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The best FreeSync monitors you can buy
Finding the right gaming monitor can be rough, and finding the right FreeSync monitor can be even more challenging. We want to make that search a bit easier on you, so we’ve looked around and found a few of the best FreeSync monitors you can buy.
What is FreeSync?
First off, what is FreeSync? We have a FreeSync explainer that goes in-depth on this topic, so read that for more information. The short version is this: FreeSync is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s G-Sync. It minimizes screen tearing in games by dynamically adjusting your monitor’s refresh rate to match the FPS that your GPU is putting out. This will also make games at lower frame rates appear much smoother.
With that out of the way, we have various sizes, display types, and brands here to hopefully make your search a bit easier. Here are the best FreeSync monitors.
See also: FreesSync Vs. G-Sync
Buying the best FreeSync monitor
FreeSync monitors are available at all kinds of prices, sizes, resolutions, and refresh rates. What’s great is that FreeSync is a free feature, so there has been a wide implementation thanks to the lack of licensing charges. Even NVIDIA has a G-Sync tier called G-Sync compatible, which supports FreeSync.
While picking the best FreeSync monitor, focus on your budget, and use case. Gaming monitors make the best use of this technology since the potential requirement for a solution to screen tearing is also the highest for them. You can then pick the resolution and refresh rate according to your needs, and the specifications of your PC.
Also, make sure your GPU supports FreeSync before you buy a monitor. AMD says supporting devices include Compatible GPUs include all AMD Radeon graphics cards beginning with Radeon RX 200 Series, released in 2013, all newer Radeon consumer graphics products that use GCN 2.0 architecture, and later, and NVIDIA GeForce 10 series and newer. You can check if your GPU model supports it by checking the manufacturer’s website.
Also see: What’s the best GPU for gaming?
The best FreeSync monitors
- The Samsung Odyssey G7 is the most well-equipped monitor on the list with a 240Hz QLED display.
- The MSI Optix Ultrawide strikes a balance between features, price, and resolution to sum up to a fantastic package.
- The Gigabyte M32U is one of the best 4K gaming monitors you can get, and at 32 inches it could double as a media consumption display as well.
- The Alienware AW2521HF has a lot of style, and substance to back that up. The 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time are some of the fastest out there.
- The Acer Nitro VG270 is priced well to be an entry-level FreeSync monitor. At 75Hz, you won’t be getting the highest refresh rate out there, but it’s a great beginner or secondary display nonetheless.
- The ASUS TUF VG27VQ has a curved panel for even more immersion into your games. It also hallmarks a 165Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth visuals.
- The LG 27QN600 is great for budget-conscious buyers who still want a high-res experience. The display may only be 75Hz, but the QHD panel makes up for it.
- The Sceptre C27B probably wasn’t on your radar, but it should be. Fantastic colors and a great refresh rate aren’t the only things on offer here.
- The Dell S2421HGF is another bargain display, but this one has a 144Hz refresh rate for those willing to trade ultra-high resolutions for ultra-high refresh rate gaming.
- The LG C1 OLED is an honorable mention for its stellar quality. This one will also be great for new gaming consoles.
Best FreeSync monitor overall: Samsung Odyssey G7
Samsung makes some surprisingly fantastic monitors, though I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by the company that makes excellent displays in its other products. This curved beast of a monitor features a QHD resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time.
Playing for the other team? Check out the best G-Sync monitors
The Odyssey G7 features G-Sync compatibility in addition to being a FreeSync monitor. We appreciate the duality here, Samsung. This is a QLED screen, by the way, so you will be getting some of the best visuals you can get on a gaming monitor.
Best ultrawide: MSI Optix Ultrawide
For those with an affinity for a wider FOV, MSI’s Optix Ultrawide is one of the best FreeSync monitors out there. This display measures 34 inches diagonally, features a 100Hz refresh rate and has a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution.
