NVIDIA has pioneered numerous gaming innovations, including tackling vertical synchronization issues with its G-Sync technology. We now have a newer incarnation of this technology in G-Sync Ultimate. This article will help you determine if G-Sync Ultimate will be worth your time (and money).
The topic of vertical synchronization has been discussed at length before, but if you’re unfamiliar, we’ll give you a short summary.
Vertical Synchronization is a tool used to synchronize the frames that a graphics card produces with the images shown on the monitor.
The issue usually occurs when a GPU produces more frames than can be shown by the monitor’s maximum refresh rate.
This means the monitor will try to display more frames than it is capable of and, as a result, will show two images combined into one. This effect is also known as screen tearing.
This issue was largely rectified by NVIDIA’s G-Sync (and AMD’s FreeSync), so what is the point of G-Sync Ultimate?
In short, as of 2024, G-Sync Ultimate isn’t worth the additional cost. It brings a slight increase in price for G-Sync certified monitors and likely for NVIDIA’s latest RTX 3000 series graphics cards.
As you might know, G-Sync already has an annoying additional cost that monitor manufacturers must pay to use NVIDIA’s module. With the improvements that G-Sync Ultimate is bringing, it’s no surprise that it costs more.
One of the major arguments against this is that AMD offers a similar product that is completely free of any additional cost (hence the FreeSync name).
If you desire an excellent gaming experience and aren’t too worried about the cost, then we must express that G-Sync Ultimate is absolutely valuable.
Before we lay out all the capabilities of G-Sync Ultimate, we have to address the elephant in the room.
When information on G-Sync Ultimate first appeared on NVIDIA’s website, they were bragging about 1000+ nits HDR. However, this changed in January 2021 to “lifelike HDR“. The reason for this is that NVIDIA began adding OLED displays to the list of G-Sync compatible monitors, and they are unable to produce 1000+ nits.
At most, an OLED monitor will give you 600-700 nits, meaning you have a choice to make when getting a new monitor. The lighting will still be good because OLED is good at it. Unless you’re able to really perceive the slight changes in lighting, you probably won’t notice a difference.
On the contrary, it’s remarkable that NVIDIA added 1152 backlight areas, providing those HDR pictures with more accuracy. Another great aspect is the display modes with very little motion blur. This permits for gameplay that appears even more seamless.
Probably the most fascinating advancement of G-Sync Ultimate is the refresh rate overclocking. Since the G-Sync Ultimate module possesses its own processor, NVIDIA can offer users the option to boost the monitor’s refresh rate to coincide with the frames produced by the GPU.