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Best G-Sync Monitors In 2020: Budget, 2K, 4K And More

Nvidia’s G-Sync technology was an important step in the right direction that we all needed. You’re fully into the game you’re playing and are simply stunned by the breathtaking visuals. However, if your monitor’s refresh rate and the frames of your game are not properly synced up, you’ll witness screen tearing and stutters. The G-Sync technology is aimed at countering this problem and it has been quite popular ever since it came out. It is proprietary Nvidia technology and therefore works best with Nvidia GPUs.

Nvidia G-Sync enabled monitors can come off as quite pricey. However, the question that needs to be asked is are they worth the money? If you’re using a high-end GPU like the RTX 2080 and your monitor is not up to the task to keep up with the frames that you’re getting from your GPU, you’re going to see screen tearings. Not unless you have a G-Sync compatible monitor at hand with your Nvidia GPU. If you are plagued with these issues and are looking for the best G-Sync monitors that you can buy with your money, look no further. Below are the 5 best G-Sync monitors which you definitely look into.

1. Asus ROG Strix PG279Q

Best Overall

  • Adjustable stand
  • 1440p at 144Hz which can go up to 165Hz
  • Fantastic IPS
  • Stunning colours
  • Expensive

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Size: 27-inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS | Response Time: 4ms

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First on our list is the extremely popular Asus ROG Strix PG279Q. This monitor is definitely the best G-Sync monitor out there, especially in the 1440p category. It comes with a black wide squarish stand base which also has red accents and logos with red LED lighting. The monitor offers fantastic adjustability through its stand. Ergonomically speaking you will find no issue in this regard as the monitor can be tilted up and down; it can also be rotated and swivelled to a portrait display. It is also height adjustable. It offers thin bezel and the overall build quality feels very premium.

As for connectivity, there is 1x Display Port, 1.2 and 1x HDMI along with 2x USB 3.0 ports and an earphone jack. The OSD controls for the screen are located behind the monitor on the right side. You can also hide or manage your cables very easily through the stand of the monitor. The design is absolutely top-notch but we had a few personal issues; The OSD buttons were placed in an uncomfortable place, and the cables were inaccessible and complicated to access at first. You also get 2 built-in, 2 Watt speakers.

It has a 27-inch screen with max resolution up to 2560 x 1440 which makes it better than a 1080p monitor. You also get a refresh rate which can go till 144Hz and can be taken further to 165Hz. The image quality and colors are stunning. It aims to deliver fantastic results through a combination of G-SYNC and 1440p resolution which can operate at 165Hz.

It does have a low contrast ratio but that is hardly a surprise because of IPS panel. Low contrast ratio would mean that blacks would appear rather grey in a dark room. You will  get very good wide viewing angles. Response time is also 4ms, as expected from an IPS.  Lastly due to its gamer targeted nature, the ASUS PG279Q comes with different pre-included display modes, all can be used as per your own liking and preference.

We would have liked the screen response time to be lower than 4ms and maybe even a larger max resolution because of the price we pay for this monitor. It is quite expensive, but it is definitely a top performer and will not let you down. Thin bezel coupled with effective ergonomics make it fantastic for a multi-monitor setup.

2. Acer Predator XB271HU

Looks great

  • Great ergonomics
  • Aesthetic design
  • Fantastic performance post-calibration
  • Good dark mode handling
  • Low contrast ratio

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Size: 27-inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS | Response Time: 4ms

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Next up on our list is the Acer Predator XB271HU monitor. This is one of the original favorites among gamers and it’s very close second to the PG279QZ. It took the world by storm when it first arrived in the market. The monitor still enjoys great repute and can still hold its own versus the best.

At first look, you will notice that it’s quite similar in design and ergonomics to the ASUS PG279QZ. You get the same variety of adjustability. You can rotate the screen, pivot the screen, adjust height and tilt. More or less very similar space occupation as well, so you will need a larger table for this 27-inch screen as with its stand it takes more space. As far as the overall appeal of this monitor goes, it is beautiful and a gamer’s choice. You get a primarily plastic body but don’t be alarmed it is of very high quality and very durable. The bezel is also thin. The OSD buttons are located on the front, at the bottom right. The base of the stand is extremely aesthetic with its pointy red colored feet.

