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What does Vertical SYNC do on my Graphics

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Hi , I have Just Got a Nvidia GeForce FX5200 which isnt that good on most games but i found it has VERTICAL SYNC and im not sure what it does it is set to off what will happen if i switch it on .. Any ideas Thanks
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From Wikipedia.org:

Vertical synchronization (abbreviated as vertical sync or V-sync) is a method used in computer games to only allow the game to draw to the screen starting at the beginning of a video scan. This limits the frame rate of the game to the monitor's refresh frequency and also prevents page tearing.

V-sync is often found in applications where frames forming a motion sequence are rendered in real time at a variable rate, including 2D/3D games and audio/data visualizations, but does not apply to video playback.

It is a good idea to switch it on, as most games use it.
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