To set up G-SYNC
From the NVIDIA Control Panel navigation tree pane, under Display, click Set up G-SYNC to open the associated page.
If not checked, then click the Enable G-SYNC/G-SYNC Compatible check box.
Select either Full screen mode or Windowed and full screen mode , depending on your system and the programs you plan to run.
Full screen mode : Select this option if your system experiences difficulty using G-SYNC with windowed applications, but you still want to use G-SYNC with full-screen applications.
Windowed and full screen mode : Select this option if you want to use G-SYNC with windowed applications.
Choose a display-specific application of G-SYNC settings.
This step applies to either G-SYNC Compatible displays or VRR displays that have not been validated by NVIDIA as G-SYNC Compatible. After enabling G-SYNC, you can select which connected display models to apply the G-SYNC settings from step 3. This is also useful for testing G-SYNC on VRR displays that are not validated as G-SYNC Compatible.
To apply G-SYNC settings to all connected displays of a particular model,
At Select a display , select the display model icon.
At Choose display specific setting , check the Enable settings for the selected display model check box.
Follow the instructions on the rest of the page to enable G-SYNC.
Make sure you have a G-SYNC-capable or G-SYNC Compatible display connected, enabled, and configured as the primary display.
Make sure Monitor Technology is set to G-SYNC/G-SYNC Compatible from the Manage 3D Settings page.
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At CES 2019, NVIDIA announced that it was finally supporting FreeSync. Well, sort of—what the company actually announced was a “G-SYNC Compatible” program. But the rub is this: NVIDIA’s cards and drivers now work with FreeSync monitors for adaptive sync.
The situation is a little confusing. Let’s fix that, shall we?
Adaptive Sync, FreeSync, and G-SYNC
Adaptive Sync, often branded as “FreeSync” by AMD and its partners, is a feature that lets a monitor pause its screen refresh until an entire frame of animation is ready to load. This happens multiple times per second, faster or slower depending on how fast your PC and graphics card can render the frame. If the frame is slower than your monitor’s refresh rate, it will wait. This allows the motion in the game to remain smooth without tearing.
G-SYNC is NVIDIA’s branded alternative to adaptive sync/FreeSync. Unlike FreeSync, which doesn’t need any additional hardware, G-SYNC monitors include a tiny computer module inside them to manage the syncing of frames rendered by the GPU and displayed by the screen. This module is manufactured and supplied by NVIDIA to its hardware partners, which is why G-SYNC monitors are almost universally more expensive than FreeSync monitors.
But for several years, PC gamers with NVIDIA cards have lamented their lack of access to the adaptive sync/FreeSync capabilities on cheaper monitors. As of NVIDIA driver version 417.71, released on January 15, 2019, this is no longer a problem.
G-SYNC Versus G-SYNC Compatible
NVIDIA’s new support for FreeSync monitors is via a program called “G-SYNC Compatible.” NVIDIA GPUs now work with FreeSync monitors with “G-SYNC Compatible” enabled in the configuration tool. Huzzahs and hurrahs all around.
Now, NVIDIA is making it very clear that it thinks the more expensive G-SYNC option, with NVIDIA hardware driving both the GPU and the monitor, is the superior choice. But it’s also selected a few FreeSync monitors that it thinks are worthy of its G-SYNC blessing (if not the official branding). At CES, NVIDIA engineers told us they had independently tested hundreds of FreeSync monitors and found that only twelve passed its rigorous tests for panel quality, refresh consistency, color accuracy, and a gauntlet of other criteria. These twelve monitors are:
- Acer XFA240
- Acer XZ321Q
- Acer XV273K
- Acer XG270HU
- Agon AG241QG4
- AOC G2590FX
- Asus MG278Q
- Asus XG258
- Asus XG248
- Asus VG278Q
- BenQ XL2740
Despite lacking the specialized G-SYNC hardware in G-SYNC-branded monitors, these monitors will automatically have G-SYNC enabled in NIVIDA’s driver if you connect them with adaptive sync enabled by the monitor itself. It’s FreeSync! Only it’s called G-SYNC because you have an NVIDIA card.
