The best G-Sync Compatible FreeSync monitors for 2021
The best G-Sync Compatible FreeSync monitors mean you don’t have to go to the expense of picking up a native G-Sync gaming screen if you’re rocking an Nvidia GeForce GPU. Thanks to Nvidia embracing the same adaptive sync technology as AMD, FreeSync panels have a great chance of dishing out smooth performance in some of the best PC games around whether you’re on a GeForce GPU or a Radeon card.
So, if you’re thinking of upgrading your rig but want to replace your monitor now, the existence of FreeSync panels means you won’t be forced to choose one GPU manufacturer over the other before you get there, to get the most out of your monitor.
The monitors that we’ve listed here have all been tested by Nvidia with its “G-Sync Compatible” program, so you know that whichever one you settle on will work well with any of the best graphics cards.
There are several reasons you might want to pick up a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor. For a start, FreeSync monitors are usually less expensive than native G-Sync panels, so you won’t have to traumatize your bank balance to reap the benefits of both technologies. While these monitors advertise as FreeSync, the Nvidia Control Panel option will allow you to enable the G-Sync technology as needed.
Of course, you don’t need a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor to enable G-Sync, but you may end up with stability problems if your monitor doesn’t fully support it. It’s far more sensible to invest in a G-Sync-certified FreeSync monitor to avoid possible headaches further down the line.
Although it does use a TN panel, notorious for its inferior viewing angles and color reproduction, the AOC G2590FX is an affordable path to high frame rate gaming on an almost borderless display. With a refresh rate of 144Hz and an agile 1ms response time, this 25-inch monitor can show off frames fast as your GPU can squeeze them out, no jaggies or input lag permitted.
It might look a little bizarre because of its removable “tactical shield” blinders on either side of the display, but rest assured, the BenQ Zowie XL2740 works like a dream for aspiring esports legends. Not only does it have a blisteringly fast 240Hz refresh rate, but it also eliminates much of the hassle of navigating menus by way of a remote ‘S-Switch’ mechanism.
For those who prefer a screen that takes the shape of our peripheral vision, the Acer ED273 Abidpx leverages a fast and fluid vertical alignment, or VA, panel. So while its response times can’t quite keep up with those of the TN displays, its viewing angles are suited for the enhanced field of view ushered in by the advent of curvaceous frames.
If you prefer to game at the sweet spot of 1440p while quietly awaiting 4K monitors to have come further refined and more affordable, then the ASUS MG278Q is your best pick here. This screen will offer you high-grade gaming speeds regarding its response rate and refresh rate but won’t provide wide viewing angles. The bang for buck ratio is not sky high here, but it’ll be a quality 1440p G-Sync compatible monitor if that’s what your setup demands.
This monitor is only down at number 5 because it’s by far the priciest on the list. But the Acer Nitro XV273K goes a long way to justify that price offering a quality 4K HDR IPS-panel monitor that’s G-Sync compatible. Backing those top headline specs are genuinely speedy response times (1ms) and refresh rates (144Hz), which is not easy to achieve on a 4K resolution. You wouldn’t regret going for this monitor, and it comes from a trusted manufacturer at that.
We mentioned earlier that Nvidia tested a bunch of Free Sync monitors (over 400) to see which ones were G-Sync compatible. The list started out at a little over 20, but has quickly expanded since. You can find the full list of G-Sync Compatible monitors over on Nvidia’s website, so make sure to check out any prospective buy—including those on the best gaming monitor round-up.
Jargon buster – gaming monitor terminology
Refresh Rate (Hz)
The speed at which the screen refreshes. For example, 144Hz means the display refreshes 144 times a second. The higher the number, the smoother the screen will appear.
Graphics tech that synchronizes a game’s framerate with your monitor’s refresh rate in order to help prevent screen tearing by syncing your GPU frame rate to the display’s maximum refresh rate. Turn V-Sync on in your games for a smoother experience, but you’ll lose information, so turn it off for fast-paced shooters (and live with the tearing). Useful if you have an older model display that can’t keep up with a new GPU.
Nvidia’s hardware exclusive frame synching tech that works with Nvidia GPUs. It basically allows the monitor to sync up with the GPU. It does by showing a new frame as soon as the GPU has one ready.
AMD’s take on frame synching uses a similar technique as G-Sync with the biggest difference being that it uses DisplayPort’s Adaptive-Sync technology which doesn’t cost monitor manufacturers anything.
When movement on your display leaves behind a trail of pixels when watching a movie or playing a game. This is often a result of a monitor having slow response times.
The amount of time it takes a pixel to transition to a new color and back. Often referenced as G2G or Grey-to-Grey. Slow response times can lead to ghosting. A suitable range for a gaming monitor is between 1-4 milliseconds.
Twisted-nematic is the most common (and cheapest) gaming panel. TN panels tend to have poorer viewing angles and color reproduction but have higher refresh rates and response times.
In plane switching panels offer the best contrast and color despite having weaker blacks. IPS panels tend to be more expensive and have higher response times.
Vertical Alignment panels provide good viewing angles and have better contrast than even IPS, but are still slower than TN panels. They are often a compromise between a TN and IPS panel.
High Dynamic Range. HDR provides a wider color range than normal SDR panels and offers increased brightness. The end result is more vivid colors, deeper blacks, and a brighter picture.
This refers to the maximum brightness (measured in nits) of a monitor or television.
Shorthand for monitors with aspect wider aspect ratios like 32:9 or 21:9
The number pixels that make up a monitor’s display measured by height and width. For example: 1920 x 1080p, 2560 x 1440p (2K), and 3840 x 2160p (4K).