Back at CES 2019, when NVIDIA announced the new RTX 2060 graphics card, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang also announced support for “G-Sync compatible monitors”. This means that you can now enable G-Sync feature even if you are using a FreeSync monitor, provided that you have a Pascal or Turing-based graphics card. That’s right, this support will only work for graphics card from GTX 10 series to the latest RTX 20 series; and you will need the latest GeForce Driver 417.71 (up). Also, NVIDIA has initially provided a list of 12 FreeSync monitors that are certified and fully works with G-Sync without any problems. Since then, these FreeSync monitors have been selling like hot cakes. Check out the list of Freesync monitors that are compatible with G-Sync below.
UPDATE: As of today, NVIDIA added five FreeSync monitors that are certified to be G-Sync compatible. The five monitors are the Asus VG278Q, Asus VG258,Acer ED273A, Acer XF250Q C and the BenQ Zowie XL2540-B. You can check out the table below for more details.
List of Certified FreeSync Monitors Compatible with NVIDIA G-Sync
According to NVIDIA, they have tested 400 different monitors and only 12 of them have passed without any issues. Below are the 12 FreeSync monitors that are certified to be compatible with NVIDIA’s G-Sync.
|Monitor||Display Size||Resolution||Aspect Ratio||Panel||Refresh Rate||Response Time||HDR Support||Color Support||Brightness||Viewing Angles||Ports||Availability|
|Acer XFA240||24"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||350 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI/MHL, DVI||Amazon.com|
|Acer XG270HU||27"||2560x1440||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||350 cd/m²||160°/170°||DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort||Amazon.com
|Acer XV273K||27"||3840x2160||16:9||IPS||144Hz||1ms||DisplayHDR 400, HDR10||1.07 Billion||400 cd/m² (Peak HDR Mode)||178°/178°||DisplayPort 1.4, Mini DP, HDMI 2.0, USB||Amazon.com|
|Acer XZ321Q||31.5"||1920x1080||16:9||VA||144Hz||4ms||No||16.7 Million||300 cd/m²||178°/178°||DisplayPort, HDMI, USB||Amazon UK|
|*Acer XZ321QU bmijpphzx||31.5"||2560x1440||16:9||VA||144Hz||1ms||Yes||16.7 Million||300 cd/m²||178°/178°||DisplayPort, MiniDP, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0||Amazon.com
|23.8"||2560x1440||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||350 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI, USB 3.0||Amazon.com
|AOC G2590FX||24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, USB 3.0||Amazon.com
|Asus MG278Q||27"||2560x1440||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||350 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0||Amazon.com
|Asus VG258Q||24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, DL DVI-D, HDMI 1.4||Amazon UK|
|Asus VG278Q||27"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, DL DVI-D, HDMI 1.4||Amazon.com
|23.8"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||240Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0||Amazon.com
|24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||240Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4||Amazon.com
|BenQ XL2740||27"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||240Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||320 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-DL, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4||Amazon.com
|Acer ED273A||27"||1920x1080||16:9||VA||144Hz||4ms||No||16.7 Million||250 cd/m²||178°/178°||DVI, HDMI (HDCP), DisplayPort||Amazon.com|
|Acer XF250Q C||24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||240Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4||Amazon.com|
|BenQ Zowie XL2540-B||24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||240Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 2.0||Amazon.com|
|ASUS VG278Q||27"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4||Amazon.com|
|Asus VG258||24.5"||1920x1080||16:9||TN||144Hz||1ms||No||16.7 Million||400 cd/m²||160°/170°||DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4|
- NVIDIA officially listed the model “Acer XZ321Q”, but not sure if “Acer XZ321QU” was also certified or not. They are very similar, except for the resolution.
- NVIDIA listed “Agon AG241QG4” as the certified model, but this model is no where to be found and AOC lists “Agon AG241QG4” and “Agon AG241QX” as similar monitors.
- NVIDIA listed Asus XG248 and Asus XG258 as the certified model, but we can only see Asus XG248Q and Asus XG258Q listed online. Both seems to be similar models.
I was a little bit disappointed when I saw the initial list since most are based on a TN panel. True that they are fast, they have a very low response time, but they don’t have good viewing angles and colors are not that great compared to IPS or VA panel.
The Acer Nitro XV273K seems like the “better” monitor compared to the other 11 FreeSync monitor. It’s a 4K UHD display, IPS panel and it even supports HDR. Unfortunately, this monitor seems to be plague with (serious) backlight bleed issues. Perhaps an issue with early version of this monitor?
The Acer XZ321Q looks like a good option as well; where the BenQ XL2740 looks like a really good monitor for eSports and fast FPS games.
If you are currently using one of the monitors listed above, once the driver version 417.71 has been installed, G-Sync feature should be automatically enable. Those who are using FreeSync monitors that are not listed above / non-certified may also enable G-Sync manually via the NVIDIA control panel.
Do note that those monitors that are non-certified may encounter varying issues, like flickering, blurring and the likes. However, there are several users who have confirmed that their non-certified FreeSync monitor was working well with G-Sync enabled.
Non-Certified FreeSync Monitors But Still Compatible with G-Sync
The list of certified FreeSync monitors compatible with G-Sync seems to be pretty underwhelming, due to the fact there are literally a lot of FreeSync monitors available in the market today compared to G-Sync monitors.
Users from NVIDIA Subreddit have created a Google sheet where they share their experiences with the current FreeSync monitors that they have. We see some non-certified FreeSync monitors on that list are reported to work just fine with G-Sync. Other monitors have issues, while other monitors needed to be “tweaked” a little bit just to get G-Sync working with their FreeSync monitors. Can you check out the sheet here.