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NVIDIA wants to improve gaming experience by introducing the G-Sync Compatible standard

By Wong Chung Wee - on 7 Jan 2019, 10:45pm

NVIDIA wants to improve gaming experience by introducing the G-Sync Compatible standard

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NVIDIA wants to improve gaming experience by introducing the G-Sync Compatible standard. At the same time, the company aims to grow its G-Sync display ecosystem by testing monitors that are able to “deliver a baseline Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) experience” on GeForce GTX 20- and GTX 10-series graphics cards. In addition, NVIDIA wants to do all the work for gamers by activating their VRR settings automatically to complement their gaming experience.

According to NVIDIA, their in-house professional testing laboratory has put over 400 adaptive-sync monitors to the test and 12 monitors have been certified as G-Sync Compatible.

To meet the G-Sync Compatible standard, a monitor has to have an adequate variable refresh rate range of at least 2.4:1, such as between 60 to 144Hz range, for example. Many monitors tested simply don't have this wide range and are often more narrow, such as 60 to 90Hz (or up to 120Hz) and as such, immediately don't meet the base requirements. Those that do meet the cut will be subjected to gameplay tests to screen the monitors for image quality issues, such as flickering, blanking and other issues detrimental to gameplay. This is why only a small group of monitors have made the cut to be G-Sync Compatible certified.

NVIDIA's efforts will continue and they will list compatible monitors that will be updated regularly. As for monitors that have yet to be validated under this new display ecosystem, NVIDIA says there will be a new NVIDIA Control Panel option that will allow the user to test-drive the G-Sync feature and the results will vary widely. Therefore, NVIDIA recommends the purchase of G-Sync Compatible certified monitors to ensure best gaming experience with supported GeForce GPUs.

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Besides the G-Sync Compatible standard, there’s also the introduction of G-Sync Ultimate and G-Sync (which is the existing standard that's well known). Both these grades of certification require monitors to have G-Sync processors built into the display that supports the full VRR range, such as from 1hz to the panel's maximum refresh rate, refresh rate overclocking, ultra-low motion blur modes and pass over 300 compatibility and quality testing by NVIDIA.

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The new G-Sync Ultimate standard takes this up another notch requiring the panels to not only be fast, but also have great HDR output with at least 1000 nits of brightness, have mult-zone/matrix backlighting and support a wide colour gamut of the DCI-P3 colour space.

Only NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate and G-Sync certified monitors will be recommended for immersive gaming experience (as they support VRR all through the display's full refresh rate range among other improvements), while G-Sync compatible ones are recommended for entry VRR experience.

Source: NVIDIA (1) & NVIDIA (2)

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