VESA Adaptive-Sync supports dual refresh rate monitors

Dual-Mode monitors are the new hotness.

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced that its updating its Adaptive-Sync specification for gaming monitors. Version 1.1a will usher in a new logo and bring a new testing procedure for new Dual-Mode monitors.

Previously, many users faced the hard choice between high refresh rates or high resolution with no compromise. At last, this limitation will finally be a thing of the past thanks to this new feature. Users can soon play story-driven games at 4K 144Hz, or switch to 1080p 280Hz when playing competitive titles.

The new certification clearly categorises Dual-Mode displays, which operate at different maximum refresh rates when you alter the resolution. You can quickly identify compatible monitors with the new logo showcasing two different specs side-by-side (image below). For example, it may show 144 above 2160p and 280 above 1080p, indicating a monitor capable of running 4K 144Hz and HD at 280Hz.

VESA Adaptive-Sync certification.

Furthermore, Adaptive-Sync Display v1.1a allows manufacturers to achieve higher refresh rate certifications on panels that support overclocking or ‘fast modes’ that are off by default. These models must undergo rigorous compliance tests using both the factory default settings and overclocking mode. This is very important since not all panels can deliver those extra hertz.

This certification is perfectly timed for the upcoming release of Dual-Hz/Dual-Mode displays. We have seen announcements from LG and its UltraGear lineup, with Asus also planning compatible products. We can expect more display announcements with this feature soon.