The Acer Predator contains connectivity for 1x Display Port and 1x HDMI. There is also a headphone jack along with a whopping 4x USB 3.0 ports and there are also 2x 2 Watt speakers built-in as well. The Acer Predator XB271HU is not only sleek and high class it also is quite durable even though it is plastic built.

As for features, you have very similar specs to the ASUS PG279QZ. You get the same resolution at 2560 x 1440, the same response time of the screen at 4ms and even the same refresh rates at max 144hz that can be overclocked to 165HZ. With G-SYNC enabled you to get pretty good results, and at 27-inch monitor size, the gaming experience is just fantastic. This is another IPS monitor, so the contrast ratio is low which leads to weak performance in a dark room.

One of the reasons this monitor is not on the top of the list is the fact that it does not run optimally or at its best straight out of the box. This is quite unusual for such hardware. After proper calibration of image settings from the OSD menu, you can truly utilize the fantastic display this monitor has to offer. You also get many gamer centered features in the OSD such as the different game modes as well.

Overall, this is a fantastic choice but the fact that it costs quite a lot, and is more than the ASUS PG279QZ makes this a second best. Especially considering that the specs the two monitors offer are almost the same. The very thin bezel along with the ergonomics allow for this monitor to open additional use in a multi-monitor setup as well.

3. Acer Predator XB273K

Best 4K Monitor

  • 4K resolution at 144Hz
  • No calibration required
  • Amazing colour quality and reproduction
  • Incredibly costly
  • HDR could have been better

Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Size: 27-inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS | Response Time: 4ms

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Now we have with us is Acer Predator XB273K. It’s the first fully high end, deep pocket monitor in our list. For those of you that have the very top of the line GPU’s and the necessary budget to splash, you probably don’t care for 1440p. Instead, you would want a 4k monitor. It’s one of the world’s finest 4k monitors and has a lot of features to boast.

The first thing to notice regarding the Acer Predator XB273K is that this monitor offers a very sleek design. Everything just speaks top class. The base of the stand offers wide pointy feet. It has thin borders and is ideal for multi-monitor setups, so you can couple this with standard monitors to use for non-gaming work, while gaming in 4k on this. The ergonomics are decent; they are not as fantastic as the ones we have above. You get good height adjustment, decent tilt angles and some swivel but you don’t get any pivot for changing the screen from landscape to portrait and vice versa.

One of the most noteworthy things is the shades it has around the top, right and left. These help reduce the effects of outside lighting or your room lights and enable you to perceive the screen without any hindrance or interference. At the back we get 1x Display Port 1.4, 1x HDMI, 1X USB up,4x USB down and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also get 2x 4 Watt speakers in this particular model. The OSD buttons are located at the back on the right side, there are buttons as well as a joystick to manoeuvre between several options.

The monitor gives the users to be able to aces 4k resolution for games if they have the beefy graphics cards to support it. You get a max refresh rate of 144Hz, HDR and G-SYNC on this IPS beast. Even for an IPS panel, the Acer Predator XB273K handles dark extremely well. The image quality is absolutely stunning. The XB273K also gives users fantastic color mode or game mode options through the OCD. You can match colors towards the kind of game you intend to play or display crosshairs of your choice.

This is one of the best working monitors straight out of the box, leaving you the hassle of calibration, although most users of such products will tamper around with the color schemes anyways. The HDR of the XB273K is decent at best, it is fantastic for those who have not seen it before but comparing to some other monitors it does leave a bit to be desired. In short, it allows users to game at 4k at 144Hz with the added huge bonus of G-SYNC while also allowing for some level of HDR. All this plus some added perks make it the best 4k choice at 27-inch size in our list.

4. Dell S2419HGF

Quality budget pick

  • Budget friendly
  • Low response time of 1ms
  • G-Sync and FreeSync compatible
  • Average viewing angles
  • Basic looking style

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Size: 24-inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: TN | Response Time: 1ms

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So far we’ve included only the proper G-SYNC monitors but now we have a very good option in a budget category for a G-SYNC compatible product. The Dell S2419HGF is a G-SYNC compatible monitor as approved by Nvidia. It’s aimed for those who don’t necessarily have the cash to splash but want the features.

