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Title: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: MSI Notebook Administrator on January 17, 2019, 01:25:08 PM
If you’ve ever been shopping for a monitor with a high refresh rate, say, a 144Hz or a 240Hz one, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that those monitors always come with one of the two titular technologies: FreeSync or G-Sync.

So, what are these technologies all about? How do they differ? And most importantly, which is ultimately better for your needs? We’ll go over all of that in this article, so read on!

What Are FreeSync and G-Sync?

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FreeSync and G-Sync are technologies developed by AMD and Nvidia respectively, and they are an alternative to V-Sync that is simply a must-have in monitors with high refresh rates.
Now, what is V-Sync, you might ask? Well, here’s the brief explanation:

Now, it’s obvious as to why V-Sync is a viable solution in 60Hz monitors. If your GPU is consistently dishing out more than 60 FPS, you just cap it to 60 FPS since the monitor cannot display more anyway. If it cannot manage a consistent 60 FPS, you cap it to 30.
With high refresh rates and high framerates, however, it’s not that simple. Common issues with V-Sync include stuttering and input lag, and that’s definitely something you don’t need if you’ve invested in a 144Hz or a 240Hz monitor.
Fortunately, the two leading GPU manufacturers came up with their own respective adaptive sync solutions. Both FreeSync and G-Sync are adaptive sync technologies, so they are fundamentally quite similar, though there are some practical differences between the two.

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As mentioned above, V-Sync basically “throttles” your GPU in order for it to not fall out of sync with the refresh rate. Adaptive sync, as the name suggests, adapts the refresh rate to the FPS, and that’s how it ensures the two are not out of sync.
So, for example, if the GPU is maintaining roughly 70-90 FPS, V-Sync would cap that to only 60 FPS. Adaptive sync, on the other hand, would make sure that the monitor refreshes at 70-90Hz as the FPS fluctuates, thus ensuring they are in sync at all times.


FreeSync vs G-Sync – How Are They Different?

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Now that we’ve cleared up the crucial difference between V-Sync and adaptive sync, how do these two technologies differ?
Well, for one, there are hardware limitations to consider. This includes both the graphics card and the monitor. Namely, only AMD GPUs support FreeSync and only Nvidia GPUs support G-Sync. On top of that, not all GPUs will support these technologies. This is mainly the case with certain entry-level models, as well as with older GPUs.
As for the monitor, both FreeSync and G-Sync monitors only support one of these two technologies, and both of them require the monitor to have a scaler module installed.

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Now, when it comes to these, the key difference lies in the fact that Nvidia requires OEMs to use their own proprietary scaler modules. This ultimately makes G-Sync monitors quite a bit pricier since the manufacturers have to ramp up the prices due to licensing costs.
In contrast, AMD takes a much more open approach. FreeSync, unlike G-Sync, can work with third-party scaler modules and monitor manufacturers don’t have to pay AMD in order to implement this technology. As such, FreeSync can be found in budget-friendly monitors, as well as the more advanced ones.

FreeSync vs G-Sync – Pros and Cons

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With the above in mind, it becomes clear that AMD’s primary advantage is the very same one that goes for their graphics cards (https://www.gamingscan.com/best-graphics-cards-for-gaming/) – they are usually cheaper and offer better value for your money than their Nvidia counterparts do.
However, you can rarely have your cake and eat it, too, and there are some issues with FreeSync that you might encounter. For one, FreeSync usually supports a specific framerate “range”. This means that FreeSync will only work in a framerate range specified by the manufacturer, which could be 40-75, 30-144 etc. This is mainly due to AMD not enforcing strict control like Nvidia does, so if you’re thinking about buying a FreeSync monitor, best check the specified framerate ranges here (https://www.amd.com/en/products/freesync-monitors).
When it comes to G-Sync, Nvidia’s strict quality control ensures that the technology is implemented properly and that it works the way it’s supposed to, with no framerate restrictions. Furthermore, G-Sync goes beyond mere adaptive sync, as it also enables motion blur reduction, eliminates ghosting, and facilitates monitor overclocking. Of course, the sheer quality and the extra features come at a price – literally, as we’ve already mentioned.


Conclusion

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With all of the above in mind, which is better for your needs?
Well, to put it bluntly, you get what you pay for.

