The advancement of gaming technologies like variable refresh rate (VRR) support 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, and it lets you take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. Having a monitor with native G-SYNC support doesn't guarantee it's a great gaming monitor, but it's a feature that helps improve the overall gaming experience.
We've bought and tested over 260 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best G-SYNC monitors to buy. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 240Hz monitors, and the best HDR gaming 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, and while it's starting to become more available at various retailers, it's best to buy it directly through Dell's website. 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, and like many native G-SYNC monitors, you can use its G-SYNC VRR support either through DisplayPort or HDMI connections.
If you like the ultrawide format of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW but find it too expensive, then check out the LG 34GP950G-B. It uses a different panel technology than the Dell because it's LED-backlit so it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels and the overall picture quality isn't as good, but that's the trade-off of getting something cheaper. Still, the LG offers great gaming performance with a 180Hz refresh rate, fantastic response time across its entire refresh rate range, and low input lag for a responsive feel as you won't notice any delay while gaming.
While it doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, it still has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions. It has a few extra gaming features too like the ability to add a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect, giving you a competitive advantage. Also, it has the same 3440x1440 resolution as the Dell, which helps it deliver sharp images. While the LG isn't as good for dark room gaming as the Dell, it's a better choice for well-lit rooms as it gets brighter and the reflection handling is decent.
If you aren't a fan of the ultrawide displays with the LG 34GP950G-B or even the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, then the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a cheaper option you can get in the mid-range category. It's a 27-inch, 1440p monitor with impressive gaming performance, so it delivers good image clarity like the LG, but with a 16:9 aspect ratio, you get a smaller screen and you'll see less of your game at once. The main advantage of getting this over the LG is that its fast 240Hz refresh rate results in amazing 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 doesn't have a backlight strobing feature, but you likely won't need one anyways.
This monitor also offers a few NVIDIA proprietary features like the Reflex Latency Analyzer, which measures the latency of your entire setup so you can see which sources have the highest latency. Speaking of which, it also has very low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with the action on-screen. It also has excellent accuracy before calibration that helps make images look life-like.
Should you want a G-SYNC monitor on a budget, they tend to cost more than other budget monitors because the native G-SYNC support comes at a premium price tag, but you can still find a few lower-cost options if that's what you're looking for. The Dell Alienware AW2521H is a great gaming monitor that you can get directly through Dell's website and it's different than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM because it has a smaller 25-inch screen and 1080p resolution. However, the lower resolution makes it easier for your graphics card to reach its 360Hz max refresh rate, which is ideal if you play games at a high frame rate. You can achieve its max refresh rate with 8-bit signals over DisplayPort connections, but it's limited to 300Hz with 10-bit signals.
Thanks to the fast refresh rate, the response time with 360Hz and 120Hz signals is also fantastic as you won't notice any motion blur. Unlike the ASUS or even the LG 34GP950G-B, it also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but it doesn't work at the same time as VRR, which is expected for most monitors.
Dec 19, 2022: Added the LG 34GP950G-B in the 'Upper Mid-Range' price category as a cheaper alternative to the LG 34GP950G-B and removed the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG because it's hard to find; replaced the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN with the Dell Alienware AW2521H for consistency with other recommendations; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.
Oct 20, 2022: Added the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor' and replaced the Dell Alienware AW2521H with the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN because it's cheaper; added the LG 34GP950G-B to Notable Mentions.
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.
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.