Question Are my graphics card and monitor compatible?

QwerkyPengwen

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Adaptive sync is the new image sync technology that is a better alternative to using Vsync.

There are two variants of adaptive sync.
One is by NVIDIA and they call it GSync and the other is by AMD and they call it Free sync.

In short unlike with Vsync which forces the graphics card to hold up and wait a minute so that the frames and the refresh rate of the monitor are synchronized (which also makes your frames sit exactly at that number of something like 60) which causes framerate latency which effects input lag, adaptive sync forces the monitor to change it's refresh rate to match whatever the GPU is spitting out (as long as frame rate is within a certain range, usually between 40fps and 144fps with a 144hz monitor) so that it removes screen tearing while not introducing the input lag that you get with V sync.

It used to be that NVIDIA graphics cards would only work with GSync but now they work with FreeSync too, but performance of it will vary from monitor to monitor when enabling GSync on a FreeSync monitor.

Just make sure you use a display port cable and not HDMI so that you can take advantage of the adaptive sync.
 
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QwerkyPengwen

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What exactly do you mean when you say "not compatible"?

A monitor is a just a monitor.
And a graphics card is just a graphics card.

You plug video cable into both and you get image.

The only way they wouldn't be "compatible" is if the monitor only used something like VGA to connect and your graphics card doesn't have VGA output (which it doesn't and the monitor doesn't use that)

If you're talking about adaptive sync, it should work but your mileage may vary.
 
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What exactly do you mean when you say "not compatible"?

A monitor is a just a monitor.
And a graphics card is just a graphics card.

You plug video cable into both and you get image.

The only way they wouldn't be "compatible" is if the monitor only used something like VGA to connect and your graphics card doesn't have VGA output (which it doesn't and the monitor doesn't use that)

If you're talking about adaptive sync, it should work but your mileage may vary.
Yeah, sorry still getting used to terms, and I have my friend to help. But what do you mean by adaptive sync, and how do you know it will work for the gpu and monitor?
 
Nov 23, 2019
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Adaptive sync is the new image sync technology that is a better alternative to using Vsync.

There are two variants of adaptive sync.
One is by NVIDIA and they call it GSync and the other is by AMD and they call it Free sync.

In short unlike with Vsync which forces the graphics card to hold up and wait a minute so that the frames and the refresh rate of the monitor are synchronized (which also makes your frames sit exactly at that number of something like 60) which causes framerate latency which effects input lag, adaptive sync forces the monitor to change it's refresh rate to match whatever the GPU is spitting out (as long as frame rate is within a certain range, usually between 40fps and 144fps with a 144hz monitor) so that it removes screen tearing while not introducing the input lag that you get with V sync.

It used to be that NVIDIA graphics cards would only work with GSync but now they work with FreeSync too, but performance of it will vary from monitor to monitor when enabling GSync on a FreeSync monitor.

Just make sure you use a display port cable and not HDMI so that you can take advantage of the adaptive sync.
Okay, thank you so much! This helped a lot!!
 

QwerkyPengwen

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Just be aware that a 144hz monitor doesn't automagically make games look and feel smoother. If you are running a game at 50fps, your monitor being 144hz doesn't do anything special to it. 50fps is still 50fps.

What makes a high refresh rate monitor look and feel smoother is if you are running a game at a higher frame rate to match because it's the higher framerate that matters and having a high refresh rate monitor allows the monitor to actually display all those frames per second which is what makes it smooth.

I've run into a lot of people who had a huge misunderstanding of that so felt that I should say something just in case.
 

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