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Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync Tech Ready for Pre-Orders

By - Source: Bit-Tech | B 35 comments

Here's one of the first displays with Nvidia's G-Sync already installed.

Online retailer Scan is now offering a 24-inch Asus monitor fitted with Nvidia's G-Sync technology, the VG248QW. This is a Scan exclusive, the product page boasts, and costs a hefty $719.41 USD (441.41 British Pounds). There's also a version without the G-Sync tech for $260.77 less.

As previously reported, G-Sync is hardware that goes inside the display and eliminates screen tearing, V-Sync input lag and stutter. The G-Sync hardware synchronize the monitor to the output of the GPU instead of the GPU adjusting to the monitor. Compatible Nvidia GPUs include GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 690, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780 and GTX TITAN. The driver requirement is R331.58 or higher.

Thanks to the module, the monitor begins a refresh cycle right after each frame is completely rendered on the GPU. And because the GPU renders with variable time, the refresh of the monitor now no longer has a fixed rate.

"We brought together about two dozen GPU architects and other senior guys to take apart the problem and look at why some games are smooth and others aren't," said Nvidia's Tom Peterson back in October. "It turns out that our entire industry has been syncing the GPU's frame-rendering rate to the monitor's refresh rate – usually 60 Hz – and it's this syncing that's causing a lot of the problems."

Bit-Tech reports that Nvidia's controller is a drop in replacement for the standard controller that's used in most monitors, meaning the G-Sync tech could be retrofitted to several models already on the market. The site also points to rumors about Nvidia actually selling the G-Sync module separately for users to upgrade their monitor on their own.

For now, the Asus VG248QW is one of the first offered with G-Sync right off the shelf.

UPDATE: Nvidia's posted a webpage for North American customers to point them where they can get their own G-Sync monitor. Nvidia has even sent along a video showing a comparison between V-Sync and G-Sync technology and a demo that shows with and without V-Sync. Our regular video hosting solutions don't support the 60 fps, but you can download it here if you're interested (fair warning: It's 200 MB).

Read our Nvidia G-Sync Technology Preview here.

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    westify , December 16, 2013 8:46 PM
    As stated a few months ago Asus has paid for the rights to G-Sync exclusivity until "Q3 2014". Once that deal expires i would expect prices to drop significantly.
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    Innocent_Bystander , December 16, 2013 8:22 PM
    Just wait until some competition hits. They are taking advantage of being early movers. I'm sitting this one out until I can get a reasonably good quality G-Sync monitor for half this price.

    IB
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    Dirk_Funk , December 16, 2013 8:11 PM
    So like most Nvidia products, this is strictly for people with plenty of money :C
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    jasonelmore , December 16, 2013 8:13 PM
    It's a lot more expensive than they said it would be when announced. This was supposed to be only a $120 premium on top of any monitor.
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    jasonelmore , December 16, 2013 8:15 PM
    So far nobody just selling the Chip. When will newegg have the Chip for us DIY'rs?
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    Innocent_Bystander , December 16, 2013 8:22 PM
    Just wait until some competition hits. They are taking advantage of being early movers. I'm sitting this one out until I can get a reasonably good quality G-Sync monitor for half this price.

    IB
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    qknight , December 16, 2013 8:31 PM
    Wow that is a significant mark up!
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    westify , December 16, 2013 8:46 PM
    As stated a few months ago Asus has paid for the rights to G-Sync exclusivity until "Q3 2014". Once that deal expires i would expect prices to drop significantly.
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    qknight , December 16, 2013 8:52 PM
    Quote:
    As stated a few months ago Asus has paid for the rights to G-Sync exclusivity until "Q3 2014". Once that deal expires i would expect prices to drop significantly.


    I think Tom's quoted the wrong price. On both Overlord and DigitalStorm, they have this monitor for $499 ;/
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    lancelot123 , December 16, 2013 8:54 PM
    I'm glad to hear there is a possibility of being able to mod your own monitors. Especially since I just got a few U2412Ms.
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    mstngs351 , December 16, 2013 9:13 PM
    That's some mark up just for being the only game in town. Gouge them while you can?
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    mrmez , December 16, 2013 9:28 PM
    Whaaaat!!??

    New technology isn't cheap?
    When did that happen?
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    Zac Lloyd-Jones , December 16, 2013 9:32 PM
    Scan is a UK site so its a GBP price converted into USD. Anyone who has checked prices of tech gear in other countries, especially UK to US or AU to US know that the US pricing is MUCH cheaper, so you can't really go off a converted price.
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    Axelion , December 16, 2013 9:46 PM
    My local PC mod store Digital Storm has G-Sync module upgrade for $299 including labor. That's TOO EXPENSIVE!!! $100 should be a reasonable price and NO WAY I would spend $299 for this.
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    brandonjclark , December 16, 2013 10:13 PM
    Remember, this is only relevant if your PC can't manage above the default refresh rate.
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    mariusmotea , December 16, 2013 11:28 PM
    I wait for some reviews because i want to know if there is a notable difference between G-Sync and a 120Hz monitor. For that price i expect to be a notable difference.
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    mrmez , December 16, 2013 11:32 PM
    The additional $260 is pretty reasonable for a new product like this. After all, the "two dozen GPU architects and other senior guys" who made this happen don't get paid in monopoly money. Gotta recover your R&D costs, and it's early adopters who pay the way.

    Exclusivity deals also add $50-$100/unit.

    As for retrofitting, it's always a pain in the arse, so expect to pay through the arse.
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    The3monitors , December 16, 2013 11:40 PM
    for a 27 or 30 incher I could pay that price... No thank you
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    photonboy , December 16, 2013 11:58 PM
    MODDING:
    You can only add the G-Sync module to a new monitor specifically designed for this. It won't work with any current monitor today.
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    photonboy , December 17, 2013 12:01 AM
    And to "only relevant to those who can't maintain above 60FPS"

    Totally false for two reasons:
    1) Lag by enabling VSYNC
    2) Jutter

    To get rid of Screen Tearing you must turn on VSYNC. That introduces a LAG that makes games feel more sluggish to control especially FPS games.

    G-Sync can also reduce some JUTTER that appears even when the game is running at 60FPS VSYNC ON.
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    cats_Paw , December 17, 2013 1:07 AM
    If the monitor waits till it has the data to make a full image, wont that mean it adds to the input lag? As far as i know, the more "hardware" doing stuff in a monitor, the more input delay and more image lag.
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    dimar , December 17, 2013 4:52 AM
    Will nVidia give this tech to AMD?
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