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G-SYNC Compatible Monitors: All You Need To Know

1 Febuary 2019

During CES 2019, NVIDIA announced that their 417.71 drivers and newer would enable the use of G-SYNC on FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync monitors. 

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At the time of writing (Feb 1, 2019), NVIDIA has tested 400 monitors that have Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync technology and has certified 12 FreeSync monitors that passed their G-SYNC compatibility tests. G-SYNC Compatible Monitors will benefit from NVIDIA’s anti-tearing, anti-flickering and anti-stuttering technology which was previously only available on monitors branded “NVIDIA G-SYNC”, such as the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. This means you won’t be sacrificing as much when pairing an NVIDIA graphics card with a FreeSync monitor. The below table will be updated over time when NVIDIA releases more notes on G-Sync Compatible Monitors.


G-SYNC Compatible Monitors




LCD Technology

Acer XV273K 27" 3840x2160 (UHD 4K) IPS
AOC AG241QX 24" 2560x1440 (QHD) TN
Asus MG278Q 27" 2560x1440 (QHD) TN
Acer XG270HU 27" 2560x1080 (UW-FHD) TN
Acer XZ321Q 32" 1920x1080 (FHD) VA
Asus XG248 24" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
BenQ XL2740 27" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
Acer XFA240 24" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
AOC G2590FX 24.5" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
Asus VG278Q 27" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
Asus XG258 24.5" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN
Asus VG258Q 24.5" 1920x1080 (FHD) TN


Note, NVIDIA still allows you to enable G-SYNC manually if you own an Adaptive-Sync monitor, only that they cannot say how well it will run – if at all. NVIDIA says that enabling G-SYNC on an Adaptive-Sync Monitor that is NOT one of the 12 G-SYNC Compatible Monitors may work however can result in visual artifacting, black screens, flickering or other undesirable behaviours. A “G-SYNC Compatible Monitor” must have passed G-SYNC compatibility testing by NVIDIA. 



How do I enable G-SYNC on my Adaptive-Sync monitor?

There are three things that you need to ensure you have.

1.    NVIDIA 10-series graphics card or newer
2.    Monitor supporting Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync
3.    Updated to NVIDIA graphics driver version 417.71 or newer


First, you will need to enable FreeSync or Adaptive-Sync through the monitor’s OSD and then open NVIDIA Control Panel and go to “Set up G-SYNC”. If you do not have a certified G-SYNC Compatible Monitor (from the list above), a warning/information message will display under the checkbox reading, “Selected Display is not validated as G-SYNC Compatible”. This message means that your monitor may experience issues running G-SYNC as it’s not a G-SYNC Compatible Monitor. However, you can still enable G-SYNC if this message appears – simply check the box and click apply – G-SYNC should now be active. 


You can confirm that G-SYNC is enabled by going to “Manage 3D Settings” and ensuring that “G-SYNC” is selected for the ”Monitor Technology” setting – click apply once done. G-SYNC should now be active if it were not before. If G-SYNC still is not working correctly, you may need to do extra research about enabling G-SYNC on your specific monitor. Otherwise, it may just be because it is not a G-SYNC Compatible Monitor. 



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