FreeSync is Cheaper than G-Sync

FreeSync is Cheaper than G-Sync

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FreeSync is Cheaper than G-Sync


 AMD FreeSync Monitors have became available to pre-order on overclockers UK, and it seems a hell of a lot cheaper than Nvidia's G-Sync, at least when you compare Acer's XG277HU to ASUS's ROG Swift.

There are only two FreeSync monitors available for Pre-order right now, the 34" 21x9 LG 34UM67 monitor, which will cost £499.99 and the Acer's Predator XG277HU, a 27" TN, 144Hz, 1440p monitor which will cost £429.95. 


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 While LG's 34UM67 does not have a direct G-Sync competitor, Acer's Predator XG277HU certainly does. Reading the spec sheet a buyer could easily think they were reading the spec sheet of the ASUS ROG Swift. Both use TN Panel's support an adaptive framerate standard, have a resolution of 2560x1440, a refresh rate of 144Hz and a size of 27 inches.

The main difference between these monitors are the aesthetics and cost, the Acer FreeSync Predator XG277HU costs £429.95 while ASUS's G-Sync ROG Swift costs £599.99. This is a pricing difference of over £170 in favour of FreeSync. 


FreeSync is Cheaper than G-Sync


One thing we must also remember is that the prices for these FreeSync monitors are for Pre order and could change before launch, we must also remember that these monitors are not launched yet and that there will be more FreeSync monitors which will launch alongside the current models on Pre-order.

We will learn soon enough is FreeSync is cheaper than G-Sync when we see more monitors become available, especially when we start to see 1080p FreeSync monitors. All that we know right now is that when comparing similar models right now, FreeSync monitors have a lower price. 

We at OC3D really look forward to seeing how the monitor market evloves over the coming months as FreeSync monitors become more readily available. 


You can join the discussion on FreeSync's pricing compared to G-Sync on the OC3D Forums.  


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Most Recent Comments

27-01-2015, 08:04:38

Looking good! Let's hope the price Delta increases between gsync and freesync!
Also we need a review for one of these when they come out, right? Quote

27-01-2015, 08:33:46

On the link for the LG
**Price TBC: Do not order yet!**

27-01-2015, 08:36:57

I still think it will be cheaper. AMD in general always undercut Nvidia technology.Quote

27-01-2015, 11:16:26

Black Magic
excuse my lack of knowledge, but Freesync & G-Sync are the same? just branding / patent names right?

& if they are the same, I'd priories cheaper providing looks is better also. Sometimes, your just paying for the name.

interesting read though Quote

27-01-2015, 13:07:02

Originally Posted by Black Magic View Post
excuse my lack of knowledge, but Freesync & G-Sync are the same? just branding / patent names right?

& if they are the same, I'd priories cheaper providing looks is better also. Sometimes, your just paying for the name.

interesting read though
They are not the same and the same at the same time.
(refering to freesync as FS and G-sync as GS)

FS basically uses the new adaptive standard, in Displayport 1.2a, that they helped develop with VESA(article about it here) that is easier to implement than GS. Which in turn allows cheaper prices, ease of production(less problems inherently) and not a lot of actual hardware changes on the monitor side of things. It's an OPEN standard meaning anybody could use it for essentially free. GS on the other hand uses it's own custom scalar that is made by Nvidia, so all monitors must buy it from them and slightly redesign other things to get it to work(not much is changed but they still paid for it). It is not as easy to implement(just stated why) and since it is a propiertary technology developed and owned by Nvidia, they have full control of supply(who they give it to) and prices. Being the classy Nvidia prices are high. They use Displayport 1.2 which does not use Adaptive Framerate. Instead the GPU and Monitor sync up using the custom scalar in the monitor. So while it is not using the open VESA standard it is achieving it in a different way.. just the more expensive and difficult way.

AMD took the easy cheap route. Same thing in the end but done differently.

Now just to put it out there.. there is nothing stopping Nvidia cards from supporting FS. However it's Nvidia and they want to keep GS around as long as profitable.. makes sense from a business side of things but in reality they are not in a position to survive as long as FS due to the open standard that is easier/cheaper to improve then buying a whole new monitor to support GS 2.0 or whatever.Quote

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