This list will grow as NVIDIA keeps testing a wider array of gaming monitors. In fact, at least one FreeSync monitor that’s not on the market yet, the new Razer Raptor, will be certified for G-SYNC before it’s even released.
What if you have one of the hundreds of FreeSync monitors not on the list above? Don’t worry. While your monitor might not pass NVIDIA’s rigorous internal testing standards, you can still try it out with the G-SYNC Compatible program. You might see a noticeable improvement in your games’ smoothness, with the adaptive sync feature eliminating tearing at lower framerates. Check out the next section to see how.
How to Enable “G-SYNC Compatible” Mode on Any FreeSync Monitor
Here’s what you’ll need to enable G-SYNC Compatible mode if your monitor isn’t certified by NVIDIA:
- A FreeSync (adaptive sync) capable monitor
- An NVIDIA GTX or RTX graphics card (laptops with internal discrete cards are fine too)
- A DisplayPort cable connecting them (Mini-DisplayPort is fine)
- NVIDIA GPU drivers, 417.71 or later
Once you’ve confirmed that your monitor is FreeSync compatible and you’re using a DisplayPort cable, check the on-screen menu of your monitor. That’s the one that you activate via the physical buttons on the monitor. Go into the menu and make sure that the Adaptive Sync or FreeSync function is enabled.
Now, in Windows, open the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking your desktop and selecting “NVIDIA Control Panel.”
You can also find a shortcut to the NVIDIA Control Panel in the Start menu or as an icon in the Windows Control Panel.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, you should see “Set up G-SYNC” under the “Display” menu on the left side. If you don’t see “Set up G-SYNC” as an option and you’re sure it’s enabled by your monitor, you might need to install drivers for your monitor manually.
In the Set Up G-SYNC screen, make sure your main monitor is selected if you have more than one. Click the check mark next to “Enable G-SYNC, G-SYNC Compatible.” Choose whether to enable it for full screen mode only or both windowed and full screen modes, depending on how you display your games.
Click “Apply” to enable G-SYNC/FreeSync. You’re good to go! Enjoy smoother gameplay in your favorite games. Note that some games may work better or worse, depending on whether you run them in fullscreen or windowed mode (“fullscreen windowed” counts as windowed for this purpose). You can come back and change that setting in the NVIDIA Control Panel if you’re having issues.
NVIDIA G-Sync is a technology licensed out by the GPU maker to companies making displays for PCs and laptops. In a nutshell, it provides silky smooth, tear-free gaming by allowing the monitor and GPU to talk to each other. The display draws every frame output by the GPU, and this variable refresh rate ensures no tears during gameplay. It is, however, not enabled by magic as soon as you hook up a G-Sync display. Here’s what you need to do.
How to enable G-Sync on your PC
The first thing to do is to make sure you actually turn on the G-Sync setting on your PC.
- Right click on your desktop.
- Select NVIDIA Control Panel.
Expand the display item in the sidebar.
How to use G-Sync in your PC games
To use G-Sync in your games, you’ll also need to set your monitor as your primary display in this same control panel if you’re using multiple monitors.
- In the same window as above click on set up multiple displays.
- Ensure that the G-Sync monitor is in the correct location and highlighted as primary.
If you need to make it your primary display then follow these steps.
- Open the Windows 10 settings app.
- Click system.
- Now click on display.
- Highlight the box corresponding to the display in question.
Scroll down and check the box next to make this my primary display.
Now when you game you’ll have crisp, tear-free on-screen action. Simple!
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The NVIDIA Control Panel is an important part of your gaming experience if you’re the proud owner of an NVIDIA card. However, there are a few quirks, settings, and features you can take advantage of to get your gaming performance to the next level. In this guide, we’re going to talk about how you can increase your FPS, turn on G-Sync, use all of NVIDIA’s features alongside the best Control Panel Settings for 2021.
