The advancement of gaming technologies like variable refresh rates has drastically improved the gaming experience over the years. One of the main VRR technologies is G-SYNC from NVIDIA. Although many monitors have G-SYNC compatibility, getting a native G-SYNC monitor presents a few advantages and features you don't get with G-SYNC compatible monitors. For this article, we're only looking at monitors that natively support G-SYNC, and if you want you can also see the best FreeSync monitors and most of them are also G-SYNC compatible.
We've bought and tested over 240 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy. Check out our recommendations for the best monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 240Hz monitors.
The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is the best G-SYNC monitor that we've tested. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a ton of features. It's an ultrawide display, which provides an advantage if you play atmospheric or FPS games as you can see more of your screen at once. It has a 3440x1440 resolution and a 34-inch screen, and it delivers exceptional picture quality as it has a QD-OLED panel with perfect black levels in black rooms, but it doesn't look as good in bright rooms because the black levels raise. It also displays a wide range of colors and gets bright for a satisfying HDR experience if you play HDR games.
In terms of gaming performance, it has a near-instantaneous response time that results in minimal motion blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has low enough input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It also has a 175Hz refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection. If you find this monitor too expensive, the LG 34GP950G-B is a good cheaper alternative, but you don't get the same outstanding picture quality as on the Dell. This monitor isn't available at many retailers, and it's best to buy it through Dell's website.
If you find the Dell Alienware AW3423DW too expensive and don't care about the best picture quality or don't want an ultrawide display, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a cheaper option that you can get in the mid-range category. It's a 27-inch, 1440p monitor with impressive gaming performance. Its fast 240Hz refresh rate results in superb motion handling, with an excellent response time at any refresh rate, resulting in extremely clear motion with no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has very low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with the action on-screen.
The benefit of getting the 1440p resolution is that it gives crisp images and sharp detail while gaming. This monitor also offers a few NVIDIA proprietary features like the Reflex Latency Analyzer which measures the latency of your entire setup. While you don't get the same dark room performance as the AW3423DW, it's still a good choice to use with a few lights around as it gets bright and has good reflection handling.
Although budget G-SYNC monitors are hard to find and aren't as cheap as other budget gaming monitors, you can still find a few G-SYNC monitors that cost less than others. In that case, the Dell Alienware AW2521H is the best budget G-SYNC monitor we've tested. With a 1080p resolution, it has a lower resolution than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, which helps reduce strain on your graphics card, as it's easier to achieve the high 360Hz max refresh rate. Since it has a smaller screen, the text and image clarity is still decent.
The gaming experience is unique because it's intended for competitive gamers with its fast refresh rate, so it's great if you can take advantage of it. Even if you don't, it delivers a great gaming experience. It has exceptionally low input lag and an incredible response time at the max refresh rate, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects and no distracting overshoot. It has an optional backlight strobing feature, which can further improve the appearance of motion and reduce persistence blur. It also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so your games look life-like and accurate without any calibration.
Jul 28, 2022: Reduced the picks to reflect market availability with G-SYNC monitors: removed the Dell AW2721D because it's now more expensive than the ASUS PG279QM; replaced the LG 34GP950G-B and the Dell AW3420DW with the Dell Alienware AW3423DW because it's much better; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Mar 31, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.
Feb 02, 2022: Replaced the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, as it's better overall. Moved the ViewSonic to the Notable Mentions, and refreshed the text throughout.
Dec 07, 2021: Validated our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.
Oct 08, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced LG 38GL950G-B with LG 34GP950G-B.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with native G-SYNC support that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all our reviews of monitors with native G-SYNC support. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.