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Nvidia GPUs to Support FreeSync Monitors

Nvidia GPUs to Support FreeSync Monitors

CES 2019 brought a lot of great news for owners of monitors with adaptive sync as Nvidia will now allow its GPUs to use Adaptive-Sync on FreeSync monitors which means that you can use FreeSync with your Nvidia GPU.

Nvidia’s proprietary G-Sync Variable Refresh Rate(VRR) protocol only worked on monitors that were certified by Nvidia and had it, which made Gsync monitors expensive. AMD has their own version of VRR known as FreeSync which uses the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol and would not work with an Nvidia GPU.

With the latest announcement, Nvidia is supporting monitors with VRR features and have tested 400 monitors out of which only 12 passed their test and have been validated as G-Sync Compatible. If your monitor is not in the list then fret not as you can manually enable VRR which will be added in an update on January 15th.

The uncertainty here is that we’re not sure if all Nvidia GPUs will have the option to use VRR or only the GTX 10-series and RTX 20-series cards due to the statement below:

“G-SYNC Compatible tests will identify monitors that deliver a baseline VRR experience on GeForce RTX 20-series and GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and activate their VRR features automatically.”

The statement talks about a baseline experience for the 10-series and 20-series cards but that could be just for a monitor to be G-Sync Compatible. Once the update arrives only then we’ll know for sure what GPU it’ll support and how well it works. A lot of people have FreeSync monitors paired with a budget Nvidia card so for those people having Adaptive Sync will finally pay off and maybe even improve the longevity of their card thanks to a smoother playable experience that they might get to experience.

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Darren Rodrigues
Jan 08, 2019