Best G-SYNC Monitors – Buyer’s Guide and Monitor Reviews

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Dell AW3418DW

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  • 34" 3440x1440 120Hz
  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Quick pixel response time
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LG 38GL950G

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  • 38" 3840x1600 175Hz
  • Accurate and consistent colors with 98% DCI-P3 gamut
  • Quick 1ms GtG pixel response time

Even though you can now use FreeSync with NVIDIA cards, there are still upsides to utilizing your GeForce graphics card with a gaming display that has a dedicated G-SYNC module.

In this guide, we’ll cover which G-SYNC monitors are worth considering and, perhaps more importantly, which models are not worth the premium price due to the availability of better and more cost-effective FreeSync models.

Top 5 G-SYNC Monitors In 2020

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh Rate 
32”2560×1440VA144Hz
35”3440×1440VA120Hz
34”3440×1440IPS120Hz
38”3840×1600IPS175Hz
25″1920×1080IPS360Hz

These are the only G-SYNC monitors currently available that we recommend as they worth the extra cost over their FreeSync counterparts; in the monitor reviews below, we’ll explain why exactly that is.

In comparison to FreeSync or G-SYNC Compatible monitors, G-SYNC displays have a special chip installed, which in addition to providing a wide variable refresh rate range, offers low input lag and variable overdrive.

However, if there’s a FreeSync monitor that already has imperceptible input lag performance, wide enough VRR range, and excellent overdrive implementation, there’s really no need to pay extra for the G-SYNC module.

This guide doesn’t include the G-SYNC Ultimate gaming monitors such as the ASUS PG27UQ and the Acer Predator X35 with DisplayHDR 1000.

These are certainly one of the best G-SYNC monitors available, but you can find them in our best HDR monitor buyer’s guide via the following links: the ASUS PG27UQ and the Acer X35.

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You’re probably wondering where are all the 1080p and 27″ 1440p G-SYNC models, and why do we have a 32″ sized 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor at the top of our list as the most budget-friendly and the first option you should consider.

Well, to start with, for the price of a 1080p 144Hz G-SYNC gaming monitor, such as the Acer XB241H, for instance, you can get a 1080p 240Hz gaming monitor with FreeSync which is basically superior in every way for the same price.

Additionally, most of these 1080p 144Hz G-SYNC monitors are very old models that are discontinued and/or overpriced.

As for the 240Hz G-SYNC models – since most competitive gamers prefer to use uncapped frame rates or backlight strobing over a variable refresh rate, investing in a G-SYNC module isn’t worth it.

In fact, there are plenty of cheaper 1080p 240Hz FreeSync gaming monitors that have impeccable overdrive and backlight strobing implementations, such as the Acer XF252Q and the ViewSonic XG270.

Moving on to the 1440p models, the LG 27GL83A has pretty much made every 1440p 144Hz monitor with a TN panel obsolete. It has an IPS panel, which is just as fast as most TNs, but with vibrant colors and wide viewing angles!

On top of that, it’s cheaper than the popular 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC models, such as the Dell S2716DG with a TN panel or the ASUS PG279QZ, which uses an older and slower IPS panel.

It’s only when we get to the 32″ 1440p 144Hz VA models, which suffer from slow pixel response time that G-SYNC offers a notable improvement over the FreeSync models that’s worth considering the extra price.

LG 32GK650G - Fastest 32" 1440p 144Hz Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you’re looking for a 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a 32″ screen, you might be disappointed that there are no such models currently available with TN or IPS panels meaning that you’ll have to settle for a VA panel model.

That doesn’t have to be a bad thing necessarily as the VA technology offers a superior static contrast ratio for inky blacks. Although it comes at a cost of pixel response time speed, the LG 32GK650G handles fast motion very well.

We’ll cover the basic characteristics of different panel technologies below, but you can learn more about panels here.

Image Quality

Based on a VA panel with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness, 1440p resolution, 8-bit color depth support, and standard sRGB color gamut, the LG 32GK650G offers a rather immersive viewing and gaming experience.

First of all, 1440p resolution looks great even on 32″ monitors!

Basically, you get the same pixel density as 1080p on 24″ displays, but on a much bigger screen, and since you’ll be sitting a bit further from the monitor, the individual pixels won’t be individually detectable at all.

Sure, 4K UHD would look much crispier, but it would also be drastically more demanding on your PC system, whereas with 1440p – you can still get a high frame rate in many games for a more responsive gaming experience.

