Nvidia Announces Support for G-Sync VRR on Certain AMD FreeSync Monitors

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 11:20 AM

Nvidia dropped a megaton during its CES 2019 live conference last night, announcing it will be expanding its G-Sync compatible ecosystem to include AMD FreeSync monitors. Team Green is adopting the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol, massively widening the potential pool of compatible monitors.

The crucial part of this change is that G-Sync display typically commands a hefty price premium over FreeSync monitors but now certain AMD FreeSync monitors will be compatible with the G-Sync initiative.

Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) monitors allow for uncapped frame rates with no screen tearing or stuttering. Traditional V-Sync tech synchronises the GPU render rate to the monitor refresh rate, while VRR allows the monitor to alter its refresh rate in order to match the render rate of the GPU.

Nvidia’s being very particular with how it dishes out its G-Sync Compatible badges though. A grand total of 400 VRR monitors have been tested and just 12 have been handed the illustrious badge.

“There are hundreds of monitor models available capable of variable refresh rates (VRR) using the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol,” writes Nvidia. “However, the VRR gaming experience can vary widely.

“To improve the experience for gamers, NVIDIA will test monitors. Those that pass our validation tests will be G-SYNC Compatible and enabled by default in the GeForce driver.”

Nvidia’s tests stipulate that the displays must show no indication of flickering, blank imaging, or artifacting whatsoever in order to earn the G-Sync badge. Screw up just once and it’s a fail, so Nvidia’s setting an imperiously high bar here which rules out some cheap and cheerful FreeSync monitors.

Don’t worry too much about Nvidia’s strict policing of VRR though. While monitors that have been validated as G-Sync compatible will have VRR support on Nvidia GPUs following a driver update, users to untested or failed monitors will be able to manually enable VRR too, albeit without official driver support.

This marks a massive sea change for Nvidia’s way of doing things. Up until now, G-Sync support required a proprietary G-Sync module that has a knock-on effect on monitor pricing. A move to a more open standard, while potentially adding more confusion for the customer, does make variable refresh rates and tear-free gaming a more affordable option. The change also means that Nvidia GeForce graphics cards are compatible with both G-Sync and FreeSync displays.

Nvidia’s official support for the VESA Adaptive-Sync standard begins rolling out on January 15th with a new driver update.

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18:35 Jan-08-2019

The whole story is that Gsync will be supported on all Freesync monitors from Pascal on forward. Those initial 12 will have it enabled by default but the user will have to enable for all others. In the end there will be 3 tiers of Gsync. The top version, Ultimate Gsync, will be the premium version that is a Gsync monitor you can buy now.


This is what happens your stock drops and you need to gain ground again.

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19:10 Jan-08-2019

This is great, I just purchased a Freesync monitor and have a GTX 1080

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12:01 Jan-09-2019

sweet let us know how it works i've alredy got the 1080 now i might as well get a new freesync monitor

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11:22 Jan-09-2019

do i need to enable freesync from my monitor too?

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20:02 Jan-09-2019

the update comes out in a few weeks. enable it now on your monitor and when the update comes out, enable in the driver and call it good.

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11:17 Jan-08-2019

this is sweet now i can chill out a bit when i decide to buy an ultrawide 32:9 monitor this year end

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11:19 Jan-08-2019

would wait for tech-tubers to check it out first and make sure it actually works with the model you have your eye on

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12:02 Jan-09-2019

true dont wanna get stuck in the end with these ultra wide's. its alot of money to drop on screen real estate

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07:44 Jan-08-2019

Honestly - this was a bit out of the blue! Great news for us all!


Though I'm not surprised that so many screens failed to get a full certification, however, as with G-Sync you do measurably pay for quality.

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05:20 Jan-08-2019

meanwhile the ASUS XG438Q is a coming Freesync 4k monitor that can do 120hz

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03:41 Jan-08-2019

rotflol still gunna fail nvidia 12 of a billion freesync monitors yeah well i have freesync monitor with my rx 470 and it still cost less then and nvidia card and one theses monitors sorry nvidia peepole dont want pay an arm and a leg to be able to game or whatever floats your boat same can be said for intel cpu too sorry say i dont want pay 1000s of dollars to game yeah your gpus are still way over priced (ps i am on strict low income budget amd has been way to go for me even their older fx line is still powerful and with polaris its no brainer)

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23:08 Jan-07-2019

I guess they are either trying to get back some of that grace from gamers, I mean many aren't happy about price hike of new cards and overall what nVidia is doing. Or that gSync was bit of a scam to get more money off consumers and they are finally at stage where they will kill it.

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21:36 Jan-07-2019

I have a acer XG270HU monitor thats what windows says atleast. Is there a way to check which model they are supporting ? I only own the 75hz one.

