Said to solve the decades-old problem of onscreen tearing, stuttering and lag, NVIDIA unveiled NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology which enables perfect synchronization between the GPU and the display. The result is consistently smooth frame rates and ultrafast response not possible with previous display technologies.
Several years in the making, G-SYNC™ technology works by synchronising the monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU’s render rate, so images display the moment they are rendered.
“Our commitment to create a pure gaming experience led us to G-SYNC,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “This revolutionary technology eliminates artifacts that have long stood between gamers and the game. Once you play on a G-SYNC monitor, you’ll never want to go back.”
Since their earliest days, displays have had fixed refresh rates — typically 60 times a second (hertz). But, due to the dynamic nature of video games, GPUs render frames at varying rates. As the GPU seeks to synchronize with the monitor, persistent tearing occurs. Turning on V-SYNC (or Vertical-SYNC) eliminates tearing but causes increased lag and stutter as the GPU and monitor refresh at different rates.
The first G-SYNC modules will be available as a standalone unit, meant to be modded into the ASUS VG248QE, a 144Hz gaming monitor. There are firms that will sell these modded monitors with warranty for both the module and the display, though if you prefer, you can also purchase the module by itself and mod it yourself, though at the cost of voiding your display’s warranty.
G-SYNC will start to pick up next year, when OEMs will start manufacturing their own G-SYNC displays. These monitors will range in size and resolution, scaling all the way up to deluxe 3840×2160 “4K” models.