If you’ve been suffering from low FPS on your card lately, are suffering from jagged edges or aliasing, have just bought a new high refresh rate monitor, or want to increase your monitor’s color depth to its maximum potential, we’re going to be covering all that and much more! So, read on down below.
NVIDIA Control Panel Settings (High FPS)
First things first, there are a few particular settings in your Control Panel that you must change so that you can get the best performance possible out of your card. This applies to all latest NVIDIA Cards, including the RTX 2000 and 3000 Series. We’ll also be mentioning some particular settings that are helpful for mobile variants of the GPUs.
Here’s how you can open the Control Panel on your Computer:
- Left-click on your Windows Desktop
- Open the Windows NVIDIA Control Panel
- If you do not find the option there, you’ve not installed your drivers properly. You can do so by clicking here.
Here are the best settings for the NVIDIA Control Panel in 2021 for High FPS and Performance for RTX 2000, 3000 and GTX 1000 series cards:
Note: Before attempting these settings, reset your previous settings to the default values.
- Go to Manage 3D Settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel
- Click on the Global Settings Tab
- Change your settings to the following:
- Image Sharpening: Sharpening Off, Scaling Disabled
- Ambient Occlusion: Off
- Anisotropic Filtering: Off
- Antialiasing – FXAA: Off
- Antialiasing- Gamma Correction: Off
- Antialiasing – Mode: Off
- CUDA – GPUs: All
- DSR – Factors: Off
- Low Latency Mode: Off
- Max Frame Rate: Off
- Monitor Technology: G-SYNC Compatible
- Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum Performance
- Shader Cache: On
- Texture Filtering Anisotropic Sample Option: On
- Texture Filtering – Negative LOD bias: Allow
- Texture Filtering – Quality: High Performance
- Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization: On
- Threaded Optimization: On
- Triple Buffering: Off
- Vertical Sync: Off
- Virtual Reality Pre-Rendered Frames: 1
Increase Monitor Refresh Rate and Increase Color Depth
If you’ve just purchased a new monitor, you’ll need to increase your color depth while also adjusting your monitor’s refresh rate from 60 to 120 / 144 / 240 / 360 Hz. Here are the steps you need to follow to do just that:
- Open your Nvidia Control Panel
- Go to Change Resolution
- Scroll down to the PC Tab, choose the highest Resolution and Refresh Rate
- In the Output Dynamic Range Dropdown, select Full
How To Turn On G-Sync
G-Sync is NVIDIA’s proprietary technology that synchronizes your monitor’s refresh rate to GPU’s clock cycles. If you have a high refresh rate monitor, the chances are that you will need to enable it from your NVIDIA Control Panel to take full advantage of it. Here’s how you can do so:
- Open your Nvidia Control Panel
- Go to Setup G-SYNC
- Click on Enable for windowed and full screen mode
- Click on Enable settings for the selected Display Model
Note: If your monitor shows up as not validated for G-SYNC, don’t worry! It should still work just fine.
How to Fix Jagged Edges / Aliasing
Jagged Edges, Aliasing, Blurred Lines, and Shimmering are all common problems you might have noticed in your games. If you are a Valorant player and are having trouble with Jagged Edges, we have a dedicated guide for you! However, here are some general steps you can take advantage of to help you with removing artifacts, jagged edges, aliasing, and blurred lines:
In NVIDIA Control Panel:
- Manage 3D Settings:
- Antialiasing – Setting: 4x
- Antialiasing – Mode: Enhance the Application Setting
- Antialiasing – Transparency: Off
- Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance / Quality (Dependent on your card.)
- Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias: Allow
Dynamic Super Resolution can be used to help with jagged edges, blurred lines, shimmering, and artifacts. However, it requires a beefy GPU. You can turn it on from your NVIDIA Control Panel and set the scale to 2.0x or 4.0x depending on your GPU.
