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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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Looking for the best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor might seem like a daunting task, but you're in luck—we've done all the hard work for you. And yes, Nvidia did its bit too, with the 'G-Sync Compatible' program where it tested hundreds of async monitors to figure out which models work best with the G-Sync adaptive sync technology.

Why should you consider investing in a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor? Essentially, owning one of these monitors completely overlooks your preferences when it comes to the best graphics cards. So whether you're in the Nvidia or AMD camp, you can avoid instances of input lag or micro stuttering as you're not dependent on software-based V-Sync. Basically, a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor lets you enable Nvidia's G-Sync via the Nvidia Control Panel.

Also, you don't actually need a G-Sync certified FreeSync monitor to enable G-Sync, though doing so may result in some huge headaches and stability issues. Because of this, it's much better to nab one of the best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors that include Nvidia's seal of approval.

We've listed our favourites below and included details that should help you make your own decision. Whichever you choose, it's fair to say that these panels have the best G-Sync without having to splash out on a native G-Sync monitor. 

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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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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:

Gabe has been writing about the intersection of games and technology since the tender age of 16. Previously seen on TechRadar, Digital Trends and PC Magazine, he currently serves as a Senior Writer on the central hardware team spanning PC Gamer and GamesRadar. In his leisure time, you can find him amassing Razer products, playing games and watching superhero movies ranging from bad to mediocre in his cramped Manhattan apartment.