But there are lots of G-Sync gaming monitors out there with all sorts of different display resolutions, refresh rates, levels of HDR support, and a ton of other factors to consider. You (probably) only need one, so we’re here to help you figure out which is the right choice for you.
TL;DR – These are the Best G-Sync Gaming Monitors:
1. LG 32GK850G
Best G-Sync Gaming Monitor
If you’re going to go big with a G-Sync display, you might as well get a big screen to go with it too. The LG 32GK850G’s (read our review) 32-inch display adds an immersive quality to your gaming experience without being too big for you or your gaming desk.
It delivers G-Sync along with a 1440p resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. You might start looking for 4K resolution at 32 inches, but QHD will suffice for most games, even if you had the GPU to push your resolution higher. Although it utilizes a TN panel, the LG 32GK850G also boasts great contrast ratio and very good color.
2. Dell 24 Gaming Monitor S2419HGF
Best Budget G-Sync Monitor
The Dell 24 Gaming Monitor offers an affordable entry point in the world of high-refresh-rate gaming. It delivers a super smooth 144Hz refresh rate, letting you see more frames while you game. It can prevent tearing with FreeSync, but it’s also G-Sync compatible, so you’re all set if you have a recent Nvidia graphics card.
This monitor may not have high-end features like HDR or a higher resolution, but it comes at a much lower price, and you’ll be able to power it with a more affordable graphics card as well.
3. Samsung CRG5 Curved Gaming Monitor
The Best 1080p G-Sync Monitor
Unlike the majority of 240Hz gaming monitors out there, Samsung CRG5 Curved Gaming Monitor uses a VA panel, which means super-fast response times and high refresh rates without having to sacrifice wide color gamut and wide viewing angles. It’s pricey for a 1080p monitor, at $400, but it’s well worth it.
To get the most out of this blisteringly fast 1080p gaming monitor, you’ll want to pair it with a high-power graphics card and get those super-high frame rates. G-Sync will also help you maintain the smoothest gameplay possible.
4. Asus ROG PG279Q
Best 1440p G-Sync Gaming Monitor
When we took a look at the best 27-inch gaming monitors, we just slightly preferred the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q to the Viewsonic XG2760. The chief reason? The Viewsonic monitor’s TN panel didn’t have the nice wide viewing angles of the IPS panel in the Asus model. And though TN has faster switching speeds, we didn’t really notice the difference in gaming.
The Asus ROG PG279Q’s IPS-type panel also affords you more accurate colors and wider viewing angles. The tradeoff is the response time isn’t the 1ms you get from a TN panel, but 4ms is still plenty fast for most gamers.
5. Acer Predator XB273K
The Best 4K G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Acer’s excellent Predator XB273K (read our review) isn’t cheap, but it’s it offers the best 4K HDR picture without getting into the stratospheric prices of G-Sync Ultimate gaming monitors.
Of course, running triple-A games at 4K HDR requires a beefy graphics card, but be aware you’re going to have to keep your frame rate around 92Hz to enjoy full 10-bit color. For great visual quality and performance at an attainable price, you can’t beat the Acer Predator XB273K.
6. MSI Optix MPG341CQR
Best Ultrawide G-Sync Monitor
The MSI Optix MPG341CQR is a 34-inch curved gaming monitor that features an eye-popping 3,440 x 1,440 resolution and a peak brightness of 400-nits that makes it the best ultrawide gaming monitor you can get. Although it’s not technically listed as an official G-Sync compatible gaming monitor, you can enable G-Sync to run inside Nvidia’s Control Panel all the same and believe us that it works beautifully.
Widescreen gaming at high-resolutions and with high-dynamic-range effects is great, but there’s something about a 21:9 panel that takes it to the next step. The MSI Optix MPG341CQR is also very versatile as a gaming monitor thanks to its HDR10 support and high-color accuracy. It also features a great suite of ports including two HDMI, a DisplayPort, and USB-C for connecting any of Nvidia’s latest graphics cards, modern gaming laptops, and even a MacBook.
7. Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ
Best FreeSync Gaming Monitor for G-Sync
With the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ, you can stop worrying about having to pick between G-Sync and Freesync as this gaming monitor supports both. Thanks to its classification as a G-Sync compatible FreeSync gaming monitor, this display can give you a variable refresh rate experience on both Nvidia- and AMD-powered PCs as well as the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
Aside from its VRR features, the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is gaming monitor that only costs about $430 and yet you get a 1,440p panel with HDR10 support. This display also offers a silky smooth 165Hz frame rate and little to no lag with only a 1ms response time.
