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The Asus G751 gaming laptop adds Nvidia G-SyncThe flagship Asus gaming laptop adds G-Sync support, which makes games look smoother without sacrificing performance.
One of our favorite new gaming technologies comes to the laptops. I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is the Asus G751G think edition. Now this is a big 17" gaming laptop, very similar to a model that we reviewed late in 2014. That one was also called This is G751. Both of these things have core i7 CPUs. They have NVIDIA 980m graphics cards which is about as high end as a graphics card can get on a laptop right now. And they both. Did great for basic PC gaming performance. What's new this time is this updated version supports G-Sync which is an nvidia technology that basically takes the outputs on the video card and the refresh rate of the display and syncs them together so that the. The graphics card only outputs a frame of animation when the display is ready to receive it and vice versa. What that means is you get a much smoother overall look without overly taxing your hardware. In order to get that previously you used to have to turn on a feature called V-sync that's usually in the settings menu of most games and V-sync, vertical sync, would smooth most of that, but you would also take a hit to performance. With V-sync off you usually get what you call tearing on the screen. Which is where the image sort of looks like the top half is being drawn before the bottom half and you have this weird sort of jaggy bit in the middle. And when you're playing a game, that can be very jarring. Now up until now, we've only seen G-Sync, this new Nvidia technology, in desktops where you had to have a compatible graphics card in your desktop computer and a compatible G-Sync monitor. And connecting with a display port cable. And we always said oh this is great but why can't we have this in a laptop? And this is one of the first models that has that. Using this system which costs about $2500, the same as the non G 6 version last year. Game performance was still excellent and when we turned GC on you could definitely see the screen tearing was reduced. It's not going to change your life completely but it's a nice extra feature to have especially if you like to Run games at higher detail settings, and you want things to look as smooth and crisp as possible. Besides the Nvidia version that's called G-sync, AMD company also makes CPUs and graphics cards has their own version called Free Sync, and that uses a whole other set of hardware and software standards. Standards. I'm Ben Ackerman and that is the Asus G 751 gaming laptop with GSync. [MUSIC]