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Nvidia adds FreeSync support to its GPUs, but not for all monitors

FreeSync support is coming to Nvidia; at its CES event today, Nvidia announced the GSync-Compatible program, wherein it says it will test monitors that support the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol to ascertain whether they deliver a “baseline experience” comparable to a GSync monitor.

Coincidentally, AMD’s FreeSync utilizes the same VESA-developed implementation, meaning that several FreeSync-certified monitors will now be compatible with Nvidia’s 10- and 20-series GPUs.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said on stage that the company has tested over 400 monitors, but only found 12 to be worthy of the “GSync Compatible” tag. These twelve FreeSync-certified displays are:

Manufacturer Model HDR Size LCD Type Resolution Variable Refresh Rate Variable Overdrive
Acer XV273K Yes 27 IPS 3840x2160 (UHD 4K) 48-120Hz No
Agon AG241QG4 No 24 TN 2560x1440 (QHD) 30-144Hz No
Asus MG278Q No 27 TN 2560x1440 (QHD) 40-144Hz No
Acer XG270HU No 27 TN 2560x1440 (QHD) 40-144Hz No
Acer XZ321Q No 32 VA 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-144Hz No
Asus XG248 No 24 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-144Hz No
BenQ XL2740 No 27 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-144Hz No
Acer XFA240 No 24 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-144Hz No
AOC G2590FX No 24.5 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 30-146Hz No
Asus VG278Q No 27 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 40-144Hz No
Asus XG258 No 24.5 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-240Hz No
Asus VG258Q No 24.5 TN 1920x1080 (FHD) 40-144Hz No

Those who have a GSync Compatible monitor will find GSync enabled by default with an upcoming driver update next week; those who don’t have a GSync Compatible monitor can, still, enable GSync if they so desire. Though, the company notes that it may not work – or have issues – with some monitors. Huang added that the company will continue to test several other monitors.

GSync, the company maintains, will still offer the best experience, as it puts every GSync-certified monitor through 300 tests judging its image quality. GSync Compatible monitors, though, expand GSync support to several more affordable options.

In short, while a GSync monitor will only deliver variable refresh rate in tandem with Nvidia GPUs, monitors utilizing VESA's adaptive sync implementation (FreeSync-certified monitors) will now work with GPUs from AMD, Nvidia, as well as the upcoming discrete GPUs from Intel.

In addition to this announcement, the company also gave a name to GSync displays with HDR support: GSync Ultimate. Also, Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), the large-screen GSync-compatible format that was announced by Nvidia at last year’s CES, will finally mark its arrival into the consumer market, beginning this February with HP’s 65-inch OMEN X Experium 65.

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