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The best G-Sync monitors 2022: an Nvidia GPU's perfect partner

Best G-sync monitors: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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The best G-Sync monitors are those which combine Nvidia's stellar anti-screen tearing and image stabilization technology with the vivid color palette and viewing angles afforded by the top dogs on the market right now. 

Nvidia G-Sync is the manufacturer's proprietary technology to synchronize the video outputted by your graphics card with the native refresh rate of your gaming monitor. As the name would imply, it's a suited-up version of V-sync (vertical sync) optimized specifically for the hardware, and games/software, that accommodate its usage. G-Sync effectively completely eradicates ghosting, screen tearing, visual artifacts, and other inconsistencies that can occur when not implemented, which becomes all the more of a necessity when gaming in higher frame rates on one of the best gaming monitors.

Marrying up your gaming PC to the best G-sync monitors on the market is essential to getting the absolute greatest performance out of some of the best graphics cards for gaming right now, especially the newest RTX 30 series from Nvidia, to push the company's core functionality - such as DLSS, adaptive ray tracing, Nvidia Reflex and other features to the forefront of your gaming experience. 

Due to how Nvidia G-Sync is set to work with GTX and RTX series graphics cards, these monitors can carry a higher price tag than what we typically see with their AMD FreeSync equivalents. That's where we come in, we've rounded up all the best G-sync monitors for great price points in a wide variety of styles and functions to ensure the optimal setup for your battle station.

The best G-sync monitors 2022

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1. ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

The best G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 4ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz (overclocks to 165Hz)
Weight: 15.4 lbs

Reasons to buy

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G-Sync married with great speeds
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1440p with 144Hz refresh rate
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Extremely fast for an IPS panel

Reasons to avoid

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'Only' a 4ms response time

This is the premier G-Sync monitor. It doesn't turn everything up to 11 in terms of being ridiculously bombastic, but what it does do is offer serious excellence in all that it offers with awesome gaming specs and a decent price tag to boot. A key to it being so good is its resolution as a starting point: a 1440p screen offers much more than 1080p does yet doesn't go all out ridiculous and demanding as a 4K resolution would.

It's one of the best G-Sync monitors that really hits the sweet spot for gaming: 1440p resolution and quick as hell refresh and response times on an IPS panel at the perfect size of 27-inches. Basically the perfect mix. Away from purely G-Sync monitors, this is actually one of the best anybody can buy for any kind of setup such is its quality. That's why the above 'negative' point is being really picky. Elsewhere, it's got a cool design we've come to know and love from ASUS and plenty of ports to keep you satisfied - though you'll have to use the DisplayPort to maximize and get that overclocked refresh rate.

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2. Acer Predator XB241H

The best cheap G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 24-inch
Panel type: TN
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Weight: 13.9 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price point
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Cool, Acer design
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Great performance for a 1080p monitor

Reasons to avoid

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Limited ports

This is a great G-Sync monitor, and one that doesn't add quite as much of a premium to its price for the luxury of offering the tech. The Acer XB241H tones everything down ever so slightly in terms of resolution, screen size and panel type but the subsequent changes are combined to make one of the best G-sync monitors that won't destroy your bank balance.

The XB241H is a 24-inch monitor that has a 1080p resolution on a TN panel. It offers the oft-seen 144Hz refresh rate as standard but, as it's a TN panel, can offer much faster response times - it comes in at just 1ms. Lightning. Its port setup could be seen to be a bit stingy though: it only has one HDMI and one DisplayPort. However, the price point of the monitor combined with the G-Sync, as well as all the above genuinely good gaming specs and pedigree that Acer offers means you will not be disappointed by this wonderful, smaller monitor. If you had to get two 24-inchers for a multi-monitor setup then I couldn't think of any better model to go for.

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MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR

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3. Alienware 34 AW3423DW QD-OLED

The best OLED G-Sync gaming monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 34”
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440 at 175Hz
Brightness: 1,000 nits peak HDR
Response time: 0.1ms
Viewing angle: 178° H&V
Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
Features: QD OLED panel, 99.3% DCI-P3, Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate, DisplayPort 1.4 x1, HDMI 2.0 x2, USB hub, AlienFX lighting

Reasons to buy

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Fabulous OLED panel
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Incredible pixel response
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True HDR performance

Reasons to avoid

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Less convincing as a desktop monitor
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Not the lowest latency option
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Not exactly cheap

It’s been an awfully long time coming. But with the new Alienware 34 AW3423DW, OLED technology has finally come to the best G-Sync monitors for gaming. And, boy, does it deliver. This screen has better contrast and a faster response than any LCD panel we’ve ever seen. It looks richer, more convincing, and more immersive, it’s faster, it’s sharper, it’s clearer.

