Best G-SYNC Compatible FreeSync Monitors – Buyer’s Guide and Monitor Reviews

best value

ASUS VG259QM

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  • 1080p 280Hz 1ms
  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Inexpensive
best overall

LG 27GL850

Lg 27gl850
  • 1440p 144Hz 1ms
  • Wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • High pixel density
premium pick

LG 34GN850

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  • 3440x1440 160Hz 1ms
  • Wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • High pixel density, ultrawide format

So, you want to pair your graphics card with a FreeSync monitor that’s been officially certified by NVIDIA to provide a buttery-smooth variable refresh rate performance for tear-free gameplay? Good call!

While NVIDIA has certified numerous displays, a lot of them actually offer identical specifications – and that’s where this guide kicks in; we’ve narrowed down your choices to only the best and most cost-effective options!

Top 7 G-SYNC Compatible FreeSync Monitors For 2020

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateVRR Range 
25”1920×1080TN144Hz30-144Hz
25”1920×1080TN240Hz48-240Hz
25”1920×1080IPS144Hz48-144Hz
25”1920×1080IPS280Hz48-280Hz
27”2560×1440IPS144Hz48-144Hz
34”2560×1080IPS144Hz50-144Hz
34”3440×1440IPS160Hz48-160Hz

These are the best G-SYNC compatible FreeSync monitors currently available.

Now, many FreeSync monitors aren’t certified by NVIDIA as ‘G-SYNC Compatible,’ yet they offer flawless performance. These models will be mentioned as alternatives in the monitor reviews below!

NVIDIA has a bit weird certification process; for instance, if FreeSync is not automatically enabled when you hook your display to a compatible card, the monitor will not be certified.

In this case, all you’d need to do is enable FreeSync in your monitor’s OSD (On-Screen Display) menu and enable the G-SYNC compatible mode in your NVIDIA drivers settings.

In contrast, some NVIDIA-certified G-SYNC compatible monitors have performance issues with FreeSync.

This is mainly the case with some units of VA panel displays such as the AOPEN 27HC1R and the Acer ED273A, which have the infamous FreeSync brightness flickering issue despite passing NVIDIA’s G-SYNC compatible testing process.

Not all units are affected by this, but if you want a 100% perfect VRR performance, it’s best to avoid VA-panel FreeSync displays, unfortunately.

Everything regarding which panel type, refresh rate, and resolution you should choose will be covered in the reviews below, but feel free to leave us a question in the comment section below too!

AOC G2590FX - Budget 1080p 144Hz 1ms Monitor

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About the Monitor

The AOC G2590FX is a popular 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor perfect for competitive gamers on a tight budget!

Image Quality

This monitor is based on a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, which means it has narrow 170°/160° viewing angles and inferior contrast and color quality to VA and IPS panel displays.

These narrow viewing angles will cause the image to shift in color, contrast, and brightness when you look at it from skewed angles. However, as long as you’re directly in front of the screen, this won’t be an issue.

These modern 24.5″ TN panels have noticeably better viewing angles and colors than the previous-gen 24″ models.

Also, unlike the IPS and VA models at this price range, the AOC G2590FX has a rapid 1ms GtG (gray to gray pixel transition) response time speed for next-to-none visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

So, if you just want a display for the best performance in competitive FPS games, this one is for you!

Other panel-related specifications include a strong 400-nit peak brightness, a standard static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and standard 8-bit color depth support for 16.7 million colors.

The Full HD resolution looks crisp on 24.5″ sized monitors as you get a decent pixel per inch ratio of 90 PPI. Plus, it’s not very demanding on your PC, allowing you to reach high frame rates for smoother performance!

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a wide VRR range of 30-144Hz, which is exceptional as most 144Hz FreeSync displays have a more narrow range of 48-144Hz.

FreeSync, of course, works without issues with compatible NVIDIA graphics cards (GTX 10-series or newer) over DisplayPort. With AMD cards, you can use FreeSync over both HDMI and DP.

Other noteworthy features include customizable crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, Shadow Control (for better visibility in darker games), and Game Color (color saturation presets).

For more information, visit our AOC G2590FX review.

Design & Connectivity

Aoc G2590fx back

The AOC G2590FX monitor has a tilt-only stand, but you can mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA, and a headphones jack.

You can also find the AOC G2590PX model which is the same monitor, but with a fully ergonomic stand and four downstream USB ports for ~$30 extra.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Wide FreeSync range
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Decent image quality for a TN monitor

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels

Acer XF250Q - Budget 240Hz Gaming Monitor

acer xf250q monitor

About the Monitor

For the most competitive gamers out there, the Acer XF250Q pushes the refresh rate up to 240Hz!

