G-SYNC 101: G-SYNC vs. V-SYNC OFF


Beyond the Limits of the Scanout

It’s already been established that single, tear-free frame delivery is limited by the scanout, and V-SYNC OFF can defeat it by allowing more than one frame scan per scanout. That said, how much of an input lag advantage can be had over G-SYNC, and how high must the framerate be sustained above the refresh rate to diminish tearing artifacts and justify the difference?

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

Quite high. Counting first on-screen reactions, V-SYNC OFF already has a slight input lag advantage (up to a 1/2 frame) over G-SYNC at the same framerate, especially the lower the refresh rate, but it actually takes a considerable increase in framerate above the given refresh rate to widen the gap to significant levels. And while the reductions may look significant in bar chart form, even with framerates in excess of 3x the refresh rate, and when measured at middle screen (crosshair-level) only, V-SYNC OFF actually has a limited advantage over G-SYNC in practice, and most of it is in areas that one could argue, for the average player, are comparatively useless when something such as a viewmodel’s wrist is updated 1-3ms faster with V-SYNC OFF.

This is where the refresh rate/sustained framerate ratio factors in:

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 shown in the above diagrams, the true advantage comes when V-SYNC OFF can allow not just two, but multiple frame scans in a single scanout. Unlike syncing solutions, with V-SYNC OFF, the frametime is not paced to the scanout, and a frame will begin scanning in as soon as it’s rendered, regardless whether the previous frame scan is still in progress. At 144Hz with 1000 FPS, for instance, this means with a sustained frametime of 1ms, the display updates nearly 7 times in a single scanout.

In fact, at 240Hz, first on-screen reactions became so fast at 1000 FPS and 0 FPS, that the inherit delay in my mouse and display became the bottleneck for minimum measurements.

So, for competitive players, V-SYNC OFF still reigns supreme in the input lag realm, especially if sustained framerates can exceed the refresh rate by 5x or more. However, while at higher refresh rates, visible tearing artifacts are all but eliminated at these ratios, it can instead manifest as microstutter, and thus, even at its best, V-SYNC OFF still can’t match the consistency of G-SYNC frame delivery.



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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?

BlackStorm82
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BlackStorm82

(Gsync off/Gsync not supported) 144hz 144fps CAP(ingame) (no v-sync) this

144hz 139fps cap(ingame) (no v-sync)
Is it correct to lose input lag than condition?

If I turn off v-sync, is it the same as 139 or 144 cap?
Is a 139fps limit good for 144hz even on a regular monitor? in a v-sync off.
Sorry for the beginner. i love blurbusters

ezidifn
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ezidifn

i have a 144hz AMD freesync monitor. How should i get the leasy amount pf input lah? By enabling G sync on nvidia and cap hz at 142/141?

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