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?
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 onboard 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. Following are the NVIDIA graphics cards that support G-Sync. Have hardware that doesn't make the list? Have a look at our collection of the best graphics cards for an upgrade.
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
- GeForce GTX 1080
- GeForce GTX 1070
- GeForce GTX 1060
- GeForce GTX Titan X
- GeForce GTX Titan Xp
- 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 PG278QR
The ASUS Republic of Gaming PG278Q is the company's 27-inch 1440p gaming display with a refresh rate of 165Hz 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 PG278QR 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 under $650.
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 $600, which for a G-Sync monitor at this size is pretty solid value.
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.
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.
AOC Agon AG271QG
This 27-inch G-Sync monitor from AOC's Agon gaming brand is virtually faultless. It's an attractive monitor and thanks to having no curve, has an attractive sub-$600 price point as well.
Spec wise you're getting a 1440p resolution IPS display with a crazy fast 165Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. Natively the panel is 144Hz, but AOC included a factory overclock to make it a little faster. It also boasts great colors with 100% sRGB coverage.
Connectivity includes HDMI and the all important DisplayPort for G-Sync, as well as four USB ports to expand your PCs capabilities on that front. The stand is robust and styish, the monitor has height, tilt and rotation through 90-degrees, as well as standard VESA mount for hooking up to a monitor arm.
Updated September 26, 2017: We've removed some older monitors no longer on sale, added a new choice from AOC and updated the list of supported GPUS.
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