Multisync Monitor

What Does Multisync Monitor Mean?

A multisync monitor is a type of monitor that can properly synchronize with multiple vertical and horizontal scan frequency standards, as opposed to a fixed-frequency monitor, which can only synchronize with a single vertical and horizontal frequency. This flexibility means that users no longer have to upgrade or change monitors to use new graphics standards.


A multisync monitor is also known as a multiscan monitor or multiscanning monitor.

Techopedia Explains Multisync Monitor

A multisync monitor is a display device that can display images across a wide range of resolution and refresh rates, rather than being compatible with only one. The name is essentially a combination of the words "multiple" and "synchronization," as it is able to conform to most of the display standards commonly used. This type of monitor was developed in the 1980s, just as computers started to withdraw from early standards such as NTSC, GCA and PAL, and move on to higher scan-rate display standards such as VGA, SVGA and EVGA.

A multisync monitor does not need to support all standards, just the most prevalent ones. By the late 1990s, multisync monitors became the standard for most computer monitors, with the most common resolutions at that time being 1024×768 and 800×600 at 65 Hz of refresh rate. Modern monitors support a variety of resolutions, the most common of which are the HD resolutions of 1080p and 720p; they also support continuous refresh rates.


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