Nvidia has pioneered the industry in (among other things) vertical synchronization issues with its G-Sync technology and now we have a newer incarnation of it in G-Sync Ultimate. Let’s see if being an early adopter of it will be worth your while.
The topic of what vertical synchronization is has been discussed plenty of times before but we’re going to remain honest and give you a short summary.
Vertical Synchronization is a tool used to synchronize the frames that the graphics card is producing with the images shown on the monitor.
The issue mostly occurs when a GPU can produce more frames than the monitor’s refresh rate. What this means is that the monitor will try to display more frames than its capable of and as a result will show two images combined as one. This effect is also known as screen tearing.
This issue was fixed by Nvidia’s G-Sync for the most part (and AMD’s FreeSync) so what is the worth of G-Sync Ultimate?
Simply put, as of 2021, G-Sync Ultimate isn’t worth the additional cost. Yes, it does bring a small increase in price for G-Sync certified monitors and likely for Nvidia’s latest RTX 3000 series graphics cards.
As we all know, G-Sync in and of itself has an annoying additional cost that the monitor manufacturers have to pay in order to use Nvidia’s module, and with the improvements that the G-Sync Ultimate is bringing it’s only logical it costs more.
The biggest detractor here is that AMD offers a similar product but completely free of any additional cost (as the FreeSync name implies).
If you still want a top-notch gaming experience and don’t care too much about the price, then we have to say that G-Sync Ultimate is absolutely more than worth your while.
Before we lay out all capabilities of G-Sync Ultimate we have to address the elephant in the room.
Ever since any info on G-Sync Ultimate showed up on Nvidia’s website, they were bragging about 1000+ nits HDR. However, this was changed in January 2021 to “lifelike HDR” and the reason for this is that Nvidia began adding OLED displays to the list of G-Sync compatible monitors and they just aren’t capable of producing 1000+ nits.
At most, an OLED monitor will give you 600-700 nits which means that you essentially have a choice to make when getting a new monitor. The lighting will still be good because OLED is still pretty good at it so unless you’re able to really see the difference in lighting, you probably won’t notice the difference.
On the other hand, it’s actually impressive that Nvidia managed to put 1152 backlight zones which give those HDR images an extra dose of crispiness. Another cool thing here is ultra-low motion blur display modes. This capability allows for a smoother look of gameplay.
Likely the most interesting innovation of G-Sync Ultimate is the refresh rate overclocking. Because the G-Sync Ultimate module has its own processor Nvidia is able to give the ability to consumers to increase the monitor’s refresh rate in order to match that of the GPU’s production.