G-Sync Monitors and Laptops: Reviews, News and Comparisons

G-Sync

This website was created to guide you through the process of choosing a G-Sync monitor or laptop. If you are looking for the best gaming monitor or the best gaming laptop or notebook, you’ve come to the right place. We also post news related to the technology itself, and do reviews of all G-Sync monitors and laptops available. Since the invention requires specific NVIDIA GPU’s, we will also list compatible desktop graphics cards and review those too. G-Sync laptops have their refresh rates controlled directly by the GPU, and they have a compatible NVIDIA GPU so they do not need any further peripherals.

This page only contains a list and comparison of G-Sync monitors and laptops/notebooks plus information about the G-Sync technology.

G-Sync requires a compatible NVIDIA GPU. View all supported GPUs here.

If you are looking for G-Sync related news, please click here.

Unsure what some of the specifications listed here actually mean? Then check out our monitor specifications glossary.

G-SYNC MONITOR COMPARISON TABLE

Because the prices of the monitors are constantly changing based on availability and demand, we can not list it here. You can check the price and reviews by clicking on the button below each monitor. We’ll make sure to review every monitor on the list, once we get our hands on them.

ProductAcer XB270HUAsus PG278QAcer XB280HKPhilips 272G5DYEBBenQ XL2420GAcer XB270HAbprzAOC G2460PGAcer XB240H
Acer XB270HUASUS PG278QAcer XB280HKPhilips 272G5DYEBBenQ XL2420GAcer XB270HAbprzAOC G2460PGAcer XB240H
Acer XB270HUAcer PG278QAcer XB280HK bprzPhilips 272G5DYEBBenQ XL2420GAcer XB270HAAOC G2460PGAcer XB240H
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Specifications
Screen Size27"27"28"27"24"27"24"24"
Panel TypeIPSTNTNTNTNTNTNTN
Max Resolution2560 x 14402560 x 14403840 x 21601920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio16:916:916:916:916:916:916:916:9
Brightness (cd/m2)350350300300350300350350
Max Refresh Rate144Hz144Hz60Hz144Hz144Hz144Hz144Hz144Hz
Response Time (GtG)4 ms1 ms1 ms1 ms1 ms1 ms1 ms1 ms
AdjustabilityHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilotHeight, tilt, swivel, pilot
Wall-Mounting (VESA)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Built-in SpeakersNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Warranty3 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years
AccessoriesDisplayPort CableDisplayPort Cable, USB CableDisplayPort Cable, USB 3.0 CableDisplayPort Cable, USB CableDVI-DL Cable, DisplayPort Cable, USB Cable, S Switch ArcDisplayPort Cable, USB 3.0 CableDisplayPort Cable, USB CableDisplayPort Cable
Connectivity
USB4244344None
DisplayPort11111111
DVINoneNoneNoneNone1NoneNoneNone
HDMINoneNoneNoneNone2NoneNoneNone
VGANoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone

 

G-SYNC LAPTOP COMPARISON TABLE

Because the prices of the laptops are constantly changing based on availability and demand, we can not list it here. You can check the price and reviews by clicking on the button below each laptop. We’ll make sure to review every laptop on the list, once we get our hands on them

ProductASUS ROG G751JY-DB73XASUS ROG G751JY-DB72Aorus X7 Pro Sync-CF1Sager NP9773-SAorus X5-CF1MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1423MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438MSI GT72 Dominator G-1432MSI GT72 Dominator G-1445
ASUS ROG G751JY-DB73XASUS ROG G751JY-DB72Aorus X7 Pro Sync-CF1Sager NP9773-SAorus X5-CF1MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1423MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438MSI GT72 Dominator G-1432MSI GT72 Dominator G-1445
ASUS ROG G751JY-DB73XASUS ROG G751JY-DB72Aorus X7 Pro Sync-CF1Sager NP9773-SAorus-X5-CF1MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1423MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438MSI GT72 Dominator G-1432MSI GT72 Dominator G-1445
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Specifications
CPUIntel Core i7-4870HQ 2.5 GHzIntel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHzIntel Core i7-4870HQ 2.5 GHzIntel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHzIntel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHzIntel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHzIntel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHzIntel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHzIntel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHz
RAM32 GB DDR3L24GB DDR3L16GB DDR316GB DDR316GB DDR3L32GB DDR3L16GB DDR3L16GB DDR3L16GB DDR3L
Storage1 TB HDD + 512 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 512 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 512 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD1 TB HDD
Screen Size17.3"17.3"17.3"17.3"15.6"17.3"17.3"17.3"17.3"
Panel TypeIPSIPSIPSIPSIPSIPSIPSIPSIPS
Max Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10802880 x 16201920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080
GPUNVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970M SLI (6 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI (8 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5)NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5)
OSWindows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
ChipsetIntel HM87Intel HM87Intel HM87Intel Z97Intel HM87Intel HM87Intel HM87Intel HM87Intel HM87
Dimensions (W x D x H)16.4" x 12.5" x 0.9"-1.7"16.4" x 12.5" x 0.9"-1.7"16.85" x 12.01" x 0.9"16.5" x 11.1" x 1.5"15.35" x 8.66" x 0.9"16.85" x 11.57" x 1.89"16.85" x 11.57" x 1.89"16.85" x 11.57" x 1.89"16.85" x 11.57" x 1.89"
Weight8.4 lbs8.4 lbs6.61 lbs8.6 lbs5.51 lbs8.4 lbs8.4 lbs8.4 lbs8.4 lbs
Connectivity
USB 2.0002000000
USB 3.0443444444
USB 3.1000002222
HDMI111111111
VGA111010000
Mini-DisplayPort001212222
Thunderbolt110000000
LANYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
WLAN802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1

What is G-Sync?

