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I recently read about Nvidia's G-SYNC technology and it sounds pretty cool! Their solution seemed quite elegant to me. That is, until I read about AMD's FreeSync technology.

The main difference I could gather from all that is that Nvidia is rolling out new hardware to specifically achieve what G-SYNC does. Whereas, AMD simply modified their graphics drivers without any extra hardware! However, there is a video on YouTube where AMD says that they still require some form of hardware support.

Due to the fact that Nvidia is asking for about $250 for their tech, I'm thinking there could be other differences. So now my question is twofold:

  1. Have I understood this correctly?
  2. Are there any differences? (Meaning, is one technology superior to the other in any non-monetary way?)
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Assuming that you know what Adaptive syncing is about, Here is the difference between the two: Nvidia is looking to own the private market with the G-sync technology, where only their graphics cards paired with G-sync supported monitors can perform Adaptive Sync. whereas Amd plans to tread the open-source path, the technology that Amd is planning to use is going to be free for development,compatible with various graphics hardware and we can most probably expect compatible secondary hardware in many monitors. the Amd market is yet to evolve and we cannot make any comparisons till commercial prototypes are available.

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  • Ah so I did understand it correctly then. Well you cannot say "open-source" since they will never release their driver source code. They're just being nicer than Nvidia then. – Anish Ramaswamy Jul 3 '14 at 22:56
  • Also, monitors using G-SYNC have been commercially released. – Anish Ramaswamy Jul 3 '14 at 22:56
  • According to the article, DisplayPort 1.2a already supports the sync rate being driven by the gpu, so isn't this already done (for any monitors that are 1.2a compliant)? – Paul Jul 3 '14 at 22:57
  • Yes true, Nvidia seems to be having the upper hand for now, but if the Free Sync open source project truly tempts the development crowd to contribute, then we may find ourselves with a universal and more effecient adaptive sync technology. – OmarAsifShaikh Jul 3 '14 at 22:58
  • @Paul, Whoa. Interesting. If you'd care to elaborate on that, that would be awesome. – Anish Ramaswamy Jul 3 '14 at 22:59

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