming. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR either, and its stand has a narrow swivel and tilt range. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms, and it has decent reflection handling.
All in all, the ViewSonic is the best G-SYNC monitor we've seen so far, but if you want something bigger, then check out the LG.
The best G-SYNC monitor with an ultrawide screen is the Dell Alienware AW3420DW. This is a well-built monitor, and despite its large size, it has a decent stand that allows for a wide swivel and tilt range, but you can't switch it into portrait mode.
The Dell has a native 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports Adaptive Sync, allowing you to use Free Sync when connected to a compatible source over a DisplayPort connection. The response time at its max refresh rate is excellent, resulting in minimal motion blur, and it's also great at 60Hz. Sadly, it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to clear up motion blur. Its input lag is also really low, and it stays low with VRR enabled, which is great. The monitor has an IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles and if you also want to use this monitor for photo editing, it has an outstanding color gamut with excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. It also doesn't support HDR, and if you want to use it in really bright rooms, it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare thanks to a mediocre reflection handling. Regardless, it has some nice extra features like RGB lighting and a USB hub. All in all, this is the best G-SYNC monitor in the ultrawide category that we've seen 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 AW3420DW, 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 that 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 a good price to performance ratio with this option.
This model's TN panel 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. If you are looking for an option that will not break the bank and will still offer good performance, this is the best G-SYNC monitor in the budget category that we've seen so far.
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.
08/28/2020: Replaced the ASUS VG27AQ with the LG 32GK850-B and renamed to 'Larger Alternative'; replaced the Dell AW3418DW with the Dell AW3420DW.
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.