One of NVIDIA's biggest and most surprising CES announcements was the introduction of support for "G-SYNC Compatible Monitors," allowing the company's G-SYNC-capable Pascal and Turing-based graphics cards to work with FreeSync and other non-G-SYNC variable refresh rate displays. NVIDIA is initially certifying 12 FreeSync monitors but will allow users of any VRR display to manually enable G-SYNC and determine for themselves if the quality of the experience is acceptable.
Those eager to try the feature can now do so via NVIDIA's latest driver, version 417.71, which is rolling out worldwide right now. As of the date of this article's publication, users in the United States who visit NVIDIA's driver download page are still seeing the previous driver (417.35), but direct download links are already up and running.
The current list of FreeSync monitors that are certified by NVIDIA:
- Acer XFA240
- Acer XG270HU
- Acer XV273K
- Acer XZ321Q
- AOC Agon AG241QG4
- AOC G2590FX
- ASUS MG278Q
- ASUS XG248
- ASUS VG258Q
- ASUS XG258
- ASUS VG278Q
- BenQ XL2740
Users with a certified G-SYNC compatible monitor will have G-SYNC automatically enabled via the NVIDIA Control Panel when the driver is updated and the display is connected, the same process as connecting an official G-SYNC display. Those with a variable refresh rate display that is not certified must manually open the NVIDIA Control Panel and enable G-SYNC.
NVIDIA notes, however, that enabling the feature on displays that don't meet the company's performance capabilities may lead to a range of issues, from blurring and stuttering to flickering and blanking. The good news is that the type and severity of the issues will vary by display, so users can determine for themselves if the potential problems are acceptable.
Update: Users over at the NVIDIA subreddit have created a public Google Sheet to track their reports and experiences with various FreeSync monitors. Check it out to see how others are faring with your preferred monitor.
Update 2: Our friends over at Wccftech have published a short video demonstrating how to enable G-SYNC on non-G-SYNC VRR monitors:
Is it safer to pair Freesync
Is it safer to pair Freesync monitor with AMD GPU or the experience will be exactly the same with GPU from Nvidia?
Will work better with amd
Will work better with amd because Nvidia hasn’t really done any optimization yet.
Do you just make this
Do you just make this “information” up as you go? How do you know what NV or AMD “optimized”?
Will be interesting how it
Will be interesting how it goes.
I have the Omen 32+
I have the Omen 32+
I wonder if the 75 hz prblem is solved by this driver.
I too have the same monitor,
I too have the same monitor, after installing the new drivers, G-Sync was enabled by default. I’m able to finally run 75hz with variable refresh rate on this display now. Tested the pendulum demo and the UFO browser test.
Let me know if
Let me know if you have done any other test.
Lowering freesync range –
Overclocking display –
I’m wondering if I should buy the Vega 64 or a 2060.
I don’t. Want the Nvidia card if it does not work as good, and I really wants to go a bit beyond 75hz.
No, the issue you have there
No, the issue you have there is that you have a Dell Omen
I’m using a ASUS VG278Q with
I’m using a ASUS VG278Q with the new driver but dont see any g-sync settings in my Nvidia CP. GFX card is 980ti.
i think you need a pascal gpu
i think you need a pascal gpu or newer
That sucks. G-Sync normally
That sucks. G-Sync normally works with 900 series cards if the monitor supports it. I guess they dont care about this card anymore 🙁
Simple business tactic, they
Simple business tactic, they advertise that they’re supporting free-sync but only enable it in newer cards.. forcing people like us to either miss out or upgrade.
Well…..Nvidia have a lot of
Well…..Nvidia have a lot of pascal inventory leftover from year 2018 if one searches the internet……
Not on compatible list, but
Not on compatible list, but there is no option what so ever to “enable manually” as it says on the nvidia site.
Same here 🙁
Same here 🙁
Had to enable freesync on my
Had to enable freesync on my monitor, seemed to get it to work.
I was trying to get it to
I was trying to get it to work on mine, and couldn’t figure it out. Thanks for the tip on enabling on the monitor! For my BENQ it is switching the picture mode to GAMER mode. Seems to work 😀
Guys, you have to set your
Guys, you have to set your monitors to freesync on. manually on your monitor, not the pc. then it should pop up.
LG 34UC79G-B flickers…..a
LG 34UC79G-B flickers…..a lot. Nonstop.
What if you lower refresh
What if you lower refresh rate to 120Hz? Does it change anything?
I’m curious because I’m the owner of same the monitor and I’m interested in replacing my Vega 56 with RTX 2060/2070.
PS Sorry for my english, it’s not my native language.
I cant even get it to work on
I cant even get it to work on my 980ti i dont even get the menu for it
turns out that 900 series adn
turns out that 900 series adn below do not work with adaptive-sync monitors, which sucks.
