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The best FreeSync monitors in 2022

The best FreeSync monitor helps your games avoid tearing and artifacting. Nothing hurts more than playing a brand new beautiful game and having to see visual issues because your monitor isn't up to the job. A FreeSync monitor will deliver you variabl refresh rates for AMD graphics cards or an Nvidia card, so you can avoid this problem entirely.

The FreeSync standard is split into three grades: FreeSync, FreeSync Premium, and FreeSync Premium Pro.

+Bright vivid colors+FreeSync compatible+Excellent response time for a 4K monitor-Oversaturated sRGB mode

4K gaming is a premium endeavor. You need a colossal amount of rendering power to hit decent frame rates at such a high resolution. But if you're rocking a top-shelf graphics card, like an RTX 3080, RTX 3090, or RX 6800 XT then this dream can be a reality, at last.The LG UltraGear is the first 4K Nano IPS 1ms gaming monitor that'll properly show off your superpowered GPU. This 4K 27-inch HDR monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which is kind of wild for a 4K monitor. What is most impressive, however, is the Nano IPS tech that offers a wider color gamut and stellar viewing angles.

The LG UltraGear 27GN950-B bags you a terrific panel with exquisite IPS image quality. Despite the lesser HDR capabilities, it also nets beautiful colors and contrast for your games too. FreeSync offers stable pictures and smoothness, and the speedy refresh rate and response times back this up too.

It's the whole package and truly the best gaming monitor going.

Read our full LG 27GN950 review.

Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 4 The best FreeSync Premium gaming monitorScreen size: 27-inchPanel type: IPSAspect ratio: 16:9Resolution: 2560 x 1440Response time: 1 msRefresh rate: 144 HzFreeSync tier: FreeSync Premium+Fantastic picture quality+Excellent gaming performance+Lots of useful utilities-Bland design-Basic stand

The G27Q proves that you don't need to spend a fortune for a decent IPS 1440p display. At $330, Gigabyte's 27-incher packs in plenty of sought-after features, but more importantly, it provides rich color and smooth gameplay. The 144Hz refresh rate doesn't hurt, either.The Gigabyte G27Q is a bit of a plain Jane compared to other more pricey options. It's a flat, 27-inch display and a design that wouldn't stand out in an office environment. But it's actually one of the best gaming monitors I've had the pleasure of using. Not only does it have a gorgeous, vibrant panel, but it's also HDR capable and packs plenty of useful features designed to enhance your gaming pleasure.

Read our full Gigabyte G27Q review.

Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 4 A great 1440 FreeSync gaming monitorScreen size: 27-inchPanel type: VAAspect ratio: 16:9Resolution: 2560 x 1440Response time: 1 msRefresh rate: 165 HzFreeSync tier: FreeSync Premium+1440p and 165Hz is a very nice combo+Strong inherent contrast from VA panel+Affordable for a gaming panel-1440p and 165Hz is a very nice combo-Strong inherent contrast from VA panel-Affordable for a gaming panel

Much like the mystical ways of the Force, PC gaming is all about balance. There's little point weighting your system too heavily in one direction without paying attention to the whole package. Why bother pairing your RTX 3080 Ti with a 60Hz 1080p screen? Likewise why spend big on a 4K monitor when you're only sporting a Radeon RX 6600?

The classic 27-inch Dell S2722DGM marries that screen real estate with a 1440p native resolution, which gives you a great pixel pitch for fine detail. At 1440p it's also a decent resolution for getting high frame rates without the GPU demands of a 4K display.

It's also capable of delivering that resolution at 165Hz, higher than the IPS-based Gigabyte above it. This VA panel also means it has a far higher contrast ratio, too, given the technology's inherent strong contrast. It's also a great price. Dell delivers high quality gaming panels, with all the features you need and few extraneous ones to bump up the price. And that makes it one of the best gaming monitors for most PC gamers today.

Read our full Dell S2722DGM review.

Image 1 of 5Image 2 of 5Image 3 of 5Image 4 of 5Image 5 of 5 The best 240Hz FreeSync gaming monitorScreen size: 25-inchPanel type: IPSAspect ratio: 16:9Resolution: 1920 x 1080Response time: 1 msRefresh rate: 240 HzFreeSync tier: FreeSync Premium+Great viewing angles+Fast response times-No HDR

It may have once been a niche, but 240Hz gaming has become more widespread, and Alienware has set itself ahead of the pack with the gorgeous AW2521HF gaming monitor. While not the cheapest on the market, it has the style and performance to make you want it on your desk.

