Is g-sync worth the trouble?

Justforcause

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Hey all,

I plan to upgrade my GPU when the next gen GPUs come to the market. But at the moment my old screen broke and I am deciding between regular and g-sync display 1440p 144hz (AOC AG241QX vs. AG241QG). The gsync "tax" would be here $131.

I have read that gsync causes some flickering. From what I read it seems to me that it causes more troubles making it work as intended. May be just bad experience of users.

Also would I really benefit from gsync if I would get 2nd best next gen GPU (GTX 2070 or even 2080 - naming may change)?
 

ioni

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I think it is. I just picked up The Surge and was playing on my 27" G-Sync monitor when I was like, "Why am I not playing this on my new 55" 4K TV?" So I switched over to it and the screen tearing was unbearable. I went right back to the monitor. I don't know how it compares to FreeSync, but it's hard to go back to no active syncing once you have it.
 

Tweak155

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Having been using a GSync monitor for a number of months, I'd say it depends on the games you play. Basically if I can achieve 120fps + consistently, I set the NVidia control panel to disable GSync in that title as I'd rather avoid the slight input lag caused by GSync.

Basically, if you can push 120fps+ in the titles you want, I find GSync pretty pointless outside of possible future proofing, but I'd rather take that $130 and invest it in the next card IMO.
 

repoman0

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IMO, it is unfortunately worth it. I hate that it's proprietary, but on the other hand it should allow you to upgrade your GPU less often. 40ish fps in single player games becomes quite playable depending on the game, unlike with regular vsync. Without any type of sync, tearing is always atrocious to me even at high refresh rates.
 

Mr. President

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Bear in mind that $131 gets you more than just Gsync as you also get ULMB and a slightly higher refresh rate. These aren't necessities (by any means) but they are all 'nice to haves' while Gsync will allow you to use your GPU for longer. Flickering is not something that I've witnessed, personally.

It otherwise depends on their prices though. If it's $200 vs $331 then that's a too big jump while $500 vs $631 is much less significant. Conversely, if you're spending over $500 then I'd be considering IPS over these TN displays.
 

Justforcause

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IPS are lottery though - IPS glow. I had one IPS for 2 days and even though the colors were good I could definitely feel the response time and also ghosting. It just didnt feel taht great comapred to TN, sadly.
 

Mr. President

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Yep, that's the tradeoff. I've never found TN much better in terms of pixel response or ghosting but if you prefer TN then you should obviously go for that. I do notice some occasional afterimages on my IPS when using ULMB though and it's entirely possible that they wouldn't be visible on TN.

Similarly, if you're susceptible to motion blur then ULMB might be a worthy feature to you. My new IPS is vastly cleaner with ULMB than my old 120hz TN was without it.
 

Elfear

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Similarly, if you're susceptible to motion blur then ULMB might be a worthy feature to you. My new IPS is vastly cleaner with ULMB than my old 120hz TN was without it.

+1

ULMB in practice is awe inspiring. Makes fast-paced games so smooth.