The contrast ratio of 3,000:1 makes for deep blacks and vivid details in the shadows of the picture. In fact, blacks on TN and IPS panels, which usually have a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, look grayish in comparison!

While the colors aren’t as consistent as that of IPS panel monitors, they are rich and vibrant nonetheless. So, unless you’re a professional photo editor, this won’t be an issue.

Features

The main disadvantage of all VA panel monitors is the pixel response time speed.

In short, pixels take longer to change from dark pixels into brighter ones, which causes visible smearing behind fast-moving objects, though this is mainly noticeable in really dark scenes.

The LG 32GK650G is one of the fastest VA panel gaming monitors, mostly thanks to its G-SYNC module and variable overdrive, which allows the response time overdrive to change on the fly while VRR is enabled.

So, for instance, at 140Hz, you get 140FPS, and the optimal overdrive setting is automatically applied for the least amount of ghosting.

In case your FPS rate drops to 80FPS/Hz, the overdrive mode changes with it, thus preventing inverse ghosting.

FreeSync monitors don’t have this feature. So, you’d need to manually change the overdrive setting according to your FPS rate, which is not possible to do if your FPS rate often fluctuates in certain games.

Some models, such as the Nixeus EDG27, have a similar feature called adaptive overdrive, but it’s not as effective.

It’s also possible to overclock the LG 32GK650G up to 165Hz in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, and G-SYNC will work all the way up to 165Hz by eliminating screen tearing and stuttering.

Other useful features include Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker games), custom crosshairs, various pre-calibrated picture presets, and other standard image adjustment tools.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 100mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, -5°/15° tilt, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Unlike most 32″ 1440p 144Hz monitors which are curved, the LG 32GK650G has a flat-screen. Some users will actually prefer this, as screen curvature isn’t as necessary on widescreen displays as it is with ultrawides.

The screen has an anti-glare coating, which prevents reflections while the bezels are ultra-thin!

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 (max 60Hz at 2560×1440), and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

The LG 32GK650G is also available with the Sphere Lighting RGB technology as the more expensive LG 32GK850G.

You can check out our full review of the LG 32GK850G, where we also compare these G-SYNC models to the FreeSync variants, the LG 32GK650F and the LG 32GK850F.

You should also consider the Samsung C32G7.

It’s a 32″ 1440p gaming monitor with a 1000R curved VA panel and AMD FreeSync, but it has a fast 1ms GtG response time and a 240Hz refresh rate.

It offers a significantly faster response time speed than the 32GK650G, and has no ghosting or overshoot across the entire refresh rate range.

Although the G7 is certified as G-SYNC Compatible, a lot of users report the infamous brightness flickering issue. This only affects some units, and it’s not present in all games.

Upcoming Alternatives

In 2020 – 2021, we’ll get the first 32″ 1440p IPS gaming monitors with IPS panels, the Acer XB323U (144Hz) and the XB323U GX (with 240Hz).

Although they won’t have a G-SYNC module, they will certainly have a faster pixel response time speed than the LG 32GK650G as well as better VRR performance and color consistency than the G7 models.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Good response time for a VA panel
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in dark scenes of fast-paced games

AOC AG352UCG6 - Fast UltraWide VA Monitor

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About the Monitor

When it comes to ultrawide monitors, you have a choice between VA and IPS models.

Again, thanks to the G-SYNC module, the AOC AG352UCG6 is one of the fastest ultrawide displays with a VA panel.

Image Quality

The AOC AG352UCG6 is based on a VA panel with a 2500:1 static contrast ratio, a 300-nit peak brightness, and true 8-bit color depth with the standard sRGB color gamut.

In essence, you get an engaging viewing experience with deep blacks, bright whites, and rich colors.

Further, thanks to its ultrawide format, you get a wider field of view in video games, which makes the gaming experience even more immersive! Make sure that your favorite games support the 21:9 format.

Content that doesn’t support 21:9 will have black borders at the sides of the screen or have you stretch out or crop the picture to fill the screen.

The ultrawide format is also great for watching movies that are natively shot at the aspect ratio of ~21:9 as well as for productivity work and video editing due to the extra horizontal workspace.

Additionally, the 3440×1440 UWQHD resolution is ideal for the monitor’s 35″ sized screen. You get a pixel density of roughly 106 pixels per inch, meaning that you won’t have to use any scaling yet you’ll have sharp and crisp details.

