We are still seeing Nvidia G-SYNC monitors being launched; AOC outed a new model just over a week ago and we recently had notice of Philips launching one at the upcoming IFA show in September. However, from what we've seen, the G-SYNC hardware adds quite a premium to the monitor price, almost doubling the expense in purchasing a 24-inch gaming monitor. Because of this we are eagerly awaiting the upcoming VESA 'Adaptive-Sync' open standard, requiring no extra proprietary (expensive) hardware, to make its market debut in a monitor.
"FreeSync capable monitors are expected soon"
'Adaptive-Sync' is part of the DisplayPort 1.2a video interface standard which will allow AMD to implement its Project FreeSync. AMD has published a new video showing its FreeSync demonstration from last month's Computex show in Taipei. The video notes describe the value of FreeSync as follows, "FreeSync allows users to eliminate screen tearing and stutter by synchronizing the monitor's refresh rate to the graphics card — even with a monitor that uses only industry standard technology, which requires no additional hardware." Furthermore we are told that "Several AMD Radeon graphics cards support FreeSync now, and FreeSync capable monitors are expected soon."
AMD's video notes say the system specs for the demo was as follows:
- AMD FX-8350 8-core CPU
- AMD Radeon R9 290X
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD
- 8GB DDR3 AMD Performance RAM
- DisplayPort driven LED Display @ 2560x1440 – hacked to support FreeSync
- Windows 8.1
As we have reported before, AMD products supporting FreeSync via DisplayPort 1.2a include; the AMD Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R7 260X and R7 260 graphics cards, AMD APUs codenamed 'Kabini,' 'Temash,' 'Beema,' and 'Mullins.'
Hopefully Nvidia will make Adaptive Sync capable drivers too, so green team enthusiasts don't have to stump up so much money for the comparable G-SYNC feature in the few monitors that support it.