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PC Tech NVIDIA Officially Supporting VESA Adaptive Sync Through G-Sync Compatible Monitors Program – 12 Freesync Monitors Passed, Drivers Launching 15th January

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NVIDIA has confirmed that they will be supporting the VESA Adaptive Sync standard through their G-Sync compatible / certification programme. The initiative is to allow Adaptive Sync support with GeForce GTX/RTX graphics cards on monitors which aren’t certified under the G-Sync label and are sold as AMD’s Freesync compatible displays.

NVIDIA To Support VESA Adaptive Sync / AMD Freesync Compatible Monitors Through G-Sync Compatible Program

For a long time, NVIDIA has been developing their G-Sync monitor technology to offer a seamless, tear-free, flicker-free and smooth gaming experience on displays that utilize their G-Sync module. The proprietary technology and the underlying hardware meant that the monitor cost would go up drastically but in return, you’d get a quality gaming experience. Soon after G-Sync was announced, AMD came up with their own display technology dubbed Freesync. AMD utilized the VESA standard and their Adaptive Sync technology over DisplayPort to offer similar tear-free gaming experience.

 

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Since then, there has been a competition between NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s Freesync displays. To this day, hundreds of gaming displays are available under either G-Sync or Freesync branding and while AMD followed an open standard, NVIDIA used their proprietary solution until they got G-Sync out for gaming laptops too. Here, instead of using the expensive G-Sync module, NVIDIA opt for an implementation similar to A-Sync while branding it as G-Sync. This shows that NVIDIA has supported VESA but never been too vocal about it.

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There are hundreds of monitor models available capable of variable refresh rates (VRR) using the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol. However, the VRR gaming experience can vary widely.

To improve the experience for gamers, NVIDIA will test monitors. Those that pass our validation tests will be G-SYNC Compatible and enabled by default in the GeForce driver.

G-SYNC Compatible tests will identify monitors that deliver a baseline VRR experience on GeForce RTX 20-series and GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and activate their VRR features automatically.

Support for G-SYNC Compatible monitors will begin Jan. 15 with the launch of our first 2019 Game Ready driver. Already, 12 monitors have been validated as G-SYNC Compatible (from the 400 we have tested so far). We’ll continue to test monitors and update our support list. For gamers who have monitors that we have not yet tested, or that have failed validation, we’ll give you an option to manually enable VRR, too.

For VRR monitors yet to be validated as G-SYNC Compatible, a new NVIDIA Control Panel option will enable owners to try and switch the tech on – it may work, it may work partly, or it may not work at all.

via NVIDIA

 

But NVIDIA at CES 2019 acknowledged that A-Sync monitors are also built for gaming and that they are very popular. As such, they are officially enabling support for A-sync / Freesync monitors with their upcoming GeForce drivers on 15th January 2019. This is huge news for gamers who want to get hands-on great gaming displays that are cheaper than the G-Sync models while still retaining variable refresh rate and tear-free gaming.

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Now please add support for the HDMI 2.1 VRR. (You don't need 2.1 hardware to support the spec, so this should be doable.)

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MG279Q vs the 278Q is just IPS/TN. Whyyyyyyy

Hopefully the new Razer monitor gets certified so I can just buy that.

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Just support all the VRR stuff. I feel like the battle is over. Requiring expensive hardware in the monitor will not be the norm, but VRR will be.

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This clears up nVidia's VRR plans a bit: They're rebranding 'G-Sync HDR' as 'G-Sync Ultimate.'

 

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Hopefully this makes my next monitor purchase easier.

 

I'm very interested in this new wave of giant monitors. I won't shell out $5k for the new 65" HP , but I'm very interested in finding out more about the new 43" ASUS. I currently have a ~40" monitor and I think it's a great size for 4K. I think a ~40" 16:9 monitor is so much better for everything than the ultrawides that are becoming more and more popular. The extra height is so much more useful. The problem I have with my current monitor it is that it's just not a great panel at all. It was cheap, so I can't complain, but almost no one makes something that size. Now we're finally seeing new products that are my ideal size and have all the bells and whistles.

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13 hours ago, mikechorney said:

 

 

Fascinating. They claim Nvidia says these problems persist even when using an AMD card with freesync on those "bad" uncertified monitors. I'd like to see some confirmation of that from a third party source. If so, it means there are a lot of shit "freesync" monitors out there and I can see why they would have a difference between certified and not.

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2 hours ago, legend said:

 

Fascinating. They claim Nvidia says these problems persist even when using an AMD card with freesync on those "bad" uncertified monitors. I'd like to see some confirmation of that from a third party source. If so, it means there are a lot of shit "freesync" monitors out there and I can see why they would have a difference between certified and not.

Absolutely.  I am sure that they picked some of the worst performers  to show as examples.  I am pretty confident that there are "uncertified" monitors that are "pretty good" that display artifacts that aren't as pronounced (or even go unnoticed by many gamers).

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There are probably tons of crappy freesync monitors, but my monitor didn’t make the nvidia list, a Nixeus EDG27. It works great with a Vega. This makes me think that either nvidia has some work to do with their drivers or they are exaggerating. 

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