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21:59 Jan-07-2019

XG270HU is the model number, so it's supported.

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11:04 Jan-08-2019

Cool cause its kinda acers fault for naming 2 of there monitors with the same name. Atleast now I ll have more of a reason to buy an nvidia card if they ll be cheaper than amd in my country.

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16:57 Jan-07-2019

Are you kidding me??


I just literally bought this new screen almost exactly 30d ago (limit of returning)!


It being a AGON 35" 1440p g-sync which could've costed me 250 EUR less ...

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16:04 Jan-07-2019

Just bought a 1440p 165hz ips gsync monitor for 780€ like half a year ago. FeelsGoodMan
But seriously I don't buy their "12 our of 400" bullsht. Most monitors in the same category use the same damn panel and controller from the same manufacturer anyways, what's the deal? Trying to boost sales for certain models, that's all there is to it.

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15:31 Jan-07-2019

waaaaiiiit so what does it mean, G-Sync dedicated chip in monitors is obsolete, or is it still a superior solution? I'm thinking about buying some G-Sync screen within Q1 this year, so I wonder what to expect?

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17:20 Jan-07-2019

i know for sure that theres 2 types of gsync, the gsync standart and the gsync ultimate.


gsync standart is the free gsync that does the samething as freesync.


gsync ultimate is the superior version with the chipset AND support HDR10

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17:26 Jan-07-2019

Are you sure? I'm not that well versed into monitors, but to my understanding G-Sync was so expensive because it required additional hardware to be installed in those certain monitors supporting it.
Developing or having a "simpler" version which works like FreeSync kinda defeats the whole purpose of the aforementioned product, does it not?

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19:38 Jan-07-2019

all my apologies im wrong in my information

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07:40 Jan-08-2019

Yeah, G-Sync was always a hardware solution. When G-Sync came out you could even buy "conversion kits" - a dedicated G-Sync chip that would replace some of the chips in certain monitor models to make them talk G-Sync to the GPU.

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18:20 Jan-07-2019

of what I understood, there are multiple true G-Sync variants, current one based on DisplayPort 1.2, and new one with HDR support based on probably DisplayPort 1.4 (allowing more than 3440x1440 100Hz etc..)

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07:32 Jan-09-2019

there will be a total of three different gsync versions: gsync compatible, gsync and gsync ultimate. compatible has just vrr. gsync is supposed to have better image quality and ultimate has the chip still and higher brightness (1000 nits).

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15:25 Jan-07-2019

Only 12 from 400 passed ? That is pretty low number.


Even then, this is a right move for Nvidia

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07:42 Jan-08-2019

It's a fairly well-known fact that G-Sync is superior to freesync, supporting a wider range of refresh rates to boot. I'm not surprised that a crapload of monitors failed to get the certification, tbh.

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11:25 Jan-08-2019

It is made by team Green, therefore it is superior. Anything red is bad. Remember kids !

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06:49 Jan-09-2019

Except when it's demonstrably so, at which point only a fanboy (that's you) will argue...

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06:50 Jan-09-2019

Besides, FreeSync is a VESA standard, not a "Team RED" invention xD

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12:38 Jan-09-2019

Calling me a fanboy. Dude you are funny. Ever though of becoming a comedian?
I guess speaking anything against your favorite brand is fanboyism of the other ones. I guess it figures from a guy like you.

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14:22 Jan-07-2019

Rejoice cheap 2k/144hz monitors with gsync to boot for about 400$

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14:19 Jan-07-2019

oooooohhhh I hope that 32" monitor I have coming tomorrow supports this.

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13:41 Jan-07-2019

Where can i see the 400 screen list?

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13:28 Jan-07-2019

Finally i can get the ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q which is a freesync monitor and il be able to use g sync on it

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13:21 Jan-07-2019

nvidia going in the right direction finally after a long time

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12:16 Jan-07-2019

I just bought a samsung tv with freesync even though I have an nvidia powered laptop. With freesync being more widely available, it is a serious disadvantage for nvidia, hence this move.


Anyway, Im hoping my tv will be supported at some point in time (or for the manual enable to work!)

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12:12 Jan-07-2019

Just looking around, couple of them are coming in at relatively reasonable(ish) prices (in the UK). Although wont be rushing out anytime soon to buy one, can wait till after Ive upgraded my rig.

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11:59 Jan-07-2019

Hahahaha when your own technology is so trash that you need to give in and partner with the competition. Guess the greed won't do when there's a class action lawsuit in the works. Finally headed in the right direction(ish).

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11:55 Jan-07-2019

A month after I finally gave in and bought a gsync monitor. Perfect timing.

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14:43 Jan-07-2019

same bro

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