Is G-Sync Worth it?

Is G-Sync Wroth it

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G-sync is absolutely worth it if you’re looking for the least amount of compromises in your gaming experience. G-Sync greatly improved on motion clarity and consisency in gaming, at the price of a higher cost and a miniscule bump in input lag.

BUT, before you go ahead and throw down your hard earned money for a new monitor, you should know exactly what G-Sync does and how to take advantage of its features.

What is G-Sync

G-Sync is a variable refresh rate (VRR) technology that syncs your monitor refresh timings inline with the frames that your GPU are rendering.

With G-Sync the monitor and GPU actively communicate to make sure the screen refreshes as new frames are ready.

Without G-Sync, your monitor refreshes whenever it’s ready regardless of whether a frame is ready, this produces the jarring tearing effect you see in motion.

Screen Tearing Example
Example of screen tearing

How is G-Sync different from V-Sync?

V-Sync stands for vertical synchronization, it makes sure that frames are aligned vertically, thus also reducing tearing and judder.

V-Sync achieves a smooth image by making the video card work within the monitors max specs, for example, the graphics card will not push frames past 120 FPS if the monitor is only capable of 120 Hz refresh rate.

There are a couple of issues with V-Sync, if your computer cannot produce the FPS as dictated by the monitor refresh rate, V-Sync will set your GPU to produce frames at 1/2 the max refresh rate in-order to achieve smooth images. So if you can push 110 fps on your machine but not 120 fps, your 120 hz display will be displaying 60 fps gameplay.

This 1/2 rate FPS is especially jarring in games where the demand for processing power changes based on what’s happening in-game, you could be happily chugging along at 120 FPS but then suddenly drop to 60 FPS when more enemies show up or some larger effect is happening.

Triple Buffering tech is meant to prevent this halving of FPS, this makes the graphics card render frames ahead of the current active frame so that there’s always a frame ready at whatever refresh rate the monitor demands.

Then, when the monitor refreshes, the GPU will then render more frames to keep the buffer full. However, triple buffering introduces a significant amount of input lag, the buffered frames often are out of date with your inputs, for competitive games, this can be the difference between life and death.

If you don’t need razer sharp input lag, then V-Sync can be a solid option

Other VRR options

Freesync is AMD’s answer to VRR and G-Sync, it operates on the same principles as G-Sync.

In 2019, G-Sync removed the requirement for G-Sync to require Nvidia certified monitors, meaning that AMD GPU would be compatible with a G-Sync monitor. The inverse is also possible, Nvidia GPUs are compatible with select Freesync monitors. This de-proprietization of G-Sync and Freesync has given gamers a ton of options for VRR.

How to enable G-Sync for Non G-Sync Monitors

Screen Tearing Example

If you have an Nvidia card and a compatible Freesync monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Nvidia drivers
  2. If you have a G-Sync compatible monitor, the ability to turn on G-Sync should just appear
  3. If your monitor is not one of the official G-Sync monitors:
    1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel
    2. On the left menu, go to Display: Set up G-Sync
    3. Check Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible
    4. Select the monitor you would like G-Sync to be anbled on
    5. Apply Settings
  4. Test G-Sync

Keep in mind, your need a monitor with VRR capability, without it, your monitor is not going to be able to produce a variable refresh rate. Freesync monitors that are not officially listed as supported may run into issues or bugs.

List of G-Sync compatible monitors and TVs

You can find an always up-to-date table of compatible monitors on Nvidia’s official site.

