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The best G-Sync Compatible FreeSync monitors for 2020

The best G-Sync Compatible FreeSync monitors for 2020
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If you're looking for the best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor, the good news is we've done all the hard work for you. Nvidia has tested hundreds of Async monitors with it's "G-Sync Compatible" program and figured out which panels work well with the G-Sync adaptive sync technology. So if any of the monitors we've listed here catch your eye, rest assured  they have Nvidia's seal of approval.

So, what is a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor and why should you consider investing in one? There are a few reasons that you might opt for one of these over a native G-Sync monitor. FreeSync monitors are generally much easier on your wallet, so if you're on a budget or just don't want to fork out the extra cash, one of these may be a good compromise. Because, while these monitors may be marketed as FreeSync, you can enable Nvidia's equivalent technology, G-Sync, via the Nvidia Control Panel.

These panels are also handy if you happen to have a second machine lying around—or perhaps your partner has their own PC—and one uses an AMD GPU while the other houses an Nvidia graphics card. A G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor will allow you to swap the panel between both PCs while still being able to take advantage of each manufacturer's adaptive sync technology. Basically, they will help you avoid instances of micro stuttering or input lag, regardless of your preference when it comes to the best graphics cards. Both Nvidia and AMD GPUs are supported which means that you're not relying on software-based VSync. 

While it's true that you don't necessarily need a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor to enable G-Sync, you may end up with stability issues. It's a much better bet to grab one of the G-Sync certified FreeSync monitors to avoid any potential headaches.

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1. AOC G2590FX

Nigh bezel-less beauty on a great panel

Screen size: 24.5-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 9.26 lbs

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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.

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2. BenQ Zowie XL2740

A quality option from BenQ

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 240Hz | Weight: 19 lbs

Exceptional refresh rate
Easy to navigate interface
Frivolous blind flaps

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.

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3. Acer ED273 Abidpx

Keeping it curvy and affordable

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: VA | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Response time: 4ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 10.14 lbs

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Middling response times

For those who prefer screen that take 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 aforementioned TN displays, its viewing angles are suited for the enhanced field of view ushered in by the advent of curvaceous frames.

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4. ASUS MG278Q

Excellence in 1440p

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: TN | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 16.87 lbs

Sweet spot of 1440p resolution
Very fast speeds
A little bit pricey for what it offers

If you prefer to game at the sweet spot of 1440p while quietly awaiting 4K monitors to be come further refined and more affordable, then the ASUS MG278Q is your best pick here. This screen will offer you high-grade gaming speeds in terms of its response rate and refresh rate, but won't offer 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.

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5. Acer Nitro XV273K

The best 4K option

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Response time: 1ms | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Weight: 9.94 lbs

4K resolution
Good HDR
IPS panel
High price tag

This 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)—not an easy thing 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. As of right now, a little over 20 FreeSync monitors are now certified for G-Sync by Nvidia which are: