Here today I am going to talk about the pros and cons of both versions of these implementations. As you all know G-Sync is a nVidia branded version and Free-sync is an AMD. As of right now there is a handful of G-Sync monitors and there is no Free-sync monitors at the present time but there has been 20 monitors that will be released in 2015.
Both implementations both remove input lag, stutter and tearing while keeping the frames butter smooth at even sub 60FPS to as low as 30-40 and all the way up to +90FPS.
Views on G-Sync
Currently there is 4 monitors available with the G-Sync module while there is more coming in the future. The most well known G-Sync monitor is the ASUS ROG Swift which is a 2560×1440 144hz monitor. While there is some that some people don’t want to get a 1440p monitor or have the hardware to push the pixels, there is also 1080p and also 4K resolutions as well. When nVidia first brought out G-Sync they brought out a module where you can install it in ASUS VG248QE at an additional $250 as a DIY kit and install it yourself, which is good for people who have that monitor. To get a monitor able to get the G-Sync module is pretty intense to make sure that nVidia have their branding on the monitor. As of this article the ROG Swift is $800USD at Newegg.
Views on Freesync
As of right now there is no Freesync monitors on the market but they will start being released as of March 2015. While they will be the same results as the G-Sync, Freesync has been adopted into the VESA standards of DisplayPort 1.2a. With the support of VESA adopting Freesync it means it will be open source as well as there will be no added cost to implement the technology and they will be able to pass those saving on to the consumers. While the way I see it, nVidia GPU’s would be able to use a Freesync monitor as long as the drivers have the support for it. Freesync is not just for the gamers it also has power saving purposes where if you are just browsing the internet you would not need the monitor to refresh every 0.0167s to keep the 60Hz, it will lower to the minimum that the monitor can still refresh at the lowest Hz that is supported. I did contact contact BenQGaming on twitter and they did say that their 2560×1440 144hz TN panel (rival to ROG Swift) is going to be around $549USD
The way I see it with either implementation of adaptive refresh rate/sync are great for the gamers as you won’t have to have use VSYNC which has too many problems once you turn it on. It comes down to who do you prefer for your GPU and also which you think will last the time and not be a fad. Either way I don’t want the technology to disappear as it will be a loss for the gamer. In saying that with fresh competition might drive the price down on those current market. Even if you buy or already have a G-Sync monitor it means you can right now use the adaptive refresh rate. There has also been some people who have hacked the drivers to make G-sync work on non G-Sync monitors. At the end of the day either Team Green or Team Red have something on the tables now and only us as consumers are going to benefit from all of this.