G-SYNC Compatible Monitors: All You Need To Know
1 Febuary 2019
During CES 2019, NVIDIA announced that their 417.71 drivers and newer would enable the use of G-SYNC on FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync monitors.
At the time of writing (Feb 1, 2019), NVIDIA has tested 400 monitors that have Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync technology and has certified 12 FreeSync monitors that passed their G-SYNC compatibility tests. G-SYNC Compatible Monitors will benefit from NVIDIA’s anti-tearing, anti-flickering and anti-stuttering technology which was previously only available on monitors branded “NVIDIA G-SYNC”, such as the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. This means you won’t be sacrificing as much when pairing an NVIDIA graphics card with a FreeSync monitor. The below table will be updated over time when NVIDIA releases more notes on G-Sync Compatible Monitors.
G-SYNC Compatible Monitors
|Acer XV273K||27"||3840x2160 (UHD 4K)||IPS|
|AOC AG241QX||24"||2560x1440 (QHD)||TN|
|Asus MG278Q||27"||2560x1440 (QHD)||TN|
|Acer XG270HU||27"||2560x1080 (UW-FHD)||TN|
|Acer XZ321Q||32"||1920x1080 (FHD)||VA|
|Asus XG248||24"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|BenQ XL2740||27"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|Acer XFA240||24"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|AOC G2590FX||24.5"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|Asus VG278Q||27"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|Asus XG258||24.5"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
|Asus VG258Q||24.5"||1920x1080 (FHD)||TN|
Note, NVIDIA still allows you to enable G-SYNC manually if you own an Adaptive-Sync monitor, only that they cannot say how well it will run – if at all. NVIDIA says that enabling G-SYNC on an Adaptive-Sync Monitor that is NOT one of the 12 G-SYNC Compatible Monitors may work however can result in visual artifacting, black screens, flickering or other undesirable behaviours. A “G-SYNC Compatible Monitor” must have passed G-SYNC compatibility testing by NVIDIA.
How do I enable G-SYNC on my Adaptive-Sync monitor?
There are three things that you need to ensure you have.
|1. NVIDIA 10-series graphics card or newer
2. Monitor supporting Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync
3. Updated to NVIDIA graphics driver version 417.71 or newer
First, you will need to enable FreeSync or Adaptive-Sync through the monitor’s OSD and then open NVIDIA Control Panel and go to “Set up G-SYNC”. If you do not have a certified G-SYNC Compatible Monitor (from the list above), a warning/information message will display under the checkbox reading, “Selected Display is not validated as G-SYNC Compatible”. This message means that your monitor may experience issues running G-SYNC as it’s not a G-SYNC Compatible Monitor. However, you can still enable G-SYNC if this message appears – simply check the box and click apply – G-SYNC should now be active.
You can confirm that G-SYNC is enabled by going to “Manage 3D Settings” and ensuring that “G-SYNC” is selected for the ”Monitor Technology” setting – click apply once done. G-SYNC should now be active if it were not before. If G-SYNC still is not working correctly, you may need to do extra research about enabling G-SYNC on your specific monitor. Otherwise, it may just be because it is not a G-SYNC Compatible Monitor.
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