When NVIDIA introduced G-Sync in 2013, it was a turning point in the industry. Most people considered the holy grail of PC games to be what they offered and, rightly so, because it produced the best gaming experience possible on monitors. For those of you who don't know yet, NVIDIA G-Sync is a hardware-level display technology that synchronizes the rendering speed of the GPU with the refresh rate of the monitor. As a result, you will immediately notice the difference during the game, because G-Sync ensures buttery and stutter-free game sessions, completely eliminating the tearing of the screen. G-Sync built into monitors with the help of a module and these monitors are usually more expensive. However, if you already have a G-Sync monitor, you need to configure it properly, as there are some confusions that should be avoided. So, let's take a look at how to configure and configure NVIDIA G-Sync:
Setting up G-Sync using the NVIDIA control panel
There are some small mistakes that people often tend to make when setting up G-Sync and as a result, the function doesn't work properly. We certainly don't want you to be in that situation, so be sure to follow these steps to properly set up G-Sync:
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click " NVIDIA Control Panel " to open it. When finished, click " Configure G-SYNC " in the Display section of the control panel. By default, if you have a G-Sync monitor, you will notice that the feature is enabled only for full screen mode. We have to change it by selecting " Enable G-SYNC for window and full screen mode ", because there are several games that also run in borderless window mode and we cannot overlook them.
- Now you have to click " Manage 3D settings " in the 3D Settings section of the NVIDIA control panel. Once done, scroll down a bit and you'll see an option called "Monitor Technology" . If the monitor technology shown as Fixed Refresh Rate, (which is normally the case for monitors without G-Sync), change it to " G-SYNC " by clicking the dropdown button.
- Well, that's the step where most people get confused. At the bottom of the same menu, you will notice an option for Vertical Sync. By default, set to "Use 3D application settings", but we don't want it. Vertical Sync, which introduces unnecessary input lag when you have G-Sync. Then, by clicking on the drop-down menu, set Vertical synchronization -> Deactivate .
Configuring G-Sync for games
We haven't finished configuring G-Sync properly yet. We still have a couple of steps that are absolutely crucial in determining the correct functioning of G-Sync. So, carefully follow the steps below:
- In many games, V-Sync is enabled by default, but we don't need V-Sync at all. It totally depends on the game. If you want to disable V-Sync, you will need to log in graphics / video settings within the game and turn it off, so that G-Sync can work properly.
- This is probably the most important step in this process and will explain it to you exactly why. As we discussed above, G-Sync works by synchronizing the rendering speed of the GPU with the refresh rate of the monitor. So, suppose your game has a lower frame rate than your monitor's refresh rate, G-Sync will reduce your monitor's refresh rate to match the GPU's rendering speed, to ensure gameplay fluid. However, this process does not work in reverse. If the GPU renders the game at a higher frame rate than the monitor's refresh rate, G-Sync will do nothing and a screen tear will occur during playback. To avoid this, necessary lock the frame rate of the game to the monitor refresh rate . You can do this by going to your game's graphics / video settings.
Note: Not all games allow you to lock the frame rate on the monitor refresh rate. In these cases, you will need to use something besides G-Sync. This can be done on the NVIDIA control panel by enabling Fast Sync in the Vertical Sync option, instead of turning it off completely. If you don't prefer to do this, you can use third party software like RivaTuner which comes with MSI Afterburner which can limit the frame rate.
How to check if G-Sync is working properly
If you have not configured G-Sync correctly, you will still run into problems faced by normal monitors. Hence, the breaking of the screen is the first signal that the monitor's G-Sync is not working properly. If you've followed all the steps we've discussed, we're pretty sure that you'll never run into these problems. However, a single screenshot is not good enough to show the difference in performance, so we have included the NVIDIA video that you guys can check and then compare it to your gameplay, in order to confirm the correct functioning of NVIDIA G- Synchronize on your monitor .
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Use NVIDIA G-Sync for the best gaming experience
Once you go to G-Sync, you can't go back. There is no doubt that they will hate you for losing soft game sessions, without stuttering and without tears. That being said, if you currently don't have a G-Sync monitor, you should definitely get one. Having a G-Sync monitor alone is not good enough, especially if it is not configured correctly. We have noticed that several users have problems configuring it correctly and, therefore, we have decided to do our part by solving it. So, have you configured G-Sync correctly now? Let us know how this article helped you by simply dropping a few words in the comments section below.