Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible monitor list continues to get bigger and bigger every month. At last count, there are more than 80 FreeSync monitors that have been officially approved to meet Nvidia’s strict G-Sync Compatible standards, allowing Nvidia graphics card owners to take advantage of a monitor’s variable refresh rate tech for super smooth gaming even if it isn’t a full-fat G-Sync screen. Read on below to find out exactly what screens meet Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible requirements, as well as how to enable G-Sync on any FreeSync monitor.
The debate over G-Sync vs FreeSync has raged for several years now, but the arrival of Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible standard in 2019 made everything a lot simpler. Before, if you had an Nvidia graphics card and wanted your monitor to automatically match the number of frames being spat out by your GPU, you had to buy an expensive full-fat G-Sync monitor. Now, you can get pretty much the same experience on a cheaper AMD FreeSync monitor thanks to Nvidia’s new graphics driver.
However, not all FreeSync monitors deliver the same experience when paired with an Nvidia graphics card, as some work better together than others. Technically, all FreeSync screens are compatible (with a small ‘c’) with Nvidia’s G-Sync tech, but only those tested and approved by Nvidia can be called “G-Sync Compatible” (with a big ‘C’). These provide the very best possible experience for Nvidia graphics card owners, and are guaranteed to be free of stutter, blinking, pulsing and other visual defects that sometimes occur when a less compatible monitor throws a bit of a wobbly.
G-Sync Compatible monitor list
To help make things easy, here’s a complete list of every G-Sync Compatible monitor that’s been confirmed so far, and underneath that I’ve detailed how to enable G-Sync on any FreeSync monitor so you can try it out for yourself.
|Monitor||Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Variable Refresh Rate Range|
|Acer Predator CG437K P||43in||3840x2160||VA||48-120Hz|
|Acer Predator CP3721K P||32in||3840x2160||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Acer Predator XZ321Q||32in||1920x1080||VA||48-144Hz|
|Acer Nitro VG272U P||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-144Hz|
|Acer Nitro VG272X||27in||1920x1080||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Acer Nitro XV253QX||25in||1920x1080||IPS||50-240Hz|
|Acer Nitro XV272U P||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-144Hz|
|Acer Nitro XV273K||27in||3840x2160||IPS||48-120Hz|
|Acer Nitro XV273X||27in||1920x1080||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Acer Nitro XV273U||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-165Hz|
|Acer VG252Q P||25in||1920x1080||IPS||48-144Hz|
|Acer Predator XB273K GP||27in||3840x2160||IPS||48-120Hz|
|Acer Predator XB253Q GX||25in||1920x1080||IPS||50-240Hz|
|AOC Agon AG241QX||24in||2560x1440||TN||30-144Hz|
|AOC Agon AG271FZ2||27in||1920x1080||TN||48-240Hz|
|AOC Agon AG271F1G2||27in||1920x1080||TN||48-165Hz|
|AOC Agon AG272FCX6||27in||1920x1080||MVA||48-165Hz|
|AOC Agon AG272FG3R||27in||1920x1080||MVA||48-165Hz|
|Asus ROG Swift PG43U||43in||3840x2160||VA||48-120Hz|
|Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ||43in||3840x2160||VA||48-120Hz|
|Asus ROG Strix XG248Q||24in||1920x1080||TN||48-240Hz|
|Asus ROG Strix XG258Q||25in||1920x1080||TN||48-240Hz|
|Asus ROG Strix XG279Q||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-165Hz|
|Dell Alienware AW5520QF||55in||3840x2160||OLED||48-120Hz|
|Dell Alienware AW2518HF||25in||1920x1080||TN||48-240Hz|
|Dell Alienware AW2521HF||25in||1920x1080||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Dell Alienware AW2521HFL||25in||1920x1080||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Dell Alienware AW2720HF||27in||1920x1080||IPS||48-240Hz|
|Gigabyte Aorus F127Q||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-144Hz|
|HP Omen X 25f||25in||1920x1080||TN||48-240Hz|
|LG ZX (2020 OLED TV)||77in / 88in||7680x4320 (8K)||OLED||40-120Hz|
|LG BX, CX, GX (2020 OLED TVs)||55in / 65in / 77in||3840x2160||OLED||40-120Hz|
|LG CX (2020 OLED TV)||48in||3840x2160||OLED||40-120Hz|
|LG Z9 (2019 OLED TV)||88in||7680x4320 (8K)||OLED||40-120Hz|
|LG B9, C9 (2019 OLED TVs)||77in||3840x2160||OLED||40-120Hz|
|LG B9, C9, E9 (2019 OLED TVs)||55in / 65in||3840x2160||OLED||40-120Hz|
|Razer Raptor 27||27in||2560x1440||IPS||48-144Hz|
Other G-Sync compatible monitors
As I mentioned earlier, the monitors listed above are only those that Nvidia themselves have deemed worthy of an official “G-Sync Compatible” badge. However, there are plenty of other FreeSync monitors out there that still provide a decent G-Sync experience over DisplayPort, even if they’re not quite worthy of a big ‘C’ Compatible sticker – such as the monitors listed below that I’ve tested myself right here at RPS. It’s not a very big list right now, but I’ll be adding more FreeSync monitors to this list as and when I get them in for testing.
- AOC 24G2U
- AOC C24G1
- AOC G2868PQU
- AOC Agon AG273QX
- Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR
- Iiyama GB2760HSU
- LG 34UC88
- Viewsonic Elite XG240R
- Samsung CRG9
- MSI Optix MAG272CQR
How to enable G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor
If you own a FreeSync monitor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card upwards (yer GTX 1050s and above etc) and would like to try out G-Sync for yourself, then it’s surprisingly easy to enable G-Sync on your FreeSync monitor.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure FreeSync is enabled on your monitor. Not all FreeSync monitors have FreeSync enabled by default, so you’ll probably have to root around in your monitor’s menu settings a bit (the location will vary by monitor manufacturer) to make sure it’s switched on.
Next, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the latest Nvidia GeForce driver installed. You can either download it from Nvidia’s website here, or open your GeForce Experience app and update it that way as per the image above.
Once your display driver’s up to date, the next step is to open up your Nvidia Control Panel by right-clicking anywhere on your desktop. On the left hand side in the tree of Display settings (see below and click to enlarge), you should see a ‘Set up G-Sync’ option. Click that and Nvidia’s G-Sync menu will appear on the right.
Tick the ‘Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible’ box up the top, and decide whether you enable it for just fullscreen or fullscreen and windowed mode. Once you’ve picked one of those two settings, then you’ll need to tick the ‘Enable settings for the selected display model’ box below.
And that’s it! Don’t worry too much about the little message that says ‘Selected Display is not validated as G-Sync Compatible’. That’s just alerting you that the monitor isn’t one of Nvidia’s official G-Sync Compatible monitors, so your G-Sync experience may not be the absolute bestest best available.
Of course, if you don’t end up liking your monitor’s G-Sync experience (if you find there’s flickering, pulsing or blanking, or something else that isn’t up to scratch), turning it off is simply a matter of unticking those boxes I’ve just described in your Nvidia Control Panel, or switching off your monitor’s FreeSync option.