The primary advantage of FreeSync is that it’s available in monitors in virtually all price ranges, something that those with a limited budget are bound to appreciate. And as already mentioned, AMD graphics cards tend to offer better value for your money in the low-end and the mid-range, too, so a Radeon GPU and a FreeSync 144Hz monitor are definitely a great choice for the budget-conscious.
On the other hand, Nvidia users will have to invest a little more if they wish to make the most of their graphics card, especially if it’s a high-end one. We can confidently say that G-Sync is definitely the superior choice if the price is not a factor since it works better and offers some extra features to boot.
Ultimately, if you’re making the jump to 144Hz and don’t want to invest in a pricey Nvidia GPU and G-Sync monitor, going with AMD would definitely be more cost-effective. Of course, if you have the money to spare on a powerful GPU, you will also have to spend extra on a G-Sync monitor if you want to take advantage of its features.



Short Answer
G-Sync is objectively the superior technology of the two, as it works better and offers some extra features apart from adaptive sync. FreeSync, on the other hand, is usually much more affordable, making it the prime choice for the gamers who are on a budget. Both G-Sync and FreeSync are only compatible with Nvidia and AMD GPUs respectively.

Source : 
https://www.gamingscan.com
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: Ronald on January 17, 2019, 01:33:03 PM
Thanks for the info..
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: AliensAreComing on January 17, 2019, 01:37:51 PM
Ooh. So g sync capable + high refresh rate is really a good thing!!!
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: †-J41RU5-† on January 17, 2019, 01:44:34 PM
Ah so ganon pala ang g-sync. Astig naman pala. Nakakatulong naman. Wow thanks for the info.
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: rlo.gigahertz on January 17, 2019, 02:06:12 PM
thanks AMD & NVIDIA for developing the technology if FreeSync & G-SYNC
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: sinclairecastro0719 on January 17, 2019, 02:25:36 PM
Great help :0
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: maharajahmoty on January 17, 2019, 02:41:03 PM
Now i know.. Thanks MSI
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: ferds.tumaneng on January 17, 2019, 02:54:49 PM
very informative 😊
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: yomsleria2791 on January 17, 2019, 03:26:19 PM
maraming salamat sa napaka importanteng info msi :)
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: skanotmervin on January 17, 2019, 04:15:17 PM
thank for the info 🤔🤔🤔
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: emjheybadilla on January 17, 2019, 04:48:21 PM
In this additional features give us best experience in gaming good job 💪💪💪
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: albert.nazareno01 on January 17, 2019, 04:57:06 PM
Thanks Nvidia, AMD, MSI for this information.
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: zorenrequintel on January 17, 2019, 05:02:06 PM
Wow nice
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: estabillo_symone on January 17, 2019, 10:24:23 PM
Wow thanks for the info.. 😊😊😊😊
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: johnpaulolvega on January 18, 2019, 10:18:02 AM
Ah, halos same tech. under different brands, Pro hard to tell prin sino mas ok, unless merong actual demo side by side.
Pro pra skin bottom line nito makikita tong mga tech. n toh s high end lng, medyo mahal, cant afford p :D
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: ej_melindo on January 18, 2019, 06:02:37 PM
Great addition for the graphics display. Thanks
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: mage_7000 on January 18, 2019, 06:07:34 PM
thx nvidia and amd and msi now we know very informative
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: minniemouse.ann on January 18, 2019, 06:10:36 PM
Thanks for the info msi :)
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: ryan_gallaron on January 18, 2019, 06:39:28 PM
Very informatived thank you MSI
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: R on January 18, 2019, 07:09:18 PM
Great idea 😎
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: zorenrequintel on January 18, 2019, 07:47:17 PM
Wow
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Post by: benjamin_paraiso30 on January 18, 2019, 07:59:37 PM
Thanks sa info msi,  parehas nman maganda
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: cliffandersanbarles on January 18, 2019, 08:21:54 PM
Salamat sa info msi. Nadagdagan kaalaman ng iba. :)
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: mikebanares12221983 on January 18, 2019, 11:50:47 PM
 Ery helpfull tips thnx❤️❤️❤️
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: aienma on January 19, 2019, 09:05:47 PM
great topic. thanks for sharing this.
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Post by: ryn.alns on January 21, 2019, 02:16:42 PM
good tip
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Post by: marianeguanzing.msi on January 21, 2019, 04:05:28 PM
thanks for the info .
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: vince_abes on January 22, 2019, 10:45:45 AM
Freesync most used for AMD GPU and G-SYNC is for NVIDIA GPU, but NVIDIA released new update driver that can use Freesync smoothly.
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: israfelomac on January 22, 2019, 07:28:12 PM
thanks for the info.😊😊😊
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: mage_7000 on March 31, 2019, 12:31:55 PM
if your GPU is nvidia ofcourse Gsync
if your GPU is AMD RADAEON ofcourse FreeSync
Title: Re: FreeSync vs G-SYNC – Which Is Best For You?
Post by: Ronald on April 01, 2019, 10:17:25 AM
Wow very nice..