FreeSync vs G-Sync monitors – South African pricing

Variable-refresh-rate monitors can make a big difference when gaming or performing rendering tasks.

A major advantage of G-Sync and FreeSync technology is the removal of screen-tearing artifacts and input lag caused by standard V-Sync implementation.

The technology works by dynamically matching the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate delivered by the connected graphics card, and usually operates up to a certain capped refresh rate.

Variable refresh rates

Any LCD panel, whether it is VA, IPS, or TN, can make use of variable-refresh-rate technology, although monitors require a proprietary hardware module to be installed to support G-Sync technology.

Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync deliver similar results, with image quality influenced by factors such as panel types.

TN LCD panels deliver lower visual quality but faster refresh rates and response times, while IPS LCD panels boast higher contrast but lower response times.

G-Sync is supported by Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better graphics cards and require the manufacturer’s R340.52 display drivers.

AMD’s FreeSync technology is supported by the company’s RX-series graphics cards, in addition to various GPUs from the R9 series.

While the technologies operate similarly, AMD maintains its FreeSync standard as free-to-use – resulting in FreeSync products costing up to $300 less than competing technologies.

South African pricing

To see how the international price difference impacts local retailers, we compared G-Sync and FreeSync monitors using Wootware’s listings.

The pricing between monitor generations varies locally, but FreeSync displays were cheaper than their G-Sync counterparts overall – as shown below.

Monitor Resolution Panel Refresh/Response Price
34-inch
LG 34UM68 FreeSync 2,560 x 1,080 IPS 75Hz/5ms R8,499
LG 34UC79G-B FreeSync 2,560 x 1,080 IPS 144Hz/5ms R10,899
Samsung CF791 FreeSync 3,440 x 1,440 VA 100Hz/4ms R17.059
Asus ROG Swift PG348Q G-Sync 3,440 x 1,440 IPS 100Hz/5ms R19,299
27-inch
Dell SE2717H FreeSync 1,920 x 1,080 IPS 75Hz/6ms R3,299
Acer XG270HU FreeSync 2,560 x 1,440 TN 144Hz/1ms R9,654
Dell S2716DG G-Sync 2,560 x 1,440 TN 144Hz/1ms R9,799
Asus MG278Q FreeSync 2,560 x 1,440 TN 144Hz/1ms R11,057
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q G-Sync 2,560 x 1,440 IPS 165Hz/4ms R14,064
Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ G-Sync 3,840 x 2,160 IPS 60Hz/4ms R16,199
24-inch
Acer XF240H FreeSync 1,920 x 1,080 TN 144Hz/1ms R5,849
Asus ROG Swift PG248Q G-Sync 1,920 x 1080 TN 180Hz/1ms R8,181
Dell S2417DG G-Sync 2,560 x 1,440 TN 165Hz/1ms R8,457
Acer Predator XB1 XB241H G-Sync 1,920 x 1,080 TN 144Hz/1ms R8,781
Asus MG24UQ FreeSync 3,840 x 2,160 IPS 60Hz/4ms R10,647

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