24-inch G-Sync monitors
WANT G SYNC ON A TIGHT BUDGET? EDWARD CHESTER CHECKS OUT THE LATEST 24IN G SYNC MONITORS
Want G-Sync on a budget? PCTA checks out the latest 24in G-Sync monitors ........
HOW WE TEST
Nvidia’s G-Sync technology was a revelation when it first arrived. In one fell swoop, it made games look and feel better by not only eliminating the screentearing that appears when you don’t use V-Sync, but also removing the stuttering introduced by V-Sync.
Now, every frame of your game was complete, unbroken and delivered just as soon as it was ready.
It only works with Nvidia GPUs, though, and it also adds a premium. An entry-level 24-inch 144Hz FreeSync monitor can be bought for under $380 (Acer XF240H), but the cheapest G-Sync display in this group is the $500 Dell S2417DG.
G-Sync has some advantages over FreeSync too, not least the fact that it often works at much lower refresh rates, meaning you don’t necessarily need loads of GPU power. Besides, FreeSync simply isn’t an option for GeForce owners, so a G-Sync monitor is the only way to get active sync. All of which brings us to this group test, for which we’ve grabbed the five cheapest G-Sync monitors you can buy.
All these monitors have several features in common. As well as supporting G-Sync, all of them support Nvidia’s Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) feature, which flashes the backlight on and off to reduce perceived motion blur. They also all use 24in TN panels, and include fully articulated stands, while three out of the five have a 1080p resolution and the others bump up the pixel count to 2,560 x 1,440.
G-Sync is still limited to a maximum of two video inputs – one DisplayPort socket and one HDMI – but several of these monitors feature other extras such as USB hubs, and some also have the option of an even higher refresh rate than 144Hz.
To test the displays, we ran them through our usual process, whereby we assess the design, build and features, then test image quality straight out of the box, using a colorimeter. We then dive into the display’s menus to assess how easily they can be adjusted, and then test the display again once it’s fully calibrated. Our image quality scores are weighted more towards out-of-the-box image quality, to reflect the fact that most people don’t have the tools to properly calibrate a monitor.