Nvidia Won’t Support G-Sync Compatible Displays on Pre-Pascal GPUs

Nvidia Won't Support G-Sync Compatible Displays on Pre-Pascal GPUs

Nvidia Won’t Support G-Sync Compatible Displays on Pre-Pascal GPUs

When Nvidia announced their support for Adaptive Sync displays, the company did not state what graphics cards would support the standard. Would every graphics card that supports G-Sync work with G-Sync compatible displays? Will Adaptive-Sync monitors only work on select Nvidia graphics architectures? 

On the Nvidia Forums, a member of the company’s Customer Care team confirmed that G-Sync Compatible displays would only work on Pascal or newer graphics architectures, limiting support for the feature to Turing, Volta and Pascal graphics cards. In a short post, Nvidia confirmed that the company “do not have plans to add support for Maxwell and below.”

This means that 900-series or older Nvidia graphics cards will not support Adaptive-Sync/G-Sync Compatible displays, a factor that will undoubtedly come as sad news for users of capable 900 series GPUs like the GTX 980 Ti. 
   

Nvidia Won't Support G-Sync Compatible Displays on Pre-Pascal GPUs  

While it makes sense for Nvidia to limit Adaptive-Sync support for their newer graphics hardware, it is disappointing to see Nvidia’s Maxwell-series graphics cards excluded from Nvidia extended variable refresh rate support. Perhaps this move will push more Maxwell users towards the company’s RTX 20 series of graphics cards, especially if they already own an Adaptive Sync/FreeSync monitor. 

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