The California Energy Commission has proposed Energy regulations A gaming monitor in place (like On the game desktop) The purpose is to improve their efficiency.This may cause some companies to be unable to ship certain gaming monitors to California due to high power consumption, similar to Dell cannot ship some Alienware gaming desktops For the same reason.
This strategy takes into account the maximum power consumption of the display, the energy consumed when it is turned off and in sleep state, and the screen size (the larger the size, the looser the regulations). The law of energy also considers OLED panels and curved displays.
But this is not all. By expanding to G-Sync Ultimate and FreeSync panels, these categories are more in-depth, and each panel has specific regulations. The extra hardware in the G-Sync Ultimate monitor consumes extra power, which is the reason for the difference between FreeSync and G-Sync Ultimate.
California’s measurement is mainly based on Energy Star’s recommendations on power efficiency. All display tests were done at 200 nits brightness.
In fact, the new energy restrictions that apply to displays manufactured on or after January 1, 2021 require displays to be 15-20% more efficient (with less power consumption) than previous regulations.
Idle wattage is a major issue in California, as new regulations require gaming monitors to consume 1.2 watts or less when running in sleep mode or shutdown mode.
In a recent YouTube video, JayzTwoCents It was discovered that G-Sync monitors may have major problems in meeting this requirement. All G-Sync monitors he tested consume nearly 15 watts in idle or off state.
If the JayzTwoCents test is established, any G-Sync monitor with this kind of raffle function, if produced in 2021, may not be sold in California because it does not meet the 1.2-watt idle mode.
California State “The manufacturer may enable additional features even if they are turned off during testing.” This means that any additional functions, such as G-Sync, RGB LED (for aesthetics, not display), KVM switches, etc., will not be supervised as long as they are turned off during the test.
This may be the way Nvidia and its display partners put the G-Sync Ultimate monitor on the shelf: by turning off the G-Sync module during testing.
If this is the case, California’s new energy regulations are unlikely to have any impact on new gaming monitors. However, don’t be surprised if some models become unavailable in the coming weeks or months due to new regulations.