When a company uses the word “Ultimate,” it’s a clear sign this should be the best version of a product. But when it comes to G-Sync, Nvidia has quietly changed what it takes to be classed as a G-Sync Ultimate gaming display.
As Tom’s Hardware reports, Nvidia used to stipulate that any monitor classed as G-Sync Ultimate must be VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified (or better). However, PC Monitors noticed that Nvidia had updated its G-Sync page to remove reference to HDR 1000 and replaced it with “lifelike HDR” without explanation. If you look back to the CES 2019 G-Sync Compatible displays announcement, the 1,000 nits brightness for Ultimate HDR is clearly stated.
Since then, Nvidia has gone on to certify monitors with VESA DisplayHDR 600 and DisplayHDR 400 as being G-Sync Ultimate displays. By doing so, the required standard for G-Sync Ultimate has clearly been lowered, but without Nvidia advertising the fact. PC Monitors has asked Nvidia to clarify the situation, but is still waiting for an answer.
All G-Sync monitors are listed on Nvidia’s website, but before selecting one, take the time to look at the individual specs. Some monitors will still offer the original higher standards required for G-Sync Ultimate, but other models offering lower levels of HDR support are also on the list. For example, the Acer Predator X34S is classed as G-Sync Ultimate, but only offers VESA DisplayHDR 400.