What Is G-Sync ULMB

What Is G-Sync ULMB?

Traditional monitors operate at a fixed refresh rate, commonly 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz.

In games, the frame rate (amount of generated frames per second) fluctuates accordingly to the intensity of the work required by the graphics card.

This introduces a dilemma for gamers in particular. They can usually choose one of two main options that determine how the graphics card passes frames to the monitor: “VSync OFF” or “VSync ON”.

  • VSYNC OFF: The GPU sends frames to the monitor as soon as they are rendered, whether or not the monitor has finished its refresh and is ready to move on to the next frame.
    This will cause screen tearing (picture below) if things become unsynchronized, even on a 120Hz or 144Hz display.
  • VSYNC ON:  The GPU holds the frame until the monitor is ready to display it. This will eliminate screen tearing but will increase input lag. This GPU even happens on 120Hz and 144Hz monitors, but the input lag penalty is much shorter on these displays. If you have a great GPU, then input lag with this option will not be a significant problem.


What Is G-Sync ULMB

The solution: NVIDIA G-SYNC

The clever heads at NVIDIA have come up with a solution to the input lag problem with the “VSYNC ON” option: G-SYNC.

It is possible to get the monitor to adopt a variable refresh rate by integrating a so-called G-SYNC chip into specific monitors.

The monitor’s refresh rate will then adjust in real-time to the frame rate of the game, up to the maximum refresh rate of the monitor, making it perfectly synchronized with the GPU.

You will not get screen tearing or visual latency, you typically know from having VSYNC disabled.

You won’t get the stuttering and input lag associated with VSYNC enabled either. This is why we think the best gaming monitor should feature this technology or another Adaptive-Sync technology.

G-SYNC only works via DisplayPort and to use it, you need a compatible monitor and GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost or higher).

This will not work with an AMD GPU, but AMD has its own version labeled FreeSync.

Major monitor manufacturers are extremely excited about this innovative technology. AOC, ACER, ASUS, BenQ, Philips, and ViewSonic all plan to release PC monitors with G-SYNC or they already have.

We will see a lot more of this kind of display in the future, I promise you that! Some models will even have QHD (2560 x 1440) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution.

G-SYNC is not limited to TN panels, so we will also see monitors with IPS panels with this technology built-in them.

G-SYNC and motion blur

While G-SYNC will provide a smoother gameplay experience by eliminating screen tearing, reducing stuttering, and decreasing input lag, it does not affect motion blur.

Many gamers already use LightBoost, if they have a compatible monitor, but it is meant for 3D Vision and requires forced activation for 2D.

What Is G-Sync ULMB for you CRT-like motion clarity but reduces brightness?

The good news is that all G-SYNC monitors will have a mode, which is superior to LightBoost, called ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) available. However, it can not be activated at the same time as G-SYNC.

Confirmed G-SYNC monitors

This is a list of monitors, which have or will have the G-SYNC technology.

MonitorSizeResolutionRefresh Rate
[easyazon_link keywords="Acer XB270HU" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB270HU[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 IPS144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N11QIYW" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB271HU[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 IPS165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B016GNX4SE" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator X34[/easyazon_link]34"3440x1440 IPS100Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B00O0Z5682" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB280HK[/easyazon_link]28"3840x2160 TN60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01LJUNMYK" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB241YU[/easyazon_link]24"2560x1440 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01BPOZFL8" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB270HAbprz[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01C05C1OK" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB240H[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B018MYTF4W" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB271HK[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01A3N60A2" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB321HK[/easyazon_link]32"3840x2160 IPS60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N34Q6CI" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer XB281HK[/easyazon_link]28"3840x2160 TN60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01A0FEBXQ" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator Z35[/easyazon_link]35"2560x1080 VA200Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B0173PEX20" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator X27[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01DDR0FE2" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator Z271T[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 VA144Hz
[easyazon_link keywords="Acer Predator XB251HQT" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB251HQT[/easyazon_link]25"1920x1080 TN240Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N34Q6LF" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB252Q[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN240Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01M1CI273" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator Z301C[/easyazon_link]30"2560x1080 VA200Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B0173PEX20" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator Z271UV[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 IPS165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B071D6NGMH" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB272[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 TN240Hz
[easyazon_link keywords="Acer Predator XB272-HDR" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator XB272-HDR[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS144Hz
[easyazon_link keywords="ASUS ROG PG248Q" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS ROG PG248Q[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN180Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01AWGY9MG" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG27AQ[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N4ENDXR" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG278QR[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 TN165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B00B2HH7G0" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS VG248QE G-SYNC[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N4ENDXR" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG278Q[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B017EVR2VM" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG279Q[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 IPS144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01LWJMM1S" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG27VQ[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 TN165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B00NUCRBCU" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS XG27VQ[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01C83BE6U" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS PG348Q[/easyazon_link]34"3440x1440 IPS100Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01AWGY9MG" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B06WRP3F5S" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q[/easyazon_link]25"1920x1080 TN240Hz
[easyazon_link keywords="BenQ XL2420G" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]BenQ XL2420G[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01H5KKVLK" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]BenQ XL2720G[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B0149QBOF0" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Dell S2716DG[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01IOO4SGK" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Dell S2417DG[/easyazon_link]24"2560x1440 TN165Hz
[easyazon_link keywords="AOC G2460PG" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]AOC G2460PG[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N7QDNJ8" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]AOC AG241QG[/easyazon_link]24"2560x1440 TN165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01G5JYMNA" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]AOC AG271QG[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 AHVA165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B06X9CBRTP" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]AOC AGON AG352UCG[/easyazon_link]35"3440x1440 VA100Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B06X9SB8XC" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]AOC AGON AG271UG[/easyazon_link]27"3840x2160 IPS60Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B00G6IWEE0" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Philips 272G5DYEB[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B00G6IWEE0" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ViewSonic VX2457GML[/easyazon_link]24"1920x1080 TN144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01LWJMM1S" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]ViewSonic XG2703[/easyazon_link]27"2560x1440 IPS165Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01FXDVZF2" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Lenovo Y27g[/easyazon_link]27"1920x1080 VA144Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B06ZZDYVQM" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]Acer Predator Z35P[/easyazon_link]35"3440x1440 VA120Hz
[easyazon_link identifier="B01N0TFAW6" locale="US" tag="monitors01-20"]HP Omen X 35[/easyazon_link]35"3440x1440 VA100Hz

For various purposes, we’ve made a dedicated page to the list of G-SYNC monitors. Feel free to link to our G-SYNC monitor list from anywhere you would like. The list gets updated every week with new additions.

And this is also recommended for you: ViewSonic Xg2530 G Sync

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