Nvidia's G-Sync is coming to (some) Freesync displays

Nvidia appears to have changed its tune on keeping its proprietary G-Sync frame syncing technology locked down to overly expensive, bespoke G-Sync gaming displays by adding its support to a handful of compatible Freesync displays too. It's far from an exhaustive list, with only a few particular displays from a few manufacturers making the cut, but it's a nice addition for those with those monitors already, or those considering upgrading and unsure about whether to do so with their Nvidia GPU.

"We tested about 400 [adaptive sync] monitors and 12 of them passed," Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said during a Sunday press conference at CES 2019. "We're going to test every async monitor the world has made, and for the ones that pass, we're going to certify them, and we're going to optimize the software to support them, and we're going to turn it on in our software so that whatever Geforce customer enjoys that panel can now enjoy it as if they purchased a G-Sync monitor."

The first list of G-Sync supporting Freesync displays includes:

  • Acer XFA240
  • Acer XZ321Q
  • AAsus MG278Q
  • Asus XG258
  • Acer XG270HU
  • Agon AG241QG4
  • Asus XG248
  • Asus VG278Qv
  • Acer XV273K
  • AOC G2590FX
  • Asus VG258Q
  • BenQ XL2740

Nvidia claims to have tested some 400 monitors with adaptive sync technologies and found the above 12 the only ones that were able to produce solid G-Sync frame syncing. All Freesync displays can frame sync, but you need an AMD graphics card. You'll need an Nvidia card for G-Sync, but unless you opt for one of the above displays, it does tend to be more expensive.

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