TypeManufacturerModelSize1LCD TypeResolutionVariable Refresh Rate Range
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerCP7271K27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX2727IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX3232IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAcerX3535VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG6565VA3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG27UQ27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG32UQX32IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAsusPG35VQ35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEAOCAG353UCG35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNC ULTIMATEHPOMEN X Emperium 6565VA3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB321HK31.5IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB281HK28TN3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB280HK28TN3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB273U27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB273KP27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271HK27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ35P35VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX3434IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX34P34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerX3837.5IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)1-175Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ321QU31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB270HU_C27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271HU_A27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271H_C27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB271H_UD27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ271U27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ321Q31.5VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ301C30VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB270HA27TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB27227TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ271A27VA1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB252Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerXN253QX24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAcerXN253QP24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB24024TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAcerXB241H24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-180Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAcerXB241YU23.8TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAcerZ3535VA2560x1080 (WFHD)1-200Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG271UG27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG352UCG635VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG273QCG27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG271QG27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG322QCG31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG241QG24TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAOCAG251FG24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAOCG2460PG24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27AQ27IPS3840x2160 (4K)1-60Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG349Q34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG34834IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz (OC)
G-SYNCAsusPG278Q27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27927IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG278QR27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG27VQ27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG258Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCAsusPG248Q24TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-180Hz (OC)
G-SYNCDellAW3420DW34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz
G-SYNCDellAW3418DW34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCDellS2716DG27TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellS2417DG23.8TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellAW3418HW34IPS2560x1080 (WFHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCDellAW2518H24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN X 3535VA3440x1440 (WQHD)1-100Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN X 2525TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-250Hz
G-SYNCHPOMEN 2727TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLenovoY27GQ-2027TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCLG34GK950G34IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)1-120Hz (OC)
G-SYNCLG32GK850G31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLG32GK650G31.5VA2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCLG38GL950G38IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)1-175Hz
G-SYNCLG34UC89G34IPS2560x1080 (WFHD)1-144Hz
G-SYNCMSINXG251R24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCMSINXG252R24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG270QG27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG2703Gs27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG276027TN2560x1440 (QHD)1-165Hz
G-SYNCViewSonicXG256024.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)1-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerCP3721K P32IPS3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG272U P27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG272X27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273K GP27IPS3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273GP27IPS1920x108048-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB323U31.5IPS2560x144048-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerKG271 Bbmiipx27TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXF240H bmjdpr24TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXF270H BBMIIPRX27TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB273GX27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV273U27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV273K27IPS3840x2160 (UHD 4K)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerED273 Abidpx27VA1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXG270HU27TN2560x1440 (QHD)40-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXZ321Q32VA1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerCG437K P43VA3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG252Q P24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXB253Q GX24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)50-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXFA24024TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXF250Q Cbmiiprx24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV253QX24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)50-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV272U P27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerXV273 X27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAcerVG252QX24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)50-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOC27G227IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCAG271FZ227TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCAG271F1G227TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCAG272FCX627MVA1920x1080 (FHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCAG272FG3R27MVA1920x1080 (FHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCAG241QX24TN2560x1440 (QHD)30-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCG2590FX24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)30-146Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOCG2590PX24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)30-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAOPEN27HC1R Pbidpx27VA1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG27AQ27IPS2560x1440 (WQHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG258QR24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)40-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG259Q25IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusPG43U43VA3840x2160 (4K)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusPG43UQ43VA3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG259QM24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG27B27IPS2560x144050-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG278QR27TN1920x1080 (FHD)40-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG278Q27TN1920x1080 (FHD)40-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusXG258Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG258Q24.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)40-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG279QM27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusVG248QG24TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusMG278Q27TN2560x1440 (QHD)40-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusXG248Q23.8TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleAsusXG279Q27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleBenQXL274027TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleBenQXL254024.5TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleDellAW2720HF27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleDellAW5520QF55OLED3840x2160 (UHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleDellS2419HGF24TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleDellAW2521HF24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleDellAW2521HFL24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleGigabyteAD27QD27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleGigabyteFI27Q27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleGigabyteFI27Q-P27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleHP24x23.8TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleHP25x25TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleHP25mx25TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleHPOMEN 27i27IPS2560x144050-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleHPOMEN X 25f25TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLenovoY27Q-2027IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-165Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GK750F-B27TN1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GL63T27IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GL65027IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GL83A27IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GN75027IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG34GN85034IPS3440x1440 (WQHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG38GN95037.5IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG27GL85027IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG34GL75034IPS2560x1080 (WFHD)50-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG38WN95C37.5IPS3840x1600 (WQHD+)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2019 B9, C9, E955OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2019 B9, C9, E965OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2019 B9, C977OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2019 Z988OLED7680x4320 (8K)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2020 BX, CX, GX55OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2020 BX, CX, GX65OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2020 BX, CX, GX77OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2020 CX48OLED3840x2160 (UHD)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleLG2020 ZX77, 88OLED7680x4320 (8K)40-120Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleMSIMAG251RX24.5IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleRazerRaptor 2727IPS2560x1440 (QHD)48-144Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleSamsung2020 Odyssey G727VA2560x1440 (QHD)60-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleSamsung2020 Odyssey G732VA2560x1440 (QHD)80-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleSamsungCRG527VA1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz
G-SYNC CompatibleViewSonicXG27027IPS1920x1080 (FHD)48-240Hz

Optimal G-Sync settings in Windows

Blurbusters has done a comprehensive test for what the best G-Sync settings are.

Nvidia Control Panel

  • Set up G-Sync > Enabled G-Sync for Full Screen Mode
  • Manage 3D Settings > Vertical Sync on
  • Manage 3D Settings > Set maximum FPS to 3 below max refresh rate (120hz monitor, 117 FPS max)
  • Manage 3D Settings > Set Low Latency Mode to On

In-game settings:

  • Used Fullscreen or Exclusive Fullscreen mode
  • Disable all in-game V-Sync and Buffering
  • If FPS limiter is available, set maximum FPS to 3 below max refresh rate (120hz monitor, 117 FPS max)

Windows Settings

  • Control Panel > Power Options > Choose High Performance plan

These settings will make sure your gaming has the smoothest motion with the least amount of input lag.

Mouse Settings

Nvidia recommends using your mouse at the highest possible polling rate, typically 1000 Hz to prevent any mouse micro stuttering.

G-Sync is worth it

Tearing should not be a thing in games, it’s very jarring to see the screen become choppy as you rotate your camera. At one point, G-Sync came at a very high cost premium compared to a regular monitor, in 2020, there are enough affordable VRR capable monitors to say that G-Sync and VRR in general is universally worth it, especially when consoles are also coming out with VRR capabiilty.

 

 

 

 

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