For those with a G-Sync display to complement their NVIDIA GPU, talking up the value of having a buttery smooth image that comes from a refresh rate that's in step with a game's performance is a fools errand. Once seen in action, it's hard to imagine a world without G-Sync. It's one of those key things that alongside 144Hz, a high-resolution, and HDR that is simply a game changer. At CES 2019 earlier today, NVIDIA confirmed that G-Sync support was coming to FreeSync displays and monitors.
Or what the company was describing as Adaptive Sync. Now, the semantics might simply boil down to the fact that AMD followed suit after NVIDIA pioneered the tear and stutter-free G-Sync technology with its own FreeSync version - which is also freely available.
As a cheaper alternative, FreeSync has quickly been adopted by many manufacturers due to the cheaper production and retail costs that come from not having to pay NVIDIA its share for including G-Sync hardware.
With automatic support coming at the driver level for FreeSync displays tested and certified by NVIDIA - of which only a handful apparently stand-up to the G-Sync standard out of hundreds. NVIDIA also notes that manual support for G-Sync will also be available for those without the certification to simply turn-on Adaptive Sync. So this means that a G-Sync certification might also be on the cards for displays and manufacturers to insert Adaptive Sync tech without the costlier G-Sync implementation.
"We tested about 400 monitors and 12 of them passed," NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang noted. "We're going to test every Async monitor the world has made, and for the ones that pass, we're going to certify them and we're going to optimize the software to support them. And we're going to turn it on in our software so that whatever GeForce customer enjoys that panel can now enjoy it as if they purchased a G-Sync monitor."
Tee first wave of displays that will get the support as of the January 15 driver update include: Acer XFA240, Acer XZ321Q, Acer XG270HU, Acer XV273K, Agon AG241QG4, AOC G2590FX, Asus MG278Q, Asus XG248, Asus VG258Q, Asus XG258, Asus VG278Q, BenQ Xl2740. This is good news for those with NVIDIA GPUs looking at new displays or owners of screens with FreeSync. No doubt most or all future monitors with FreeSync will opt for the NVIDIA certification.
The news today also re-branded G-Sync a little bit with G-Sync Ultimate being the technology seen in displays like the Acer Predator X27
- 4K, 144Hz, and HDR-1000 for the ultimate in display technology. Which will be the same technology behind a new line of 65-inch massive displays - or, Big-Screen BFGDs. We'll have more on these in the coming days, but in the meantime it's awesome that the G-Sync barrier has been broken.