It’s not absolutely perfect. The supposedly brighter HDR 1000 mode actually results in a duller image most of the time than the more usable HDR 400 setting. You will rarely if ever see the full 1,000 nits. The low pixel density also means this isn’t a great choice for an all-purpose display. It’s likewise not a good fit for console gaming. And strictly speaking, higher refresh panels will offer better latency. But for most types of gaming, it’s an absolute revelation. Concerns involving OLED burn-in do linger, a little. If that proves unfounded, OLED could take off on the PC in a big way.

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4. Acer Predator XB273K

The best 4K HDR G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Response time: 4ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Weight: 15.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great value for a highly-specced monitor
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Brilliantly detailed pictures
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Offers really fast speeds for a 4K IPS

Reasons to avoid

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Not the highest quality version of HDR

This is a beastly monitor in almost every respect. This is the most expensive and chock-full of quality specs model on this list and offers pretty much the best G-Sync monitor going right now if you have a big budget (but not crazy big) - thus there is still some value to this monitor's price tag and what it gets you.

The headline spec for the Acer XB273K is that it is a 4K gaming monitor - a whopping resolution of 3840 x 2160. The second headliner is that it's a 4K monitor that also offers HDR. High dynamic range really takes colors and contrasts to another level, and until relatively recently was limited to our TVs only. Now it's a welcome addition to gaming monitors. On top of that, the XB273K offers that sweet G-Sync and applies it to an IPS panels capable of 144Hz refresh and 4ms response. For a 4K monitor, this is exquisite. You'll need a beastly PC to really push the monitor to use all its bells and whistles to its maximum but anything remotely close will be a true treat too.

If we're really strict, the HDR is fine, but not mind-blowing. However, if you really wanted to chase the HDR dream, you'd be looking at adding hundreds more to the price so that's why this is your best bet to get a 4K HDR G-Sync monitor in terms of value and what you get for your money.

(Small note: this monitor has two different variants which are very similarly named so note which one it is you're interrogating through the links below. One is G-Sync 'proper' and one is G-Sync compatible - they are both very good!)

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5. ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

When money's no option, the top G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 27-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 4ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Weight: 28 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Quality speeds for a 4K monitor
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Cool design
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Great image quality
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G-Sync technology

Reasons to avoid

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You need to take out a second mortgage to afford it
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Needs a monstrous PC to get the most out of it

The price tag of this monitor will raise eyebrows quickly but when you cram so much quality tech into one monitor, the price is expected to be lofty. But that's also because its a premium worth paying for and will likely last many, many years to come.  It's a quality monitor in its own right before you get to the fact that its G-Sync and 4K. And you can boost the refresh rate to 144Hz and above, plus it's a great desk-size of 27-inches, has HDR and is well suited to a multi-device setup. It really is the whole package and, as a result, one of the best G-Sync monitors going if you have a large budget to play with.

However, along with the price tag which will be too high for most, the other downside is more 'invisible' at first: you'll need a beast of a machine to enjoy PC gaming beyond 60Hz at the 4K resolution. That's why this is a great multi-device G-Sync monitor, though consoles won't make use of the G-Sync good-ness. Nonetheless, if you're after the most premium G-Sync monitor then this is it, and if you have a machine to make use of everything it can offer, then kudos to you.

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6. AOC AGON AG352UCG6

A top curved G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 35-inch
Panel type: VA
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Response time: 4ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Weight: 26.01 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good price pointpriced
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Great colours and contrasts
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Lovely, immersion-increasing panel

Reasons to avoid

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Hogs desk space

If you prefer your gaming monitors curved and immersion-increasing then this beauty of an AOC model - or its Black Edition sibling - is for you. Banging the drum of the 1440p sweet spot once more, here we have a monitor that stretches it out ever so slightly to that super-wide, 21:9 ratio, 3440x1440 resolution. And boy does it do it well; the AOC Agon AG352UCG6 really enjoys the elegance and picture quality of the middle ground between HD and 4K.

If you're looking to get a single monitor that can offer a great viewing, playing, watching, and user-experience in one package then this 35-inch monitor could be ideal. That 35-inches is stretched across a sweet VA panel that offers a decent 120Hz refresh rate - good for a curved screen - and a good 4ms response time to ensure smoothness of your inputs and the pictures on screen. Mix G-Sync into the mix here too and the specs really start to sell the monitor.

However, the design is also super; it has three legs elegantly stretching out to support the large body of the monitor with an aesthetic of black, silver, and red livening up your setup. Curved monitors always seem to pull you in a bit more and the effect is no better than with the AG352UCG6 as a pick for the best G-Sync monitor with that extra layer of immersion.

