NVIDIA clarified G-SYNC ULTIMATE specification change

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 19 2021 @ 15:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday news emerged that NVIDIA had downgraded the minimum specifications of it G-SYNC ULTIMATE certification. Previously, the company listed VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification as a requirement but late last year this was silently changed to "lifelike HDR".

Now there's an official message from NVIDIA about this matter:
Late last year we updated G-SYNC ULTIMATE to include new display technologies such as OLED and edge-lit LCDs.

All G-SYNC Ultimate displays are powered by advanced NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to deliver a fantastic gaming experience including lifelike HDR, stunning contract, cinematic colour and ultra-low latency gameplay. While the original G-SYNC Ultimate displays were 1000 nits with FALD, the newest displays, like OLED, deliver infinite contrast with only 600-700 nits, and advanced multi-zone edge-lit displays offer remarkable contrast with 600-700 nits. G-SYNC Ultimate was never defined by nits alone nor did it require a VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification. Regular G-SYNC displays are also powered by NVIDIA G-SYNC processors as well.

The ACER X34 S monitor was erroneously listed as G-SYNC ULTIMATE on the NVIDIA web site. It should be listed as “G-SYNC” and the web page is being corrected.
Overclock3D argues NVIDIA made these changes for the good of the G-SYNC ecosystem. The site explains the certification hasn't been downgraded because peak brightness was never a good way to judge HDR performance to begin with. The updated standard allows for the inclusion of OLED-based panels with 600-700 nits -- and these panels are among the best in terms of HDR experience.

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