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Nvidia G-Sync monitor up for pre-order

Nvidia G-Sync monitor up for pre-order

The Asus VG248QE has been modified to include a G-Sync module.

Scan has just made available for pre-order Asus VG248QE monitors that include Nvidia G-Sync technology.

G-Sync is Nvidia's new monitor technology that aims to eliminate image-tear and stutter, the undesirable image artefacts that occur due to the frames being delivered by a graphics card being out of sync with a monitor's fixed 60Hz refresh rate.

It does this by using a custom controller embedded in the monitor which actually adjusts the monitor's refresh rate in accordance with the performance of your graphics card. It's a similar principle to V-Sync (which locks the graphics card output to 60Hz maximum to eliminate tearing) but also does this at below the monitor's normal refresh rate.

The G-Sync module is actually a drop in replacement for the standard control used on most monitors so it can be retrofitted to several models already available. Indeed there is talk of Nvidia selling the modules separately for users to upgrade themselves.

However, for the initial launch Nvidia has partnered with Asus, with G-Sync enabled versions of the Asus VG248QE the first to come to market.

Priced at £441.41, the G-Sync version is some £160 more expensive than the standard VG248QE, but that's the price you pay for brand new technology. The monitor is a 24in model that uses a 144Hz panel and is Nvidia 3D Vision enabled.

Although already listed for pre-order there is no firm date on when the monitor will ship.

Link: Scan

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Corky42 16th December 2013, 16:20 Quote
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£160 more expensive than the standard VG248QE
That sounds like its going to be popular
Maki role 16th December 2013, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
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£160 more expensive than the standard VG248QE
That sounds like its going to be popular

Well it shouldn't become more expensive at least... right? Might be a nice feature for upcoming 4k panels actually, considering I would expect consistently dipping framerates on demanding games, even with top-notch systems. And at that level, the extra £160 or something would be very palatable for a genuinely better experience.
r3loaded 16th December 2013, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
That sounds like its going to be popular
Eh, it's still very early days. Apparently most of that cost is because Nvidia have used an FPGA for the first G-Sync board to get it out onto the market. The price will drop drastically once they fab an ASIC for it.

I think G-Sync should be ideally suited for 4K monitors - not only does their high price make them suitable for swallowing the cost, the fact that you only need to pack enough hardware to reach 30-40fps rather than 60fps for a smooth image means 4K gaming will becoming a far more realistic proposition.
DC74 16th December 2013, 18:27 Quote
Guess only those with deep pockets will be buying them then, well until the manufacturers get sick of all that stock not selling and decide to drop prices a bit. I would say they should cost no more than £50-75 more than the standard monitor in order to take off.

This price is a bit scary to say the least, if they want it to catch on and become widespread they need to start surveying people and I don't mean the usual Nvidia fan boys and asking them what they think is a fair price. God I wished there was a 3rd competitor in the GPU industry instead of the current one horse and a lame donkey race we have at present.
Panos 16th December 2013, 18:39 Quote
There is an article about it here, how it is to "live" with it.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/64586-week-nvidias-g-sync-monitor.html

I never experience tear etc, on the 120hz monitor. And I bet, a 144hz monitor going to have less chances to experience those issues.

Only 60hz monitors seems are affected, because the refresh rate is low and can be noticeable, or the graphic card too fast.
wolfticket 16th December 2013, 18:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
Eh, it's still very early days. Apparently most of that cost is because Nvidia have used an FPGA for the first G-Sync board to get it out onto the market. The price will drop drastically once they fab an ASIC for it.

I think G-Sync should be ideally suited for 4K monitors - not only does their high price make them suitable for swallowing the cost, the fact that you only need to pack enough hardware to reach 30-40fps rather than 60fps for a smooth image means 4K gaming will becoming a far more realistic proposition.
So Nvidia have created a device that reduces the requirement for powerful graphics hardware... Did they think this through? :)
edzieba 16th December 2013, 23:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
Only 60hz monitors seems are affected, because the refresh rate is low and can be noticeable, or the graphic card too fast.
G-sync's benefits are actually in the lower refresh rates, where performance can vary wildly between 30fps (where G-sync begins frame-doubling) and 60fps. While normally this delay variance would exhibit as stutter and/or tearing (depending on buffering setup used), G-sync will just push complete frames as and when they're rendered.
theshadow2001 17th December 2013, 01:11 Quote
ZERO <ibis> 17th December 2013, 01:13 Quote
Still making their way closer to a CRT, if only we could still buy CRTs we would not have all these problems...
jb0 17th December 2013, 12:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZERO <ibis>
Still making their way closer to a CRT, if only we could still buy CRTs we would not have all these problems...

While I do still love CRT, CRTs also operated on a fixed refresh rate at any given time.

While they DID have multisync monitors, you couldn't adjust the refresh on a per-frame basis because the beam waits for no man. If you miss VSync, you can't just say "hold that frame for a few beats, I'm not ready yet." You have to put SOMETHING up.

In this case, they're actually removing a restriction that only exists BECAUSE of CRTs, not working around a restriction that didn't exist on CRTs.
dyzophoria 18th December 2013, 06:45 Quote
unless it is open for others (cough AMD), I don;t think i'd care for a monitor that supports g-sync
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