During Computex 2019, Nvidia unveiled new G-Sync compatible screens and talked about why many of the best gaming monitors fail in the certification process.
Nvidia added FreeSync support for GeForce graphics at the beginning of the year. Users can use any FreeSync monitor through DisplayPort to enable the option in the Nvidia control panel, but a small list of company-certified monitors will work from scratch without any adjustment. Nvidia announced that 12 monitors passed the test and another 13 joined the list in the following months. Today, Nvidia has announced three other G-Sync-compatible monitors, bringing the total number to 28.
Nvidia tested more than 500 monitors to present these 28, meaning that only 5% managed to complete the process. Nvidia talked about the process in an interesting message, where it reveals how the candidates have declined over time. Unable to get multiple monitors and more than 270 have hit because of their very small VRR range – Nvidia requires a FreeSync window of at least 2.4: 1, for example, 60-1440Hz. The rest of the monitors, more than 200, exhibited problems in the quality of image, trepidation or others.
Still, at Computex, Asus unveiled an unusual new model: a 17-inch portable IPS monitor, called ROG Strix XG17 with an amazing refresh rate of 240Hz. This rivals the fastest gaming monitors on the market and can run up to 3 hours on that frequency with a 7800mAh battery. With a lower refresh rate, it can last up to 4 or 5 hours.
Connectivity is made via USB-C and Micro HDMI, making it a good candidate for recent laptops with high frame rate capabilities in eSports like CS: Go, but they do not have a high refresh rate monitor to keep up with. The XG17 also supports variable refresh rate, probably FreeSync. It’s an appealing package, but it will certainly have a premium price. Asus has yet to announce price or release date for this gaming monitor, but next month will hit stores with a similar 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen monitor called ZenScreen Touch.