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Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC gamesThe right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
[MUSIC] How much of a difference can your monitor make to your PC gaming? I'm Dan Ackerman. And we're here taking a look at NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. This is a new approach from NVIDIA that basically says we're gonna take the video card that you have in your gaming PC and we're gonna allow to talk to, one of the handful of new monitors that have. Invidea technology built into it and what it basically does is it takes the refresh rate of the monitor and the frame rates from the video card in your computer and allows those to, to sync up. So basically your computer no matter how powerful the video cards in it. Will only kick out a full frame of mime animation when the monitor is ready to receive a full frame. What that does is, eliminates what we call tearing. Where you sort of see a half drawn, frame on the screen, so that,. There's kind of, you see the whole picture, but there's some horizontal lines across it, where it's a little bit out of sync. So end effect is, that without that tearing, the image will seem smoother, you almost get the illusion of having a higher frame rate. I think you actually do from the game. So the first thing we do, is enable G-SYNC, right here we've got a really big powerful main, your desktop computer. With, three Nvidia G-4 CTX980 graphics card. And it's pretty much the high end graphics card. We're gonna see a pendulum swinging here, and this monitor is the non G-SYNC one. And you're gonna be able to see the very obvious pairing back and forth here. As the frames being written by the computer are not exactly in sync with the refresh rate of the monitor. And over here on this side, it looks completely smooth. So even if the frame rate is exactly the same on these, this looks, nicer and smoother and almost like you have a more powerful computer driving it. And I can even spin the camera around here and you can see that effect happening on the pillars here as well. Here, very smooth. And here, you get a little bit of the tearing right there. So it's much more interesting to see this in a game. If we can throw up the benchmark in Metro Last Light. A very challenging PC game to run even now. And you're gonna be able to see a couple of examples. Even though we're running this at very high detail levels at 2,560 by 1,440 resolution. I would look up here at this sign right behind these soldiers here. and as we look at it on the, on the regular monitor, you're gonna see some of those horizontal lines. And if we look at tit. On the G-SYNC monitors you're not going to see that. If you look at a lot of TV reviews, similar to something that, they call de-judder, kind of video smoothing or sometimes the soap opera effect. On TVs it's often overdone. Here the game, it actually just makes the game look nicer and smoother. So in order for this to work you have to have a fairly recent Nvidia graphics card, a GTX series. And you need to have a, a G-Sync compatible monitor. And you can find that in the descriptive monitor. We have an Asus model right here. And ya- there'll be a big sticker on it that says G-SYNC and of course, they cost more than regular monitors so be up to you to decide whether or not this, smoother look is worth it. It'll be really interesting to see what happens when they start building this into more monitors and even laptop displays. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is look at Nvidia's G-Sync technology.