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Nvidia G-Sync chip works inside monitor to eliminate stuttering, lag

updated 02:34 pm EDT, Fri October 18, 2013

Module synchronizes with computer GPU

Nvidia has introduced a new gaming-oriented technology, known as G-Sync, that promises to effectively synchronize a monitor and a computer GPU. When build into a monitor, the module is claimed to eliminate onscreen tearing, stuttering and lag that can occur when a GPU and monitor refresh at different rates.

The approach is said to represent a significant improvement over existing vertical synchronization (V-sync), which can prevent tearing but sometimes leads to input lag and stuttering. G-Sync essentially forces the monitor to run at the GPU frame rate, even if it briefly drops below the display's native refresh rate.

"This revolutionary technology eliminates artifacts that have long stood between gamers and the game," said Nvidia's GeForce head, Jeff Fisher.

G-Sync is already supported on ten different Nvidia cards, ranging from the GTX 650 Ti Boost up to the GTX Titan. Asus VG248QE is the only monitor that currently supports the technology, via a DIY modification kit, however Nvidia notes that Asus, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic have plans to offer G-Sync monitors in their 2014 product lineups.

by MacNN Staff



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