Nvidia quietly adjusts HDR requirement for G-Sync Ultimate

Nvidia appears to have lowered the requirements for monitors to qualify for a G-Sync Ultimate certificate, without giving any publicity about this. No longer is a maximum screen brightness of 1000cd/m² required.

Where Nvidia still spoke of ‘Best HDR 1000 nits’ in its communication with the announcement of G-Sync Ultimate in 2019, the text on that label’s current site has been adjusted to ‘Lifelike HDR’. noted PC Monitors. Not only that, during CES 2021, manufacturers also announced some monitors that had received the G-Sync Ultimate certificate, but that had a lower maximum screen brightness.

Nvidia highlighted a few itself, such as the MSI MEG MEG381CQR and LG 34GP950G, both of which have a maximum screen brightness of 600cd/m². The list of G-Sync Ultimate certified monitors includes more models with lower brightness, such as the Dell Alienware AW2721D, also a DisplayHDR 600 monitor.

G-Sync Ultimate is the name Nvidia introduced to high-end monitors with its hardware G-Sync module and HDR support. Displays without that module but with support for Adaptive Sync from the VESA, the company considers ‘G-Sync Compatible’. Monitors that do have a G-Sync module, but less high-end specifications than the Ultimate models, may simply carry a G-Sync designation from Nvidia.

On the left the table for G-Sync Ultimate before November 2020, on the right after