NVIDIA G-Sync delivers tear-free gaming, adapting your monitor or TV refresh rate to the outputted frames from any video game. It's one of the best ways to achieve a snag-free gaming experience, with your PC and display working in harmony to deliver the best image. NVIDIA G-Sync is mostly reserved for PC gaming monitors, but it's now found on more 4K TVs than ever. We've rounded up the best NVIDIA G-Sync-compatible 4K TVs to consider in 2021.
The best in 4K TVs
Suited to next-gen consoles and PC hardware, no display delivers uncompromised viewing like the LG CX. It claimed our best 4K TV award in 2020, with punchy and precise imagery and boasting an extensive feature set primed for smooth and responsive gaming. That includes HDMI 2.1 support, introducing 4K resolution at 120Hz over the connector, with onboard FreeSync and G-Sync to keep your games tear-free. You're also getting an OLED panel, with per-pixel precision over your viewing experience, for ultra-rich blacks and high contrast. It's available in 48-, 55-, 65-, and 75-inch variants, easily topping the best G-Sync TVs in 2021.
The Samsung QN90A is another performant 4K TV for gaming, with a vibrant 4K HDR QLED panel, simultaneously achieving up to 120Hz through its HDMI 2.1 ports. It's a bright display, with "Neo QLED" Mini LED technology for increased precision, contrast, and overall improved presentation. It's especially suited to gaming with its VRR implementation, including NVIDIA G-Sync. While it can't achieve the same deep blacks as OLED, this is one of the best 4K TVs out there, with no risk of burn-in.
More features for less
The LG NANO85 (or LGNANO 86 in Europe) continues to fly off store shelves as one of the most affordable 4K TVs that's fully compliant with next-generation consoles. It has HDMI 2.1 support, with 4K resolution up to 120Hz, coupled with low input lag and response times ideal for gaming. While the lower price tag means HDR proves mixed, this G-Sync-compatible TV supplies all the latest gaming features for less. It starts at 49 inches large, with 55-, 65-, and 75-inch variants also available.
TV meets monitor
While current G-Sync TV options are limited, products like the ROG Swift PG43UQ straddle a new line between big-screen gaming with monitor features. This 43-inch monitor caters to PC gamers with 4K resolution up to 144Hz, 1ms response time, and NVIDIA G-Sync support. But with HDR, in-built stereo speakers, and a TV-style remote, you're still getting all the luxuries of any traditional TV. This makes it best-suited to any office, designed specifically for use with a PC.
Finding the best G-Sync TV for you
NVIDIA G-Sync put a stop to screen tearing, ensuring smooth PC gaming across supported graphics cards and displays. Those shopping for G-Sync-friendly hardware now have 4K TVs to consider, with some of the top models on the market now boasting VRR technology. That opens new benefits like bigger displays, dedicated smart TV features, and other features not present across the list of G-Sync monitors.
The LG CX OLED is our top G-Sync TV in 2021, officially certified by NVIDIA, and easily the best 4K TV for gaming right now. The OLED technology means the rich blacks pop, coupled with HDR for improved contrast and colors. HDMI 2.1 support, available across the latest NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPUs, also pushes up to 4K resolution at 120Hz, ideal for those pursuing high framerate gaming in the process. It's only worth stressing that, while uncommon, OLED technology does bring the potential for burn-in, with increased risk for PCs. While its current $1,350 starting price isn't cheap, it's great for PC gaming, and the best for 4K TV for Xbox Series X and PS5, too.
For a more affordable alternative that doesn't comprise functionality, the LG NANO 85/NANO86 is your best bet, with incredible value at this price. It's well fitted with 4K at 120Hz, HDR, and other gaming features bundled in one place. While it's not the best image out there, movies and games still shine on this TV. You also don't need to worry about the chance of burn-in, making this more reliable for years of PC use.
Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.
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