Image Quality

Now, the difference between 144Hz and 240Hz is not as noticeable as the difference between 144Hz and 60Hz, but you’ll definitely be able to feel it.

Plus, the higher refresh rate also provides you with lower input lag (given that your PC can output a high frame rate).

So, if you’re one of those gamers to whom every millisecond counts, 240Hz is the way to go.

As far as the image quality is concerned, you’re getting pretty much the same viewing experience as with the G2590FX with the narrow viewing angles, 1080p resolution, a 400-nit brightness, 1,000:1 contrast, and 8-bit color depth.

Features

The Acer XF250Q supports FreeSync with a 48-240Hz VRR range, and just like the G2590FX, it offers the standard gaming features such as various picture presets, crosshairs, and Black Boost (for darker games).

The initial batch of the Acer XF250Q monitors had some units which had certain frame skipping issues which you can learn more about in our review; the newer revisions don’t have this issue.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Xf250q C back

While the stand of the monitor is not particularly sturdy, it offers a good range of ergonomics including up to 150mm height adjustment, -5°/35° tilt, +/- 60° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4 (max 144Hz), HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, dual 2W built-in speakers, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

A lot of gamers prefer not to use VRR in competitive games.

One of the reasons behind this is that screen tearing is hardly noticeable at high frame rates. Further, a higher frame rate means lower input lag, and VRR limits you to 240Hz/FPS.

Of course, some competitive gamers still prefer the ‘connected’ feel VRR offers.

At any rate, we highly recommend checking out the Acer XF252Q; it’s the updated model which is based on a newer and faster 24.5″ TN panel with ~0.5ms GtG response time speed.

It’s not certified as G-SYNC Compatible by NVIDIA, but FreeSync works without any issues. What’s more, the XF252Q offers a backlight strobing technology for CRT-like motion clarity at the cost of picture brightness. 

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Fully ergonomic stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Decent image quality for a TN monitor

The Cons:

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels

ASUS VG259Q - Fast 1080p 144Hz IPS Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you don’t care about 240Hz, but would rather have a better image quality while keeping the fluidity of 144Hz, the ASUS VG259Q offers just that thanks to its fast IPS panel.

Image Quality

The ASUS VG259Q monitor offers a pixel response time speed that’s on par with that of the AOC G2590FX; plus, you get 178° wide viewing angles and vibrant colors of the IPS technology, but it’s also more expensive.

With IPS panels, the image quality will be perfect regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

Further, you get consistent, accurate, and vivid colors. You can even use the ASUS VG259Q for entry-level color-critical work and for more serious work with proper calibration hardware/software.

Other specifications are similar to the TN models and include a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 8-bit color depth support, and 1080p resolution.

Features

FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz VRR range, and G-SYNC works without any issues.

The ASUS VG259Q also supports backlight strobing via its ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) technology which, once enabled, provides even smoother motion clarity, but a lower screen brightness.

Note that ELMB and FreeSync cannot be active at the same time, so you’ll have to choose according to the game.

Other gaming features include customizable on-screen crosshairs and timers, pre-calibrated picture presets, and Shadow Boost. Check out our full ASUS VG259Q review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Asus Tuf Vg259q back

The stand of the ASUS VG259Q is robust and versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 90° swivel, -5°/33° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 input, two 2W integrated speakers, and a headphones jack.

Keep in mind that ASUS applied a peculiar image filter to the screen, which makes text appear somewhat fuzzy and blurry. Some users might find it distracting, while others may not be bothered by it all.

Alternatives

If the ASUS VG259Q is out of your budget, but you would like something similar, check out the AOC 24G2.

It’s based on a slower IPS panel, but for most gamers, it will be fast enough. This 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor is not certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA, but VRR works without any issues.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Fully ergonomic stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Some calibration is required for the optimal picture quality

ASUS VG259QM - Fastest Gaming Monitor Available

asus vg259qm

About the Monitor

The ASUS VG259QM model bumps the refresh rate up to 240Hz.

ASUS even went one step further, and factory-overclocked the VG259QM to 280Hz!

Image Quality

If you want it all: vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and a high 240Hz refresh rate with low input lag and quick response time, you’re going to love the ASUS VG259QM.

For many people, it’s the ideal monitor as it provides impeccable performance for eSports gaming as well as a great image quality for work, movies, and everything else!

Again, the jump to 280Hz from 144Hz won’t be as game-changing as it was going to 144Hz from 60Hz, and there’s no noticeable improvement in image quality over the VG259Q model, but there are a few extra things to keep in mind.

