NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Ultimate certification used to be reserved for gaming monitors that are capable of at least 1,000 nits of brightness (i.e., VESA DisplayHDR 1000), but that’s no longer the case. As spotted by PC Monitors, that requirement was removed sometime in November and replaced with something much more vague: “Lifelike HDR.”
Old: Features the latest NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to deliver the very best gaming experience, including HDR, over 1000-nits brightness, stunning contrast, cinematic color, and ultra-low latency gameplay.
Revised: Features the top NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to deliver the very best gaming experience, including lifelike HDR, stunning contrast, cinematic color, and ultra-low latency gameplay.
It isn’t clear what NVIDIA means by its new “Lifelike HDR” classification, but the company’s official list of G-SYNC Ultimate gaming monitors already includes various displays that aren’t capable of reaching 1,000 nits. What this means is that the G-SYNC Ultimate badge has become a lot less useful for determining what a certified monitor’s HDR capabilities are.
Look at the difference between this page (https://t.co/xbQ0rQDuQn) now vs. all the way back in… November 2020. Subtle removal of reference to 'Best HDR 1000 nits' and changed to 'Lifelife HDR' – without telling anybody. pic.twitter.com/mayHvebhfQ— PC Monitors (@pcmonitors) January 17, 2021