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[–] Zidota 3 points 13 points (+16|-3) ago 

Neither. Over-hyped, inflated technology that takes a bunch of crap to work and obsoletes your stuff. It's also, not going to be picked up as an industry standard. It's a luxury item.

Maybe once the tech improves and I actually don't need to throw out things to use it.

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[–] SlimSpaceman 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Since when does something new make your old stuff obsolete? You yourself decide when something stops being good enough for you.

FreeSync is a royalty free technology, that can be implemented into a monitors controller to remove tearing and stuttering to the degree of the manufacturers will. I can't see a bad thing about it. There are even monitors, that have received the FreeSync upgrade afterwards through firmware.

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[–] dalek_caan 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Totally agree. Another overpriced piece of technology. And its impact is not that big.

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[–] lobust ago 

I have to disagree. I have a freesync setup and it works well. The biggest difference is when running 60fps and below (easy to do with a single card and max details at 1440p), motion is noticeably smoother and more consistent.

Also it doesn't require a "bunch of crap" to work, the controller and firmware in the screen just has to support it. As it's now an adopted extension to vesa there's nothing stopping more monitor manufacturers from adding it. Unlike G-Sync there is no special hardware in the monitor itself.

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[–] BeautifulInside 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Eliminates tearing without VSync stutter, a luxury item? I beg to differ. It doesn't require "a bunch of crap". I don't even know what you're talking about there. Plug your monitor in, activate the feature in your graphics control panel and voilà, it works.

As for the differences between the two, I heard there are some, mostly related to the lowest frequency at which the system can work. Both bring a serious visual improvement regardless, so I'd guess FSync will become dominant.

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[–] lagadu 1 point 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

One is free and was adopted as part of the vesa standards while g-sync is neither. Seems a fairly straightforward choice really.

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[–] SlimSpaceman 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Exactly. I liked the idea of G-Sync at first, but seeing that other manufacturers had implemented the technology before that without a special controller, I ceased to see the point. FreeSync is the way to go for sure. It's only a shame that Nvidia will probably take a while to enable it on their cards.

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[–] NeonMan 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I tend to side with AMD by default because of nVidia tactics in the past/present.

This two techs are essentially the same so I'll side with AMD on this.

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[–] Gragorin 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I'm sorta with you on this as I've seen Nvidia just pull one to many questionable stunts for me to really trust them. It's hard to point to any one specific incident and say that was the defining movement as it's just been more of steady build-up of things for me.

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[–] Nite1 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Pretty much the same thing; the noticeable gain from just having one of the two is already hard to notice, the difference between the two will be neigh impossible to notice. I always get nvidia gpu's so my choice is simple and I think this goes for many people, your favorite gpu maker will dictate the choice of g-or free-sync.

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[–] ShaHadien 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Just like any other battle of technology, there will be pros and cons for both.

Humbly I think it's still too early for anyone to even make a proper list for either one, though.

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[–] Circular_Reasoning 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Having two competing techs is a shame. Of course non propitiatory (Freesync) would be ideal. But when one finally 'wins' the marketplace will be a better place. I really hate the idea of being locked into one brand if I buy said monitor.....

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[–] Gragorin ago 

While the idea of G-Sync sounds nice, the fact that FreeSync is a part of the standard and is more open means it's really a no-brainer for me. That should mean that we should see more availability of FreeSync compatible displays in the long term I hope as it should be easier to include in the monitor without a price-premium and the dedicated hardware that G-Sync requires.

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[–] earn504 ago 

I'd say get what ever video card you can afford then get a monitor that your gpu will work with. If you can't afford a G-Sync / Freesync right now then don't worry about it. The only one I've used is G-Sync and it's great for games that fluctuate frame rates. It's worth every penny specially as time goes on and your gpu gets older it will really make newer games more playable.

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[–] KeyboardFrenzy ago 

FreeSync. I simply can't abide the closed source anti-consumer nature of GSync. Yes, it has some benefits, but not for the cost and the vendor lock. We deserve better, and the royalty free VESA standard adaptation is MUCH more consumer friendly imo, and makes it a clear winner.

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