Running Gsync on the Razer Raptor 27

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The new Razer Raptor 27, unveiled by Razer during CES 2019, is a 27” 144Hz Free sync monitor which looks amazing and has best cable management for a monitor in the industry.

This makes the new Razer Raptor 27 one of the top contenders in 2019. There’s no denying how good this monitor looks. Yes, it might not be the best monitor on the market, nor is it cheap. But coming in at $700, it is not as expensive as LG’s 34GK950F.

There’s one catch though. For the time being, Razer only offers this monitor with Freesync. Thus, if you currently use an Nvidia card, which is essential if you want Raytracing, you won’t be able to take advantage of native Gsync.

The good news is that as of Nvidia Geforce driver 417.71, you will be able to turn on G-Sync on a Freesync monitor. You will have to have an Nvidia 10xx or 20xx to be able to run Gsync on a Freesync monitor. The question then is whether you’ll experience any flickering or artefacts. The answer to this question depends on the quality of the panel and how responsive the panel is. Sometimes, the difference between a Freesync and Gsync monitor is the addition of the Gsync chip supplied by Nvidia to enable Gsync. Depending on the version of the Gsync chip used, certain limitations might be imposed on the performance of the Gsync enabled monitor when compared to its Freesync counterpart. Even though the panels are the same, the Gsync monitor might be able to support a lower frequency: 120Hz (Overdrive) rather than 144Hz. Worse colour reproduction might also be a result of adding a Gsync chip: 8bit on Gsync versus 10bit on Freesync. This reality can be easily seen when comparing LG’s 34GK950F to the LG 34GK950G.

LG 34GK950F-B Back

Considering that Razer’s panel is able to deliver 144Hz at 5ms response time, and keeping in mind that Razer’s display panel might also be used for its future Gsync counterpart, it is highly possible that the Razer Raptor 27 will be able to support Gsync even though it is not officially supported by Nvidia yet.

To fully confirm whether the Razer Raptor 27 would not show signs of artefacts or flickering when running Gsync we would have to test the monitor. But that can only be done once we have the monitor available on our desk. Until then, we can only speculate that the monitor very likely would be able to support Gsync without any problems.