Question Shopping advice - Samsung Odyssey G6 vs G7 (vs something else)

Feb 13, 2023

I'm building a new gaming PC and am planning to buy a new monitor to go with it. For a long while I've had my eye on the G7, which was available on Amazon for what struck me as a reasonable £480, but in the last couple of weeks it has gone out of stock and been replaced with a new listing at a much less attractive ~£70 price hike.

I've made a bit of a rod for my own back, with a list of desired features which do not leave me with a lot of options:

  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 200+ Hz refresh rate
  • G-sync compatible or better
  • 1ms G2G response time or better

Now the Amazon spring sale is currently ongoing and I noticed that the Odyssey G6 is down to £399. It isn't listed by Nvidia as a G-sync compatible monitor, but Rtings in their review claim it to be so and to have tested it. If I exclude the G6 and G7, other candidates that meet my criteria are upwards of twice as expensive and are harder to find in stock - models like the Asus ROG Swift PG279QM and Alienware AW2721D.

Thanks for bearing with me so far. At this point I have a few questions.

  • is there likely to be a noticeable difference between the VRR performance of the G6 and G7 on a GeForce 4070Ti? I'm guessing not, but Nvidia having certified one but not the other makes me wonder.
  • how noticeable is the difference between the VRR performance of G-sync compatible and full-fat G-sync monitors? I've read anecdotal testimony on r/monitors that it is substantial, but, well, redditors... 😄
  • how noticeable is the difference between extremely high refresh rates (200+ Hz) and merely very high ones (160-200 Hz)? I doubt I could get new games to run at stable 200+ FPS, but it's something I'd like to take advantage of for older games if it's substantively better. If it isn't then I can relax my criteria and maybe get a better deal.

Thanks in advance to anyone who is willing to share their experience!