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    should I wait for free sync monitors or get a G sync monitor now? I'm using a Nvidia GTX780

    It has been a while that I heard about the new technology from AMD about their free sync monitor which Nvidia cards seems to support in the future as well as the AMD, I wonder which one should I aim for since G sync monitors are now at the same cost for a 4k ips monitor and i don't see their price will go down any soon. therefore Free-sync could be a alternative, but I ain't sure how well Nvidia can support free sync, what do you guys think? please leave a comment that will be helpful

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    There are a few monitors being shown at CES. There is an article about a LG 34" 21:9 monitor on tomshardware.co.uk. Samsung have a few models coming too. I think AMD killed Nvidia dead on this point. Nvidia came up with complicated proprietary system that required a change to monitors for it to work. AMD came up with a free system using a provision already in display port standards. Once free sync monitors are available Gsync will die off. I can't see monitor manufacturers paying extra to Nvidia for a limited market when they can implement an industry standard with free sync which is already part of display port. If Nvidia uses display port they will have support free sync. I'm waiting for an IPS with free sync.

    Freesync is AMD's program to drive support for it, the actual technology is called Adaptive Sync. As such you probably won't see nVidia signing up to any Freesync initiatives but they may well support adaptive sync.

    enigmatik33

    Nvidia came up with complicated proprietary system that required a change … Nvidia came up with complicated proprietary system that required a change to monitors for it to work. AMD came up with a free system using a provision already in display port standards.



    AMD demonstrated and encouraged the standards body to include into a DisplayPort revision (1.2a) a feature in eDP. It wasn't part of the standard and will require new monitors.

    enigmatik33

    Once free sync monitors are available Gsync will die off.



    A lot of what's keeping GSync expensive is that nVidia are still using programmable chips for it, they could dramatically cut the cost in a few months but at the expense of flexibility. This does mean that if nVidia comes up with a vital improvement the situation with GSync is going to be a lot clearer cut than adaptive sync (which will have multiple versions floating about).

    Right now you're in an early adopter situation and things could go either way. I'd suspect what nVidia will do is refuse to support it until AMD catch up with Maxwell. That could be a couple of years and as you've already got an nVidia card you're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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    EndlessWaves

    Right now you're in an early adopter situation and things could go either … Right now you're in an early adopter situation and things could go either way. I'd suspect what nVidia will do is refuse to support it until AMD catch up with Maxwell. That could be a couple of years and as you've already got an nVidia card you're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.


    thanks for the advice, I'm hoping the technology either gsync or freesync monitors can be affordable for 2015, will wait for the reviews of freesync LG and samsung monitors that are out in march so I could get a compartion, really hope their prices are as advertised at few months back.

    I think Nvidia would be shooting themselves in the foot to refuse to use free sync. If it is cheaper and there is a bigger market for displays to use it more manufacturers will adopt it. If it is an industry standard as part of display port 1.2a and likely subsequent versions, then any monitor with the correct display port version should support it. That would mean Nvidia being odd one out, would make bad business sense unless g sync is vastly superior. If it's a niche product it's more expensive, look at their attempts with 3d vision, didn't really take off. G sync monitors haven't flooded the market.

    enigmatik33

    If it is an industry standard as part of display port 1.2a and likely … If it is an industry standard as part of display port 1.2a and likely subsequent versions, then any monitor with the correct display port version should support it.



    Not necessarily. I haven't read the documentation but standards quite often have optional features. For example, not all monitors provide speakers or audio pass-through even through DisplayPort supports audio. I can't see it being mandatory, what AMD will be aiming for with Project Freesync is to drum up enough user interest in adaptive sync that the manufacturers of monitor electronics include the capability in most of their ranges.

    enigmatik33

    look at their attempts with 3d vision, didn't really take off.



    Primarily because stereoscopic 3D as a whole was a flop. nVidia attempts there came off far better than AMD's attempts. Which, interestingly enough, followed a similar pattern of nVidia producing the whole chain under their brand and AMD sticking to their own software and encouraging others to produce the hardware based on standards (de facto rather than de jure in this case). While you remember the name of nVidia's attempt, can you remember AMD's?

    I don't disagree with you that Adaptive Sync looks more promising at this point but this is the monitor market we're talking about, they can certainly screw it up.
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