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G-SYNC Expands to Some FreeSync Monitors

At CES NVIDIA announced it is expanding the availability of G-SYNC to some monitors not specifically designed for this frame-syncing technology. A new driver release on January 15th will add GYSNC support to 10- and 20-series graphics cards for a dozen monitors "capable of variable refresh rates (VRR) using the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol." They don't mention FreeSync at all, but the "G-SYNC Compatible" monitors are listed on this page advertize native FreeSync support. FreeSync was developed by AMD as a competitor to G-SYNC, and both are ways of providing high framerates and tear-free graphics without requiring the use of Vsynch, and since it doesn't carry the same licensing costs as GSYNC, supporting it is less expensive to manufacturers and consumers. They say they tested 400 monitors to come up with the 12 on their compatible list, so this is more on a case-by-case basis than is universal support, but they do say they will continue to test monitors and update the list. Along the way they also announce new Big Format screens for living rooms with G-SYNC HDR support and a range of new G-SYNC monitors, but there's no word on whether they are dropping G-SYNC licensing fees for manufacturing partners. Here are more details:

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値l 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値l give you an option to manually enable VRR, too.

For the most demanding gamers, G-SYNC and G-SYNC Ultimate HDR displays featuring an NVIDIA G-SYNC processor will represent the very highest image quality, performance and experience. These displays will benefit from an end-to-end certification process that includes more than 300 tests for image quality.

They値l feature a full refresh rate range from 1 Hz to the display panel痴 maximum rate, plus other advantages like variable overdrive, refresh rate overclocking, ultra-low motion blur display modes and industry-leading HDR with 1,000 nits, full matrix backlight and DCI-P3 color.

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