Features

The AOC AG352UCG6 has a native refresh rate of 100Hz, which you can further overclock to 120Hz by merely bumping up the setting in your driver options and in the OSD menu of the monitor. G-SYNC will work all the way up to 120Hz.

As expected, there will be some smearing in fast-paced games, but it’s only noticeable in darker scenes where dark pixels are predominant in the picture.

Thanks to the variable overdrive of the G-SYNC technology, there’s as little ghosting as possible at high frame rates, and you won’t get any overshoot when your FPS rate suddenly drops and rises.

Other features include Shadow Control (increases visibility of objects in shadows), pre-calibrated picture presets, and RGB lighting for the LED strips at the back of the monitor.

For more information, check out our AOC AG352UCG6 review.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC AG352UCG6 has a sturdy stand and a good range of ergonomics including up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, -5°/28° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility while the stand has a 1800R curvature.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 (max 50Hz at 3440×1440 on this monitor!), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and two 2W built-in speakers as well as microphone and headphone jacks. 

Alternatives

Now, there are 34″ 3440×1440 144Hz VA panel curved ultrawide gaming monitors with FreeSync, such as the AOC CU34G2X, that are cheaper than the AG352UCG6.

While they offer just as good picture quality, their performance is not as smooth because you’ll get more ghosting/overshoot and, most likely, other visual artifacts associated with FreeSync, such as brightness flickering.

So, if you want an ultrawide monitor that has both a high contrast ratio with deep blacks and as little ghosting as possible, the AOC AG352UCG6 is for you.

In case you can afford something fancier, check out the Acer Predator X35 with G-SYNC Ultimate. It’s a 35″ 3440×1440 ultrawide gaming monitor with 200Hz and DisplayHDR 1000, but it goes for ~$2,500.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Good response time for a VA panel
  • High pixel density, immersive ultrawide screen
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in dark scenes of fast-paced games

Dell AW3418DW - Best Value G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

aoc alienware aw3418dw monitor

About the Monitor

As far as the IPS ultrawide gaming monitors go, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW offers the best value for the money!

Image Quality

The IPS panel of the Dell AW3418DW monitor has a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, meaning that blacks won’t be as vivid and deep as that of the AOC AG352UCG6.

However, IPS monitors offer a much faster pixel response time, so there won’t be any prominent smearing in fast-paced games! Further, they have more consistent colors, which makes them viable for entry-level color-critical work.

For professional-grade color accuracy, though, you will need to calibrate the Dell AW3418DW using proper hardware.

Other panel-related specs include a 300-nit peak brightness, 178° wide viewing angles, and 8-bit color depth with the standard ~99% sRGB color gamut.

Features

The monitor has a 100Hz native refresh rate which you can easily overclock to 120Hz.

G-SYNC works all the way up to 120Hz and effectively eliminates screen tearing and stuttering.

Noteworthy gaming features including Dark Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker games), pre-calibrated picture presets, and the AlienFX RGB lighting technology.

Check out our full Dell AW3418DW review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor includes a metal stand and versatile ergonomics with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, -2.5°/25° tilt, and 100x100m VESA mount compatibility; the screen has a 1900R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4 (max 50Hz at 3440×1440), DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub (one upstream and four downstream ports).

Alternatives

Be sure also to check out the Acer Predator X34P, which is based on the same panel as the AW3418DW. It offers nearly identical image quality and performance with slightly different features.

So, we recommend going for whichever is cheaper/available or according to your design/feature preference.

The Dell Alienware AW3420DW is a newer model of the AW3418DW. Its main advantage over its predecessor is its Nano IPS panel with a wider 98% DCI-P3 color gamut.

However, since it goes for up to $1,200, and the AW3418DW can be found for as low as $750, the older model offers a much better value for the price.

Further, most people prefer to use the sRGB gamut for sRGB content (which includes most games and web content) as the DCI-P3 gamut results in over-saturated colors unless the content is intended for it.

On top of that, the AW3420DW doesn’t have an sRGB emulation mode, so you’re stuck with over-saturated colors for sRGB content; some users don’t mind this while it can be deal-breaking for others.

The Pros:

  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Quick pixel response time
  • High pixel density, immersive ultrawide screen
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Not as high contrast ratio as that of VA models

ASUS PG259QN - 360Hz IPS Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want the best monitor for competitive gaming there is? The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN is for you!