The VG259QM actually has a faster (1ms GtG) pixel response time speed than the VG259Q model (3ms GtG), which in addition to the higher refresh rate, results in significantly less motion blur overall.

The price difference is also very marginal between the two models, so the ASUS VG259QM 280Hz monitor offers a lot better value for the money. Plus, it features exclusive ELMB-Sync technology.

Features

The ASUS VG259QM has all the same characteristics as the VG259Q, including custom crosshairs, picture presets, and Shadow Boost, while FreeSync works up to 280Hz with a 48-280Hz VRR range.

The main difference is that the 280Hz model also supports ELMB-Sync, which allows ELMB and FreeSync to work at the same time!

Unfortunately, while this sounds good in theory, it doesn’t look as good in practice because the monitor’s response time overdrive settings are locked when ELMB-Sync is enabled.

In short, there’s a lot of overshoot at lower frame rates and strobe crosstalk (double images) at higher frame rates unless you can maintain a steady ~240FPS in games.

You can learn more about this in our review of the 27″ model of this monitor, the ASUS VG279QM.

Despite its flawed ELMB-Sync technology, it’s still an exceptional gaming monitor for the price thanks to its excellent image quality and buttery-smooth 280Hz refresh rate.

The monitor also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but due to its lack of local dimming and wide color gamut, HDR is just software-emulated. Basically, the VG259QM can only accept the HDR10 signal and display it.

Design & Connectivity

asus vg259qm monitor back

The design is identical to the VG259Q, and you get the same ergonomics (130mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 90° swivel, -5°/33° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA).

Connectivity options are the same as well except that you get HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 1.4 for 240Hz support at 1080p. So, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, two 2W speakers, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

If the ASUS VG259QM is not available, we recommend the MSI MAG251RX though it doesn’t come with a 280Hz factory-overclock and its design is not as good.

In case you’re a fan of motion blur reduction, check out the ViewSonic XG270 with the PureXP backlight strobing technology that delivers the best motion clarity.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Fully ergonomic stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Flawed ELMB-Sync performance

LG 27GL850 - Best 1440p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor

Lg 27gl850

About the Monitor

Want a higher resolution and a bigger screen? Look no further than the LG 27GL850!

Image Quality

With the LG 27GL850, not only do you get a bigger 27″ screen but a higher 2560×1440 screen resolution too, which results in a rich pixel density of ~108 PPI.

You get much more screen real estate as well as significantly sharper text and details without any scaling necessary.

Keep in mind that 1440p is more demanding to drive than 1080p, so make sure your PC will be able to handle it.

The LG 27GL850 also supports a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, which is equivalent to ~135% sRGB for even more vibrant and lifelike colors!

Alternatively, you can use the provided sRGB emulation profile, which will limit the color output to ~100% sRGB for a more accurate representation of content that uses the sRGB color space (most games and web content).

Other panel-related specifications include a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and dithered 10-bit color depth support (8-bit + 2-bit FRC) for 1.07 billion colors! 

Features

The LG 27GL850 was actually the first IPS panel gaming monitor to deliver a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, essentially making the 1440p 144Hz TN models obsolete as they have no advantages over LG’s fast IPS model.

FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz VRR range, and it works with NVIDIA cards without any issues.

Other features include the standard gaming utilities such as Black Stabilizer, custom crosshairs, and picture presets.

HDR is supported, and thanks to the monitor’s wide color gamut, some content will look noticeably better but don’t buy this monitor solely for its HDR support; it’s a more of a bonus feature.

Visit our LG 27GL850 review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the monitor is sturdy and you can adjust the height of the screen by up to 110mm, tilt it by -5°/15°, pivot by 90°, or VESA mount it, but you cannot swivel it to the left/right.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub (one upstream plus two downstream ports).

Alternatives

If you don’t want the wide color gamut support or you can’t afford the LG 27GL850, be sure to check out the LG 27GL83A. It’s the same monitor but without the DCI-P3 color gamut or USB ports. It’s also ~$100 cheaper!

The LG 27GL83A just covers the basic ~100% sRGB color gamut. However, it’s not certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, FreeSync works without issues with NVIDIA cards.

In fact, your system will recognize the LG 27GL83A as ‘LG 27GL850’.

Want a similar monitor with a higher resolution and better HDR support?

Check out the LG 27GN950 27″ 4K 144Hz IPS gaming monitor with the same 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, 1ms response time, and G-SYNC compatibility – plus a higher resolution and DisplayHDR 600 support.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Ergonomic stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Accurate colors, wide color gamut
  • Wide viewing angles, high pixel density

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel option

LG 34GL750 - Affordable 144Hz IPS UltraWide Monitor

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About the Monitor

In case you’re after something a bit more exotic, the LG 34GL750 is the best 1080p ultrawide gaming monitor currently available that’s officially certified as G-SYNC compatible.

