NVIDIA G-Sync Monitors Limited Availability Starting Today

Subject: Displays | December 16, 2013 - 09:11 AM |
Tagged: video, vg248qe, nvidia, gsync, g-sync, asus

It looks like some G-Sync ready monitors are going to be on sale starting today, though perhaps not from the outlets you would have expected.  NVIDIA let me know last night that they are working with partners, including ASUS obviously, to make a small amount of pre-modified ASUS VG248QE G-Sync monitors available for purchase. These are the same monitors we used in our recent G-Sync preview story so you should check that article out if you want our opinions on the display and the technology. 

Those people selling the displays?  Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and Overlord Computer.  This creates some unfortunate requirements on potential buyers.  For example, Falcon Northwest is only selling the panels to users that either are buying a new Falcon PC or already own a Falcon custom system.  Digital Storm on the other hand WILL sell the monitor on its own or allow you to send in your VG248QE monitor to have the upgrade service done for you.  The monitor alone will sell for $499 while the upgrade price (with module included) is $299. 

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This distribution model for G-Sync technology likely isn't what users wanted or expected.  After all, we were promised upgrade kits for users of that specific ASUS VG248QE display and we still do not have data on how NVIDIA plans to sell them or distribute them.  Being able to purchase the display from these resellers above is at least SOMETHING before the holiday, but it really isn't the way we would like to see G-Sync showcased.  NVIDIA needs to get these products in the hands of gamers sooner rather than later.

NVIDIA also prepared a new video to showcase G-Sync.  Unlike other marketing videos this one wasn't placed on YouTube as the ability for it to run at a fixed 60 FPS is a strict requirement, something that YouTube can't do or can't do reliably.  For this video's demonstration to work correctly you need set your display to a 60 Hz refresh rate and you should use a video player capable of maintaining the static 60 FPS content decoding.

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To grab a copy of this video, you can use the link right here that will download the file directly from Mega.co.nz.  It should help demonstrate the effects us using a G-Sync enabled display for users that don't have access to see one in person.

Oh, and I know that LOTS of you have been clamoring for information on how you can get your hands on one of those DIY G-Sync upgrade kits for yourself and I have some good news.  Though I can't tell you where to buy one or how much it will cost, I can offer you one of 5 FREE G-Sync ASUS VG248QE upgrade kits through a giveaway we are hosting at PC Perspective!  Check out this page for the details!!

Source: NVIDIA

December 16, 2013 | 09:22 AM - Posted by dagnamit

Yikes. This has all the makings of a true debacle. Way to botch this one green team.

December 16, 2013 | 08:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol. red team still can't get crossfire working.

December 18, 2013 | 02:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Crossfire works fine fanboy

December 16, 2013 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The video really shows the experience. Just feels nicer and easier to the eyes on the G-sync side of the screen. Had to use nvidia stereo player in 2d mode to really see it.

VLC, Windows media player etc just showed both sides stutter. This is an important point.

Ryan maybe you can put a short list of what video players would work here to really show off the difference. I was blown away, it's going to make longer gaming session more fun because of how much easier it is to the eyes.

Best way I can describe it is comfortable.

I really think they have a winner here.

December 16, 2013 | 10:21 PM - Posted by Lion (not verified)

I had no problem with the VLC media player or the Windows media player.

December 16, 2013 | 01:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

G-Sync is a great idea but I'm not sure Nvidia could have implemented it worse if they tried. They are giving AMD a great opportunity to release a superior technology that will actually get widespread adoption.

December 16, 2013 | 04:51 PM - Posted by arbiter

what superior tech?

December 16, 2013 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Do you really think AMD has no plans to introduce a comparable feature? That would be suicidal, especially with how easy Nvidia is making it for them.

From Tomshardware's AMD Q&A: "You'll hear more from us on G-Sync soon."

December 16, 2013 | 02:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nvidia G-Sync more like Nvidia G-Sunk.

Fist the upgrade was $150 and Nvidia said they wanted it to be under $99 dollars and now its $299. OUCH!!! Wrong direction there.

The module upgrade is worth more then the GTX 760 they recommend in the test system for reviewers and for that price you can buy a decent monitor instead of being stuck to 1080p on a TN panel.

February 27, 2014 | 09:09 AM - Posted by Tadas (not verified)

You are right mate. I was waiting for this monitor to. . But now.. No way I'm buying this ! if in U.S. It cost 299 USD in Europe it will be 299 EUR :) F*** IT. You can get an amazing panel for this price :) Or just save it for R9 290x...

December 16, 2013 | 02:36 PM - Posted by Mark Rejhon (not verified)

My understanding is that this is an Early Access program, before the release of mass-market G-SYNC. So, fortunately, what is happening right now, appears to not be the norm.