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7. Alienware AW3418DW

A great 21:9 flat G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Response time: 4ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Weight: 16.02 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Brilliantly fast for a superwide monitor
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Sleek design for a big screen

Reasons to avoid

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Comes with an Alienware premium

The second of the curved options on the list, this Alienware monitor is an equally great 21:9 option as the AOC above. It feels slightly more compact tho with its 34-inch monitor and its sleek design - the aesthetic is true to Alienware's heritage and reputation of awesome-looking gaming hardware and is a great looking thing in and of itself, let alone when displaying in-game pictures beautifully.

The G-Sync on this great monitor combines wonderfully with the 120Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time to offer some solid gaming speed specs that you can have confidence in. The ports are pretty standard - one HDMI and one DisplayPort - but the 1900R curve is really a thing of beauty and allows for great viewing angles.

The user-experience, cold, hard specs, and design that this monitor offers, as well as its slick design may win over some who want to splash out a bit on a curved, G-Sync monitor. If you are OK with stomaching the slight Alienware premium that the monitor demands, too. If you're a fan of keeping your equipment on brand, then this would be one of the best G-sync monitors to pair up with an Alienware PC or laptop.

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Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165

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Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165

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The best 1440p G-Sync-compatible monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Response time: 1ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz (Overclockable to 165Hz)
Weight: 15.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Nicely calibrated image quality
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Good feature set
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Great build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for a 1440p panel
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Limited HDR performance
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Fast but not crazy quick

Yeah, we're cheating a bit here as this is 'only' G-Sync compatible, but it is so good it;'s worthy of inclusion, but you should always keep your options and mind open too - even when considering the best G-Sync monitors.

1440p has been the sweet spot for PC gaming for several years. But the Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 stretches the appeal of 1440p to breaking point courtesy of its 32-inch proportions and premium pricing. We found it to be a very nicely calibrated panel with excellent colour coverage thanks to the use of quantum dot technology in its backlight. It’s also pretty quick, with sub-3ms GtG pixel response and user-configurable overdrive, not to mention 165Hz refresh. But it’s not exceptional by any of those measures. And at this price point, it needs to be.

Likewise, in our testing, we found the Xeneon’s basic HDR support to be good but nothing special. But the biggest problem remains the combination of price and the mediocre pixel density that comes with stretching 1440p or 2,560 by 1,440 pixel over a fairly large 32-inch IPS panel. The result is adequate but far from exceptional image detail and sharpness. For gaming, it’s debatable -  do you want more frames or more detail. In mitigation, the Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 is beautifully built and is certainly one of the most premium we've seen, and it's definitely one of the best G-Sync monitors by virtue of its compatibility.

Read more: Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 review

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Alienware AW3420DW

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9. Alienware AW3420DW

The best curved G-Sync monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Panel type: IPS
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Response time: 4 ms
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Weight: 16 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Brilliantly fast 
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Ultrawide, curved form factor
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Great aesthetics

Reasons to avoid

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Legacy model now
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Alienware tax
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No HDR support

Alienware doesn't just make great laptops and PCs for gaming, but easily offers some of the most competent and attractive gaming monitors going. And none more so than this contender for the best G-Sync monitor, the Alienware AW3420DW. 

Cutting to the chase, the most important specs are that, alongside the G-Sync functionality, it has a wonderful 34-inch panel with an attractive and immersion-enhancing 1900R curve, presenting games and workspaces to you at a 3440x1440 resolution. There's a 100Hz refresh rate by default, though this can be overclocked to 120Hz, and a 1ms response time so it's got the gaming speed chops to see you through too - it's actually incredibly well-balanced spec wise between fidelity and speed. The former also being assisted by the IPS panel offering a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut too.

Now, there will be an Alienware premium on the monitor's price tag, but you get a whole lot of monitor and goodness for your money here so the investment is largely worth it, and you'll have no regrets.

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Is a G-Sync monitor worth buying?

In short, yes. Marrying your Nvidia graphics card with a screen that's been made with that component in mind is one of the best methods of enhancing your setup. It will mean you'll get even smoother screen pictures, less screen tearing, and more stable framerates even when there is fluctuation. 

While it was once a bonus feature, and one that had its own cost and premium, it can be affordable nowadays and so, if your budget allows, we wholeheartedly recommend getting G-Sync on your gaming monitor.

Do I need G-Sync with 144Hz refresh rate?

Having G-Sync will mean that your gaming at high refresh levels of 144Hz (or anywhere north of 60Hz really) will likely be free of even the east bad frames per second fluctuations and will ensure you have smooth pictures. So, while it's not essential to have G-Sync on your 144Hz panel, if you do, you'll be guaranteeing better and smoother picture quality.

Do pro players use G-Sync?

A whole host of pros do indeed use G-Sync monitors! Such is its fame and such are the genuine benefits it provides in terms of guaranteeing smooth pictures uninterrupted by screen tears or stutters.


We're confident that some of the best G-sync monitors will be going cheap in next month's Black Friday gaming monitor deals, as well as those high refresh rate models in the Black Friday 144Hz monitor deals

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