Purchasing a solid monitor for gaming can really enhance your visual experience. When looking around at a new monitor there are various features specifically tailored for gaming. Taking full advantage of G-Sync technologies by NVIDIA — should you own a supported graphics card — is a worthwhile investment. We'll be taking a look at some of the best monitors with the technology implemented that you can buy today.
- What is G-Sync?
- ASUS ROG PG278Q
- Dell Gaming S2716DG
- Acer Predator X34
- Philips 272G5DYEB
- Lenovo Y27g Razer Edition
What is G-Sync?
So what exactly is G-Sync anyway? NVIDIA is developing the technology to help reduce screen-tearing and stuttering. It works differently to AMD's FreeSync, but achieves similar results. G-Sync synchronizes both the monitor and graphics card, thanks to an on-board module inside the display. The card and monitor will only run as fast as the slowest of the two can handle, depending on where the bottleneck happens to be.
Essentially, G-Sync makes sure that each and every frame produced by the GPU is displayed on the monitor. While AMD's FreeSync generally doesn't increase the cost of the monitor, NVIDIA requires a chip to be installed inside the display itself. This increases the cost of production for monitor manufacturers, which in turn drives up the price for consumers.
You will also need to use DisplayPort in order to enjoy stutter-free gaming with G-Sync, as HDMI is not supported.
As well as grabbing and setting up a monitor that supports the technology, you'll also need to ensure you have a graphics card that can handle G-Sync. Here are the NVIDIA graphics cards that support G-Sync:
- GeForce GTX 1080
- GeForce GTX 1070
- GeForce GTX 1060
- GeForce GTX Titan X
- GeForce GTX 980 Ti
- GeForce GTX 980
- GeForce GTX 970
- GeForce GTX 965M
- GeForce GTX 960 (OEM)
- GeForce GTX 950
- GeForce GTX TITAN Z
- GeForce GTX TITAN Black
- GeForce GTX TITAN
- GeForce GTX 780 Ti
- GeForce GTX 780
- GeForce GTX 770
- GeForce GTX 760
- GeForce GTX 750 Ti
- GeForce GTX 750
- GeForce GTX 745
- GeForce GTX 690
- GeForce GTX 680
- GeForce GTX 670
- GeForce GTX 660 Ti
- GeForce GTX 660
- GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
Now, let's take a look at some of the best G-Sync monitors available.
ASUS ROG PG278Q
The ASUS Republic of Gaming PG278Q is the company's 27-inch 1440p gaming display with a refresh rate of 144Hz for smoother gameplay. It's a premium monitor, sporting not only NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, but also a response time of just 1ms, which is more than ideal for fast-paced gaming.
Eye care technology deployed by ASUS ensures the TUV certified monitor helps reduce eye fatigue by being flicker-free. While the PG278Q does not sport a VESA mount for brackets, the included stand can tilt, swivel, pivot and be vertically adjusted to achieve the most comfortable viewing position.
It's easy to configure the monitor too thanks to the 5-way on-screen navigation joystick to quickly alter settings. Inputs include DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 throughput. Not at all bad for $655.99.
Dell Gaming S2716DG
This 27-inch TN panel from Dell is part of the company's G-Sync offering, which also sports a resolution of 1440p and can pump out a solid number of frames thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate. The 1ms response rate only helps to create an immersive gaming experience without issue.
For connectivity, we have HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and four USB 3.0 ports. VESA mounting is supported as well, so you'll be able to deploy your own brackets and wall connections. If you'd rather use the included stand, it's possible to adjust it accordingly.
The Dell S2716DG is $519.99 so it won't break your balance if you're after a quality display with G-Sync and other technologies.
Acer Predator X34
The Predator X34 by Acer is a 34-inch curved display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Not only does the display itself look the part, but the 3440x1440 resolution will ensure content displayed is also of top quality. It's no 4K, but with a refresh rate that can be bumped to 100Hz, smooth gameplay is possible when taking advantage of NVIDIA G-Sync.
Should you be able to overlook the rather slow 4ms response time (other options hit the 1ms marker), the included IPS will provide excellent viewing angles and color reproduction. Five USB ports are on-hand, and there are even built-in speakers and webcam. As an added bonus, the Predator X34 supports VESA mounting.
Priced at $1,199, it's an expensive investment, but well worth it should you be on the lookout for a curved experience with G-Sync support.
The Philips 272G5DYEB is another 27-inch gaming monitor on our list. Instead of rocking a resolution of 1440p, the company has opted to go for 1920x1080, which is more ideal for those with less powerful NVIDIA cards that support G-Sync. Don't let the lower resolution fool you into thinking this is a basic monitor either, you'll be able to enjoy 144Hz for butter-smooth gameplay with NVIDIA Ultra Low Motion Blur.
As well as NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, Philips also packed in support for NVIDIA 3D Vision that transforms content into a different dimension with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 glasses. The monitor will be able to delivery supported games, Blu-ray movies, photos, and more in 3D. Finally, NVIDIA 3D LightBoost provides a much brighter 3D experience.
Ports-wise, the Philips 272G5DYEB comes packing DisplayPort and four USB 3.0 ports. There's even VESA mounting so you'll be able to throw two of these onto a single bracket and really take your entertainment and productivity to the next level. As for fast-paced titles, the 1ms response time will keep you ahead of the action.
This 1080p, 144Hz, 3D-ready screen will set you back $499.99.
Lenovo Y27g Razer Edition
The last monitor to make our short list is the Lenovo Y27G Razer Edition. The display is available for $50 less without the Razer branding and added benefits, but we wanted to include something a little different here. The Razer Edition of the Y27G includes Chroma multicolor lighting effects that create an ambience depending on what's displayed on-screen (in supported games only).
You can also set the color to your own preference. Say you have a blue lighting theme going on inside the case and wish for the same hue to be projected around the gaming den. This is possible with the Y27G Razer Edition, which makes it an interesting purchase to consider. You'll notice by the image that it's quite the serious curve and the unit itself certainly looks the part.
VESA mounting is standard, which makes us happy bunnies and for connectivity Lenovo has included four USB ports, DisplayPort and HDMI. The resolution is 1080p, refresh rate is 144Hz, though you may find issue with the rather slow 8ms response time. That said, when you consider the $599.99 price tag, it's not that bad when it comes to value with G-Sync.
What G-Sync monitor do you use?
Let us know in the comments if you depend on a G-Sync monitor that wasn't included in our round-up!