Rejoice all you gamers in the PC Master Race, because some very good things are coming to the monitor market. AMD’s submission to the VESA standards body has been successful and the organisation will go on to add in a new feature to the Displayport 1.2a standard to be rolled out by monitor manufacturers in the future that will ship their units with modern scalers and a Displayport connection.
Just what is that feature? Why, its variable refresh rates, of course! Nvidia’s proprietary solution is called G-Sync and requires a custom scaler chip and the use of specific monitors and Geforce graphics cards, while AMD’s version, now called Adaptive-Sync, will be available on most monitors with a Displayport connection shipping in late 2014, provided the manufacturers enable the feature and don’t use older hardware.