Both NVIDA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync are revolutionary monitor technologies that introduced smooth variable refresh rate gameplay to gamers and mainstream PC users. Unique thing about these adaptive sync technologies is that they allow you to experience super smooth gameplay, without experiencing any image tearing, stuttering, or low input lag which are common to conventional 60 Hz monitors.
To fully experience tear-free gameplay, buying a G-Sync or FreeSync capable monitor isn’t enough. You also have to purchase a powerful graphics card that will be able to deliver targeted performance. At first, NVIDIA graphics cards only supported adaptive sync technology on NVIDIA certified G-Sync monitors. However, as of 2019, all GeForce GTX 10 series and newer NVIDIA graphics cards support adaptive sync tech on other monitors, which are now labeled as “G-Sync compatible monitors”.
There are multiple reasons you might want to purchase a G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor. First of all, these monitors are considerably cheaper than the officially certified G-Sync monitors, as they are based on VESA’s adaptive-sync technology which doesn’t use any propriety hardware. Secondly, FreeSync monitors work perfectly fine with AMD Radeon graphics cards, so if you decide to join the Team Red one day, you won’t have to purchase another monitor. Lastly, FreeSync monitors work completely fine with NVIDIA graphics cards, but only via DisplayPort and HDMI 2.1 interfaces.
Although there are numerous FreeSync monitors that can work with NVIDIA graphics cards without any issues, monitors that bear the “G-Sync compatible” label are officially approved by NVIDIA, and as such are expected to work perfectly with all GeForce graphics cards that support adaptive sync technology. Down below you can see a full list of all G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors that are currently available on North American and European markets.
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How to Pick the Right G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Monitor?
Since there are so many FreeSync monitors that are G-Sync compatible, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of buying options available at your disposal. When it comes to choosing the right adaptive sync monitor for your PC setup, personal preferences must be taken into consideration. Down below you can see a list of things you should consider before purchasing the right adaptive sync monitor.
- Display Size – Larger monitors usually have lower pixel density, and thus less sharper image. However, if they support resolutions higher than 1080p, then they tend to offer extraordinary image quality. Nowadays, 27-inch monitors are considered to be the sweet spot for most mainstream users.
- Resolution – Many gamers still tend to game at 1080p, which is fine, however, QHD and UHD (4K) resolutions are able to deliver much better image clarity, as well as much detailed visuals. Keep in mind, however, that for playing games on higher resolutions you’ll also need a much more powerful graphics card that’ll be able to render increased amount of pixels.
- Refresh Rate – The higher refresh rate, the better. Having high refresh rate monitor not only makes the gameplay smoother, and less choppy, but it also gives you an advantage in competitive multiplayer games. If you are a serious gamer, then getting a 240 Hz monitor is a must. If you are a casual or mainstream gamer, buying a monitor with refresh rate from 120 Hz to 144 Hz will do just fine.
- LCD Type – Monitors featuring TN panel are the fastest, but also tend to have poorer image quality and narrower viewing angles. IPS monitors offer the best viewing angles and the best color quality, but have a slightly higher input lag. VA monitors, on the other hand, have the best contrast among the three types.
- HDR – Monitors that support HDR are usually much more expensive, but are able to deliver incredibly life-like picture quality thanks to the advanced color reproduction technology. When it comes to gaming, HDR monitors allow players to see more details in darker environments, and games tend to look much better with HDR enabled.