You get a metallic finish to the body. It features a very basic standard design with nothing much standing out. It looks decent and elegant without any flashy lighting or gamer intended aesthetics. The monitor has thin borders, a standard space-saving base and features its Dell logo in vivid blue color. It offers a complete set of ergonomics with efficiency in Tilt, Height adjustment, swivel and even Screen pivot. The stand is not too thick or large and does not occupy too much space unlike the monitors above. As for connectivity, you get 2x HDMI, 1X Display Port, 2x USB and Audio jacks. The OSD buttons are located underneath on the front right, this makes it a very good location.

Its features are slightly different than what we have already discussed. Firstly, it has a TN panel instead of an IPS which means worse viewing angles but better contrast ratios for better performance in dark rooms. You also get a response time of 1ms from the screen. The screen is 24-inch at 1080p resolution and allows for a max refresh rate of 144Hz. With the ability to use G-SYNC compatibility you can ensure you get tear-free, smooth gameplay at 1 ms response time at an affordable price. An added bonus to use FreeSync for an AMD card adds versatility in the long run.

The Dell S2419HGF is a good 1080p monitor that is not going to burn a hole in your wallet. Along with a very simple looking design, it offers you full adjustability options on the stand and plenty of connectivity ports. You do get a TN panel and not an IPS, which means that the viewing angles and color reproduction are not going to be as accurate. However, in gaming overall you will not see any ghosting effects because of the high refresh rate and TN panel.

5. Alienware AW3418DW

Curved monitor for an immersive experience

  • 34-inch curved screen
  • Phenomenal viewing angles
  • Excellent built quality and design
  • High price
  • Dark scene handling is just average

Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Size: 24-inch | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Panel: IPS | Response Time: 4ms

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Last product listed here is the most enthusiast big-dollar product on our list. If you are in the market for something that will truly stand out and you have the cash to splash, we got the perfect monitor for you. The Alienware AW3418DW is truly a monster 34-inch curved monitor that offers an immersive display along with addictive gaming experience.

It is one of the most intimidating pieces of hardware we have ever seen. The screen offers a very thin bezel and its stand is a thing of beauty. The ergonomics of the stand allow for it to be rotated, tilted and even for the height to be adjusted, but you cannot pivot the orientation of the monitor. The stand is very thick; it will occupy a lot of space so the user will have to keep that in mind. The OSD buttons are located at the bottom right.

As for connectivity, there are 4X USB ports, 1x USB upstream, Headphone jack, 1x HDMI and a DisplayPort. It also has some RGB accents at the back which can be controlled or synced with other devices. The build quality is sensational and the product feels extremely well put together. It looks as costly as it is.

The Alienware AW3418DW offers a high 3440 x 1440 Resolution at 100Hz which can be overclocked to 120Hz. The 1900R curved display adds further uniqueness to this 34-inch screen while also giving users an ultrawide screen experience on 21:9 aspect ratio. Due to IPS panel, some performance issues will be lacking in darker rooms because of the lower contrast ratios.

Its greatest strength is the combination of an ultrawide massive screen, running games at 3440 x 1440 with G-SYNC on. Once you use this, it will be extremely hard to switch back to the “normal” machines. Added bonuses offered are great OSD options; most of them allow users to tailor the screen towards their preference. The monitor offers solid performances; it is one of the fastest screens of its kind out there along with excellent colors, with high brightness at over the top viewing angles due to its curved display.

All raw features and specs coupled with effective performance make it a great choice in our list representing its own category. If you got the pocket for it, this monster will cost you an arm and a leg with the price fluctuating most of the time. And for the majority of folks out there, this will be an overkill. However, there is no denying that this craftily designed Alienware monitor is not going to disappoint you one bit.

Blair Lee

A naturally curious mindset and a keen passion of keeping in touch with all the worldly trends, Blair Lee has put two and two together to find a way that has combined the two things he just can't stay away from- writing and computers!

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