After that, boot up the game you have an issue on and increase the resolution to the maximum available. If you have a 1080p monitor, you can go up to 4k. Your GPU will then scale the game down for you while rendering it at a higher resolution making the game look significantly sharper.
How To Completely Uninstall NVIDIA Driver
If you are having trouble with your GPU’s drivers, uninstalling it through Control Panel won’t do the trick as there will still be tons of temporary files lurking around your AppData folder. So, if you really want a fresh clean format and aren’t in the mood for formatting, here’s how you can completely uninstall your NVIDIA Driver:
- Download DDU for free.
- Go through the installation process and make sure to remove your Driver Settings from the Registry
After you’ve gone through the process, re-boot your computer. You should now bbe able to do a completely fresh install of the driver.
We hope this comprehensive NVIDIA guide helps address some of your queries regarding your NVIDIA GPU. If you want us to answer something in particular, let us know in the comments section down below!
The installed drivers for an NVIDIA GPU come fully packed with several weighty software such as the NVIDIA GeForce Experience and NVIDIA Control Panel. Though you may find that on the interface, the GeForce Experience tends to be more prominent. However, the non-descript NVIDIA Control Panel with its assortment of checkboxes, sliders, and drop-down menus, is what lets you fine-tune all your in-game graphics.
I’ll be giving you a walkthrough on the 3D Settings section on NVIDIA Control Panel. It is to show you how you can use your Control panel for smooth optimum performance, with these simple tweaks. Gaming could be made to look dramatically better and run smoother on your PC — Control Panel to pay attention to.
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Where to Start
Before exploring the NVIDIA Control Panel, its best to ensure that the latest or most compatible version is what is installed on your PC. So you don’t encounter an “NVIDIA GeForce experience something went wrong” error message on your PC when launching the software. Once this has been checked, you can proceed to open the NVIDIA Control Panel in several ways.
You could either right-click on your PC and select “NVIDIA Control Panel” from the context menu; Open from inside the Window’s own Control Panel under the Personalization screen. Or; you could simply just type “NVIDIA” in Start Menu to search, and it’ll pop right up.
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3D Settings: Manage 3D Settings
The 3D settings: Manage 3D setting is the central part on the panel, and it comes with a ton of options. These option setting each have an evident effect on speed and quality for gaming. I’ll be listing some of the options below:
Ambient Occlusion: This option is essential in improving gaming outlook on you. It improves the shadow detail and lighting effects by changing the way shadowing appears when an object is blocking the ambient light. This is just to ensure you to check out the “Performance” option where the “Quality” proves too much for your GPU or simply turn it off; it doesn’t work for you.
Anisotropic Filtering: this texture filtering is also great for image quality, simply adjust your settings up to the maximum 16X value for optimum results. It is quite easy on the graphics card and gives the highest quality.
Anti-aliasing – FXAA: if you need to blur out jagged lines and get a smoother image on rigs then this low-end, resource-friendly version of anti-aliasing does the trick. If your GPU can handle higher anti-aliasing settings, then this won’t be necessary. Note that in some games iRacing.com there is little or no visible difference when this is turned on.
Anti-aliasing – FXAA
I hope this tip opens up a more enjoyable gaming experience with the aid of the NVIDIA control panel.
You may even have a good experience — at first
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If you want smooth gameplay without screen tearing and you want to experience the high frame rates that your Nvidia graphics card is capable of, Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive sync tech, which unleashes your card’s best performance, is a feature that you’ll want in your next monitor.
To get this feature, you can spend a lot on a monitor with G-Sync built in, like the high-end $1,999 Acer Predator X27, or you can spend less on a FreeSync monitor that has G-Sync compatibility by way of a software update. (As of this writing, there are 15 monitors that support the upgrade.)
