CES 2019 hasn’t been all that surprising so far considering how most of the revealed tech was leaked, one way or another, in the days preceding it. However, no one had expected Nvidia to make the announcement that Free Sync monitors will become compatible with Nvidia’s G Sync. This is immensely significant for gamers all around the world as previously you had to buy a G Synch monitor if you were running an Nvidia GPU. Seeing how G Sync certified monitors cost significantly more, this move will open up lots of options to gamers who are looking to purchase a high fps monitor.
List of Free Sync monitors that will support Nvidia G-Sync without issues
On 7th Jan at CES this year, Nvidia announced that they have tested some 400 Free Sync monitors to see their compatibility status with G Sync. Out of those 400, 12 Free Synch monitors have been certified as fully compatible.
On 15th January, Nvidia will roll out an update for their 10XX and 20XX series of Geforce graphics cards. This update will enable support for Free Sync on your Nvidia GPU. However, Do note that monitors that are specially designed with G Sync in mind are still the best choice to go with your Nvidia GPU as they will support features like “full refresh rate range from 1Hz to the display panel’s maximum rate… variable overdrive, refresh rate overclocking, ultra-low motion blur display modes and industry-leading HDR with 1,000 nits, full matrix backlight, and DCI-P3 color.”
Moreover, the 12 monitors that are certified as fully compatible include monitors from Acer, BenQ, Asus, and AOC. The list can be seen below.
AOC AGON AG241QG4
Asus XG248 / XG258
What does this mean For Competition?
One thing is evident from this move, given how G Sync monitors cost significantly more because of the G Sync certification, consumers will no longer be bound to G Sync monitors when they purchase Nvidia GPUs. This will encourage even more gamers to opt for Nvidia GPUs who in the past might have shied away from to purchase given the cost of G Sync monitors. Consequently, I predict that Nvidia GPU sales will only go up as a result of this move.