Nvidia has made available the G-SYNC DIY Upgrade kits for the ASUS VG248QE monitor available in their store, unfortunately they can be ordered only by people living in the US or Canada (as previously announced). The kit is being sold for $199 USD and you need to already have the monitor available in order to upgrade it to support the new G-SYNC technology. According to Nvidia the installation process should take approximately 30 minutes and it essentially covers the complete replacement of the LCD driver board and the power supply that the ASUS VG248QE uses with the ones included in the Upgrade kit.
January 15th, 2014 · 4 Comments · General 3D News
January 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · General 3D News
Just a few days ago I was talking about Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology and the fact that the early DIY upgrade modules are still not widely available, not to mention that there was also not a lot of information regarding the first wave of monitors that are supposed to come out with G-SYNC support built-in. Well, in the Nvidia CES Press Event the company has revealed a bit more information about the G-SYNC tech, namely the Q2 availability from Acer, AOC, ASUS, BEnQ, Philps and ViewSonic. And on the slide that Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has shown you can also see that we are getting not only 24″ and 27″ displays with 1080p resolution that will support G-SYNC, but there will be also 27-inch models with 2560×1440 resolution. There is no hint however if these higher resolution models will feature higher refresh rate than 60Hz or if there will be 3D Vision support, in fact there was nothing about 3D Vision mentioned along with the G-SYNC talk in the press event, though the G-SYNC part was not the main focus either. We already know that Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology is compatible with 3D Vision, but the two technologies can be available and work separately as well, so there is no guarantee that we are going to see higher resolution displays with stereoscopic 3D support coming with G-SYNC support as well. The same goes for 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate on displays with resolution higher than Full HD that, even though the Display Port interface used for G-SYNC is already capable of supporting this, so we’ll have to wait and see when display manufacturers start announcing their new products with G-SYNC technology later this year.
Meanwhile if you are interested in more details about the G-SYNC DIY Upgrade modules – what they are and how they are installed, then you might want to take a look at the review that the guys at PC Perspective have just published. In it they show in quite a lot details what the upgrade kit is and the installation process, though unfortunately you still cannot get the module only and install it yourself as so far it is only been offered though just a few companies that provide the installation service or sell you an already modified product. I’ve already discussed the official Nvidia partners in a previous post, so I’ll just mention the fact that the G-SYNC DIY Upgrade Kits are still only available in US. And with the just announced expected Q2 availability of monitors with built-in G-SYNC support you might want to wait for these to become available, than to consider getting an upgrade kit or modified version of the ASUS VG248QE monitor…
December 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments · General 3D News
Nvidia has promised that by the end of the year they will have the G-Sync DIY Upgrade modules available to the most eager enthusiasts that want to get their hands on the technology as early as possible and they kind of delivered on that promise. The G-Sync DIY upgrade module is intended for owners of ASUS VG248QE monitors that want to upgrade their displays or for people that are interested in buying already upgraded monitors with the module installed by professionals. And I’m saying that they kind of delivered on their promise, because currently there are 4 partners of Nvidia that supposedly offer either an upgrade services to make your ASUS VG248QE monitor G-Sync ready or to sell you an already upgraded monitor. The problem is that all of these four companies are US-based and while with some you might be able to get an overseas delivery, the shipment of a $500 US dollars monitor would end up quite expensive when you add all the taxes on top of the price.
The first two: Falcon Northwest and MAINGEAR are only selling new computers where you can add a G-Sync modified ASUS VG248QE monitor along with your PC for about $500 US or a bit more. The other two companies DigitalStorm and Overlord Computer can either sell you a new G-Sync modified monitor only for about $500 US or a bit less or modify your own monitor (you need to send it to them) for $299 US or a bit less. The option for purchasing the DIY module only directly and installing it yourself if you are a good technical guy is still not available. Hopefully in January 2014 we are going to see better availability of the G-Sync DIY upgrade modules including availability not only in US, so people that live in Europe and other countries could also have access of the technology and the benefits it offers. Also in the first quarter of the new year we are probably going to see announcements for new G-Sync-enabled monitors, so you might want to wait a bit more and get one of those now anyway…
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