Nvidia G-Sync support for FreeSync monitors: better performance for less
However, there are still hundreds of FreeSync models that will likely never get the feature. According to Nvidia, “not all monitors go through a formal certification process, display panel quality varies, and there may be other issues that prevent gamers from receiving a noticeably improved experience.”
But even if you have an unsupported monitor, it may be possible to turn on G-Sync. You may even have a good experience — at first. I tested G-Sync with two unsupported models, and, unfortunately, the results just weren’t consistent enough to recommend over a supported monitor.
The 32-inch AOC CQ32G1 curved gaming monitor, for example, which is priced at $399, presented no issues when I played Apex Legends and Metro: Exodus — at first. Then some flickering started appearing during gameplay, though I hadn’t made any changes to the visual settings. I also tested it with Yakuza 0, which, surprisingly, served up the worst performance, even though it’s the least demanding title that I tested. Whether it was in full-screen or windowed mode, the frame rate was choppy.
The Asus MG279Q. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Another unsupported monitor, the $550 Asus MG279Q, handled both Metro: Exodus and Forza Horizon 4 without any noticeable issues. (It’s easy to confuse the MG279Q for the Asus MG278Q, which is on Nvidia’s list of supported FreeSync models.) In Nvidia’s G-Sync benchmark, there was significant tearing early on, but, oddly, I couldn’t re-create it.
Despite all of that, if you’d like to try G-Sync with an unsupported monitor, here’s how to do it.
Before you begin, note that in order to achieve the highest frame rates with or without G-Sync turned on, you’ll need to use a DisplayPort cable. If you’re using a FreeSync monitor, chances are good that it came with one. But if not, they aren’t too expensive.
Using G-Sync with an unsupported FreeSync monitor
First, download and install the latest driver for your GPU, either from Nvidia’s website or through the GeForce Experience, Nvidia’s Windows 10 app that can tweak graphics settings on a per-game basis. All of Nvidia’s drivers since mid-January 2019 have included G-Sync support for select FreeSync monitors. Even if you don’t own a supported monitor, you’ll probably be able to toggle G-Sync on once you install the latest driver. Whether it will work well after you do turn the feature on is another question.
Once the driver is installed, open the Nvidia Control Panel. On the side column, you’ll see a new entry: Set up G-Sync. (If you don’t see this setting, switch on FreeSync using your monitor’s on-screen display. If you still don’t see it, you may be out of luck.)
Check the box that says “Enable G-Sync Compatible,” then click “Apply: to activate the settings. (The settings page will inform you that your monitor is not validated by Nvidia for G-Sync. Since you already know that is the case, don’t worry about it.)
Check that the resolution and refresh rate are set to their max by selecting “Change resolution” on the side column. Adjust the resolution and refresh rate to the highest-possible option (the latter of which is hopefully at least 144Hz if you’ve spent hundreds on your gaming monitor).
Nvidia offers a downloadable G-Sync benchmark, which should quickly let you know if things are working as intended. If G-Sync is active, the animation shouldn’t exhibit any tearing or stuttering. But since you’re using an unsupported monitor, don’t be surprised if you see some iffy results. Next, try out some of your favorite games. If something is wrong, you’ll realize it pretty quickly.
There’s a good resource to check out on Reddit, where its PC community has created a huge list of unsupported FreeSync monitors, documenting each monitor’s pros and cons with G-Sync switched on. These real-world findings are insightful, but what you experience will vary depending on your PC configuration and the games that you play.
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FreeSync Gaming on Nvidia (Adaptive Sync)
Open the Nvidia Control Panel, browse to “Set up G-Sync”, then select your FreeSync monitor. From here, make sure both the “enable G-Sync, G-Sync compatible” checkbox and the “enable settings for the selected display model” checkbox are ticked. The second checkbox doesn’t appear if the monitor is G-Sync certified. Then click Apply, your monitor will restart and adaptive sync will be enabled.
