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How to fix screen tearing without V-Sync? Nvidia card

Hello guys,

I recently bought my first gaming PC. (Nvidia GTX 750 TI, Intel i3 4160) Wasn't really planning on using it for big new triple A titles, so mostly games like League of Legends and some steam games. When I first started playing League on my new pc I turned off V-Sync to see my maximal fps (around 250), but noticed a lot of screen tearing. Even when setting the fps cap to 60 (my monitor's refresh rate) I can still notice it, which I find pretty weird.

I really don't want to enable V-Sync because it causes input lag, even with adaptive V-Sync and triple buffering enabled.

So the weird thing is that my brother which almost had the same setup (Nvidia GTX 750 TI, Intel i5, exact same Philips monitor) does not have this issue. Another friend with a gaming pc also does not have this issue and, like my brother, can play on uncapped without problems. The only other difference I can think of is that my brother downloaded Nvidia Geforce experience from the internet and I downloaded it from a disc. (I already updated my driver and tried to reinstall it by downloading it again and choosing advanced settings and then clean install, but have no idea if this works) (I think i first downloaded it on recommended settings)

I would like for my pc to work the same as my brother's. So if someone has an idea on how to fix this screen tearing I would greatly appreciate it! (I am a big noob when it comes to PCs so please explain it as if I am pretty stupid). I really feel bummed out since I would've expected to just play with high fps on max settings like others.

P.s. My brother used to have an issue where the screen would 'scroll', kinda like an old tv when he first played it uncapped, but now he doesn't have this anymore. I think I can also see this if I play on uncapped.

I hope someone can enlighten me :)
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    If these issues aren't hardware specific (looking at your bros pc) then it will be due to software. And even when you cap it it doesn't work. This maybe a problem with YOUR specific hardware, so even though you are your bro's GPU's are the same your card may be faulty. Try using a different video cable (e.g. DVI-D instead of HDMI) else you may be looking at a different video card. If you do choose to get a different GPU I recommend going with the r9 285 (similar size and spec) you can then use AMD free sync which has several advantages over V-Sync.

    Hope this helps, good luck!
  2. Snowsnooks said:
    If these issues aren't hardware specific (looking at your bros pc) then it will be due to software. And even when you cap it it doesn't work. This maybe a problem with YOUR specific hardware, so even though you are your bro's GPU's are the same your card may be faulty. Try using a different video cable (e.g. DVI-D instead of HDMI) else you may be looking at a different video card. If you do choose to get a different GPU I recommend going with the r9 285 (similar size and spec) you can then use AMD free sync which has several advantages over V-Sync.

    Hope this helps, good luck!


    Alright, I guess i'll try using a DVI cable or I will contact the company I bought the graphics card from. Thx for the help!

    Btw, my brother just told me he also experiences screen tearing, but only above 80/100 fps, so not at 60. Don't know if this tells you anything?
  3. First, about your "input lag", try to lower your buffer settings, triple buffer only increase the lag, this setting will increase lowest fps but you don't need now.
    About the tear: Try reset your Nvidia settings. Open Nvidia control panel, then "manage 3D settings", then click "restore", then "apply". Now try your game again. If not work, try force V-sync in "manage 3D settings": set "vertical sync" to "on" and apply it, this will override the setting in your game.
  4. Do you guys think installing Nvidia inspector will help?
    As shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syE55-jEzb8

    Or maybe indeed use an DVI cable instead of a VGA? I really want to know if that would work before I invest money in it.
  5. First of all, triple buffer reduces input lag but not by much. Also, try playing the game on borderless mode. It locks the games refresh rate on the desktops refresh rate without activating v-sync. Nvidia Inspector will help, but putting the game on borderless mode will be a better option. If you're playing steam games, usually you can add the launch parameters like "-windowed - borderless" to any games that has a source engine and it would play the game on windowed mode, but there wouldn't be any borders because you've set it to borderless mode. If you don't have any idea on what the hell I'm talking about, please refer to this [link]
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