Back in October, Nvidia announced G-Sync, a new technology designed to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering in games. Through the inclusion of a dedicated chip inside the monitor itself, the monitor's refresh rate can be synchronized to the GPU's render rate, allowing frames to be displayed the instant they are rendered.
Until now, G-Sync wasn't ready for the public, with Asus' 24-inch monitor fitted with the G-Sync chip going up for pre-order today. The VG248QE with G-Sync will be available for $499, which is around $220 more than the standard monitor; if you already have the VG248QE, you can get the G-Sync chip installed for $299.
Previously, Nvidia had said that the G-Sync add-on chip would cost $175, so the early prices are a little more expensive than first anticipated. That said, the current solution sees the chip installed into the non-G-Sync version of the monitor by the retailers, which could explain the mark-up.
The panel itself is Asus' 24-inch 1920 x 1080 TN TFT LCD (LED-backlit) with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz (3D-capable), and comes with HDMI, DVI-D and DisplayPort connectors on the back. To get G-Sync working you'll require an Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card or higher, running on driver version 331.58.
More displays with G-Sync integrated are expected to go on sale from Q1 2014 from other manufacturers, including BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic.