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Posts tagged “FreeSync”

Feature: Displays for today

Best gaming monitor 2019: Top 1080p, 1440p and 4K HDR displays

It's tempting to cut corners when buying a new gaming monitor, especially if you've already spent hundreds of pounds or dollars upgrading your PC or shelling out for one of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s. But your monitor is arguably one of the most important parts of your entire setup. After all, there's no point buying a fancy graphics card when your gaming display…

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Feature: Variable refresh rate techs explained

G-Sync vs FreeSync vs G-Sync Compatible: What you need to know

Take a look at any of our [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"] recommendations and you'll find almost all of them have support for either AMD FreeSync or Nvidia's G-Sync variable refresh rate technology. But what exactly is G-Sync and FreeSync and why are they so important for gaming? Well, I'm here to answer all your burning G-Sync FreeSync questions. Below you'll find out what each…

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Feature: Getting in sync

Every G-Sync Compatible monitor confirmed so far and how to enable G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor

Ever since Nvidia introduced G-Sync in 2013, the only way to take advantage of their super smooth, variable refresh rate tech was to buy a dedicated (and rather expensive) Nvidia G-Sync gaming monitor. Now, however, Nvidia have introduced their G-Sync Compatible standard so that Nvidia graphics card owners with cheaper AMD FreeSync monitors can still get a cut-down version of G-Sync without having to upgrade…

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Feature: The competition for best budget 4K monitor just got a little bit hotter

AOC G2868PQU review: 4K gaming on a budget

If you've been thinking about upgrading to a 4K gaming monitor recently, then the good news is that you needn't spend upwards of £2500 / $2500 on something like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ or Acer Predator X27 to get one that's halfway decent. Indeed, you can happily shave off one of those zeroes and get the brilliant value for money BenQ EL2870U, or even…

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Feature: Also with added RGB lighting

Viewsonic Elite XG240R review: A 144Hz FreeSync monitor that’s G-Sync a go-go

When it comes to 24in AMD FreeSync gaming monitors with high 144Hz refresh rates, there are few that do it better than AOC's G2460PF. An oldie but a goodie, this £209 / $190 height-adjustable gaming display has long been the [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"] to buy in this particular category, but today a new contender has stepped up to the plate in the form…

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In sync at last: Nvidia’s new driver that enables G-Sync on your Freesync is out now

There's a twist in the tale of the today's latest Nvidia driver, as it finally adds support for FreeSync monitors. For years now, there's been a GeForce tax if you wanted a screen with Nvidia's brand of adaptive sync - that is, the one that can adjust its refresh rate, and therefore in-game frame rate, with wild abandon, and more importantly without that icky screen-tearing…

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Prepare to be blinded by Philips’ 1000nit 4K FreeSync 2 monitor

Who knew late April was the time for oodles of monitor announcements, eh? Well, if yesterday's news of the FreeSync 2-equipped AOC AGON AG322QC4 didn't make your eyes pop out of their sockets, then the jumbo Philips 436M6VBPAB almost certainly will thanks to its blinding max brightness of 1000cd/m2. This giant 43in VA panel is the first of a new line of Momentum monitors from Philips, and is the first…

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Feature: Cheap and cheerful

AOC G2460VQ6 review: 75Hz gaming on a budget

Given they share all but three of the same letters, you'd think the AOC G2460VQ6 would be pretty similar to the G2460PF I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. To some extent, they are - both share an almost identical outward appearance with an understated red stripe down the lower bezel, and each has a 24in TN panel that supports AMD's adaptive frame-rate technology, FreeSync, which…

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Feature: In sync with your budget

AOC G2460PF review: Superb 144Hz gaming for £170

Take one look at the AOC G2460PF’s price of £170 (at time of writing) and you’d probably think it was a pretty standard kind of display. After all, 24in Full HD monitor prices often start around the £100-200 mark, and you can find several screens around the same £170 mark that don't have anything to shout about other than a mildly adjustable stand. AOC's G2460PF, however,…

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Feature: 33 million pixels...

8K non-gaming and the importance of pixels

Yes, yes, I know 8K gaming is an utter irrelevance. Frankly, 4K remains a niche gaming resolution. But hang with me. 8K monitors are popping up from major manufacturers and with them the build-it-and-they-will-come logic of gaming at a preposterous resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels. The fact that gaming at 8K isn’t really viable with current hardware is, up to a point, a separate…

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Feature: Not as spectacular in practice as it is on paper

LG’s bonkers new 38-inch superwide monitor

Behold the stunning breadth of its super-wide proportions. Marvel at the lustrous sheen of its impeccable anti-glare coating. Is LG's new 38-inch, 21:9-aspect FreeSync-capable masterwork not every gamer's ultimate fantasy? You'd think so. But it just goes to show how complex the monitor market has become, especially for we gamers, that the LG 38UC99 falls surprisingly short as a gaming companion. There's a broader lesson…

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Feature: Who needs display tone mapping, anyway?

FreeSync vs G-Sync revisited: FreeSync 2 is coming

This didn't go too well for AMD's FreeSync technology last time around. But lo, a shiny new version of FreeSync is inbound. Give it up for FreeSync 2: This Time It Actually Works. OK, that's a little unfair. But hold onto your mechanical keyboards, folks, because FreeSync 2 is as much about streamlining the PC for HDR support (and indeed making AMD your weapon of…

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Feature: A very naughty monitor...

Asus MG279Q: The Messiah Of Monitors?

27-inch IPS LCD panel? Check. 144Hz refresh rate? Yep. Some kind of frame-smoothing adaptive sync technology? Present and accounted for. 2,560 by 1,440 pixels? Count 'em. A price you can afford? Bit borderline, but that was inevitable. Is Asus's new MG279Q therefore the perfect LCD panel, the one we've all been waiting for, the veritable messiah of PC monitors? I've been eyeballs-on. All will now…

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Feature: There's a ghost in the machine...

G-Sync vs. Freesync: Which Dynamic Refresh Is Best?

It feels like whole months since there was a good old fashioned fisticuffs between AMD and Nvidia. They do so love a PR punch up. But this one's a bit different. Nvidia's G-Sync technology versus AMD's FreeSync isn't the usual trench warfare over fractions of a frame per second. It's much more interesting than that. It's all about something called dynamic or adaptive refresh and…

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Feature: Get to know your G-Sync from your FreeSync...

Why You Need A Monitor With Adaptive Sync

We've done IPS panel tech. We've done high refresh. So let's wrap up the holy trinity of gaming-relevant monitor technologies of late. It's time to talk frame syncing or adaptive sync. Probably better known via brand names like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, frame syncing technology is all about getting your games running smoother and without any nasty screen tearing. But here's the twist. It…

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Feature: LG's got the bends

Week in Tech: Bent Screens, Reversible USB, AMD SSDs

I've been dreading this moment for some time. But inevitably, inexorably, irresistibly it's happened. LG has announced a curved LCD monitor. Specifically, we're talking 34-inches of bent IPS panel in the super-wide 21:9 form factor that had me gushing like an idiot the other week. Admittedly I haven't seen it first hand. But curved HDTVs are an appalling gimmick conceived to exploit the most base…

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