Gamers will dig the Alienware 25's lightning-fast response time in games like Valorant and Destiny 2 with little to no ghosting or artifacts. This 1080p IPS panel is bright and vivid too.

If you work or game in a bright room, the Alienware 25 handles even the most obnoxious glares. More importantly, the AW252HF has some impressive viewing angles regardless if you have it set in the middle of your desk for gaming or off to the side as a second monitor in portrait mode while you work. Our only real complaints are the lack of HDR support, along with a lack of contrast, but it remains one of the best gaming monitors.

Image 1 of 6Image 2 of 6Image 3 of 6Image 4 of 6Image 5 of 6Image 6 of 6 Big screen FreeSync gamingScreen size: 32-inchPanel type: VAAspect ratio: 16:9Resolution: 2560 x 1440Response time: 1 msRefresh rate: 165 HzFreeSync tier: FreeSync Premium+Awesome value for money+Decent all-round image quality+Reasonably quick and responsive-"Only" 1440p-No HDR support-Not terribly punchy

We'd all love to have a thousand bucks burning a hole in our back pockets to blow on a new gaming monitor. But back in the real world, the Dell S3222DGM wants a crack at the kind of budget most of us actually have.

It's a 32-inch beast with a VA panel running at up to 165Hz and delivering 2560 by 1440 pixels. Yup, the tried and tested 1440p resolution, the sweetspot for real-world gaming according to many, the perfect balance between performance and visual detail. The catch is all that normally applies to 27-inch models. 32 inches? That makes for a pretty big panel for 1440p in terms of pixel density.

Where the low pixel density hurts most is actually in Windows. If you like crisp fonts and lots of desktop real estate, this isn’t the monitor for you. For everyone else, well, it comes down to the value proposition. There are faster monitors. There are monitors with superior IPS-powered image quality. There are monitors with all kinds of HDR support not found here. And others with far more pixels or more dramatic aspect ratios.

The best FreeSync monitors in 2022

But it's worth remembering that pricing for this class of display - a 32-inch 165Hz 1440p panel - extends all the way up to $800 in the Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165. So, while the Dell S3222DGM isn't all that exciting from a technical point of view, for the money, it's pretty convincing.

Read our full Dell S3222DGM review.

Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 4 An affordable 4K FreeSync gaming monitorScreen size: 28-inchPanel type: IPSAspect ratio: 16:9Resolution: 3840 x 2160Response time: 2 msRefresh rate: 144HzFreeSync tier: FreeSync Premium+Affordable 4K+144Hz refresh rate+Stunning IPS panel+Great for 4K gaming-Cheap stand-Overdrive often overdoes itScreen queens

Best gaming monitor: pixel-perfect panels for your PCBest high refresh rate monitor: screaming quick screensBest 4K monitor for gaming: when only high-res will doBest 4K TV for gaming: big-screen 4K PC gaming

The M28U ticks all the boxes for both the PC gamer and the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 owner.

It features a stunning 28-inch IPS panel, which delivers excellent picture quality and depth of color. However, the big sell for gamers will be the 144Hz (120Hz on console) refresh rate, and 2ms MPRT response time. That's certainly quick enough for our tastes, and to look good while delivering that speed is a huge deal.

What makes the M28U an even bigger deal is that it's actually rather affordable. It's still quite a lot of money to throw down on a monitor alone, but considering what other 4K monitors with this sort of feature set are going for, it's as close to a steal as you're going to get at 4K.

Read our full Gigabyte M28U review.

Best FreeSync gaming monitor FAQ

In general, FreeSync monitors will be cheaper. It used to be the case that they would only work in combination with an AMD GPU. The same went for G-Sync monitors and Nvidia GPUs. Nowadays, though, it is possible to find G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors if you're intent on spending less.

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 when you play games.

V-SyncGraphics tech synchronizes a game's framerate with your monitor's refresh rate 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.G-SyncNvidia's 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.

FreeSyncAMD'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.

GhostingWhen 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.

Response TimeThe 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.

TN PanelsTwisted-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.

IPSIn-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.

VAVertical 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.

HDRHigh Dynamic Range. HDR provides a wider color range than normal SDR panels and offers increased brightness. The result is more vivid colors, deeper blacks, and a brighter picture.

Peak BrightnessThis refers to the maximum brightness of a monitor or television and is measured in nits.

UltrawideShorthand for monitors with aspect wider aspect ratios like 32:9 or 21:9

ResolutionThe number of pixels that make up a monitor's display, measured by height and width. For example: 1920 x 1080 (aka 1080p), 2560 x 1440 (2K), and 3840 x 2160 (4K).