Nvidia will begin to allow G-Sync on some FreeSync monitors


Nvidia's G-Sync technology has been around for five years and during that time we saw many fantastic game monitors being released at slightly higher prices compared to FreeSync counterparts. This was largely due to the additional cost of the G-Sync hardware module. However, this year, things will change a bit, since Nvidia has announced that it will bring G-Sync support for FreeSync monitors through a new certification program.

While G-Sync is proprietary technology, FreeSync only requires an updated DisplayPort or HDMI connection for variable refresh rates. At CES today, Nvidia announced that it has embarked on a mission to test all available adaptive synchronization (FreeSync) monitors and certify those specifics to support G-Sync at the driver level. So far, 400 monitors have been tested and 12 specific models have been approved.

The list of G-Sync compatible displays currently includes:

  • Acer XFA240.
  • Acer XZ321Q.
  • ASUS MG278Q.
  • ASUS XG258.
  • Acer XG270HU.
  • AOC Agon AG241QG4.
  • ASUS XG248.
  • ASUS VG278Q.
  • Acer XV273K.
  • AOC G2590FX.
  • ASUS VG258Q.
  • BenQ XL2740.

If you have one of these FreeSync monitors and an Nvidia video card, a driver update on January 15 will allow you to turn on G-Sync. Nvidia's VRR technology has been available without the proprietary module for some time, although this has been reserved for gaming laptops. Now, it's opening up to the tabletop world as well and over time, many other FreeSync monitors will support G-Sync as well.

KitGuru says: This is brilliant news for me as it finally opens the Nvidia ecosystem to a wide range of monitors, most of which will be cheaper than a specific G-Sync model. G-Sync through the driver worked well on laptops, so we should see similar results on the desktop side going forward.


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