Back in January NVIDIA shocked the World by opening up support for its G-sync Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology from normal FreeSync/AdaptiveSync displays. This suddenly gave NVIDIA graphics card users a whole new set of possibilities when selecting a display if they wanted support for the all important VRR, helping to avoid tearing and lag associated with older Vsync off/on methods. You can use G-sync on pretty much any AdaptiveSync display, but many will have varying results and success. Only a small selection of these screens were officially tested and verified by NVIDIA under their ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme. At the time only 12 monitors made the cut, but the list is growing and now 17 screens are certified.
The list of ‘G-sync Compatible’ screens is kept up to date on NVIDIA.com, and only those listed have been through NVIDIA’s testing and come out the other side. This testing validates that the monitor does not show blanking, pulsing, flickering, ghosting or other artifacts during VRR gaming. They also validate that the monitor can operate in VRR at any game frame rate by supporting a VRR range of at least 2.4:1 (e.g. 60Hz-144Hz), and offer the gamer a seamless experience by enabling VRR by default.
The updated list of ‘G-sync Compatible’ displays
|Acer ED273 Abidpx||27||VA||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-144Hz|
|Acer XFA240||24||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-144Hz|
|Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-240Hz|
|Acer XG270HU||27||TN||2560×1080 (QHD)||40-144Hz|
|Acer XV273K||27||IPS||3840×2160 (UHD 4K)||48-120Hz|
|Acer XZ321Q||32||VA||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-144Hz|
|AOC AG241QX||24||TN||2560×1440 (QHD)||30-144Hz|
|AOC G2590FX||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||30-146Hz|
|Asus MG278Q||27||TN||2560×1440 (QHD)||40-144Hz|
|Asus VG258Q||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||40-144Hz|
|Asus VG258QR||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||40-165Hz|
|Asus VG278Q||27||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||40-144Hz|
|Asus VG278QR||27||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||40-165Hz|
|Asus XG248Q||23.8||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-240Hz|
|Asus XG258Q||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-240Hz|
|BenQ XL2740||27||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-240Hz|
|BenQ XL2540||24.5||TN||1920×1080 (FHD)||48-240Hz|
It should be noted that this list also states that none of the current G-sync Compatible screens feature variable overdrive or HDR support.
Newly certified models
New in this list since the original January announcement are:
Be wary of manufacturers who list their screens as ‘G-sync Compatible’ in the specs, if they do not appear on this list. The screen can probably ‘support’ G-sync to some degree, but unless it’s on NVIDIA’s list, it isn’t officially certified. We expect manufacturers would be in violation of NVIDIA’s certification scheme if they list their screens as ‘Compatible’ without having earned the badge properly. Perhaps all those other displays should be simply referred to as having ‘G-sync support’ instead?