Menu
Nvidia seeks to sharpen gaming on laptops with G-Sync

Nvidia seeks to sharpen gaming on laptops with G-Sync

The display technology could also land on VR headsets and mobile devices

Nvidia's G-Sync for laptops

Nvidia's G-Sync for laptops

Nvidia is bringing its G-Sync desktop display technology to laptops, which should lead to dramatic improvements in gaming for portable PCs.

Nvidia's G-Sync technology synchronizes monitors and display panels to the refresh rate of games, which reduces stutter and lag time. With G-Sync, GPUs are connected directly to displays, so images of a game appear almost instantly on a monitor as they are drawn up on a computer.

As a result, games can run at more frames per second, improving the overall experience. The instantaneous refresh of screens also resolves the age-old problem of conventional monitors and displays being a bottleneck in the gaming experience.

"It used to be that the monitors ran on a fixed refresh rate. By switching that we can dramatically improve the [gaming] experience," said Tom Peterson, director of technical marketing for Nvidia.

Until now, G-Sync was available only in external monitors from Asus and Acer, but bringing it to laptop display panels sets the stage for expansion of the technology. But for now, G-Sync will only work if PCs have Nvidia's GeForce graphics processors.

G-Sync is flexible, and it will permeate across product lines, Peterson said. Nvidia didn't say where the technology would appear next, but mobile devices and headsets could be targets.

"I can imagine someday when it works on virtual reality headsets," Peterson said.

During a short hands on test, some gaming laptops with G-Sync panels showed faster refresh rates. There was little stutter or lag as characters moved into new scenes and environments.

Asus, Gigabyte, Clevo and MSI are expected to show laptops with G-Sync panels at the Computex trade show in Taipei. All those companies will show laptops with 17.3-inch 1080p screens and GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics cards. Laptops with 15.6-inch screens will be shown by Gigabyte and Clevo.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags computexhardware systemsComponentsnvidialaptopsdisplays

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments