NVIDIA at CES 2019 just announced that G-Sync will now be supported on many monitors which previously only had FreeSync Support. They also unveiled the mid-range RTX 2060 GPU and RTX GPUs for Gaming Laptops at the same event.
Screen tearing is a highly annoying problem faced by gamers, but G-SYNC solves that by synchronizing the refresh rate with the GPU’s frame-rate output. FreeSync does a very similar job, but has been available on more affordable monitors since a long time.
Now, NVIDIA will be expanding their G-SYNC Technology to certain monitors that have support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) through the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol. They’ll be testing out monitors and those who pass their validation tests will become G-SYNC Compatible.
NVIDIA’s first Game-Ready driver update in 2019 will be released on January 15th, and enable the support for these G-Sync Compatible Monitors.
So far, NVIDIA has tested out 400 monitors and has certified 12 monitors as G-SYNC Compatible. Seems like a majority of FreeSync monitors do not meet NVIDIA’s standards for G-SYNC. NVIDIA will keep updating their website as they expand the support. There will also be an option to enable Variable Refresh Rate for monitors that haven’t been tested, or failed their validation process.
AMD’s FreeSync has been available on a much wider scale, but this move by NVIDIA will definitely help their case and finally allow gamers to enjoy a tear-free gaming experience with G-SYNC Technology.