Nvidia has just announced it's new PC monitor technology ‘G-Sync' at it's press conference in Montreal. The announcement started off with an explanation on how monitor refresh rates work, in a standard monitor you have to turn on V-sync to stop screen tearing but then you get stuck with lag or stutter instead. For gamers this meant you had to pick the lesser of two evils, there was never a perfect system that eliminated both lag and stutter, until now.
Nvidia's G-sync changes the way monitors work by allowing it to run at a variable refresh rate that is in sync with the amount of frames per second the GPU is pumping out. This method gets around screen tearing and the problems that come with enabling V-sync.
Nvidia has partnered with Asus, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic to make the first G-Sync enabled monitors, the first one to hit the market will be a variation of the popular Asus 144Hz monitor. 3D vision monitors will require extra hardware and some tweaking to get working.
G-Sync is exclusive to Kepler based GPU's so anything GTX 660 and up is good to go. If you were hoping to watch this in action on Youtube then your out of luck as capturing the effect through a camera doesn't work very well, you will have to test out one of these monitors in person to really see the difference it makes.
We don't have an exact release date yet but we do know the Asus monitor will cost $399, we will likely see more of these monitors soon from other manufacturers.
KitGuru Says: This new technology is great news for Nvidia owners, screen tear and lag will be a thing of the past and thanks to the variable refresh rate, frame drops won't affect how smooth the gameplay is. What do you guys think of this announcement from Nvidia?