G-Sync gaming monitors don’t have to be crazy expensive anymore. That’s thanks to Nvidia’s support for many FreeSync monitors when paired with an Nvidia graphics card. Now, you can find a veritable trove of gaming monitors that are G-Sync Compatible. And, that expansion of the market has also helped bring down the prices on some proper G-Sync monitors that include the proprietary G-Sync module.The G-Sync feature can make sure your graphics card and monitor play nicely together to avoid the nasty screen tearing that can occur when your frame rate and monitor’s refresh rate aren’t in alignment. G-Sync also gets around the stuttering and input lag that could otherwise come from using V-Sync (not to mention the dramatic halving of frame rate if your graphics card falls below the monitor’s refresh rate).
So, if you’re on the market for a monitor with variable refresh rate (VRR) technology and you have an Nvidia graphics processor, it’s worth your while to see the affordable options available to you. We’ve picked out budget monitors that deliver either true G-Sync or confirmed compatibility through FreeSync.
TL;DR – These are the Best Budget G-Sync Monitors:
1. LG 27GL650F-B
Best Budget G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Choosing a budget gaming monitor often comes with compromises, but with the LG 27GL650F-B it hardly feels like you’re making any sacrifices at all. First off you get a pretty substantially sized 27-inch display, which might only be 1080p in resolution but it’s an IPS panel with a 1ms response time. What’s more you get a quick 144Hz refresh rate and 400-nits of peak brightness.
If it weren’t for this display’s only simulated 8-bit color, the LG 27GL650F-B would be a great screen for HDR gaming. That said, it’s a very well rounded G-Sync gaming monitor and it only costs about $ 300 so your wallet will be happy too.
2. Dell 24 Gaming Monitor (S2419HGF)
Ultra Cheap G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Dell 24 Gaming Monitor S2419HGF
What’s that, you want something truly cheap? Well, look no further than the Dell 24 Gaming Monitor (S2419HGF), which comes in at an incredibly cheap price of $ 250. Now this display will serve all your basic needs for PC gaming with its Full HD resolution, 1ms response time, and a surprisingly high 144Hz refresh rate. But don’t expect to write home about much else you can get out of this gaming monitor.
The Dell 24 Gaming Monitor only features a peak brightness of 350-nits, which is pretty normal for most display, and it can only display 16.7 colors with serviceable accuracy. Still for the little money this gaming monitor asks for, you’re getting some decent image quality and a genuine G-Sync experience.
3. Viotek GFT27DB
Best Budget 1440p G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Screen size: 27″ ● Aspect ratio: 16:9 ● Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 ● Panel type: TN FreeSync ● Brightness: 220cd/m2 ● Refresh rate: 144Hz ● Response time: 3ms ● Viewing angle: 170(H)/160(V) ● Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 ● Color support: 115% sRGB ● Inputs: 2 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 ● Weight: 8.6 pounds ● Size: 24.3″ x 17.5″ x 7.9″
Viotek is probably not a brand you’ve heard of before, but I can assure you that the GFT27DB (read our review) is one of the cheapest and best 1440p display that supports G-Sync. That said, it only comes at this low price because it’s not a true G-Sync monitor, but rather it’s a Freesync gaming monitor with G-Sync compatibility. Don’t worry though, we tested the Viotek GFT27DB monitor thoroughly and it had no problems with working with G-Sync as well.
This monitor also offers a speedy 144Hz refresh rate and quick 1ms response time. Despite utilizing a TN panel, the Viotek GFT27DB also renders a surprisingly wide color gamut and deep black levels.
4. Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ
Best Budget G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor
Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ
If you only have enough money and space for one gaming monitor in your life, why not make it something that’ll work seamlessly with all your devices. The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor, which means its a FreeSync gaming monitor that’s been certified by Nvidia to work with its form of variable refresh rate technology. In essence, this gaming monitor will give you a tear-free, smooth gaming experience no matter if you connect it to a Nvidia-powered gaming PC or Microsoft’s latest consoles.
Of course, it also helps that the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is one of the most attractively well-rounded gaming monitors on the market right now. Between its IPS panel giving you excellent colors and a 1ms response time, this display is both fast and gorgeous to look at.
5. Samsung CRG5
Best Budget 240Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Samsung C27RG5 Curved Gaming Monitor
Esports demands the fastest gaming monitors around with absolutely zero tearing. Lucky for you the Samsung CRG5 handles both of these things with aplomb and for not much money to boot.
With this monitor, you’ll see everything you do in gameplay out in buttery smooth animation. Instead of seeing motion blurring or tearing every single frame, you see on this display will be perfectly crisp and highly detailed which is perfect for fast-paced, twitchy games.
6. Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (S2719DGF)
Go bigger with this G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor
Dell 27 Gaming Monitor
If you can find the Dell S2716DG (read our review) for around $ 450 it’s a smokin’ deal. The 27-inch TN panel has a response time of 3ms, but setting the response time in the menus to Fast gets that down to the 1ms Holy Grail target.
The 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync enabled is fantastic and runs very well at its native 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. It’s also a great resolution for this panel size, making for easy readability without the need for any scaling. It even has a USB 3.0 hub as well.
7. Acer Nitro XV273K
4K HDR at a Reasonable Price
Acer Nitro XV273K
The Acer Nitro XV273K (read our review) isn’t a true G-Sync monitor but rather a G-Sync Compatible one, but you won’t really care after you see its 4K HDR picture. This monitor costs a pretty penny for $ 770, but considering you have to spend upwards of a $ 1000 more for its closest competitor, the Nitro XV273K seems like a downright steal.
In fact, the Nitro XV273K is practical, the only affordable 4K HDR gaming monitor available right now. It doesn’t just look good on paper either. It’s HDR characteristics add more character to shadows while the enhanced peak brightness makes things pop. However, be wary of using this display in SDR mode as things can look more grayed out.
What to look for in a Cheap G-Sync Monitor
Screen tearing is just about the most upsetting thing that can happen to you while gaming. Previously the solution to this problem was to simply enable V-Sync in your game, which synced the output of the video card to your monitor’s maximum refresh rate, which was usually 60Hz.
Unfortunately, V-Sync introduces its own set of issues including increased input lag and capping the frame rate to a maximum of 60 fps—or 30 fps if you’re running below that.
Nvidia was unhappy with this solution (just like the rest of us), so it created G-Sync a few years ago to solve these issues. It locks your monitor’s refresh rate to the current frame rate of your graphics card and eliminates screen tearing, but isn’t limited to any particular refresh rate. It can work at 38Hz, 45Hz, and so on.
In general, it works really well, but there are requirements. You need an Nvidia graphics card (minimum of a GTX 650 Ti Boost) and a G-Sync-enabled monitor connected by DisplayPort 1.2 or newer, and you need to turn it on in the Nvidia control panel software.
All G-Sync monitors have a proprietary G-Sync module in them that allows it to work, and with the right monitor and video card, you could get synced frame rates up to 240Hz.
G-Sync monitors tend to be around $ 100 to $ 200 more than the comparable FreeSync panels (which is attributed to the required module), so ‘cheap’ has a slightly different connotation here. That said, the best cheap G-Sync monitors let you experience a tear-free gaming experience without having to break the bank.
Better yet Nvidia has decreed that some Freesync monitors can be G-Sync Compatible, making them an amazingly affordable way to sidestep your way to a completely tear-free and smooth gaming experience with an Nvidia-powered system.
While Freesync monitors don’t include a dedicated G-Sync display module, Nvidia has tested over 400 displays and certified that at least 50 of them will definitely work with G-Sync. That said, our own testing has revealed there are even more compatible monitors out there.
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