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ASUS' G-Sync Monitor will Command a Considerable Premium
We are pretty excited about G-Sync technology. If you have yet to read our coverage article, G-Sync basically forces the monitor to adopt variable refresh rates such that it refreshes its image as soon as the GPU is finished rendering. This solves the problems of stutter, lag and tearing that gamers have faced because of incompatible monitor refresh rates and GPU draw rates. So far, ASUS, BenQ, Philips and Viewsonic have pledged to offer G-Sync enabled monitors by Q1 next year.
The success of G-Sync hinges greatly upon how enthusiastically the new G-Sync monitors are embraced by gamers and mainstream users alike. Price will be a major determining factor.
With regards to ASUS, we have just learned that the Taiwanese hardware giants have confirmed that a G-Sync enabled variant of its 24-inch VG248QE gaming monitor will cost US$399. This means a not inconsiderable US$120 premium over the regular non G-Sync model.
Although we are convinced about the technology, the significant premium would likely turn many mainstream users away. Hopefully, NVIDIA's other partners would charge more sensibly.