Control Panel and it’s toggles
TweakGuides has a full documentation what each toggle/settings in the nVidia Control Panel (NVCP) does, I highly suggest that you read it before you touch any of the settings. The Guide constantly gets updates as soon nVidia changes something in the NVCP. The default settings are usually fine and you might only want to tweak the application/game settings related profiles, which you can do via the NVCP or nVidia Inspector (unofficial utility).
nVidia Shader Cache on a HDD
Shaders are loaded by the game itself, like any other of their assets, and sent to the driver for compilation (meaning transformed from source code form into binary form that can be used by the GPU.) The driver compiles them and sends the results back to the game. The compilation happens by the CPU, not the GPU, and is slow. A shader cache doesn’t get rid of the loading-from-disk step. It only replaces the compilation step with a second loading step (loading the previously compiled form of the shader from disk and sending that to the game.) Even with a very slow disk, loading small already compiled shader files from said disk is much faster than generating them again. The shader cache is meant to persist between reboots. Putting them on a RAM disk meaning losing the cache on reboot – unless you’re syncing the RAM disk to disk on reboot.
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ROG G703GXR G-Sync option missing and Intel Graphics missing – [solved]
I recently got the ASUS ROG G703GXR 1080p i9-9980HK RTX 2080 version laptop. Could you please guide me as to how to enable G-SYNC on this laptop? I am unable to find it through the Nvidia control panel and anywhere else. My current Nvidia driver version is 445.87. I also noticed that there is no Intel UHD graphics on board. When I try to install the intel graphics drivers, it says “This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software.” I checked the device manager and it shows only the NVIDIA GeForc8 RTX 2020 under display adapters.
Please help. Thank you!
Last edited by Angelfire_Snake89; 05-11-2020 at 09:07 AM .
Anyway, I have solved the issue, and I will put it here in detail for everybody. Here goes:
I first reset my BIOS settings to default, after which it was able to detect the intel graphics. I updated my intel graphics drivers, however after that the Nvidia control panel was only showing option for 3D settings, which meant that Optimus tech was in play. At least I was relieved that the system is back to normal.
If your ASUS ROG Laptop has Optimus Technology, that is it using both an Intel based graphics chip (like UHD 630 in my laptop) and Nvidia graphics chip/card (like RTX 2080 in my laptop) and therefore has the ability to switch graphics depending on the application you’re using (see https://www.geforce.com/hardware/tec. mus/technology), then you might be facing an issue in your Nvidia control panel where it shows no options regarding the enabling of G-Sync. In addition, the Nvidia control panel might only show the 3D settings tab and nothing else. Therefore, the following SIMPLE solution is for you, so that you can enable G-Sync on your laptop (REMEMBER: This is for those laptops whose display actually supports G-Sync).
Just go to the Armoury Crate app and click on the tab on the left of the app that looks like an “i”, which will take you to home or main screen of the app where it shows your CPU stats, GPU stats, Memory Storage, DEVICE CONFIGURATION, and the ability to switch between the different power modes like Windows®, Silent, Balanced, Turbo, and Manual. If you are unable to see Turbo and Manual, that is because your laptop is running on battery and have not plugged your laptop adapter to a wall power outlet.
What is important to you right now is the DEVICE CONFIGURATION, under which it shows Win Key, ROG Key, GPU MODE, Touch Pad, Boot up Sound. If you cannot see the DEVICE CONFIGURATION tab or any of the other stats tabs, then that means they are hidden. In order to make them visible, go to the top right corner of the window where it shows two logos, the one on the left is ‘Edit Tiles’, go there and make the stat tabs visible.
Now, the main thing we have all been waiting to do! See the GPU MODE key under the DEVICE CONFIGURATION tab, click on that! A small window will pop up saying “A system reboot is required to switch to Discrete Graphics mode and enable G-SYNC. Reboot now?” There you go! Do it! After reboot, go to the Nvidia control panel, and you will see that all the settings that were missing are now available, including the option to enable G-SYNC! Congratulations, problem solved! This is because you have disabled Optimus, as G-Sync is only linked to your Nvidia graphics (and of course the capability of your laptop display too).
