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A new product label should make it easier to buy good monitors with VRR

If you’re looking for a monitor that supports variable refresh rate (VRR), the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced that it’s easier to determine which models to consider.

VESA Adaptive-Sync Display Compliance Test Specification (also known as Adaptive-Sync Display CTS) is a new certification program that puts VRR displays through a series of tests to look at the raw performance of a monitor’s VRR technology, looking for things like shake, dropped frames and flicker.

As a reminder, Variable Refresh Rate is a technology that synchronizes the refresh rate of the screen with the game output, allowing games to run at lower or higher FPS than the screen and mitigating glitches. such as screen tearing.

It wouldn’t be the first time that VESA stepped in to create a certification program. In 2017, VESA announced a HDR Certification Program which focused on things like maximum brightness on HDR-capable displays.

VESA is transparent about the tests it will put monitors through, going as far as make criteria and the official document of the public specifications. In addition to a new AdaptiveSync program, VESA also announced a new MediaSync program; the big difference between them is that AdaptiveSync focuses more on displays optimized for gaming, while MediaSync focuses on monitors designed for content creation or video playback.

Similar to monitors that go through testing for things like G-Sync and FreeSync, if a monitor passes the MediaSync or AdaptiveSync tests, VESA will assign the monitor a sticker, as seen in the image below.

What the stickers will look like if a VRR screen passes the VESA certification test. (Picture: VESA)

The list of AdaptiveSync certified products is currently small, with just nine screens, like the LG UltraGear GP950 27-inch 4K gaming monitor. It is more than likely that monitors from other display manufacturers will be on the list later.

Taylor is the Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.