Nvidia G-Sync tech claims to remove screen tearing, lag, and stutter

G-Sync coming to monitors from Asus, Benq, Philips and ViewSonic; compatible with GTX 660 and up

Nvidia has unveiled G-Sync, a new monitor technology that aims to completely eliminate screen tearing and stutter, as well as dramatically reduce lag in PC games. The technology is initially coming to gaming monitors from vendors Asus, Benq, Philips, and ViewSonic.

No pricing or release date was announced.

G-Sync is a module that replaces the scaler in LCD monitors, allowing the GPU to directly control its refresh rate and match it to the frame rate of the game being played. This, Nvidia claims, completely eliminates the judder and reduces the lag associated with using V-Sync, while also eliminating the screen tearing associated with turning V-Sync off.

The technology will require a compatible monitor and at least a GTX 660 Nvidia graphics card.

Speaking during the announcement, DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson said that it is "essentially impossible to design a game for a fixed frame rate today," due to the different environments used in today's AAA games. By using G-Sync, he continued, developers will no longer have to worry about hitting a baseline performance of 60 frames per second, with the game appearing smooth at all times, regardless of the frame rate.

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blackothh
blackothh

Very nice, I am glad to see that problem from the 90s finally go away.

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

And there you go, now people can quit complaining if a game doesn't run at 1000fps

nameaprice
nameaprice

and this is why i just bought stockin nvidia, suck it ati!

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

Interesting. I've been considering getting a new monitor soon (will probably use my current one as a second monitor) but now I might have to wait and see how this pans out. Since I am already using a 660 that won't be a problem.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

Another rip off by Nvidia. Lol Nvidia you suck! Matrox and Voodoo 3D all the way!

26whitewolf
26whitewolf

Zero tearing, and zero input lag. That would be a dream come true.

From my experience, limiting the fps to 58 on Nvidia Inspector on every game (60mhz refresh rate monitor here) with Vsync always OFF gives me a pretty good result, no input lag whatsoever and very little tearing.

Of course, excluding bad coded turds such Shift 2 Unleashed that has input lag no matter what you do.

Stevie Vanvooren
Stevie Vanvooren

a good build pc and a proper build game wil have none of them :p make crap games blame the monitor :D thats nvidia.

pzb101
pzb101

i'll be in the market for a new monitor soon, when do you guys think these will be on the shelves?

Raeldor
Raeldor

Not sure I could give up gaming on my 42" Samsung to go back to a smaller more expensive monitor again.  I think it'll be better (and cheaper) to upgrade my video card and turn on vsync. :P

lyncer777
lyncer777

i noticed Gamespot really loves Nvidia hmm...

bkohary
bkohary

What size monitors do they start at and what resolution is this technology capable of working with?


norwali
norwali

The hell with all of you!

snake_eyes1992
snake_eyes1992

but i must say that since 4k is coming into market and they are not affordable so the only was is getting a chinese monitor as 4k and since G synic costs more, like the asus monitor at 280$ is only enhanced for the g synic and got to 400$ u'd end up paying atleast a 1000$ for a 4k like asus with G synic and thas mb a year later, am just gonna get a good quality chinese 4k with mantle and by the time 4k with g synic are affordable well it would be minimum 1 year to 2 years, so gonna get the amd, in 2 years from now better technology would come so i'd prob sell my gpu and get something interesting also G synic may come to amd gpu if they can creat one or if they could trade technologies as i said down there, also amd is cheaper so every thing will be affordable, the clear winner is amd and btw it has been said that 4k would be the future gaming and would be commonly used in the world

snake_eyes1992
snake_eyes1992

to tell the truth the only solution i found is that both companies should trade

nvidia G synic 

for

AMD Mantle

Halloll
Halloll

their last gpu update claimed increased performance, all I got was constant game crashes then rolled back. wouldn't take their claims with evidence.

XBones
XBones

I love how fast technology evolves for gaming.

Daeman_Uhr
Daeman_Uhr

Ah yes, Nvidia who believes more watts equals more GP power. Have a 1000W PSU, burn everything, you don't need a house, you have a graphics card now. Note that I don't think AMD is any better. Both sides are completely staffed by idiots.

cfisher2833
cfisher2833

Correction: It requires a Kepler GPU (so 650ti or higher), not a 660 necessarily. 

_Roo_
_Roo_

I upgrade cards once a year.  Monitors once every 4-5 years.  There is no way I'm going to lock myself into Nvidia cards for the next 5 years.

Spend a little more on a 120hrz monitor instead.  Problem solved.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

The PC continues to achieve greatness. Stepping on the sobbing console gamers to get to it.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I really hope this does well I'd love to be able to support this. 

Amaregas
Amaregas

take that AMD Mantle!

(or not)

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

Got a benq XL2411T a couple months ago. Hope they can retro-fit this tech to it!

margevich
margevich

remember kids, it's the monitor that makes your games lag, not your pc

Korun4869
Korun4869

@Lambchopzin I'm buying a new monitor as well :). I need an HD 1080i monitor to get the full effect of my HD 7970. My current monitor is really old, running at 30 or 60 Hz.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

To be fair nvidia is completely outdoing amd in sales although honestly im not sure why =/ amd cards are in no way bad but then again nvidia uses less watts but meh I also seem to see far more advertising for nvidia shame really I like amd cards even if im using a gtx 460 still which tbh needs upgrading badly xD

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@bkohary Presumably the technology is a scalable process, so the size and resolution of the monitor will be irrelevant.

sammoth
sammoth

@Halloll Latest driver work for me. So it might be your setup.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

@Daeman_Uhr  

You do realizse the new AMD 290x is rumored  to have a 300watt TDP(if not over). Nvidia has been bad(if not worse) at this in the past, but they are leaps and bounds better than AMD at the moment when it comes to power efficiency.  with my i7 4770k, GTX 780, 16GB ram, 2 SSDs, 2 normal HDDs, liquid cooling pump... etc I barley break 300 watts under full gaming load. when I had a 660 in there it was barley over 160watts. I idle around 75-80 watts(60-70 watts with the 660)

 


lindallison
lindallison

@_Roo_  

Does a 120hz monitor really stop screen tearing?  I still get some tearing when my fps is less than 60 on my 60hz IPS.  Not as bad as when the frames go over 60 of course, but its there.  

Though more fps than your refresh rate is the most understandable angle on what causes tearing, syncing the frames seems more complicated than merely keeping fps under the refresh...

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@sammoth @Dr_takapotku It's not nice to say things like that to other people... I bet you are a user of Nvidia products. Geforce 4 was awesome back in the days tho!

Korun4869
Korun4869

@uchihasilver Of course, this is just a recommendation. Be sure, to check out benchmarks and performance articles&videos all over the web :).

Korun4869
Korun4869

@uchihasilver I use an 7970 HD X-Vapor overclocked 6GBs edition. It's really really amazing. I max out all games with no problems whatsoever. I highly recommend this GPU for you :). You will get your money's worth. for such an amazing GPU, it doesn't cost that much. It costs $530.34 on Amazon, right now. Also, you will get three free games out of specified six. But beware, since this an AMD GPU, some games with Nividia PhsyX will perform badly, only if turned on. I have had a lot of problems with Mirror's Edge.... then I turned PhysX off, and it went very smooth. I hope that helps, companion (^_^).

eBusiness
eBusiness

@lindallison @_Roo_ You can turn on v-sync for a lower cost. With more screen updates a finished frame will have to wait less time to get drawn.