So, does it work? Provided you have a GPU that supports G-Sync
, the answer is: Yeah, pretty much. You might not notice it working in every game, but there were certainly moments where having it enabled provided a smoother, more enjoyable experience.
In Tomb Raider
, frame rates with my low-end GeForce GTX 750 Ti can fluctuate between buttery smooth and a jittery mess depending on what's on the screen at the time. Enabling G-Sync made a fairly dramatic difference, especially when making sudden turns in large caverns. Simply spinning in a circle (which certainly took Lara Croft's enemies by surprise) was enough to show a difference: With G-Sync off, the dips in frame rate were more noticeable, like a carousel with a sputtering engine. When flipped on, though, the spin became more fluid and even. It can't work miracles though. Crysis 3
still taxes my lowly card on the higher settings, and G-Sync can't increase your maximum FPS; it merely evens out what your card can currently do.
As for the monitor itself, you've got onboard USB 2.0/3.0 ports and a DisplayPort (required if you're using G-Sync). We're looking at a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel with a 1ms response time and a refresh rate that goes up to 144Hz. While those speedy specs make for a compelling gaming display, the G2460PG is less adept at other tasks, where color accuracy and viewing angles are more important. I couldn't use this as the main screen on my photography workstation, nor would I take my Saturn Aura drag racing -- that's not what either product is designed for.
At around $450, the G2460PG is priced similarly to the handful of other G-Sync monitors currently on the market. When it comes to everyday work, it doesn't have the color accuracy I need from a daily driver. But if I had the room –- and the budget –- for a dedicated gaming machine alongside my main desktop, I could see adding this to my office.
If you're more interested in screen real estate than frame rates, AOC also offers the 28-inch 4K U2868PQU (about $550). While it clearly shares the same basic design roots as its gaming-focused sibling, its evident this is intended for "serious" work. No bright green racing stripe here; just tons of ports, some bottom-facing speakers and a lot of pixels. At 3,840 x 2,160, simply firing the monitor up made one thing abundantly clear: I needed to change my desktop wallpaper. What once was clear and sharp at 1080p was suddenly blurred and muddy, like a YouTube video that's not quite done buffering.
Indeed, the U2868PQU is incredibly sharp and its far more understated design lets the pixels do the talking. Around back, you can connect via VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort -- and, thankfully, you get those cables in the box as well. The speakers are nice to have, but they're not going to power your next get-together. And like its stablemate, the 28-incher rotates into portrait mode, though you'll need to tilt the screen back slightly to make room when you turn it, lest you bang the corner of the display into your desk. Of note: You haven't used HipChat until you've run it full-screen on a 28-inch, 4K display in portrait mode.