Image Quality

Based on a 24.5″ 1080p IPS panel with sRGB color gamut, a 400-nit peak brightness, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, the ASUS PG259QN offers the same viewing experience as the more affordable 144Hz and 240Hz models with these specifications.

You get accurate and consistent colors, wide viewing angles, a decent pixel density, and more than enough brightness even for well-lit rooms.

However, thanks to its rapid 360Hz refresh rate, it delivers the most responsive gaming experience possible, which is why competitive games will absolutely love it.

To a casual gamer though, the difference between 360Hz and 240Hz most likely won’t be worth $700, which is how much this display goes for.

One of the reasons for such a high price is the G-SYNC module, but it ensures buttery-smooth variable refresh rate and overdrive performance with no ghosting or overshoot across the entire refresh rate range. 

Features

Moving on, the ASUS PG259QN offers plenty of extra gaming features such as custom crosshairs and timers, various pre-calibrated picture modes, and Dark Boost for better visibility in darker games.

It also supports the NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) backlight strobing technology, which works at 144Hz and 240Hz.

This technology further reduces motion blur, but it sacrifices picture brightness in the process, and it cannot be active at the same time as G-SYNC.

For more information, visit our ASUS PG259QN review.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the ASUS PG259QN monitor offers full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 25° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, 90° pivot, and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include HDMI 2.0 (limited to 240Hz), DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. 

The Pros:

  • 360Hz
  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC & ULMB
  • Fully ergonomic stand, a USB hub
  • Accurate colors and wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • ULMB could be better optimized

LG 38GL950G - Best 38" UltraWide Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want an even bigger ultrawide monitor than the 34″ Alienware AW3418DW? Look no further than the LG 38GL950G!

Image Quality

This 38″ ultrawide monitor is not only bigger than the popular 34″ models but also has a higher screen resolution of 3840×1600, so you keep that ideal 110 PPI ratio for sharp details and plenty of screen space!

Further, the LG 38GL950G monitor has an IPS panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut that makes for vibrant and lifelike colors! Alternatively, you can use the provided sRGB emulation mode for sRGB content.

HDR is also supported with a DisplayHDR 400 certification, but since the monitor has a static contrast ratio of ~1,000:1 and no local dimming, you’re still not getting the ideal HDR viewing experience.

For the true HDR picture on an ultrawide monitor, you’ll have to invest a bit more in the Acer Predator X35 with a 512-zone full-array local dimming and G-SYNC Ultimate.

Lastly, the monitor has a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed for no prominent ghosting in fast-paced games.

Features

You can overclock the monitor up to 175Hz, but DisplayPort 1.4 has its limitations.

  • For 10-bit color, you can set the refresh rate to 120Hz maximum
  • With 8-bit color, you can set it to 144Hz – 160Hz
  • For 175Hz, you’ll need to use chroma subsampling

We recommend running it at 160Hz.

Other useful features include Black Stabilizer, customizable crosshairs, various pre-calibrated picture presets, and RGB lighting. For more information, visit our LG 38GL950G review.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the monitor is sturdy and fairly ergonomic with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, but no swivel option. For added immersion, the screen has a 2300R curvature.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 (max 85Hz at 3840×1600), a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. On this monitor, you can also use the variable refresh rate with AMD cards over DisplayPort.

The Pros:

  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Quick 1ms pixel response time
  • High pixel density, immersive ultrawide screen
  • Wide color gamut
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Not as high contrast ratio as that of VA models
  • Expensive

Conclusion

That’s it!

These are the best G-SYNC gaming monitors available if you cannot afford one of the G-SYNC Ultimate models.

Of course, for the price of the LG 38GL950G, you could get the ASUS PG27UQ when it’s on sale, but due to its big ultrawide screen, most people will find the gaming experience more immersive on the LG 38GL950G.

On top of that, there are lots of PC games that don’t support HDR, so some gamers will even opt for the LG 38GL950G instead of the more expensive Acer Predator X35 with 512-zone FALD.

The other ultrawide models, the Dell AW3418DW and the AOC AG352UCG6 also offer an excellent gaming experience, (but at a more reasonable price) depending on what you prefer more: faster response time or higher contrast ratio.

For the hardcore competitive gamers out there, the ASUS PG259QN will be perfect.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.