For example, Overlord Computer confirmed to me they're manually installing G-SYNC upgrade boards into stock ASUS VG248QE's at the moment. This will change, when G-SYNC is factory-installed later...

December 16, 2013 | 02:51 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yup, that's correct.

December 17, 2013 | 06:53 PM - Posted by rombat (not verified)

Ryan, so if you get this module does it deactivate your hdmi port on the monitor and only the dp port is active. I have a PS4 hooked to my hdmi port so if i get this model with g-sync I am dictated to one port only, dp port, correct?

December 16, 2013 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ok hatres, download the video and play it correctly and see the glory. Once you see it then talk. G-sync is a logical next step. To have harmony between the gpu and monitor seems like something that should have been done years ago. Took Nvidia to take us there. Another great innovation for them.

I'm definitely getting once there are some more options out there.

December 16, 2013 | 03:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Like other review sites have pointed out. Its not in harmony unless its with-in a certain range.

You'll still be tinkering with the Geforce Experience game optimization slider to find that range.
Nothing you can't currently do in-game by adjusting visuals to get the best game experience now.

I think this is more aimed at the novice buyer who needs everything simplified for them and has less purchasing sense.

December 16, 2013 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

no way pal, you wouldn't be playing your games at below 30-35 fps anyway. That's where issues arise, anything beyond that is butter smooth.

Every site I have read are praising G-sync: hardware cancuck, guru3d, pc per, linus and others. Everyone that I have read said great things about the tech.

Only issues were lack off higher resolution IPS displays which will be coming (CES hopefully) and the issue when you get below 30-35 fps. Anyone with mid range cards can surely modify setting to reach above 30-35 fps.

Can't wait for 1440 G-sync ips... this will be my next upgrade.

December 16, 2013 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Only issues ?

What about that it only works while profiled in Full-Screen 3D mode. You cant put game in windows mode.
Don't even know if you can capture and play to post videos properly. Its like the 290/290X. Looks great on the surface but needs some more looking into.

On a 60hz monitor as long as your GPU can sustain the FPS on V-Sync it should almost be identical. This needs to be a +$50 at most mark-up on a monitor not $150+

December 17, 2013 | 02:05 AM - Posted by Branthog

As soon as they have a 30" 2560x1600 version of these with the same color and display quality as an Apple Cinema Display, I'll buy it. I don't even have a budget limit for it. I'd call $3k fair, but I'd pay more.

December 17, 2013 | 10:27 AM - Posted by Eddie (not verified)

The going price for a 30 inch 2560x1600 display is currently around 1500 in Aus and even with the elevated price of the module currently that will put you well under 3k. I would say 2.5k max for a screen like that. Not that i have the money to make that kind of investment.

December 17, 2013 | 05:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Gsync is very welcome addtition to otherwise decent monitor but it does not make a monitor decent by itself. I will not "upgrade" to 1080p TN.

December 19, 2013 | 07:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Overlord computers are looking for a chance to get these into their panels (ips, 1440p, overclockable to 120hz). Right now, I think that would probably be the best gaming monitor on the planet. I hope nvidia understand this. And help overlord out. Surely the demand is obvious across many, many, forums of people that know monitors.

Having tried Gsync hands on, albeit for a short time. I can tell you 100% that it's not only noticeable, but very much a game changer. So far I have read forums of people saying how they refuse to get gsync because of the 3 seconds it takes to alt tab out of fullscreen, and they will only play in fullscreen windowed mode. I have seen people say everything from "So it's just Vsync right?" to "what's the point when I don't see tearing at 120hz" to "I don't see any problem with what I have".

This is a shame, because it's simply a lack of information speaking. Perhaps the only fault of the people here, is that they should have read a few more gsync articles to get a handle on what the tech actually does. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that people don't know that they can get better. They don't know that they have grown accustomed to frame-stuttering. They think that their 144 refreshes a second makes everything smooth on it's own. And while that video posted sure helps, there is still going to be a gap between 'that looks a little better on the gsync side' to 'this is going to change the way i get immersed in games'.

Right now, you need to invest in a washed out, color barren TN monitor in order to experience gsync. I'd advice anyone with a eye for visual quality (the very people that should get gsync) to wait until it hits IPS, PLS, VA, or OLED. Anything less and you are going to improve the smoothness at the cost of the actual visual quality to such a degree, that they cancel eachother out.

December 30, 2013 | 01:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd rather get the Oculus Rift and program myself a bunch of virtual monitors surrounding me. All feeding off various desktops.
Over a few hz difference on one monitor.

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