Enhance your gaming experience with the relatively new and groundbreaking NVIDIA G-Sync display technology.

By synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU, G-Sync eliminates screen tearing and minimizes input lag and stutter in order to give you a smoother and more breathtaking gaming experience than ever before.

Scenes appear instantly, objects look crisp and clear, and last but not least, gameplay is responsive to give you faster reaction times, and thus an advantage to competitive players. Every game looks and feels the way it should. When every frame matters, you want the amazing visual performance that only technology from NVIDIA can deliver.

The Problem: Old Tech

When the first TV’s were developed, they relied on cathode ray tubes (CRT) which work by scanning an electron beam across a phosphorus tube surface. The beam causes a pixel on the tube to glow, and when enough of the pixels are activated very rapidly, the display gives the illusion of motion video. These early CRT TVs had a refresh rate of 60Hz, because they were developed in the United States and the U.S. power grid is based on 60Hz AC power. By matching the refresh rate of the screen to the frequency of the power grid, building electronics was easier and it reduced power interference on the screen.

When PCs finally hit the market in the early 1980s, CRTs were already very popular and was the easiest and most cost-effective technology for creating dedicated computer monitors. 60Hz was the standard refresh rate of CRTs, so the computer screens also had a 60Hz refresh rate. Even when LCD and LED displays were introduced and CRTs became obsolete, syncing GPUs to a display refresh rate has remained standard practice in the industry.

Now a problem arises. GPUs do not render at fixed speeds, because the frame rate they produce is based on how much processing they have to do. They can drastically change, even within a single scene of a particular game. So how do you make the GPU show the images on the screen? There are several ways you can do that on.
The first way is to completely ignore the refresh rate of the screen and just update the image being scanned to the display mid-cycle. This is called “VSYNC On” mode and the standard setting for almost any game. The downside with this mode is that when a refresh shows two images at the same time, a so-called “tear line” appears, and it is commonly referred to as screen tearing.
The other way solves the screen tearing problem, and it is called “VSync On” mode. That forces the GPU to delay screen updates until the start of the next screen refresh. The major downside with this mode is stuttering when the frame rate is below the refresh rate, and also the increased input lag, which is the time between a button being pressed or a mouse being moved to the result occurring on the screen. VSync stuttering also causes many players to suffer from eyestrain after a while, and others starts to develop headaches and migraines. This led to NVIDIA developing Adaptive VSync, which solves these problems. Adaptive VSync does not fix the increased input lag though.
High input lag issues are unacceptable for enthusiasts and competitive gamers, who custom selects their gaming hardware in order to minimize input lag. It can also be extremely annoying if you are just a casual gamer and the game feels very unresponsive, giving you a bad gaming experience.

The Solution: NVIDIA G-SYNC

  • 1/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • Game frame rates are highly variable 2/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • V-Sync ON causes lag and stutter 3/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • V-Sync OFF improves lag 4/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • V-Sync OFF causes tearing 5/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • Screen tearing example 6/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.
  • This is essentially how the technology works 7/7 – The presentation by NVIDIA demonstrates how the lack of synchronization between GPU and display causes screen-tear – or unwanted judder with V-Sync enabled. The new fascinating technology aims to offer the best of both world – lower lag, no stutter and no tearing.


NVIDIA G-Sync solves all the problems described above. It eliminates screen tearing while minimizing input lag and stutter. G-Sync synchronizes the refresh rate of the display to the frame rate the GPU outputs, resulting in a tear-free, smooth and fast gaming experience that you simply can not miss.

Pro eSports players and pro-gaming leagues are already using the highly demanded NVIDIA technology, which reveals a player’s true skill, where you will need even greater reflexes in order to gain an advantage over your opponents, because of the unnoticeable input lag.

If you want the smoothest, clearest and most responsive gaming experience possible like eSports pros, G-Sync monitors and laptops are game changers. Even casual gamers simply can not miss this great feature, as it will redefine the way you view games. The best gaming monitor 2015 for sure is a G-SYNC monitor, and the best gaming laptop 2015 is also a G-SYNC laptop. You can read our reviews of the displays and notebooks to find out the best picks, and pros and cons of each product!

What makes G-Sync even greater is the in-built support for motion blur reduction called Ultra Low Motion Blur, or ULMB for short. It is better than other motion blur reduction technologies, such as the LightBoost prequel, and it minimizes any apparent input lag. It’s best used when the frame rate of a game is already high, and you can not use ULMB and G-Sync at the same time.

Some people mistakenly think that G-Sync lowers your FPS because there is an ‘added delay’. The technology does not affect your frame rates at all. Tests have shown that it does not lower or increase your FPS in any game and it is solely up to your other PC hardware to take care of the FPS that you are getting in video games.

Note: G-Sync and ULMB requires a compatible NVIDIA GPU.

If you wish to read more about this groundbreaking NVIDIA technology, EuroGamer has an excellent article about it and you can read Anandtech’s review of G-Sync here.

This video from NCIX Tech Tips is also a great resource if you wish to learn more.

GPU and system requirements

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti BOOST GPU or higher. View all supported G-Sync GPUs.
  • Driver: R340.52 or higher.
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
  • System Requirement: Must support DisplayPort 1.2 directly from the GPU.

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