Same here, im with a vega 56
Same here, im with a vega 56 for freesync and i want to test g-sync on my freesync monitor but i have a 970…
I have this awesome monitor
I have this awesome monitor and gsync is working great with it so far. It flickered the first time I turned it on. Then I turned the Freesync option on the OSD menu off and on again and that seemed to made the trick.
I also uses it at 120hz cause of calibration settings (optimal image quality).
Remember to disable vsync in games once g sync is enabled on the nvidia control panel.
I have the same monitor and
I have the same monitor and Freesync is working great on my Aorus 1080ti.
Hey, bro. Try to disable it
Hey, bro. Try to disable it (freesync) on the OSD panel of the monitor and then enable it again. For some reason that made mine stop flickering.
Oh, and remember installing the monitor driver into windows.
Did anyone test it on the
Did anyone test it on the Samsung VRR TVs?
Eager to see someone testing
Eager to see someone testing one screen on the short supported list, vs a screen that uses same panel but is not supported.
and then “flash” the name of the working to the not working.
NOt that I don’t trust Nivida, but they haven’t done anything trustworthy. As such I wonder if they “artificially” introduce the artifacts on the “non-supported” screens to make them blink, etc.
Using basic logic, if same screen used and same/similar firmware works on AMD, they why would there be potentially such a technical issue with Nvidia, unless potentially done on purpose?
Hoping Linus or Tech Jesus
Hoping Linus or Tech Jesus will have a full review soon, I’m waitin got pull the trigger on a monitor and hope to save money by going Freesync
Wow. Just wow, I never
Wow. Just wow, I never expected this. Smart move team green. I chose freesync with my current monitor, not being stuck in one eco-system now is nice.
Except Nvidia will never use
Except Nvidia will never use the Freesync branding they will use VESA’a DisplayPort Adaptive Sync standard.
Then there is the question of Freesync-2 and Nvidia is not going to be retiring their G-Sync IP anytime soon.
So maybe it’s time to look closer at VESA’s DisplayPort Adaptive Sync standard(DP 1.2a) that Nvidia will also be supporting on some monitors that are certified for DisplayPort Adaptive Sync.
The Adaptive sync wars will continue and Nvidia is only going to be adopting VESA’s DP Adaptive Sync Standard that’s not related to Freesync-2. So the war still rages on for a good while longer.
Correct. However, the Nvidia
Correct. However, the Nvidia G-Sync certification programme enables Nvidia to get their branding on monitors that were formerly advertised exclusively with AMD Freesync branding.
It expands the Nvidia brand exposure by loads at AMD’s expense. And the monitor manufacturers will happily pay Nvidia for the certification because it vastly extends the customer base for such products.
Nvidia aren’t daft you know. They were never going to do this is such a way that didn’t benefit themselves.
Tested on hp omen 25 with a
Tested on hp omen 25 with a GTX 1060, seems to be working great. No visual anomalies. Think I got lucky.
I have a Philips QHD 1440p
I have a Philips QHD 1440p Curved monitor with AMD FreeSync and EVGA GTX 1070 Hybrid and this update actually seems to improve my gameplay. Whatever they did actually worked for me.
So far I’m not impressed with
So far I’m not impressed with their support for freesync. In my GTX 1080 SLI system I get constant frame skipping and glitching with G-Sync enabled on my LG UD68-W. I thought maybe it was SLI so I disabled it but no dice.I know it isn’t the monitor however, because I tested it with my Vega 64 system and I get flawless support across the entire range from 40-60HZ @ 4K. So either Nvidia has some work to do on the driver side, or they’re intentionally gimping freesync displays to differentiate their G-Sync module displays…
Good to know, my first
Good to know, my first thought was SLI but I guess it is innocent this time.
does it work with hdmi or
does it work with hdmi or DVi?
Display Port only and you
Display Port only and you need minimum a Pascal card (GTX 1050 and up).
I am using the Acer XG270HU
I am using the Acer XG270HU and have an rtx 2080ti and the g-sync option is not available in the NVIDIA settings. Its not even an option for me.
I have the latest drivers installed from geforce and have the latest updates installed from windows 10. Not really sure what else to do, it just seems the update didnt work or the Acer XG270HU monitor should not be on the list.
Try enabling Freesync on your
Try enabling Freesync on your monitor first. You should see the G-Sync option from NVidia’s control panel.
I downloaded version 417.71
I downloaded version 417.71 hoping it will finally fix my surface book 2 issues with the GTX1050 card constantly disappearing! it has been a real disappointment the surface book 2, my fingers are crossed this is the fix even though I am not seeing any mention of this.
acer ED242QR A WORKS BY
acer ED242QR A WORKS BY DEFAULT WITH 2080 TI
acer ED242QR A WORKS WITH
acer ED242QR A WORKS WITH 2080 TI