When speaking strictly of value, it’s impossible to beat most FreeSync displays. Since it’s merely part of the DisplayPort spec, it requires zero extra manufacturing cost. Current prices still show a gap of around $200 compared to similar G-Sync products. Functionally, there is no difference between the two technologies until you start talking about low framerates. G-Sync monitors universally bottom out at 30Hz, then double buffer frames to keep the action as smooth as possible. FreeSync only does this when LFC is implemented, and that can only take place when the max refresh is at least 2.5 times the minimum. Many displays don’t meet that requirement.
The AOC G2460PF does, however, thanks to the latest firmware, which enables FreeSync between 35 and 144Hz. It, and the larger G2770PF are now shipping with that code. This means tear free operation over a tremendous range. And with enough graphics processing power, you can hit 144fps in many games. While some may be skeptical of its FHD resolution, we still think other aspects of image quality like contrast and color saturation outweigh the importance of pixel density.
In addition to our benchmark tests, we spend several hours playing on all the gaming monitors we review. In a 24" size, high framerates and tear free operation completely make you forget you're only looking at 92ppi. And you’ll quickly forget that you’re playing on a TN screen as well. While it may not quite have the punch of an IPS panel (and certainly not the amazing contrast of VA), image quality is still quite good.
We continue to maintain that smooth motion quality and quick response are what you should be looking for in a gaming monitor. Don’t let the letters TN and FHD lead you to dismiss an entire category. Unless your budget is large, lower resolution means a better gaming experience. QHD is still a sweet spot that offers a little greater pixel density and doesn’t exact a huge toll on your video card’s capabilities. But for those who have spent less than $300 on a graphics board, a monitor like the G2460PF is an ideal fit.
For its solid image quality, trouble-free 144Hz refresh rate, and wide FreeSync range, we’re giving it our Tom’s Hardware Editor Approved Award.