Owners of AMD graphics cards will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of Nvidia G-Sync monitors. Previously limited to only Nvidia graphics cards, Nvidia is planning updated G-Sync modules capable of supporting both HDMI-VRR and Adaptive Sync. The change would potentially mean that even the latest FreeSync-capable AMD graphics cards would run on the Nvidia G-Sync kit.
We saw the reverse of that moment earlier this year, when Nvidia opened support for VESA Adaptive Sync on Nvidia graphics cards under the “G-Sync Compatible” banner. For this reason, some AMD FreeSync-compatible monitors – built on the open Adaptive Sync standard tending to VESA – are now capable of supporting Nvidia graphics cards. A godsend for current Nvidia customers who use (cheaper) FreeSync monitors.
The proposed change straight from the horse’s mouth (via TFTCentral) now suggests that Nvidia could also open up its own proprietary G-Sync VRR technology to its competing cards. With additional support apparently incoming for HDMI-VRR and Adaptive Sync over DisplayPort, these updated G-Sync modules will usher in support (depending on the manufacturer) for game consoles that support VRR and any GPU that supports Adaptive Sync (read: AMD graphics cards).
The change would open up a bunch of new AMD-powered gaming PCs to high-end G-Sync Ultimate displays, which are capable of blazing speeds, 4K, HDR1000, and the best color around. Whether all screen features will be accessible without an Nvidia card, we don’t know yet.
The update, however, would not be retroactively installed on G-Sync monitors available today. Nvidia has confirmed to TFTCentral that only new G-Sync modules (V1 and V2 variants) will be able to provide extended compatibility and will be listed as such. Today’s best gaming monitors will not support this feature.
The Xbox One X and One S support FreeSync, and updated G-Sync modules could mean these, and future consoles such as Project Scarlett, could also be compatible with Nvidia G-Sync panels. top of the line.