G-Sync is a hardware-based adaptive technology developed by Nvidia to improve users’ viewing experience on any compatible monitor. If monitor and GPU refresh rate do not sync then you may have to face problems like screen tearing. This is where Nvidia G-Sync comes into picture.
This technology helps in giving a smoother and more responsive viewing experience by eliminating screen tearing and reducing input lag. These issues mainly occur if a monitor refreshes its input at a lower rate when the GPU provides a higher FPS to the monitor.
This technology is much better in comparison to V-Sync when it comes to improving the smoothness and responsiveness of gaming on compatible monitors.
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How G-Sync enhances your gaming experience
First thing’s First, you would need a compatible monitor and GPU because this technology will only if you have those pre requisites in place. Once confirmed that the hardware is compatible, the first step is to enable it. To do this, you need to go through the NVIDIA Control Panel, which is installed alongside your Nvidia GPU drivers.
Step 1: Enable it in NVIDIA Control Panel
Go to “Display” and then “Set up G-Sync”. Where you can check the box that says “Enable G-Sync” and select “Full Screen” mode. You can also set this to windowed and borderless windowed modes, but for gaming purposes, full-screen is recommended.
Step 2: Enable in games
After turning it on, you need to look for options like “V-Sync” or “Adaptive-Sync” and make sure they’re turned off so you can utilize G-Sync to its fullest.
Step 3: Optimize your settings
Here are some changes you can make to utilize this technology fully. Make sure the monitor’s refresh rate is set to its maximum supported refresh rate, which you can change from “Adjust desktop size and position” in the Nvidia Control Panel.
Usually, it works best with two to three frames below the monitor’s maximum refresh rate. So set your in-game FPS accordingly. This will give you maximum frames with zero screen tears and also the least input lag.
Step 4: Test input lag
While eliminating screen tearing and stuttering, it can also introduce input lag if not configured properly. To check if everything is working perfectly, download the Pendulum demo from Nvidia and compare the results with and without G-Sync enabled.
For the best results, follow the aforementioned steps to set it up. Also, before starting a new game, remember to limit the max FPS below the maximum supported refresh rate of your monitor for an enhanced gaming experience.