8. Viotek GFT27DB
Another G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Monitor Option
In case a 4K G-Sync compatible gaming monitor is too rich for your blood, the Viotek GFT27DB (read our review) comes in at a much more affordable $300. It’s a 27-inch 1440p TN panel with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time.
It’s a FreeSync monitor, but it’s compatible with G-Sync. Nvidia hasn’t tested this model (or any Viotek display) to date for its G-Sync compatibility list, but IGN’s testing confirms that it plays nice with G-Sync when the feature is manually enabled. I can also attest to this display’s deep blacks and excellent color accuracy. The Viotek GFT27DB delivers G-Sync without the typical G-Sync markup.
9. Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ
Best 4K HDR G-Sync Gaming Monitor
The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is pretty much the ultimate G-Sync gaming monitor you can buy right now. This display offers a nearly endless font of high-end specs including a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, 200Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time, and 1,000-nit peak brightness. As if that all wasn’t enough to make this gaming monitor super desirable, it also features 512 local dimming zones, which work just like they on high-end 4K TVs to display deep blacks right next to burning bright hot spots on the screen.
Unfortunately, this poster child for Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate gaming monitors comes at the hefty price of $2,499, which you easily could use to build a powerful enough gaming PC to take full advantage of all the visual glory this display promises.
What to look for in a G-Sync Gaming Monitor
A little background: G-Sync is Nvidia’s proprietary technology for variable refresh rate (VRR) monitors. The company embeds a display controller in the monitor (which makes it cost a little more) and then it can sync the monitor’s refresh rate with the frame output from any modern Nvidia graphics card (Kepler or newer). If you’ve got an AMD graphics card, a G-Sync monitor will just act like a normal monitor and you’ll need a FreeSync display instead.
So what is VRR? Basically, a normal monitor is locked to a single refresh rate—that’s the number of times per second that it changes the color and brightness of the pixels on the screen. Your graphics card draws a frame and then waits until the monitor’s next refresh cycle to display it. This has the effect of making your game jump frame rate between even multiples of the display’s refresh: with a 144Hz monitor, your games will run at 144fps, for example (if you have the right hardware or powerful enough prebuilt PC, of course).
Disabling Vsync will also allow your graphics card to run as fast as possible on any monitor, but it produces an ugly visual artifact called tearing, where the monitor displays partially-drawn frames on top of the previous frame. With VRR technology (G-Sync or FreeSync), the monitor refreshes whenever the graphics card has drawn the next frame. So your monitor and game might max out at 60Hz, but if your game is running at 52fps, the monitor will refresh at 52Hz, drawing the frame immediately instead of waiting for the next 60Hz cycle. So you’ll see the frame rate your graphics card is capable of, not a big downgrade to 30fps.
As a final reminder: there are two VRR technologies gamers should know about: G-Sync and FreeSync. G-Sync is Nvidia’s proprietary technology and only works with Nvidia graphics cards. FreeSync is AMD’s brand for a VRR technology built on top of the VESA standard and only works with AMD GPUs. G-Sync requires extra hardware in the monitor, driving monitors costs up but maintains consistently high quality. FreeSync requires no special hardware and thus monitors are typically cheaper, but quality control is a little less consistent.
G-Sync on a FreeSync Display?
At CES 2019, Nvidia announced its intention to encroach on AMD’s turf with its G-Sync Compatible initiative. Basically, Nvidia is testing existing FreeSync equipped monitors with its latest G-Sync drivers.
The new driver went live in January with 12 FreeSync monitors certified as G-Sync compatible, and thanks to another three being added during Computex the number of G-Sync compatible monitors on the list has increased to 28. That’s huge news for anyone running a FreeSync monitor or looking for a less expensive solution to G-Sync. More importantly, if users find themselves playing games with an RTX- or GTX-powered gaming PC and an Xbox One X, they won’t have to choose between either a G-Sync or FreeSync display, since each of the monitors we’ve included on this list work with either variable refresh rate technology.
There are also more G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors than Nvidia has tested. You can manually set most FreeSync monitors to work with Nvidia GPUs and G-Sync. One such display is the Viotek GFT27DB, which we recently reviewed. It isn’t on the compatibility list, but it played nice with G-Sync during testing.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your PC’s display, be sure to check out our guide to the best 4K gaming monitors, the top graphics cards of 2019, or for absolutely blazing frame rates, our guide to the best 240hz monitors.
Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark