Nvidia Might Have Eliminated Screen Tearing For Good. Also, There’s A New Card On It’s Way
Nvidia had somewhat of a field day last week Friday when they took to the stage to announce a host of new features and gadgets coming soon. Some of these included one button direct streaming to Twitch and recording using ShadowPlay, as well as a little bit of a streaming upgrade to the woefully overpriced Android handheld, the Nvidia Shield. But there were two other announcements made that evening that should really grab PC gamer’s attention.
Firstly, there’s a new card coming. Introducing the GTX 780i, which will probably run that little bit faster than the standard 780 that was released earlier this year. The 780 is itself a much cheaper card than the company’s flagship card, the Titan, but also comes in at a much lower price, so it will be interesting to see where the 780i slots in. Nvidia refused to go into much detail about the card, saying they would let reviewers take a close look very soon.
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That’s, however, the least exciting of the two big announcements. Probably the most fascinating one came in the form of G-Sync, a new module in upcoming monitors that is set to eliminate stuttering and screen tearing for good.
Basically, the problem comes in when your GPU is pushing out a frame rate that isn’t accepted by your monitor. Screen Tearing occurs at this point, and usually the activation of V-Sync manages to sort this problem out, albeit with a bit of a performance hit. G-Sync aims to eliminate the need for V-Sync altogether, as the new module will create a means of communication between your monitor and GPU, ensuring that the frame rate dynamically matches what the monitor can output.
There’s a lot more to it than that, but the gist of it is there. Even iD CEO John Carmack came up onto stage and showed his support for the new technology, saying that G-Sync could eliminate the “willful blind spot” the PC industry has been suffering with. So far Nvidia has announced partnerships with Asus, Benq, Philips, and ViewSonic to bring the technology to the market.
Bvidia have been in front of the GPU game for a long time now, and these new announcements serve as a testament to why. I’m very excited to see G-Sync in action, with my only hope being that monitors with the new module won’t skyrocket price wise.