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How to enable NVIDIA G-Sync on a FreeSync display (Explained)

The technology of G-Sync and Freesync is finally coming to the PC! In this article, we will explore how you can activate free sync on your monitor so that it works with an Nvidia GPU.

In recent years there has been much excitement in both gaming communities about new innovations like HDR (High Dynamic Range) screens or low latency monitors which reduce input lag during gameplay but one feature remained missing from these advancements; Wide Color Gamut Support.

Nvidia’s reputation for high-quality graphics cards has made it a popular technology brand.

Nvidia GPUs have been installed on many computers, but some people might be unsure if they can spend so much money when buying future-proofing their setup or not having enough cash available now after purchasing what will likely become outmoded in due course anyway with new releases coming soon from AMD – which also happens to offer quite good performance per dollar ratios too!

When you take a look at the other side of this market and see that many FreeSync monitors are considerably cheaper than their Nvidia counterparts, it leaves one wondering if they can be hooked up with an NVidia card to save money.

In the meantime, you can find eye care monitors to ease your eyes when working long hours.

Can You Use A FreeSync Monitor with An Nvidia Card?

Yes, you can use an Nvidia graphics card with any display. You’ll get a crisp image like on other screens!

In fact, there were two standards for monitors: AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync which both locked users into their respective ecosystems until recently when Microsoft announced it would be adopting the Open Mandate version of HDMI 2HDR (Hybrid).

Nvidia has been expanding its support for DisplayPort 1.4, allowing it to work with any monitor that supports the protocol—and you’ll get an image like on any other screen!

A couple of years ago (before this change), Nvidia only supported G-Sync and locked users into their ecosystem by not letting them use an AMD graphics card together with FreeSync displays or vice versa.

As of this year, it’s finally possible to use G-Sync with your Nvidia graphics card.

The company has announced that they will be including FreeSync support for GeForce cards so you can enable the feature on any monitor which supports Adaptive-Sync technology as well!

With the launch of their new G-Sync Compatible initiative, Nvidia has made it possible for owners to enable Screen flickering and sync issues with FreeSync on compatible monitors.


How To Connect a G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Monitor to an Nvidia GPU?

The process of hooking up your new G-Sync monitor is easy if you have one of the Compatible screens that Nvidia has certified. All it takes to set them up and get started gaming, just make sure to do some prep work first!

Step 1: Connect the Monitor

To use the FreeSync monitor, connect it like any other display. If you have an Nvidia GTX 16 series or RTX 20/30 Series graphics card (or higher), be sure to plug it in via HDMI 2.1 port for optimal performance!

The display will be just like any other, but make sure you use the right connection for your PC. If it has an Nvidia GTX 16 series or RTX 20/30 Series GPU then connect through HDMI 2.1

If you don’t have a supported graphics card please check our guide on upgrading.

Step 2: Update Windows

You should be running a recent version of Windows, preferably the latest update:

Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

If you don’t have this installed, please go to Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 page and follow the instructions there.

Step 3: Install or update your graphics card drivers

It’s important to make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphics card. You can either do this manually through GeForce Experience(opens in a new tab)or by downloading the latest drivers from Nvidia’s website.

If you need help, please check our guide on how to update your graphics card drivers.

Step 4: Enable G-Sync in the Nvidia Control Panel

Once everything is set up and ready to go, open the Nvidia Control Panel and navigate to the “Display” tab.

From here, select the “Set up G-Sync” option and enable it for your FreeSync monitor.

That’s it! You’re all set to enjoy tear-free gaming on your new G-Sync Compatible monitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.


Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible initiative is a great way to get the benefits of variable refresh rate displays without being locked into their ecosystem.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help. Thanks for reading!


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