Image Quality

You can think of the LG 34GL750 as a 27″ 1080p 144Hz IPS monitor that’s just 33% wider.

The 21:9 aspect ratio provides you with extra horizontal screen space that extends your field in view in compatible games for a more immersive gaming experience.

Of course, the ultrawide format is also great for productivity work, video editing, and watching 21:9 movies!

Now, the LG 34GL750 has a screen resolution of 2560×1080 pixels, which results in a relatively low pixel density of 81 PPI.

This means that details won’t be particularly sharp and clear, as the picture will seem somewhat pixelated.

However, because the monitor has a rather big screen that’s curved, you’ll want to sit a bit further away from it anyway, which will alleviate this pixelated appearance a bit.

In fact, at around 3.5ft (107cm) away from the screen, you won’t be able to distinguish the individual pixels at all.

2560×1080 is also a lot less demanding to drive than the next-tier ultrawide resolution, 3440×1440, so you’ll be able to get a decent frame rate even with a mid-range graphics card.

Other than that, the LG 34GL750 monitor offers an excellent image quality thanks to its IPS panel with wide viewing angles, vibrant colors (99% sRGB, 8-bit color), a decent 300-nit peak brightness, and a standard 1,000:1 contrast ratio.

Features

FreeSync is supported with a 50-144Hz VRR range, and there are no issues when using it with compatible NVIDIA cards. The monitor also supports 1ms MPRT via backlight strobing.

HDR is supported as well, but as there’s no local dimming or wide color gamut, HDR content won’t really look any better (mostly over-saturated to simulate HDR).

Other features include Black Stabilizer, custom crosshairs, and various pre-calibrated picture presets.

Visit our LG 34GL750 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

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You can elevate the screen of the monitor by up to 120mm, tilt it by -5°/20° or VESA mount it via the 100x100mm pattern while connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphones jack.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time speed
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Accurate colors
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel option
  • Low pixel density, okay for entertainment purposes

LG 34GN850 - Best IPS UltraWide Gaming Monitor

lg 34gn850 monitor

About the Monitor

The LG 34GN850 is basically a really beefed-up version of the GL750 with a higher resolution, wider color gamut, and faster pixel response time!

Image Quality

The 3440×1440 ultrawide resolution of the LG 34GN850 gets you that perfect ~110 PPI pixel density with plenty of screen space, sharp text and details, and no scaling necessary.

It’s also more demanding to drive, so make sure your PC system will be up to the task.

Moving on, the monitor supports a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, which is equivalent to ~135% sRGB! This results in more vibrant and lifelike colors.

Some users don’t like the over-saturated look that this wide color gamut provides for regular sRGB content, in which case you can simply use the provided sRGB emulation mode (restricts the gamut to ~100% sRGB).

Other specifications include a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, and 10-bit color support.

The LG 34GN850 also supports HDR and has VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 certification. Some HDR content will look a bit better thanks to the monitor’s decent brightness and wide color gamut, but it’s still far from the true HDR support.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz VRR range or 48-160Hz if you choose to overclock the monitor. In order to get 160Hz, you’ll need to drop the color depth support to 8-bit from 10-bit.

LG’s standard gaming features such as Black Stabilizer, crosshairs, and custom picture modes are available as well as On-Screen Control and Screen Split.

Another essential feature of the LG 34GN850 is its rapid 1ms GtG response time speed, which makes it the fastest ultrawide gaming monitor at this price range. In fast-paced games, you’ll get no prominent trailing or overshoot.

Design & Connectivity

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You can adjust the height of the screen by up to 110mm and tilt it by -5°/15° – or mount it via the 100x100mm pattern.

The screen has a steep 1900R curvature for added immersion while the connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 85Hz), a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

The Pros:

  • Rapid 1ms response time speed
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Accurate and vibrant colors, high pixel density
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel option

Conclusion

So, which G-SYNC compatible FreeSync monitor is the best one for you?

If you’re still undecided, feel free to leave us a comment below!

Overall, you can’t wrong with the LG 27GL850 if you want an excellent mix of immersion and responsiveness while the ASUS VG259QM is the ideal monitor for all the competitive gamers out there.

The AOC G2590FX is a good budget option in case you’re really after certified G-SYNC compatibility, but you should definitely check out the non-certified 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS models too, such as the AOC 24G2.

Finally, the LG 34GL750 and the LG 34GN850 are both great ultrawide displays for gaming, you can choose between the two according to your PC rig and budget.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.