Even More Monitors Can Now Get G-Sync Ultimate Certification
After speculation that Nvidia may have lowered its G-Sync Ultimate monitor specifications after a series of announcements at CES 2021, the GeForce maker has now confirmed that changes have indeed been made. With the new Ultimate guidelines, Nvidia makes it easier for manufacturers to certify new gaming monitors.
When Nvidia announced its G-Sync Ultimate specs for the highest quality G-Sync gaming monitors you can own in early 2019, the company issued guidelines that included the highest resolution and refresh rate available, the lowest possible latency, the backlight in multiple zones and support for a wide range of colors. These are all the specs that gamers will be interested in.
The big announcement, however, was support for brightness levels of at least 1,000 nits. Two years later, at CES this year, Nvidia’s announcements of multiple monitors – including the MSI MEG MEG381 and the LG 34GP950G – come with G-Sync Ultimate ratings and specs that list the maximum brightness than just HDR600, what to Confusion results as this is 400 nits less than the original requirements from before. The requirements on the Nvidia websites for G-Sync Ultimate have also been changed to only include “lifelike HDR”.
After widespread reports that Nvidia may have tacitly changed the G-Sync Ultimate specs, the company reached out to Overclock3D to confirm and detail the changes for monitors.
“All G-SYNC Ultimate displays are powered by advanced NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to deliver an amazing gaming experience including lifelike HDR, stunning contracts, cinematic color and ultra-low latency gameplay,” the company said in its statement. “While the original G-SYNC Ultimate displays with FALD had 1,000 nits, the latest displays like OLED offer infinite contrast with just 600-700 nits, and advanced edge-lit multi-zone displays offer remarkable contrast with 600-700 nits. ”
Nvidia added that G-Sync Ultimate was never defined by brightness ratings alone or a hardline requirement for VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification. And if Nvidia is correct with the new OLED gaming panels, gamers may not even notice the lower brightness requirements.
The decision to ditch the explicit language that the HDR1000 requirement requires may be due to the fact that manufacturers were unable to meet the requirements, as screens with 1,000 nits of brightness are still rare. For comparison: In the non-gaming area, Apple rated its Pro Display XDR with 1,000 nits of sustained brightness. However, the panel can achieve a peak brightness of up to 1,600 nits. However, the Pro Display XDR is also a professional-grade display that retails for $ 5,000 or more than the cost of most premium gaming rigs on the market.
With the new lower brightness requirement for G-Sync Ultimate certification, hopefully there will be more gaming monitors on the market this year.