Today’s good news is coming from Nvidia. Affordable AMD FreeSync validated Gaming Monitors are one by one embraced by Nvidia’s thorough validation of existing or upcoming FreeSync (Adaptive Sync) monitors. This time around, amazing high refresh rate ACER XB273U, ACER XV273U and ASUS VG259Q IPS monitors are able to pass strict Nvidia validation certificate to be G-Sync compatible.
Initially, from 2015 till 2018, Nvidia refused to accept VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) Adaptive Sync collaboration and went on to create proprietary tear-free and smooth gaming enhancing G-Sync processors attached to premium monitors making them not really affordable for general consumer. VESA has developed an industry standard that enables interoperable variable refresh rate capabilities over DisplayPort, HDMI and Embedded DisplayPort interfaces. As a result, AMD closely collaborated with VESA to produce FreeSync validated monitor branding for Radeon graphics cards in order to prevent screen tearing and stuttering experience while gaming on 75 Hz refresh rate for cheaper price than G-Sync ones. FreeSync 2 version further validated premium gaming 144 Hz and 240 Hz monitors with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support again for reasonable price. Particularly, Asus TUF Gaming VG259Q is advertised as “AMD Radeon FreeSync” monitor with 1 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate. Let’s see if online retailers decide to change this adaptive sync feature into “G-Sync compatible” from FreeSync branding as enthusiasts noticing unfair marketing towards FreeSync in online shopping pages.
In the beginning of 2019, Nvidia has finally started to embrace AMD validated FreeSync monitors gradually. Up until November 2019, only 28 FreeSync monitors passed the test out of 503. Rest of them failed due to insufficient VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) range, image quality or other issues. Nice to see Nvidia being competitive to bring down monitor prices this winter holiday season.