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After Nvidia first unveiled G-Sync to the world, work on an open standard was well under way. Today, we know that standard as ‘FreeSync’, which enables variable refresh rates through DisplayPort and HDMI. Over the years, Nvidia users have been locked down to G-Sync and have been unable to take advantage of cheaper FreeSync monitors, but this week, two work arounds have come to light for the first time.
Recently on Reddit, two users have come forward with different methods of tricking an Nvidia GPU to work with FreeSync. The key thing to remember is that in both cases, you will need some AMD hardware. The first method comes from Reddit user ‘bryf50’ and involves having two graphics cards in your system, an AMD one and an Nvidia one. The AMD card would need to be your display driver but in some games, you can switch between the rendering GPU. In these cases, you can load up a game on a FreeSync monitor with a Radeon GPU first and then switch to the Nvidia GPU in-game, which will leave FreeSync active. So for instance, you could pick up a cheap Radeon RX 500 series graphics card for your system and bypass Nvidia’s roadblock.
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