G-SYNC 101: G-SYNC Ceiling vs. FPS Limit


How Low Should You Go?

Blur Busters was the world’s first site to test G-SYNC in Preview of NVIDIA G-SYNC, Part #1 (Fluidity) using an ASUS VG248QE pre-installed with a G-SYNC upgrade kit. At the time, the consensus was limiting the fps from 135 to 138 at 144Hz was enough to avoid V-SYNC-level input lag.

However, much has changed since the first G-SYNC upgrade kit was released; the Minimum Refresh Range wasn’t in place, the V-SYNC toggle had yet to be exposed, G-SYNC did not support borderless or windowed mode, and there was even a small performance penalty on the Kepler architecture at the time (Maxwell and later corrected this).

My own testing in my Blur Busters Forum thread found that just 2 FPS below the refresh rate was enough to avoid the G-SYNC ceiling. However, now armed with improved testing methods and equipment, is this still the case, and does the required FPS limit change depending on the refresh rate?

Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings
Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings
Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings
Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings
Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings
Blur Buster's G-SYNC 101: Input Latency & Optimal Settings

As the results show, just 2 FPS below the refresh rate is indeed still enough to avoid the G-SYNC ceiling and prevent V-SYNC-level input lag, and this number does not change, regardless of the maximum refresh rate in use.

To leave no stone unturned, an “at” FPS, -1 FPS, -2 FPS, and finally -10 FPS limit was tested to prove that even far below -2 FPS, no real improvements can be had. In fact, limiting the FPS lower than needed can actually slightly increase input lag, especially at lower refresh rates, since frametimes quickly become higher, and thus frame delivery becomes slower due to the decrease in sustained framerates.

As for the “perfect” number, going by the results, and taking into consideration variances in accuracy from FPS limiter to FPS limiter, along with differences in performance from system to system, a -3 FPS limit is the safest bet, and is my new recommendation. A lower FPS limit, at least for the purpose of avoiding the G-SYNC ceiling, will simply rob frames.



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CrystalUnclear
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CrystalUnclear

How did you get NVCP V-sync to work in Windowed/Borderless modes? I’m on Windows 7 and I’ve tried disabling Aero, and it still can’t be forced.

BlackStorm82
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BlackStorm82

Hello. Sorry for frequently asking questions
Low Latency Mode Ultra
Is prerendering “0” correct?

G-Sync + V-Sync + Low Latency Mode Ultra
Is prerendering limiting the frame to “0”?

On this site
Gsync + V-Sync + Low latency Mode Ultra
Is it correct to add a frame limit to pre-rendering “1”?

If so, is it correct to write Gsync + V-sync off + Low latency mode Ultra to use pre-rendering as “0”?

Zehdah
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Zehdah

If I get a 240 Hz monitor, like the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546, should I still be using the method above (Gsync on, Vsync off in game, on in control panel and cap FPS to 237 with RTSS) or should I uncap my framerate with Vsync and Gsync off? The reason I ask is a lot of pros in FPS games such as Apex, Siege, CSGO, seem to do the latter and I can’t understand why, unless G-sync isn’t available on those monitors, but I read that G-sync is available on freesync monitor’s now with 10xx and above cards, am I wrong? Greatly appreciate any input!

DanWensing
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DanWensing

Which one has the lowest input lag?
1. Gsync + Vsync + Low Latency Mode at Ultra (no fps limit)
2. Gsync + Vsync + NVC/RTSS fps limit (3fps below Refresh rate)

DanWensing
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DanWensing

Hi, I understand that we should use Vsync On when using Gsync. But with the new LG OLED C9, which is gsync compatible, if I have Vsync “ON” I get some microstutter every 10s or so. But if I keep vsync off, the game is 100% smooth (I have the FPS capped at 3fps below the TVs refresh rate). One friend of mine has the same issue with his C9. Do you know why this is happening?

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