If you notice, we did not have any need to go to your system’s Device Manager to disable your intel graphics, which others have suggested on other forums. That suggestion did nothing for me, instead it said your display is not attached to any graphics adapter. Laptops with Optimus technology behave differently and have different ways to fix an issue. To be honest, there is no issue with the laptop in the first place. It’s just how it is. For the ASUS ROG laptop with Optimus technology, in order to switch to Discrete Graphics and enable G-SYNC, my suggestion is the way. Hope this clears up everything for everybody and solves your problem (although it is not a problem with your laptop but you just need to know how to change settings is all).
Last week, Nvidia announced plans to roll out a software-only version of G-Sync, its Adaptive Sync tool for PC displays. And now, with GeForce driver 417.71 out in the open, the small group of people who mix Nvidia graphics cards with FreeSync monitors can try out this new implementation of G-Sync.
Nvidia says it’s in the process of testing Adaptive Sync-compatible monitors to see which ones work well with G-Sync. After testing 400 displays—probably more by now—the company released a short list of 12 “ G-Sync Compatible ” monitors. If you have one of these, then you’ll automatically enjoy a “GeForce-compatible Variable Refresh Rate experience,” as Nvidia puts it, if you’re gaming with the latest GeForce drivers installed.
Technically, Nvidia’s new implementation of G-Sync means that you should be able to use the technology with any monitor that supports FreeSync. You’ll have to do a little more configuration before you start gaming, however:
How to get G-Sync working on a FreeSync display
First, you’ll need to have a Nvidia GTX 10-series graphics card or higher in your PC, and you’ll need to connect your monitor to your graphics card using a DisplayPort cable, rather than HDMI. Also, make sure to press the menu button on your display, navigate through its on-screen menus, and confirm that “FreeSync” or “Adaptive Sync” is turned on.
Next, go to the Nvidia Control app on your PC. Open up the “display” settings and click “Set up G-Sync.” From there, check the box next to “enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible.” You should probably stick with the default option to “Enable for full screen mode,” as you might encounter issues running G-Sync in a windowed game— if it even works at all .
Once you’ve checked all the boxes, click “apply.”
If you have multiple monitors, make sure you’re changing the features of the correct display in the Nvidia Control Panel. Monitors that support Adaptive Sync technology will appear with a green screen (and part of the Nvidia logo) in the “Set up G-Sync” screen.
Troubleshooting G-Sync on FreeSync
If you’re having issues getting G-Sync to work with your non-G-Sync display, don’t panic. You might need to tweak a few Nvidia Control Panel settings first. Try going going to “3D Settings” in the left-hand panel, then click “Global.” Scroll down to the “monitor technology” drop-down menu and set it to “G-Sync Compatible.”
If that doesn’t work, go to “Change Resolution” in the “Display” section and try lowering your display’s refresh rate. You should always try to set up G-Sync at your monitor’s maximum refresh rate at first, but PCGamesN found that G-Sync may not always support your monitor’s full range of refresh rates. If you’re still having issues, consult Reddit Nvidia community’s crowdsourced testing spreadsheet —they have plenty of notes about the settings you might need to change for various displays, and you can cross-reference to see if others have even gotten G-Sync to work at all on your specific FreeSync monitor.
To be clear, there is a non-zero chance that you will set this up and find that G-sync doesn’t work correctly. If you’d like a neutral test to try before playing any games, download Nvidia’s pendulum demo for measuring graphics performance and see how it looks. (Users have reported that some unapproved monitors flicker more with G-Sync, for example.)
PCWorld, which tested the tech at Nvidia’s booth at CES, also has a video that can help you understand what you’ll see when a unapproved monitor does not work:
Mike Epstein is a freelance writer covering tech, games, and culture at Lifehacker and Gizmodo, among others.