Is G-Sync worth it?

Is g-sync worth it?

When buying a new monitor in todays market you will find yourself bombarded with advertisements for G-Sync monitors and may be wondering what the technology is and whether G-Sync is worth the extra cost. A G-Sync monitor may offer

To figure out whether NVIDIA G-Sync is worth it you must first take some time to understand exactly what G-Sync is. Luckily, this boring process has been done for you by the MWBIS team.

What is a G-Sync monitor?

G-Sync is a hardware-based monitor-syncing technology developed by NVIDIA that aims to reduce the screen tearing, input lag and stuttering that occurs when a monitor’s refresh rate is out of sync with a graphics card’s frame rate capacity. It is used in some gaming laptops, PC monitors and TV’s and is an effective way to run fast-paced and high-intensity video games much more smoothly.

As your monitor refreshes at a certain rate per second your graphics card stores frames in a buffer to be displayed one at a time in sync with the monitor refresh rate. When this connection becomes out of sync the screen can be split horizontally into two sections, a process known as screen tearing which can ruin your gaming experience.

How does G-Sync work?

G-Sync uses a dynamic refresh rate to constantly adjust the refresh rate of a monitor. It is similar to AMD Freesync and works to reduce input lag and screen tear by allowing your G-Sync monitor to adapt its refresh rate to sync with the frame rates emitted by the Nvidia graphics card or an AMD graphics card.

To enable G-Sync, you must enter the NVIDIA control panel whereby you can access the settings.

G-Sync compatible monitors and AMD GPU freesync monitors basically work to produce frames in a much more efficient way and are categorised as adaptive sync technologies.

it is only available when using a G-Sync compatible monitor and must be used with a NVIDIA card that supports G-Sync technology otherwise it will not work and you’ll be stuck using a fixed refresh rate. NVIDIA graphics cards are the only type that can use NVIDIA’s G-Sync.

Types of G-Sync monitors?

There are many types of G-Sync monitors as it has quickly, alongside Freesync monitor, become the most popular way of combating the issue of screen tear.

You’ll find G-Sync monitors expensive due to the unique NVIDIA GPUs needed to run the proprietary module. Select Freesync monitors are often significantly cheaper than those using G-Sync chips and thus are great alternatives.


What is adaptive sync?

Adaptive sync refers to a software based solution as well as a hardware based solution that aims to reduce screen tearing by syncing the monitors refresh rate to the frame rate of the graphic card. Usually, monitors use a hardware based technology that ensures the refresh rate acts as a fixed rate.

it is similar to G-Sync technology but is more of a generalised term than a specific piece of technology.

G-Sync and Freesync

While similar, AMD Freesync is not G-Sync. It also aims to reduce screen tearing by using a variable frequency when creating frames but uses the VESA developed open-source code which allows freesync monitors to offer this technology without the extra cost.

AMD Freesync is one such proprietary technology that uses the VESA open source code to sync a monitors refresh rates with the frame rate of the graphics card. A freesync monitor requires an AMD GPU

What is a variable refresh rate?

A variable refresh rate simply refers to technology which matches a devices refresh rate with a connected devices frame rate, usually a graphics card or gaming console. It works to ensure the vertical sync of both the monitor and its graphics card runs smoothly so gamers don’t notice screen tearing.

What is V-Sync?

V-Sync refers to the first technology designed to combat screen tearing that was developed by a monitor manufacturer in 2010 for GPUS, monitors and TV’s. It works by limiting the frame rate produced by a graphics card to the refresh rate of the monitor. A monitor requires V-Sync to provide a smooth and clear viewing experience.

It remains an effective method in combating screen tearing for monitors with low-medium refresh rates such as 60hz. However, for monitors with higher refresh rates it is less suitable as its use of a fixed variable rate can lead to significant drops in game performance.

In recent years, with the invention of G-Sync and other adaptive sync technologies, V-Sync has become slightly outdated but it is still a standard feature within the majority of monitors and TVs so won’t be going away anytime soon. Especially when G-Sync requires NVIDIA GPU compatible monitors.

Final verdict:

So, is NVIDIA G-Sync worth your money? Is a GSync monitor better than a V-Sync monitor?

Answer: Yes!

We highly recommend you check out monitor manufacturers who include G-Sync in their monitors. It is a highly effective tool in combating screen tearing from its G-Sync scaler it ensures each and every next frame appears smoothly and seamlessly.

The only negative is that in order to run NVIDIA’s G-Sync, you must ensure you have a NVIDIA GPU that is compatible. Only certain adaptive sync monitors can match G-Sync’s performance to smoothly produce frames, reduce input lag and ensure the monitor’s refresh rate is in sync.

Ultimately, a G-Sync monitor is a great investment for any person wishing to play video games…

About the author

Paul Klasko

Paul is a long-time contributor to MWBIS. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University and is a self-described tech geek. He has years of experience utilizing and reviewing all sorts of technology that improves people's lives. He is happy to share his expertise with readers of this website.