LG’s 2019 OLEDs Are G-SYNC Compatible Now

LG’s 2019 OLEDs Are G-SYNC Compatible Now
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It’s been a bit quiet on the TV front in the last few months, thanks to the massive elephant in the room: 8K. The new consoles aren’t out until next year, and we’re still waiting for the best technologies like OLED to drop down to an affordable price point.

But LG has dropped a neat surprise: their existing 2019 OLED TVs have been validated through Nvidia’s G-SYNC compatibility process, making them a nice option for anyone who wants a decent large-size gaming screen.

Nvidia has been working on large format low-latency displays for a while, but there’s two problems. They’re expensive as all hell, and they’re basically not available in Australia. Big screen TVs, on the other hand, are available just about everywhere. The main kicker is that the input lag and response time isn’t anywhere close to what you’d want from a gaming-first screen.

So the news that Nvidia has validated LG’s 2019 OLED models is very, very interesting. In a release amidst all the post-IFA news, LG said their 55-inch and 65-inch E9 screens, and the 55/65/75-inch C9 screens are all now G-SYNC compatible.

“The TVs offer an ultra-fast response time with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Input lag – which can make the difference between victory and defeat – is barely perceptible at a 6 milliseconds range for 1440p content at 120 Hz and 13 milliseconds range for 4K content at 60 Hz,” LG said in a release. The compatibility will be rolled out via a firmware update in “select markets” over the coming weeks, which is expected to include Australia given the TV’s availability locally.

Nvidia added that HDMI variable refresh rate support is being rolled out to their 20-series RTX GPUs. Variable refresh rate support is baked into the HDMI 2.1 standard that’s appeared in most TVs from 2019, but none of the RTX cards support HDMI 2.1. AMD’s recently released Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT only support HDMI 2.0, and we won’t see HDMI 2.1 support until the launch of next year’s Navi hardware (since the next Xbox and PS5 will support HDMI 2.1 by default).

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Of course, it’s still worth asking: is it better to grab a 2019 model now, knowing that 4K/60Hz is the most those current screens can achieve, or wait until 2021-2022 when 4K/120Hz is more standardised, and input latencies at that range are even lower? It depends on your exact gaming needs, but the fact that the question is becoming more complicated is a nice problem to have. Monitors and TVs are expensive enough as-is, and nothing brings down price better than competition.


  • I’m not sold that 8K is going to be as relevant as the manufacturers want us to believe. To get any real benefit over 4K, you’re going to be wanting a 100″ tele or more, probably closer to 120″. Below that the pixel density just doesnt deliver any great improvements that I can tell.

    That doesnt mean there arent any, but like 1080p v 4K at the lower screen sizes, its less noticeable. A 100″ tele is basically a wall by the way, 4x the size of a 50″ tele. If people are looking at an 80″ screen or bigger, sure, wait for 8K, but thats going to come with a price tag that puts those customers into their own category. For us normal plebs eyeing off 60″ to 70″ as a max, not so much, but the benefits arent there either.

    I think 4K with better refresh is a better goal for us (ie the 4K/120 Hz models), which is where this story is more relevant. Look at these as a 10 year investment. Worst case, 8K really delivers something at a good price, and it ends up elsewhere, but I cant see that really happening until the back end of that 10 years anyway.

    By the way @alexwalker, typo near the end. Probably need to be waiting for 2021-22 rather than 2011-12… Unless this is a 10 year old story being reposted :p

    • With some of the 4K-8K upscaling we’ve seen already, I’m not so sure. I’ve done a couple of 8K briefings this year already, at CES and more recently with LG, but the kicker has been the content. Replaying older 1080p content and bringing it up doesn’t really show it in the best light, so I’m keen to see what happens when we get games specifically tuned to take advantage of 8K in some circumstances, or at least better primed for viewing at that res.

      4K with better refresh is definitely where my eye is at for now, but again, it’ll still be 2021-2022 (not 2011, lol, thanks for that!) when those models start to become super affordable.

      Fun aside: apparently 75-inch is becoming the most popular screen size in Australia now, and that’s something all the TV manufacturers keep talking about (and have done over the past year). But “most popular” could also just mean the size segment with the most growth; nobody’s gone on the record with precise figures yet to really back that up.

      • It’ll be a price argument. I’ve seen some pretty good 4k-8k upscaling on a 65″ panel recently so I think the market will come if its available, but those screens really need to start at $3k absolute tops.

      • It’s interesting the huge sizes are becoming so popular – I personally want a high quality screen under 50”. A huge screen would dwarf our living room, which isn’t exactly a shoebox. I was keen for the Samsung Series 8 TVs but 55” is the smallest size.

      • apparently 75-inch is becoming the most popular screen size in Australia now,I wonder if that’s because a lot of people will think a 75″ budget brand television for $1500 is better value than a 55-65″ television for $2500 from a more established brand? You know – the people who can’t tell the difference between DVDs and blu-ray.

  • the HDMI 2.1 standard that’s appeared in most TVs from 2019

    Pretty sure LG is the only brand offering HDMI 2.1 for 2019 models.

  • 8k might be relevant if we have a MASSIVE revolution in graphics processing power at cheap customer level pricing.. basically won’t happen, ww3 will come before then…

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