Read more: The best 144Hz monitors
Not only will the ultrawide screen be great for supported games, but it will also help when doing work or personal tasks by providing a lot of extra screen real estate.
Best 4K FreeSync monitor: Gigabyte M32U
For the highest of the high end, Gigabyte has a beastly display on its hands here. Gigabyte’s M32U is a 4K monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and of course, FreeSync tech to eliminate screen tearing.
See more: The best 27-inch monitors
This is also a large monitor, coming in at almost 32 inches. This display will give you consistently stellar visuals with no compromise in sight. Conveniently, the Gigabyte M32U also has a built-in KVM switch for cross-computer accessory use.
Alienware products have always had a specific look to them, and this one is no different. Rounded accents with a turquoise tint give this monitor a futuristic appearance. The AW2521HF FreeSync monitor features a high refresh rate at 240Hz and a 1ms response time for some of the smoothest gaming you can get.
Further reading: The best 240Hz monitors
The panel on this display is IPS and has 99% sRGB coverage for stunning visuals in games and accurate colors when you need them most. Like the Samsung model at the top of the list, this monitor has G-Sync compatibility as well.
Acer Nitro VG270
The most remarkable thing about this FreeSync monitor is its price. While it fluctuates quite a bit, it consistently remains an excellent budget offering. It provides a 75Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time which is just enough to get you started.
Want a cleaner look? You’ll need a great monitor arm.
The FreeSync tech in this display will help budget systems the most, as those tend to have a harder time maintaining high frame rates. With the Nitro VG270, you won’t have to worry about tearing at low frame rates anymore.
ASUS TUF VG27VQ
The fact the TUF VG27VQ is curved sets it apart from many, but the 165Hz refresh rate helps it stand out even more. It’s faster than most in its price range, and it’s still a FreeSync monitor, meaning you’ll always get the smoothest possible visuals at any frame rate.
Further reading: The best cheap 144Hz monitors
Curved monitors can help with immersion in games by “wrapping around” your field of view, making it easier to see more of the screen without darting your eyes as much. Something cool to note: this monitor’s stand rotates so you can freely pivot your screen.
There’s not a short and friendly name for this monitor, but the 27-inch LG 27QU600 is a fantastic FreeSync monitor for the price. You’ll get a QHD IPS screen, a 75Hz refresh rate, and excellent color accuracy with 99% sRGB coverage. It’s also HDR10 compatible for amplified visuals where available.
Other than all that, it also has audio routing on the back so you can use multiple audio sources with the same speakers, or plug in your headphones.
Sceptre is lesser-known these days, but the C27B is a great curved FreeSync monitor. It features a 1080p resolution with a 165Hz refresh rate, and 95% sRGB coverage so you can also use this monitor for work if you choose.
The monitor also has built-in speakers if you’re into that. At $240 at the time of writing, the price is right, so I wouldn’t overlook this one.
Dell’s gaming monitors are often overshadowed by its Alienware brand, but the non-Alienware displays are nothing to sneeze at. The 24-inch S2421HGF FreeSync monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time, and a stand that offers height adjustment and tilt.
There’s not much that’s incredibly remarkable about this one, but it’s a bargain.
Honorable mention: LG 48C1 OLED
This one was worth putting on the list because of the lack of OLED monitors on the market right now. LG’s C1 OLED TVs are quite the flagships. See here for a better explanation of OLED display tech, but the short version is it uses self-lit pixels to create theoretical “infinite contrast”, giving you incredible colors and black levels.
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Aside from being one of LG’s renowned smart TVs, the LG 48C1 OLED also features FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility so you can use this as a gaming monitor. The TV’s refresh rate goes up to 120Hz, though you’ll need to make sure the device you’re using will support up to 4K 120Hz i.e. a PS5 or Xbox Series, or an RTX 30 series GPU on a PC.
That’s it for our list of the best FreeSync monitors, but if you crave a bigger screen like in our last entry, maybe you should consider a TV instead?