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Does Freesync work with Nvidia?

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Nvidia and AMD both have GSync and Freesync respectively that help prevent screen tearing during games. However, making these features work requires you to have a compatible GPU and monitor. The problem here is that while Nvidia’s GPUs are massively popular, GSync’s high markup price can drive the cost of monitors up meaning a lot of gamers end up getting Freesync monitors which are generally cheaper. 

This results in a situation where a PC running an Nvidia GPU shows the output on a Freesync-compatible monitor which raises the question — does Freesync work with Nvidia GPUs?

Also read: Freesync vs G sync: Which one comes out on top?


Freesync and Nvidia

If you’re wondering whether or not Freesync works with Nvidia, you can rest easy knowing it does. It’s generally called GSync compatible initiative or simply Nvidia Freesync. However, since Freesync is technically a rival tech, there are a few limitations here. 

  • Nvidia Freesync is only supported on GTX 10/16-series and RTX 20/30/40-series cards. 
  • It requires a Displayport connection as Nvidia Freesync isn’t compatible with HDMI or DVI.
  • It requires version 417.71 or higher Nvidia drivers. 

The Gsync-compatible initiative was announced at CES 2019 alongside the launch of the RTX 2060 and while the list of supported panels was quite short in the beginning, Nvidia has slowly been expanding support. However, compared to Gsync and Gsync Ultimate, Gsync compatible only offers an artefact-free experience. None of the other features like Variable Overdrive Support, Ultra-low Motion Blur and overclocking support is available on Gsync compatible to maintain the exclusivity of Gsync. 


How to use Freesync with Nvidia GPUs?

Using Freesync with Nvidia GPUs is actually quite simple. Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open the Nvidia Control Panel and select Manage 3D settings, under 3D Settings. 

Step 2: Under the Global Settings tab, scroll down to Monitor Technology and select G-Sync Compatible. 

Do keep in mind though that if you’re using a laptop, you might not see this option as your GPU might not support the feature. Additionally, we also recommend setting the Preferred Refresh Rate setting to Highest available to ensure your monitor is using its maximum refresh rate. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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