Freesync and G-Sync are two sides of the same coin but they have been at the forefront of the debate when it comes to a standard for adaptive sync technology. Cases can be made for either of them but there hasn’t been a clear winner adoption wise.
FreeSync – The Open Standard
Most of the low-end high refresh rate monitors actually come with freesync support. That’s because they are cheaper to implement. Freesync is built into the DisplayPort 1.2a standard but does require additional scaler hardware to work. But many manufacturers are licensed to make the hardware, and that keeps the pricing competitive.
This standard is exclusive to Nvidia and it is heavily standardized. Manufacturers need to install a specific scaler module to implement G-Sync in their monitors, which is pricey. Although G-Sync performs better and has a bigger range.
Nvidia Finally Supports Freesync
Nvidia refused to implement freesync all these years even though it was an open source standard. They could have enabled it with a single driver update, but that would have hurt their revenues from G-Sync sales.
Finally, they have come around, announcing support for the freesync standard in their CES keynote this year. Nvidia will push out a driver update on 15th Jan which will enable Freesync on their cards.
- Acer XFA240
- Acer XG270HU
- Acer XV273K
- Acer XZ321Q
- Agon AG241QG4
- AOC G2590FX
- Asus MG278Q
- Asus XG248
- Asus VG258Q
- Asus XG258
- Asus VG278Q
- BenQ XL2740
These are the monitors Nvidia will support officially, but you can enable it from the control panel manually.
What It Means Going Forward
Nvidia is the biggest player in the consumer GPU space and their adoption of the Freesync standard will definitely help players with existing Freesync monitors. We will also see a lot more monitors coming out with Freesync in the next few months.
This doesn’t mean G-Sync will phase out. There’s no doubt that Nvidia’s implementation is better than the open standard so G-Sync will still continue to dominate the upper end.
Adaptive Sync technology enables butter-smooth frame rates for gaming, and it will be supported in #Gen11 graphics as well as other advanced display capabilities. #IntelArchitectureDay pic.twitter.com/2OW56iIx1W
— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) December 12, 2018
Even Intel announced last year that their Gen 11 integrated GPUs would support Adaptive-Sync (Freesync). Adoption of a single standard greatly benefits the consumers, enabling them to make purchases without having to worry about hardware support.