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Nvidia G-Sync technology is coming to laptops, no custom hardware required

By Shawn Knight
Feb 2, 2015
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  1. Nvidia's G-Sync technology is currently available on a handful of displays but the cost of entry isn't cheap. That's because the current crop of monitors require custom hardware to work their gaming magic - a requirement that soon won't be...

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  2. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Booster Posts: 157   +61

    LOL the G-Sync module was only ever used to verify 100% that someone was using a Nvidia GPU. What a bunch of crooks...
     
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,630   +431

    ^Looks like someone hasn't heard of sales records or seen a Steam Hardware Survey.

    Curious to see the differences between the two solutions.
     
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +577

    Would be funny if Nvidia G-Sync didn't really need special gear to use it. That would be twice in one moth for Nvidia.
     
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    So basically they are doing freesync ^_^
     
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Maybe you should check out some further reading.
    The whole reason behind Nvidia pushing G-Sync modules was because VESA's DP1.2a spec - initially ratified nearly three years ago, didn't have adaptive sync capability and was going to slow to implement in any case. In fact it was only after G-Sync arrived that AMD pushed VESA into including adaptive sync.

    Now, as many people are aware, open source is great, but brings it's own inbuilt inertia.
    DisplayPort 1.2a was initially ratified April 2012. AMD got adaptive sync added to the spec as a feature in May 2014.
    Total available FreeSync/Adaptive Sync monitors available in February 2015? versus how many G-Sync monitors?
    It is like pretty much any open source standard vs proprietary. One is free and slow in implementation, the other expensive and quick to market.

    As for G-Sync laptops without a module, that should be a given. Mobile computing uses eDP not DP 1.2a, and the laptop isn't reliant upon DP in/out, cabling, or desktop monitor scalars.
    Basically. But they'll end up calling it Adaptive Sync. Freesync requires AMD input to say which panel does, or does not meet the criteria to be allowed to use the Freesync title. Adaptive Sync just needs the hardware to meet the VESA specification. Asus are marketing an Adaptive Sync monitor which could be Freesync validated, but they choose to go with the VESA nomenclature instead.
     
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  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +577

    Open source is not always slower adoption than proprietary. Android is a testament to that. I would not say that G-Sync has a high adoption rate either. I don't know many people who was to spend $200 extra and be locked into a Nvidia card at the same time. The huge roadblock for Nvidia is that even if they could put the tech in every monitor, the added value is outpaced by the cost and the Nvidia Graphics card requirements. Considering laptops, Nvidia controls much less than 50% of the graphics market.

    Free-sync doesn't have any of these issues and doesn't have any cost. Nvidia will be forced to drop G-Sync once Free-sync matures in a couple years.
     
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Really? The OS market share numbers paint a completely different picture.
    [​IMG]
    And who said it did? The point being made is that G-Sync ramped faster because the decision making to get it into the market came from a single companies executive, and not a diverse group of members passing specifications through an endless procession of committee's to make sure every member was satisfied with the end product.
    Me either, but every G-Sync monitor sold so far has put cash into Nvidia's pockets, and more importantly provided marketing PR for what amounts for little cost. Lest you forget, PCB and the FGPA chip manufacture likely costs little more than a couple of dollars to produce per unit.
    Doubtful that they would. G-Sync has likely served it's purpose to a degree. It provided a solution where none existed before. AMD are (once again) seen as late to the party - Freesync is seldom mentioned without referencing/comparing to the solution that existed first.
    In this context it matters nothing since no extra hardware is required to enable any kind of adaptive sync. If that is taken out of the equation, the attach rates for mobile discrete graphics come down to the same parameters they presently have - which is Nvidia has a clear playing field thanks to AMD not being able to field anything of note to compare with Kepler/Maxwell's performance-per-watt SKUs. If you hadn't noticed, AMD's lineup is underpinned by 3-generations-old tech (Cape Verde and Pitcairn), So Nvidia makes it's cash on MXM modules, and AMD is in a race to the bottom (laptop feature set wise) specialling out APUs in order to combat Intel's chips.
    Very likely. Then Nvidia will just jump onto Adaptive Sync (if they don't do it sooner), and have 3+ years of G-Sync sales in the account books. That is pretty hard to fault from a business perspective.
     
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  9. So tired of these flat screen issues, years of shoddy performance. Bring back the crt's

    up to 240hz at 1080p+ and they only used to cost 20quid used.
    talk about a flying leap backwards.
     
  10. If you think being first to the market guarantees success, you're not familiar with the success of Apple. They have never been the first to the market, yet they lead the music player, tablet and high-end smartphone markets. You don't have to do it first, you have to do it better for the public.
    And not by any means is a $100 solution that works for half of the discrete GPU market better than a free solution that can work for everyone.
     
  11. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    Nvidia's GPU products, software and engineering has been second to none going on several years. I would imagine their screen refresh technology follows the same lines. Freesync is AMD's kneejerk reaction and I doubt it will be as good, but we will see.
    Flamevest on.
     
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  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    it's the same thing named differently and AMD's kneejerk reaction is what's going to win in the end. It's already clear because of the huge number of already announced freesync capable monitors even though the standard has just been recently adopted.
    nobody likes a blind fanboy :D
     
  13. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    If I spot one I'll let you know.
     
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  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    Me! Me! Pick Me!
     
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  15. Nvidia are a bit of a joke tbh. Their n-force motherboards used to die quickly if you overclocked them, at all.
    Their top of the line gpu which was touted as the ultimate was revealed to have been gimped all along and they upped its power to leech more money from enthusiasts.
    They make G-sync, charge a chit ton of money for it and then get a kick in the nuts from amd when they make available a free version.
    The gtx 970 4GB memory does not make true use of its 4GB, and games that use over 3.5GB jump and stutter like crazy.
    gg nvidia!
     
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    I'll go along with most of what you said, and allow you your opinion. But if you overclock, any failure is on you not the manufacturer.
     
  17. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    I can see why you prefer to remain anonymous with comments like that. Some of the best AMD boards of all time sport nForce chipsets, including some truly iconic nF2 boards ( DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B and NF7-2, and the Asus A7N8X/ -E/ Deluxe.
    Lame trolling attempt or lack of research? Their (Nvidia) top of the line GPU is the GM204-400, which powers the GTX 980, and is a fully functional piece of silicon.
    So Nvidia make money on G-Sync, while AMD get nothing for FreeSync. You might want to brush up on the meaning of the phrase "kick in the nuts", because what it means isn't what you think you it means.
     
  18. Yes, huuge number...errr...the number is 8 monitors and TV's combined.
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/faq/284

    sooo, you mentioned something about fanboys? ;)
     
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    those are just the ones you can buy now. there are tens of monitors coming in 2015.
    and they have Samsung, LG and Benq as early adopters... if that's not huge then what is? only benq has g-sync monitors of those 3. the price difference on "equivalent" monitors is also around 100$. (corrected some of the grammar due to a nazi pointing it out for me)
    yep fanboys :D
     
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  20. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    I'm not one to bust balls for typo's but, 'Echivalent'?
    Hahaha!
     
  21. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    that's just sad... I feel sorry for your sense of humor.
    the way we write it in our lang is similar to the way it's written in english. just didn't notice the typo.
    equivalent = echivalent

    "Rule #1: If you are losing an argument, correct their grammar."
     
  22. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,630   +431

    Samsung and LG are the major players backing the open standard.
    BenQ and ASUS are the major players backing the proprietary one.
    Free isn't always better.

    As a gamer, the choice is obvious IMO.
     
  23. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    BenQ is making both types. I think Acer and Asus the ones that have only gsync for now. I expect this to change sometime this year.
     

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